Top 100 Women in Food Allergies 2021

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In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re excited to share our second guide of the Top 100 Women in Food Allergies! Each woman featured has made contributions to the food allergy community by leading legislative efforts, raising funds and awareness, sharing recipes, creating products, and more. We are so appreciative of everything they do for the community and thrilled to recognize all of their hard work. See our first Top 100 Women list! Want to nominate a woman for next year? Email [email protected]

 

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Christine Allen

Mo’Pweeze Bakery
Christine Allen is both an allergy mom and a member of the food allergy community herself. The idea for Mo’Pweeze Bakery came to her while searching for a safe birthday cake for her son and today their top 10 allergen free products are available both at their bakery location and in select stores.

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Nicole Arpiarian

Massachusetts Law SD680: An Act to Improve Food Allergy Awareness
Inspired by her son’s experience with a severe reaction to peanuts in a pastry, Nicole Arpiarian is lobbying to pass SD252 (formerly SD680), An Act to Improve Food Allergy Awareness. Building on a 2009 Massachusetts law, the act requires a server or individual knowledgeable about food allergies to serve as a liaison between food allergic customers and kitchen staff to avoid dangerous miscommunication. She hopes to have it passed this session.

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Sasha Auguste

YumEarth
Sasha Auguste uses her role as the Head of Marketing at YumEarth to continue the brand’s proven record of supporting the food allergy community.

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Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN

Essence Nutrition Miami
Monica Auslander Moreno, MS, RDN is a food allergy mom and advocate and the Founder of Essence Nutrition, a group practice of seven registered dietitians. She is the dietitian for the Miami Marlins and is the visiting dietitian specialist at Ocean Reef Resort and Club.

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Liana Backal

FARE
Liana Backal is one of the Co-Founders of FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education.) She has tirelessly advocated for the food allergy community, from educating summer camps and schools on the dangers of food allergies, to advocating for new restaurant legislation and sesame labeling.

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Brittany Baker

FOMO Baking Co.
Brittany Baker founded FOMO Baking Co. after being diagnosed with Celiac disease. Her cookie bites are made in a dedicated top 8-, gluten-, and sesame-free facility, with the goal of creating delicious and safe, enjoyable desserts for those with more than one allergy or dietary restriction in mind.

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Holly Bayardo

Killer Food Allergies Podcast
Holly Bayardo provides an honest, unfiltered take on navigating the world of food allergies as the host of the Killer Food Allergies Podcast, where she features important figures in the food allergy community.

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Larisha Bernard

Make it Dairy Free
Larisha Bernard’s experience of being required to cut out dairy in order to breastfeed brought to her attention a need for dairy-free resources, leading to her launching Make It Dairy Free with her husband, Andrew. Her recipes and writing are a valuable resource for both the dairy-allergic and the food allergy community as a whole.

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Julie Bishop and Allison Monette

O’MY Dairy Free Gelato
Julie Bishop and Allison Monette are Co-Founders of O’MY Dairy Free Gelato. Their delicious gelato is free from the top 8 allergens (excluding coconut), as well as sesame and mustard. They believe everyone should get to celebrate moments big and small—together!

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Carli Blum

Sunscoop
Carli Blum’s journey of managing her own food allergies helped bring her dream of delicious allergy-friendly ice cream to life. She is the Founder of Sunscoop, an ice cream brand built on the belief that indulging is sweetest when it comes with an ingredient list you can feel good about.

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Jen Cafferty

Nourished Festival
Jen Cafferty is the Founder and CEO of the Nourished Group, which runs the Nourished Festivals. These festivals are the largest group of consumer trade shows in the US focusing on gluten-free, allergen-friendly and specialty diet living. She is also CEO of the app Find Me Gluten Free.

