Eric Nostrand is owner of The Hop Yard American Alehouse & Grill of Pleasanton and San Ramon California. He is a 1985 graduate of U.C. Berkeley.
In 2006 Eric was awarded the Small Business Advocate of the Year by the California Chamber of Commerce. In 2014, Eric was recognized by the East Bay Leadership Council as one of its Small Businesses of the Year and in 2015 became the youngest recipient of Pleasanton’s Ed Kinney Community Service Award.
Eric was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2010 and founded Eric’s Corner in 2011 to help those affected by an epilepsy diagnosis. He’s working hard every day to not let epilepsy define him.
Eric is supported by his wife Julie and daughters Carly and Maggie.
Kim is the mother of an amazing young adult that grew up with epilepsy. Her daughter was diagnosed with a seizure disorder when she was in kindergarten and now one of the strongest young women she knows. Her family once felt very alone living with the fear of the unknown that comes with an epilepsy diagnosis. Over the years Kim has gained knowledge and experience as a mother and advocate for those living with epilepsy which she now shares as volunteer advocate and program facilitator for Eric's Corner.
As a co-founder of Eric's Corner Kim says, “we now have a village in the Eric's Corner community and a platform needed to help one another to share information and support a positive life.”
Parvin Manuchehri serves as the Treasurer for Eric’s Corner. She is a financial planner and has been in the financial services industry since 1997 and started her own Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm in 2011.
Parvin received her CFP® certification in 2002 and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with a double major in Economics and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has also taught courses for the College for Financial Planning where she focused on areas such as retirement planning, income tax planning, and employee benefits.
Her brother was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child and Parvin is proud to be part of Eric’s Corner as the group has helped her brother and her family with learning more about the resources available.
Richard was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 45. Following his first seizure, he had several more Focal Aware seizures (formerly Simple Partial seizures) within a five week period. Under the supervision of his Neurologist he was prescribed an anti-seizure medication and has been seizure free since late 2010. Considering his seizures under control, he sought to help others with Epilepsy. He found Eric’s Corner online and began going to support group meetings in early 2013. “The best part of Eric’s Corner is the exchange of information between group participants. I have seen it changes people’s lives and outlook,” he is often heard saying. Richard works in the horse racing industry and serves as Secretary on the Eric’s Corner Board. He is involved with the e-newsletter, transportation program and other projects.
Ron is a true Epilepsy Survivor. Having suffered a Tonic Clonic (grandmal) Seizure while surfing one sunny day really changed his outlook on life! Hug a Life guard next time you see one for Ron. Feeling alone at age 16 when he was told about his Epilepsy, but Support groups were non-existent. Eric’s Corner is a safe friendly environment and a place to talk to your peers, share and learn. Together, we support caregivers and their needs too. Ron’s infectious smile and quick wit enhance all of Eric’s Corner events. Ron invites you to come visit us at Eric’s Corner.