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Friday, September 26
 

12:00pm

Registration
Registration: Stop by the Registration Desk to get your Welcome packets, drink tickets and swag bags!

Friday September 26, 2014 12:00pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall Registration Desk

6:00pm

Meet & Greet Party and Dinner Buffet
Join us for our conference-opening Meet & Greet Party sponsored by Sanofi US.

Friday September 26, 2014 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Exhibit Hall D
 
Saturday, September 27
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Saturday September 27, 2014 7:00am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall D

8:00am

Blog Audit & Friendly Chat with Annelies Zijderveld
Limited Capacity full

TO SIGN UP FOR A TIME SLOT, PLEASE EMAIL SELENA@FABLOGCON.COM (SUBJECT: "BLOG AUDIT") WITH 1st, 2nd, and 3rd CHOICE TIME SLOTS. SLOTS WILL BE ASSIGNED BY EMAIL TIMESTAMP, IN THE EVENT OF OVERLAPPING REQUESTS.  YOU WILL BE ADDED TO THE EVENT UPON RECEIPT OF YOUR EMAIL. --SEE END OF SESSION DESCRIPTION FOR TIME SLOT ASSIGNMENTS...  

*You must have a purchased conference ticket to claim a spot.*

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Make Your Blog the Best that It Can Be: A Blog Audit & Friendly Chat with Annelies Zijderveld
--10 minute time slots, 1 on 1

Blogging can be such a single player sport. If you've ever wondered how your blog might look to a brand or if you are getting the right message across, look no further than this blog audit. Bring your blog URL, questions, concerns and successes and get ready for some helpful honest feedback on your blog. Annelies Zijderveld has worked in online marketing with countless bloggers through her job as online community manager at Erewhon Organic for four years and knows the ins and outs of what it takes to create and maintain a strong presence online through a focused food allergy-friendly blog. She loves to help bloggers reach their dreams and potential, and is happy to field questions from how to start a blog to how do I refresh my look.

Time Slot Assignments:
8:00-8:10 Connie Veilleux - DailyForage-GlutenFree.com
8:10-8:20 Holly Yzquierdo - MyPlantBasedFamily.com
8:20-8:30 Sharon Wong - NutFreeWok.com
8:30-8:40 Kaila Ryan - GlutenFreeLife247.com
8:40-8:50 Tracy Bush - AllergyPhoods.com
8:50-9:00 Shari Winard - SewSavaay.Blogspot.com
9:00-9:10 Cindy Gordon - VegetarianMamma.com 
9:10-9:20 Courtenay Vuchnich - PaschaChocolate.com
9:20-9:30 Donna DeCosta - FoodAllergyMomDoc.com
9:30-9:40 Sarah Hoskinson - DontFeedMyMonkeys.com
9:40-9:50 Kathryn Martin - Mamacado.com
9:50-10:00 Elyse Hahne - LiveLearnEverydayLife.Blogspot.com

 


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Annelies Zijderveld

Annelies Zijderveld

Annelies Zijderveld is the founder of Citron Presse Creative, an online marketing and content strategy company with deep roots in the culinary world. She has worked in food marketing for 13 years and thrives on helping connect good food brands with their core customers. She is also the author of the cookbook, Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea, recently published by Andrews McMeel.  Her writing work has also been published in Sated... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
TBA

9:15am

Advocate First, Blogger Second: Making Strides the Old Fashion Way
Limited Capacity seats available

Life can be hard enough avoiding foods that cause our bodies harm, but living in a  community that knows very little or most likely nothing about celiac disease or food allergies can make social gatherings even more difficult. Being an advocate in your community, can make living with food allergies or celiac disease a little easier for you and your family. Having a website about celiac disease and gluten-free living means actively raising awareness online, but are you really doing everything you can to raise awareness in your community? We need to go beyond the computer screen… Join Kelly, as she shares ideas on advocating beyond your computer screen to make strides raising awareness the old-fashioned way.


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Kelly Kurzhal

Kelly Kurzhal

Blog Author, Raising Jack with Celiac
I'm a wife to 1 and a momma to 3. My son Jack was diagnosed with celiac disease at 2 years old. He is now 9 years old! Started blogging over 5 years ago in hopes to help other families on their journey with celiac disease and living gluten-free!


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 9:45am
TBA

9:15am

Make Your Site More "Pinteresting"
Limited Capacity seats available

Let's face it, nothing is more fun than Pinterest. Most of your readers will agree with that statement.  So as a Pinterest addict and someone who has found great success in using this social media platform, let me help you find ways to use Pinterest to gain followers, site visitors and take your pins from interesting to viral!


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Chandice Probst

Chandice Probst

Founder (GFF), Gluten-Free Frenzy
Chandice Probst is the Founder of www.glutenfreefrenzy.com  Chandice Founded the Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona East Valley Chapter four years ago. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise and health wellness from Arizona State University. Recently she joined the Delight Gluten Free Magazine team as a regular contributing writer. Chandice has been featured on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, Channel 12 Arizona Midday and in print... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 9:45am
TBA

9:15am

Put Your Best Food Photo Forward
Limited Capacity filling up

If you’re tired of shooting in “auto” mode and letting your camera make decisions for you, this hands-on session is designed to help. If you’re not sure what ISO, f-stop, or white balance is, or you want to understand depth of field and aperture settings, camera experts Colette Martin and Selena Bluntzer will help you figure it out. Bring your questions and your camera. If possible, bring your camera manual.

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Colette Martin

Colette Martin

Author, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nut
Colette Martin is a food allergy mom, an expert on how to bake allergen-free, and author of Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette... Read More →
avatar for Selena Bluntzer

Selena Bluntzer

Blog Author, Amazing & Atopic
Selena Bluntzer is a food allergy mom, technology and photography enthusiast, and author of the blog Amazing & Atopic, where she covers issues relating to atopic conditions, such as food allergies, asthma, and eczema.  Though she holds an MBA in Marketing Management, her career has been in the IT field.  You can follow her at the following sites: Amazing & Atopic | Twitter | Facebook


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 9:45am
TBA

9:15am

The Key to Youth Can Be Found in Your Baking Tins
Limited Capacity seats available

Deb will talk about the antioxidant-rich oils and organic super foods I use in my baking that are all allergy-free and age-defying.

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Debbie Adler

Debbie Adler

Owner, Author, Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes
Debbie Adler is the owner of the nationally renown bakery Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes located in Los Angeles.  In addition to owning her bakery, Debbie is the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery. It was named a “Best Gluten-Free Cookbook of 2013” by Delicious Living Magazine. Debbie is... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 9:45am
TBA

9:15am

A Safe Place to Land
Limited Capacity seats available

When it comes to our feelings about how food allergies affect ourselves, and those we care about, it’s nice to simply be in the company of others in “our world”.  Join Lori Sandler, Founder of Divvies, as she brings one of her warm, inclusive gatherings to FABlogcon.  The tremendous respect shown for each other’s personal style in handling all that comes along with food allergies in Lori's special forums is inspiring.   "I am always in awe of the positive spirit, ideas, feelings, and information shared during our conversations. They and YOU have inspired me to host these wonderful, in-person gatherings."


