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About the EAWCP

The Epilepsy Association of Western and Central PA (EAWCP) is a private, non-profit service organization providing public education and supportive services to individuals and families affected by epilepsy/seizure disorders. We endeavor to improve the quality of life for persons with epilepsy/seizure disorders, and to dispel the myths, stigma, and misunderstandings associated with epilepsy.

With offices and staff in Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, the EAWCP offers its nationally recognized programs and services to residents throughout western and central Pennsylvania.

The work of the EAWCP is supported through private donations, a variety of grants, and a contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as well as special fundraising events.

With support from a volunteer Board of Directors and Professional Advisory Board that provides medical expertise, the EAWCP works to ensure an improved quality of life for those who face the challenges presented by epilepsy or seizure disorders.

Peggy Beem Jelley

President & CEO Peggy Beem Jelley

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.” —Fred Rogers

Message from the President and CEO

I am so proud to announce that our organization is renewing its commitment to meeting the needs of those living with epilepsy. We are renewing our promise to help individuals to cope with a life that includes seizures, to help you and your family find better ways to manage seizures, to create more ways to enhance your life, and to support you and your family on this journey toward a life free of seizures and free of side effects.

As we refresh, recharge, and renew ourselves, we’re adopting a new look! And, we ask for your patience as we do a little house cleaning on the site, updating our technology. Remember that here you’ll find the same great people, staff, volunteers, and advocates as always. We will continue the same and even more programs; geared toward empowering folks through education, advocacy, individual assistance, and public awareness. And, as always, we’ll be depending upon you to continue to help and support us in carrying out our mission.

As a member of our local, regional, and Pennsylvania epilepsy community, you are and have been an important ambassador and contributor to the mission and work of our organization. You recognize and believe in the plan to help empower people living with epilepsy by providing them, and their families, with the help, support, and care they need in their local neighborhoods to live life without compromise.

On behalf of our Board of Directors, Professional Advisors, and staff, I encourage you to let us know how we’re doing. Send us your comments and write to us with your suggestions and advice. We look forward to continuing our work with you and on your behalf.

Peggy Beem Jelley
President & CEO

Our Staff

Pittsburgh Area

  • Peggy Beem-Jelley President and CEO
  • Francine Eden Adult Services Coordinator
  • Colleen Fulkerson Special Events Coordinator
  • Lynne Gensamer Financial & Benefits Administrator
  • Jordan Hinds Community Program Coordinator
  • Andrea Zonneveld Community Education & Events Coordinator

Harrisburg Area

  • Gretchen Knaub Regional Director, Capitol Region
  • Laura Woodward Community Education & Events Coordinator, Capitol Region
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We serve western and central Pennsylvania, which includes all of the counties shaded in dark purple above. If you live outside of our service area, please contact the Epilepsy Alliance America to find programs and services in a community near you.

Epilepsy is what you have

...not who you are

Executive Committee

Joyce Bender (Chairman)
Alan Shuckrow (Chair Elect)
Eugene DeFrank (Treasurer)
Ed Little (Secretary)

Policy Board of Directors

Russ Allen, Edward Jones
Joyce Bender, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.
Patricia Crumrine, MD, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Eugene DeFrank, CPA, Schneider Downs & Co. Inc.
Glen Goldbach, PwC
Brian Himmel, Esq., Reed Smith LLP
Mark R. Kuczinski, CPA, Pittsburgh Penguins
Barbara Kudis, Allegheny Petroleum Products
Carole Lane, Allegheny General Hospital
Ed Little
Marcia Martin, Gateway Health
Sandra McAnallen, UPMC Health Plan
Anthony Musmanno, IdeaMill
James Norris, Esq.
Daniel P. Orie, Esq., Heartland Restaurant Group, LLC
Greg Pollock, PNC Financial Services
Deborah Rice-Johnson, Highmark Health Plan
Alan Shuckrow, Esq., Strassberger McKenna, Gutnick & Gefsky
James Valeriano, MD, West Penn Allegheny Health System

Emeritus Board

Dick Barton
Douglas Dick
Jack K. Hinds
Lawrence Leventon, Esq.
Richard M. Ryan
Thomas Trimm, Esq.

Advisory Board

Miya Asato, MD
Jill Bischoff, CRNP
Patricia Crumrine, MD
Kevin Kelly, MD, PhD
Carole Lane
Carol J. Schramke, PhD
Anne C. VanCott, MD
James Valeriano, MD
Rajiv Varma, MD

We are proud to be a member of Epilepsy Alliance America.

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