2018 Vision Award Nominees

The FARE Vision Awards recognize people and entities who work to make our vision a reality. Meet the 2018 nominees.

The FARE Vision Awards recognize individuals and entities who support FARE in its mission to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. 

The fifth annual FARE Vision Awards will be presented on November 4, 2018 at FARECon featuring Teen Summit in Washington DC. This year’s nominees are:

Award Categories:

Outstanding Business Award for Food Allergy Activism

Presented to a company that has made a positive impact in the lives of people with food allergies and supported the food allergy community through education, awareness, establishment of accommodation best practices, and/or advocacy efforts.

  • Allergic Traveler - The Allergic Traveler offers international dietary alert cards that help people managing food allergies and other dietary restrictions communicate their needs to waiters and chefs in virtually any language. Tarah Jakubiak, President of Allergic Traveler, is also active in the food allergy community, hosting educational and awareness events, providing mentorship to those with food allergies, and spreading awareness by joining regional events as a sponsor and speaker.

  • Spokin - Growing out of her own experience as a food allergy parent, Susie Hultquist created Spokin to be the resource she wished existed for food allergy families. Spokin is a website and mobile app built to help people across the world managing food allergies access the most useful and timely information available with just a few taps on their phone. Spokin is a resource to re-engage the already well established food allergy community while also encouraging newly diagnosed families to feel supported in every way. Spokin is the latest iteration of Susie's support for the food allergy community. A founding supporter of the Food Allergy Initiative in Chicago more than ten years ago, (FAI is one of FARE's legacy organziations), Susie and Spokin have been stalwart supporters of FARE and the many families FARE serves.


Outstanding Community Education Award

Presented to an individual or group of volunteers who have gone above and beyond to support FARE and its mission, and have been dedicated to impactful education and awareness endeavors on behalf of individuals living with food allergies.

  • Cleveland Clinic School Based Health Care Program (CCSBHC) - After a law allowing schools to stock epinephrine was passed in 2014, The Cleveland Clinic launched this vital, life-saving program to provide free epinephrine and training to schools. The CCSBHC provides schools with a minimum of two epinephrine auto-injectors per school, along with multiple refills. The program also trains school staff members to identify signs of anaphylaxis, to initiate a student’s emergency actions plan and to administer epinephrine.

  • Brett Fox - Brett has been a tireless advocate for the food allergy community for over 10 years. Not only does she lead the Northern Virginia Food Allergy Group, which boasts over 500 members, she also participates in FARE’s Outcomes Research Advisory Board (ORAB) representing the patient voice and shaping research initiatives. Brett was also a founding member of the Fairfax County Food Allergy Task Force, which rewrote the food allergy handbook for schools, and as president of her son’s PTA, she has created a food allergy awareness and inclusion campaign.

  • Edie Jarrell - As principal of the Cunningham Creek Elementary School, Edie didn’t sit idly by when a student with a peanut allergy was the victim of food allergy bullying and sitting alone at lunch in the peanut free zone. Not knowing how to help, Edie was open to new ideas and worked with the student’s mom to host a food allergy assembly for all students adopt a new lunch policy that allows students with food allergies to eat with their friends.

  • Lana Platin - Lana has been inspired to take on an active role in the food allergy community by her two young sons with multiple food allergies. She has dedicated her time to not only educating her own sons' schools and classrooms through Food Allergy Awareness Week and Teal Pumpkin events, but has been a mentor to other newly diagnosed families. She also raises awareness and funds through shopping events in New Jersey, running a team at FARE's Livingston walk and serving on the NY Luncheon Benefit Committee.

  • Sheila Prutsman - Since becoming a mother to a child with a food allergy, Sheila has strived to spread awareness and education. She has been involved with FARE for two years, and during that time has planned benefits to raise awareness, advocated for her neighborhood to get involved with the Teal Pumpkin Project, and has educated the schools in her community.

  • Julie Sane - As the creator and leader of No Nuts Moms Group of Dalton, GA, Julie has been advocating on behalf of the food allergy community for many years. In her efforts to educate both those with and without food allergies, Julie has organized a Kyle Dine concert for the community, provided allergy-friendly books to local libraries and schools, organizes safe play dates for children with food allergies and through her group offers a safe space for the food allergy community to share information and support.

  • Brenda Statzer - Brenda started participating in FARE walks in 2008, on behalf of her granddaughter who has a life threatening peanut and tree nut allergy. After she participated in her first walk, Brenda began volunteering on the walk committee and was instrumental in keeping the walk running year after year. She continues to focus on education awareness and fundraising, with the hope that one day people with food allergies will be taken more seriously, those without food allergies will be more aware and research will lead to a cure.

  • Virginia Winstead - Virginia is a school nurse on a mission to educate others and help protect those with food allergies. Though she has faced pushback in her school district, Virginia has not given up on educating others about managing food allergies in a school setting and being prepared to handle an allergic reaction.


Outstanding Advocacy Impact Award

Presented to an individual or group of advocates who, through significant public action, have impacted policymakers and legislative efforts to improve access and quality of life for the food allergy community.

  • Karen Underwood Harris - Karen is an unstoppable advocate for food allergy. She offers free training on anaphylaxis, allergen cross-contact, how to administer epinephrine and emergency response to any educational facility that wants it. In Georgia, she has worked with the Department of Health to require all food service establishments to receive food allergy training, which will make a tremendous impact on the community.

