The Epilepsy Foundation will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research. Epilepsy is a central nervous system disorder (neurological disorder) in which the nerve cell activity in your brain is disturbed, causing a seizure during which you experience abnormal behavior, symptoms and sensations, including loss of consciousness.
Although there has yet to be a cure for epilepsy, we can strive to ensure that “not another moment is lost to seizures.” People living with epilepsy can manage their seizures and improve how they are perceived, accepted and valued in society.
Meet The Epilepsy Foundation Family
Pam Hughes, Executive Director, has been with the Epilepsy Foundation since 2001. She was a supervisor at the Education Development Assessment Center for Goodwill before coming to the Foundation. She lives in Dandridge with her husband of 25 years and their 15 year old son. Pam received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Carson Newman. Like all of the staff at the Foundation, Pam helps with all of the programs. A great deal of her time goes towards seeking grants and funding for our programs, but also enjoys helping coordinate the support group and social outings for the clients. When not at work, Pam enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
Paula Ellis has been the Public Education Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of East Tennessee since 2004. She grew up in the Knoxville area and currently lives in Rockford with her husband of 20 years and their two dogs. Before coming to the Epilepsy Foundation, Ms. Ellis worked for Kroger for 20 years and then went on to work for the TVA Credit Union. It was at this time that she decided she wanted to do something in the non profit field to help others. Her daughter, now 28, had seizures as a young child, which gives her great insight and passion for the mission of the Foundation. In her position as Public Education Coordinator, she is responsible for recruiting, coordinating and scheduling first aid training presentations throughout 24 counties in East Tennessee. She travels to schools, day cares and businesses throughout the East Tennessee community to educate attendees in appropriate seizure first aid and other social issues surrounding the disorder of epilepsy. In addition, Paula keeps up with new research information from the National Office and other resources to ensure all presentation information is up to date. Her attendance at health fairs and United Way functions provides an opportunity for education and sharing information with the attendees, which also helps with community awareness. In her free time, Paula and her husband teach a singles class at their church.
Sarah Ammons, Client Services Coordinator, has been with the Epilepsy Foundation since 2003. She lives in Powell with her husband, son and daughter. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s Degree from Johnson University. As the Client Services Coordinator, Sarah sends materials and application for pharmaceutical programs in order to get long term assistance with their epilepsy medication; coordinates with doctor and dental offices to assist patients who need these services; coordinates camp scholarships for epilepsy camp; helps coordinate support group and assists with fundraising. In her free time, Sarah loves to spend time with her family and friends. She also teaches first grade Sunday School at her church.