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 neurosciences. She graduated Brown University with a masters degree in Public Health. She is a dedicated volunteer and we appreciate having her as a part of our board.
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
We originally met Robert when his daughter called the office one evening and wanted to talk to someone. From that time on Robert wanted to help and he and his wife and daughter came to groups on a regular basis. Robert has helped with our walks and other events. He worked over 20 years with the city of Albuquerque and was able to retire in 2019 from the department of Senior Affairs.
Jon Vigil- Board Member
We met Jon Vigil when he became the representative for Liva-Nova the company that makes the VNS (Vegas Nerve Stimulator). He has introduced us to may of the doctors that we did not know and Liva-Nova has been a continued supporter of ESES for many years. We are very happy to have Jon as a member of our board.
Isaac Taylor Wise- Board Member
Living in Las Cruces Isaac travels to Albuquerque for his doctor appointments. He heard of our groups and attended one Saturday and mentioned how he would like to have meetings in Las Cruces. Little did he know we had been wanting the same thing and even traveled to Las Cruces to see where we could have meetings. It was perfect timing, over a 12 month period two of the Albuquerque facilitators travel to Las Cruces to help train Isaac. It was a blessing that Isaac came to that Saturday meeting, he has grown the Las Cruces group from 3 members to over 20 members in the past two years.
Tim May- Board Member
We met Tim when he contacted us about his work sponsoring our walk one year. Him and his family has attended the annual walk for several year along with many of his coworkers. we are happy that Tim has join the ESES team.