  • Jon Terry - After his sister tragically passed away from anaphylaxis, Jon established the Allergy Advocacy Association and became one of FARE’s most reliable volunteer leaders in statewide advocacy. He has lead work on stock epinephrine in schools, teacher training on epinephrine use, day care guidelines for food allergy management, and served as a co-sponsor of FARE’s food allergy awareness days for legislators in Albany. He and his organization are a key reason FARE has seen legislative victories in New York.


Teen Achievement Award

Presented to an outstanding youth volunteer whose dedicated service advances awareness of our cause.

  • Daytona Hodson-Daytona has been a go-to teen mentor and resource for FARE since he became a member of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group over four years ago. Daytona has dedicated countless hours to mentoring and befriending other teens with food allergies and helping to plan FARE’s Teen Summit so other teens with food allergies can have a memorable weekend. He has made media appearances to promote the Kansas City FARE Walk and the Teal Pumpkin Project, manages a food allergy awareness Instagram account, presents to his school staff about food allergies and has spent his lunch hours staffing a food allergy awareness table at his high school. In addition, he has presented to his local Board of Education, pushing them to adopt a food allergy policy that would help keep students safe and included.

  • Alex Kanfer - Alex is an amazing supporter for his younger brother with multiple food allergies and his local food allergy community. He’s been involved with FARE Tampa walks for many years, first as a participant and later serving on the walk committee. As his Bar Mitzvah project, Alex held a community awareness and education event for children and families living with food allergies. When he later joined a Youth in Government program, he drafted, presented and successfully passed a bill requiring epinephrine auto-injectors in Florida public schools. While not real legislation, making this his platform helped educated students across the state.

  • Katie Manuel-Katie has made an extraordinary effort to spread awareness and education about food allergies across the state of New York. In her three years engaging with FARE, she has volunteered at FARE walks and gotten a Food Allergy Awareness Week Proclamation from her local senator. She’s also used social media and the internet to spread awareness, even launching her own website preventthepen.weebly.com.

  • Adel Schneider-Adel has been a phenomenal advocate and the face of food allergies for many in Wisconsin. In the last five years, she has raised over $20,000 through her local FARE walk, has made over a dozen television appearances, has spoken to local classrooms and workplaces about food allergies and even represented FARE at a stock epinephrine bill signing with Governor Walker in 2015. She recently won a state competition, which will lead to a new media campaign bringing further awareness to food allergies.

  • Allison Wexler - 17-year-old Allison has multiple allergies, but she has used her experience to help others. She worked with a local food pantry to add an allergy-friendly section for children with food allergies, subsequently collecting and donating over 800 pounds of food. In addition to her work in her local community, Allison has been a dedicated volunteer and supporter of FARE. For her 16th birthday, she asked for donations to FARE in lieu of presents, has spent the last nine years participating in FARE walks and is a member of FARE’s Teen Advisory (TAG). As part of her work for TAG, Allison is working on a project to bring attention to the way the entertainment industry treats food allergies.


Health Professional Award for Volunteer Service

Presented to a healthcare provider or allied health professional who goes above and beyond in a volunteer service capacity to further the advancement of FARE's mission tenets of life, health, and hope for patients and caregivers.

  • Dr. Andrew Bird - Dr. Bird is truly generous with his time when it comes to food allergy causes. He has volunteered his time to help with a summer camp for kids, participated in an educational event about managing food allergies on college campuses and serves on FARE’s Outcomes Research Advisory Board (ORAB). As a part of ORAB, he has been a vital representative of the patient voice and an important part of the FARE community.

  • Dr. Genevive Falconi - After Governor Kasich signed a bill allowing schools to keep stock epinephrine on site in 2014, Dr. Falconi worked to create a new program to help schools implement the policy. In 2016, she helped launch the Cleveland Clinic Epinephrine Auto Injector Prescription and Training Program. Through this program she prescribes epinephrine and trains staff to identify anaphylaxis, enact an emergency action plan and administer epinephrine auto-injectors. Since the launch of this life-saving program, two children with no known allergies have been treated with epinephrine by staff Dr. Falconi trained. She is also this year's recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Medina Hospital Humanitarian of The Year for her dedicated time and effort to caring for patients who are unable to access and/or pay for health care services and her time to protecting the health and well-being of an under-served population.

  • Dr. Glen Nadel - He goes above and beyond his role as a physician with his support of his patients. Through his dedication and willingness to answer repeated phone calls and questions, he allowed one patient to have once in a lifetime international trips. The extra time he takes to educate patients and their families allows them to participate in activities they might otherwise avoid and fit in with their peers. His care and dedication truly improves the lives of his patients.

  • Daisy Tran, RN - Daisy Tran is well beloved by her patients, and for good reason. She has gone beyond her job duties as a nurse in the Food Allergy Program at Texas Children's Hospital. When her hospital sponsored the Houston FARE Walk, she fundraised to buy tattoos and props to make their booth special for the kids. She also frequently attends health fairs and visits schools through Houston to educate adults and kids about food allergies. Perhaps most importantly to her younger patients, she truly listens to them and incorporates their ideas into her efforts. When she heard from young patients that they wanted to attend a peanut allergy friendly baseball game and helped make it happen, even arriving early to set up and make sure things were as safe as possible. When she found out that a much-beloved food allergy-friendly camp at another medical center was being cancelled, she got to work trying to make a new one happen in 2019. Her extra efforts have raised awareness and helped her patients feel supported.