Board of Directors

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.

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Bobby Isola – Vice President for 2018/2019

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JEFF DAY – Secretary for 2018/2019 Mr. Day has been in the media industry for many years and is the former Chief Meteorologist for News 13 in Central Florida. Jeff is originally from up north in the cold country of Wisconsin.

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JEREMY WALLER – Treasurer for 2018-2019 is the Fund Development Manager at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida. He also serves as a JMI Leaders Fellow with The James Madison Institute.

Jeremy has a personal family connection to epilepsy and is honored to contribute to a cause that means so much to him. It is Jeremy’s goal to be an advocate for epilepsy and those affected and to bring awareness and funding to the cause. Jeremy wants those affected to know they are not alone, they have voice, and they have support through the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida.

He is a former Fellow for UCF’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management and has served as an intern for both the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association and Rollins College. He is also a former Co-Chair of the Young Executives Committee at Lighthouse Central Florida and currently serves as a member of AFP Central Florida, and serves on the board of the Adult Literacy League.

Jeremy 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.

 



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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.

 


 

AARON B. THALWITZER is a Partner at Widerman & Malek, PL in Melbourne, FL. Aaron practices commercial, real estate, insurance, and general litigation as well as intellectual property law. He is the President of the West Melbourne Business Association, Treasurer of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Brevard County Bar Association, and a director of the Babcock Street Redevelopment CRA.

 


 

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.

 


 

MIGUEL RAMOS – Executive VNS Therapeutic Consultant

Mr. Ramos is the Southern Regional Manager for LivaNova – Cyberonics the makers of the VNS Epilepsy Therapy Devices.

 

 

 


 

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.

 


MICHAEL BROWN, MD – Dr. Brown s a retired Maitland, Florida Neurologist.  Dr. Brown in fact did one of the very first epilepsy clinics for EACF at the original Winter Park Hospital.  After his retirement he came to serve with us on the Board.  He stays busy with Hospice of Central Florida and hope to find time to go fishing.

 


Special Ex-Officio Members Serving on EACF’s

Central Florida 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.

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EVAN SHEAR, CFP a Past-President served on the board of directors and supported the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida for many years. He now serves on the Board of our Central Florida Epilepsy Scholarship Foundation. Evan is a founding partner and Branch Manager of The CrossleyShear Wealth Management Group, the top ranking independent Raymond James Financial Services firm in Florida with main offices in Heathrow and Merritt Island. His dedication to client service and high standards of professional performance has earned him recognition and membership in Raymond James Executive and Leaders Councils for the last five years. Evan also is a member of the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, and teaches financial workshops for Florida Institute of Technology and Future Investors Clubs of America.

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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. 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.

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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.

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