Chief Executive Officer
Lisa Gable has served four U.S. presidents and two governors, counseled Fortune 500 CEOs, and represented global public-private partnerships and nonprofits with an end goal of moving organizations to higher levels of performance.
As the former President of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Lisa created and led a coalition of food and beverage industry corporations and public health and government agencies resulting in the reduction of 6.4 trillion calories from the American diet.
Lisa was appointed the first female U.S. Commissioner General to the 2005 Aichi World EXPO, holding the personal rank of Ambassador, served as a U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and served in the Reagan White House and Defense Department. Her corporate experience included serving as senior vice president of Global Public Policy at PepsiCo and 15 years in Silicon Valley. Among her varied volunteer activities, she has served on several boards including as a National Trustee for the Boys and Girls Club of America, a board member for Girl Scouts of the USA and as a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. A published writer, Gable also had recurring media appearances including four years as a regularly scheduled guest with Lifetime’s national morning program The Balancing Act.
She is a graduate of University of Virginia and holds an MA from Georgetown University.
Thomas B. Casale, MD
Chief Medical Advisor for Operations
Professor of Medicine, University of South Florida
Dr. Thomas Casale, the former President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), brings additional expertise to FARE's groundbreaking research efforts. Dr. Casale has participated in over 250 multi-site clinical trials and has been on advisory boards for the development of clinical trials for novel treatments. He has published over 400 scientific papers, reviews and chapters on his research.
Dr. Casale joined the University of South Florida in Tampa in October of 2013 as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Chief of Clinical and Translational Research. Prior to that, Dr. Casale was Professor of Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Chief of Allergy/Immunology at Creighton University in Omaha. Dr. Casale did an Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he was chief medical staff fellow. From 1984 to 1996, he was at the University of Iowa where he attained the rank of Professor of Medicine and Director of Allergy/Immunology
He was Executive Vice President of the AAAAI for 10 years and was on the Board of Directors of the World Allergy Organization and was Chair of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American Society for Clinical Investigation, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and has received Distinguished Service Awards from both AAAAI and the World Allergy Organization.
Chief of Staff
As FARE’s Chief of Staff, Troy works closely with FARE Boards, volunteer leaders and with senior leadership in developing and executing FARE’s annual strategy. Additionally, working with FARE's education team, Troy oversees education and program development. He worked in marketing and membership for 16 years, spending the last 11 years concentrated on the nonprofit and association sectors. Most recently, Troy headed membership engagement at Independent Sector, where he oversaw multiple programs to grow the IS member community, drive engagement in IS programming and the creation and implementation of a new concept to expand a standalone annual conference into a year-long series of regional events culminating in a national gathering of nonprofit sector leaders. Previously, Troy was vice president of member and industry development with the American Society of Interior Designers. There he was responsible for managing all aspects of membership, volunteer leader training and development, as well as sponsorship and fund development for the ASID Foundation.
Troy is also an active volunteer and currently a member of the Trevor Project’s DC Ambassadors Committee. Prior to this, he was a member of the American Society of Association Executives’ Membership Section Council for three years and has volunteered on advisory boards and committees for the Alliance to Save Energy, Net Impact, and Special Olympics. Troy received a B.S. in Business Administration from Birmingham-Southern College and he is an alumnus of the Center For Nonprofit Leadership at Georgetown University.
Sherry Lynn Fazio
Chief of Institutional Advancement
Sherry Lynn Fazio has been working in nonprofit fundraising, event planning and communications for the past 19 years in New York and New Jersey. Ms. Fazio currently owns and operates SG Strategy, a boutique consulting firm, where she works with clients on nonprofit infrastructure development, social media marketing, digital strategy, volunteer engagement, and event planning. Prior to consulting, Sherry spent eight years managing external affairs for a small nonprofit that grew by millions under her leadership. She has presented all over the country on using social media for nonprofits, volunteer management, event planning and other topics benefiting nonprofit organizations at local and national conferences. Ms. Fazio has her BA from Muhlenberg College and a Masters in Applied Social & Community Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Chief of Strategy & Innovation
Nurry has over 18 years of experience advising leading for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations shape and execute their organization’s growth strategies. His previous experience includes over eight years as a Managing Director and Partner of L.E.K. Consulting’s Life Sciences practice where he helped contribute to the firm’s global, U.S. and West Coast operations. Nurry’s expertise is in corporate strategy and development, portfolio optimization and planning, business development and transactions, commercialization, market access and operational scale-up with a focus on biopharma, medical device and integrated health technology companies. While at L.E.K., Nurry worked closely with C-suite executives, board members and investors at leading global healthcare and biopharmaceutical companies, emerging innovative start-ups and industry-shaping venture funds. His not-for-profit experience includes working closely with large medical research foundations including leading organizations in global health, Type 1 Diabetes and neurosciences. He is currently a co-founder and CEO of two start-up life science companies, and serves as a board observer and advisor to various private and not-for-profit organizations. Nurry has a B.A. in Finance from the University of Washington. Nurry is a food allergy dad and passionate advocate for food allergy patients and families.
