Natalie L. Boehm, MBA Founder and President

Natalie is the founder of The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation. Her passion is to help remove the stigma that is associated with epilepsy and help individuals, families, and caregivers battling epilepsy live happy, healthy, and productive lives. She obtained her Masters of Business Administration through the University of Redlands. Through education and advocacy, Natalie networks with those in the non-profit and for-profit sectors to help fundraise and make resources needed for people with epilepsy available.


Tobias K. Boehm, DDS, PhD Vice President

Dr. Boehm is a university professor, researcher and periodontist, and interested in improving access to health care and fostering collaboration across health care disciplines. He obtained his dental degree and Ph.D. in oral biology at the University at Buffalo. As husband of Mrs. Boehm, he observed firsthand where the aspirations of current epilepsy care differ from reality. As current vice-president, he supports the mission of The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation through his experience in research, health care, statistics and information technology.


Joseph Silla, Treasurer

Joseph Silla is a registered representative of West Pac Wealth. With ten years of experience in the Financial Services Industry, Joseph and his team have been helping their clients with the guidance they need to reach their retirement, investment, estate, and business planning goals. Joseph is also experienced in business development, market research, and financial service industries. He has built new and existing relationships to expand the technologies for that environment. His goal is to provide the same service and expertise to his clients in the financial services industry and always advocates for his clients.


Dr. Prince Kazadi, Medical Consultant – Africa

Dr. Prince Kazadi is a neurology researcher and the founder of the Association for the Fight Against Epilepsy in the Democratic Republic of Congo also known as ASLEK. Dr. Kazadi is an assistant in charge of research at the Higher Institute of Medical Technicals in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Kazadi serves as the Vice-President of the Epilepsy Alliance in Africa (EAA), located in Rwanda. Dr. Kazadi is the author of several articles in the Journal of African and Middle Eastern Epilepsy (Ameej) based in Morocco.


Riaz Tejani, J.D., Ph.D. Board Member

Dr. Riaz Tejani is an Associate Professor at the University of Redlands. He holds a JD from the University of Southern California, an Ph.D form Princeton University, and is a Member of the State Bar of California. Riaz is the author of two books on law, business ethics, and society, and his writings have been cited by and reviewed in publications from the Harvard Law Review and Yale Law Journal Forum to The Nation, Salon, Inside Higher Ed, and NPR, and PBS.


William Chesnutt, LSSMBB, MAM, MBA, RBLP-T, Board Member

William Chesnutt is a Senior Consultant/Lead Instructor for Modern Kaizen and a Certification Instructor for the Resilience-Building Leader Program. He holds a MAM with a concentration in Organizational Leadership from American Military University and an MBA from the University of Redlands. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a small business mentor with SCORE.


Michael Similie, MBA, Board Member

Michael Simiele is a former senior advisor and consultant at Moreno Valley Investment Corporation. Michael has over sixteen years experience specializing in small to medium size business consulting. Michael’s experience also includes non-profit consulting and currently sits on several other non-profit foundation boards. Michael holds an MBA from the University of Redlands. Michael’s personal experience with his own Mother’s long-term disease before she passed away gave him the true sense of how a disease can effect not only that individual, but all those that surround them. Michael’s true passion is to advocate for individuals that have been affected by disease or severe illness, their families, and their caregivers all of whom are effected by the disease or illness. Michael firmly believes the word “disability” should be taken out of the English language because he only sees the human ability and spirit in people and not the disability in everyone he meets.