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Epilepsy is a mysterious condition with causes that are not always fully understood. Many people develop the disorder in childhood and outgrow it, while others cope with it for their entire lives.

Seizures can be disruptive and sometimes cause injuries, but they can be controlled with treatment. Epilepsy doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying your life and finding success in all you do.
Executive Director  
Jenniafer Walters Jenniafer has been with the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma since 2007, but her daughter has had epilepsy her whole life. Jenniafer brings knowledge and passion of working with epilepsy for over 20 years. Jenniafer has held many positions over the years ranging from sales to production supervisor, to working with disabled adults, always with the ultimate goal of helping those in need of assistance. The best role of Jenniafer's life next to being a mother, is being the office manager for the Epilepsy Association. Jenniafer enjoys helping others, making a difference in someone's life, helping to find answers to people's question and mostly spreading the word about epilepsy and letting people know their NOT alone. In Jenniafer's free time she enjoys music, reading, sports, out-door activities, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jenniafer Walters
2007 - Present

Advisory Board Members

First Chair  
Cara O’Daniel Shelly Douglas is the Executive Director of Community Health Charities (CHC), the largest health federation in the country dedicated to raising money through workplace giving and strategic cause initiatives for charities that deal with chronic disease and disability. She was chosen as the 2014 “Over the Top From the Heart” Award recipient for Children’s Miracle Network/Children’s Hospital Foundation. She is on the Leadership Council for the American Cancer Society and on the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Lung Cancer Initiative. She is also the Co-Founder of Deeper Into Giving (DIG), an organization formed to help people build their businesses through the eyes of a Giver.  She is also the President of the Edmond Chapter of Ambucs, an organization that creates mobility for disabled children and veterans. She is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Psychology.  Shelly is the mom of two amazing children, Matthew 26 and Madison 22.
Shelly Douglas
2015 - Present


   
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Lisa Spencer I have had epilepsy since I was 3. I have tried a lot of different medicines and when that failed I went into epilepsy crisis and had to have brain surgery.

I work weekly at the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma in the office. I am married and have 2 children. In my free time I enjoy church, family, friends and my dog.
Lisa Spencer
2013 - Present
 
   
Kathy Hill Hello my name is Charlotte Richardson. It is an honor to be asked to be a board member for Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma. My great Aunt, my sister and her (my) daughter have epilepsy. So I have been caring for one family member or another who has Epilepsy for over 30 years. I have seen a lot of new information for the better and would like to be instrumental in educating the public.
Charlotte Richardson
2013 - Present
 
   
Derick Mashaney Derick joined the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma advisory board in 2015 in order to raise awareness about epilepsy and how epilepsy is affecting our generation. Having epilepsy all of his life and enduring the impact of it first-hand has given him a great respect for others that live with epilepsy also. Derick is passionate about developing services for individuals that live with epilepsy because of his background in technology and web development and business development; he is the owner ofWeatherford Notary Service. He also runs the Western Oklahoma support group and puts his experience and dedication towards helping people be happy, feel supported and to help them not let epilepsy take control of their lives. In Derick’s free time he enjoys music, the outdoors, and spending time with his two children Cameron and Dax.
Derick Mashaney
2015 - Present
 
   
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Kevin Walters Kevin Walters has been involved with the EAO for many years, and as of 2013 joined the Board of Directors. Epilepsy has been a part of his family for over 20 years, and over the years has been exposed to some wonderful doctors and facilities that specialize in treating the disorder. He brings that knowledge and the desire to help spread the word and improve awareness to the Oklahoma community. As a Wichita State University graduate, now a full fledged “Oakie” for the past decade, he is a sports fan that enjoys family down time. He is currently a packaging specialist with Veritiv living in the Edmond area with his wife and daughter.
Kevin Walters
2013 - Present
 
   
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1999 - Present
 
   
Scott Mullins I've spent most if my career as a pharmaceutical rep in the Central Nervous System disease states. I'm currently an Epilepsy Sales Specialist and have completed a preceptorship in epilepsy at Johns Hopkins Medical School as well as represented three different medications for seizures.

I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and completed an internship during that training at HealthSouth and Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City.

I've lived in Norman, Oklahoma  for 20 years and enjoy spending time with my family, traveling and University of Oklahoma sports.
Scott Mullins
2014 - Present
 
   
Rachelle McCoy  
Rachelle joined the EAO in the fall of 2014.  She has been involved in pharmaceuticals for 16 years.  Rachelle has a Bachelor's of Business Administration from The University of Oklahoma and a Master's of Science from East Central University.  She enjoys traveling with her family and attending her two daughter's activities.

