About the Presenters

 

 

Laurel Francoeur graduated from M.I.T. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. She is a graduate of Suffolk Law School and has been a practicing lawyer since 1996. She is a support group leader for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and served on their board of directors. She was also on the steering committee for the Food Allergy Initiative. She drafted legislation in Massachusetts to allow easy access for epinephrine in classrooms, and has testified at the state and federal level about food allergy issues.

Laurel is co-owner of Greenlaurel Documents, an on-line resource for food allergies, and is the author of the books"How To Advocate for Your Food Allergic Child" and "Flying with Food Allergies: What You Need to Know." She is also co-author of the “Preschool Food Allergy Handbook.” She has presented webinars for Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE),the Kids With Food Allergies Foundation,  and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. She has spoken at various venues, including the Nationwide Children's 6th Annual Pediatric Asthma Conference and the Food Allergy Bloggers’ Conference. She has appeared on NPR, Fox News, ABC News as well as in the Boston Globe, Allergic Living Magazine, and Boston Parents Paper. She is the proud creator of the blog “Allergy Law Project.”

 
 

 

Gina Mennett Lee, M.Ed. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, advocate, and consultant who specializes in the management of food allergies in the school setting. She is widely known for her common sense, fact-based approach to food allergy management and education. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and B.S. degrees in both Elementary and Special Education. She is an experienced special education, elementary, and middle school teacher. She is the Founder and President of Food Allergy Education Network, and the Co-Founder and Director of the National Allergy & Anaphylaxis Council.
Gina has provided education, workshops, and/or consulting services to the food service industry, PTA leaders, school principals and administrators, BOE members, nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, preschool providers, daycare and home care providers, parents, and caretakers. She is also proud to be a contributor to the well-respected AllergyHome website and recently served as an expert witness for a landmark food allergy case in Iowa.
As a mother who witnessed her daughter’s near-fatal allergic reaction, she brings real world experience to the field of food allergies. Through her consulting firm, Mennett Lee, LLC, she helps families, schools, businesses, and organizations create safe and inclusive environments for those with food allergies.

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Gina Lee and Laurel Francoeur at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas.

Speaker - 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference #FABLOGCON