Our Organization

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is leading the fight to END EPILEPSY TOGETHER and overcome challenges created by seizures by focusing on Care, Advocacy, Research and Education. Through these areas of focus, we offer a range of services and programs to help, support, advocate for, and empower those who are affected by epilepsy and their caregivers. We also support research to accelerate cures for the epilepsies, support the training and work of new pediatric epilepsy specialists, and also seek to educate the general public to better understand epilepsy/seizure disorders, and fight to END EPILEPSY.

Who We Serve

We serve individuals and families affected by epilepsy/seizure disorders. Our primary areas of service include the Counties of Los Angeles (10.14 million), San Bernardino (2.1 million) and Ventura (0.85 million). The estimated combined population of our territory is over 16 million. At least 1% of the population has epilepsy/seizure disorders. Thus, in the three Counties we serve, almost 160,000 people have epilepsy. However, many more are significantly impacted by epilepsy in their daily lives when you include family members, caregivers, and friends in the total.

What We Do

We are here for you, as we have been for more than 61 years. As your local Epilepsy Foundation chapter, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles is the only non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated solely to serving people affected by epilepsy in this entire region. Our tax ID is 85-4002671

With a combined total of >60 years of service, our board is more inspired than ever to lead the fight to End Epilepsy.

Board of Directors
  • Shannon Abdul-Wahab
  • Diane Crea-Hamilton
  • Steven Baum
  • Chris Bender
  • Mark Borman
    Member at Large of Executive Committee
  • Daryl Drabinsky
  • Matt Edelman
    Member, Vice President
  • Tracy Estrada-Hiett
  • Andrew Gumpert
    Member at Large of Executive Committee
  • Martha Haight
  • Peyton Hoffman
  • Matthew Howley
  • Adam Kaller
    Member, Assistant Secretary
  • Samuel Koh
  • Thomas Minahan
  • Jolie Nelson
  • David A. Parker
  • Steve Smith
    Member, Treasurer
  • Bethany Stevens
  • Loren Zitomersky
    Member, President

Our staff team has a combined total of >50 years with our organization, and we are more inspired than ever by your stories.

Staff Team
  • Rebekkah Halliwell
    Executive Director
  • Patricia Leyva
    Program Manager
  • Lupe Martinez
    Spanish Program Coordinator
  • Brook Cassidy
    Clerical Program Assistant
  • Julie Paletta
    Finance Director
  • Lily Chan
    Communications & Development Manager

We recognize our medical professionals
and their affiliated institutions.

Professional Advisory Board
  • Kara Barton, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapy, Specializing in Chronic Neurological Conditions

  • Jeffrey Chung, MD

    Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Division of Neurology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

  • Richard Daims, PhD

    Neuropsychologist, Private Practice

  • Christopher DeGiorgio, MD

    Professor, UCLA Department of Neurology

  • Sunita Dergalust, PharmD

    Clinical Pharmacist in Neurology and Neurosurgery; Director, PGY-2 Neurology Pharmacy Residency Program, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

  • Sandra Dewar, RN, MS/CNS

    Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Director, Seizure Disorder Center, UCLA

  • Surisham Dhillon, MD
  • Reyna Duron, MD

    Clínica de Especialidades y Neurocentro, Tegucigalpa, Honduras

  • Dawn Eliashiv, MD, FAAN

    Co-Director, UCLA Seizure Disorder Center; Professor of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

  • Bill Feeman, RN, CDDN

    Director of Client Services, Westside Regional Center

  • Andres A. Gonzalez, MD

    Director, Surgical Neurophysiology Program, LAC+ USC Medical Center; Asst Professor of Neurology, Keck Medical Center of USC

  • Jeff Gordon, Esq.

    Associate, Yoka & Smith, LLP

  • Laurette Hayden, LMFT

    Licensed Psychotherapist

  • Christianne Heck, MD, MMM

    Medical Director, USC Comprehensive Epilepsy Center; Co-Director, USC Center for Neurorestoration Keck School of Medicine, USC

  • Deborah Holder, MD

    Director, Epilepsy Program, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit and EEG Lab, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

  • Shaun Hussain, MD

    Pediatric Neurologist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Childrens Hospital UCLA

  • Laura Kalayjian, MD

    Assistant Professor of Neurology, Chief of Neurology, LAC+USC Medical Center, Keck USC School of Medicine

  • Linda Kaplan, MD

    Professor of Clinical Neurology, UCI; Private Practice

  • David Y. Ko, MD

    Associate Professor of Neurology, Keck USC School of Medicine

  • Jason Lerner, MD

    Asst Professor, Director, Pediatric Neurophysiology Lab; Director of Training, Pediatric Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

  • Travis Losey, MD

    Medical Director, Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology, Loma Linda University Medical Center

  • Jesus Machado-Salas, PhD, MD

    CEO, Brain and Epilepsy Center, Tijuana, Mexico; Researcher, VA Greater LA Healthcare System

  • Joyce Matsumoto, MD

    Asst Clinical Professor of Pediatric Neurology, Medical Director, Ketogenic Diet Program, UCLA

  • Marco Medina, MD

    Professor of Neurology, National Autonomous University of Honduras

  • David Millett, MD

    Director, Epilepsy Program, Hoag Presbyterian Hospital; Co-Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Rancho Los Amigos NRC; Adj. Asst. Clin Professor of Neurology, USC

  • Wendy Mitchell, MD

    Acting Head, Division of Neurology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles

  • Lora Morn, RN, MSN

    Nurse Coordinator, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

  • Arthur Partikian, MD

    Asst Professor, Director, Division of Child Neurology, LAC+USC Medical Center

  • Irene Ruzin, Esq

    Attorney, Law Office of Irene Ruzin

  • Kiarash Sadrieh, MD

    Director, Pediatric Neurology, White Memorial Med Center; Asst Professor of Pediatrics, Loma Linda Univ School of Medicine

  • Raman Sankar, MD, PhD

    Professor and Chief, Rubin Brown Distinguished Chair, Division of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

  • Cliff Segil, DO

    Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology

  • John Stern, MD

    Seizure Disorder Program, UCLA Medical Center

  • William Sutherling, MD

    Former Medical Director, Epilepsy and Brain Mapping Program, Huntington Memorial Medical Center

  • Lori Uber-Zak, MD

    Loma Linda Medical Center

  • Barbara J. Wilson

    Coordinator, Educational Programs, LA County Office of Education

  • Sumeet Vadera, MD

    Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California, Irvine

  • Mary Zupanc, MD

    Professor, Department of Neurology & Pediatrics; Chief, Pediatric Neurology; Director, Pediatric Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, UC Irvine School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Orange County

We thank our partners, collaborators
and corporate sponsors.


Program Partners


Important financial and policy information…


These are the required financial reports for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles

Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audited Financial Statements

6.30.17 Financial Statements

6.30.16 Financial Statements

6.30.15 Financial Statements

6.30.14 Financial Statements

6.30.13 Financial Statements


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