Our Ambassadors

Ambassadors of Epilepsy Action Australia


Luke Eisenhuth

From the beginning, Luke was marred by a serious and very rare, form of Epilepsy called Landau Kleffner Syndrome. The condition affecting all spheres of his cognitive, emotional and social development. His life has been testing to say the least.

Luke has managed to create a happy, healthy and financially successful life as a school leader and now the CEO of RIZO Education – ‘A Strategic Consulting & Education Company’. Being regarded as one of the most respected school educators in the system today, Luke lives and breathes education, with students in ore of his compassion, knowledge and character. Luke has taken his skills and futurist view to improving some of the biggest concerns in education and the world today.

“I hope in the future we see more people who have experienced or live with epilepsy achieving highly and speaking of their condition. I would like to see epilepsy detached from the stigma of being a ‘disability’, or a condition that limits one’s ability. In particular, for children and families to live with less fear, take educated risks and make more effort towards good health and a positive mindset.”

His education and experiences flex the way people think and learn. Whilst he is a special needs and education expert, he questions the future of education, human thinking and behaviour.



Mark Geyer OAM

Mark Geyer is a former Penrith second row forward, a state and national representative player and a legend of rugby league. His club career spanned from 1986 to 2000, since retiring, he has made a name for himself in the media. Since August 2009, Mark has been part of the Triple M on-air team for the Sydney breakfast show called The Grill Team and is a regular panelist on a number of NRL television shows on free to air and Fox Sports. In 2000, Mark was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia’s international standing in rugby league. In 2013 he received an Order Of Australia medal for “service to the sport of Rugby League football, and to the community through a range of charitable organisations.”

Mark is a committed family man. He and his wife Meagan have 5 children: Logan, Montanna, Kennedy, Mavrik and Rafferti. Recently Mark was bought to tears on his morning radio show whilst opening up about his family’s experience with epilepsy. Montanna and Kennedy have both been diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. Mark shared his story to help raise awareness and get the message out that there is help available to those living with epilepsy.

Jyotsana Gill

Jyotsana is a triathlon veteran, competing for the last 9 years. Her interest in triathlons began as a hobby but in the past couple of years she has been competing at a higher level in a variety of distances. Jyotsana has recently been selected to represent Australia at the ITU World Championship Long Course Triathlon in Weihai, China. 

Jyotsana developed epilepsy at the age of 15 and like most people living with the impact of this condition has had some challenges dealing with the demands of ‘triathlete’ lifestyle. Her epilepsy is however currently well controlled with medication. Jyotsana describes herself as motivated and determined, consistently striving towards goals in her life not only as a triathlete, but also as an interior architect. 

Whilst sticking to a pretty strict training regime, Jyotsana enjoys squeezing in time for overseas travel, family and friends, and some of Melbourne’s finest including art, design and food! After competing in China, Jyotsana is working towards her first Ironman in her hometown in March 2015.

Lachlan (Lachy) Gillespie

Lachy is thrilled to be an ambassador for Epilepsy Australia.

Not only does he wear the colour purple in The Wiggles, Lachy also has lived in a family with epilepsy his whole life. Lachy’s brother Cameron, lives with epilepsy since birth and he and his wife Kelly have had a beautiful daughter Charlotte who has Dravet Syndrome. Charlotte loves music and has made a very special connection with The Wiggles colour and music, especially the purple one. 💜

Having toured with The Wiggles since 2013 and performing hundreds of shows a year to families all over the world, Lachy takes enormous pride in bringing joy to children and their parents, carers and guardians through entertaining and educational music, dance and colour. He looks forward to working with families living with Epilepsy.

Watch Lachy’s Epilepsy Action Australia video here

Shelby Kennedy

Shelby Kennedy, founder and director of The Mindset Movement is a Master Practitioner of Life Coaching and an Associate Member of the International Coach Guild (ICG).  She is also a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, an Accredited Extended DISC Consultant and Trainer and she is also a Mindset & Self Leadership Specialist who coaches and mentors individual clients and teams through 1:1 Coaching, Team Training Seminars and Workshops.

