Board Members

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Gregory C. Mathews, M.D., PhD
Board Chair

Dr. Mathews is a neurologist in Silver Spring, Maryland and he owns a practice specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. In addition, he is the Medical Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. Dr. Mathews holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He earned his medical degree and Ph.D. from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his residency in Neurology and Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Mathews was a Research Fellow with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Synaptic Physiology Unit. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with special qualification in Clinical Neurophysiology. Additionally, he has served on the faculty in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine from 2003 to 2010. Dr. Mathews’ research focused on the basic physiology and pharmacology of inhibition in the brain with funding from NINDS and CURE. He has published extensively on the role of GABA metabolism, particularly on the contribution of metabolic precursors, on the strength of inhibitory synaptic transmission in the brain. In his current practice, he works to offer his patients all possible options for the treatment of their epilepsy.

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Kimford J. Meador MD
Board Member

Dr. Meador is a Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at the Stanford University, and Director of the SHC Epilepsy Monitoring Unit. Dr. Meador graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Applied Biology (with high honor) and received his MD from the Medical College of Georgia. After an internship at the University of Virginia and service as an officer in the Public Health Corps, he completed a residency in Neurology at the Medical College of Georgia and a fellowship in Behavioral Neurology at the University of Florida. Dr. Meador joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia (1984-2002) where he became the Charbonnier Professor of Neurology.

Dr. Meador was the Chair of Neurology at Georgetown University (2002-2004) and the Melvin Greer Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at the University of Florida (2004-2008), where he served as Director of Epilepsy Program and Director of the Clinical Alzheimer Research Program. He was Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics at Emory University (2008-2013), where he served as Director of Epilepsy and Director of Clinical Neuroscience Research. Dr. Meador joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2013, where he is Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and Director of the SHC Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

He is currently the Multi-PI on two multicenter investigations: one on pregnancy outcomes in women with epilepsy including neurodevelopmental effects of fetal antiepileptic drug exposure, and one on the cognitive effects of antiepileptic drugs in children with focal epilepsy. Dr. Meador has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications. His research interests include: cognitive mechanisms (e.g., memory and attention); cerebral lateralization; pharmacology and physiology of cognition; mechanisms of perception, consciousness and memory; EEG; epilepsy; preoperative evaluation for epilepsy surgery; intracarotid amobarbital procedure (i.e., Wada test); functional imaging; therapeutic drug trials; neurodevelopmental effects of antiepileptic drugs; psychoimmunology; behavioral disorders (e.g., aphasia, neglect, dementia); and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Dr. Meador has served on the editorial boards for Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy and Behavior, Epilepsy Currents, Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology, Neurology, Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, and Epilepsy.com. His honors include Resident Teaching Award Medical College of Georgia, Outstanding Young Faculty Award in Clinical Sciences Medical College of Georgia, Distinguished Faculty Award for Clinical Research Medical College of Georgia Lawrence C. McHenry History Award American Academy of Neurology, Dreifuss Abstract Award American Epilepsy Society, Fellow of the American Neurological Association, Diplomat of American Neurologic Association, past Chair of the Section of Behavioral Neurology of American Academy of Neurology, past President of Society for Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, past President of the Society for Behavioral & Cognitive Neurology, past President of the Southern EEG & Epilepsy Society, and American Epilepsy Society Clinical Research Award.

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Gregory N. Barnes, M.D., PhD
Vice Chair

Gregory Barnes, M.D., Ph.D., is the inaugural permanent director of the University of Louisville Autism Center. Dr. Barnes comes to UofL from Vanderbilt University. Barnes also hold the Spafford Ackerly Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and faculty positions in the departments of Neurology and Pediatrics.

“Dr. Barnes is a national leader in providing care for people who are affected by autism,” said David L. Dunn, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for health affairs at UofL. “His emphasis on evidence-based treatment, teamed with his research into potential genetic influences into the development of the disorder, as well as the potential influence in epilepsy, make him a perfect fit for our program.”

