EFEPA Staff 2021-12-17T11:08:59-05:00

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!

Darleen Blesi, Director of Developmentdblesi@efepa.org

Darleen Blesi joins EFEPA as the director of development with over fifteen years of fundraising experience in the nonprofit world. Prior to joining EDEPA, Darleen served as the Director of Community and Donor Engagement with Bancroft Neurohealth where she cultivated and stewarded major donors, oversaw fundraising events, secured corporate sponsorships and engaged with community members while sharing the mission of Bancroft. Darleen enjoys networking and is passionate about making an impact in the community. In addition, Darleen is a Rotarian and values service before self. She resides in Shamong, NJ with her husband, Christopher and sons, Connor, Garrett and Tiernan.

Andrew Chmielowiec, Camp & Community Outreach Coordinator • camp@efepa.org

Andrew Chmielowiec joined the EFEPA team in September 2021 as the Camp and Community Outreach Coordinator. Prior to his time with the Epilepsy Foundation, Andrew has worked in the field of youth development for over fifteen years, directing summer camps, mentoring youth, and supporting families with The YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, and Boys & Girls Clubs.

Andrew received his Bachelor’s degree in English and Gender Studies from Rowan University in 2010. Outside of work, he is a board-game enthusiast, voracious reader, avid bicyclist, and aspiring writer.

Melissa Fairchild, Development Managermfairchild@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 adopted city, Philadelphia!

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.

Rebecca Warren, Development Associate rwarren@efepa.org

Rebecca joined the EFEPA in November 2021 as the Development Associate. With a passion for nonprofit work, Rebecca started volunteering at a young age and has participated in a variety of nonprofit organizations. Rebecca received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Art/Art History from the College of William and Mary. While in school, she was involved in sexual assault and domestic violence peer education, interned at the local nonprofit art museum, and grew fundraising skills through campaign work. In her free time, Rebecca loves to read, listen to podcasts, spend time with family and friends, and dance around the kitchen.