At Beyond Celiac, we work day in and day out to ensure that people with celiac disease can live life to the fullest and eat without fear. We envision a world without celiac disease and work to inspire hope, accelerate research and forge the pathways to a cure. Meet our team below!
Alice Bast, President & CEO
Alice Bast's personal experience with celiac disease ignited her passion to help the estimated three million Americans suffering from the disease receive a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
Alice reflects that much has changed in the past 10 years. “We began with a simple goal: to raise awareness of celiac disease so people would stop suffering needlessly. Since then, we have evolved to meet new challenges and unmet needs, and expanded our mission not only to help people get diagnosed, but also make it possible to live a full and healthy life after that diagnosis.” This means living life to the fullest—to eat without fear, travel without fear, live without fear.
Alice is widely regarded as a celiac disease expert and has been a keynote speaker at major medical and allied health industry events, plus culinary and foodservice industry conferences. She has presented at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Annual Meeting, (2010) Healthy Foods Conference (2008), International Pizza Expo (2011), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Wellness Conference (2011, 2013), the School Nutrition Association (2013) and the Natural Products Expo East (2008, 2009) and Expo West (2011) shows. She was a featured presenter at medical conferences hosted by St. Barnabas Health Care System (2009), The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Paoli Hospital (2011), along with speaking regularly to healthcare professionals at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson University Hospital.
Alice chaired a panel presentation at the 14th International Coeliac Disease Symposium held in Oslo, Norway. An abstract from the Beyond Celiac study, "The Use of Disease Symptoms Checklist in Self-Initiated Diagnoses of Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity,” was accepted to the 2012 International Meeting on Coeliac Disease, Mastering the Coeliac Condition: From Medicine to Social Sciences and Food Technology, where Alice presented the abstract in a poster session. In 2013, Beyond Celiac presented two research posters at the International Celiac Disease Symposium held at the University of Chicago.
Alice also led the autoimmune roundtable at Partnering for Cures of FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute that is bringing together the best and brightest to find a cure. Alice was invited by the American Gastroenterological Association to participate in a meeting aimed at providing recommendations to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), an entity authorized by Congress via the Affordable Care Act.
Alice and Beyond Celiac have supported research throughout the organization’s 10-year history. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded Beyond Celiac the first-ever grant to conduct research in the field of gluten in medications, an area that Beyond Celiac has long championed.
Alice's story has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, US News & World Report, and on nationally televised programs such as ABC's "The View" and CNN. Among her accomplishments, Alice co-authored an article titled "Celiac Disease and Reproductive Health Issues," which was published in the Journal of Practical Gastroenterology. She was the Principal Investigator on an NIH funded grant titled, "Novel Educational Aids for Celiac Disease." Alice was also awarded the 90th Annual Philadelphia Award in May 2011, one of the city's most prestigious honors given each year to a citizen who has acted and served on behalf of the best interests of the community. And, she has been awarded the SmartCEO Brava Award recognizing exceptional women leaders in the Greater Philadelphia community.
In May 2011, Alice was awarded the 90th annual Philadelphia Award, one of the city’s most prestigious honors given each year to a citizen who has acted and served on behalf of the best interests of the community. Alice works out of the Ambler, PA office. Email Alice Bast
Claire Baker, Director of Communications and New Media
Claire joined the Beyond Celiac staff in July 2014 with 20 years of non-profit management experience in Philadelphia. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010, she sought to improve the lives of others who need to live gluten-free through her blog, gluten-free product and restaurant reviews, social media presence, and publications. Prior to joining Beyond Celiac, Claire served as Director of Gardening Programs for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS). She managed the PHS City Harvest program and led community engagement and greening teams focused on gardening education, parks revitalization, youth environmental stewardship, Pop Up Gardens and more. Claire formerly served as Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director of the Metropolitan AIDS Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance (MANNA), Executive Director of the William Way LGBT Community Center, and Manager of Off-Air Civic Engagement Activities and Events for WHYY. Claire works out of the Ambler, PA office.
