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The FARE National Food Allergy Conference will be held May 16-17, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in Long Beach, CA, gathering the country’s leading food allergy experts and members of the food allergy community together for a weekend of world-class programming. Register now!
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Friday, May 15
 

7:00pm

Support Group for Parents of Newly Diagnosed Children
Speakers
avatar for Vandana Sheth

Vandana Sheth

Almost 16 years ago Vandana's son was diagnosed with multiple, severe food allergies. She so clearly remembers how upset she was and felt that from that day on her family's lives would never be the same. They would have to be constantly vigilant to protect him from a life threatening reaction. Fortunately, due to Ms. Sheth's extensive training as a registered dietitian and personal mission of helping not only her son but also other families... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Shoreline A

7:00pm

Support Group for those with Eosinophilic Disorders
This group is intended for patients diagnosed with an eosinophilic disorder along with family, friends, or those who serve those who have been diagnosed with an eosinophilic disorder. The group will offer educational information on a topic related to dealing with an eosinophilic disorder. We will also offer processing time for attendees. We will also discuss self care, grief process (as related to  food restrictions, feeding tube and diagnosis of EGID) Ms. Zundel hopes that attendees will find a sense of strength in socializing with others and gaining new information.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Zundel

Tammy Zundel

Tammy Zundel is the Director of Eosinophilic Support (DOES) at the Utah Food Allergy Network. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Utah. Tammy has worked to make UFAN-DOES the leading voice in Utah, representing individuals and families diagnosed with eosinophilic disorders. She is committed to working with local and national partner organizations, researchers, physicians, legislators, and patients... Read More →


Friday May 15, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Harbor AB

8:00pm

Support Group for Adults with Food Allergies
Support group for adults who have been diagnosed with multiple food allergies. This is the place to connect with others managing the same challenges. Share a story, find tips and tools that work for you, ask questions,vent, laugh, cry.

Speakers
avatar for Lara Holland

Lara Holland

Lara was diagnosed as an adult with food allergies 12 years ago and now manages 15+ food allergies. She is the leader of Adult Food Allergic Support Group, FAAdults.org,a nationwide group that connects people via facebook and meets weekly via teleconference. The group has 380 adult members after just 1 year of starting. | | | She is also the President of Food Allergy Gal and founder of AllerCoach program.


Friday May 15, 2015 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Shoreline A
 
Saturday, May 16
 

7:45am

Welcome/Orientation
Saturday May 16, 2015 7:45am - 8:00am
Regency DEFH

8:00am

Kickoff Activity
Our friend, Kyle Dine, will help us kick off the weekend with a fun and interactive activity to help teens get to know each other and start the day off on the right foot!

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Dine

Kyle Dine

Kyle Dine is a trusted food allergy educator and musician who performs allergy awareness assemblies across North America. He educates students in elementary schools about allergies, anaphylaxis and what they can do to help maintain an allergy-safe school environment. He has multiple food allergies himself and has worked with Anaphylaxis Canada since 2008. In December, 2014, he successfully crowdfunded an upcoming food allergy awareness video... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 8:00am - 8:30am
Seaview AB

8:00am

New Research, New Hope

Learn about the latest research into the causes of and treatments for food allergies from three leading experts in the field, FARE’s CEO Dr. James R. Baker, Jr. and two researchers who are investigating food allergies thanks to grants funded by FARE: Fred Finkelman, MD and Cathy Nagler, PhD.

Fred Finkelman, MD, is a FARE grantee who is developing an innovative therapeutic approach that would rapidly and safely suppress food allergies. If successful, this treatment could be applied to all food allergies, from the “top eight” (peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy) to less common food allergies.

Cathy Nagler, PhD, is a FARE grantee whose most recent work examines how intestinal bacteria regulate susceptibility to allergic responses to food.  She is applying the insights gained from studying mouse models to the development of novel probiotic interventions for the prevention and treatment of food allergy.

This and other current research for food allergies as well as future horizons will be discussed, with time allotted for audience questions.


Speakers
avatar for James Baker, MD

James Baker, MD

Dr. James (Jim) Baker, CEO of FARE, has more than 30 years of experience in basic biologic research, concentrating in immunology and host defense both at the University of Michigan and in industry as vice president for vaccine development at Merck, Inc. He completed his undergraduate education at Williams College in Williamstown, MA and his medical education at Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood, IL. After an internship and internal... Read More →
avatar for Fred Finkelman, MD

Fred Finkelman, MD

Fred D. Finkelman, M.D. is the McDonald Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Queens College in New York City and his M.D. from Yale University. This was followed by Internal Medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, immunology... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Nagler, PhD

Cathy Nagler, PhD

Cathryn Nagler is the Bunning Food Allergy Professor at the University of Chicago. She graduated with honors from Barnard College, Columbia University, obtained her Ph.D. from the Sackler Institute of Biomedical Science at N.Y.U. School of Medicine and did a postdoctoral fellowship at M.I.T.  She was Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Immunology) at Harvard Medical School prior to joining the University of Chicago in 2009. Dr. Nagler has... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 8:00am - 9:25am
Regency DEFH

8:30am

Food Allergies Rock! Keeping This Diagnosis in Perspective
In this session, Kyle speaks from the the perspective of someone who's grown-up with food allergies and learned many lessons along the way. He stresses the importance of staying positive and keeping things in perspective, while staying safe with allergies. 

