Kurt Florian and Janet Anderson, both seasoned professionals in business and non-profit sectors, have joined the staff of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Florian was recently named Interim President & CEO by the EFGC Board of Directors, and Anderson is newly appointed Business Development Manager.
With a law degree from Duke University, Florian was previously partner at Lord, Bissell & Brook and Katten Muchin Rosenman law firms in Chicago before moving to Vanderbilt Capital Advisors, where he served as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and counsel.
A native of Wheaton, Florian lives there still with wife Linda, daughter Jennifer, and son Kyle. His childhood experiences of seizures led him, years later, to chair EFGC’s Board of Directors and sit on the board for Friends of Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, an ancillary group. When, more recently, his daughter suffered from seizures, his commitment to the Foundation was reaffirmed.
“Our Foundation has long been a special place for my family and me, and after all these years, it’s great to work here with such dedicated colleagues,” Florian commented. Meanwhile, EFGC’s Board of Directors has begun a national search for a permanent President & CEO.
Anderson, a Chicago resident, comes from a diverse background in sales, marketing, and client development. In her new position, she will work to cultivate new relationships for EFGC’s varied stakeholders with businesses, schools, and civic organizations.
She talked recently about goals and aspirations in her new position. “Along with other EFGC staff members, I look forward to promoting our mission and our work in order to open more doors all over Chicagoland. The more partnerships we create, the stronger we become,” Anderson said.
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.