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Michelle Carfagno

The Greater Knead
Michelle Carfagno founded The Greater Knead after setting out to create an authentic and gluten-free New York-style bagel for her family members with Celiac disease. Since her company’s creation, she has continued to meet the growing needs of the food allergy community by continually removing allergens, resulting in The Greater Knead products becoming top 12 allergen-free.

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Hillary Carter

Hillary Tolle Carter
Food allergy mother and advocate Hillary Tolle Carter is on the Board of Governors at FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) and serves as a member of the Patient Advisory Board for DBV Technologies. She also has a popular blog about family life and living with food allergies.

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Melanie Carver

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Melanie Carver is the Chief Mission Officer of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the nation’s oldest asthma and allergy charity. She leads the organization’s community services, marketing and communications, education and grassroots advocacy. She and her family have firsthand experience managing asthma, eczema, seasonal allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis and multiple food allergies.

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Brittany Charlton

Ohh Foods!
Brittany Charlton founded Ohh! Foods after her experiences managing her own allergies. Her company works to bring awareness to food allergies and innovation to the food industry by creating top 10 allergen-free snacks.

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Beth Cherico

Amanda’s Own Confections
Beth Cherico is the Owner of Amanda’s Own Confections, a company she started due to her daughter’s severe food allergies. The company makes a variety of chocolate shapes, other candies and cookie dough, all free from the top 14 food allergens and produced in their dedicated facility.

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Dr. Sharon Chinthrajah

Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research
Dr. Sharon Chinthrajah is the Director of the Clinical Translational Research Unit of the Sean N Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research, where she leads the team to conduct impactful studies in food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis.

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Jennifer Chow

Nurture Life
Jennifer Chow is a Co-Founder of Nurture Life, the only fully-prepared meal delivery service made in a dedicated peanut and tree nut-free facility. Inspired by managing her own allergies and her experience as an allergy parent, Nurture Life meals are designed to make meal times easy and safe.

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Heather Christo

Heather Christo
Food allergy mom Heather Christo manages her own allergies as well, which lead to her creating her popular daily blog. She is a trained chef and her recipes are free of gluten, dairy and eggs. She has published two books, was a 2017 James Beard Award Nominee, the 2015 Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen winner, and the 2015 Better Homes & Garden Tastemaker.

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Stephanie Cohen

Mompops
Stephanie Cohen is the Chief Poperating Officer/Co-Owner of Mompops, a company that makes mini fruit ice-pops in the only certified free from top 8 frozen novelty plant in the U.S. Stephanie has taken the pops from selling at farmers markets to being sold in hundreds of stores on the East Coast..

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Betsy Craig

Allertrain
Betsy Craig is the CEO and Founder of AllerTrain, a food allergy and gluten-free training program for the food service industry. AllerTrain provides food service professionals best practice recommendations for safely preparing and serving gluten-free and allergen friendly menu items.

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Laura Davis Gross

Partake Foods
Laura Davis Gross brings both a wealth of knowledge from her previous career experiences and the valuable perspective of an allergy mom to her role as the Chief of Staff at Partake Foods. Utilizing her unique skillset, she works to further the company’s mission of creating moments of joy through treats those with allergies and without can share with confidence.

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Dr. Donna Decosta

Food Allergy and Sensitivity Circle (FoodAsc)
Donna DeCosta is a physician and mother of two sons with multiple food allergies. She is the Founder of the Food Allergy and Sensitivity Circle (FoodAsc), which helps the community find products and services and a supportive community.

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Kate Diec

Kate’s Safe and Sweet
Allergy mom Kate Diec found the perfect combination of her passions for baking and helping the food allergy community when she founded Kate’s Safe and Sweet. Her baking boxes for children and families managing food allergies are the first of their kind and her line of baking mixes is free of the top 14 allergens.

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Rosa Dixon and Milia Lando

Raised Gluten Free
Rosa Dixon and Milia Lando co-founded Natural Decadence, and its brand, Raised Gluten Free. When Rosa’s daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease at the same time Milia found out about her own food allergies, the two saw a need for high-quality gluten-free food that they took it upon themselves to fill.

