Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont

Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont Appoints Barbara Rachelson as Interim Executive Director

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Rachelson of Burlington, Vermont as Interim Executive Director. Rachelson brings extensive experience in managing and helping organizations to innovate, thrive and grow, including thirty-two years as an executive director leading organizations through periods of substantial growth and transition.  “We are grateful to have Barbara’s leadership in the coming months. She brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to this position, which will allow us to continue our momentum in supporting people with epilepsy. We are more committed than ever to building upon our successes and working to increase our services and support for the people with Epilepsy in our state. Being without a director since March 2020, the board had taken on additional commitments to keep the organization going this past year. We are grateful to the staff, board and supporters of the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont for their support” said, Deb Fennell, board president.   

Prior to joining the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont, Rachelson spent twenty-two years as the longest serving executive director in Lund Family Center’s (d/b/a/ Lund) history. Rachelson also served as Executive Director of the Michigan Network of Runaway and Youth Services for 10 years. She also previously held leadership positions at the Counseling Service of Addison County and Spectrum Youth and Family Services.   Rachelson has an M.S.W. in Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan, School of Social Work.  She currently serves on the Board of Human Rights for Kids, a national advocacy organization and has been a Henry Toll National Fellow through the Council of State Governments.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont during this time of transition, and to work in collaboration with the board, staff, members, and partners to continue our work while the organization charts its strategic plan for the next few years” said Barbara Rachelson, Interim Executive Director. 

The Center for Disease Control estimates that there are between 5300 to 7500 people in Vermont with Epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont (EFV), is a non-profit, statewide organization leading the fight in Vermont to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.  EFV is dedicated to the prevention and control of epilepsy and its consequences, and to help people with epilepsy their families, and other concerned individuals, overcome the problems and misunderstanding associated with this condition.  The Foundation was established in 1979 to promote awareness about epilepsy and help those with the disorder.


In an effort to maintain social distancing and minimize the effects of COVID-19, we are postponing our first 3 events of the year and all support meetings until further notice.  Also, we are closing the Administrative Office in Rutland to the public for the next 15 days.

As always, if you are in need of assistance please call us at (802) 775-1686 or email epilepsy@sover.net

THEM live at the Eagles Club: Postponed until further notice

Calcutta night for Epilepsy: Postponed until further notice

The Big Chill: Postponed until further notice

Support Meetings: Postponed until further notice

Sorry for the inconvenience. Stay safe and we hope to have an update soon.



The Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont leads the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.


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