EFEPA Staff 2020-09-25T15:05:26-04:00

Meet Our Team

Missy Dolaway, President & CEO • mdolaway@efepa.org

Missy joined the EFEPA team as the Director of Development in December 2017. Prior to the Epilepsy Foundation, Missy worked in fundraising and development for non-profits focusing on building and improving major donor communities, corporate partnerships, and events. Missy first became exposed to brain disorders and interested in the epilepsy community when she became an EMT in high school. Her experiences in emergency services and interests in the brain led her to graduate from Loyola University Maryland with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology… and Photography. Missy is a resident of our city of Philadelphia and when she’s not raising money for the epilepsy community, she loves spending time with friends and family, cheering on our Philly sports teams, and escaping to the Jersey Shore.

Ellen Baca, Lehigh Valley Resource Coordinator •  lv@efepa.org

Ellen Baca joined the EFEPA as the Lehigh Valley Coordinator in September 2008. Having cared for children with special needs, Ellen brings many years of experience advocating for effective support and services for the disability community. Ellen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Desales University. She, her husband, Mike, and three children live in Coopersburg. She likes to golf but never seems to have the time!

Melissa Fairchild, Development Associatemfairchild@efepa.org

Melissa Fairchild joined the EFEPA team in August 2018 as the Development Associate. Melissa’s interest in philanthropy began early, being actively involved in community service throughout high school. She was first introduced to nonprofit work as an intern for her hometown’s local Community Foundation and later expanded her knowledge of stewardship and donor communication at the Ferris Foundation, her alma mater fundraising arm. Melissa graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a specialization in proposal writing. Melissa enjoys reading, writing and spending time exploring her new city, Philadelphia!

Elissa Kratson, Camp Achieve Project Manager Camp@efepa.org

Elissa Kratson joined the EFEPA team in April 2020 as the Project Manager for Camp Achieve. Her love for summer camp started in 2011 when she started working for Girl Scout residential camps. For several summers her main duties were to deliver successful programming to children and their families to ensure they had an unforgettable experience at camp. Elissa completed her degree in psychosocial rehabilitation and treatment. Her desire to help people combined with her love for camp helped her find her passion for therapeutic program planning and led her to continue her education. She received her BA in therapeutic recreation and became a certified recreational therapist. When Elissa is not at camp she enjoys exploring and hiking around her home state, New Jersey. She is eager to spend the summer at Camp Achieve with everyone and make it the best summer yet!

_AG_0008-XLSue Livingston, Education Coordinator • slivingston@efepa.org 

Sue Livingston serves as the Education Coordinator of the Foundation. Her background in education from the University of Delaware has allowed her to cultivate the Project School Alert program,  law enforcement and first responder trainings, in addition to coordinating epilepsy educational conferences for the past 19 years. One of Sue’s passions about working with the Foundation is her involvement as the Medical Director for the EFEPA’s Camp Achieve. 2018 also represented a special anniversary for the Foundation as Sue Livingston celebrated 22 years on the team!

maryMary Loughlin, Northeast Resource Coordinator • epilepsywv@efepa.org

Mary started to volunteer for the EFEPA  in 2000 while actively looking for help and resources for her son, Michael, who had just been diagnosed with epilepsy. Retiring after 32 years with Verizon as a Technician she stepped up her volunteer time and eventually became the Wyoming Valley Coordinator in 2004. Since then an office was established in Wilkes-Barre which she can use to serve the six most northern counties. Having served on the Wyoming Valley United Way Board, the Penn’s Woods Girl Scout Board of Directors, an Associates Degree from Penn State’s Labor Leadership Academy, and living daily as a parent of a child with epilepsy, she brings a variety of experience to the Foundation. Mary loves being a counselor at Camp Achieve each summer and enjoys talking with people and doing educational programs the best. Shopping is her favorite hobby, which fits in well while she travels around her counties doing work. Mary lives in Plymouth, Luzerne County with her husband Bill, son Mike and his wife, Rena.

Rena Loughlin, Program Director rloughlin@efepa.org

Rena Loughlin joined the EFEPA team in July 2019 as the Program Director. Prior to the Epilepsy Foundation, Rena worked in a non-profit as a Mental Health Professional serving children and families in the community, home, and school setting. Rena first became involved in the EFEPA in 2007 as a volunteer counselor for Camp Achieve where she met her husband Michael who has epilepsy. She was inspired by the resiliency of the epilepsy community and found her calling as an advocate for them. Every summer Rena and Michael return to Camp Achieve, which they consider their second home. Rena received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Haverford College and her Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from the University of Scranton. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Rena brings a strength-based and trauma-informed perspective to her work and enjoys empowering others.

Kerri Michnya, Lancaster Resource Coordinator  kmichnya@efepa.org 

Kerri Michnya serves as the Lancaster Resource Coordinator for the EFEPA. Her passion for the subject matter is organic and derives from her personal and lifelong journey living with epilepsy. Over 15 years experience serving in various roles within the field of social services, coupled with a constant desire to stay informed and relevant on all matters of epilepsy, has allowed Kerri to provide a value added service to those she works with. She currently resides in Lancaster County with her husband and daughter.

Seamus Morgan, Greater Philadelphia Resource Coordinatorsmorgan@efepa.org

Seamus Morgan joined the EFEPA team in October 2019 as the Greater Philadelphia Resource Coordinator. His involvement in the community setting began with an internship at the Widener Partnership Charter School as an Undergraduate. He worked with students and their families providing one-on-one and academic support to help students succeed academically. After completing his Master’s Degree in Social Work, he wanted to continue providing services and advocating proper care for those who needed it most. Over the last two and a half years, Seamus worked in South Jersey at Jefferson Hospital providing support and advocating for patients and families affected by addiction and mental health. He most recently spent time working with insurance companies and advocating for people that needed healthcare coverage while being in current treatment for addiction. In his free time, Seamus enjoys attending sporting events, spending time with family and friends, and, when he has the chance, enjoying his favorite meal of oreos dipped in peanut butter.

Rachel Robinson, Administrative Assistantrrobinson@efepa.org

Rachel Robinson joined the EFEPA team as the Administrative Assistant in April 2018. Rachel brings almost 20 years of diverse experiences including software engineering, project management, working with large corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Rachel began volunteering with the EFEPA in 2005, shortly after being diagnosed with epilepsy. The EFEPA has provided immense support and encouragement to her over the years.

Rachel’s passion is to be part of the efforts to ensure that all living with epilepsy continue to benefit from the Foundation’s much-needed programs and services. Rachel earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Villanova University in 2000 and her Master’s degree in Information Science from Penn State University in 2003. She and her husband Gregg love to spend time with friends and family over game nights, movie nights and dancing salsa.

Vincent Rodgers, Development Associate vrodgers@efepa.org

Vincent (Vinny) Rodgers joined the EFEPA team in June 2019 as a Development Associate. His work in the non-profit sector began with an internship as a graduate student at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture where he handled the organization’s social media accounts, newsletters and website updates. While in graduate school he also worked as a Marketing and Communications Specialist in Central Jersey handling the company’s social media and communications. After obtaining his Master’s degree, and wanting to bridge the gap between his passion for helping others and his knowledge of marketing and communications, he began a career in non-profit development. He moved to Philadelphia in 2017 and has worked in non-profit development since. In his free time, Vinny enjoys discovering new breweries across Philadelphia, attending concerts, finding the best pizza in the city, or finally reading Game of Thrones.