LANDOVER, MD (May 21, 2009)- The Epilepsy Foundation's Board of Directors elected Joyce Bender, CEO and president of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., as its new chair for a two-year term. She is the founder of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., a national company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the host of Disability Matters with Joyce Bender, a radio show airing on

"In 1985, a seizure almost ended my life," said Bender. "That experience led to a whole new purpose in life for me. It is the greatest honor to be appointed as board chair of the Epilepsy Foundation and I will work to serve and represent all Americans living with epilepsy."

When Bender founded Bender and Associates International, Inc., its focus was on matching the right people with the right technology and management positions. When she suffered a life-threatening, epilepsy-related accident, she created a new business to help talented people with disabilities find rewarding professional careers.

"Joyce has been a dedicated member of the board of directors and supporter of the Foundation for 10 years," said the president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. "We are fortunate that she shares her resources, passion, and knowledge to help further our mission to ensure that people with epilepsy are able to participate in all life experiences."

Bender has received numerous awards for her efforts in advancing the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities, including the 2003 Bush Administration's New Freedom Initiative Award and the 1999 President's Award, which was presented to her by President Clinton at the White House.