Community Health Leaders
Last updated: May 2023
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Community health leaders
Nina Ajdin started experiencing health issues after moving to the United States as a refugee from Bosnia at 10 years old, after going through significant amounts of childhood trauma during the Yugoslavian conflict in 1992-1996. Read more.
Lorene Alba, AE-C
Lorene Alba, AE-C, was diagnosed with allergies in high school, and allergic asthma during her freshman year in college. She graduated with a degree in culinary arts in college and had a successful career as a chef and restaurateur. Read more.
Elizabeth Alvarez, is a 32-year-old, ex-professional dancer and freelance writer that resides in Miami, FL. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and IBS in 2011 and has endured a long road of recovery since. Read more.
Peter works and resides in the UK as a driving instructor. From the age of two, he was diagnosed with chronic asthma and eczema. This resulted in Peter suffering from many types of allergies including, sensitivity to foods, pet hair and dander, tree pollens, dust mites, and the like. Read more.
Michelle Marie Hernandez
Michelle Marie Hernandez is a writer, speaker, artist, and founder of Abiding Communications. She uses her creative gifts and wisdom to equip and inspire people to fulfill their calling. Her deep compassion for others stems from her own journey with allergies, anxiety, an autoimmune condition, and chronic pain. Read more.
Andrea Jensen, CHES, AE-C
Andrea M. Jensen is a lifelong environmental allergy sufferer. As an adult, she discovered she was allergic to shellfish and finned fish and always carries Epinephrine Autoinjectors. Despite precautions, she has had multiple allergic reactions due to cross-contact by the kitchen staff at various restaurants. Read more.
Marta was diagnosed with a peanut allergy in 1994 after her parents ate some peanut butter and then kissed her goodnight. After many tests, doctors, and specialists, she discovered she was allergic to many other things such as tree nuts, dogs, cats, dust, and pollen, to name a few. Read more.
Megan Lavin is a published cookbook author & owns the allergy-friendly recipe site: AllergyAwesomeness.com. Her journey began when her boys were diagnosed with multiple food allergies, asthma & one with EOE. Read more.
Bob McEachern was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in 2008. After a summer of unshakeable bronchitis that turned to pneumonia, a chest scan showed swollen lymph nodes that were given a 10% chance of being cancer Read more.
Andrew Rogers’s friends often joke that he’s allergic to everything—he's deathly allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, and animal dander, dust mites, pollen, most trees, and flowers, Disperse Blue 106 dye, and two chemicals common in most soaps and detergents all give him hives. Read more.
Katarena Whitaker has been managing celiac disease and the presence of 26 food allergies, 5 of which are fatal, for over a decade. Not having suffered either of these as a child, but likely having undiagnosed celiac disease for many years, the discovery of both the celiac disease and food allergies had been life changing. Read more.
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