Epilepsy Support & Education Services Inc. is still very much a grassroots organization with the Board members and volunteers doing the vast majority of the work. We occasional have fundraising projects but at this time we do not have a paid staff. We do this work out of our passion and desire to bring awareness of epilepsy to the public.
Kris L. McNair- President
Kris was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 4. Growing up with a family that was very accepting of her diagnosis Kris did not let much hold her back. She found out early that telling her friends about her Epilepsy helped them understand what to do when she did have a seizure. After graduating High School she went on to become a Baker and Bakery Manager for over 20 years. Kris changed careers several years back and now a Real Estate Broker with a flexible schedule so she is able to spend more time working with Epilepsy Support and Education Services. Kris originally came to support groups so she could actually believe that there were others like her with epilepsy and was delighted to meet all the people in the group understood what she goes through living with epilepsy.
Sara Arajuo - Secretary
Sara joined after being a active member of the support group for over a year. She comes with an excellent background in neuroscience. She is a graduate of Brown University.
Steve Wood - Treasure
Steve joined the board this year having a friend with epilepsy he knows the effects that epilepsy can have on individuals and families. Steve come to us with a background in bookkeeping and has served on other non-profits boards in the past. We are glad that Steve has joined us on the board.
Rachael Hitt - Back up Secretary
Rachael came to Epilepsy Support and Education Services after meeting one of our members on a facebook group and mentioning she was going to be moving to Albuquerque. Rachael was diagonosed with epilepsy when she was a baby and lived with severe seizures for many years. Shortly before moving to Albuquerque she had brain surgery that has been successful for her. She still takes her medication daily and just had her VNS replaced this year. She is currently going to school to work on her LPN.
Deb Carter - Board Member
Debra Carter continues her role as a Board Member with Epilepsy Support and Education Services she was originally the Treasure. She participates in Epilepsy Support Groups with guidance and support to other group members. Debra was 3-years old when her parents’ were given the news that their daughter had Epilepsy in the Occipital Lobe of the Brain. Debra is visually impaired and a survivor from Stage II Breast Cancer Debra graduated with her Master’s and Post Advanced Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling and Mental Health Counselor and obtained her Independent License for Mental Health, Clinical Certification as a Trauma Professional, she has Certification and is Licensed in Rehabilitation Counseling as a full-time with an organization working with substance abuse and severe mental illness. Debra’s passion is to help others in a positive way showing them that anything is possible. Debra has never seen herself as a person with a disability, but a person with ability and acceptance of self.
Robert Sandoval- Board Member
Jennifer Weakland - Alternate Board Member
Jennifer became familiar with epilepsy when she started dating who is now her husband.
Francina Martinez- Marketing Director
Francina was diagnosed with epilepsy at an early age. Epilepsy has been in her family for 3 generations. She has been an advocate for over 15 years in the Disability field. Francina received her Bachelors’ degree from Highlands University for Social Work and is currently pursuing her Masters degree. For Francina having epilepsy was a hard subject to bring out when meeting new people but since she has joined Epilepsy Support & Education Services she has been a strong voice in the community and is very passionate about spreading the awareness of epilepsy.