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Alicia Carango, Assistant Director of Digital Media
As the Assistant Director of Digital Media, Alicia works to provide the Beyond Celiac online community with the latest resources, news, and events surrounding celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. Through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, Alicia engages with the Beyond Celiac online community and work towards a shared goal of raising awareness for celiac disease. She was first introduced to celiac disease from her previous work in the clinical trial industry. From this prior experience, Alicia has developed an interest in raising awareness for research studies, particularly those for celiac disease. Alicia holds a BA in English from West Chester University. Alicia works out of the Ambler, PA office. Email Alicia Carango
Nancy Ginter, Director of Administration
Nancy Ginter joined Beyond Celiac in June of 2004 after working extensively for AT&T leading a global sales team focused on the needs of multi-national corporations. At Beyond Celiac, Nancy works across departmental lines to assist in operational matters along with programming, Philadelphia area events, contracts and sponsorship. Nancy also is responsible for coordinating efforts with the Beyond Celiac Board of Directors and Business Advisory Council, contributing to Beyond Celiac publications and working on Beyond Celiac programs for raising awareness. Nancy works out of the Ambler, PA office. Email Nancy Ginter
Beckee Moreland, Director of GREAT Kitchens
Beckee Moreland is a recognized gluten-free market expert with Beyond Celiac and has worked as a gluten-free consultant for companies in the food industry since 2008. She currently manages the Beyond Celiac Gluten-Free Resource Education and Awareness Training (GREAT) Foodservice programs, which are ADA and ACF accredited training programs for foodservice professionals and dietitians. Beckee also heads the GREAT Business Association, which promotes networking and best practices for safety and transparency in gluten-free food preparation and manufacturing.
Beckee’s restaurant industry experience dates back over ten years. In 1992, she and her husband opened Sportscaster’s Bar & Grill in Lincoln, NE, which they currently own and operate.
Beckee holds a Bachelors of Science, Education from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Born and raised in Omaha, NE, she currently resides in Lincoln, NE, with her husband Dave and son Cole. Email Beckee Moreland
Jennifer North, Vice President
Jennifer joined Beyond Celiac in 2009 when she served as the organization’s first full-time development officer. Currently the organization’s Vice President, Jennifer oversees the organization’s communications efforts and corporate partnerships. She is responsible for the Beyond Celiac gluten-free industry initiatives including the GREAT Kitchens foodservice training program and the Beyond Celiac-endorsed Gluten-Free Certification Program. She has acted as a consultant, writer and presenter for webinars, onsite training programs and other industry-facing activities and is considered an expert on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, the needs of gluten-free consumers, gluten-free food safety and marketplace trends. She formerly served as the Vice President of Development for JCCs of Greater Philadelphia. Her diverse skill set stems from professional and board roles in communications, development, programming, assessment, strategic planning and operational management for organizations addressing a range of critical community issues. She has been contracted by the federal Department of Health and Human Services as a grant reviewer. Jennifer was introduced to celiac disease in 2008 when her daughter was diagnosed. Jennifer works out of the Ambler, PA office. Email Jennifer North
Amy Ratner, Medical and Science News Analyst
Amy Ratner joined Beyond Celiac in July 2016 as Medical and Science News Analyst. She has extensive experience reporting on and writing about celiac disease. She was editor-in-chief, associate editor and contributing editor during 23 years at Gluten-Free Living magazine, where her work touched on all topics related to celiac disease, including lifestyle, diet, nutrition, and medical and research developments. When Amy’s daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease as a toddler 24 years ago, she was set on a path that combined her commitment to improving life for those with celiac disease with her journalism training. She holds of Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and was an award-winning newspaper reporter in Pennsylvania before working in alumni relations for Goucher College in Baltimore and in communications for the Service Employees International Union in Washington, D.C. Her writing about celiac disease has also appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Baby Talk magazine, Allergic Living and other publications. Amy lives in Baltimore with her husband, Andrew, and near her grown children, Alexander, Amanda and Austin. (Yes, everyone in the family has a name that starts with A, including her new daughter-in-law, Anna.)
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Kristin Voorhees, MA, Director of Healthcare Initiatives
Kristin Voorhees joined Beyond Celiac in February 2010. Kristin works directly with the Beyond Celiac Scientific/Medical Advisory Council, the Beyond Celiac Patient and Family Advisory Council and other key stakeholders to develop, deliver, manage and evaluate educational and research programs. She stewards multidisciplinary relationships in order to deploy the Beyond Celiac social entrepreneurial model that activates change in the landscape by addressing and solving key disparities. Kristin holds a BA in communications from James Madison University and an MA in health communications from Emerson College/Tufts School of Medicine. During her graduate work, she had the privilege of working with the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and, through this connection, developed a working relationship with Beyond Celiac. Kristin was diagnosed with celiac disease in July 2007 and has since remained passionate about changing the healthcare system as a result of enduring years of misdiagnoses and ill health. Kristin works out of the Ambler, PA office. Email Kristin Voorhees