Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

One in 26 will develop epilepsy sometime in their lives. The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) welcomes and serves every person affected by epilepsy. We are committed to eliminating barriers, creating inclusion, and supporting all within our communities.

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We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


We acknowledge and appreciate all the ways in which people differ, and encourage individual differences in perspective and identity.


We strive to provide opportunity and access for all people, giving special attention to the needs of those facing significant barriers and health inequities.


We actively invite the contribution and participation of all groups and individuals, embracing differences and offering respect for all people.

“I raise up my voice — not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

– Malala Yousafzai, Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Adopting the integrity of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles ensure that all people who experience seizures have a chance to live their lives to their fullest potential.

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Events Calendar

The Epilepsy Foundation offers opportunities to meet others, learn from their experiences, and connect on a personal level. We hold multiple Connect Groups every month, as well as social events, trainings, and webinars.

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DEI Committee

Committee Chair
Mark Devaraj
Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office

Committee Members
Nitin Agarwal, MD
Minnesota Epilepsy Group

Rachel Dyrud
Wells Fargo

Armantina Espinosa, MD
Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology

Rupert Exconde, MD
Noran Neurological Clinic

Pa Kong Lee
Department of Homeland Security

Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, DNP, RN, PHN, CRRN
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Staff Lead
Heather Besonen
Associate Executive Director, Mission & Strategy

Staff Members
Yafiet Bezabih
Information Technology Manager

Martin Hernandez
Regional Outreach Manager, Southern MN

Douachee Lee
Senior Marketing Manager

Mary Meuwissen
Executive Assistant

Information Services

From diagnosis through treatment, Information Services work to break down common barriers for all people with epilepsy. We can help by providing epilepsy information regarding care, medication side effects, employment support, transportation resources, social service programs and more.

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