Elizabeth Moreno lives in Beaverton, OR with her husband and two teenage boys, both of whom have anaphylactic food allergies. Their family manages allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and peas. As an advocate, Elizabeth was the Chairperson of the 2015 and 2016 Portland FARE Walks for Food Allergy and connects with the food allergy community via her Instagram account, foodallergymama. She’s a freelance writer who loves to find ways to make traveling with food allergies a reality for her family. Her favorite food-free activity is salsa dancing.
Joanne Smith lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband and four children, three of whom have severe food allergies and asthma. She manages the kids’ life threatening allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, wheat, soy, corn, all seeds, oats, rye, barley, buckwheat, coconut, strawberries, and cantaloupe. They also avoid gluten. Phew! Joanne is the group leader for Vancouver Allergy Awareness Network (VAAN), an educational support group for food allergy families. She loves baking for her family and the food allergy community and has a passion for healthy eating. Her favorite food-free activity is going to Disneyland!
Louise Tippens loved going to summer camp as a child and wanted her son to have the same formative camp experiences as she did. But because of his life-threatening allergies to 6 of the top 8 allergens, she couldn’t find a summer camp that could safely accommodate him. So Louise, who is known by camper families as “Rudy Rutabega”, started Camp Blue Spruce, the worry-free camp for kids with food allergies. Founding CBS was the culmination of Louise’s career in non-profit management and project planning (including working as a Project Manager with the City of Portland.) Her favorite food-free activity is… you guessed it, camping.
Tracy Lehto has a gluten-intolerant tween daughter allergic to nuts, seeds and pectin, and a teen daughter with Celiac disease. She knows first-hand how diet restrictions can impact kids’ ability to feel fully included in social situations. This led Tracy to start a local branch of Generation GF, a support organization for children who can’t eat gluten. She is excited to bring the food allergy and gluten-intolerant communities together to create more social and educational opportunities for them both. Her favorite food-free activity is camping in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.