Karen Basha Egozi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and has been working on behalf of patients with epilepsy and their families since 2005. As the organization’s chief executive, Karen manages the efforts of a team of over 50 employees in eight offices throughout the state who provide direct services to citizens in 35 of Florida’s 67 counties, with statewide responsibility through the Florida Department of Health. For her efforts, she was selected by the Epilepsy Foundation as the national organization’s 2008 affiliate Executive of the Year. She currently serves as a board member of Josh Provides, an organization dedicated to helping patients with epilepsy. Prior to joining the Epilepsy Foundation, Karen managed a $129 million budget as the Vice President of Administration for the Early Learning Coalition Miami-Dade/Monroe, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Voices For Children Foundation, a fundraising organization dedicated to championing the Guardian Ad Litem Program of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. Karen has served as Board Chair of Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center and as the federally appointed Housing Committee Chair for the Federal Home Bank of Atlanta from 2003-2006. Other leadership positions have included board member of Guardian Ad Litem Florida State Association and Trustee of the Endowment Committee Chair for Voices For Children. She is a graduate of Florida State University.
Robert Jordan is an advocate for medical marijuana and has experienced its beneficial properties firsthand while assuming the role of caregiver. His wife Cathy suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. As president of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, she seeks to give a voice to other ALS patients. With Robert by her side, Cathy has survived since 1986 and this medicine has helped her outlive most of those in her ALS support groups. As a Vietnam veteran himself, Mr. Jordan has been an active supporter of veteran’s issues over the years. You can often find him lobbying state governments on behalf of veterans regarding many issues including those associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Irvin Rosenfeld is the longest surviving of the final four Federal Medical Cannabis patients in the United States as he lives with a severe bone tumor disorder. The Federal Government has been supplying him 10 Medical Cannabis cigarettes per day for over 31 years. In the capacity of a Federal patient, he has spoken to many politicians in various State Capitols, been featured on national news programs such as NBC Nightly News as well as numerous documentaries such as the PBS Emmy winning feature “Smoking Medicine: The Marijuana Issue”. Irvin is a board member of “Patient’s Out of Time” a 501 C-3 organization that is the only organization that is sanctioned by the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association to teach doctors and nurses about Medical Cannabis to where they get Continuing Education Credits. Irvin has written his life story and that of the history of the Medical Cannabis movement in this country through his book “My Medicine” ‘How I Convinced the U.S. Government To Provide My Marijuana and Helped Launch a National Movement,’ which was published in 2010.