His presentation is engaging and interactive, often involving audience participation that showcase fun examples of poor/good communication.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Dine

Kyle Dine

Kyle Dine is a trusted food allergy educator and musician who performs allergy awareness assemblies across North America. He educates students in elementary schools about allergies, anaphylaxis and what they can do to help maintain an allergy-safe school environment. He has multiple food allergies himself and has worked with Anaphylaxis Canada since 2008. In December, 2014, he successfully crowdfunded an upcoming food allergy awareness video... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 8:30am - 9:25am
Seaview AB

9:30am

Food Allergy 101
Join Dr. Rita Kachru as she reviews every aspect of food allergies. She will explore life-threatening food allergies, single to multi food group allergies, how to prevent exposure and cross-contact, as well as, what to do if you suspect someone is having an allergic reaction.

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kachru, MD

Rita Kachru, MD

Dr. Rita Kachru was raised in the Chicago area. She graduated from the combined 7 year medical program at the University of Wisconsin-Medical College of Wisconsin. She is board certified in Allergy-Immunology, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Prior to her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at USC, she was an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at New York Medical College. | | She has authored and co-authored multiple... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Regency DEFH

9:30am

Making a Difference with Email and Social Media
Learn how to use emails effectively to contact decision makers and/or lawmakers for successful advocacy.  Harness the power of social media by learning how to tweet and facebook short and powerful messages.

Speakers
avatar for Connie Green

Connie Green

Connie's work in the food allergy area began soon after her child was diagnosed with severe food allergies and asthma.  Since then she founded SF Bay Area Food Allergy Network, an education and support group in the bay area, and has raised awareness of the severity of food allergies by presenting researched-based evidence to Schools, Camps, Pediatricians, and by sharing this information with her group. Connie co-founded California... Read More →
avatar for Anna Luke

Anna Luke

Anna Luke is the manager of online community at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she runs the organization’s blog and social media platforms, contributes to the development of new programs and website content, issues allergy alerts and ingredient notices, and manages FARE’s Food Allergy Awareness Week and Teal Pumpkin Project initiatives. Anna came to FARE from an education reform nonprofit so she could work on... Read More →
avatar for Caroline Moassessi

Caroline Moassessi

Caroline Moassessi is the author of the food allergy and asthma blogsite Gratefulfoodie. She is a co-group leader and co-founder of the Northern Nevada Asthma and Food Allergy Education Group.  She was the lead advocate for mandated stock epinephrine law in the State of Nevada.  Caroline recently presented the need for epinephrine legislation at the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) along side NCSL president, Senator... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Regency A

9:30am

Bring Fun Back to the Kitchen

Do you find yourself dreading the time you will inevitably end up in that overwhelming room full of appliances and gadgets called the kitchen?  Feel like great tasting, quick and easy homemade meals will never be yours again?  Think that Julia Childs, Martha Stewart, or Rachel Ray are names you could never live up to?  Then this class is for you!  We’ll show you how to bring fun and flavor back into the kitchen again in convenient ways you never thought possible.  Come to our class and find out just how easy swapping ingredients to preserve those family favorites can be and learn how to stay safe and satisfied while doing so!


Speakers
avatar for Amy Hull Brown

Amy Hull Brown

Amy Hull Brown is an allergy mom and passionate foodie.  She began her unexpected wellness journey after her sons developed allergies and intolerances to more than 30 foods.  She quickly became reacquainted with her kitchen and learned a new way of preparing food.  It was challenging and frustrating, but in the end, it was worth the struggles as her family is now healthier.  Amy is a certified Nutritional Consultant and Health... Read More →
avatar for Tiffany Rogers

Tiffany Rogers

Tiffany is the mother of a child with multiple severe food allergies, wife of a husband with food allergy sensitivities, and manages a few allergies of her own.  While managing restricted diets for over a decade, Tiffany has been involved professionally as a leader, mentor, teacher, and trainer in various fields, empowering others with her contagious optimism.  Tiffany currently serves as leader of the No Nuts Moms Group Utah Chapter... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Regency BC

9:30am

What Chefs Know

Did you every wonder what goes on in a professional kitchen? Where does the food come from? How does it move throughout the kitchen as it is prepared and cooked? What ingredients are in the meal you are eating? This is what chefs know and something you should know too. This session will equip you with the right questions to ask the next time you dine out.

