Epilepsy Foundation of America Partners with Us and Creates New Organization- The Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region

Hey, we've got a new name!

In partnership with The Epilepsy Foundation of America, we're now the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region.  This new organization will take the place of the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio. 

Legally, the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio will no longer exist.  The new national chapter, the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region, is rising in its place.  “Except for our new name, this change should be transparent to those we serve,” said Pamela Jacques, MS, CPW, CHES, executive director of the local chapter. “Serving those affected by epilepsy continues to be our primary focus. Our programs and services will continue uninterrupted.” The new organization will serve Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby counties in Ohio.  

Many local nonprofit organizations have struggled with funding, especially funding for operations, such as rent and utilities.  The Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio faced these same challenges.  This new organization will operate under the auspices of the national organization, alleviating some of the day to day pressures so the staff can concentrate on serving the community. “We are pleased to welcome the Epilepsy Foundation Greater Dayton Region into our chapter network,” said Phil Gattone, President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of America.  “Assuring epilepsy-related programs and services continue in this part of Ohio is a priority.”  The national organization is committed to maintaining local programs and assured that local donations ear-marked for local programs would stay local. 

The local chapter offers support services; such as support groups, education for people living with epilepsy, the parents of children with epilepsy and children; education for the community including: police, firefighters/EMTs, school personnel, daycare personnel, employers and others; prescription assistance; referrals to local services and more.  A national chapter will be able to offer more programs to the community, and we plan to roll out several new offerings over the next year – including a program especially for children impacted by epilepsy.   For more information about local Epilepsy Foundation services and programs, contact us at 937-233-2500.


New Beginnings

Hello everyone.  Let me introduce myself.  My name is Pamela Jacques and I am the new Executive Director for the Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio. I am excited about what the future holds for the Foundation. Our priority is to serve those who live with epilepsy and their families- so you will see more programs and services being offered designed to do just that- serve. Right now we're in the process of shoring up our resources and planning our longer term goals.  

A little background about me.  I have spent most of my professional life working in nonprofits, including 21 years at Premier Health here in Dayton.  The last 9 of which was as the Executive Director of Premier Community Health, which used to be a small subsidiary of Premier that offered health and wellness programs to the community.  I have a Master of Science from California College for Health Sciences in Health Services and a Bachelors degree in Communications from Wright State University.  I'm also a Certified Health Education Specialist. 

It is my privilege to serve this area and those living with epilepsy and their families.  I plan to share our progress here as we move forward. If you have a topic you'd like to hear more about, please let us know.  Perhaps we can make it the topic of one of these blogs.

To new beginnings!