People
Services at The Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York include those most requested by persons with epilepsy to participate as fully as possible in their communities. These include counseling, vocational services and job placement, prevocational and respite services, service coordination, information and referral services, socialization programs and educational presentations. The Foundation also sponsors support groups, community educational presentations and other events throughout the year.

All information and training and presentations are free of charge. Other programs are also free of charge or require low cost fees. Fees are based on a sliding scale; Medicaid, Medicare, and some third party insurances are accepted.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York relies upon volunteer Board and Advisory Members to provide oversight, strategic planning, vocational, medical and legal guidance and fundraising activities.

    • The Board of Directors provides oversight for The Foundation and is comprised of persons representing the legal, medical, business, service and epilepsy communities.
    • The Professional Advisory Board provides continuing educational activities and advice and is comprised of persons representing the legal and medical communities.
    • The Business Advisory Council provides guidance to the Foundation’s vocational and employment staff and helps to access employment opportunities for people with epilepsy.
    • The Consumer Advisory Council is comprised of persons with epilepsy and advises The Foundation on issues of concern.

Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York – Board of Directors

Duncan Whiteside, Chair
Dr. Fred Lado
Janet Stark
Dr. Shlomo Shinnar
Dr. Blanca Vazquez
John M. Cahill II
Nli Yolin, Esq.
Bradley Soto
Chloe Li

Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York – Professional Advisory Board

Dr. Blanca Vazquez – NYU (FACES), Chair
Dr. Fred Lado – Neuroscience Institute at Great Neck, Northwell Health, Vice Chair
Dr. Karen Ballaban-Gil – Montefiore CEC
Dr. Carl Bazil – Columbia CEC
Dr. Jacqueline French – NYU (FACES)
Dr. Robert Goodman – Manhattan Neursurgery PC
Dr. Arthur Grant – SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Dr. Cynthia L. Harden – 14th Street Medical Group, P.C.
Dr. Sheryl Haut – Montefiore CEC
Dr. Dale Hesdorffer – Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Luydmila Jovine LCSW BCD – Clinical Social Worker
Dr. Steven Karceski – Weill Cornell Epilepsy Center
Dr. Josiane Lajoie – NYU Langone Medical Center CEC
Patricia McGoldrick NP MPA MSN – Mount Sinai Pediatric CEC
Dr. Shahin Nouri – NY-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital CEC
Ruth Shinnar RN MSN – Montefiore Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center
Dr. Shlomo Shinnar – Montefiore Comprehensive Epilepsy Management Center
Dr. Akila Venkataraman – SIUH-Northwell
Dr. Steven M. Wolf – Mount Sinai Pediatric CEC