Joel Schaefer, chef and author of Serving People with Food Allergies, Kitchen Management and Menu Creation and former Special Diets Manager of Walt Disney World will take you on a trip through a professional kitchen so you can have a better understanding of how a chef can safely prepare you meal.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Schaefer

Joel Schaefer

Joel is a certified Chef de Cuisine with the American Culinary Federation and a Certified Hospitality Trainer with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He is the author ofServing People with Food Allergies: Kitchen Management and Menu Creation. He is a consultant for FARE and has worked with them to provide quality-training material for their food service programs. He worked as a subject matter expert on the ServSafe Allergens™ for... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Seaview AB

10:45am

Serving Students with Disability: Section 504 and Title II
Speakers
avatar for Gemini McCasland

Gemini McCasland

Gemini McCasland is an attorney at the San Francisco Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, where she has worked for over 10 years.  She serves as lead attorney on complex cases and initiatives and is an expert on a wide variety of civil rights issues arising in education, including the rights of disabled individuals, race and national origin discrimination, racial harassment, sexual harassment, and age... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Regency DEFH

10:45am

Behind the Label: Understanding Food Labeling Laws, Manufacturing and Risks

In this session, Steve Gendel, PhD, who previously was the Food Allergen Coordinator for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will give an insider’s perspective on food labels to our attendees. Consumers with food allergies and their families, rely on food labels to be clear, complete and accurate. This means that all the allergens that are used as ingredients should be declared and that no undeclared allergens should be present. The large number of allergen-related recalls for both the FDA and USDA/Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulated products shows that reaching this goal can sometimes be problematic.

A close look at information from both agencies shows that a small number of problems are responsible for most of these recalls. Understanding which problems commonly lead to allergen recalls will help industry develop more effective allergen preventive controls. The number of allergen recalls also serves as a reminder of how important it is for consumers to monitor information from government agencies, food companies and organizations such as FARE on food recalls. Consumers can also help by reporting problems to manufacturers, and to either FDA or FSIS.


Speakers
avatar for Steve Gendel, PhD

Steve Gendel, PhD

Dr. Gendel is the Vice President, Division of Food Allergens for IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group.  Previously he was the Food Allergen Coordinator for the US Food and Drug Administration, responsible for activities related to all aspects of food allergen control and regulation. He has 25 years of experience in food safety science and policy with the FDA.  He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Regency A

10:45am

Food Allergies on the Brain: Managing the Anxiety
The uncertainty and lack of perceived control that often accompany food allergy (for those who suffer or for caregivers of those who suffer) can contribute to intense anxiety and fear.  While some anxiety is adaptive, excessive fear can lead to unhealthy coping strategies that negatively impact work, school, friendships, and overall quality of life.  This session will identify contributors to anxiety, teach participants to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy anxiety and coping, and provide applied strategies for managing anxiety.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jill Stoddard

Dr. Jill Stoddard

Dr. Stoddard received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University where she trained at the highly regarded Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow.  She completed a one-year APA accredited internship post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.  Thereafter, she worked as a staff psychologist at the San Diego Veterans Hospital in the Primary... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Regency BC

10:45am

Traveling with Food Allergies for Teens
Speakers
avatar for Nikhilesh Kumar

Nikhilesh Kumar

Nikhilesh is the 14 year old founder of a teen food allergy support group in Sacramento who has anaphylaxis to eggs as well as a peanut allergy. He was previously anaphylactic to milk and has been successfully desensitized. Nikhilesh is an avid debater who has attended multiple debate camps, and has succesfully traveled to 9 countries over 3 continents despite his allergies. He is a TAG member and FARE volunteer who is passionate about advocating... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Seaview AB

2:00pm

Doctors and Nurses: Bridging the Gap Between Your School Nurse and Allergists Office
School nurses play a vital role in the management of food allergies.  It is very important to have a thorough understanding as to the early and prompt recognition of an allergic food reaction and the initiation of therapy. The nurses are key to providing a safe environment for the children, help reduce risk of exposures, and serve as an advocate for children with food allergies.   

Speakers
avatar for Allen Lieberman, MD

Allen Lieberman, MD

Upon graduation form Downstate Medical College in New York, Dr Lieberman served 9 years on active duty in the US Army.  He completed his Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC and also studied at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland.   | | Dr Lieberman has been in private practice in Austin Texas since 1995 and is recognized as a community leader in food allergies... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Owens, RN

Cathy Owens, RN

Cathy Owens is the Coordinator of Health Services and the Lead Credentialed School Nurse for Murrieta Valley Unified School District in California. Cathy has been a school nurse for 25 years, and has had a passion for food allergies and anaphylaxis ever since a young man nearly died in her health office from unknown anaphylaxis and she had to make the decision to give him someone else's epinephrine... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Regency BC

2:00pm

Transforming the Devastating Diagnosis

Some events in life have such a tremendous impact that life is viewed as “before” and “after” this life-changing occurrence. For some, that event was a child’s diagnosis of life-threatening food allergies.