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Kailey Donewald

Sacred Serve
Kailey Donewald is the Founder and CEO of Sacred Serve. She used her experience as a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and wellness advocate to start the company, focusing on making plant-powered gelato made in a dedicated facility free from gluten, dairy, corn, soy, peanuts and GMOs.

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Maura Duggan

Fancypants Baking Co.
Maura Duggan is the President and Co-Founder of Fancypants Baking Co., a clean label cookie innovator and manufacturer producing delicious cookies made in a facility that is peanut and tree nut free.

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Alana Elliott

Libre Naturals
Alana Elliott is the Founder of Libre Naturals and oversees their Canadian facility where they produce bars, granola, and oatmeal dedicated free of the top 11 food allergens and gluten.

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Jaime Festa

Trio Fudge
Jaime Festa is the mother of a food allergy family and the founder of peanut, tree nut, and sesame-free fudge brand Trio Fudge, which ships nationwide and has an innovative new Fudge of the Month Club.

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Claudia Fierro-Poppen

Ommie Snacks
Ommie Snacks founder Claudia Fierro-Poppen started making top 8 allergen-free Ommie bars in her home kitchen when she learned her son was anaphylactic to nuts. Inspired by both her son and her personal interest in health, she continues to grow her business while maintaining an uncompromising focus on quality, taste, and nutrition.

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Emily Foster, Amy Jones, and Leighton Kohlmann

KUBEBA
Emily Foster, Amy Jones, and Leighton Kohlmann found a distinct need in the market for allergy-friendly protein bars. Together, they created top 8 allergen-free KUBEBA bars as a healthy and convenient option for the needs of people like themselves.

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Tanisha Foster

Chop Friendly
Food allergy mother and advocate Tanisha Foster is the Founder and Health Educator of Chop Friendly. Chop Friendly provides educational resources and products to families to accommodate children with food allergies.

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Elena Gallegos

Unicorn Tees
At only 11 years old, Elena Gallegos was the grand prize winner of the 2018 Jif-sponsored grant “Imagine If, With Jif.” She used the grant to found Unicorn Tees, a company producing stylish, comfortable shirts for kids and adults who have been diagnosed with food allergies to make them feel special and as a reminder that the person wearing it has special food needs.

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Jessy Gartenstein

Fronen
Jessy Gartenstein was 13 when she was diagnosed with Celiac disease and a dairy sensitivity. Wanting to make ice cream fit into her new lifestyle and refusing to compromise on taste, she experimented in the kitchen until she had perfected her recipe and created Fronen, a dairy-free ice cream with clean ingredients now sold in 600+ retailers throughout the U.S.

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Pauline Osena Gauvin

Hype Food Co.
Pauline Osena Gauvin is the Owner and Co-founder of Hype Food Co., a restaurant in Toronto, Ontario that is free from wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, soy, sesame and seafood. The restaurant was inspired by her children, two of whom have food allergies.

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Lacy Gillham

Happy Campers
Lacy Gillham’s own gluten intolerance gave her firsthand knowledge of the importance of keeping gluten out of the kitchen. Working with husband and co-founder Jan Taborsky, she founded Happy Campers and created gluten-free bread with extraordinary texture and flavor.

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Jane Gold

Plant Based Jane
Jane Gold manages nut allergies and created the popular vegan blog Plant Based Jane. Her recipes help inspire others on their own vegan journeys in cooking delicious plant-based and nut-free meals.

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Katie Greene

Life With Itchy
Katie Greene is a Spokin Ambassador and the food allergy and eczema mom behind @life_with_itchy_ on Instagram, where she uses her excellent sense of humor to share her experiences and raise awareness.

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Dr. Payel Gupta

The Itch Podcast
Dr. Payel Gupta is the President of the New York Allergy & Asthma Society, a podcast co-host on The Itch Podcast, and a Medical Advisor and Editor for Zestfull, an online magazine for food allergy sufferers.

