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.
MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
Events & Public Relations Manager
Stephanie coordinates electronic and print communication state-wide, including the eFlash newsletter, website and social media services. She also serves as the coordinator for all fundraising events. Additionally, she teaches trainings and helps facilitate programs in the Baton Rouge area.
Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Florida with an M.Ed. in Higher Education and a graduate of the University of West Florida with a B.A. in Psychology. She brings passionate experience in volunteering, training, mentoring, planning, and outreach to her service at Epilepsy Alliance Louisiana.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS
Shannon McGuire, MD, Chairman
Danielle Mensman, Vice-Chairman
Nikki Godfrey, Ph. D., Secretary
Robert Mora, CPA, Treasurer
H. Davis Cole, Past Chairman
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Allison Conravey, MD
Charlotte Hollman, MD
Chris Funes, MD
Eugene Ramsey, MD
PHYSICIAN ADVISORY BOARD
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.
PHYSICIAN ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Eugene Ramsay, MD – Ochsner Health System, New Orleans
Lalania Schexnayder, MD – Baton Rouge Clinic, Baton Rouge
Allison Conravey, MD – Ochsner Health System, New Orleans
Jessica Kraker, MD – Tulane University Hospital, New Orleans
Curtis Keller, MD – Merit Health Biloxi, Biloxi, MS
Charles Ugokwe, MD – Rapides Regional Medical Center, Alexandria
Michael Charlet, MD – Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center, Houma
Stephen Nelson, MD – Tulane Health System, New Orleans
Jeremy Toler, MD – Ochsner Health System, New Orleans