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NFCA Team (Staff)

Alice Bast, President & CEONational Foundation for Celiac Awareness Staff

Alice Bast founded the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in 2003. Her nearly decade-long personal struggle with undiagnosed celiac disease ignited her passion to help the estimated three million Americans suffering from this serious, genetic, autoimmune disorder receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis.  

Alice is widely regarded as a celiac disease expert and has been a keynote speaker at major medical and food industry events nationally and internationally, including the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting, Healthy Foods Conference, International Pizza Expo, The Flavor Experience, Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Wellness Conference, and both Natural Products Expo East and West shows. She also chaired a panel presentation at the 14th International Coeliac Disease Symposium held in Oslo, Norway. She is a patient representative for celiac disease for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), serves as a board member of the Digestive Disease National Coalition, led the autoimmune disease roundtable at the 2013 Partnering for Cures conference, and is participating as an FDA patient representative at the FDA GREAT3 Workshop.

Alice’s story has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, and on nationally televised programs such as ABC’s “The View” and CNN. Among her accomplishments, Alice co-authored an article titled “Celiac Disease and Reproductive Health Issues,” which was published in the Journal of Practical Gastroenterology. She was the Principal Investigator on an NIH funded Grant titled, “Novel Educational Aids for Celiac Disease.” Alice was also awarded the 90th annual Philadelphia Award in May 2011, one of the city’s most prestigious honors given each year to a citizen who has acted and served on behalf of the best interests of the community.

Her organization, NFCA, works to ensure that celiac disease can be promptly diagnosed and effectively managed. Through education and empowerment, NFCA enables the community to make the best decisions that reflect their desired health outcomes. NFCA serves as a leading free resource for people with celiac disease and their families and is also a leader in providing accredited training for food industry professionals and continuing education credits for dietitians who attend NFCA’s free monthly webinars. By inspiring hope and accelerating innovation, NFCA serves those on a lifelong gluten-free diet and forges pathways to a cure. Email Alice Bast

Claire Baker, Director of Communications and New Media

Claire joined the NFCA staff in July 2014 with 20 years of non-profit management experience in Philadelphia. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010, she sought to improve the lives of others who need to live gluten-free through her blog, gluten-free product and restaurant reviews, social media presence, and publications. Prior to joining NFCA, Claire served as Director of Gardening Programs for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). She managed the PHS City Harvest program and led community engagement and greening teams focused on gardening education, parks revitalization, youth environmental stewardship, Pop Up Gardens and more. Claire formerly served as Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director of the Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), Executive Director of the William Way LGBT Community Center, and Manager of Off-Air Civic Engagement Activities and Events for WHYY.
Email Claire Baker

Mary Buhring, Office Manager

Mary joined NFCA in January 2014.  She brings 20 years of business experience from the healthcare, non-profit and insurance industries.  A graduate of LaSalle University, Mary earned her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources. 

Her strong organizational skills keep the busy NFCA team running smoothly.  She also oversees the foundation’s database, mass mailings and manages various projects within the organization.

Both Mary and her oldest son have celiac disease.  Working at NFCA has been fulfilling for Mary because of her personal connection to the autoimmune disease. Email Mary Buhring

Alicia Carango, Web and Social Media Manager

As the Web and Social Media Manager, Alicia works to provide NFCA's online community with the latest resources, news, and events surrounding celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Alicia updates and expands on NFCA-affiliated websites as well as find new social media outlets where the NFCA can build an online presence. Through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, Alicia engages with the NFCA online community and work towards a shared goal of raising awareness for celiac disease. She was first introduced to celiac disease from her previous work in the clinical trial industry.  From this prior experience, Alicia has developed an interest in raising awareness for research studies, particularly those for celiac disease. Alicia holds a BA in English from West Chester University and works out of the Philadelphia office. Email Alicia Carango

Susan Gardner, Director of Finance

Susan began working with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in June 2004and has been a part of the organization as a staff member and volunteer since that date. Sue is a graduate of Penn State and she has served as Controller for a number of businesses in the Greater Philadelphia Area. At NFCA, Sue is responsible for the day-to-day financial activities of the organization, as well as annual reporting and governmental compliance matters. Sue also joins the NFCA team in planning for special events. Sue works out of the NFCA Philadelphia office. Email Susan Gardner

