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Colorado Epilepsy Foundation Executive Wins National Honor

Gail Pundsack Named 2009 Executive of the Year

Sep 29, 2009

Gail Pundsack, 2009 Executive of the Year

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Colorado Epilepsy Foundation Executive Wins National Honor

Gail Pundsack Named 2009 Executive of the Year



Denver (Sept. 29, 2009) - The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) announced today that its Executive Director, Gail Pundsack, received the 2009 Executive of the Year Award during the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s Leadership Conference held this month in Boston.


Pundsack won the prestigious national honor for superior leadership skills in all aspects of affiliate operations, reflected in areas of board and volunteer development, strategic planning, staff management, development of meaningful programs and diverse funding. 


2009 has marked a banner year of growth for the Colorado chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. This year’s Jason Fleishman Summer Camp for youth with epilepsy brought triple the number of Colorado youth together to share experiences of living with epilepsy in a supportive environment since Pundsack took the helm in 2006. In addition, EFCO’s Strides for Epilepsy Awareness 5K Race and Walk grew to 1,800 participants over the past three years, raising over $110,000 this year. 


The EFCO also continues to expand its relationship with Area Health Education Centers in rural communities to provide support services for epilepsy patients and their families, creating a new presence in Pueblo, Grand Junction, Alamosa and Greeley. 


“We are fortunate to have Gail Pundsack leading the Epilepsy Foundation in Colorado and congratulate her as the Executive of the Year,” said Eric Hargis, president and CEO, Epilepsy Foundation of America. “Our award winners are selected by a panel of non-profit leaders from other organizations, so it is indeed an honor to be recognized by your industry peers.”


Prior to her role at the EFCO, Pundsack served as Vice President of Marketing and Development for Special Olympics Colorado and Director of Development for United Cerebral Palsy of Colorado.


The Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado indicates there are more than 47,000 people in Colorado with epilepsy, more than cerebral palsy, MS and Parkinson’s disease, combined. For more information on the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado and its initiatives to provide support and resources for those living with epilepsy and their families, please visit


About Epilepsy

When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects almost 3 million people in the United States and 40 to 50 million people worldwide. This year, another 200,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with epilepsy. To date, there is no known cure.


About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national non-profit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1968. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and to prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research, so not another moment is lost to seizures. For additional information, please visit


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