Philip M. Gattone, who has led the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (EFGC) for much of the past decade, has been named President & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation of America, headquartered in Landover, Maryland. He will begin his duties there later this month.
Under Gattone’s leadership, EFGC was named national “Affiliate of the Year” in 2004. He has worked across professional boundaries to develop partnerships ranging from Alexian Brothers Health System to Savers retail thrift stores. Most recently, he spearheaded an extensive outreach campaign to create 18 Community Action Boards in Chicago and its surrounding counties.
Gattone’s tenure at EFGC began in 2002. In 2007, he served in the national office as Senior Director of Affiliate Relations, and in 2009 he returned to EFGC as President & CEO. For the past four months, he has chaired a nationwide task force charged with transforming operations of the Epilepsy Foundation and its 48 affiliates.
Reflecting on his work at EFGC and its impact on his new role, Gattone said, “Despite the challenges of epilepsy, it has been a privilege and, more than that, a joy to work with families, volunteers, and staff both at EFGC and throughout our affiliate network. These relationships have prepared me well to take on this new and important challenge.” He continued, “The collaborative, creative approach to supportive care that EFGC has established is a model that I hope to nurture nationally in coming years.”
While EFGC’s Board of Directors conducts a national search for Gattone’s successor, serving as Interim President & CEO will be Kurt Florian. With a long career in law and finance as well as a deep personal connection to epilepsy, Florian is former EFGC board chair and current board member for Friends of Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, an ancillary group.
Founded in 1946, the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is a community-based, non-profit organization giving support, inspiration, and hope to the more than 130,000 individuals with epilepsy, as well as their families and friends, in Chicagoland and 43 counties in North and Central Illinois. In 2011, EFGC served more than 12,000 children, youth, and adults as the only regional provider of a full range of resources for people with epilepsy to achieve their life goals and not lose another moment to seizures