ARDIT BITINCKA, MBA, – President for 2018/2019 – Mr. Bitincka is originally from Albania. He received his bachelor degree from University of Toronto and MBA from Rollin’s College Crummer Graduate School of Business. It is through the Rollins leadership program that supports integration of business graduates in local non-for-profits that he joined the board of directors of EACF in 2010. Having a family member affected by epilepsy he is committed helping others get the support needed to live as normal of life as possible, as well as increase awareness and available information. Mr. Bitincka brings experience in entrepreneurship and web based companies. His professional experience includes roles in quality, project engineering, technology integration and project management, and more recently sales operations in the Power Generation industry.
Bobby Isola – Vice President for 2018/2019 Mr. Isola is a Director and Principal of Cite Partners. Bobby is a member of their Central Florida Industrial (CFI) Team. He is responsible for running lead on numerous transactions, tracking and assembling all of the market data, marketing the team’s properties, and looking for new opportunities. His work ethic and commitment to his clients and his team members has been instrumental in the teams’ success.
JEFF DAY – Secretary for 2018/2019 Born and raised in Central Wisconsin, Jeff has spent the past 20 plus years residing here in Central Florida. A successful 30+ year career in broadcasting, ending with an 18 year stint in Orlando, he now enjoys a great opportunity with Marriott Vacation Clubs and some quieter time to take in all that Florida has to offer.
A communications major at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Jeff enjoyed several years in the radio field as on air talent, sportscaster, and award winning production/voice-over specialist. While living in Augusta, he decided to take a hobby and turn it in to another career: After 2 ½ years of studies through MSU, he changed gears and spent 23 years as a meteorologist, which eventually brought him to Central Florida.
Involved in many community programs, one specifically reaches home for him. After years of encountering seizure activity and medicinal attempts to limit the impact, he underwent surgery at Shands/UF in Gainesville, which has nearly eliminated the effects.
Grateful for all that has been tackled in his fight, he realizes that others are fighting the same challenges, and is proud to be a part of the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida, Inc.; and their never ending efforts to offer support and services.
JEREMY WALLER – Treasurer for 2018-2019 Jeremy Waller is a business development, community relations and fundraising professional. He works for Simplicity Solutions Group where he leads business development, community relations and corporate social responsibility initiatives. He is also an Orlando Leaders Fellow for The James Madison Institute.
Previously Jeremy led the fund development department at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida where he managed its $1M marketing budget, fundraising programs, its volunteer program, community relations efforts, and BookWorks program. Ultimately Jeremy and his team led company-wide initiatives responsible for raising over $800,000 for the organization.
Jeremy has a personal family connection to epilepsy and serves on the board to let others know they are not alone and to be a champion for epilepsy awareness. Go purple!
He is a former Fellow for UCF’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management, and former Co-Chair of the Young Executives Committee at Lighthouse Central Florida.
Jeremy is a member of AFP Central Florida, and board member for the Adult Literacy League. He has also appeared in FrontLine Magazine, a publication of Foundations Baptist Fellowship International, the West Volusia Beacon, and Trẻ Magazine.
He received his MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, where he was an Aspiring Nonprofit Leader Scholar. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida and a Certificate in Proposal Writing from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College.
BILL DENIUS is a Past-President and member of the Board Of Directors of the Epilepsy Association Of Central Florida, Inc. serving on the Board for several years. Bill is a partner and attorney with the law firm of Killgore, Pearlman, Stamp, Denius & Squires, P.A. As Past-President of the EACF, Bill has played an active role in the success of EACF; and intends to continue to assist and serve the EACF and our Central Florida communities in accomplishing its mission
KRAN RILEY is the manager of Wayne Densch Charities and serves on the Community Action Board of Orange County and the YMCA Metro Board. His contributions to our Central Florida communities include, working with kids at the Darrell Armstrong basketball camp, and during the season he takes deserving kids to see the Orlando Magic. He also provides guidance to low-income families in order for them to learn to become self-sufficient and positive role models. Kran has been involved with the EACF since 2000 and joined the board in 2009. His personal commitment to the EACF and our Central Florida Community ensures that families receive the proper treatment and support for their loved ones affected with epilepsy and seizure disorders. Kran is dedicated to helping people and spreading the spirit of hope.