Even after learning how to read labels, bake “safe” cupcakes, and wipe down airplane seats, many allergy parents still struggle with feelings of guilt, fear, sadness and anger, and are overwhelmed for months or even years after their child’s initial diagnosis.

In this session, participants will learn about the “Cycle of Change,” a framework for adjusting to life with food allergies. Each stage requires a different perspective and strategies for adapting to a “new normal” life while caring for oneself in the process.

What attendees said about Gina’s session last year:

“Excellent session. I learned policies needed to get thinking about my daughter and school without fear. Now I will be organized and ready to take on this journey!”

“Gina was excellent, very smart, engaging, clear, relatable, and frank. So glad I got the chance to hear her.”

 


Speakers
avatar for Gina Clowes

Gina Clowes

Gina Clowes is the Director of Education for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), and Program Director for a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She is the founder of the online support group Allergy Moms serving thousands of families and professional members worldwide. Active in food allergy advocacy, her advice has appeared in numerous print, radio, and television features... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Regency A

2:00pm

Adults with Food Allergies Panel
Speakers
avatar for Kyle Dine

Kyle Dine

Kyle Dine is a trusted food allergy educator and musician who performs allergy awareness assemblies across North America. He educates students in elementary schools about allergies, anaphylaxis and what they can do to help maintain an allergy-safe school environment. He has multiple food allergies himself and has worked with Anaphylaxis Canada since 2008. In December, 2014, he successfully crowdfunded an upcoming food allergy awareness video... Read More →
avatar for Lori Enriquez

Lori Enriquez

Lori Enriquez has a life long allergy to peanuts and has gluten intolerance. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Health Education Specialist with dual Bachelors of Science degrees in Nutrition & Food Science and Information Systems from Drexel University graduating and with a Master in Public Health from  Temple University. She partnered with our organization, then Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), to complete... Read More →
avatar for Gemini McCasland

Gemini McCasland

Gemini McCasland is an attorney at the San Francisco Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, where she has worked for over 10 years.  She serves as lead attorney on complex cases and initiatives and is an expert on a wide variety of civil rights issues arising in education, including the rights of disabled individuals, race and national origin discrimination, racial harassment, sexual harassment, and age... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Regency DEFH

2:00pm

Ask the Allergist
This program, open only to teens with food allergies, will allow those in attendance to ask Dr. Rita Kachru questions about their health in a private and supportive environment. Have a question that you have always wanted to know the answer to but have been afraid to ask? This is your chance!

Speakers
avatar for Rita Kachru, MD

Rita Kachru, MD

Dr. Rita Kachru was raised in the Chicago area. She graduated from the combined 7 year medical program at the University of Wisconsin-Medical College of Wisconsin. She is board certified in Allergy-Immunology, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Prior to her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at USC, she was an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at New York Medical College. | | She has authored and co-authored multiple... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Seaview AB

3:00pm

Reduce the Anxiety of Eating at College

Going to college can be stressful, especially for teens with food allergies and their parents.  This session will outline the inner workings of college and university food service and provide practical strategies to navigate the college food environment.  With a focus on reducing and anxiety and improving the safety and enjoyment of college life experience for students with food allergies, the presenters will provide real life scenarios specific to food allergy challenges.

In this interactive session, participants will have the opportunity to walk through “what if” situations, ask questions and practice potential solutions.  The facilitators draw on their experience specializing in college food allergy programs from both the large and small school viewpoint.

Participants will hear success stories of college students with food allergies who are not just surviving, but thriving in their new environment.  While always placing a high priority on safety, this presentation also addresses the social, emotional impact of having food allergies in college.


Speakers
avatar for Kathy Egan

Kathy Egan

Kathy Egan, RDN/LD graduated with honors from California State University at Chico.  She completed her dietetic internship at the University of Oklahoma.  Ms. Egan is Assistant Dining Director and Nutritionist, Holy Cross Dining at College of the Holy Cross and the 2013-2014 Chair of the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) National Nutrition Committee. In her role at Holy Cross, Ms. Egan manages the... Read More →
avatar for Ruth Sullivan

Ruth Sullivan

Ruth Sullivan, MSEd, RDN, CDN is the registered dietitian and nutrition educator for the Food Services Department at Syracuse University.  In her current position, she works with students who are on special diets and develops nutrition education information for all of the dining facilities at Syracuse University.  She is also part of the Syracuse University Wellness Committee.  Ms. Sullivan co-teaches a class at Syracuse... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Regency BC

3:00pm

Eating Well: Nutrition Challenges and Strategies
This session will cover the simple steps folks with food allergy can take to deal with the culinary challenges of cross contact and label reading. Participants will gain the knowledge and resources needed to prepare safe, delicious and nutritious meals that will enhance their allergy-free lifestyle.  