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Kim Hall

End Allergies Together (EAT)
Kim Hall was the co-founder of EAT (End Allergies Together), an organization which aimed to accelerate treatments and cures for the growing food allergy epidemic.

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Kim Hartman

FARE
Kimberly Hartman co-chairs on the FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) Board of Governors. She is an entrepreneur who is also active in educational non-profits.

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Lisa Heath

Intentional Foods
Food allergy mom Lisa Heath co-founded Intentional Foods Cafe & Market with her husband in Mesa, Arizona. Their restaurant is free of the top 8 allergens and they ensure every ingredient is manufactured in trustworthy facilities. Their retail market offers allergy-friendly foods, baked goods, and prepackaged and made to order meals.

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Lisa Horne

Food Allergy P.I.
Allergy mom Lisa Horne bakes, blogs, advocates, and does it all while homeschooling her 5 children. Her blog shares allergy-friendly recipes and tips, encouraging a proactive approach to label reading and product research.

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Emily Horta

Emy’s Delights + Bites
Emily Horta took skills honed during her time in culinary school and used them to share allergy-friendly treats and promote allergy awareness through her dessert shop and cafe, Emy’s Delights and Bites. Created with safety and inclusivity in mind, her products are free from the top 9 allergens.

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Jennifer Hunger

Rachel’s Law
Jennifer Hunger has been lobbying to pass a New Hampshire law called Rachel’s Law in honor of her daughter. The bill (HB1102) aims to protect the food allergy community by creating more communication between servers and customers in restaurants. The bill has been stalled due to the pandemic but has strong bipartisan support.

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Catherine Jaxon

Mission MightyMe
Catherine Mitchell Jaxon is a food allergy mom and the Co-Founder of Mission MightyMe, a company that aims to help end the food allergy epidemic by creating delicious allergen-introduction foods for babies and children. Catherine is also an award-winning, Emmy-nominated journalist and media consultant.

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Nancy Kalish

Rule Breaker Snacks
Nancy Kalish learned a great deal about food allergies during her career as a health journalist and put this knowledge to use when she created Rule Breaker Snacks. With the food allergy community in mind, she created a line of delicious, chickpea-based treats made in a facility dedicated free of nuts and other common allergens.

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Ellyn Kodroff

CURED Foundation
Ellyn Kodroff is the Founder and President of the CURED Foundation, a not for profit foundation dedicated to raising vital funds and awareness for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Diseases (EGID), including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), eosinophilic gastritis (EG), eosinophilic colitis (EC) and other eosinophilic disorders.

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Yael Walters Kozar

The Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast
Food allergy advocate Yael Walters Kozar helped launch FAACT (The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team) as VP of Media, Communications and P.R. She produces and hosts The Anaphylactic Allergy Podcast, America’s first podcast devoted to news on anaphylactic allergies and creating and running CA, Allergy Support & Anaphylaxis Prevention.

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Rebecca Lainovic

FARE
Rebecca Lainovic is on the Board of Directors of FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education.) She is a notable food allergy advocate and philanthropist whose support of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research has helped fund critical research on food allergies and potential treatments.

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Erica Lenkert

GFF Magazine
Erica Lenkert, who manages Celiac disease, founded a quarterly magazine for gluten-free food lovers: GFF Magazine. The magazine celebrates uncompromisingly Good Food (Forever), drinks, and destinations, and the joy of creating and sharing them with others.

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Pattie Lerner

Sweet Megan Baking Company
Food allergy mom Pattie Lerner is the Founder of Sweet Megan Baking Company. The company makes allergy-friendly edible and bakeable cookie dough in a facility free from the top 8 allergens plus sesame, mustard, sulphites, celery, lupin and molluscs.