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Lori Sandler

Lori Sandler

Founder, Divvies
Lori Sandler is the founder of Divvies, a fun, national brand of delicious snacks made in Divvies own dedicated nut, egg & dairy free bakery, located in South Salem, NY.  Her youngest son, Benjamin, is the inspiration behind Divvies.  When he was diagnosed with severe food allergies, the social as well as safety realities of the situation became clear.  Lori became a Mom on a mission, and set out to find a solution that... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Blog to Book: Meet an Editor and Learn About Publishing, from Concept to Completion
For many bloggers who have spent months or years creating recipes, writing about food and restricted diets, learning food photography, and promoting their work, a book is the natural next step. Whether you choose to self publish or work with a publishing house, you want your book to be the best it can be—and I'd love to help. I'm an Associate Editor at The Experiment, an independent publishing company with a strong track record publishing health- and food-focused books (including Colette Martin's Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry). There, I work with authors (many of whom are also bloggers) during all stages of the editorial process, from brainstorming a concept to developing a table of contents to fine-tuning sentences and checking facts to "packaging" the book with the perfect title and cover. Depending on what questions the group has, I would be happy to provide general editorial advice, discuss the publishing process and expand upon the relative merits of independent or "Big Six" publishers versus self-publishing.

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Molly Cavanaugh

Molly Cavanaugh

Associate Editor, The Experiment
Molly Cavanaugh is Associate Editor at The Experiment (Twitter @experimentbooks), an independent nonfiction publishing company in New York City, where she edits a variety of special diet books, including Colette Martin’s Learning to Bake Allergen-Free and forthcoming The Allergy-Free Pantry, Kelli and Peter Bronskis’ gluten-free cookbooks, and books on the low-FODMAP diet written by leading experts Sue Shepherd and Peter Gibson. Molly... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Evidence-Based Blogging
Like a good pair of jeans, reliable online information about health can be hard to find. With information and misinformation about food allergies abounding online, how can readers know what’s fact and what’s fiction? Before you hit the "publish" button on your next post, join our conversation about how to ensure that your blog is providing recommendations and facts supported by scientific research and health data. FARE staff members Veronica LaFemina and Anna Luke, along with Food Allergy Sleuth blogger Jessica Martin and Asthma Allergies Children Co-Author, Henry Ehrlich, will give you advice on how to identify reliable research you can use to make your blog a reputable source for your readers.  

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Anna Luke

Anna Luke

Senior Manager, Digital Engagement, FARE
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 initiatives. Anna came to FARE from an education reform nonprofit so she could work on an issue close to her heart: helping... Read More →
avatar for Henry Ehrlich

Henry Ehrlich

Author, Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure
Henry Ehrlich is co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide with Dr. Lawrence Chairamonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich, board-certified pediatric allergists, and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, which they founded in tandem with publication of the book because “medicine moves faster than print.”  A former corporate speechwriter, Henry has also published books on speechwriting, adoption, sleep... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Martin, PhD

Jessica Martin, PhD

Blog Author, Faculty Member in Biology at Portland Community College, Food Allergy Sleuth
Jessica Martin earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Oregon Health and Science University in 2011. She is currently a faculty member in biology at Portland Community College, where she enjoys teaching undergraduate students enrolled in general biology, cell biology, and anatomy & physiology.  True to her passion for teaching, Jessica also educates on the science behind food allergies on her blog, the Food Allergy Sleuth.  She takes... Read More →
avatar for Veronica LaFemina

Veronica LaFemina

VP Communications, Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE)
Veronica LaFemina is the vice president of communications at Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), where she leads the organization’s efforts to increase awareness of food allergy as a serious and growing public health issue. For the past decade, she has directed national strategic communications initiatives designed to garner attention for important health issues, including food allergy, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and the health of... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

9:15am

Feeding the Soul
Limited Capacity seats available

A family of four invites you to listen and share experiences of the perils and
promises of living joyfully free with a life threatening food allergy. How do we 
transform a tough road into a path with heart? How do we begin again and trust?
How do we awaken to generosity, healthy codependence and fearless compassion?
Jane, Doug, Lily and Gray Pinto, Co-Founders of Don’t Go Nuts, share their journey of 
reopening, forgiveness, letting go and growing deeper.


Breakout Session Leaders
DP

Doug Pinto

Co-Founder, Pinto Barn / Don't Go Nuts
Doug Pinto is a father and co-founder of Pinto Barn, a Colorado company committed  | to creating products that contribute to the whole lives of their customers. His  | direct experience as a food allergy survivor and as a parent of a child with a life  | threatening food allergy helped inspire and create Don’t Go Nuts – a company that  | produces nut-free foods for the peanut and tree nut allergy community. He is... Read More →
JP

Jane Pinto

Co-Founder, Pinto Barn / Don't Go Nuts


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Flavor and Flair
Limited Capacity seats available

How to add flavor and flair to your recipes when you feel like you're allergic to everything. Join Amie Valpone, Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com for a session on how to create delicious and healthy recipes without the allergies, but with a whole lot of flavor.

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Amie Valpone

Amie Valpone

Editor-in-Chief, The Healthy Apple
Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan-based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes.  Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Heavy Metals and... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Food Can Be Fun for Kids with Food Allergies! Hands-On Bento Class
Limited Capacity full

Did you know that only 2% of children eat their daily recommended amounts of fruits & vegetables? Or that it may take ten or more times introducing a food to a child before they're willing to try it? 

In this 60 minute hands-on session, Keeley will give tips and tricks on making food fun for kids, packing healthy lunches, and practicing a waste-free bento lifestyle, all while still keeping your sanity! Just because our children have allergies or dietary restrictions doesn't mean they can't enjoy lunch. Food should be fun for kids with food allergies!

It's time to think outside the brown bag and have fun with your food!


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Keeley McGuire

Keeley McGuire

Keeley McGuire Blog
Keeley McGuire is the proud mother of “Little Miss”, her sous chef. Together they love spending time in the kitchen creating, cooking, and making fun foods. Keeley views the challenges of working full-time, parenthood, and food allergies as an adventure! Her goal is to show the world that “food can be fun with food allergies”.  | Keeley has been featured on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, in the Huffington Post, Multiplicity... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Fun with Cupcake Decorating
Limited Capacity filling up

Baking for people with food allergies or intolerances can be challenging enough! Take the stress out of decorating with tips and tricks by gluten-free bakery owners Charissa Luke and Cynthia Fleischer of Zest Bakery. They'll show you fun ways to trick out your cupcakes with some fall-themed decor!


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Charissa Luke

Charissa Luke

Co-Owner, Zest Bakery
Charissa Luke is co-owner of Zest Bakery, a gluten-free bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area. Charissa is a self taught baker that was first introduced to gluten-free baking when she met her husband Patrick who has Celiacs Disease. After years of experimental baking in the home kitchen, Charissa and her husband Patrick Luke opened Zest Bakery in 2010 to fill a void on the SF peninsula. Zest Bakery is well known for their local and organic... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

How to Make a Good Living Doing What You Love
Limited Capacity full

Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, will share her insight on the different avenues for monetizing your passion and how to pursue them. Alisa has several years of experience in working with brands, publishing books, freelance writing, recipe creation, advertising sales, and many other niche jobs that more than pay the bills. Be prepared to take notes and ask questions!


