Meet The Team

Lauren

My name is Lauren and I am part of FARE's (Food Allergy Research and Education) teen TAG team. This is one of our projects and I am the leader of it. I am 15 years old and allergic to dairy, egg, and kiwi. I am part of my school's volunteering club and it is my favorite thing to do. I hope to someday be in a career in which I help others in some way. Having food allergies is definitely difficult, but they have made me who I am today. They have taught me so much and I have made a lot of friends with food allergies too. I love being a part of the TAG team because it helps me meet more!

Andrea

Hi! My name is Andrea and I am 20 years old. I am a junior studying public health at Johns Hopkins and recently studied abroad at King's College London. I am originally from New Hampshire. My allergies include dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, kiwi, cumin, and seeds (sesame, chia, and poppy). I really enjoy cooking and baking, including making my own recipes and experimenting with different ingredients. My other hobbies include painting, reading, and spending time with my dog. My brother Adam is 18 years old and is allergic to dairy and eggs.

Lila

Hi! My name is Lila and I am 14 years old. I am currently in 8th grade at an all-girls Catholic school. I am allergic to dairy and my older brother Nathan is allergic to dairy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, beef, and mustard. I love being a part of the FARE tag team and I hope that I will be able to help lots of people in my lifetime and right now. My hobbies include dancing, art, volleyball, and hanging out with my family and friends (including my two Shih Tzu puppies, Fluffy and Fuzzworth). I also love to cook and bake! One day I hope to have a career that helps/works with people and animals, as I love making new friends and helping those in need.

Rylee

Hi! My name is Rylee Christian and I’m 16 years old. I'm a sophomore near Sacramento California. I was diagnosed with food allergies when I was born, and I’m currently allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. I have always loved cooking and baking since I was young, it gave me a connection to my friends without food allergies that I was longing for. Birthday parties and sleepovers were always so hard when I was younger, and having the same safe food made me feel included. Which is why I have a love for food and recipes!      

Maddie

Madeleine (Maddie) Waldie is an 18-year-old high school senior from Sunnyvale, CA. She is a member of FARE’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG), a Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, and lead programmer and drive team member on her school's FRC robotics team. Maddie has worked as a High School Embedded Software Intern at NVIDIA, and as a Math Department Intern at her high school. She loves participating in community outreach that empowers girls to pursue STEM careers and has helped to mentor an FLL team. As an infant, Maddie was diagnosed with a milk allergy. At age three, she was diagnosed with oral allergy syndrome, and allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and tomatoes. During her journey, she has successfully completed milk desensitization and has seen positive improvements from Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT) for her environmental allergies. After multiple life-threatening reactions during her Junior year in high school, she started oral immunotherapy (OIT) in combination with Xolair, which has been a life-changing experience. Next year, as a student at Santa Clara University, Maddie hopes to be an advocate for herself and others, educating about the challenges of living with food allergies, being a change maker in her community, and helping the food allergic to find their voice.

Teresa

My name is Teresa Hooker. I am from Connecticut. I do not have food allergies, but my brother has a severe peanut and tree nut allergy. In my free time, I like to play the flute and tennis, sing, and spend time with my friends and family!

Cadence

Hi! My name is Cadence and I am a 17-year-old junior who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. I am so excited to have a platform to help others with food allergies! I am allergic to eggs and nuts, and I also avoid sunflower seeds, peas, and coconut. Aside from my allergies, I love to dance and choreograph, cook delicious egg and nut-free food, play field hockey, and am the head of my school’s feminism club! My favorite subjects in school are math and science, and I hope to possibly pursue a career in the medical realm one day. 

Lindsay

My name is Lindsay Lopez and I’m 16 years old. I’m from North Carolina and am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and mustard, and have been since age 1. I also have had binge eating disorder since age 15. I have always had a huge love of food, despite many challenges, and believe that everyone should have the same opportunities to try the same things. Over the years, I’ve tried foods that normally contain all the things I’m allergic to, but with substitute ingredients, and I hope that with these recipes many people who also have allergies will be able to as well! Besides eating of course, in my free time, I enjoy playing volleyball and piano, and my main passion is psychology, which I hope to continue after high school.

Sara

My name is Sara Hantgan and I am a 17-year old junior from Westchester, New York. I have a severe anaphylactic allergy to dairy, sesame, and mustard, however, I am also allergic to tree nuts, avocado, and banana. I am a competitive cheerleader and take part in a science research program at my school, where I’m also researching food allergies. Aside from school and sports, I love spending time with my friends, and cooking and baking new recipes with allergen-friendly alternatives. I am really excited to contribute to the food allergy community and share my recipes!