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Diana Levy

Undercover
Diana Levy knew when her two daughters were diagnosed with Celiac disease that she needed to create a chocolate snack they could enjoy. With them in mind, she founded Undercover Snacks and began to make chocolate-covered quinoa in a dedicated peanut, tree nut, and gluten-free facility to provide peace of mind for families like hers.

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Dr. Xiu-Min Li

Xiu Min Li Laboratory at The Icahn School of Medicine
Dr. Xiu-Min Li Is the Director of the Xiu Min Li Laboratory at The Icahn School of Medicine and has dual professorships in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Otolaryngology. Her research focuses on adapting traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbal treatments for allergies and other immune disorders with science and technology.

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Ann Marie Liskey

AlabamaSAFE Allergy and Asthma Advocacy
Allergy mom Anne Marie Liskey helped pass the Nathan Liskey Act, HB294, an Alabama law creating a program for the prescribing of epinephrine auto-injectors to summer camps, day care centers, restaurants, places of employment and other entities for administration on any individual suffering an anaphylactic reaction.

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Dr. Lisa Lombard

Lisa Lombard, Ph.D.
Lisa Lombard is a licensed clinical psychologist with over twenty five years of experience providing psychological services to children, teens, and adults. She treats children who are coping with the emotional consequences of health conditions including severe food allergies, asthma and eczema.

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Erin Mandras

Austin’s Allergies
Erin Mandras is a food allergy mom and the author of the book Austin’s Allergies. The book was inspired by her son’s true story and is told through the perspective of a 4-year-old boy to help children understand food allergies and how to keep themselves and others safe.

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Laurie Margolis

Mighty Jax
Laurie Margolis is the author and creator of Mighty Jax, a superhero designed to empower and educate kids with food allergies while inspiring them to become their own superhero by protecting themselves. The Mighty Jax book and doll were created from a place of true understanding based on her own experience as a mother to two sons with food allergies.

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Catherine McCord

Weelicious
Food allergy mom Catherine McCord is the Co-Founder and CEO of meal delivery service One Potato and the Founder of Weelicious. She is also the author of several popular cookbooks. Her approach to food in all her endeavors is healthy, family-friendly and inclusive of the food allergy community.

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Robyn McCord O’Brien

“The Unhealthy Truth”
Food allergy mother Robyn McCord O’Brien is the author of The Unhealthy Truth, a book that reveals the relationship between the manipulation of food and both the increase in allergies in children, as well as the increase in cancers in families—and offers a road map to healthy living.

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Emerson Metropoulos

Sweet E’s Cookies
Emerson Metropoulos manages her own food allergies and is the Founder of Sweet E’s Cookies, a company she started when she was just seven years old. All of her baked goods are made free of the Top 8 allergens.

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Emily Mohr

Nine Times Bakery
Emily Mohr saw an opportunity when she developed a gluten and dairy intolerance. Taking favorite childhood recipes and updating their ingredients to be milk, wheat, and gluten-free, she created Nine Times Bakery as a way to bring people together over food.

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Danielle Mongeau

Rhode Island law: Food Allergy Awareness in Restaurants Act of 2012
Danielle Mongeau helped pass the Food Allergy Awareness in Restaurants Act of 2012 in Rhode Island as a teen. This law requires restaurants to display food allergy awareness information in restaurant kitchens, on menus and requires restaurant managers to be trained in food allergies. It also created a “food allergy friendly” designation for restaurants with a public database.

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Alina Morse

Zolli Candy
15-year-old Zolli Candy CEO Alina Morse created Zollipops at age 7 and has since expanded her company’s production into other varieties of tooth-friendly candy. Her desire to make products her friends could safely enjoy led to allergy-friendly practices being a core value of Zolli Candy from its inception and she now manages a nut allergy herself.

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Angel Mueller

Dillon’s Law
Angel Mueller helped pass Dillon’s law in honor of her son. The law allows Wisconsin citizens with proper training to be prescribed, carry, and administer epinephrine auto-injectors to anyone suffering a severe allergic reaction.

