EVAN SHEAR, CFP has served on the board of directors and supported the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida for 5 years.Evan is a founding partner and Branch Manager of The CrossleyShear Group, the top ranking independent Raymond James Financial Services firm in Florida with main offices in Heathrow and Merritt Island. His dedication to client service and high standards of professional performance has earned him recognition and membership in Raymond James Executive and Leaders Councils for the last five years. Evan also serves as head coach on his son’s Lake Mary Pop Warner Junior Pee Wee Team, is a member of the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce, and teaches financial workshops for Florida Institute of Technology and Future Investors Clubs of America. He was introduced to EACF by friend Chuck Carmen and since then it has become one of his core charities.
SAUNDRA GRAY and her husband Charlie (founding partner, Gray Robinson, PA) have been involved in the Epilepsy Association of Florida even prior to its formal institution in the early 1960’s. The Grays have served on the board of directors and supported the Epilepsy Association of Central Florida’s efforts to increase research, treatment, educate the public and help more patients and families. Saundra says, “We have a great opportunity to showcase cooperation with what is going to be a world-class medical school here in Central Florida. The University of Central Florida’s Medical School presence will enhance medical care and innovative thinking not only in Central Florida but throughout the state.” Saundra and Charlie Gray were the first couple to receive the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership abilities in an effort to improve the quality of life for current and future generations of Floridians. Saundra served on the Jacksonville Federal Reserve board and Atlanta Federal Reserve board, as well as the St. John’s River Water Management Governing Board for 8 years, 2 as Chairman. Saundra adds, “Our main purpose now with EACF is to push for more research and better treatment for those with Epilepsy.”
SEAN M. FITZGERALD was 2011’s board president and is a senior restaurant operations manager and developer. He is a former member of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and City of Lake Mary Code Enforcement board, and current member of the Board of Planning and Zoning. Sean has a personal cause for his involvement with EACF. His father has epilepsy that was trauma induced by injuries in Vietnam, and Sean’s son was born with Epilepsy. Sean intends to expand the image and presence of the EACF throughout Central Florida so that no one with epilepsy/seizure disorder lacks medical care regardless of economic circumstances.