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Karlin

Ellen Karlin

Ellen Karlin is a nutrition consultant with a vast professional and personal knowledge and expertise in helping food allergic patients manage their food allergies and improve their eating habits.  She has worked at the Comprehensive Asthma and Allergy Center in Owings Mills, MD for the past 24 years.  Ellen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland in nutrition and dietetics.  She holds a Master of Science... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Regency DEFH

3:00pm

Check, Please! How to Dine Out Successfully

Dining out can be challenging and scary. To make it more manageable there are a few steps that can be taken to have a successful dining experience. It is important to do your homework before dining out. From choosing the right restaurant, what questions you should ask the manager, server, and/or chef to what menu options are available.

Joel Schaefer, chef and author of Serving People with Food Allergies, Kitchen Management and Menu Creation and former Special Diets Manager of Walt Disney World will help you navigate the dining experience so you and your family can have a safe meal while dining out.


Speakers
avatar for Joel Schaefer

Joel Schaefer

Joel is a certified Chef de Cuisine with the American Culinary Federation and a Certified Hospitality Trainer with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He is the author ofServing People with Food Allergies: Kitchen Management and Menu Creation. He is a consultant for FARE and has worked with them to provide quality-training material for their food service programs. He worked as a subject matter expert on the ServSafe Allergens™ for... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Regency A

3:00pm

Food Allergies on the Brain: Managing the Anxiety for Teens
The uncertainty and lack of perceived control that often accompany food allergy can contribute to intense anxiety and fear.  While some anxiety is adaptive, excessive fear can lead to unhealthy coping strategies that negatively impact work, school, friendships, and overall quality of life.  This session will identify contributors to anxiety, teach participants to differentiate between healthy and unhealthy anxiety and coping, and provide applied strategies for managing anxiety.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jill Stoddard

Dr. Jill Stoddard

Dr. Stoddard received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University where she trained at the highly regarded Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow.  She completed a one-year APA accredited internship post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine.  Thereafter, she worked as a staff psychologist at the San Diego Veterans Hospital in the Primary... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:55pm
Seaview AB

4:00pm

Chef-to-Chef: A Conversation with Amanda Frietag

In 2011, Amanda Freitag was diagnosed with a life-threatening (severe) food allergy – a life-altering change for anyone, but especially for a renowned chef who spends countless hours in professional kitchens surrounded by food. In this special “Chef-to-Chef” Q&A session, Freitag will discuss how she manages her severe allergy in the kitchen and in everyday life with Chef Joel Schaefer, former manager of product development and special diets for Walt Disney World® Resort. Freitag’s appearance at the conference is sponsored by Mylan.  


Speakers
avatar for Joel Schaefer

Joel Schaefer

Joel is a certified Chef de Cuisine with the American Culinary Federation and a Certified Hospitality Trainer with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. He is the author ofServing People with Food Allergies: Kitchen Management and Menu Creation. He is a consultant for FARE and has worked with them to provide quality-training material for their food service programs. He worked as a subject matter expert on the ServSafe Allergens™ for... Read More →


Saturday May 16, 2015 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Regency DEFH

4:45pm

FARE Awards
Saturday May 16, 2015 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Regency DEFH

7:00pm

Adult Reception
Meet other adults and parents managing food allergies and connect with new friends in your area. This reception provides you an opportunity to socialize and talk to others who understand. Cash bar and dessert option provided.  

If you are attending the conference with a teen attendee, they will enjoy the teen reception while you are at the adult reception. FARE requires teens under age 18 to be escorted from their event by a parent. 

Saturday May 16, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Beacon Ballroom

7:00pm

Teen Reception
Most teens say this is one of the highlights of their weekend at the FARE National Food Allergy Conference! Play games, capture memories in our photo booth, and have a blast making new friends!

Saturday May 16, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Regency A
 
Sunday, May 17
 

8:00am

Finding the Right Food Allergy Specialist for You and Your Child
The diagnosis and management of food allergies is a complex process.  As most children with food allergies are not cared for in an academic setting, Dr. Allen Lieberman's focus will be on the care and management in a community based practice.  Unfortunately many community-based board certified allergists are not well experienced or versed in the complexities presented by food allergies.  Dr. Lieberman has seen firsthand how this often leads to an inaccurate diagnosis, inappropriate testing, needlessly restrictive  diets and a lack of food challenges.  As a local leader in food allergies, Dr. Lieberman will share his knowledge and experience as to what parents should expect from a proper food allergy evaluation.  Finding the right fit is critical to overall success in food allergy management.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Lieberman, MD

Allen Lieberman, MD

Upon graduation form Downstate Medical College in New York, Dr Lieberman served 9 years on active duty in the US Army.  He completed his Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC and also studied at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda Maryland.   | | Dr Lieberman has been in private practice in Austin Texas since 1995 and is recognized as a community leader in food allergies... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 8:00am - 8:55am
Regency DEFH

