Leigh Ann Reid, President
Johnna Freiman, Vice-President
Johnna Mae Freiman is a Mississippi native, and has served the Jackson Metropolitan area as a nurse for the past 24 years. For the past 19 years in the field of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Johnna is an advocate for her patients. Johnna helps to put the physicians words into action and provides the best possible care to her patients and their family members. Johnna began volunteering with the Epilepsy foundation of Mississippi in 2008. She is a member of the Junior League of Jackson and an avid runner.
Tanya Davis, Secretary/Treasurer
Tanya has been involved with the Epilepsy Foundation of MS since 2015 when she began volunteering on the fundraising committee. Her involvement grew quickly when she took a position on the board a few months later and was asked to become the Secretary/Treasurer in 2016. Currently in the insurance industry she brings her ability to work with people to help facilitate relationships. In her spare time she is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration at Belhaven University.
Teresa Hill, Immediate Past President
Dr. John B. Ingram, Director
Dr. Ingram’s passion for treating children with epilepsy comes from a very personal source; He himself has epilepsy. Ingram graduated from Jackson Academy before attending Ole Miss and arriving at UMMC in 2001. After earning his degree, he did his residency training at the Medical Center and served as chief resident from 2008-09. He followed that with a neurology fellowship, which included a year of adult neurology and two years of child neurology. Then he took his family to Cleveland for a year to complete his training. After years of training his calling is now to expand the range of epilepsy services provided by UMMC, particularly to children, and to lasso those services into a focused, comprehensive approach.
Dr. A. Abubakr, Director
Dr. A. Abubakr, MB, FRCP, FRCPI, FAAN, FACNS is a Professor of Neurology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He also serves as the Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in Jackson.
Ben Mangum, Director
William H. Parker III, Director
Will has personal experience living with epilepsy and undergoing various treatments. Around age 10, he began having complex partial seizures. In 1996, during his second year of college at Mississippi State University, he underwent surgery that stopped the seizures. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering and working as a software engineer, he became ill in 2005 with encephalitis that severely impacted his short-term memory. Upon undergoing vocational rehabilitation, he has maintained employment. The encephalitis also induced simple partial seizures. They were intensifying with time and were affecting his remaining shred of memory. In 2014, he received an RNS implant that has aided in reducing the seizures and boosting his cognition. Will works at Mississippi State Hospital in the field of Information Technology.
Cris Bourn, Director
Cris Bourn, PT, DPT, MHS is a Mississippi native who attended the University of Mississippi where he received both his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees. Cris also attended Mississippi College where he was awarded a Master of Health Science Administration degree. He has been an active member of the Mississippi Physical Therapy Association (MPTA) and has also served as Chief Delegate, Delegate, and Treasurer with the MPTA. He has over 30 years of experience in healthcare and rehabilitation settings. Cris has experience in both acute and long-term care, home health, and outpatient rehabilitation services. In his current role at St Dominic’s he has administrative oversight of the Orthopedic and Neuroscience services including: Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Sports Medicine, and St. Dominic’s Comprehensive Stroke Center including tele-stroke services. He and his wife Mary Ann live in Flora MS, and have a son, Christian, and daughter, Olivia, who are both attending college.
Alisa Cooley, Director
Alisa is Operations Manager at Safelite Auto Glass, Jackson, MS Market. She has been with Safelite for 16 years. And she has a Master’s Degree in Business Management. Originally from Little Rock, AR, she currently resides in Brandon, MS with her 16 year old daughter, a Junior at Brandon High School.
Travis Bryan Spurlock, Director
Bryan Spurlock is retired military with 22 years of service including four tours over seas. Bryan studied aviation maintenance technology at Thomas Edison State College and is currently seeking a degree in Commercial Aviation from Hinds Community College. His experience in personnel and resource management will serve EFM well.
Kristy Spurlock, Director
Kristy is a lab technician for Baptist Premier. She is originally from Greenville, but now makes her home in Brandon. She and her husband, Travis have been married for 25 years and have two sons in college.
Roshundia Sanford, Director
A native of Meridian, MS and current resident of Forest, MS Roshundia works as an insurance professional in the Jackson, MS area utilizing over 12 years experience. Her greatest accomplishments are my three sons, Derryc, Derryan, and Kristian. My passion to help others overcome challenges is what drives my involvement with the foundation.
Dr. Tiffany Scarff, Director
Scarff graduated from Jackson Prep and attended the University of Texas at Austin. She received her masters in chemistry at Mississippi College before attending medical school at UMC. She trained in neurology and did a fellowship in neurophysiology. She is board certified in neurology and epilepsy. She is currently in private practice at St. Dominic and is the chief of neurology at Mississippi State Hospital. She lives in Jackson with her husband Stephen.