Who We Are
Photos and professional summaries of our Leaders, ROW Foundation Board, and Staff
Meet our Board, Advisers and Staff
Ruth Boyer, RN
Bruce Duncan, JD, CPA
Patricia A. Gibson, MSSW, DHL, ACSW
Ms. Gibson has organized and conducted numerous state, regional, and more than 40 national and international conferences on epilepsy. She set up the Epilepsy Medication Fund for the state of North Carolina in 1987, and has received national and international awards for her work to improve the care of those with epilepsy.
Mark Petersen, MBA
Marvin A. Rossi, MD, PhD
A board-certified neurologist and epileptologist with a doctorate in molecular biophysics, he has over 25 years of experience within regional NAEC-affiliated specialized epilepsy centers as a translational neuroscience researcher and subspecialist clinician.
Kurt Florian, JD
A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Kurt lives there still with wife Linda, daughter Jennifer and son Kyle. His childhood experiences with seizures, as well has his daughter’s epilepsy, led him to serve for over twenty years on the Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, of which he was Chairman for several years. When his daughter began to suffer from seizures, his commitment to the epilepsy community was reaffirmed.
Samuel O. Okpaku, MD, PhD
He has training and background in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Social Research. He is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons and Physicians Canada and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association where he is a member of the Council for International Psychiatry.
His research interests have included Lithium Transport, Psychotherapy, Disability Reconciliation and Cultural Psychiatry. He has published in these areas. He is also the author of Sex, Orgasm and Depression: Their Inter-Relationship in a Changing Society. He is the editor of Mental Health in Africa and the Americas Today, Clinical Methods in Transcultural Psychiatry (American Psychiatric Association), and Essentials of Global Mental Health (Cambridge University Press). He is currently editing a volume on Innovations in Global Mental Health (Springer Publishing).
Emilio Perucca, MD, PhD
He is a Full Professor of Pharmacology at University of Pavia Medical School and Director of the Clinical Trial Centre at IRCCS C. Mondino Foundation’s National Institute of Neurology in Pavia, Italy. He earned his medical degree and a specialization in neurology from University of Pavia Medical School in Pavia, Italy and his PhD in clinical pharmacology from the University of London in London, UK.
Aashit Shah, MD
He earned his medical degree from Smt. NHL Municipal Medical College at Gujarat University in India, interned at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, and completed both his residency and a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Wayne State University and Detroit Medical Center in Detroit, MI.
Paul Regan, EdD
For Paul, epilepsy is both a personal and humanitarian concern. His sister-in-law, a niece and a nephew have all wrestled with the disorder, which gives it a personal face. And the inequities in how epilepsy is diagnosed and treated around the globe make it a humanitarian and justice issue for him.
In addition to writing, Mike is an avid reader, amateur winemaker, aspiring ballroom dancer and five-time cancer survivor who tries to make the most of every day.
Michael recently worked as an intern with Denver Health in Colorado where he spent time working in the OR and clinic as an assistant to various doctors and physician assistants, particularly with note taking and material acquisition. He spent additional time in various clinics and hospitals across the Denver front range.