Randy became a stroke survivor in 2014. He connected with SSEEO while looking for answers after his stroke. He immediately felt the compassion and support of everyone in the organization. He has a passion for raising awareness of stroke prevention and helping others in their post stroke journey.
Randy and his wife Kathy have two sons. As a family they enjoy traveling. They are also avid sports fans and enjoy both watching and playing sports.
Christine has been with SSEEO since 2007, first as a part-time Coordinator, in 2010 as a Manager and then 2014 as SSEEO's Director. In this role, Christine is responsible for program development, volunteer management, fundraising, communications and support.
Prior to working for SSEEO, Christine worked as the Health Initiatives Director for the American Heart Association. She collaborated with hospitals, health departments and other businesses to coordinate and implement community-wide strategies, programs and services. Her role also included assisting hospitals to become Primary Stroke Centers.
Christine lives in Downers Grove and is the mother of two beautiful children and enjoys long walks with her dog.
Christina Miller—Board Member, SSEEO Christina is the proud daughter of a stroke survivor. In the summer of 2009, Christina’s father suffered two consecutive strokes while undergoing general anesthetic for an unrelated surgical procedure. Christina became a short-term caretaker for her father in the weeks and months that followed. Gratefully, her father made enormous strides in his recovery.
After returning to her full time job as an attorney, Christina saw an opportunity to assist other stroke survivors and caregivers in volunteering to give pro bono legal advice to Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other (SSEEO) as it transitioned from a small grass-roots charity to a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
After her pro bono representation concluded, Christina became more involved with SSEEO, first serving as its Secretary and now as a Board Member. She is so proud of the amazing work that SSEEO does and continuously inspired by the bravery, strength and perseverance of her father and the many stroke survivors and caregivers that she has met in the course of her service to this incredible organization.
Christina moved to Seattle, where she resides with her husband and children. Together they enjoy running, hiking, wine tasting and seeking out great BBQ.
Lisa has been the caregiver for over 6 years to two stroke survivors, her mother and sister. Lisa’s experience in dealing with the complicated healthcare system led Lisa to SSEEO, an organization that she believes needs to exist to provide a voice for the patients and caregivers, while providing a platform for sharing information.
Outside of her work with SSEEO, Lisa works in the pharmaceutical healthcare industry, where she has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management. She is a proud mother of a blended family of five children. After volunteering with SSEEO for nearly two years, Lisa was named to the SSEEO Board of Directors in 2014 and is happy to provide support in any way possible.
Jim has been a stroke survivor since 2011 and had open heart surgery in 2015. He joined SSEEO in 2016 leading the Stroke Survivor 2 Survivor (SS2S) telephone peer support calls at Advocate Sherman Hospital. Through his work with this program, he advocated and now leads the Sherman stroke support group. In 2018, Jim was named Volunteer of the Year at Advocate Sherman Hospital for his work with stroke patients. He credits his wife and daughter with encouraging him to work hard during rehabilitation and become a volunteer after his stroke.
Prior to his stroke, he was very successful in marketing and sales. Jim walks daily for exercise and after 45
years, remains a member of his golf league.
Mark Egelston is a stroke survivor of 30 years. He joined SSEEO in 2012 to help others navigate the stroke journey. He shares his story monthly to new stroke patients and families at local hospitals and stroke support groups.
He is a banker by day and also serves as SSEEO, Treasurer. In addition, he oversees and leads volunteer teams for SSEEO’s Survivor2Survivor (S2S) program.
ACCOUNTING / FINANCE
Michelle provides administrative support to the SSEEO organization. She began her volunteerism with SSEEO after surviving a stroke at the age of 42. As a stroke survivor she recognizes the challenges other survivors face. She understands the need for stroke and caregiver resources, which is why SSEEO is so important to her.
During her free time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family. Michelle knows the importance of never giving up. She encourages other survivors to keep moving forward in their life-long recovery journey.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS
Phyllis is a stroke survivor who is passionate about being a voice of encouragement to other survivors and inspires them to never give up no matter how hard their journey is. Celebrate what you accomplish today – no matter how small.
Currently, she serves as President for Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other (SSEEO). In this position, she is works with other volunteers to create and implement programs and provide resources to stroke survivors, caregivers and their families. Previously, Phyllis volunteered with the American Heart/Stroke Association sharing her story to help raise awareness of heart disease and stroke. Prior to her stroke she worked in Corporate America (marketing and administration) and City Government (administration). Phyllis is a runner, an avid bicyclist and enjoys hiking. She lives in Winthrop Harbor with her husband Fritz and has one married son and two grandsons.
Laurie has been a part of SSEEO's accounting and finance function since 2010. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Accounting.
Laurie has been actively working in the non-profit community for the last twenty years. Her prior experience includes social service agencies, theatre and condo/co-op associations.
Laurie is currently employed full-time with a public accounting firm in Southeastern Wisconsin.