Shannon Abdul-Wahab is the Executive Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Orange County, and is responsible for the vision, strategy, and facilitation of epilepsy services for the Orange County Chapter. She comes to you with a very long history in the field of epilepsy, as she was diagnosed with a genetic form of epilepsy at the age of 4 and has survived hundreds of absence, myoclonic and tonic-clonic seizures since. In spite of this, she has become a service centered leader and strategist driven by her unwavering vision to create notable change in her community. She is a capable, smart and strong woman with a zest for love and life who has a deep passion for advocacy dedicated to changing lives.
Prior to becoming Executive Director of the Orange County chapter, Shannon was a seven year veteran on the board for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. While there, she co-chaired the annual Walk to End Epilepsy at The Rose Bowl, eventually helping to lead the charge for the Walk to End Epilepsy Nationwide. Under her shared leadership, Shannon’s walks reached nearly 30,000 people and raised close to $3 million dollars. More recently, Shannon was asked to serve alongside some of the most esteemed members in the epilepsy community on the National Board for the Epilepsy Foundation. Shannon spearheaded adoption efforts to become the first known person with epilepsy to have ever adopted a child from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In her spare time, Shannon facilitates grief groups, sits on the board for The Bucket List Foundation (which offers wishes to terminally ill adults) and is the girls basketball commissioner for Los Alamitos NJB in Orange County. She holds Bachelors Degrees in both Social Work & Spanish from Westmont College and a Masters Degree in Counseling from Loyola Marymount University. Shannon and her husband, former NFL Player, Andy Meyers, have 3 children and enjoy all things UCLA (especially football) and weekend getaways to their home in Parker, AZ.