John Lee is the website designer/programmer for AllergyHome. He is also a pediatric allergist. Since completing his allergy and immunology fellowship, he continues to see children with allergies and is involved in training current allergy/immunology fellows. He has conducted research in the field of immune deficiency syndromes studying the mechanisms of immune regulation. He also has an interest in treating eosinophilic esophagitis, an allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus.
Michael Pistiner, MD, MMSc is the content provider for AllergyHome. He is a pediatric allergist for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. He is the father of a child with food allergies and serves as a voluntary consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, School Health Services. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he is a member of the Council of School Health and the Section of Allergy & Immunology. He is also a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, where he is a member of the Adverse Reaction to Food Committee and Co-Chair of the Food Allergy Awareness in Eating Establishments Subcommittee.
He served on a team assembled to implement a law designed to increase food allergy awareness in Massachusetts eating establishments and is chair of the Medical Advisory Team for Kids with Food Allergies Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Pistiner serves on the boards of Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, Asthma & Allergy
Gina Mennett Lee, M. Ed. is a nationally recognized food allergy educator, advocate, and consultant who specializes in the management of food allergies in the school setting. She is widely known for her common sense, fact-based approach to food allergy management and education. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and B.S. degrees in both Elementary and Special Education. She is an experienced special education, elementary, and middle school teacher. She is the Founder and President of Food Allergy Education Network, and the Co-Founder and Director of the National Allergy & Anaphylaxis Council.
She has provided education, workshops, and/or consulting services to the food service industry, PTA leaders, school principals and administrators, BOE members, nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, preschool providers, daycare and home care providers, parents, and caretakers.
As a mother who witnessed her daughter’s near-fatal allergic reaction, she brings real world experience to the field of food allergies. Through her consulting firm, Mennett Lee, LLC, she helps families, schools, businesses, and organizations create safe and inclusive environments for those with food allergies. She shares news, information, and resources through her website, blog, facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Gina is honored to serve as a contributor to Allergy Home.
Grennan Sims is a registered dietitian and the Nutrition Education Coordinator for the Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, MO. Grennan has worked in school nutrition for 18 years, developing healthy school meals and teaching children ages 3-18 years about making healthy food choices. About 10 years ago, she was asked to speak at a Regional Head Start Program Conference about food allergies – a topic she was familiar with, but felt she lacked enough background to teach a class. She soon immersed herself in food allergy websites, webinars and literature. A year later, Grennan’s then 4-year-old daughter developed a severe food allergy. Food allergy management and education quickly became Grennan’s passion! “I’m on a mission,” she says, “a mission to protect the lives of the children we serve in school nutrition. Not just in my district, but across the country. I know what it’s like to worry about sending your child with a food allergy to school. My goal is to empower school nutrition professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively manage food allergies in school kitchens and cafeterias.”
Grennan serves on the Food Allergy Management & Education (FAME) national advisory board, where she is honored to share her unique perspective on the management of food allergies in school nutrition. She has presented at numerous local and state conferences and is excited to team up with Dr. Michael Pistiner and Kathleen McDarby, RN (FAME program manager) to offer a comprehensive 4-hour training workshop about food allergies at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference in July 2014.
What People Are Saying About AllergyHome
“I find the school.allergyhome.org
-Karen Rance DNP, RN, CPNP, AE-C
Founding Director and Former Chair: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Allergy and Asthma Special Interest Group
National Asthma Educators Certification Board, Board of Directors
For almost 30 years I have worked as a school physician and watched a steady increase in the number of children entering school with a diagnosis of life-threatening food anaphylaxis. In my role as chair of regional, state, and national school health committees and councils, it became clear that there is an ongoing need for education within families and schools alike to heighten awareness and to ensure that proper management is in place. I find schools.allergyhome.org to be an excellent resource for families and school personnel alike, including school health professionals by providing easy to understand training, and touching upon key issues and questions that arise when dealing with difficult situations. The site authors strive to allow children to function with the least restrictions possible in a safe and accessible school setting. Thank you, schools.allergyhome.org, for providing the balance we need to care for all children with life-threatening food allergies in a safe and sensible way.
-Cynthia DiLaura Devore, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician and School Physician,
Immediate Past Chair of American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health
Drs. Pistiner and Lee have worked very closely with the Massachusetts school nurses to develop an incredibly useful website with information for school nurses, school staff and parents. As a parent and allergist, Dr. Pistiner understands the importance of increasing the awareness about food allergies for all school staff. To this end he and his colleague, Dr. Lee, have developed useful information, including voice-over Power Point presentations regarding measures to prevent exposure to certain allergens and the appropriate response should an unforeseen exposure occur. Massachusetts school nurses frequently use the information as an adjunct to their teaching of school staff in preparation for the enrollment of a child with a life threatening allergy. Because of the allergist, parent and school nurse collaboration, this is an impressive, comprehensive and relevant school-focused website, which I highly recommend.
-Anne Sheetz, MPH, BSN, RN, CNAA
Former Director, Massachusetts DPH, School Health Services
Through my extensive experience, I’ve seen virtually every educational tool to help manage students with food allergy. However, I would rank the Allergyhome website at the very top. The training modules are practical, user-friendly, and contain just the right amount of information for all key school audiences, including parents, teachers, school nurses, and others. I strongly recommend the Allergyhome resources to any school seeking guidance on managing students with food allergy.
-Christopher Weiss, Director, Research and Dissemination
Global Food Protection Institute