WHAT IS EPILEPSY

Epilepsy is the name given to an imbalance of the nervous system that causes two or more seizures or fits. Seizures can range from very mild, affecting people’s vision or attention for a few seconds, to major seizures with muscle spasms and lack of consciousness for a time. Epilepsy can start at any age, but usually either during childhood or in old age.

Epilepsy Facts

  • Epilepsy affects over 50 million people worldwide, including 300,000 American children under the age of 14

  • Epilepsy affects more people than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease COMBINED

  • Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the U.S.

  • Epilepsy claims more lives than breast cancer every year

  • Funding for epilepsy research lags significantly behind other diseases and disorders

 

OUR MISSION

Raise money and awareness for epilepsy research and program services for children with special needs.

OVERVIEW

  • The Joseph Gomoll Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 2010

  • Honors 5 year old Joey Gomoll who passed away after suffering from a rare form of epilepsy

  • Joey loved music and we use music in all of our fundraising activities

  • The sale of Joey's Song charity compilation CDs and live benefit concerts are our main fundraising activities

THE MUSIC

  • There are 5 CDs in the Joey's Song series, including 2 CDs just for children

  • Over 80 internationally known, award winning artists have donated their music to Joey's Song

  • The Joey's Song artists are Grammy winners, Hall of Fame members, and ACM/CMA/AMA/Juno winners to name just a few of the awards they have won

  • The artists on Joey's Song are responsible for over 50 #1 hits and well over 100 Top 40 songs

  • Joey's Song CDs have been played on radio stations around the world and have been purchased and downloaded by people in over 25 countries worldwide.

THE NUMBERS

  • Joey's Song is a 100% volunteer organization

  • We have donated nearly $420,000 to various charities since 2010

  • Over 80% of all the funds we have raised have gone directly to other charities who support epilepsy research and programs for children with special needs and epilepsy

 

WHO WE SUPPORT

Since our founding in 2010, we have donated nearly $420,000 in cash and goods to the charities listed below. You may click on the charities logo to visit their website and learn more about how they are helping in the fight against epilepsy.

 
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our board members

 

MIKE GOMOLL

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT

 

Mike Gomoll founded Joey's Song in the spring of 2010 following his son Joey's death after a 5 year fight against epilepsy.

He has worked at I.B.M. for almost 25 years in various marketing roles. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin and his MBA from DePaul University.

Mike lives in Sun Prairie WI with his wife Nory and their children Julia and Sam.

KEVIN BAIRD

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Mr. Baird has been the Executive Director of Joey's Song since its' establishment in 2010.

Prior to joining Joey's Song he spent 25 years with IBM in various technical, marketing and sales positions.

He graduated from Westminster College of Salt Lake City with a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Speech, Theater Arts.

Kevin resides in Dunedin Fl with his wife Jane and their two dogs. Jane is a frequent volunteer at Joey's Song helping with everything from administrative to strategy.

JOHN BLOEMER

SECRETARY

 

Currently is employed as Director of Engineering with Aprilaire in Madison, WI. He graduated from University of Akron with a BSME in 1984. Through his carrier he has developed products for Scott & Fetzer, Kohler, Saris and Aprilaire. He is inventor on over 15 US and foreign patents. He has been a member of the Sun Prairie community

for 20 years.

He, his wife, and daughter are proud to call the Gomoll family our neighbors and more importantly friends.

JOE FOWLER

HONORARY LIFETIME MEMBER

 

Joe Fowler was a friend of the Gomoll family for over 40 years. He was active in the initial phases of the foundations setup and was a constant presence at all events and was a guiding force behind the scenes.  Joe passed away a few years ago, succumbing to esophageal cancer. In his memory Joey’s Song also donates to pediatric cancer charities when it is able.  Joe Fowler will always be an honorary board member of the Joseph Gomoll Foundation.

During his career in the newspaper industry he has held several positions at properties in Nebraska, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Virginia. He currently is the President and Publisher of the Omaha World-Herald.

He and his wife Brenna reside in Omaha Nebraska and have two sons, Joey and Jackson.

KRISTIN SEABORG

EXTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD,

MUSIC INDUSTORY LIASON

 

Kristin Seaborg is a primary care pediatrician practicing at Group Health Cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin. Kristin obtained both her undergraduate degree and MD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Middleton with her husband, Andrew, and three children.

CHERYL PAWELSKI

EXTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD,

MUSIC INDUSTORY LIASON

 

Three-time Grammy-nominated producer, Cheryl Pawelski has, for the past twenty-plus years, been entrusted with preserving, curating and championing some of music’s greatest legacies. Before founding Omnivore Entertainment Group with her partners, she held positions at Rhino Entertainment, Concord Music Group and EMI-Capitol Records.

She is currently serving a as Vice President of the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy.

DAVID RAMSEUR

TREASURER

David Ramseur is currently the Dean of The Joseph Business School’s Entrepreneurship program located in Forest Park, IL and the President of Ramseur Capital Group. Additionally, David has more than 15 years of sales experience in the computer and technology industries.

He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has worked for technology companies such as IBM, Computer Associates International, Datalogix / Oracle and SynQuest.

David is married with one son and resides in Woodridge, IL

TODD SEARS

BOARD MEMBER

Todd Sears graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Marketing.

During his career in the newspaper industry he has held several positions at properties in Nebraska, Wisconsin, New Jersey and Virginia. He currently is the President and Publisher of the Omaha World-Herald.

He and his wife Brenna reside in Omaha Nebraska and have two sons, Joey and Jackson.

EILEEN SUTULA

EXTERNAL ADVISORY BOARD,

EPILEPSY RESEARCH COMMUNITY LIASON

 

Eileen Sutula is the founder of Madison Friends of CURE ( Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy), whose mission is to raise awareness and much needed funds for scientific research in the area of epilepsy. Her efforts are concentrated in Madison and surrounding Wisconsin communities.

Eileen received her Masters Degree in Psychological Counseling from Boston College, and retired after many years as a family advocate at Early Head Start. She is the proud mom of three daughters...and 7 grandchildren.

She lives in Madison with her husband, Tom, who is a neurologist specializing in Epilepsy at the University of Wisconsin.

JOEY'S SONG
P.O. Box 346
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

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