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Alice Bast, President & CEONational Foundation for Celiac Awareness Staff

Alice Bast founded the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in 2003. Her personal experience with celiac ignited her passion to help the estimated three million Americans suffering from the disease receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis.  

Alice is widely regarded as a celiac 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.

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, drives diagnosis of celiac disease, improves quality-of-life for children and families adhering to a gluten-free diet, and facilitates collaborations within the healthcare community. NFCA is a leading resource for celiac information and offers free information and support materials for celiac patients and their families. The organization is also a leading resource in accredited education and training for healthcare providers and food industry professionals. 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

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

Rebecca Podio, Volunteer - info@CeliacCentral mailbox

Rebecca Podio joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in January of 2009. She works with the NFCA staff to help answer requests and questions that are received through the celiaccentral.org info line. Rebecca is currently pursuing two Bachelors degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Wyoming and plans to graduate in May 2012. She is involved in a wide variety of activities including competing at Miss Wyoming 2009, being a member of the University of Wyoming Rodeo Team, Delta Delta Delta, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and being a Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wyoming volunteer.  She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in the late part of 2008.

Gayle Wald, Volunteer - info@CeliacCentral mailbox

Gayle Wald began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in August 2009, and answers messages sent to the info@celiaccentral.org email account. Gayle learned that she has celiac disease in 2008, and is grateful for having been diagnosed promptly and correctly by a knowledgeable gastroenterologist.  She enjoys cooking and has had fun figuring out how to adapt her diet to foods that are naturally gluten-free, although she also makes a mean gluten-free muffin and corn bread. Gayle is an avid runner with a special interest in athletes (recreational or otherwise) who have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Gayle is Professor of English at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she lives with her husband and son, Zachary.

Kerry Gundlach, Volunteer - info@CeliacCentral mailbox

Kerry Gundlach began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in August 2010, and answers messages sent to the info@celiaccentral.org email account. She is gluten-intolerant and began enjoying gluten-free foods in 2001. Kerry has a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Colorado State University and is a registered dietitian. She enjoys running, yoga, cooking and baking (gluten-free, of course), backpacking, and helping people live healthy lives. She lives in Iowa City, IA.

Lori Magee, Volunteer - info@CeliacCentral mailbox

Lori joined NFCA as a volunteer in August 2010, answering queries submitted to info@celiaccentral.org. After struggling with unexplained symptoms for years, Lori was diagnosed with celiac disease in May 2009 and has been gluten-free ever since. Lori is pursuing an associate degree in Specialized Technology for Massage Therapy and Bodywork, plus certification as a Medical Exercise Specialist. She hopes to work with individuals with physical limitations/diseases, eating disorders and trauma survivors. She resides in Pittsburgh, PA.

Yana Thaker, Volunteer – info@CeliacCentral mailbox

Yana began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in June 2012. Yana discovered that she has celiac disease in 2009 after suffering from debilitating symptoms for a few years. She is currently attending the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and will be graduating in 2014 with a medical degree. She is not sure which specialty she will ultimately pursue, but is currently interested in gastroenterology and immunology.

Jordana Schneider, Volunteer - GREAT Kitchens

Jordana joins the NFCA volunteer staff with over 30 years of sales & marketing experience in the retail and wholesale world. With an active volunteer spirit, Jordana has dedicated her time and skills to organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch, NJ; The Women's Council for The Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical in Long Branch, NJ; The Cancer Support Community of Eatontown, NJ; and The Rumson Country Day School in Rumson, NJ.  With NFCA, she will work to enroll restaurants, cafeterias, and other foodservice groups in the GREAT Kitchens training program to learn how to safely prepare gluten-free food.

Jordana was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003 after a year of pain, intense discomfort and numerous misdiagnoses. Now on a mission to take her health in her own hands, she is navigating through a gluten-filled world and works to inform those who serve food the real facts about celiac disease, gluten and the risks of cross-contamination. She stresses that for people with celiac, the gluten-free diet is not a fad nor a choice, but a matter of health.

Sam Master, Volunteer

Sam Master began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness after attending their informative and delicious Appetite for Awareness event in September 2012 in Philadelphia.  He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003 and has been passionate about medicine and education ever since.  He is currently a second year medical student at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Osteopathic Medicine, where he is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, an AOF Welch Scholar, and the president of Project REACH, an afterschool program emphasizing preventative health and community service for middle school students in Camden, NJ.  He hopes to specialize in pediatric gastroenterology and spent the summer of 2012 researching celiac disease exposure at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.  Previously, he worked at the Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care as a research coordinator and graduated with a bachelors of arts in psychology from Rutgers University in 2010. Sam is excited to contribute for the NFCA to talk about his own experiences living with a gluten-free diet and new research in celiac disease.

 

 
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