ESF offers programs and services that are designed to increase understanding of epilepsy, promote dialogue between persons with epilepsy, families and others dealing with the impact of epilepsy. ESF offers current information about epilepsy, support, encouragement and hope to persons who find themselves struggling with the day-to-day challenges and fears associated with this chronic medical condition. To learn more about our programs, click on the Programs tab.
ESF raises funds to provide scholarships for kids with epilepsy to attend Camp Boggy Creek, three family retreat weekends at Camp Boggy Creek, Rotary’s Camp Florida and Deliver the Dream Camp, college scholarships for students affected by epilepsy to pursue a college degree and medical scholarships for persons pursuing the field of neurology. ESF also provides funding for medical support services.
ESF has provided services in the Tampa Bay community for 45 years.
ESF is a 501(C)(3) corporation and was incorporated in the State of Florida on May 4, 1973. The ESF State of Florida corporation document number is 726327. For the last five years, the Great Nonprofits Organization selected ESF as one of the top-rated health non-profits in America.
Committed to creating a better future and environment for persons affected by epilepsy living in West Central Florida, especially children, teens and young adults with epilepsy and their families.
Financial Advisor, Certified Financial Planner, The Walters Group at Morgan Stanley. Married to Susan, parents of Brad and Kelley. Lived in Lutz for 31 years. No family history of epilepsy. We have been blessed with two healthy children and I serve to help others less fortunate than us. Avid sports fan, enjoying travel, hiking, and snowshoeing.
Systems Engineer with E*TRADE for last 18 years. Married to Verla with two beautiful children, Lila Grace and Shelby. Lived with seizure disorder for last 25 years. Huge Alabama fan, graduated in 2000. Love helping others.
Chiropractor who has served for many years on ESF’s board and has now re-joined the board after several years.
Holds an MBA from the University of Miami, licensed stockbroker for 26 years. An inventor in the medical field, experience with start-up corporations in the technology and in the development of new product and ideas. His experience in advertising, production management, and great organization skills bring him the focus necessary to lead, develop, and execute a plan in a team environment.
Heather has a seizure disorder and works for a global management consulting company. Married with one beautiful daughter.
Works for the United States Attorney’s Office in Tampa. Married.
Rachelle has a daughter with epilepsy and works for an employment staffing company.
Amanda works as a paralegal for Wiand Guerra King LLC.
Sande has a daughter with epilepsy and served as ESF’s Volunteer Coordinator for several years.
Works for Fran Haasch Law Group.
University of South Florida Alumni. Degree in Criminology. Assistant State Attorney at the State Attorney’s Office in Hillsborough County. I have epilepsy and acutely aware of the difficulties others with epilepsy go through on a daily basis. I hope to educate others while serving on the board.
With Greenwich Biosciences, and has helped at our gala, golf tournament, walk and Camp Boggy Creek visit, as well as sponsoring the recent Tampa Tarpons baseball evening.
Mother of a 4 1/2 year old who seized for the first time last November. She is so thankful for the help Tom and ESF provided them. Her current employment involves helping juveniles in Pinellas and has many talents and resources that would further our mission.
The ESF Medical Professional Advisory Board is composed of epileptologists, neurologists, other healthcare professionals and ESF board members. The Board advises the ESF volunteers and employees on a variety of issues affecting the medical care and support services of persons affected by epilepsy. Members of the ESF’s PAB review and approve the answers to questions put forth by persons with epilepsy, family members or caregivers and persons viewing ESF’s website or attending an epilepsy education program.
ESF staff members update the PAB on what it is doing in the community to ncrease awareness, provide epilepsy education and support services for persons affected by epilepsy.
Meetings are held three times/year from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at Panera Bread across from the University of South Florida.
Gulf Coast Epilepsy Foundation is established on May 4, 1973 by Barbara McNerney and some parents. Foundation is begun in Barbara’s garage and provided educational materials, information & referral and support groups. Eventually, offices were established on Kennedy Boulevard, Linebaugh Avenue, Waters Avenue, North Armenia Avenue and finally at current address (4618 North Armenia Avenue). Statewide Antiepileptic Drug Program is established. Gulf Coast Epilepsy Foundation and other Florida Epilepsy Providers are partly funded by HRS – Developmental Services. Gulf Coast Epilepsy Foundation establishes an office on Kennedy Boulevard.
The Epilepsy Services Foundations provides services for persons affected by epilepsy living in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hardee, Highlands and Hernando counties.