Iowa Staff Members

Roxanne Cogil, Executive Director
Epilepsy Foundation Iowa
1111 9th Street, Suite 370, Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: 515-238-7660 Email:

Roxanne Cogil is the Executive Director of Iowa Epilepsy Services for the Epilepsy Foundation since May 2012. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University in 1995 and completed training and testing to become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) in March 2015. Responsibilities include overseeing statewide programs, services and advocacy, as well as providing direct service in central and western Iowa to individuals, families and professionals impacted by epilepsy. Roxanne also serves as Central Regional Director overseeing 13 states for The Hemispherectomy Foundation, on the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of Iowa, an appointed member on the Governor’s Advisory Council for Brain Injuries, an appointed member on the Iowa Olmstead Consumer Taskforce and on the Governing Board and Advisory Board for the Heart of Iowa MHDS Region. Roxanne’s inspiration and passion for helping others with epilepsy stems from the journey with her daughter’s intractable epilepsy, which led to a right hemispherectomy brain surgery in 2009 and a 2nd brain surgery in 2016 in order to attain seizure freedom. Roxanne was presented the Jo Ann Kramer Founders Award in March 2015 at the Brain Injury Alliance of Iowa’s Annual Conference as Advocate of the Year.

Megan Barry, Eastern Iowa Program Coordinator
Epilepsy Foundation Iowa, Eastern Iowa Office
UIHC Dept. of Neurology, 200 Hawkins Drive, 2162 RCP, Iowa City, Iowa 52242
Phone: 319-359-8682 Email:

Megan Barry is originally from Blue Springs, MO, but grew up in a small town in central Iowa.  She has lived in Eastern Iowa for the last 7 years.  She has a background in Health and Human Services with a special interest in the special needs population.  Megan has worked for a variety of non-profit and for-profit agencies including the Iowa Child Advocacy Board, REM Iowa and Iowans for Safe Access. She is passionate about helping and advocating for individuals who have been faced with special circumstances, especially in the health care and epilepsy world.  Megan’s passion for epilepsy began due to a diagnosis of intractable epilepsy for her son, resulting in a left functional hemispherotomy in 2016 and a shunt placement in early 2017. She feels her journey through the world of epilepsy would not have been as paved without the help of the Epilepsy Foundation and she hopes to help other families who struggle through the diagnosis as well.