Shelby has had epilepsy since the age of 11 when she had absence seizures. At 16, she began having generalised seizures after suffering a blow to the head while playing basketball. Now 24, she has been seizure-free for eight years.

Shelby is passionate about Mental Health and Wellbeing and having a positive impact on Mental Health in todays society. 

Caitlin McOmish

Caitlin developed epilepsy as a baby, having up to 30 seizures a day, but with her parents support and her own determination she overcame the odds and is now a promising neuroscientist. 

Caitlin received her PhD from the University of Melbourne. She was then awarded an NH&MRC overseas biomedical fellowship to undergo postdoctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center, NY, USA. She has received several awards and honours including awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society for Neuroscience, and the Australasian Neuroscience Society, as well as holding a current NARSAD Young Investigator award. Caitlin currently works at The New York Academy of Sciences, it’s mission is to advance understanding of science and technology.

Caitlin is an advocate of Epilepsy Action Australia and an ambassador for people living with epilepsy. She has contributed directly to EAA as a Director of its Board from March 2008 until October 2011 and currently is our representative and ambassador in New York.

Dr Jayne Meyer Tucker

Jayne has worked in all three sectors in Australia and internationally. She was previously CEO of Good Beginnings Australia, leading one of Australia’s recent mergers between a national and international charity.  Jayne has held the champion role of a randomised control trial and social impact evaluation on social inclusion and role of volunteers.

She is on the Board of The Royal Society of Arts Oceania, Australian Transformation Association and NSW Nursing and Midwifery Council. Her PhD, Decision making at the local level – the missing link – has recently being socialised in an ebook manifesto ‘Balance Point – making better decisions during times of uncertainty’.

Mia Oatley

Mia Oatley is a Sydney artist best known for her bold and colourful works on canvas. Mia has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize, Mossman Prize, Portia Geach, Waverley Art Prize, and Salon Des Refuses. Her work has been exhibited and collected enthusiastically Australia wide and internationally.

Mia was diagnosed with focal epilepsy at the age of 15 and has been living with her condition for the past 23 years whilst travelling the world, making lots of art and is getting ready to become a first time Mum. She hopes as an ambassador to bring about more awareness and break down some of the existing stigmas.

Jade Prosser

Jade was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 9 and has been seizure-free for the last 11 years. Up until recently, Jade hid her condition due to fear of the Epilepsy stigma.

“I’ve decided that my Epilepsy didn’t need to be lonely anymore and that speaking about it makes me a stronger person.  Since opening up about my condition, many positive things have happened. For the first time in my life, I have connected with other people who have Epilepsy. There is such a power in that.

I have also been properly diagnosed and learnt more about my condition. Recently I hosted a Run for Epilepsy which fundraised over $13,813 for EAA! I want to be part of raising awareness and breaking the stigma so that people know it’s okay to talk about.”

Paul Wade OAM

These days Paul Wade stashes his keys and mobile phone in a bum bag so he doesn’t forget where he left them. But he’ll always remember his first seizure. It was in Buenos Aires, 1993, and he was 32, the celebrated captain of Australia’s national soccer team.
He was just about to hit the field to mark Maradona in a World-Cup qualifying match when he collapsed in front of the Socceroos physio.

Paul hid his epilepsy for years as he moved on to work as a soccer commentator. But his secret was revealed in the most public way possible – he had a seizure while broadcasting a live interview in 2001. Eventually, Paul was offered the chance to undergo brain surgery to stop the seizures. The invasive treatment involved injecting a radioactive substance that travels to the brain to see which part was causing the seizures. Then a piece of Paul’s brain the size of two matchboxes was removed. The operation was a success and Paul walked out of the hospital after just seven days. He hasn’t had a seizure since although his short term memory was affected.

Paul who now works as a motivational speaker and sports commentator, credits Epilepsy Action Australia with providing invaluable support through his ordeal. He takes every opportunity to raise the profile of epilepsy and our organisation.