 

Rachelle McCoy
2014 - Present
 




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Shirley Bracken Shirley Bracken lives in Ponca City, Ok. She was born in Okemah, Ok, home of the folk singer Woody Guthrie. She was diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 19. Through her life Shirley worked in several states as a LPN and RN. In 2008, the seizures slowed her down and she stopped working as a nurse. She is now a published author. Her first e-book was published in December 2013. It is poems and short stories dealing with her life and epilepsy, called 'She laughs with demons.' Shirley is now the leader of the epilepsy support group in Ponca City. She also hopes to write another book in the future.  
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Honorary Lifetime Board Members

Honorary Member  
Pendleton Woods In the early 1980s, Woods was one of the founders of the epilepsy group. Pendleton is a past president and founder of the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma, an author, journalist and historian.

His life contained all the normal complexities and time-eaters: dating, marriage, children, and work but he never lost sight of the lesson learned in that German prison camp with seven other Americans in 1944, “Only by helping each other can we stay strong.”

The 87-year-old Oklahoma City man has spent most of his life helping others, whether through military service to his country or through decades of volunteerism.

His biography touches on the impact he's had:

• Decades at the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma, now Honorary Board Member for Life.
• 42 years in the military, retiring as a colonel in 1983.
• 29 years as a volunteer at the Veterans Affairs hospital, visiting patients, setting up equipment for Sunday chapel services, delivering newspapers and more.
• More than 20 years, 10 of them as an officer, on the board of the Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Development Foundation.
• 75 years of involvement with the Boy Scout program, including 16 years as a Scoutmaster.
• One of two people who spearheaded development of the 45th Infantry Division Museum. Also wrote exhibit descriptions and authored “The Thunderstorm Tradition,” a history of the state National Guard.
• Led the oral history preservation project at Oklahoma Christian University and continues to work part time at the college as the director of its American Citizenship Center, a youth outreach program.
Link To Story

It’s with a very heavy heart to let you know that Mr. Pendleton Woods died Monday. He dedicated his time to the Epilepsy Association for decades and so much more. Mr. Woods will be missed. His obituary may be read at the link below.

Pendleton Woods Obituary
Pendleton Woods
1983 - 2014
Honorary Member  
Beverly Young Beverly Young, Executive Director for the Work Activity Center, Inc., for developmentally disabled adults has served on the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma Board of Directors since 1995. She is a former office manager for EAO; initiated the first musical fundraisers for the association, and formed a partnership with Professional Recyclers (donation stations) which brought in $1000 a month guaranteed revenue. Beverly has a 52-year old daughter with epilepsy, and knows full-well the importance of the Association to the public.
Beverly Young
1999 - Present
Honorary Member  
Ramona Hanna “I HOPE I LIVE TO SEE THE DAY
THERE IS A CURE FOR EPILEPSY”

Those are the words of Ramona Hannah former office manager and 2012 retiree from the Executive Board of the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma. This is a woman who read any and all publications she could get her hands on that talked about the various types of seizures, and medications proven to be effective. She was eager to share that information with anyone who would listen, and did so until her retirement. Ramona has a son, Kevin with epilepsy, and a granddaughter, Kendra with special needs. This made her more determined than ever to stay on top of the latest information hoping the pharmaceutical companies were close to a cure.

Had it not been for Ramona, things would not have held together at the office. She remained steadfast and dedicated to the Association and its purpose. Ramona has many volunteer hours to her credit at events benefitting Epilepsy, and other worthy causes. She loved to take on the “worries” of other people thinking that might be a way to help them for the moment, and give them some peace of mind. May God bless Ramona with the privilege of living to see a cure for epilepsy.
Ramona Hanna
1992 - Present
Honorary Member  
Laura Neece-Baltaro

Laura has been a past president and board member of the Epilepsy Association of Oklahoma. She continues to be a educator, public speaker (on epilepsy), writer, editor, Italian speaker for the Epilepsy Foundation. "Through education I want to make the world a better place for those with epilepsy".

Laura's daughter, Elizabeth Baltaro, is a published author of a book entitled "Karen's Epilepsy" that can be purchased several venues.

Karen's Epilepsy
Laura Neece-Baltaro
1994 - Present
Honorary Member  
Ruth Dropkin Ruth has served the Epilepsy Association of the Sooner State in helping to conduct the Labor Day Piedmont Pedal for Epilepsy. Ruth's entire life was given for others. Professionally she served on the staff of the American Red Cross. Following retirement, she continued as a Red Cross volunteer, but branched her service into other areas, including, in particular, the Epilepsy Association. She served two years as the Association president, followed by many years as its volunteer executive director. In recognition of her superb and unselfish service, she became the only honorary life member of its board of directors.
Ruth Dropkin
1997 - 1999
 
     
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12/16/2016