8:00am

From Your Home to The Hill: Legislative Advocacy
Interested in learning more about how you can be a legislative advocate or the legislative process? Come join us!  This session will discuss everything from where to begin and how to find a sponsor, to what to bring with you and how to lobby. Learn the do’s and don’ts when working on legislation This is a great opportunity to learn how to write your representatives, follow a bill, lobby for a bill, and learn how you can make a change in your community and state through the legislative process.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Fogg

Michelle Fogg

Michelle Fogg received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in Sociology in 2000 and began a career in marketing and public relations for an international engineering firm. Seven years later, after her first child was diagnosed with severe food allergies and asthma, Michelle founded the Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) in 2007 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and serves as its President. She is a member of the FARE Executive... Read More →
avatar for Jen Jobrack

Jen Jobrack

Jen Jobrack is the National Director of Advocacy at FARE. She manages the state, municipal, and industry-specific policy portfolio focused on the inclusion and safety of people with food allergies, which afflict some 15 million Americans, 5.9 million of whom are children.  Current campaigns include access to epinephrine in schools,  college and university preparedness for students with food allergies, and restaurant accommodations... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Zundel

Tammy Zundel

Tammy Zundel is the Director of Eosinophilic Support (DOES) at the Utah Food Allergy Network. She is currently working on her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Utah. Tammy has worked to make UFAN-DOES the leading voice in Utah, representing individuals and families diagnosed with eosinophilic disorders. She is committed to working with local and national partner organizations, researchers, physicians, legislators, and patients... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 8:00am - 8:55am
Regency BC

8:00am

Fundraising: Best Practices
Speakers

Sunday May 17, 2015 8:00am - 8:55am
Regency A

8:00am

The Before, During, and After of Having a Severe Allergic Reaction
Bryan Bunning will go through his personal story of dealing with a severe reaction, and how it changed his tendencies and ideas concerning his allergy. He will go through the reaction itself, and the feelings that were tied to the experience.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Bunning

Bryan Bunning

Bryan Bunning is a 21 year old with a severe allergy to tree nuts. He had allergies to milk, egg, and sesame when he was little and was fortunate enough to outgrow them with puberty. He is a 3rd year (Junior) at the University of Chicago studying biology. Dealing with his allergies has ignited an interest in the sciences and medicine, and he intends to pursue this field after college. Bryan has been involved with FARE since he was little... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 8:00am - 8:55am
Seaview AB

9:00am

Covering all the Bases: Beyond the Action Plan
In this session, Nancy Portillo will discuss how to work with school administrators to create a plan for all situations in a school setting (ie: emergency plan, substitute plan, field trips) as well as identifying gaps of communication that should be addressed when creating a plan. She will also share information regarding the school nurses role and trained individuals.  

Speakers
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Nancy Portillo

Nancy Kim-Portillo has been in education for over 17 years. She has held various positions such as classroom teacher, testing coordinator, teacher mentor, problem-solving data coordinator and administrator across elementary school, middle school, high school and adult education. She is currently a high school principal. In addition, she serves as a commissioner for the State of California, holding a position on the Advisory Commission for Special... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:25am
Regency A

9:00am

Primed to Present: What Every Parent Must Know About Managing Food Allergies at School

Parents are their children’s best advocates. Those who know the facts about food allergies, their child’s rights, appropriate accommodations, and how to present this information to schools have the very best chance of creating a safe and inclusive environment for their children at school.

In this session, participants will be trained on the must-know facts for teachers and school administrators. 

Participants will discover easy ways to share this information so that teachers, aides and school officials understand the basics of food allergies, federal laws and regulations that govern food allergies at schools, and the important features of the CDC’s National Guidelines for Managing Food Allergies at school.

After this 90-minute training module, participants can choose to sign up for the FARE Education Network (optional), and will have access to the free presentation materials, Food Allergies: Keeping Students Safe and Included PowerPoint Presentation and Companion Guide.  


Speakers
avatar for Gina Clowes

Gina Clowes

Gina Clowes is the Director of Education for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), and Program Director for a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  She is the founder of the online support group Allergy Moms serving thousands of families and professional members worldwide. Active in food allergy advocacy, her advice has appeared in numerous print, radio, and television features... Read More →
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Karie Mulkowsky

Karie Mulkowsky is the CDC Project Manager for Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).  As part of the FARE team, Karie works to ensure the safety and inclusion of students with food allergies at school. Karie is responsible for supporting and coordinating the implementation of all planned project objectives and activities for the cooperative agreement that FARE has with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:25am
Regency BC

9:00am

Planes, Trains and Auto-Injectors
Traveling the globe with food allergies is not impossible and this session will prove that to you! From preparing for travel, eating on the plane during a long flight, to eating at restaurants while abroad, Kyle, Lori, and Gwen will share their personal experiences as well as offer tips and advice so attendees leave the session feeling prepared for any type of travel.

