Executive Board

Executive Board President

Carolyn Pilgrom

Carolyn lives in Buffalo, NY with her husband and 2 cats. She works fulltime as a Workforce Analyst for a cloud services company based in Silicon Valley and spends her free time exploring the world of food through her exotic meat private chef service. She is also an avid advocate for small business and consults startups through business planning, funding, and financial forecasting.

Carolyn was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease in 2009 and had her first of two pituitary surgeries that same year. She went on to have her adrenal glands removed before being declared cured from Cushing’s and began her life as an Addison’s patient. She has been an active part of the Cushing’s community since first self-diagnosing herself from a House MD episode. She has helped to educate many about self-advocating with doctors and pushing through until resolution. Carolyn is excited to be a part of EPIC as a means to continue to educate and campaign for those with life altering chronic illness.

The EPIC foundation is proud to have Carolyn Pilgrom as the President of the Executive Board of Directors!

Carolyn can be reached via e mail at carolyn@epictogether.org or phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 703 Toll Free

Executive Board Secretary

DaVita Garfield

As a speaker, author and empowerment coach, DaVita credits the many life experiences and obstacles that she has overcome during her life as the driving force behind her God-given assignment to support other women by encouraging them to become amazing on purpose.

Saddled with an unexplained medical crisis in 2012, DaVita fought through stress, depression, frustration and at times anger, to reclaim her health and renew her life. Vowing to never give up on herself, she wanted answers. Her tireless medical self-advocacy finally led to the diagnosis of a rare and life-threatening disease called Cushing’s Disease. After this diagnosis and the discovery of a tumor on her pituitary gland, having learned more about this disease, DaVita’s faith and determination to become healthy became even stronger. In 2014 the tumor was successfully removed however, she was re-diagnosed and faced her 2nd brain surgery in 2017 to remove a tumor.

In March of 2015, DaVita founded her company, empoWermentNOW, LLC to provide empowerment and coaching support for women to help them to identify and reach their life goals despite their circumstances.

DaVita’s number one role is being a mother to her amazing daughter, Aniah Rose. DaVita holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in health administration and has over 15 years of experience helping people in the healthcare sales field. In September 2016, DaVita celebrated the release of her first self-published book titled, Tell the Whole Story: Embrace Your Journey To be Amazing on Purpose. Tell the Whole Story examines DaVita’s transparent life experiences in areas of childhood abuse, emotional turmoil, adult physical and emotional illness to show the importance of embracing one’s entire life journey to overcome and achieve success on purpose and without apology.

DaVita’s most recent accomplishments include her girls mentoring program, her virtual group coaching membership program and the release of her Achieving your Amazing Goals Planner: 2018 edition. The EPIC Foundation is proud to announce DaVita Garfield as the Executive Board Secretary.

DaVita can be reached via e mail at davita@epictogether.org or via phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 702 Toll Free

Executive Board Treasurer

Stephanie Thames-Harris, M.S.

Stephanie has over 16 years of experience in the Pharmaceutical Industry. She obtained both her Bachelor’s Degree and Masters of Science Degree in Biological Science from Jackson State University. Stephanie worked for Abbot Laboratories for almost two decades. She obtained an amazing opportunity to move forward and she currently works with the company, Johnson and Johnson Vision. Stephanie is their head of Government Accounts.

Stephanie Thames-Harris shows an interest in Cushing’s as Co-Producer of the documentary film series, “Battleground Diagnosis: The War to Survive Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome”. She is the wife of the director of the documentary, Marc Harris. Stephanie and Marc are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. As a family, they would like to contribute to Cushing’s awareness and the empowerment of Cushing’s patients and families. They also are invested in supporting the chronic illness community at large.

Stephanie can be reached via e mail at stephanie@epictogether.org or phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 705 Toll Free

Executive Board Director

Cheryl Dunlap

Cheryl Dunlap has a very broad and eclectic professional background. Surviving adversity in her past and with the goal of providing her daughter with the best life, Cheryl had job positions that provided high job security and stability. To support herself and her daughter, Cheryl began her diverse career with a ‘secure’ government job.  An unfulfilling, dead-end path, Cheryl would express her creativity by styling her friend’s hair.  She eventually took that skill to cosmetology school.  After graduation, she quickly realized salon work would not be enough.  By helping out an ill friend, she discovered a niche market – traveling cosmetology services.


During this time, she also began her event planning.  Born of a desire to fill the gap of the lack of quality entertainment options for the over 30 set, she formed a company that now coordinates weddings and special occasions.


During these burgeoning entrepreneurial years, Cheryl also addressed the need to further her education.  With her daughter by her side, she completed her GED and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Barat College in Lake Forest.  Because of the supportive environment, Cheryl desired to give back to students like her, and remained in higher education, working in a variety of positions.  She went on to complete her MS in Organizational Development and Training from Webster University.


Cheryl has been a huge supporter of the Cushing’s community for years. She uses her position as producer and host of a popular radio program to increase awareness. Cheryl has a heart for the chronic illness community, which motivated her decision to sit on the Executive Board of Directors for The EPIC Foundation. Cheryl would like to contribute to Cushing’s awareness and the empowerment of Cushing’s patients and families. She is also invested in helping the chronic illness community. Today, Cheryl continues as the sole producer and host of Soul Suite Radio.  She maintains a select portfolio of clients for event planning and cosmetology, and volunteers her time and skill to cancer survivors and incarcerated women. Cheryl is also working on her first novel.


Cheryl can be reached via email at cheryl@epictogether.org or phone at 888-862-5554 Ext. 722 Toll-Free

Executive Board Director

Teresa Tapp (RIP August 26th, 1957-September 20th, 2018)

Teresa Tapp was very special to the chronic illness community! Dr. Karen was blessed to be introduced to the T-Tapp workout in 2014 by a fellow “Cushie warrior”. After being dependent on ambulatory devices including a walker and cane and struggling through recovery, Dr. Karen finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel after just 2 months of doing consistent T-Tapp workouts. In just 15 minutes a day, 3 days per week; Dr. Karen was able to ditch her walker and cane and felt that life was now promising. In 2015, Dr. Karen, on a whim, decided to join that year’s 60 day T-Tapp challenge. To her amazement, using Teresa’s 15 minute workout; Dr. Karen lost 53 inches over her entire body and her life was forever changed-Dr. Karen was the Grand Prize winner of that challenge and, as such, was rewarded an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 T-Tapp retreat. There, she met Teresa Tapp in person. Since then, Dr. Karen looked to Teresa as her mentor and dear friend! Teresa not only showed interest in Dr. Karen, but she made it her life’s mission to impact Cushing’s survivors, Adrenal Insufficiency survivors, and chronic illness warriors everywhere!

Teresa Tapp was an exercise physiologist/rehabilitative trainer whose specialty was real fitness from the inside out. Teresa strongly believed that less is more when utilizing the correct TYPE of exercises. Until her last breath, she showed belief in others who didn’t believe in themselves!

ANYONE can use T-Tapp! However, Teresa Tapp’s methods are ideal for individuals in the chronic illness community who simply are not able to do conventional workouts. However, in JUST 15 minutes a day, people in the chronic illness community can work out safely and effectively, not crash, and see results.

The EPIC Foundation was SO proud to partner with Teresa Tapp to increase awareness and help bring wellness to ALL! Teresa Tapp believed in the mission and vision of The EPIC Foundation! She believed in it so much that she joined the Executive Board of Directors and was committed to helping the foundation grow!

Teresa, you are missed deeply! You earned your Angel wings and you will forever be known as our “Butterfly Angel”. Your legacy lives on forever! RIH!