In 2008, Barnes was appointed national neurology co-leader for the Autism Treatment Network. In 2012 he was appointed to the external scientific advisory committee for the Preclinical Autism Consortium for Therapeutics (PACT). He also has served as a reviewer for the Autism Speaks special grant program for preclinical translational research and the Autism Speaks translational postdoctoral fellowship grant program.

Barnes, who holds the academic title of associate professor of neurology and pediatrics, has held academic appointments at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Harvard Medical School, Duke University Medical School, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in molecular biology from Vanderbilt University before earning his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Barnes also earned his medical degree from UK. He served his pediatric residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in affiliation with Washington University School of Medicine. He served as a clinical fellow in pediatrics, neurology and epilepsy at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He completed an epilepsy research fellowship from the Duke University Center for the Advanced Study of Epilepsy.

Dr. Barnes is a native of Louisville and has two children. His wife Kay is a native of Owensboro KY.

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James W. McAuley, RPh, PhD
Secretary

Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Neurology and Pharmacology
The Ohio State University Colleges of Pharmacy and Medicine

Dr. McAuley received his BS in Pharmacy in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1993, both from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1993, he joined the faculty at The Ohio State University. Dr. McAuley is very active in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University where he interacts with patients regularly and has many ongoing clinical research projects. He has presented and published in the Central Nervous System (CNS) area since 1986. Dr. McAuley has a clinical, research and education interest in Women’s Issues in Epilepsy.

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Dr. Kay Solar
Treasurer

Dr. Kay Solar is a practicing gynecologist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is a partner in Louisiana Women’s Healthcare Associates and has been practicing at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge since 1992.

Dr. Solar received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and her medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, AR. She completed a 4 year residency program at St. Louis University in Obstetrics and Gynecology and moved to Baton Rouge, LA where she currently practices. Dr. Solar is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

While in Baton Rouge, Dr. Solar has been a medical correspondent for Ch 2 WBRZ’s 5:00 News, Fox 44’s Morning Show, and currently does a monthly medical segment on Ch 9 WAFB’s Sunday morning show. She co-hosts a weekly radio show on Baton Rouge’s Talk 107.3 which covers health, politics, entertainment, and local news.  Dr. Solar, also, is an editorial assistant and writes a medical column for Hug magazine, and is the author of the book, “Where Do Babies Come From?” published in 1997.

As medicine is an art, art and medicine go hand in hand for Dr. Solar. As president of her company, Rock the South Records, Dr. Solar specializes in event promotion and artist management. She was recently elected Talent Director and board member for the Louisiana Fairs & Festivals Association in 2013.

Dr. Solar is married and her husband, Curtis, practices Obstetrics & Gynecology in the same group. They have 3 sons. The oldest, CJ, is a songwriter/country artist in Nashville and twins, Mack and Cody, attend LSU.

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P. Emanuela Voinescu, MD, PhD
Board Member

Emanuela Voinescu, MD, PhD, is a neurologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, who focuses her clinical and research efforts on improving the care of women with epilepsy. She obtained her medical degree from University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Romania, and her doctoral degree from Harvard University, prior to completing the Partners Neurology Residency and a 2-year fellowship in clinical neurophysiology/epilepsy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.

Dr. Voinescu started doing research at Caltech,  as a summer undergraduate fellow in Dr. Mary B Kennedy’s lab, she then pursued a PhD at Harvard University, in Dr. Joshua R Sanes lab, and got a solid training in the molecular underpinning of synaptic specificity and plasticity. Under the mentorship of Dr. Pennell since residency, her clinical research so far aimed to optimize the selection of the antiepileptic regimen in the preconception settings and fine-tune it to adequately compensate for the specific drug clearance changes during pregnancy. Dr. Voinescu plans to expand her clinical research into translational aspects of how sex hormones and genetic variability influence neuronal excitability and implicitly epilepsy pathophysiology, but also response to medications.

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Sarita Maturu, DO
Board Member

Sarita Maturu, DO is an Epileptologist at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center in Columbus OH. She has obtained her medical degree at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. She went up north to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI where she spent the next 4 years completing her Neurology residency. She then completed her fellowship at University Hospital Case Western Medical Center where she was trained in Epilepsy.