Jacqueline

Hi, my name is Jacqueline See-Tho. I am 14 years old and a rising sophomore in Palo Alto, California. I am Filipino, Malaysian-Chinese, and German. I have lived with food allergies to eggs, milk, and all nuts my entire life. Growing up in an area that is booming with research regarding allergies has made me very lucky. About three years ago, I was fortunate enough to become part of a clinical trial, a multi-food OIT program that used Xolair. I did this with my older brother who also has severe food allergies. As I continue to undergo treatment, my food world has opened up and I now feel more comfortable with the food that I encounter. I love to cook, bake, and test new recipes. Learning how to make good food with allergies is essential, and I know some tips and tricks that I’m excited to share with everyone. Some of my other passions include traveling, dance (I do ballet and contemporary), singing (I’m in my school choir), and acting. In my free time, I like to listen to music, play with my dog (he’s a Goldendoodle), read, and write. This is my first year being on FARE’s Teen Advisory Group, and I’m really excited to be working alongside so many supportive, dedicated, and hardworking individuals. I hope to provide some helpful resources as you experience life with allergies! I’m looking forward to being a part of this special community!

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Camden

My name is Camden McIntire. I was born and raised in San Diego. I am 17 and a junior. I’ve had food allergies since I was born and am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs. 

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Clare

Clare Kirchner is a high school senior in St. Paul, MN. She loves writing, taking pictures, being active outside, and making people laugh! Clare was diagnosed with anaphylaxis to dairy, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts as an infant. Clare is so grateful to the food allergy community for being an outlet where she can share her feelings and experiences with others who understand life with food allergies and wants everyone (especially teens) with food allergies to know that their best advocates when it comes to food and life are themselves. 

Hello! My name is Maria and I am 15 and live in Florida. I’m allergic to peanuts, tree nuts (except almonds), sesame, and some legumes and fish. In my free time I love baking and playing volleyball. 

Catherine Walker is an 11th grader at Western Reserve Academy from Hudson, Ohio. This is her second year being a member of TAG. Catherine has been allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and quinoa for her whole life and has advocated for food allergy awareness for many years. She has published her own allergy-friendly cookbook called: Cook It Up! Delicious Recipes for Healthy Cooking. She plays varsity tennis and also participates in her school’s acapella group. Despite having food allergies, Catherine tries to move past them and not let them define her life.

Ariel

Hi!! My name is Ariel Burman. I am a junior in High School and I live in New Jersey. I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame and mustard. In my free time I love spending time with my friends and playing tennis. A fun fact about me is that I am an identical twin!

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Beatrix

Hi! My name is Beatrix Williams. I am 14 years old and I am in 8th grade. I live in Redlands, California. I have been allergic to dairy, peanuts, and tree-nuts since I was a baby. Some hobbies I like to do are singing, dancing, and drawing. A fun fact about me is that I have been to the Galapagos Islands and to the equator.

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Amanda

Hi, my name is Amanda! I’m 18 years old and from California. I’m allergic to dairy, eggs, nuts, most fish, and shellfish. I love to travel, and I hope to live abroad one day.

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My name is Ramsey! I am 16 years old and I live in Florida. My allergies are peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, shellfish, most fish, lentils, legumes, soy protein, sesame, and mustard (top 8 minus gluten plus a few others). One fact about me is that I am a competitive math and programming student who participates in national competitions and olympiads like the AMC for math and the ACSL for programming.

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Hi, my name is Serina! I’m 16 and from Houston, Texas. My allergies are to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, chickpeas, and lentils. I love to bake, dance, travel, and spend time with friends.

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Kaia

Hello! My name is Kaia. I live in Nevada and I’m allergic to dairy, peanuts, and treenuts. I love to play the violin!

Hi, I'm Gina. I am a college student and I am allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and seeds. 

Adriana

My name is Adriana Maiotti. I am 15 years old and live in Florida. I am allergic to nuts, peanuts, fish, sesame, and some legumes. For fun, I like to garden and spend time outside. 

Gloria

Hello! My name is Gloria, and I live in Illinois. I am allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, and sunflower seeds. In my free time, I love dancing, reading, and nature photography.

Fahran

Hi! My name is Fahran Bajaj, and I’m from Massachusetts. I’m allergic to gluten, peanuts, tree nuts (except almonds), green peas, chickpeas, lentils, and sesame. Some fun facts about me are that I play tennis at my school and I taught myself how to juggle.

Madison

Hey everyone! I’m Madison Moore, I am 16 years old and a Sophomore in High School and live in North Texas. I am allergic to Eggs, all Tree-nuts, Peanuts and some Legumes. I love to bake, read and hang out with friends! 

Rachel

Hi! My name’s Rachel Blum and I am a junior in high school. I live in Chicago, Illinois, and I am allergic to tree nuts and peanuts. For fun I love playing tennis and field hockey! 

Abby

Hi! My name is Abby Rice, and I am an 18-year-old high school senior from Buffalo, New York. I have been allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, beef, pork, peas, beans, garlic, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, bananas, shellfish, and some pitted fruits since I was a baby. This is my first year being a TAG member, and I am so excited to become more involved in food allergy advocacy and start sharing my experiences with the food allergy community! I love dancing, singing, and musical theater, and I am involved in my school’s Serve Club and National Honor Society. In addition to allergy awareness, I'm very passionate about eating disorder advocacy as well. I will be attending college in the fall of 2021, and as of right now, I am interested in potentially studying political science, psychology, and/or journalism!