GEORGE NAHAS is a respected figure in the automotive industry throughout the Southeast. His General Motors dealerships receive consistent top honors in performance, service and customer satisfaction. In 2002 TIME Magazine named him the “Quality Dealer of the Year.” He is currently the director of the Central Florida Auto Dealers Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association and is actively working with congress in a supportive role. He is a featured media speaker and consults with broadcasters through the Conference for Television and Radio Executives Telvision Bureau of Advertising and the National Association of Broadcasters. George was a catalyst and benefactor in the development of the new CFADA Professional Automotive Training Center at Seminole State College in Seminole County Florida. He has held the position of Vice President on the Board of Directors for EACF since 2004.
DALE CROSSLEY is a founding partner at CrossleyShear Wealth Management, Dale has helped many clients accomplish their goas throughout the firm’s 15-year history. He serves as a financial quarterback for the team of advisors, focusing on comprehensive wealth management for clients as well as practice management.
Dale earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Barry University, which comes in handy when balancing legal and estate planning issues. He also holds a Master of Science in business management for the Florida Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rollins College.
He was drawn to financial advising because of its entrepreneurial spirit as well as his drive to help others, especially those in his community. He is a supporter of Winter Park High School Crew; Merritt Island, Cocoa and Rockledge quarterback clubs; and community financial awareness education. He is a 2015 graduate of leadership Brevard and OBJ 40 under 40 recipient; Preeclampsia foundation finance committee. He also participates in the Shema Ministry Board and Scholarship Committee.
In his free time, the Central Florida native enjoys surfing, watersports and an occasion round of golf. He has four children: Courtney, Lauren, Carrie and Dale.
AARON B. THALWITZER is a shareholder at the law firm Gordon & Thalwitzer in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Aaron represents businesses, individuals, and public bodies throughout Central Florida in the areas of civil litigation, real estate, employment, and health law. He is a director of the West Melbourne Business Association and the Babcock Street Redevelopment CRA and is proud to support EACF in all their work.
COLLEEN SALVAGE is the owner of AdDesign of Central Florida. She is a 30 year veteran of the advertising industry working with SunTrust, General Motors, Subaru, ABC Television, and the CF Auto Dealers Association. Colleen has assisted with major Congressional initiatives and is also the past president of the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida. She is currently involved with organizing the Chevrolet Fireball Run, headquartered at Universal Studios Florida.
AHMED SADEK, M.D. is the Director of Neurodiagnostic section, the epilepsy services and the epilepsy monitoring unit at Orlando Health. Dr. Sadek is also the founder and medical director of the Orlando Epilepsy Center and its state of the art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Dr. Sadek is double board-certified in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology and is also a fellowship-trained Epileptologist. With extensive training, a state of the art facility, and years of experience, Dr. Sadek is revered for helping patients with Epilepsy to identify and manage their seizures in order to live life to the fullest.
JENNIFER E. FELDER-SMITH, MBA – is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Tupperware Brands. Jennifer works at their headquarters in Orlando working in Global Strategy & Business Development. She is committed to serving the community and is passionate about working to help Central Florida’s youth thrive. As a result of this commitment, she is heavily involved in the community through mentoring, volunteering and fundraising. Additionally, she also serves on the Orange County Citizens Commission for Children and Leadership Council for Junior Achievement of Central Florida.
Jennifer joined the board in 2011 and has a family connection to epilepsy. Her family was able to get through trying times thanks to wonderful doctors, nurses and an EACF support group. Jennifer is grateful to get the opportunity to pay it forward.
