PHILLY GLUTEN FREE EXPO SPEAKERS

Melinda Arcara, author

3 Steps to Gluten Free Living, 1:45 pm, rear of Hall C

Melinda Arcara , also known as the Gluten-Free Bebe, is a writer who helps people become gluten-free. Through her website, book (3 Steps to Gluten-Free Living), blog, and teaching programs, she helps the newly diagnosed find their way in the gluten-free world. Follow her Instagram handle @glutenfreebebe.
Claire Baker, Director of Communications, Beyond Celiac

I’m Not a Party Pooper…You Are! A Lighthearted Look at the Hard Work of Living Gluten-Free, 11:30 am, rear of Hall C

Claire joined the Beyond Celiac staff as Director of Communications in July 2014 with 20 years of non-profit management experience in Philadelphia, including leadership roles at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, WHYY, the William Way LGBT Community Center and MANNA (Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance). Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010 after 25 years of unexplained symptoms, Claire combines her career interests with her passion for promoting health and well-being and improving the lives of others who need to live gluten-free. Claire and the Beyond Celiac communications team create rich and varied content for the extensive website, social media channels and printed materials. Claire and her wife Jenn Raison are the moms of two teenage sons and two miniature schnauzers. In her free time, Claire repairs and re-homes old bicycles and plays the mandolin.
Learn more about Beyond Celiac at BeyondCeliac.org.
Michael Savett,

Beer For Everyone: A Guide to Gluten-Free Beer and Celiac Safe Alcohol Options, 12:30 pm

Michael Savett is the publisher of the award-winning Gluten Free Philly blog. The father of a teenage boy with Celiac Disease, Michael started Gluten Free Philly 10 years ago with the mission of creating and maintaining a comprehensive reference for gluten-free-friendly restaurants, bakeries, stores and events in the Delaware Valley. He also shares features on items of interest to local and national readers at the blog and on his social media channels. His Gluten Free Philly mobile app lists more than 1,700 gluten-free-friendly businesses in southeastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and all of Delaware.

When he’s not writing about gluten-free food, Michael is writing legal briefs as an attorney practicing insurance law in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. He is also a member of the Business Advisory Council of Beyond Celiac and serves as a contributing writer at Gluten-Free Living magazine.
Doug Foster, Founder, Auroch’s Brewing Co.
Doug, a Pittsburgh native, was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1991 at age 6. His passion is brewing great tasting naturally gluten-free craft beer for everyone to enjoy. The Auroch’s brewery and tap room is in Emsworth, PA (Pittsburgh) but their beers are available in the Philadelphia area. Doug has spoken about gluten-free beer at events including the 2019 Craft Beer Conference.
Arunjot Singh, MD, MPH, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Unlocking the Mystery of Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity, 2:45 pm, rear of Hall C

Dr. Arunjot Singh is a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Director of the CHOP Center for Celiac Disease. In addition to his medical doctorate, he obtained a Masters in Public Health from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and completed his fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Singh is part of the gastroenterology division at CHOP, which includes over fifty physicians covering Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey with dedicated multidisciplinary celiac disease clinics for children in King of Prussia and Philadelphia.

A strong advocate for children with gluten-related disorders and their families, Dr. Singh is actively researching the pathogenesis of celiac disease to help advance new scientific treatment against cross-contamination and disease development.