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Alisa Fleming

Alisa Fleming

Author, Go Dairy Free
Alisa Fleming founded the largest dairy-free website, GoDairyFree.org, in 2004, which is now host to over 2 million unique special diet visitors per year. She has since written and published the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: the Guide and Cookbook for  Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, published another best-selling vegan author, and co-produced several ebooks. In 2011, she also joined Allergic... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Kitchen Tours with Chef Keith Norman
Limited Capacity full

Please join Chef Keith Norman, Head Chef of the Southpoint Hotel & Casino, assisted by Tricia Gavankar, RN, BS, of Rock Food Allergies, on a tour of the hotel kitchens. Much goes into crafting safe and scrumptious dining options for our guests, so come have a look behind-the-scenes and see where the culinary magic happens!

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Chef Keith Norman

Chef Keith Norman

Assistant Executive Chef and Food Safety Manager, South Point Hotel & Casino
As a Veteran Marine and with 20 years in the culinary arts field, Keith Norman brings a sense of discipline and order to everything he does, both in business and in the culinary world.  Chef Norman has a passion for food safety and sanitation that is apparent in his role as Assistant Executive Chef and Food Safety Manager for the South Point Hotel & Casino and as a culinary arts instructor at The International Culinary School at The... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Make the Most of Your Conferences and Expos
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you feel unprepared or intimidated by being a blogger or member of the press at expos or conferences? Do you look at other bloggers and wonder how they "do it all" in such a short amount of time on the expo floor? Learn how to prepare ahead of time for large expos and conferences, including BlogHer, Natural Products Expo West, or other trade shows and conferences. Learn how to best schedule your time, work with brand PR and marketing teams ahead of time, utilize social media to make it work for you, and follow-up to get the most out of your time.


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Erica Dermer

Erica Dermer

Blogger, Celiac and the Beast
Erica Dermer is founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast. She started her website because she felt like she had a new and humorous voice to bring to the gluten-free table, and desperately needed some celiac catharsis through writing and blogging. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
TBA

9:15am

Thinking Outside the Blog

You’ve developed your platform, found your voice, and honed your writing skills.  What’s next?  Join a lively discussion about ways to reposition your ideas, voice and material and GET PAID, too. We’ll talk about pitching a story and about approaching the right outlets for your work.  Beth Hillson is food editor at Gluten Free & More (formerly Living Without magazine) and a freelance writer who has been pitching her ideas to the media (and getting published) for several decades.  A professional journalist who just lately started blogging, she’ll share her advice and help you sort through a wide range of food and food allergy topics and media outlets where your talents can shine.   


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Beth Hillson

Beth Hillson

Food Editor, Gluten Free & More
Beth Hillson is a food writer, author and blogger.  She is the food editor for Gluten Free & More and writes and lectures frequently on the gluten-free diet and lifestyle as well as other special diet needs.  | Beth was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976 and attended culinary school where she learned to adapt classic recipes to fit her own diet.  In 1993 she founded one of the first gluten-free food companies... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:15am
Palm

9:15am

Maximizing Your Social ROI (Sponsors Only)
THIS SESSION IS FOR SPONSORS ONLY. MUST PRESENT SPONSOR LANYARD/BADGE FOR ADMITTANCE.

Enjoy Life Foods has seen its sales grow by over 130% in the last 36 months. A large part of this growth can be attributed to its consumer-centric social marketing strategy. Joel Warady, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, has agreed to share his strategies, along with his successes and failures, in a "sponsor-only" exclusive session. Joel speaks on social media to industry groups around the world, and this will be our opportunity in an informal setting to pick his brain on current trends in social, where marketing is headed, and how to maximize your social ROI.

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Joel Warady

Joel Warady

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods
Joel D. Warady is Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Enjoy Life Foods, a leading brand in the North American Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly CPG category. Prior to joining Enjoy Life, Joel was Principal of Joel Warady Group, a Marketing, Social Media, and Business Growth consulting firm. Joel Warady Group was the marketing agency of record for a number of small but growing brands looking to raise their brand awareness through word of mouth... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Exhibit Hall D

9:45am

Advocate First, Blogger Second: Making Strides the Old Fashion Way
Limited Capacity full

Life can be hard enough avoiding foods that cause our bodies harm, but living in a  community that knows very little or most likely nothing about celiac disease or food allergies can make social gatherings even more difficult. Being an advocate in your community, can make living with food allergies or celiac disease a little easier for you and your family. Having a website about celiac disease and gluten-free living means actively raising awareness online, but are you really doing everything you can to raise awareness in your community? We need to go beyond the computer screen… Join Kelly, as she shares ideas on advocating beyond your computer screen to make strides raising awareness the old-fashioned way.


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Kelly Kurzhal

Kelly Kurzhal

Blog Author, Raising Jack with Celiac
I'm a wife to 1 and a momma to 3. My son Jack was diagnosed with celiac disease at 2 years old. He is now 9 years old! Started blogging over 5 years ago in hopes to help other families on their journey with celiac disease and living gluten-free!


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
TBA

9:45am

Make Your Site More "Pinteresting"
Limited Capacity full

Let's face it, nothing is more fun than Pinterest. Most of your readers will agree with that statement.  So as a Pinterest addict and someone who has found great success in using this social media platform, let me help you find ways to use Pinterest to gain followers, site visitors and take your pins from interesting to viral!


Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Chandice Probst

Chandice Probst

Founder (GFF), Gluten-Free Frenzy
Chandice Probst is the Founder of www.glutenfreefrenzy.com  Chandice Founded the Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona East Valley Chapter four years ago. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in exercise and health wellness from Arizona State University. Recently she joined the Delight Gluten Free Magazine team as a regular contributing writer. Chandice has been featured on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, Channel 12 Arizona Midday and in print... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
TBA

9:45am

Put Your Best Food Photo Forward
Limited Capacity full

If you’re tired of shooting in “auto” mode and letting your camera make decisions for you, this hands-on session is designed to help. If you’re not sure what ISO, f-stop, or white balance is, or you want to understand depth of field and aperture settings, camera experts Colette Martin and Selena Bluntzer will help you figure it out. Bring your questions and your camera. If possible, bring your camera manual.

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Colette Martin

Colette Martin

Author, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nut
Colette Martin is a food allergy mom, an expert on how to bake allergen-free, and author of Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette... Read More →
avatar for Selena Bluntzer

Selena Bluntzer

Blog Author, Amazing & Atopic
Selena Bluntzer is a food allergy mom, technology and photography enthusiast, and author of the blog Amazing & Atopic, where she covers issues relating to atopic conditions, such as food allergies, asthma, and eczema.  Though she holds an MBA in Marketing Management, her career has been in the IT field.  You can follow her at the following sites: Amazing & Atopic | Twitter | Facebook


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
TBA

9:45am

The Key to Youth Can Be Found in Your Baking Tins
Limited Capacity full

Deb will talk about the antioxidant-rich oils and organic super foods I use in my baking that are all allergy-free and age-defying.

