Board of Directors

Paul Odnoletkov (Chair)

Paul holds a BComm degree specializing in Marketing and Business Management, he currently works as Marketing Director in a software company Obero. He is involved with several non-profit organizations in Ontario, and also teaches public speaking skills and plays in a local rockabilly revival band 20 Flight Rockers. Paul has several friends with Epilepsy and is committed to raising public awareness about the condition.

Karima Panjwani (Secretary)

Karima is a graduate of Centennial College from the Developmental Services Worker program (DSW). She has previously attended York University for Health and Society and is currently attending George Brown College for Intervenor for Deafblind Persons. Karima works for L’Arche Daybreak as a Live-in Assistant. Karima has had epilepsy since she was three years old and is a strong advocate for youth and young adults with epilepsy. She has previously been part of many epilepsy workshops and campaigns including Be-Heard Campaign, End Trash Talk and Twenty-20’s.

Chrys Mendes (Treasurer)

Chrys Mendes is  graduate of York University in Computer science and an MBA graduate of Fordham University in New York.  He  has more than 15 years of  experience in Banking and Financial Risk Management in New York and Toronto. He has previous volunteer  and fund raising experience with MS Society of New York and senior level experience with other large and well known charitable organizations in Toronto. He has several friends afflicted with Epilepsy and wishes to contribute to EYR to raise awareness within the community at large.

Kristen Huestis (Director)

Kristin is a graduate of York University and has 15 years of experience working in Information Technology for the media industry. She was afflicted with epilepsy for almost 20 years but with the success of surgery has now been seizure-free for 8+ years. She has chosen to volunteer her time to Epilepsy York Region to increase knowledge and help to improve the quality of life for others diagnosed with epilepsy.

Vinita Savani (Director)

Vinita is a graduate of the Schulich School of Business at York University and has 12 years of experience with RBC in finance and performance management. She has chosen to volunteer and dedicate time to EYR because her mother has had epilepsy for over 35 years and knowing what she has been through in her lifetime, has made her want to help others.

Brandy Elliot (Director)

Brandy has her Honours Bachelor of Accounting from Brock University. Brandy has ten years of experience as a Manager at Grant Thornton LLP and eight years of experience serving on another Board in the community. Brandy has epilepsy and wants to help raise awareness and spread the “purple power”.

Anastasiya Krasnikova (Director)

Anastasiya has her Honours Bachelor’s degree in Administrative Studies in Finance from York University and she presently works for the Royal Bank of Canada. Her commitment to EYR is in part motivated by her family members with epilepsy.