As a trained chef, diagnosed with celiac disease 13 years ago, I decided to give up my personal chef business and follow my passion in a different direction. I now spend my days ensuring that people like my daughter and I, with celiac disease, can safely and confidently eat in all types of food service locations such as restaurants, hospitals and university dining halls.
After 48 years as a Boeing Company employee, I started volunteering with the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) part-time. My daughter was diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CD) and became the Executive Director (ED) of GIG after the founder (Elaine Hartsook) passed away. After my husband passed away in 2001, I became a full-time volunteer. I enjoy helping diagnosed patients get a comfort zone with the GFD.