Board of Directors
Karen is a mother of a young son who is diagnosed with epilepsy. She understands the challenges and emotions parents go through when their child is diagnosed and navigating the medical care needed. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Fordham University. She has worked with nonprofits specifically those advocating and serving children and families for over 25 years. Originally from New York, she moved to Tampa area in 2005, and now lives in Pinellas with her husband and son. The family enjoys attending all Tampa Bay professional sports team events and going to the beach. She believes ESF organization is important for children, teens, young adults diagnosed with epilepsy and their families to get information, be supported, and to be empowered.
Monique Scott is a first generation American, her parents immigrated from Bogota, Colombia during the early eighties to the United States and she is a Tampa native. Monique was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of ten and has persevered through many of the challenges often encountered by a person with epilepsy. Monique is a graduate of University of South Florida and Stetson Law School. As a young child it was Monique’s dream to help others by seeking justice for those who are victims of crimes. Monique served as a Tampa Police Department officer however her career was cut short due to the inability to provide proper accommodations in accordance with the American Disabilities Act related to her epilepsy. This experience would propel Monique to become an advocate and a leader for those effected by epilepsy. Monique then began a career in teaching while attending Stetson Law School within the Part-Time program. After graduating from law school Monique began a career as a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s Office. Monique was elected Hillsborough County Court Judge on November 3RD 2020 and serves our community as Hillsborough County’s first judge/person with epilepsy.
Cristina is the mother of a resilient, vibrant and talented 18 year old diagnosed with Generalized Epilepsy and Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures along with other comorbid conditions. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Cristina found a home in Tampa, FL in 2004. After years of struggling to find answers to her daughter’s medical conditions, she found hope and support one day when she walked down the street in desperation, during her daughter’s a long-term video EEG, into the ESF’s office. Cristina hopes to give back and help others in the challenging journey of caring for a person living with epilepsy by sharing her experiences, empowering parents to be avid advocates for their children, expanding services for people living with epilepsy and educating the community about the condition. Cristina believes that in life “we don’t need easy, we need possible” and through ESF she has found the tools and support to achieve possibilities for a better quality of life for those living with epilepsy and striving towards a seizure free life. Cristina holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico and currently works for the Department of Homeland Security.