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Charlotte Murphy

Archie’s Allergies
Food allergy mother Charlotte Murphy is the Founder and CEO of Archie’s Allergies, a UK-based non-profit organization aimed at providing support to families dealing with food allergies and reinventing the approach at solving some of our societies biggest challenges.

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Nona Narvaez

House Bill 4518, Epinephrine Accessibility in MN Schools, Stock Epinephrine in MN Schools Law
Food allergy mom and legislative policy analyst Nona Narvaez lobbied fiercely to pass House Bill 4518, Epinephrine Accessibility in MN Schools and the Stock Epinephrine in MN Schools Law. She also is the Developer of the Food Allergy Conference & Expo, the Food Allergy Booth Outreach Program, the Buddy Program, the World’s Largest Halloween Allergy-Free Zone, the only U.S. food allergy overnight & day-camp, the first U.S. trained & certified food allergy speakers’ bureau, and is a food allergy-safe event planner.

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Jackie Nevard

My Food Allergy Friends
Mother to a son with multiple food allergies, Jackie Nevard is the author of the My Food Allergy Friends book series. She has also created a string of educational resources, the Food Allergy SMART Program and popular allergy awareness sessions in Australia.

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Meg Nohe

Allergy Amulet
Meg Nohe is the Chief Marketing Officer for Allergy Amulet, an allergy mom, and an avid advocate in the food allergy community at large.

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Sadie Olsen

Otto’s Naturals
Sadie Olsen is the Co-Founder of Otto’s Naturals, a brand that makes cassava flour made in a top 8 free facility. The flour offers a delicious alternative to traditional foods, while still maintaining a gluten- and grain-free lifestyle.

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Kristin Osborne

Virginia Food Allergy Advocates, The Prioritized Group
Kristin Osborne is the founder of Virginia Food Allergy Advocates, a support group designed to educate and raise food allergy and anaphylaxis awareness. She is also the owner of The Prioritized Group, a food allergy consulting organization.

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Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer Coaching LLC
Karen Palmer is the Certified Leadership Coach, Owner and Founder of Karen Palmer Coaching LLC. She is a school operations consultant, and advocate for food allergy families. She is also the Moderator of the FEI (Food Equality Initiative) series of webinars For the Health, which discuss the racial and economic disparities in public health, particularly in regard to food allergies.

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Dr Purvi Parikh

Allergy & Asthma Network
Dr. Purvi Parikh is an adult and pediatric allergist and immunologist at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill in New York City. She is currently on faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor in both departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Parikh is committed to allergy and immunology care and often makes appearances as a medical contributor on NBC, FOX, CNN, Wallstreet Journal and CBS. She is currently the youngest president of the New York Allergy and Asthma Society.

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Kathie Pelliccio

SuperSeedz
Kathie Pelliccio is the Co-Founder and seed queen behind SuperSeedz, a company that makes no-shell allergy-friendly and nutritious pumpkin seeds.

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Laura Pendleton

Amarria’s Law
Laura Pendleton helped pass Amarria’s Law in honor of her daughter. The Virginia law requires Virginia public schools to stock epinephrine auto-injectors for use on any child having a severe allergic reaction by a school nurse or any employee. It also protects school employees from liability for civil damages if acting in good faith and requires training on the devices.

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Kendra Peterson

Drizzle Kitchen
Chef Kendra Peterson developed a passion for working with food allergy families early in her career and uses her background in nutrition and food science to create fulfilling and nutritious meals that accommodate every dietary need. She shares her allergy-friendly recipes on her blog, Drizzle Kitchen.

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Sidney Price

Noble Bird Rotisserie
After discovering the challenges of dining out with dietary restrictions with her two food allergic children, Sidney Price and her family embarked on a journey to open the entirely dairy-, tree nut-, and peanut-free restaurant Noble Bird Rotisserie in Long Beach, California.