Breakout Session Leaders
avatar for Debbie Adler

Debbie Adler

Owner, Author, Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes
Debbie Adler is the owner of the nationally renown bakery Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes located in Los Angeles.  In addition to owning her bakery, Debbie is the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery. It was named a “Best Gluten-Free Cookbook of 2013” by Delicious Living Magazine. Debbie is... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am
TBA

10:15am

Morning Break
Saturday September 27, 2014 10:15am - 10:30am
NA

10:30am

Labeling and Legislation
2014 ushers in big changes in gluten-free food labeling, with the finalization of the FDA’s gluten-free food labeling regulations in August. Find out how community support driven by bloggers helped these regulations become a reality, and how industry lobbying efforts supported the cause. What do the new regulations mean and what don’t they mean? Plus, what changes are on the state and federal horizon with other labeling initiatives like those for non-GMO ingredients? What can bloggers do to bring about change and foster the spread of information about what is and might be in our food? Join our expert panel and learn the ins and outs of current and expected food labeling changes.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Bloom

Dave Bloom

CEO, Snack Safely
Dave Bloom is CEO of SnackSafely.com, an advocacy he co-founded with his wife Debra in 2011.  The firm’s primary publication, the Safe Snack Guide, is a resource used by thousands of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide help to keep allergens out of the classroom and the home. SnackSafely.com has developed a proprietary platform to enable food manufacturers to disclose how they process 11 allergens during the... Read More →
avatar for Robyn O'Brien

Robyn O'Brien

Author, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It
Robyn O’Brien, a former food industry analyst, author, and mother of four,  triggered an allergic reaction in the food world when she asked a simple question: “Are we allergic to our food or what’s been done to it?” She brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that recent changes to our food supply are having on the health of families, companies and economy. Robyn has been... Read More →
avatar for Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard

Owner, Jules Gluten Free
Jules Shepard, a celiac diagnosed in 1999, and an indomitable perfectionist with a penchant for equality and fairness, this former prosecuting attorney was simply unwilling to accept the dry, gritty, vacuous foods that were the norm then. Two years in her kitchen, and Jules had perfected an all-purpose flour blend that enabled her to continue her passion for baking and sharing food with others. Her company, Jules Gluten Free, was soon founded and... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall D

10:30am

Food Allergy Co-Morbidities: Concurrent Conditions
As bloggers and advocates, we are often asked questions about other diseases beyond food allergies. Please join our esteemed doctors as they give you an overview of various co-morbidities that many patients with food allergies also encounter, or further complicate their condition. We will be discussing Asthma, Eczema, Eosinophilic Esophagitis [EoE], Celiac Disease and more.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Partner, Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill
Dr. Paul M. Ehrlich was educated at Columbia University, trained in pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital at NYU, and allergy and immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is a partner at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, attending physician in medicine and pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center, and attending physician at the New York Eye... Read More →
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Dr. David Stukus

Board Certified in Allergy/Immunology and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
David Stukus, MD, is board certified in Allergy/Immunology and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His clinical and research interests focus on asthma and food allergies, especially improving education and adherence for patients and families. As part of his research, Dr. Stukus has created novel technology and educational tools using mobile health apps to... Read More →
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Dr. Barry Wershil

Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
I am a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. I did my residency in Pediatric at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and then completed a Fellowship at the Combined Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Harvard. I then became a faculty member of the Division of Gastroenterology at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I started my career as a basic research scientist in the field of... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday September 27, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall D

1:15pm

The Company You Keep
How to successfully form lasting relationships between brands and bloggers. There is more than just getting free stuff and writing a review! Both have much to gain from a strong alliance!

Speakers
avatar for Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard

Owner, Jules Gluten Free
Jules Shepard, a celiac diagnosed in 1999, and an indomitable perfectionist with a penchant for equality and fairness, this former prosecuting attorney was simply unwilling to accept the dry, gritty, vacuous foods that were the norm then. Two years in her kitchen, and Jules had perfected an all-purpose flour blend that enabled her to continue her passion for baking and sharing food with others. Her company, Jules Gluten Free, was soon founded and... Read More →
avatar for Joel Warady

Joel Warady

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods
Joel D. Warady is Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Enjoy Life Foods, a leading brand in the North American Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly CPG category. Prior to joining Enjoy Life, Joel was Principal of Joel Warady Group, a Marketing, Social Media, and Business Growth consulting firm. Joel Warady Group was the marketing agency of record for a number of small but growing brands looking to raise their brand awareness through word of mouth... Read More →
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Annelies Zijderveld

Annelies Zijderveld is the founder of Citron Presse Creative, an online marketing and content strategy company with deep roots in the culinary world. She has worked in food marketing for 13 years and thrives on helping connect good food brands with their core customers. She is also the author of the cookbook, Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea, recently published by Andrews McMeel.  Her writing work has also been published in Sated... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall D

1:15pm

Intimacy: Tell, then Kiss
In this session, participants will gain a framework for maintaining healthy relationships while navigating life with severe food allergies. Learn essential conversations to have within a healthy relationship, regarding a person’s food allergy.  Special attention will be paid to the unique challenges of each developmental age:  youth, teenage years, young adulthood, adulthood. 

Moderators
KD

Kyle Dine

Educator and Musician, Anaphylaxis Canada
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. He is also the owner of www.allergytranslation.com - a website that provides translation... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Heidi Bayer

Heidi Bayer

CEO, Numodo
Heidi Bayer is currently CEO of Numodo www.numodo.com, National board member AAFA (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) www.aafa.org, Chair Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Readiness Committee, former Chair Kids With Food Allergies Foundation (www.kidswithfoodallergies.org), Brooklyn Food Allergy Support Group Leader and blogs as "Brooklyn Allergy Mom" www.bklynallergymom.com. She is the proud parent of a teenaged daughter.
avatar for Kristen Kauke

Kristen Kauke

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Author, Handling Emotions
Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who also happens to parent two boys with life threatening food allergies, as well as live with food allergies herself. Kristen’s dozen years of clinical experience includes therapy with clients of all ages. She has provided individual, family, couples, and group counseling in both private and school settings. Additionally, Kristen has presented and written on the topics... Read More →
avatar for Dr. David Stukus

Dr. David Stukus

Board Certified in Allergy/Immunology and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio
David Stukus, MD, is board certified in Allergy/Immunology and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. His clinical and research interests focus on asthma and food allergies, especially improving education and adherence for patients and families. As part of his research, Dr. Stukus has created novel technology and educational tools using mobile health apps to... Read More →
avatar for Maya Trimner

Maya Trimner

Author, Invisible Disability
Maya Trimner is an artist, e-book author and former makeup-artist who has lived with severe multiple food allergies since birth. She describes her life-threatening struggles with many various topics affecting the food allergy community on her blog, www.mayashappyplace.com where she hopes that newly diagnosed people can gain some useful information or support from her words. Her e-book, Invisible... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

2:30pm

Break
Saturday September 27, 2014 2:30pm - 2:45pm
NA

2:45pm

Balancing Act

Running a successful blog requires time management and organization, creativity, courage, and goal setting. This panel discussion will cover how to create, update, and grow a blog while balancing your work and family life. Panelists will share what works and what doesn't, based on their own experiences, without cheating your family and outside responsibilities.

