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Vestavia Hills resident named executive director of Epilepsy Foundation Alabama
Vestavia Hills resident named executive director of Epilepsy Foundation Alabama

The nonprofit Epilepsy Foundation Alabama has named Vestavia Hills resident Jeremiah Stone Sr. as its new executive director.

Stone will also serve as executive director for the Epilepsy Foundation’s Mississippi and Louisiana chapters, which, along with Alabama, make up the national Epilepsy Foundation’s Gulf South Region.

Stone himself developed epilepsy after suffering his first seizures in 2017 and received an official diagnosis in 2019.

Previously, he served as an associate/student pastor where he developed skills in personal relationships, community involvement, volunteerism, fundraising, and support. He also previously worked with the Children’s Aid Society of Alabama.

In addition to his professional career, Stone has served on the Junior Board of Unless U, a nonprofit that promotes the development of adults with disabilities, since 2023 and is a board member of For You Ministries, a nonprofit that provides meaningful retreats and mission experiences for youth. In addition, he has served as a coach for the Center for Youth Ministry Training, mentoring youth ministers beginning their careers.

Stone holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Huntingdon College and a master’s degree in youth ministry from Memphis Theological Seminary.

“The board of Epilepsy Foundation Alabama is excited to welcome Jeremiah Stone as executive director,” said Amy Veren Padgett, chair of the group’s Community Engagement Board, in a prepared statement. “He is passionate about epilepsy education and will take the statewide chapter to new heights.”

In the same press release, Stone said he looks forward to working with the panel as it strives to provide resources, education, advocacy and support to Alabama’s more than 54,000 epilepsy patients.

“Together we want to end the stigma of epilepsy and ensure equal access to vital resources,” he said.

The Epilepsy Foundation offers training programs in recognizing and responding to epileptic seizures and provides community services, public education, federal and local advocacy, seizure first aid training, and research funding for new treatments and therapies.

For more information about Epilepsy Foundation Alabama and its mission, visit epilepsy.com/alabama. The nonprofit is located in Hoover at 3100 Lorna Road, Suite 311.

By Aurora