Here at Briezy's Bunch, we’re committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to further achieve our cause. Founded in May 2017, we strive to impact those affected by epilepsy in our community by providing financial assistance, emotional support, and educational resources.
Read about our Briezy's story here.
April Krowel, Ph.D., HSPP
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer/President
April earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Ball State University in July 2017. She completed her predoctoral internship at VA Illiana Health Care System, with special emphasis in neuropsychological assessment. She has a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology. April is a neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at Brain Performance and Psychology Center.
She has served on several boards as both a student leader and a professional, including state and national psychological associations, as well as had the honor of being named State Leader of the Year with the American Psychological Association and Student Leader of the Year with the Indiana Psychological Association. April is a Perham Scholar, Student Veterans of America-Raytheon Patriot Scholar, and Pat Tillman Scholar. April enjoys working with a team and is looking forward to the nonprofit journey with the founding board.
Dr. Krowel's family knows firsthand how much hassle insurance companies can be, especially when they deny coverage for critical medical needs, which motivated them to create Briezy's Bunch.
Justin Krowel, M.A., CRC, LMHCA
Co-founder & Chief Financial Officer/Vice President
Justin has a bachelor's degree in sociology and earned his master's degree in rehabilitation and clinical mental health counseling from Ball State University. He is currently working on his MBA from Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business. Justin is currently employed as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. He recently completed an intense leadership program and was nominated as Employee of the Year at his workplace.
Justin served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer and deployed to Iraq in 2003. He was wounded in action and earned both a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for Valor.
Justin is excited to extend his love of business and finances to this organization. He understands the risks related to being denied insurance coverage for a child, and is hoping to help many families with critical medical needs.
Tricia Walosin, M.S., CRC, LCPC, LMHC
Tricia has been engaged in the mental health counseling field for the past 20 years, and her goal is to assist others through therapy in leading a positive and healthy life. She is honored to serve on this board, and hopes to contribute through provision of advocacy and assistance to the best of her abilities.
She has experience in working with children and adults with developmental disabilities, those with learning disabilities, women in perinatal programs, veterans and their families, offenders, and those with substance use history. She has specialized in providing individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case coordination, assessment, behavioral programming, and staff training.
Tricia holds a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is currently a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Tony Severtson, M.A.
Tony earned his master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Ball State University in 2012. Since then he has been working as a therapist with the nonprofit organization, Third Way Center Inc, in Denver, Colorado. Third Way Center is a residential treatment facility catering to extremely traumatized and mentally ill teens and families. The mission is to offer truth and hope to these kids and families and help them change their lives for the better.
Tony is also a McNair scholar and attributes the generosity of others as well as hard work to his current success. He is looking forward to offering assistance to others in order to improve their lives through this organization.
Melissa Keyes, J.D.
Melissa Keyes is the Legal Director for Indiana Disability Rights, the state’s protection and advocacy agency that provides legal services to individuals with disabilities. Melissa received her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. She was the Editor-in-Chief for the Indiana Health Law Review, Volume 8, and was selected as the 2010 Program on Law and State Government Fellow. During law school, Melissa served as a research and policy consultant to the Autism Society of Indiana. Before becoming an attorney, Melissa worked at Riley Hospital for Children in the autism clinic as a research specialist at which time she earned her Master’s degree in clinical psychology.
Jeffrey S. Raskin, M.D.
Jeffrey S. Raskin is a board eligible pediatric neurosurgeon trained in general pediatric neurosurgery with special interest in functional and epilepsy surgery. He was recruited as tenure track Assistant Professor by Andrew Jea and Nicholas Barbaro to the section of pediatric neurosurgery at Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University and Goodman Campbell Brain and Spine. As co-director of epilepsy surgery, Dr. Raskin is expanding the comprehensive epilepsy center to include cutting-edge technology like responsive neurostimulation and robotic neurosurgery with laser interstitial thermal therapy for the treatment of neurooncology and epilepsy diagnoses. As director of movement disorders, Dr. Raskin has developed clinical care pathways and multidisciplinary pathways for the treatment of dystonia and spasticity, including deep brain stimulation, intrathecal baclofen, and selective dorsal rhizotomy.
Dr. Raskin is a member of the AANS and the CNS. He is an ad hoc reviewer for multiple neurosurgical journals and has published papers and book chapters with a subject predominance in quality and safety in neurosurgery as well as functional neurosurgery. Aside from ongoing clinical research, Dr. Raskin has conducted bench research in learning and memory, brainstem control circuits in vasospasm, and functional partners of cone arrestin during phototransduction.
Jeffrey S. Raskin obtained a BA degree in neuroscience from Pomona College with completed time abroad at the University College of London in Developmental Neurobiology, received an MS in cell and neurobiology from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and an MD from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He completed internship and residency in the department of neurological surgery at Oregon Health & Science University. He then pursued fellowship training in pediatric neurosurgery at Texas Children’s Hospital where he was clinical instructor of neurosurgery. After work Dr. Raskin enjoys time with his family.
Marc Parker, O.D.
Marc Parker is originally from Tampa Bay, Florida. His undergraduate training was in psychology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He continued his education and received a Bachelor’s of Science and a Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He also holds a degree in Spiritual Counseling. After graduating from Indiana University, he returned to Florida with his wife, Lori, to whom he has been married for over 30 years. In 1993, his wife convinced him to move back to Indiana. Life events altered his career path. His new focus was on helping children with special needs, especially children who had been neglected or abused.
One child placed with his family truly touched his heart and affected him deeply. A young girl named Chloe came to his home; she suffered from serious intractable seizures. Chloe was adopted by the Parker’s and through her struggles he developed a new empathy for those with seizures.
An area of focus for Dr. Parker has been assisting children and their families to have an opportunity to attend the Center for Courageous Kids (CCK). There, children with epilepsy have a life-changing experience. There are no barriers or limits to participation in any of the activities that are offered. At CCK they quickly realize they are not alone as they meet other children with epilepsy and make forever friends.
Marc is profoundly grateful for the honor to help additional families though his association with Briezy’s Bunch.