We will discuss some basic blogging tips to include:
- Calendar: How to create and maintain an editorial calendar for your blog
- Scheduling: How to schedule blog posts, social media updates, and even PINs
- Newsletters: Scheduling, how to grow your subscribership, and why they’re important
- Menu planning: The importance if you’re a food blogger, but also why it helps balance your sanity at dinner time – as well as your budget.
- Less is More: When to say no, not over commit, and why you should never apologize for a “blog break”
- Goals & Niche: How to set goals, make them happen, and stay within your niche to grow your readership.
- Sharing Safely: How to be mindful of the personal information you share about yourself and/or your children, in the interest of privacy and safety. 



Moderators
avatar for Lori Sandler

Lori Sandler

Founder, Divvies
Lori Sandler is the founder of Divvies, a fun, national brand of delicious snacks made in Divvies own dedicated nut, egg & dairy free bakery, located in South Salem, NY.  Her youngest son, Benjamin, is the inspiration behind Divvies.  When he was diagnosed with severe food allergies, the social as well as safety realities of the situation became clear.  Lori became a Mom on a mission, and set out to find a solution that... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cindy Gordon

Cindy Gordon

Founder, Recipe Creator, Author, Vegetarian Mamma
Cindy Gordon is the creator of Vegetarian Mamma and is a foodie who loves to blog about gluten-free vegetarian recipes. Her family also focuses on foods that are peanut, tree nut, dairy, and gluten-free. Her family is dedicated to finding/creating recipes and products that fit their allergy needs. Cindy resides in Ohio with her husband and two boys (born in 2007 and 2010). She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors... Read More →
avatar for Pam Jordan

Pam Jordan

Author / Blogger, I'm a Celiac
Pam Jordan was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2011 after struggling for fifteen years with symptoms.  She is a working wife and mom to three young kids.  Her blog, ImaCeliac.com, provides simple Gluten Free recipes, product reviews, restaurant reviews, and giveaways.  Pam has a cookbook called Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes, that is filled with easy to make Gluten Free recipes using ingredients you already have in your... Read More →
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Keeley McGuire

Keeley McGuire Blog
Keeley McGuire is the proud mother of “Little Miss”, her sous chef. Together they love spending time in the kitchen creating, cooking, and making fun foods. Keeley views the challenges of working full-time, parenthood, and food allergies as an adventure! Her goal is to show the world that “food can be fun with food allergies”.  | Keeley has been featured on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, in the Huffington Post, Multiplicity... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall D

2:45pm

Skin Deep: How Allergens Affect Your Skin's Health
Our skin can be the "tell" of an allergic reaction. So many times, the newly diagnosed overlook, or are unaware of, allergens in their skincare products, from shampoo to lip gloss. This session will cover how our allergies affect our skin, and how allergens in our skincare products can affect our allergies. Please join Dr. Paul Ehrlich for our session on skincare for the allergic patient. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Partner, Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill
Dr. Paul M. Ehrlich was educated at Columbia University, trained in pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital at NYU, and allergy and immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is a partner at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, attending physician in medicine and pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center, and attending physician at the New York Eye... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

4:00pm

Break
Saturday September 27, 2014 4:00pm - 4:15pm
NA

4:15pm

New Research: Looking Ahead
Please join Doctors Li, Gupta for this session on new research, looking at current therapies, clinical trials, Traditional Chinese Medicine and the ongoing search for a cure!

Moderators
avatar for Henry Ehrlich

Henry Ehrlich

Author, Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure
Henry Ehrlich is co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide with Dr. Lawrence Chairamonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich, board-certified pediatric allergists, and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, which they founded in tandem with publication of the book because “medicine moves faster than print.”  A former corporate speechwriter, Henry has also published books on speechwriting, adoption, sleep... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Author, Doctor, The Food Allergy Experience
Dr. Ruchi Gupta is an internationally recognized expert on food allergy, and a parent of a child with allergies.  She has published some landmark manuscripts including the food allergy prevalence study showing 1 in 13 kids have food allergy and a recent economic study showing food allergy costs 24.8 billion dollars annually in the US.  She is an associate professor of pediatrics and Director of the Center for Maternal and Child... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Xiu-Min Li

Dr. Xiu-Min Li

Professor - Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology, Mt.Sinai Hospital
Dr. Xiu-Min Li, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NYC; focuses her research on food allergy and allergic asthma. In the area of food allergy, she is investigating the immunopathogenic mechanisms underlying food allergy and novel therapies for these allergic diseases. She is involved in teaching sessions with the fellows and coordinates weekly immunology rounds, which... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

5:30pm

Long Break
Saturday September 27, 2014 5:30pm - 6:00pm
NA

6:00pm

Wine & Sign Party and Dinner Buffet

We invite you to join us for the “Wine & Sign” Cocktail Party & Book Club Saturday Night,  September 27, 2014.  As a part of our conference, we would like to celebrate the many FABulous book authors we have in our community!   We will allow our published authors to display their books, sell their books, or sign the copies you already own.

For our attendees: Bring your home copy if you want to have it signed, or you may leave a comment here for an author prior to the conference if you would like to pre-order a book then pick up your copy during this event!  We look forward to having you join us for food, wine, conversation and books!


Speakers
KD

Kyle Dine

Educator and Musician, Anaphylaxis Canada
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. He is also the owner of www.allergytranslation.com - a website that provides translation... Read More →

Authors and Artists
avatar for Tiffany

Tiffany

Artist, Food Allergy Fun
avatar for Debbie Adler

Debbie Adler

Owner, Author, Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes
Debbie Adler is the owner of the nationally renown bakery Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes located in Los Angeles.  In addition to owning her bakery, Debbie is the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery. It was named a “Best Gluten-Free Cookbook of 2013” by Delicious Living Magazine. Debbie is... Read More →
DD

Dr. Donna DeCosta

Founder and CEO, FoodASC
Donna DeCosta, MD is a radiologist and the married mother of two sons with life-threatening food allergies. Her desire to help other families navigate the challenges and risks of severe food allergy led her to create and publish , A Little Bit CAN Hurt: The Shocking Truth about Food Allergies -- Why We Should Care, What We Can Do and start the Food Allergy and Sensitivity Circle (FoodASC.com).. | | She is also the founder of... Read More →
avatar for Erica Dermer

Erica Dermer

Blogger, Celiac and the Beast
Erica Dermer is founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast. She started her website because she felt like she had a new and humorous voice to bring to the gluten-free table, and desperately needed some celiac catharsis through writing and blogging. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Dr. Paul Ehrlich

Partner, Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill
Dr. Paul M. Ehrlich was educated at Columbia University, trained in pediatrics at Bellevue Hospital at NYU, and allergy and immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He is a partner at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, attending physician in medicine and pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center, and attending physician at the New York Eye... Read More →
avatar for Henry Ehrlich

Henry Ehrlich

Author, Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure
Henry Ehrlich is co-author of Asthma Allergies Children: a parent’s guide with Dr. Lawrence Chairamonte and Dr. Paul Ehrlich, board-certified pediatric allergists, and editor of AsthmaAllergiesChildren.com, which they founded in tandem with publication of the book because “medicine moves faster than print.”  A former corporate speechwriter, Henry has also published books on speechwriting, adoption, sleep... Read More →
avatar for Alisa Fleming

Alisa Fleming

Author, Go Dairy Free
Alisa Fleming founded the largest dairy-free website, GoDairyFree.org, in 2004, which is now host to over 2 million unique special diet visitors per year. She has since written and published the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: the Guide and Cookbook for  Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, published another best-selling vegan author, and co-produced several ebooks. In 2011, she also joined Allergic... Read More →
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Laurel Francoeur

Owner, Greenlaurel Solutions LLC
Laurel Francoeur graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. She is also a graduate of Suffolk Law School and has been a practicing lawyer since 1996. She is a support group leader for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and served on their board of directors. She was on the FAI (Food Allergy Initiative) Steering Committee and is now on the... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Author, Doctor, The Food Allergy Experience
Dr. Ruchi Gupta is an internationally recognized expert on food allergy, and a parent of a child with allergies.  She has published some landmark manuscripts including the food allergy prevalence study showing 1 in 13 kids have food allergy and a recent economic study showing food allergy costs 24.8 billion dollars annually in the US.  She is an associate professor of pediatrics and Director of the Center for Maternal and Child... Read More →
avatar for Jan Hanson, M.A.

