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We are fortunate to have such a wealth of encephalitis knowledge as part of our board of directors.
We are committed to a long-term vision of research, advocacy and awareness.
Well-documented studies that help clinicians, patients, caregivers, insurers and researchers are lacking in this medical field of study.
We are ready to make a difference in the U.S., where there are so many unmet needs.
While our steps may be incremental, we urge you to sign up so we can alert you when there are newsworthy announcements.

Becky Dennis, President

Becky Dennis is the president of and serves as a patient advocate through speaking engagements and informative patient/caregiver sessions. As a survivor, and an “Expert by Experience,” she consults with patients in their diagnosis or recovery journey to provide guidance. She is also the author of the book, “Brain Wreck.” In the past two years, Becky has played an instrumental role in developing guidelines for an encephalitis rehabilitation toolkit with infectious disease, neurology and academia across the globe. Becky has served on multiple nonprofit boards throughout her tenure, including Encephalitis Global, The Turning Point and LifePoint. She is also a guest lecturer on entrepreneurism and journalism with the University of North Texas.  In her business career, Becky is a business development and marketing consultant. She’s most known for building, launching and executing programs that fuel growth in global companies. Becky’s strong business acumen was developed in professional services B2B companies where her leadership roles included chief marketing officer, senior vice president of influencer relations, and vice president of business development and marketing. Even in a volatile economy, Becky’s visionary approach has produced exceptional results for her employers, including closing more than $9 billion in total contract value during her career.

Angela Martin, Secretary

Angela Martin brings over 28 years of experience in the Environmental field to the E411 organization.
Possessing a B.S in Health and an M.S. in Environmental Science, she has worked in both the public and private sector on a variety of environmental issues and remediation projects.
Her experience has provided opportunity for extensive work in public engagement through committee initiatives, outreach and education.  She has proven management and people skills, bringing together both government and industry toward resolution of common goals.
She brings an enthusiasm for the cause of E411 being a family member of an encephalitis survivor and witnessing first-hand the many opportunities for improvement throughout the stage cycles of the illness and recovery.

Sunny Stephens, Treasurer

Sunny Stephens has worked in office management for decades, and is an author and a songwriter. A song she co-wrote with EG Kight aired on ABC Family, and another song they co-wrote landed on a Grammy-nominated album. And a story she wrote appears in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and the Unexplainable.”
A 30-year career in the music business, as manager, booking agent, and publicist for Kight led Stephens to the role of patient advocate, when Kight was diagnosed in 2011 with meningitis and encephalitis.
Feeling isolated and frustrated with the lack of information out there, through internet research, Stephens connected with Johns Hopkins, and ultimately with other compassionate leaders in the field.
With experience in the mental health field, caregiving, and hospice work, Stephens has a deep passion for helping others, and her mission is to help Encephalitis411 raise awareness about this life-altering disorder.

Miesha Johnson

Miesha Johnson works in local government management where she acts as analytical support for various city departments. Before accepting her current position, Miesha graduated with an undergraduate degree in Communication and Political Science and a Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Master’s in Public Administration program. While completing her MPA, Miesha successfully completed several internships including ones for the cities of West University Place and Jersey Village. She is a part of the inaugural class of the Texas Women’s Leadership Institute and is actively involved in several professional associations including the Texas City Management Association and Dallas Regional Chamber’s Young Professionals. As an advocate for young professionals, Miesha also runs a blog, The Not So Casual Friday, which targets young professionals. She brings her research, analytical skills, and passion for service to E411 and hopes to increase public knowledge and advocacy for encephalitis.

Scotty Buoy

Scotty Buoy has spent 10+ years in the management consulting industry with experience in the Utilities, Health Care, and State and Local government industries. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and went on to begin his career at Big 4 Consulting company.
A few years later, he graduated with his MBA from the University of Texas and is currently a Principal at Sendero, a boutique consulting  company. Scotty has also served as a management team sponsor for multiple pro bono, non-profit projects. He brings his passion for serving along with his analytical, project management, and process improvement skills, to further improve Encephalitis411.

Danita Lewis

Danita Lewis has more than 15 years of Human Capital Management experience working as an HR practitioner in several Fortune 100 companies. In the last 10 years, Danita transitioned her career to business development, working with global organizations to select and manage technology solutions.
She engages with clients to formulate a compelling strategy and meet executive-level visions for large-scale technology projects. As a global executive, she has lectured at the University of Dallas Graduate School for International Business on working in different cultures and the challenges of global markets.
Danita is a featured speaker at business forums globally, and speaks on HR, culture and emerging trends in the global marketplace. Danita volunteers in her community, working with the North Texas Food Bank and the Genesis Women’s Shelter helping and coaching women that need additional skills to re-enter the workforce. Danita has also served as a career coach and on advisory councils for several non-profits and faith-based organizations, including Dress for Success.
Working with Encephalitis411 is part of her desire to see faith in action and help bring awareness where she can make a difference and bring value to the encephalitis community.

Jacob Savoie

Jacob Savoie is business development in the oil and gas industries for Cohen Industrial Supply in Houston. He is a survivor of herpes simplex encephalitis and has helped raise awareness for survivors and families by producing the short film documentary, My Missing Mind. Raised in south Louisiana, he holds a B.S. in Business Management from
Louisiana State University, a degree which he earned during his challenging recovery from HSE his senior year of college. It is his desire for success which helped inspire his journey to graduation, then launching his sales career in supplying capital projects the industrial sector throughout the country. Jacob has worked with E411 previously on presentations and virtual interviews, and is passionate to continue helping educate other on the neurological disease.

Chris Maxwell

Chris Maxwell is in his 16th year as Campus Pastor and Director of Spiritual Life at Emmanuel College after serving 19 years as lead pastor in Orlando, Florida, and five years of youth ministry. Chris speaks around the world in churches, retreat centers, conferences, medical conventions and schools, and is the author of ten books, including “Pause With Jesus.”   
His book, “Changing My Mind” chronicles Chris’ battle with the life-changing experience of encephalitis and the long-term effects of epilepsy. “Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury, and Epilepsy Change Everything,” helps readers understand the painful adventure of many people who struggle. Chris has used his disability as an opportunity to bring hope to many hurting people.
In addition to being an author of books, Chris writes articles, reviews, curriculum, poetry, songs, commercials and speeches for various magazines, publishing companies, websites, and newspapers. Check out his website and follow Chris on Twitter @CMaxMan.