Rebecca Devine, RN – has twenty years of clinical, sales & leadership experience. Currently, Rebecca manages a team in the Southeast for LivaNova, the device manufacturer of the VNS (vagus nerve stimulation) for the treatment of drug resistant epilepsy. Rebecca’s clinical background & pharma/surgical experiences include Neurosurgery, ENT, Orthopedic, General, Trauma, Cardiovascular, Cardiothoracic & Anesthesia markets in both the hospital & ASC marketplaces. Rebecca’s clinical acumen and devotion to providing the best in class medicine continues to drive her passion for the patient.
Originally from Upstate NY, Rebecca is a sports enthusiast, enjoys beaches and books, horses and her Golden Retriever, Mellow
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Epilepsy Scholarship Foundation Board
SAUNDRA GRAY, and her husband Charlie (founding partner, Gray Robinson, PA), have been involved in the Epilepsy Association of Florida even prior to its formal institution in the early 1960’s. The Grays have served on the board of directors and supported the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida’s efforts to increase research, treatment, educate the public and help more patients and families. Saundra says, “We have a great opportunity to showcase cooperation with what is going to be a world-class medical school here in Central Florida. The University of Central Florida’s Medical School presence will enhance medical care and innovative thinking not only in Central Florida but throughout the state.” Saundra and Charlie Gray were the first couple to receive the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities in an effort to improve the quality of life for current and future generations of Floridians. Saundra served on the Jacksonville Federal Reserve board and Atlanta Federal Reserve board, as well as the St. John’s River Water Management Governing Board for 8 years, 2 as Chairman. Saundra adds, “Our main purpose now with EACF is to push for more research and better treatment for those with Epilepsy.” Saundra now serves on the Board of Directors of our Central Florida Epilepsy Scholarship Foundation.
EVAN SHEAR, CFP™ is a founding partner at CrossleyShear Wealth Management and branch manager for Raymond James with main offices in Heathrow and Merritt Island. His dedication to client service and high standards of professional performance has earned him recognition as one of the top advisers in the firm, as well as membership to the 2018 Forbes Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List.
Community and philanthropic involvement is of core importance to Evan. He is a former president of the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida and currently serves on the Board of our Central Florida Epilepsy Scholarship Foundation. He also contributes to several charitable organizations. Passing that passion to his kids to spark the next generation of giving of their time and means is a fundamental message in his home.
Originally from New York and graduate from the University of Florida, he is a rabid Yankee and Gator fan. He lives in Longwood
WILLIE MAY is a Past-President of the Epilepsy Association of Florida and the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. He also is a former Board Member of the Epilepsy Foundation of America and the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. Mr. May is retired from the practice of law and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Florida A & M University College of Law and the Barry University School of Law . His valuable knowledge and experience has been and is a strong asset to EACF. Mr. May currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida Epilepsy Scholarship Foundation.
MICHAEL BROWN, MD – Dr. Brown is a retired Maitland, Florida Neurologist. He did, if not the very first, epilepsy clinic for EACF at the original Winter Park Hospital.
After his retirement he wanted to get further involved and chose to serve with us on our Board of Directors and later moving to the Foundation Board. He stays busy with Hospice of Central Florida and hopes to find time to go fishing.
EACF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CHARLES “CHUCK” CARMEN, MBA has been EACF’s Executive Director since 1994. Chuck has been selected by Southeast Association Magazine as one of the four most influential Executives in the Southeastern United States. He has served as a Board Member of the Florida Society of Association Executives, as well as the former Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and the Florida Epilepsy Services Providers Association.
Chuck is only the second Executive Director in EACF’s long history and is the longest serving Epilepsy Executive Director in Florida. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of EACF his experience and knowledge has certified him as an “expert witness” where he has testified in numerous high profile cases. Personally he has conducted hundreds of presentations, seminars, and training programs on all aspects of epilepsy as well as becoming one of the nation’s leaders in the education and prevention of Shaken Baby Impact Syndrome.
He is also the Founder of EpilepsyU.com an online epilepsy news, education and support site reaching over 3 million people every month in over 150 nations. He also founded EACF’s social enterprise, Epilepsystore.com, an online epilepsy awareness product store where 100% of the proceeds support the programs of EACF.