Meet Our Staff

Jody Eaton Iorns
Executive Director
Jody Eaton Iorns is a native San Francisco Bay Area resident who has a strong passion for service and nonprofit work. Before beginning a 20+ year vocation in the world of not-for-profits, Jody founded a Safe Rides program on the California State University of Sacramento campus in 1989. It was that experience and education that spurred her life’s vocational goal – to affect positive change. She has worked with organizations such as March of Dimes, United Cerebral Palsy, YWCA, Muscular Dystrophy Association, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. She was the first paid Executive Director for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California from 1995 – 2000. Jody has over 10 years of experience leading non-profit organizations as an Executive Director and also served for over 10 years on the California Community Health Charities Federation Board of Directors. She is thrilled to return back the EFNC and continue to support its growth, expansion and critical work in the care and cure of people living with epilepsy.

Jody has three amazing young children, a loving fiancé, strong family support, and is happy to call the San Francisco Bay Area her home for over 34 years.

Carlos Quesada
Carlos Quesada
Operations Manager
Carlos was born and raised in Spain and moved to the States to pursue his passion for photography, a passion that led him to a successful career in the developing and growing of a high tech engineering and manufacturing company in the Midwest. After fourteen years he decided to make a change in his life and follow a path more focused in social responsibility, joining our Foundation in May of 2017.

He lived four years in Hawaii and he now enjoys beautiful Alameda in company of his wife and his dog. They love exploring all the amazing opportunities the Bay Area brings them culturally. 

Ramsey, Tracie
Tracie Ramsey
Event Coordinator
Tracie Ramsey is the Event Coordinator at the Foundation, responsible for the Epilepsy Awareness Stroll, Mighty Mike Basketball Camp, Coelho Youth Summer Camp and the Candlelight Gala, among more! She joined EFNC after working for Sutter Health in Sacramento for over 23 years. Tracie is moved by the individuals she meets with epilepsy and their families. Their strength and determination is an inspiration to her.

Born in Minneapolis, she moved to California after high school and attended American River College. She is married with two children and enjoys reading, cooking, RV camping, baseball and their long-haired dachshund, Frank.

Kelly Bertenthal
Assistant Director
Kelly Bertenthal is a Marin County native that currently resides in Sacramento. Kelly graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, and has a strong passion and personal connection to epilepsy, which is demonstrated in her professional work. She has worked with the San Francisco VA Medical Center’s Epilepsy Center of Excellence, Louisiana State University’s Epilepsy Center of Excellence, The Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, and also spent numerous summers volunteering for the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California’s Youth Camp.

As Education Coordinator at Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, Kelly established the first Epilepsy Awareness Night with the Texas Rangers. She also ran the school nurse training program, coordinated and attended camps, facilitated Studio E Art Therapy, and helped to staff and coordinate the efforts of CAFÉ Texas. In her most recent capacity, Kelly worked on Health Systems Transformation as well as our State Health Improvement Plan within the Director’s Office of the California Department of Public Health.

Lauren Cotter
Program Coordinator
Lauren is a senior-level marketing and advertising professional who has developed high-impact campaigns that delivered dramatic gains in revenue, visibility, and market share.

Lauren was at the height of her career in marketing when she began to experience neurological symptoms. Her life and career was halted with the discovery of a large meningioma tumor in 2012. Lauren’s experience navigating through the medical system has led her to a new gained respect for patients and the hurdles they face. This enlightenment has fueled a passion to advocate and bring patients and the medical community together to discover the inner workings of the brain and discover a cure for both epileptic and non-epileptic seizures.

A New England native Lauren has been in the Bay Area for over 20 years. She has 3 wonderfully supportive children. Lauren has sat on many boards including Easter Seals, Boys and Girls Club, the Ohlone Foundation, the Washington Hospital Foundation and now is the secretary for the Neuroscience Patient Family Advocacy Committee. Her numerous media campaigns included beneficiaries such as the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and the American Lung Association among others.

Her diverse capabilities include: Television, Radio, Sports Marketing, Web, Print, Social Marketing, Promotion, Film and Video Production, Sponsorships and Public Relations.

Aashna Patel
Public Health Intern
Aashna Patel is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Public Health. After completing a shadowing internship with pediatric neurologist Dr. Rachel Kuperman at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, she became very interested in learning more about epilepsy and the community development and access to care issues that surround it. She currently serves as a Public Health intern at the Foundation, working on projects to develop more awareness and support networks for epilepsy in underserved regions of Northern California.

Aashna is originally from a suburb of Chicago, IL and moved to California to attend college. While she doesn’t miss the snow, she tries to visit her family often. In her free time, she loves to travel, discover new hiking trails, and is an avid Chicago Bulls fan.

Kimberly Bari
Administrative Intern
Kimberly Bari, who grew up in CT, has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Elon University, along with a Master’s Degree in education from Loyola University in Maryland. She taught elementary school up in Spokane, WA before moving to China to teach English. In returning to the states, she came to San Francisco to complete the TESOL program at Berkeley. With a love for teaching and traveling, she also enjoys time with family and friends, football fun (Go Packers!), hiking and exploring the city.

Kimberly’s interest in epilepsy relates to her personal health experience.  She has joined our group with the interest of providing her support and assistance within the community. As an Administrative Intern, Kimberly works on research and event planning.

If you would like to learn more about her journey living with epilepsy, and treatment through UCSF, watch her short TV episode  at “Rebooting Kimberly’s Brain”.