Jan Hanson, M.A.

Founder, Educating For Food Allergies, LLC
Jan Hanson, M.A. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, author and speaker. | She founded her consulting company, Educating For Food Allergies, LLC in 2001, and | provides guidance to families and school personnel in food allergy management. She is | the author of the book, Food Allergies: A Recipe For Success At School, and has been | utilized as an expert by both radio and print journalists, including in the Miami Herald | and... Read More →
avatar for Beth Hillson

Beth Hillson

Food Editor, Gluten Free & More
Beth Hillson is a food writer, author and blogger.  She is the food editor for Gluten Free & More and writes and lectures frequently on the gluten-free diet and lifestyle as well as other special diet needs.  | Beth was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1976 and attended culinary school where she learned to adapt classic recipes to fit her own diet.  In 1993 she founded one of the first gluten-free food companies... Read More →
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Pam Jordan

Author / Blogger, I'm a Celiac
Pam Jordan was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2011 after struggling for fifteen years with symptoms.  She is a working wife and mom to three young kids.  Her blog, ImaCeliac.com, provides simple Gluten Free recipes, product reviews, restaurant reviews, and giveaways.  Pam has a cookbook called Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes, that is filled with easy to make Gluten Free recipes using ingredients you already have in your... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Kauke

Kristen Kauke

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Author, Handling Emotions
Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who also happens to parent two boys with life threatening food allergies, as well as live with food allergies herself. Kristen’s dozen years of clinical experience includes therapy with clients of all ages. She has provided individual, family, couples, and group counseling in both private and school settings. Additionally, Kristen has presented and written on the topics... Read More →
avatar for Rivka Kawano

Rivka Kawano

Author, What To Post: A Complete Guide to Effective Social Media
Rivka Kawano is a social media expert, speaker, and author of the book What To Post: A Complete Guide to Effective Social Media. She also has first hand experience with the danger that food allergies present and loves to help people find ways to reach their audience with this important message. As an avid reader and literacy advocate as well as author she has a passion for books, authors, and the whole publishing process. Nothing makes her... Read More →
avatar for Colette Martin

Colette Martin

Author, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nut
Colette Martin is a food allergy mom, an expert on how to bake allergen-free, and author of Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette... Read More →
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Robyn O'Brien

Author, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It
Robyn O’Brien, a former food industry analyst, author, and mother of four,  triggered an allergic reaction in the food world when she asked a simple question: “Are we allergic to our food or what’s been done to it?” She brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that recent changes to our food supply are having on the health of families, companies and economy. Robyn has been... Read More →
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Cybele Pascal

CYBELE PASCAL is the author of three bestselling cookbooks, Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking, The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook and The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network, the Today show, Good Morning America Health, PBS, and NPR. She is a leading blogger in the field with an award-winning website, and lectures and teaches nationally. She is also the CEO and president of Cybele's Free-to-Eat... Read More →
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April Runge

Author, Gordy and the Magic Diet
April Runge is a marketing research consultant and mom, but declares she should have honorary credentials as a special needs educator, specialty diet chef and triage nurse while raising their two children with different medical conditions—allergies, asthma and epilepsy. April co-authored her first children’s picture book Gordy And The Magic Diet after being inspired by her daughter’s harrowing, yet successful... Read More →
avatar for Lori Sandler

Lori Sandler

Founder, Divvies
Lori Sandler is the founder of Divvies, a fun, national brand of delicious snacks made in Divvies own dedicated nut, egg & dairy free bakery, located in South Salem, NY.  Her youngest son, Benjamin, is the inspiration behind Divvies.  When he was diagnosed with severe food allergies, the social as well as safety realities of the situation became clear.  Lori became a Mom on a mission, and set out to find a solution that... Read More →
avatar for Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard

Owner, Jules Gluten Free
Jules Shepard, a celiac diagnosed in 1999, and an indomitable perfectionist with a penchant for equality and fairness, this former prosecuting attorney was simply unwilling to accept the dry, gritty, vacuous foods that were the norm then. Two years in her kitchen, and Jules had perfected an all-purpose flour blend that enabled her to continue her passion for baking and sharing food with others. Her company, Jules Gluten Free, was soon founded and... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Stratton

Stacey Stratton

Peanut Free Zone
Stacey Stratton is using her BA in Communications, MA in Special Education, and experience as an educator, to work with parents and schools in communicating the special needs of children with food allergies.  Her book, Allergies at School, is a resourceful guide for parents working with their school to help increase their child’s safety. Stacey is also the founder and creator of PeanutFreeZone.com, a... Read More →
avatar for Maya Trimner

Maya Trimner

Author, Invisible Disability
Maya Trimner is an artist, e-book author and former makeup-artist who has lived with severe multiple food allergies since birth. She describes her life-threatening struggles with many various topics affecting the food allergy community on her blog, www.mayashappyplace.com where she hopes that newly diagnosed people can gain some useful information or support from her words. Her e-book, Invisible... Read More →
avatar for Susan Weissman

Susan Weissman

Author, Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family
Susan Weissman was an English teacher long before she was a mother, but children changed her life in ways she’d not foreseen. Her son Eden is allergic to seven of the “Big 8” food allergens.  She devoted herself to learning about our vexing modern epidemic and parents in the same predicament and began writing about her food allergy experiences as a blogger. Wanting to share “our story&rdquo... Read More →


Saturday September 27, 2014 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Exhibit Hall D
 
Sunday, September 28
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Sunday September 28, 2014 7:00am - 9:00am
Exhibit Hall D

9:00am

Self-Publishing: From Pen to Publicity
Find out how you can successfully write, publish and market your book! Learn how to turn your ideas or manuscript into an electronic or print publication. Discover different options in self-publishing and distribution, and the path to getting it done. Know what you can expect to pay, what you can earn, where to find help, and how to cut costs. Leave with a plan for promotion and the confidence needed to generate sales of your new book.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Dermer

Erica Dermer

Blogger, Celiac and the Beast
Erica Dermer is founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast. She started her website because she felt like she had a new and humorous voice to bring to the gluten-free table, and desperately needed some celiac catharsis through writing and blogging. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged... Read More →
avatar for Alisa Fleming

