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Four Volunteers Answer Info Mail

6/18/2010

NFCA is so fortunate to have four interesting, knowledgeable and dedicated volunteers working with us to answer questions that come into the NFCA information mailbox (info@celiaccentral.org) from the celiac/gluten intolerant community. These questions range from specific inquiries about gluten-free food to a discussion of symptoms of celiac disease and more.

Here’s a hearty “thank you” to Jacqueline Gallagher, Rebecca Podio, Nicole Seitz and Gayle Wald.

These women are fabulous! Want to get to know them better?

Jacque Gallagher joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in May 2009 as a volunteer.  She was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002 and has become quite interested in helping others who have questions concerning celiac. Jacque recently retired from teaching in the Lower Merion School District in Wynnewood, PA.  Teaching all grade levels from kindergarten through fifth grade proved to be a fascinating career. Jacque lives in Devon, PA with her husband Chris and has one daughter, Jennifer, who works and lives in the Washington D.C. area.

Rebecca Podio joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in January of 2009 after being diagnosed with celiac disease in late 2008. Rebecca currently is pursuing two Bachelors degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Wyoming. 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.

Nicole Seitz joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness in August 2008. She enjoys having one-on-one exchanges with people who have questions about symptoms, screening, and adjusting to a gluten-free lifestyle.  Nicole learned that she was gluten sensitive in 2003, and felt dramatically better when she began following a gluten-free diet.  Because of her personal experience in regaining her health, Nicole has a special interest in helping others make healthy lifestyle changes.  In 2007, she earned a certification as a Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College.

Gayle Wald began volunteering with the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) in August 2009. 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 Professor of English at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband and son, Zachary.
 

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