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Elise Purcell

FARE
Elise Purcell is the mother of two sons with food allergies who brings her long-standing personal commitment to improving the quality of life and health of individuals with food allergies to the FARE Board of Directors. Together with her husband, she previously founded the Northwest Food Allergy Initiative and helped raise nearly $1 million in support of food allergy education and research programs.

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Lisa Ragan

Safely Delicious
Lisa Ragan dove into learning everything she could about food allergies when her third child was diagnosed and used this knowledge to create Safely Delicious, a line of allergy-friendly snacks free of the top 11 allergens. As an allergy mom, she truly understands the importance of inclusivity and Safely Delicious products are designed with this in mind.

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Kathlena Rails

The Allergy Chef
Kathlena Rails is the author of several cookbooks, founder of The Free & Friendly Foods Bakery, and a recipe blogger. She manages over 200 food allergies and intolerances of her own while being a strong advocate for the food allergy community.

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Taria Ramos

Inspired Cravings
Allergy mom Taria Ramos is the founder of Inspired Cravings, a vegan bakery specializing in dairy-, egg-, soy-, and gluten-free desserts and pastries.

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Shahla Rashid

The Zestfull
Food allergy mother of two Shahla Rashid is the Co-Founder and EAT Editor for The Zestfull, an online magazine dedicated to celebrating life with food allergies through stories, recipes and contributor articles. Her background and passion for food led her to create My Berkeley Kitchen, a blog focused on allergy-friendly cooking with seasonal, whole foods.

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Amy Recob

BugaBees book series
Amy Recob is a mom, writer, fundraising professional, and food safety advocate. Her daughter manages peanut and tree nut allergies and is the inspiration behind The BugaBees picture book series, which has been honored with several awards for outstanding children’s literature.

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Junea Rocha

Brazi Bites
Junea Rocha drew inspiration from her Brazilian roots to create Brazi Bites, a line of naturally gluten-free empanadas and cheese bread. Her beloved family recipe has been a wild success and has taken her from pitching on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2015 to Brazi Bites products being available in freezer aisles nationwide.

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Lisa Rosenberg

Safe and Included – Food Allergy Consulting
Lisa Rosenberg is a licensed Child and Family Therapist, founder of Safe & Included, LLC, and Co-Founder of the Food Allergy Behavioral Health Association (FABHA). Lisa provides food allergy counseling, education, and support to individuals, families, and caregivers. She also consults with school districts, camps, pediatricians and family physicians, hospitals, local businesses and non-profit agencies, and restaurants.

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Sandy Roth

A La Mode
Sandy Roth is a Co-Founder of A La Mode, the first ice cream shop dedicated free of nuts, egg, and sesame. Sandy and her husband, Marc, began their business by building their factory from the ground up to offer the safest products possible and they continue to go above and beyond for the food allergy community.

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Melissa Scheichl

The Allergy Mom
Melissa Scheichl is often called upon as a subject matter expert on the topic of anaphylaxis, allergies and related health issues and has been serving this community through her website, The Allergy Mom since 2010. With an extensive background in Psychology, Education and Social Work, Melissa is a passionate advocate, educator and counsellor. She also has a podcast by the same name.

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Movitzsa Simmons

Smooth Pops
Smooth Pops Founder Movitzsa Simmons created her all natural fruit pops after noticing the additives and artificial ingredients in a freezer pop she had given to her son. Smooth Pops are made with fresh whole fruits in a facility dedicated free of the top 8 allergens.

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Nubian Simmons

The Pink Bakery, Inc.
Nubian Simmons is the founder of the Pink Bakery, Inc., the first Black-owned top 8 allergen-free baking mix company. Driven by her experience with her own allergies, she has made it her mission to bring inclusivity to celebrating with food.

