Our History
Donna Stahlhut
Donna Stahlhut – Founder & Chief Executive Officer

In 1983, the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Texas was founded by Donna Stahlhut, after her son was diagnosed with epilepsy.  At that time, Mrs. Stahlhut faced a perpetual lack of support and information; therefore, taking a proactive stand, she installed a phone in her kitchen and established a network of information, resources, and support for families dealing with the multi-dimensional difficulties associated with epilepsy. With over 34 years of service, the Epilepsy Foundation Texas has established many life changing programs and services in order to meet the varied needs of people with epilepsy and their loved ones.

In 2008, the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Texas became Epilepsy Foundation Texas, expanding their service area to the North Texas region with the headquarters located in Houston. In January of 2011, the Epilepsy Foundation Texas combined their efforts with the High Plains Epilepsy Association, a 38 year-old respected organization in the West Texas region, to create an even stronger and more united force in the fight against epilepsy, serving 176 counties in the state of Texas. Our mission is to lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.