Dr. Maturu became interested in Epilepsy quite early on in her training. She has a special interest in treating women with epilepsy and a passion towards improving quality of life in this specific patient population. In partnership with the Maternal Fetal Medicine department, she has developed the Epilepsy and High Risk OB Clinic where she manages women that have epilepsy and are pregnant. She has also helped develop the Epilepsy Transition Clinic that partners with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to provide more personalized care through this time.

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Julia S. Beck
Board Member

Julia S. Beck, founder of Forty Weeks, is a prominent New York and Washington, DC based marketing strategist with a passionate focus on women and families with an eye on the American workplace – replacing barriers with success. She is a passionate connector, storyteller, ideator and highly strategic thinker.

Julia’s twenty-plus  year career can best be categorized as consistently vibrant, evolving and certainly exciting. Her signature enthusiasm, humor, natural leadership and genuine care for her clients and the world as a whole have led Ms. Beck on an exciting path. From her early days in magazine marketing and advertising sales, through her media consultant years and finally into her groundbreaking work with Forty Weeks and IWP,  Julia has remained committed to her core ideals: finding ways to bring the for-profit and the philanthropic worlds together for greater good. Julia is deeply dedicated to crafting game changing initiatives that meet and exceed the goals for all stakeholders involved.

Julia’s work has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, Time, HBR, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, In Style Magazine, People Magazine, and many others. Her signature candid and well considered commentary has been featured on an array broadcasts outlets including: VH-1’s The Fabulous Life, Good Morning America, Bloomberg Money and NPR.

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Jodi Suglio, MS, CF-L1
Board Member

Jodi has been working in the health & wellness field for the past 20yrs. She has experience including: teaching Elementary Physical Education, coaching and personal training, managing boutique fitness studios, and three years as an Exercise Specialist in Vanderbilt’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program. Regardless of her job title, one thing has remained the same- her passion for educating others about the importance of regular exercise and nutrition to stay happy, healthy, and injury-free.

Jodi has a Bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University in Health, Recreation and Physical Education. She also earned a Master’s degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science from Lipscomb University. Jodi has partnered with MES for he past several years now, to participate in further research around exercise and epilepsy, and to educate and empower women and girls across the country.

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Brandy Parker-McFadden
Founder

Brandy Parker-McFadden is a wife, mother, patient advocate, Executive Director/Founder of My Epilepsy Story and a woman living with epilepsy.  She is a member of the American Epilepsy Society and American Epilepsy Society Epilepsy Leadership Counsil (ELC). Mrs. McFadden is a member of the AES ELC: Surveillance/Prevention Working Group and Membership Committee, a Consultant and Patient Advocate on the MONEAD Project, and COPE. Mrs. McFadden was named PCORI Ambassador in 2014. In addition, she is also a member of the American Academy of Neurology: Epilepsy Quality Measure Development Work Group and American Academy of Neurology: Women with Epilepsy Guideline Work Group.

Mrs. McFadden testified before the Institute of Medicine (IOM) about her personal epilepsy story in 2011, which inspired her to found, My Epilepsy Story. She has presented at numerous hospitals and universities for Grand Rounds throughout the United States to help doctors understand the importance of Patient-Centered care as well as ways to incorporate this when caring for their patients.  Mrs. McFadden also presents on the importance of Patient-Driven Research.

Mrs. McFadden’s passion is to advocate for cutting-edge clinical care and research for women living with epilepsy. She believes that we can “bridge the gap for women diagnosed with epilepsy” by having Women’s Epilepsy Clinics and Centers across the globe.  Also, she believes that women’s health issues related to epilepsy needs to be addressed globally. Mrs. McFadden is also passionate about having a national pregnancy registry that is federally funded. In addition, she has an interest in finding out the FULL IMPACT that anti-seizure medications have on ALL people living with epilepsy.

Mrs. McFadden lives in Tennessee with her husband, James and their three children Samuel, Hannah-Kate, and David.