Alisa Fleming

Author, Go Dairy Free
Alisa Fleming founded the largest dairy-free website, GoDairyFree.org, in 2004, which is now host to over 2 million unique special diet visitors per year. She has since written and published the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: the Guide and Cookbook for  Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, published another best-selling vegan author, and co-produced several ebooks. In 2011, she also joined Allergic... Read More →
avatar for April Runge

April Runge

Author, Gordy and the Magic Diet
April Runge is a marketing research consultant and mom, but declares she should have honorary credentials as a special needs educator, specialty diet chef and triage nurse while raising their two children with different medical conditions—allergies, asthma and epilepsy. April co-authored her first children’s picture book Gordy And The Magic Diet after being inspired by her daughter’s harrowing, yet successful... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Stratton

Stacey Stratton

Peanut Free Zone
Stacey Stratton is using her BA in Communications, MA in Special Education, and experience as an educator, to work with parents and schools in communicating the special needs of children with food allergies.  Her book, Allergies at School, is a resourceful guide for parents working with their school to help increase their child’s safety. Stacey is also the founder and creator of PeanutFreeZone.com, a... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Exhibit Hall D

9:00am

Emotional Well-Being
This will be a solutions-oriented discussion on handling the anxiety and feelings of isolation that can come with managing food allergies. Food allergies impose stress on the whole family - the caregivers, siblings and child - from the first reaction to the day-to-day management. This session will highlight the difference between a normal stress response and clinical anxiety, will caution families against "admiring the problem" and advise when professional help is warranted, and provide tips for coping to protect well-being.  Join Kristen Kauke, Lori Sandler, and Dr. Ruchi Gupta to talk about how it's going for you and to learn and share ways to make sure allergies don't define your kids or your family .

Please Note: The time of this session was previously 10:30 AM and has been changed to 9:00 AM. Please adjust your personalized schedule, accordingly, if needed. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Dr. Ruchi Gupta

Author, Doctor, The Food Allergy Experience
Dr. Ruchi Gupta is an internationally recognized expert on food allergy, and a parent of a child with allergies.  She has published some landmark manuscripts including the food allergy prevalence study showing 1 in 13 kids have food allergy and a recent economic study showing food allergy costs 24.8 billion dollars annually in the US.  She is an associate professor of pediatrics and Director of the Center for Maternal and Child... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Kauke

Kristen Kauke

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Author, Handling Emotions
Kristen Kauke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who also happens to parent two boys with life threatening food allergies, as well as live with food allergies herself. Kristen’s dozen years of clinical experience includes therapy with clients of all ages. She has provided individual, family, couples, and group counseling in both private and school settings. Additionally, Kristen has presented and written on the topics... Read More →
avatar for Lori Sandler

Lori Sandler

Founder, Divvies
Lori Sandler is the founder of Divvies, a fun, national brand of delicious snacks made in Divvies own dedicated nut, egg & dairy free bakery, located in South Salem, NY.  Her youngest son, Benjamin, is the inspiration behind Divvies.  When he was diagnosed with severe food allergies, the social as well as safety realities of the situation became clear.  Lori became a Mom on a mission, and set out to find a solution that... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 9:00am - 10:15am
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

10:15am

Break
Sunday September 28, 2014 10:15am - 10:30am
NA

10:30am

Legalities: Blog & Order
What do you do when you believe your work has been used by someone else? Should you form a company for your blog/brand? Do you need to copyright or trademark? Navigating legalities that arise in blogging and social media: copyright, fair use, FTC disclosures, defamation, privacy, establishing your blog/brand as a business, and more.  Submit advance Q & A questions to homa@woodrumlaw.com

Speakers
avatar for William Devine, Esq.

William Devine, Esq.

Attorney at Law, Devine Law Firm, PLLC
William Devine holds extensive experience in consumer bankruptcy, debt collection, and intellectual property matters. Prior to forming Devine Law Firm in 2014, William was a partner at Rainey Devine.  He also gained experience as an associate attorney in the Intellectual Property practice group of  Armstrong Teasdale, a nearly 300 attorney firm with offices throughout the country.  During that time, William practiced... Read More →
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Assly Sayyar, Esq.

Attorney at Law, Assly Sayyar, Esq.
Assly Sayyar was born in Great Britain and immigrated to the United States with her family as a child. Now happily a U.S. Citizen, Assly received her Bachelor of Arts in English Rhetoric, Cum Laude from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2000. Thereafter she was admitted to the William S. Boyd School of Law and graduated in 2004 from this ABA accredited law school 16th in her class and Cum Laude. Admitted to the Nevada State Bar in 2004, Assly... Read More →
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Homa Woodrum

Attorney at Law, Woodrum Law LLC
Homa Woodrum is the owner of the law firm Woodrum Law LLC, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her practice is largely made up of elder law (exploitation issues), minor and adult guardianship cases, probate matters, and estate planning. Woodrum received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ William S. Boyd School of Law. She is 4.8/5 AV Peer Review Rated via Martindale Hubbell and was named a 2014 “Top&rdquo... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall D

10:30am

How to Influence Change in School Policy
Please Note: The time of this session was previously 9:00 AM and has been changed to 10:30 AM. Please adjust your personalized schedule, accordingly, if needed.

Speakers
avatar for Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed.

Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed.

Founder and President, Food Allergy Education Network
Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, advocate, and consultant who specializes in the management of food allergies in the school setting.   She is widely known for her common sense, fact-based approach to food allergy management and education.  She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and B.S. degrees in both Elementary and Special Education.  She is an experienced... Read More →
avatar for Laurel Francoeur

Laurel Francoeur

Owner, Greenlaurel Solutions LLC
Laurel Francoeur graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. She is also a graduate of Suffolk Law School and has been a practicing lawyer since 1996. She is a support group leader for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and served on their board of directors. She was on the FAI (Food Allergy Initiative) Steering Committee and is now on the... Read More →
avatar for Jan Hanson, M.A.

Jan Hanson, M.A.

Founder, Educating For Food Allergies, LLC
Jan Hanson, M.A. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, author and speaker. | She founded her consulting company, Educating For Food Allergies, LLC in 2001, and | provides guidance to families and school personnel in food allergy management. She is | the author of the book, Food Allergies: A Recipe For Success At School, and has been | utilized as an expert by both radio and print journalists, including in the Miami Herald | and... Read More →
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Caroline Moassessi

Blogger/advocate, Grateful Foodie
Caroline Moassessi has spent the last 16 years raising two food allergic and asthmatic children.  She is the author of the blogsite www.gratefulfoodie.com.  Caroline is a Huffington Post Contributor and Product Editor and contributor for Allergic Living Magazine. She was honored this year to receive a FARE Vision Award. She volunteers her time advocating for laws to protect people with life threatening food allergies in Nevada, is past... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

12:00pm

Lunch
Sunday September 28, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Exhibit Hall D

1:00pm

Prize Giveaway Drawings
Sunday September 28, 2014 1:00pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Marketing: Your Voice, Message, Brand, and Platform
Do you have a message you wish to share with the world? From the look of your logo to the messages you share in social media, we will show you how to be your best on the internet. How do you craft authenticity without oversharing? How do you sell without being annoying? And how do you create guidelines for your content? What are the components of a strong personal brand? Leave the session with tools on how to develop a strategy and build a good professional reputation using your skills, experience, education, training and style to find your voice, deliver your message and brand yourself in a competitive world.

