The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation is honored to have the following members help us in awarding our scholarship to those battling epilepsy.
James C. Spee, Ph.D.
Dr. Spee is a professor of strategy, sustainable business, and entrepreneurship at the University of Redlands. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle. His MBA and PhD in management are from the Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Dr. Spee’s current research includes the discovery of unmet needs among high school Career and Technical Education teachers and coordinators as well as a project related to airport electrification and charging stations for ground equipment.
Chris was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy after having his first seizure at three years old. Chris attended the University of Alabama Honors College and earned a bachelor’s in business administration. After graduation, Chris underwent a selective amygdalohippocampectomy and has been seizure free since his surgery. Along with our scholarship committee, Chris helps to create educational material for our members and help finding potential sponsors to support our work.
Mary Ellen Gambon
Mary Ellen Gambon is a disability rights activist. In ninth grade she was diagnosed with epilepsy due to being in a bus crash. Despite her accident and diagnosis, she earned a full-tuition academic scholarship to Boston University where she pursued a dual bachelor’s degree program, in journalism and political science. She also participated in the Washington Internship Program twice, where she covered stories for major daily newspapers for 38 states on Congress. Upon graduation, Mary Ellen earned a Pulliam Fellowship, one of 10 graduating journalism students nationwide to earn that distinction. She later went on to earn a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Mary Ellen has built a solid career in community journalism over the past 25 years and has served in state and city government as a legislative aide, press secretary, and research assistant. Mary Ellen currently works for Bulletin Newspapers, Inc. and Gannett, Inc. in Boston where she focuses on local politics as well as issues relating to disabilities. Mary Ellen is happy to work with The Defeating Epilepsy Foundation as her passion is to educate and motivate others through her life experiences.