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Dr. Sayantani (Tina) Sindher

Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research
As a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research, Dr. Tina Sindher divides her time between clinical trials and outpatient clinical care of pediatric and adult allergy and immunology patients.

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Katrina Smith

Nubocha Gelato
Katrina Smith Co-Founded Nubocha Gelato with her husband to create the world’s only low sugar, low calorie gelato that is free of dairy and eggs. Their clean label gelato contains only three ingredients.

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Alyssa Sobecki

The Difference Baker
Alyssa Sobecki’s diagnosis of multiple food allergies was the catalyst for her to open The Difference Baker, a certified gluten-, soy-, peanut-, tree nut-, fish- and shellfish-free bakery and bistro. Her commitment to inclusivity is also evident in The Difference Baker’s rentable shared kitchen space, created to give other businesses an affordable way to prepare safe food for their customers.

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Nanci Steiner

Steiner’s Coffee Cake of New York
Using a family recipe created in 1963, Nanci Steiner makes mouthwatering, certified gluten-free and nut-free coffee cakes at Steiner’s Coffee Cake of New York. They ship directly to customers nationwide and are also sold wholesale.

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Rebecca Suhy

Allison Rose Foundation
Rebecca Suhy is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Allison Rose Foundation, which is dedicated to changing the lives of food allergy families through education, awareness, research and advocacy. She lobbied for the recently passed Allison Rose Suhy Act, named after her daughter. It incentivizes Ohio schools to train staff and students on food allergies by qualifying teachers to receive continuing education. It also requires the Ohio Department of Education to create a list of organizations that offer free stock epinephrine for schools.

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Jennifer Sullivan and Tiffany Romero Grossman

Fun For All Foods
Jennifer Sullivan and Tiffany Romero Grossman are the Founders of Fun For All Foods. Putting their shared values of making life easier for families and fostering inclusivity into action, they created a line of top 8 allergen-free baking mixes that offer convenience and peace of mind to the food allergy community.

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Trish Thomas and Nichole Wilson

Every Body Eat
Nichole Wilson and Trish Thomas are the Co-Founders of Every Body Eat. Inspired by their personal experiences with food allergies and intolerances, they created products free from the 15 ingredients associated with 90% of food allergies and intolerances.

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Anne Thompson

Mothers Of Children Having Allergies (MOCHA)
Food allergy mom Anne Thompson Co-Founded the Chicago-area support group MOCHA (Mothers of Children Having Allergies). Anne helped write one of the country’s first school district food allergy guidelines and pushed through one of the first bills in the country that required EMTs to carry epinephrine on ambulances. Additionally, she lobbied and pushed for the passing of the Illinois School Food Allergy Policy. She has also worked extensively with FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education.)

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Claire Troy

Virginia laws HB 2090, SB 1260
Claire Troy helped pass Virginia laws HB 2090, SB 1260 as a teen to protect herself, her siblings, and others with food allergies in restaurants. The law requires restaurants to display information related to food allergy awareness and creates a task force to make recommendations on food allergy awareness and training for restaurant staff.

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Aleasa Word

Compassion for Anaphylaxis
Aleasa Word is an internationally Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, empowerment speaker and small business consultant. She is the principal behind A. Word & Company and the Founder of Compassion for Anaphylaxis outreach and education project.

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Kamisha York

Peyton’s Shield
Kamisha York is the Executive Director and Founder of Peyton’s Allergy Shield Of Hope, a nonprofit honoring her daughter. Peyton’s Allergy Shield of Hope (PASH) aims to educate, advocate, and strengthen communities by embracing change for all individuals and families affected by food allergies.

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Jereann Zann

Little GF Chefs
Jereann Zann is the mother of two children with Celiac disease and the Founder of Little GF Chefs, a children’s baking club designed to empower and educate kids while building their confidence in the kitchen with top 8 and gluten-free baking kits. She is also the blogger behind Celiac Mama, where she shares recipes and tips for gluten-free living.

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