Authors and Artists
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Rivka Kawano

Author, What To Post: A Complete Guide to Effective Social Media
Rivka Kawano is a social media expert, speaker, and author of the book What To Post: A Complete Guide to Effective Social Media. She also has first hand experience with the danger that food allergies present and loves to help people find ways to reach their audience with this important message. As an avid reader and literacy advocate as well as author she has a passion for books, authors, and the whole publishing process. Nothing makes her... Read More →
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April Runge

Author, Gordy and the Magic Diet
April Runge is a marketing research consultant and mom, but declares she should have honorary credentials as a special needs educator, specialty diet chef and triage nurse while raising their two children with different medical conditions—allergies, asthma and epilepsy. April co-authored her first children’s picture book Gordy And The Magic Diet after being inspired by her daughter’s harrowing, yet successful... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall D

1:15pm

Nutrition: From Can't to Can
In this session we will discuss where restricted diets often fall short.  You will gain information about alternative allergy-friendly foods that are a good source of these nutrients for you and your family. In addition, we will review what to look for on labels and ingredient lists and what questions to ask manufacturers to confidently be able to enjoy meals again.

Speakers
avatar for Louise Goldberg

Louise Goldberg

Registered Dietitian, An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting
Louise Goldberg is a Registered Dietitian in practice for over 15 years.  She is certified as a food allergy specialist and one of only a couple hundred board certified pediatric nutrition specialists in the country.  She has a private practice, An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting, in Houston where she counsels and assesses children and their families.  In addition to seeing patients, she is also a consultant for Green Plate... Read More →
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Lisa Musician

Founder & President, Food Allergy Dietitian, Inc.
Lisa Musician is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in Northeastern, Pennsylvania with expertise in the area of food allergies. She is a mother of two adult children with multiple food allergies and a history of anaphylaxis. (She also has food allergies) | It is her life experience; gained knowledge, and professional training working part-time with a board certified allergist for the past 15 years which helped her acquire a great wealth of... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

2:30pm

Break
Sunday September 28, 2014 2:30pm - 2:45pm
NA

2:45pm

Manufacturing: From Start to Cart
Speakers
avatar for Dave Bloom

Dave Bloom

CEO, Snack Safely
Dave Bloom is CEO of SnackSafely.com, an advocacy he co-founded with his wife Debra in 2011.  The firm’s primary publication, the Safe Snack Guide, is a resource used by thousands of schools and tens of thousands of parents nationwide help to keep allergens out of the classroom and the home. SnackSafely.com has developed a proprietary platform to enable food manufacturers to disclose how they process 11 allergens during the... Read More →
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David Janow

Chief Executive Officer and President, Axiom Foods, Inc.
David J. Janow, Chief Executive Officer and President of Axiom Foods, Inc. and and Owner of 4 in 1 Nutrition, Growing Naturals™ and Simply Rice, is an expert in plant ingredient manufacturing, and is best known for developing Oryzatein®, the industry standard for chemical-free whole grain brown rice protein. David’s traditional education includes a B.S. in Biology and Psychology, a JD, an MBA, plus a Masters in Law, followed by... Read More →
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Joel Warady

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Enjoy Life Foods
Joel D. Warady is Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Enjoy Life Foods, a leading brand in the North American Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly CPG category. Prior to joining Enjoy Life, Joel was Principal of Joel Warady Group, a Marketing, Social Media, and Business Growth consulting firm. Joel Warady Group was the marketing agency of record for a number of small but growing brands looking to raise their brand awareness through word of mouth... Read More →
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Hanson Watkins

Founder and Owner, Indie Candy
Hanson Watkins is the founder and owner of Indie Candy – a fully all natural and Big 8 allergen free candy manufacturer located in Alabama. She graduated from Emory University and carries a MBA and a Master of Health Administration from Georgia State.  After a career in health management,  Hanson had two children.   She went to culinary school in 2008 after a life long love affair with cooking.  In 2009, Hanson... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall D

2:45pm

Recipe Substitutions: Bake and Switch

What happens when you can no longer use traditional baking ingredients? Whether it’s gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, sugar – or all of these ingredients that you need to avoid, these veteran food-allergy baking experts have found the substitutions that work and taste delicious. They are ready to spill all of their secrets with you in this lively session. Yes, you can bake that cake and the whole family can eat it too!


Authors and Artists
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Debbie Adler

Owner, Author, Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes
Debbie Adler is the owner of the nationally renown bakery Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes located in Los Angeles.  In addition to owning her bakery, Debbie is the author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-free & Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery. It was named a “Best Gluten-Free Cookbook of 2013” by Delicious Living Magazine. Debbie is... Read More →
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Colette Martin

Author, Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nut
Colette Martin is a food allergy mom, an expert on how to bake allergen-free, and author of Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts. When her son was diagnosed with allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, soy and peanuts in 2001, she had to reinvent how her family ate. Having first learned to bake in her grandmother’s kitchen with wheat, butter, milk, and eggs, Colette... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door

4:00pm

Break
Sunday September 28, 2014 4:00pm - 4:15pm
NA

4:15pm

Social Media
Speakers
avatar for Heather Hewett, Ph.D.

Heather Hewett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, State University of New York at New Paltz
Heather Hewett is a writer and an associate professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz who has written for a range of popular and academic venues. Her personal essays about raising a daughter with food allergies have appeared in the Motherlode Blog at The New York Times, CNN.com, Brain, Child magazine, and the anthology The Good Mother Myth (Seal Press). She has published... Read More →
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Ritesh Patel

Chief Digital Officer, Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide
Ritesh has over 15 years of professional experience. As the Chief Digital Officer at Ogilvy CommonHealth, he is well-versed in the digital arena and has developed comprehensive digital and social media programs for several healthcare clients, as well as implemented standards for best practices using a variety of digital and social platforms.


Sunday September 28, 2014 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall D

4:15pm

504 Plans
Speakers
avatar for Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed.

Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed.

Founder and President, Food Allergy Education Network
Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, advocate, and consultant who specializes in the management of food allergies in the school setting.   She is widely known for her common sense, fact-based approach to food allergy management and education.  She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and B.S. degrees in both Elementary and Special Education.  She is an experienced... Read More →

Authors and Artists
avatar for Laurel Francoeur

Laurel Francoeur

Owner, Greenlaurel Solutions LLC
Laurel Francoeur graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. She is also a graduate of Suffolk Law School and has been a practicing lawyer since 1996. She is a support group leader for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and served on their board of directors. She was on the FAI (Food Allergy Initiative) Steering Committee and is now on the... Read More →
avatar for Jan Hanson, M.A.

Jan Hanson, M.A.

Founder, Educating For Food Allergies, LLC
Jan Hanson, M.A. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, author and speaker. | She founded her consulting company, Educating For Food Allergies, LLC in 2001, and | provides guidance to families and school personnel in food allergy management. She is | the author of the book, Food Allergies: A Recipe For Success At School, and has been | utilized as an expert by both radio and print journalists, including in the Miami Herald | and... Read More →


Sunday September 28, 2014 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Exhibit Hall C Entry via Exhibit Hall D Door