My nickname is Alli, and I work from the Sebastian, Florida office as a Licensing Processor. I came into this position familiar with the Gluten-Free community yet, I learn new things every day. Currently I am a college student majoring in Finance/Marketing, and when I am not working or in college, I love to dance.
Bethany is the Support Group Manager and has been living a gluten-free lifestyle since 2009. She knew after being diagnosed that she wanted to work in support of the gluten-free community and to improve the quality of gluten-free living.
I’m the young lady that helps make things happen, pulls the strings and orchestrates daily. I love offering my knowledge and assistance to help our companies’ reach their goals and, furthermore, helping to spread Celiac awareness. My day to day duties generally include processing new companies and assisting with the preparation of inspection information.
I have been a proud GIG team member since July 2016. Learning all about ingredients fascinates me and I have learned so much from this company. From gluten testing to ingredient risk scores, cross contamination and knowing what ingredients actually are and what they are consisted of has opened my eyes to how important gluten could affect somebody’s life who is sensitive to it.
Living on my small farm with my 2 kids isn’t time consuming enough, so I spent another 60+ hours every week running GIG’s Food Safety Programs. Working for an international powerhouse for certification and Gluten-Free consumer support has its benefits. I know every day when I go home that I have done something to help our community and to make other people’s lives better. People like my 8 year old daughter who have celiac disease can shop with confidence and dine out without fear of going home sick.
If you do a web search for the name Chris Rich and your results include the words “timid”, “shy”, and “reclusive”, you're definitely not viewing a description about me. You see, I'm the Big Idea Guy. As the VP of Development, I'm always looking for new concepts to promote GIG and to bring positive awareness to the gluten-free community.
As a registered dietitian, diagnosed with celiac disease over 20 years ago, I took a leap of faith and started the adventure of a lifetime! I left clinical practice in large hospitals, where I practiced for 15 years, to do the unthinkable…I went to work for nothing, as the executive director of GIG. It has been a wonderful adventure, with many challenges. I moved GIG from an organization that was local in scope and national in heart to an international leader in the gluten-free community. GIG’s commitment is to you the consumer. Like you, I live the gluten-free life style. My goal is to make my life easier (yes, I figured out how to make catsup in a microwave 20 years ago), and to help everyone living gluten-free to do so in a positive, healthy way.
I am new to the gluten-free world and I am excited to see where this adventure takes me. I am a self-proclaimed nerd that loves to read and learn. When I am not working you can find me coaching youth football for a non-profit group in Washington State or playing with my fat cat and crazy dog.
A former fashion, retail, and restaurant marketing and ad gal, Jeanne is proudest to boast about her 3 amazing children. In 2012, her world was rocked when her baby boy was suddenly severely ill and when doctors didn't have the answers, the internet did. Turns out celiac disease runs in both Jeanne and her husband's families, but no one knew. Celiac awareness and education about how to do gluten-free right became her passion. She credits the celiac community and advocacy organizations for saving her family. Jeanne is thrilled to be spreading the wisdom of the Gluten Intolerance Group and helping others on their gluten-free journey.
Laura came to GIG from a background in Immunology and eight years of directing a food testing laboratory and test kit manufacturing operation. She is thrilled to be in an environment where the consumer is the focus, and where quality is emphasized over profit. When not working on the science and policy of gluten she is enjoying all there is to do in her new home in New York City.
Laura was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2016 and is thrilled to be part of the GIG team where she can directly help the gluten-free community. Before joining GIG, she spent over five years doing event planning, marketing and outreach for several professional associations in the transportation industry.
As a trained chef, diagnosed with celiac disease 10 years ago, I decided to give up my personal chef business and follow my true 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 at restaurants.
The world of food and nutrition is fascinating: what we eat not only has a significant impact on our health, but food is also a continual source of enjoyment and social connection in most people’s lives. As a gluten-free nutritionist, I work to help others maintain a healthy and enjoyable gluten-free diet.
Growing up in a food-centered Italian family, I became somewhat of a foodie; I loved trying new foods and restaurants, and became really interested in cooking and baking healthy The past four years of requiring a gluten-free lifestyle have turned me into a gluten-free guru as well. I did my best to turn something negative into a new, fun way to see the world of food. I enjoy trying new gluten-free products, geeking out over research, and spreading the word to my friends on social media. I also really like to help other people and make them feel great. To say this job is right up my alley is an understatement!
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.
Hi, I am the Graphic Design Associate at GIG. I work on many different things on a daily basis; ranging from business cards, to our quarterly magazine Celebrate Gluten-Free. I was lucky enough to learn from the team at Highline Community College but most of my skills and knowledge are self-taught.
Do you read the labels on the foods you eat? Do those symbols on the packaging tell you something about what you are ingesting? Well if it relates to gluten, you can rest assure that a label displaying the GFCO Certified Gluten-Free symbol has been qualified by the strictest of standards. I proudly work with GIG in assuring these standards are being met. Food safety is something I take very serious, as I too am a consumer who needs organizations like GIG & GFCO, ensuring confidence that you can choose food that is safe for you.
I have only recently began to learn about gluten-free anything and my knowledge is growing by the day. I am excited to be able to see all the things that companies do and many different products offered for people who are gluten sensitive.
I work in the accounting department at GIG in the Auburn, WA office, as the accounts receivable clerk. I have been doing accounting since 2011. I am new to the gluten-free world, but have been learning so much since I started. When I am not at work I am doing anything outdoorsy with my husband and children.
Stacey is the Generation GF Supervisor for GIG. Generation GF is our program that helps to provide gluten-free kids opportunities to develop their own voices and to be proud to be gluten-free. She manages our national Generation GF Groups, GIG summer camps, and all activities pertaining to our youth program. Stacey is a former branch manager of the Gluten Intolerance Group of Fargo Moorhead.
I'm a graduate from Baker College of Business in Michigan with an Applied Science Degree. I worked in the medical field for over 10 years and after learning that I was Gluten Intolerant, working for GIG seemed to be the perfect fit for me.