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Epilepsy Association of WNY Executive Director to Retire
Epilepsy Association of WNY Executive Director to Retire

A Statement Released by the Epilepsy Association of WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. - November 1, 2012—The Epilepsy Association of Western New York (EAWNY) is saying farewell to its Executive Director of more than five years. Barbara Brossard, who since 2007 has led Western New York’s only non-profit organization solely dedicated to helping those with epilepsy and seizures disorders, has announced her plans to retire effective February 1, 2013.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to Barb for her leadership these last five years and for making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many Western New York adults and children with epilepsy,” said Carrie Silliman, Vice President of the EAWNY Board of Directors and a nurse practitioner at Erie County Medical Center Corporation. “We wish her well in her retirement and appreciate the generous advance notice she gave to help ensure a seamless transition.”

Brossard is a licensed mental health counselor, a certified rehabilitation counselor and a nationally certified counselor who has been an integral part of EAWNY since 1984. She began as a Senior Counselor and later became Program Director, responsible for all program staff and compliance with New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Medicaid regulations. She also was actively involved in the development of EAWNY’s neuro-behavioral program and expansion of the association’s vocational program.

Brossard became interim Executive Director in 2007, then was promoted to the position permanently the following year. As Executive Director she developed a partnership with the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Millard Fillmore Gates, which resulted in new referrals to EAWNY and more community awareness of the organization’s services. She worked to develop a similar collaboration with Women and Children’s Hospital to expand EAWNY’s positive impact on improving the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy in Western New York.

“Deciding to leave the organization where I have spent the majority of my career was difficult,” said Brossard, “but I will be turning 65 years old soon and it’s time to spend more time with my family.”

EAWNY is actively searching for a new Executive Director to meet the February 1 timeline. Silliman said she and Board Member Mary Ellen Frandina, Executive Vice President of Organizational Development and Employee Experience at Evans Bank, are leading the committee. “EAWNY will be looking for a dynamic new leader, who will come in with ideas, an understanding of our community and a vision that can strategically nurture and grow our services for the future,” said Frandina. Information about the position will be advertised on the organization’s website, epilepsywny.org, and elsewhere.

About Epilepsy & EAWNY
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States and affects about 2.5 million Americans. Medications and other treatments help many people who live with epilepsy, however seizures can limit their school achievements, employment prospects and participation in all of life’s experiences. Founded in 1947 by parents of soldiers returning home from WWII with seizures resulting from head injuries sustained in battle, the Epilepsy Association of Western New York is the area’s only non-profit agency solely dedicated to assisting individuals and their families cope with and adjust to epilepsy and/or seizure disorders to enable them to lead more independent, productive and satisfying lives. Among its programs are Family Support Services, Adult Counseling, Medicaid Service Coordination, Employment/Vocational Services and Epilepsy Wellness and Prevention Education/Community Outreach. More information about epilepsy and EAWNY can be found at epilepsywny.org


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