2019 Central PA Presenters

Jules Shepard, author, baking expert

Is That Really Gluten Free?  Why Safe Gluten Free Food Is Getting Harder to Find, and What You Can Do About It   + Bread Baking How-To, 12:30 pm, Keystone Rooms B-D

Jules Shepard didn’t set out to lead, inspire and advocate for the gluten-free community. But to anyone who knows her, it’s no surprise she does Since its introduction in 2008, Jules has sold well more than a million pounds of her unparalleled gluten free flour, first with her former company, Jules Gluten Free, and now exclusively through her current company, gfJules®. Her flour and baking mixes have won consumer choice awards year after year. Perhaps you’ve heard Jules speak, attended one of her cooking classes, read one of her three books or countless magazine articles, heard about her advocacy work promoting gluten free food labeling regulations, or were enthusiastically referred by friends whose lives have been transformed by her tireless efforts. Because Jules’ mission in life is to make your gluten free going safe, successful, delicious and even fun, her vision for her role in the gluten free community is crystal clear. Visit her website at www.gfjules.com for more information.

Allison Baragona, MD, Penn State Health Gastroenterology Department 

Celiac Disease as a Team Sport: The role of your medical team in a patient managed disease, 2:00 pm, Keystone Rooms B-D

Dr. Allison Baragona completed her undergraduate degree in biological sciences and liberal studies at the University of Delaware. She then completed her Medical Degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her internal medicine residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, followed by a year as Chief Resident in internal medicine at Penn State Health. She is currently in her third and final year of a gastroenterology fellowship at Penn State Health. She plans to practice general gastroenterology in eastern Pennsylvania, with a special focus on Celiac disease and patient education in this field.

Andrea Balzano Tucker, founder Baltimore Gluten Free

The 3 E’s of Gluten Free Advocating: How to make speaking up and educating easier to get what you need , 3:00 pm Keystone Rooms B-D

Andrea Balzano Tucker is a celiac disease advocate and founder of Baltimore Gluten Free, an online and in-person gluten-free community for Baltimore and beyond. She is host of the daily briefcast Gluten Free News, available on smart speakers like Alexa, Google Home and wherever podcasts can be heard.

As the parent of a child with celiac disease and gluten free herself, Andrea understands the challenges of living gluten free for medical reasons. As a health educator, she is passionate about connecting people to vetted information and resources to make those challenges easier.
She frequently works with the University of Maryland Celiac Center and leads two dynamic support groups. Cel-Kids is an activity-based support group for kids living with celiac disease and their families, and the Baltimore Gluten Free Meet Up Group, a social group for adults.

She loves to connect with the community. Find her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.