Speakers
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Kyle Dine

Kyle Dine is a trusted food allergy educator and musician who performs allergy awareness assemblies across North America. He educates students in elementary schools about allergies, anaphylaxis and what they can do to help maintain an allergy-safe school environment. He has multiple food allergies himself and has worked with Anaphylaxis Canada since 2008. In December, 2014, he successfully crowdfunded an upcoming food allergy awareness video... Read More →
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Lori Enriquez

Lori Enriquez has a life long allergy to peanuts and has gluten intolerance. She is a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Health Education Specialist with dual Bachelors of Science degrees in Nutrition & Food Science and Information Systems from Drexel University graduating and with a Master in Public Health from  Temple University. She partnered with our organization, then Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), to complete... Read More →
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Gwen Smith

Gwen Smith is the Editor and co-owner of Allergic Living, the acclaimed national magazine serving families living with food and environmental allergies, as well as celiac disease. This popular publication is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015. Under Gwen’s supervision, Allergic Living has become known for its insightful articles on parenting, school, coping and socializing issues with food allergies. Gwen and her team also follow... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:25am
Regency DEFH

9:00am

From Flirting to First Dates to Facebook Official
In this session Caitie Poland, a young adult with severe food allergies, will talk about the complications, anxiety and stress that is associated with dating and food allergies. She will talk from her personal experience about how to tell your date about your food alleriges, how to prepare for a first date, and how to prepare your date in case of an emergency. Caitie will also talk about "Allergic to Love", a documentary she created about tackling the dating world while living with food allergies.




Speakers
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Caitie Poland

Biaaty.com was started by Caitie Poland in college as an attempt to spread awareness of living with food allergies as an adult - a topic not widely talked about. She has now gone on to start other allergy related ventures such as Allergic To Love the documentary about tackling the dating world while living with allergies.


Sunday May 17, 2015 9:00am - 10:25am
Seaview AB

10:45am

Surviving and Thriving with Food Allergies: Advice from an Allergist and Allergy Dad
Living with a food allergy has enormous implications on quality of life. While Dr. Syed Shahzad Mustafa is an allergist with a special interest in food allergy, he is also a father of a young child with multiple food allergies. He will therefore discuss the scientific rationales behind maximizing quality of life while maintaining safety and allergen avoidance. He will cover various topics important to all individuals and families with food allergy, including making the correct diagnoses and not unnecessarily avoiding foods that do not pose risk, the correct interpretation of food labels, the risk of airborne and contact exposure, and the implications of bullying in the school setting. Armed with the most uptodate knowledge in the field, this session will help individuals and families with food allergy maintain a desirable quality of life.

Speakers
avatar for Syed Shahzad Mustafa, MD

Syed Shahzad Mustafa, MD

After growing up in the Rochester area, Dr. Mustafa pursued his undergraduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. He then completed his internal medicine training at the University of Colorado and stayed in Denver to complete his fellowship training in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Colorado, National Jewish Health, and Children’s Hospital of Denver. While... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 10:45am - 11:40am
Regency BC

10:45am

Emergency Treatment of Anaphylaxis: Trends in Care and Steps to Improve It Among EMS Agencies and Hospitals
Speakers
avatar for Jen Jobrack

Jen Jobrack

Jen Jobrack is the National Director of Advocacy at FARE. She manages the state, municipal, and industry-specific policy portfolio focused on the inclusion and safety of people with food allergies, which afflict some 15 million Americans, 5.9 million of whom are children.  Current campaigns include access to epinephrine in schools,  college and university preparedness for students with food allergies, and restaurant accommodations... Read More →
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Jon Nolan

Jon Nolan is a Paramedic/Medical Services Officer with King County Medic One.  He is currently assigned to the Seattle/King County Public Health Emergency Medical Service’s Division managing BLS Training activities in King County, WA. and has been with King County for the past 18 years.  He received his Paramedic certification from Tacoma Community College in 1996 and the University of Washington’s Paramedic Training Program... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 10:45am - 11:40am
Regency A

10:45am

The Psychological Impact of Living with a Food Allergy

Anxiety, [ang-zahy-i-tee], noun, plural anxieties.  "A feeling of worry or unease about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome . . . an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs, by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt and one's capacity to cope with it."  Sound familiar?  A little bit of anxiety keeps us on our toes; too much knocks us down. This session will help you fully understand the psychological impact of living with a food allergy, including how anxiety affects children of different ages. Then, it will teach you how to develop an Emotional Safety Plan to help you prepare for and reduce that impact. 


Speakers
avatar for Jeanne Herzog, PhD

Jeanne Herzog, PhD

Jeanne Herzog, PhD is a lifespan psychologist in private practice in Wisconsin.  She holds a masters degree in developmental psychology from Columbia University in New York, and a doctoral degree in counseling psychology from Marquette University in Milwaukee.  One of her specialties is the field of health psychology, helping people with the psychological adjustment to health and medical conditions, including having a severe food... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 10:45am - 11:40am
Regency DEFH

10:45am

Become a Teen Advocate
Teens will hear from Angela Chen about her experience advocating for food allergy awareness and working with her local Senator. This session will introduce a step-by-step approach to proposing a bill idea to your local representative. Through this session, teens will acquire a personal "tool kit" that they can utilize to become a Teen Advocate.

