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Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana is dedicated to supporting those impacted by epilepsy in local communities by confronting the spectrum of challenges created by seizures.


Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana was established in 1977 and continues to be an information and referral agency with a “hands on” approach. is the only agency of its type in the state to exclusively provide outreach, education and advocacy to individuals with epilepsy.


The main purpose of the organization is to provide support group meetings around the state, clinical outreach programs, newly diagnosed one-on-one meetings and patient assistance programs.  Our signature program, Seizure Recognition and First Aid, is for the general public and everyone can benefit from the training.  We also provide specific training for school nurses, first responders, youth, and senior citizens in our community.  All of these trainings are at no charge to the consumers.

Sixty percent of the organization is funded by statewide fund raising events.  The events are not only 5k runs and picnics, but fun family awareness days.  We not only help those newly diagnosed and struggling, but we celebrate those who have controlled their seizures and want to find a cure for epilepsy.  All of the funds we raise stay in the state of Louisiana to help those living with epilepsy and their caregivers of all ages.

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Amanda Mitchell

Executive Director

Amanda was promoted to Executive Director in July 2020 and will continue to elevate EAL’s mission and serve the 55,000 people living with epilepsy in Louisiana.

Amanda has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Master of Public Health degree in behavioral and community health sciences from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health.

Sarah Bowman

Client Services, North Louisiana

Sarah joined EAL on March 15, 2021, and is responsible for education and client services for North Louisiana. She will be a part of fundraising and increasing awareness in the North Louisiana regions.

Sarah has a B.A from Louisiana State University. She has worked in nonprofits for twelve years and is excited to continue her passion for helping others.

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Keisha Lacour

Events and Public Relations Manager

Keisha started as the Events and Public Relations Manager in October 2021 and is eager to continue to build upon the foundation already in place, carry on the legacy of improving the lives of people living with epilepsy, and working with all the staff and volunteers under the leadership of Amanda.

Keisha brings several years of nonprofit experience in fundraising, recruiting, special events, Marcom, social media, and television to EAL. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in journalism and Master of Arts in public relations from Southern University.


Danielle Mensman, JD, Chairman

Lydie Neumann, Vice-Chairman

Robert Mora, CPA, Secretary

Fernando Iturralde, Treasurer

Shannon McGuire, MD, Past Chairman


Carrie Arrington

Aaron Chaisson

Allison Conravey, MD

H. Davis Cole

Allison DeBattista

Michelle White

Chris Funes, MD

Nikki Godfrey, Ph.D.

Charlotte Hollman, MD

Tony Odak

Eugene Ramsey, MD



The Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana Board of Directors appointed Alison Conravey, MD as chairman of their physician advisory board. Dr. Conravey is a pediatric neurologist affiliated with Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.


The mission of the Physician Advisory Board is to educate and advocate for Louisianans affected by epilepsy and advise the Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana regarding issues of relevance to this population.

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Amy Jones, MD 

Eugene Ramsay, MD 

Colin Vanhook, MD 

Robin Davis, MD 

Allison Conravey, MD 

Ann Tilton, MD 

Piotr Olejniczak, MD 

Tiffany Eady, MD 

Michael Charlet, MD 

Stephen Nelson, MD 

Fawad Khan, MD 

Jeremy Toler, MD