Nancy Ginter, Director of Administration

Nancy Ginter joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in June of 2004 after working extensively for AT&T leading a global sales team focused on the needs of multi-national corporations. At NFCA, Nancy works across departmental lines to assist in operational matters along with programming, Philadelphia area events, contracts and sponsorship. Nancy also is responsible for the NFCA Speakers Bureau, contributing to NFCA publications and working on NFCA programs for raising awareness. Nancy works in the Philadelphia office. Email Nancy Ginter

Beckee Moreland, Director of GREAT Kitchens

Beckee Moreland is a recognized gluten-free market expert with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA), and has worked as a gluten-free consultant for companies in the food industry since 2008. She currently manages NFCA’s Gluten-Free Resource Education and Awareness Training (GREAT) Foodservice programs, which are ADA and ACF accredited training programs for foodservice professionals and dietitians. Beckee also heads the GREAT Business Association, which promotes networking and best practices for safety and transparency in gluten-free food preparation and manufacturing.

Beckee’s restaurant industry experience dates back over ten years. In 1992, she and her husband opened Sportscaster’s Bar & Grill in Lincoln, NE, which they currently own and operate.  

Beckee holds a Bachelors of Science, Education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Born and raised in Omaha, NE, she currently resides in Lincoln, NE, with her husband Dave and son Cole. Email Beckee Moreland

Kimberly Yost Moyer, Director of Development

Kim earned her degrees in International Business and Marketing, including a Cértificat de Français from Sorbonne University and International Relations from American University, both in Paris, France. She has worked in Paris and is fluent in French. She has also traveled extensively throughout Central and South America.

Kim has over 15 years of professional fundraising experience. Her primary concentrations have been on higher education, political campaigns, and social agencies. She has served as a congressional assistant and political consultant to two state senators and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kim currently serves on the Board of Directors for Casa Guadalupe, an organization who serves the Latin and Hispanic populations of the Lehigh Valley and Haven House, an organization focused on providing a mental health services. She provides the fundraising leadership for both organizations. Kim has presented at numerous professional fundraising conferences and is active in the Council And Support of Education (CASE). Email Kimberly Yost Moyer

Jennifer North, Vice President

Jennifer joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in 2009 when she served as the organization’s first full-time development officer. Currently the organization’s Vice President, Jennifer oversees the organization’s communications efforts and corporate partnerships. She is responsible for NFCA’s gluten-free industry initiatives including the GREAT Kitchens foodservice training program and the NFCA-endorsed Gluten-Free Certification Program. She has acted as a consultant, writer and presenter for webinars, onsite training programs and other industry-facing activities and is considered an expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, the needs of gluten-free consumers, gluten-free food safety and marketplace trends. She formerly served as the Vice-President of Development for JCCs of Greater Philadelphia. Her diverse skill set stems from professional and board roles in communications, development, programming, assessment, strategic planning and operational management for organizations addressing a range of critical community issues. She has been contracted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services as a grant reviewer. Jennifer was introduced to Celiac Disease in 2008 when her daughter was diagnosed. Email Jennifer North

Rachel Rieger, Patient Education Manager

As Patient Education Manager, Rachel Rieger’s responsibilities include webinar planning and implementation, as well as some forthcoming initiatives to better understand patient needs. She graduated from the College of Wooster in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies, with a special focus on Health Communication. There, she worked closely with foodservice staff to help them better understand the needs of someone afflicted with celiac disease, and wrote a senior thesis on a self-designed health campaign to raise awareness for celiac disease on campus. Rachel also interned for The Chronicle Telegram in 2012, through which she wrote a bi-weekly column on the gluten-free lifestyle. As someone who has been managing celiac disease for nine years, working with NFCA has given Rachel the opportunity to fulfill her lifelong goal of raising awareness and changing the landscape of celiac disease research.  Email Rachel Rieger.

Kristin Voorhees, Director of Healthcare Initiatives

Kristin Voorhees joined NFCA in March 2010. Kristin works directly with the NFCA’s Scientific/Medical Advisory Board and other clinicians to develop and advance NFCA healthcare initiatives, including Celiac CME Central, lifestyle Webinars and Lunch-and-Learns. Kristin recently fulfilled her Master’s in Health Communication from Emerson College’s dual graduate program with Tufts School of Medicine in December 2009. During her graduate work, she had the privilege of working with the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and, through this connection, developed a working relationship with NFCA. Kristin was diagnosed with celiac disease in July 2007 and has since remained passionate and enthusiastic about educating others and furthering the awareness of this autoimmune disease. Kristin works out of the Philadelphia office. Email Krisitin Voorhees

 
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