Chief of Finance and Operations
Bart is an accomplished senior executive and board member with more than 30 years of success across the information technology, construction, publishing, and telecommunications industries. Leveraging extensive experience leading financial and operational functions, private debt and equity capital raising, and taking private companies through an initial public offering, he is a valued leader working with teams seeking growth, effectively communicating complex financial information, emphasizing the daily commitment to process improvement and unwavering pursuit of excellence. His broad areas of expertise include strategy, financial management and reporting, business process improvements, and executive leadership.
Throughout his executive career, Bart has held leadership positions with IBM, Aptara, Motient, ORBCOMM Global, 360Vision Software, and Mike’s Flooring Companies. He served on for-profit and not-for-profit Boards, and was a public officer at several private-sector companies. Bart received a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Senior Vice President of External Affairs
Steve Danon leads FARE’s advocacy, communications, and marketing initiatives working with opinion leaders, media, decision makers and strategic stakeholders on the food allergy epidemic. He oversees all external relations for FARE, across digital, social and traditional communication platforms. He will also strategically lead the advocacy efforts for engagement with Congress, the executive branch, regulatory agencies, state and local advocacy organizations and other groups important to achieving FARE’s goals. His work will further enable the organization to transform the future of food allergy through innovative campaigns and strategic partnerships.
Danon has more than two decades of strategic communications, public affairs and leadership experience, having held executive-level roles with large public affairs and communications firms providing strategic counsel to large corporate clients, government agencies, non-profits, trade associations, initiative campaigns, and political candidates. Danon has created public relations programs that had measurable results and impact on target audiences, attitudes and behavior to ensure their client’s success.
Danon joins FARE following his tenure at the National Restaurant Association where he served as their senior vice president of public affairs and communications sharing their stories and leading their efforts on the national, state and local levels. In addition, Danon served as a chief of staff to a member of Congress who was very engaged on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
A native of Southern California, Danon graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Communications.
Medical and Professional Advisors
Marion Groetch, MS, RDN
Marion is a dietitian/nutritionist and the Director of Nutrition Services at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. A senior advisor to FARE, Marion supports content, advocacy and strategic partnerships and serves as a subject matter expert across all programmatic areas. As a recognized authority on the dietary and nutritional management of food allergy, Marion is a frequent invited lecturer at major allergy and immunology national and international conferences, has contributed significantly to academic research, and has developed and chaired numerous online courses and multiday food allergy conferences with the goal of educating dietitians and other health care professionals in the management of food allergy. Marion also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the International Food Protein Induced Entercolitis Syndrome (I-FPIES) Association, is the Chair of the International Network for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy (INDANA), and plays an active role in both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the European Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology where for almost 15 years she has collaborated with other health care professionals and patient advocacy groups in her quest to improve the lives of families living with food allergy.
Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH
Medical Advisor, Policy, Education and Public Health
Dr. Ruchi Gupta is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Clinical Attending at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. She has more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified pediatrician and health researcher and currently serves as the director of the Science and Outcomes of Allergy & Asthma Research Program (SOAAR), where she is actively involved in clinical, epidemiological, and community-based research.
She is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the areas of food allergy and asthma epidemiology; specifically for her research on childhood food allergy prevalence. Dr. Gupta has also significantly contributed to academic research surrounding the economic impact of food allergy, pediatric management of food allergy and asthma, implementing community-based interventions in schools to improve outcomes, and improving the quality of life of children and their caregivers.
Dr. Gupta strives to improve the lives of children and their families through her research and hopes to continue finding answers and shaping policies surrounding pediatric food allergy and asthma.
Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD
Medical Advisor, Innovation
Dr. Kari Nadeau is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University and is an endowed professor under the Naddisy Family Foundation. Her work has been recognized with numerous grants and awards, and her research is part of a prestigious Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Nadeau has received honors and awards from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; the American Lung Association; the Clinical Immunological Society; Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE); and the NIH. She has also been recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Grant Award.
Dr. Nadeau received her MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in asthma and immunology at Stanford and University of California, San Francisco. She has been a faculty member at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford since 2006. She has authored or co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed manuscripts.
Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD
Medical Advisor, Research
Dr. Wayne Shreffler is the Director of the Food Allergy Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; Division Chief, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at MassGeneral Hospital of Children; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Associate Member of the Broad Institute - Food Allergy Science Initiative.
Dr. Shreffler received his MD and PhD degrees from New York University and his Pediatrics training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He joined Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in late 2009 to establish a new translational research and clinical care center focused on food allergy and he became Division Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology in 2011.
The food allergy program at Massachusetts General Hospital is an integrated research and multi-disciplinary clinical effort to advance the care for patients and better understand the pathogenic mechanisms of IgE-mediated hypersensiivity in the context of food allergy. The Shreffler laboratory focuses on the characterization of cellular and humoral immune response to dietary antigens and the mechanisms of allergen-induced Th2 sensitization and oral tolerance. Dr. Shreffler has authored more than 70 papers, maintained continuous NIH and other research funding since 2007, served on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and as reviewer for numerous journals and grant study sections / committees. He was elected a Fellow of the AAAAI in 2009.
Carina Venter, PhD, RD
Dr. Venter is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where she is conducting research in allergy prevention and working with children with a range of food allergies. A senior advisor to FARE, Marion supports content, advocacy and strategic partnerships and serves as a subject matter expert across all programmatic areas. She is the past chair of the International Network of Dietitians and Nutritionists in Allergy, and a member of the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (AAAAI), American College of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (ACAAI), European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI). She is a registered dietitian in the United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.
Brian Vickery, MD
Medical Advisor, Patient Experience
Brian Vickery is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University and the founding Director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. His clinical and research efforts focus on understanding the pathophysiology of food allergies and anaphylaxis, and developing new therapies to treat them.
Dr. Vickery completed his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia and obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and his fellowship training in allergy & clinical immunology at Yale University School of Medicine. He subsequently held faculty positions at Duke University School of Medicine and then the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, where he was an NIH-funded researcher and the Director of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative.
Dr. Vickery has published over 50 papers in leading journals and was most recently the lead author of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reporting results of a Phase 3 randomized clinical trial of peanut OIT, the largest of its kind. He also serves as a peer reviewer for high-impact allergy journals and grant agencies, as well as a journal section editor. He has presented his work at national and international meetings and has contributed to the development of national food allergy treatment guidelines.
Marketing, Communications and External Affairs
Director of Marketing
As FARE’s Director of Marketing, Jen drives brand initiatives and builds platforms to extend the FARE messaging to the food allergy community, corporations and supporters. Jen is a marketing professional with 18 years of agency and brand experience, focusing the majority of her career building iconic brands through strategic planning, advertising and partnerships. She came to FARE from WW (formerly Weight Watchers), a global wellness company and the world’s leading commercial weight management program where she served as the Director, Brand Strategy and Communications. Previously, Jen built campaigns in account management at various NY advertising agencies for brands across the portfolios of Johnson & Johnson, Proctor & Gamble and Campbells. Having grown up in Miami, FL, Jen stayed in the sun for college and received her BS in Advertising from the University of Florida. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two young children, Mackenzie and Scarlett. Her daughter is allergic to peas, lentils, peanuts and tree nuts.
National Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement
Marie joined FARE in 2015 and has held several different positions within the Education Department, most recently National Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement. Prior to joining FARE, Marie spent a decade at the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation, working in public affairs then organization management. She started her career as a print journalist then spent 10 years in public relations and marketing, with a focus on clients in the health care and education fields. Marie earned her undergraduate degree in English from the State University of New York at Oswego and holds a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Bay Path University. She lives in Connecticut and is the parent of a teenager with allergies to cashew, pistachio, Brazil nut, and sesame.
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