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Board Members Archives - Epilepsy Foundation Orange County

28 Feb


Joe DeCarlo

February 28, 2020 | By |

Joe is the Founder and CEO of JD Property Management, Inc. located in Costa Mesa, which manages properties throughout Southen California.

Joe received his MBA from Syracuse University and was an Adjunct Professor of Real Estate at Coastline Community College for over 30 years. He lives in Newport Beach with his wife, Susan and their adult son Joey, who has Epilepsy and Autism.

21 Jan


Nicole Freese

January 21, 2020 | By |

Nicole Freese is a Southern California native. She holds a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science and Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She worked as an addiction specialist until her fourth child was born and decided to take time off to raise her family. Time went by in a flash and when her youngest daughter turned 5, she had an opportunity to change gears and became a Real Estate agent. She and her partner, Lisa, are the top sales team at their brokerage firm, The Sher Group. Nicole still volunteers her time a couple days a week to help others with addiction.

Nicole was first introduced to the Epilepsy Foundation by her good friend and EFOC Executive Director, Shannon Abdul-Wahab. Her younger son, August was diagnosed with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) and is currently being treated by a former Care & Cure fellow.

Nicole and her husband, Josh Freese, a professional drummer, live in Long Beach, CA with their 4 children. In their spare time they enjoy spending time in Palm Springs, taking their poodles for walks and traveling around the world with their children.

04 Dec


Scott R. Miller

December 4, 2019 | By |

Scott is a partner in the intellectual property law group at Sheppard Mullin. He presently works out of the Los Angeles and Costa Mesa offices. Scott handles both transactional and litigation matters in the areas of patent, trademark, trade secret and unfair or false advertising law.

Scott’s connection to epilepsy is through his daughter who had a febrile seizure at 26 months old. She was later diagnosed with epilepsy. Her seizures were not controlled by medication. Between 2016 and 2017, she underwent three surgical procedures and has been seizure free for more than two years. Scott hopes to use his family’s experience to assist other families in their search for proper treatment including surgical intervention where available to address their epilepsy conditions.

Scott is a native of Nebraska, and thus follows the Cornhuskers (particularly during football season). He is also an avid wine collector and enjoys skiing and hiking with his family and bike riding on the weekends with his bicycle team, the Bad Hombres.

12 Nov


Dan Burke

November 12, 2019 | By |

Sr. Vice President, Platform Strategy and General Counsel, Pacific Dental Services.

Dan Burke joined PDS in 2011. Prior to joining PDS, Dan held senior management positions at leading global retail, manufacturing and consumer products companies, including oversight of administration, strategy, legal, and human resources, as well as sales and new market-entry leadership positions. His current responsibilities at PDS include oversight of the following departments: Innovation, Information Technology, and Revenue Operations. Dan also serves as the General Counsel, overseeing the Legal, Legislative Affairs, and Compliance functions for PDS.

Dan received his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. Dan has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Innovative In-House Lawyers for 2010” in the state of California by The Daily Journal and “General Counsel of the Year” by the Orange County Business Journal. He has also received the Seven Seals Award from the U.S. Department of Defense for his leadership and support of those serving in America’s National Guard and Reserve.

21 Oct


William P. “Bill” Long

October 21, 2019 | By |

Bill’s career began at The Quaker Oats Company where he was National Sales Promotion Manager directing marketing related efforts in 18 territories across the United States.
The Walt Disney Company hired Bill away from Quaker Oats in 1970 to become Corporate Director of Promotions with responsibilities for developing all promotional programs at Walt Disney World, Florida and the 25th Anniversary Celebration for Disneyland in California.

His many achievements led towards his becoming the head of marketing for Disneyland as well as the Vice President of Sales The Walt Disney Travel Company and Disneyland’s in-house advertising agency, Vista Advertising.

Before starting his own consultant Bill became the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball Team. There he was responsible for advertising, radio and television contracts as well as sales publicity, promotions and corporate sponsorships. He raised more than $12 million for the Mariner baseball team at a time when their on-field performance was poor.

Bill has served as Chairman of the Anaheim, CA Visitor & Convention Bureau as well as a member of the California Tourism Council. Bill has been Married forty two years to Nancy Ferell Long, has three children and five grandchildren. In his free time, Bill enjoys sailing.

17 Oct


Steven D. Kahanic

October 17, 2019 | By |

Steven D. Kahanic is a retired management consultant. His last served for over 20 years with the Big 4 Accounting firm KPMG.

Steve’s journey with the Epilepsy Foundation is personal. He experienced a head injury at four-months old, but focal seizures, he labeled as “dream sequences,” didn’t start occurring until fifteen years ago. His journey included multiple medications, hospital stays, and tests over a five-year period. This also included active attendance in local meetings, national conferences, and frequenting He grew tired of tracking over ten seizures some days and the side effects of medications. This journey led to left temporal lobectomy surgery and amygdalohippocampectomy in May 2013. Since that time medications have been reduced and no seizures have occurred!

Steve is now called to advocate individuals suffering with seizures consider proceeding with life altering brain surgery. He’s excited to join the Advisory Board of the Orange County Chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation to assist others in their own epilepsy journey.

Steve and wife Mary Ann are actively involved in the lives of three grandchildren, care of his mother, and church. You’ll find them attending soccer and football games many weekends during the year.

17 Oct


Janani S. Rana, CFLS

October 17, 2019 | By |

Janani S. Rana is a divorce attorney at Minyard Morris in Newport Beach. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist and limits her practice to Orange County matters.

Janani became involved with the Epilepsy Foundation after her daughter was diagnosed with Infantile Spasms, a rare and potentially devastating form of epilepsy. It was actually the videos uploaded to Google by Dr. Shaun Hussain at UCLA, coincidentally the first recipient of Care and Cure’s pediatric epilepsy fellowship grant, that sent Janani and her husband to the ER. They arrived just in time to get her daughter treated with first-line medication before irreversible damage was done. By joining the Board of the Orange County Chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation, Janani hopes to aid the fight to ensure that easy and timely access to pediatric epilepsy care becomes a reality for all parents in Orange County.

In addition to her family law practice, Janani also serves as Co-President of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (SABA-SC), and is on the Associate Board of Project Youth OCBF and the OCBA Diversity Committee.



17 Oct


Nanci Leos

October 17, 2019 | By |

As the Chief Client Officer at Rauxa, a women-founded and led advertising agency, Nanci oversees a number of Fortune 100 clients including Verizon, Celgene, Blue Shield of California, Vans and Alaska Airlines. Nanci has a strong digital and analytic background, with over 20 years of experience in marketing. Laser focused on delivering results for clients. Experienced in business development and building lasting client relationships. Nanci lives in Long Beach with her husband, son and two dogs.