Speakers
avatar for Angela Chen

Angela Chen

Angela Chen is currently a sophomore from Arcadia, California, and has been a part of FARE since middle school. This has been her second year as a TAG (Teen Advisory Group) member, and her second time as a speaker. | | She has been diagnosed with food allergies since she was a few months old, and is allergic to all nuts including tree nuts and peanuts, some seeds, and other foods such as kiwi, and mango. | | Starting her freshman year... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 10:45am - 11:40am
Seaview AB

11:45am

The Private School Perspective
Amy Ulrich will be sharing her story of learning that her severely nut allergic child was unsafe at her kindergarten at private school, how she protected her daughter and how parents can learn to properly vet allergy policies and practices at potential private schools before enrolling. She will give a brief overview of laws that may apply to private schools and how to advocate for your child.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Ulrich

Amy Ulrich

Amy Ulrich is the mother of two children who attend private school in California, one of whom has life-threatening peanut and tree nut allergies.  She is an attorney with an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree from California Western School of Law.  She shares her story about learning her daughter was unsafe at school, gives tips on how to vet a private school for your severely allergic child, and... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Regency A

11:45am

Stock Epinephrine: What Can YOU Do?

Providing emergency epinephrine auto-injectors in school saves lives.  With the increasing number of students being diagnosed with severe food allergies and knowing that many of those individuals will have their first allergic reaction at school, it is imperative that schools are prepared to act.  Even though these children may have their own prescribed epinephrine auto-injector, there may be times it is not with them, so having emergency epinephrine in the health office provides an additional layer of safety for these students.

Additionally, we know that many, many individuals may have a undiagnosed food allergy and may be at risk for anaphylaxis. Their first ‘warning’ sign might be anaphylaxis.  Without emergency epinephrine, these individuals may die and 911 may not get there in time.  Getting a stock epinephrine program in your state is possible, even if you are just one person or one school nurse! 

Come hear how a state-wide stock epinephrine program was implemented this past January in California and what you can do if you want to get one started in your state.


Speakers
avatar for Cathy Owens, RN

Cathy Owens, RN

Cathy Owens is the Coordinator of Health Services and the Lead Credentialed School Nurse for Murrieta Valley Unified School District in California. Cathy has been a school nurse for 25 years, and has had a passion for food allergies and anaphylaxis ever since a young man nearly died in her health office from unknown anaphylaxis and she had to make the decision to give him someone else's epinephrine... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Regency BC

11:45am

Food Allergies and Restaurants: Knowledge and Practices of Managers and Staff
Dining outside of the home can be difficult for individuals with food allergies, as they must rely on restaurant staff to properly prepare their allergen-free meal. Food allergies are a growing public health concern, yet restaurants differ in their food allergen knowledge and practices, indicating gaps in education and training. This session will present the findings from a recent CDC study, and is aimed at educating restaurant patrons on the food allergen knowledge and practices of managers and staff. For example, do managers know what to do if a customer is having a bad food allergic reaction? How are food workers told that there is an order for a food allergic customer? Have servers received any training on food allergies? Attendees will leave the presentation armed with information that they can apply at their next restaurant visit to ensure a safer dining experience.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Brown

Laura Brown

Dr. Laura Green Brown has been with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Environmental Health Services Branch since 2002. She is a behavioral scientist, and is responsible for the design and implementation of restaurant food safety studies and the analysis and dissemination of data from those studies.
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Taylor Radke

Taylor Radke is currently a Behavioral Science Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She joined CDC's food safety team in October 2014, and has primarily focused on the analysis and interpretation of the data from food safety studies.


Sunday May 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Regency DEFH

11:45am

Living Your Dreams with Food Allergies
Hear from two teens who, despite their severe food allergies, have followed their dreams and not let their food allergies get in the way. They have faced obstacles and challenges due to their allergies, but have successfully overcome them and have pursued their dreams of becoming a professional model and triathlete. Juliet and Stephen will share their personal stories, offer tips and advice, and encourage teens to not let their food allergies hold them back.

Speakers
avatar for Juliet Larsen

Juliet Larsen

Juliet was born in Orange County, California and is graduating from Los Alamitos High School in June. In 2013, she founded the school’s first Food Allergy Awareness Club to promote better food allergy safety and education. In addition to her Food Allergy Awareness Club, Juliet serves as president of the National Honor Society, co-president of Autism Youth Ambassadors, president of Spanish Honors Society, and secretary of Senior Class... Read More →


Sunday May 17, 2015 11:45am - 12:45pm
Seaview AB