Elise Bates President, Cofounder

Elise has twelve years of for-profit marketing and strategy consulting experience at Mainspring (now IBM), Digitas, and Monitor Company (now Deloitte). She spent the majority of her time with clients in the Retail Industry (Hallmark, Kraft Foods) and the Pharmaceutical/Medical Devices Industries (Boston Scientific, Merck, Pharmacia). After having her two children, Elise spent eight years on several local non-profit Boards, including President of the Fairfield Women’s Exchange. Further, she led the strategic planning process for Near & Far Aid as well as the Westport Library. Elise earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Greg Bates Board Member

Greg worked for the General Electric Company for sixteen years (1994-2010).  During his time at GE, Greg worked in Consumer Finance, Technology and Real Estate.  From 2002-2010, he was a Managing Director at GE Real Estate.  In 2011, Greg joined Building and Land Technology as their Investment Funds Manager to launch and manage BLT's real estate private equity funds. Greg earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 

Kim Hall Cofounder

Kim has fourteen years of sales and marketing experience both locally and globally. She worked for Ogilvy and Mather, Digitas, and Saatchi & Saatchi on leading brands including IBM, Federal Express and Verizon. Kim switched from agency side to managing roles in several internet companies including Mediaplex, Cybuy and Doubleclick. After having her two children, Kim worked as an Agent with Halstead Real Estate for seven years.  Kim earned a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College and attended the University of Business and Economics in Bejing China.

Tom Hall Board Member

Tom is a senior partner at Fabiani Cohen & Hall, LLP, a 35 attorney law firm specializing in construction litigation with offices in New York City and New Haven, CT, where he is actively involved in all aspects of firm management. Tom's practice involves supervising ongoing civil litigation, providing legal counsel and taking significant cases to trial for the firm's clients which include major real estate developers, regional and international contractors, local municipalities, public authorities and both domestic and UK based insurers. Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and is a cum laude graduate of  New York Law School.

Andy Goldberg Board Member

Andy has 19 years of marketing and advertising experience. He worked advertising agencies including Margetoes|Fertitta + Partners, BBH and Wieden+Kennedy. Currently Andy is the Chief Creative Officer at GE, responsible for overseeing the strategy, creative content, media and brand.  Andy graduated from Leigh University and currently lives in Weston, CT with his wife and two children. Andy has a child with multiple food allergies.

Ellen-Jane Moss Board Member

Ellen-Jane worked in the financial services industry for over 14 years, focusing her time on the credit markets where she originated, structured and syndicated leveraged loans across the U.S and Canada. She most recently worked at Brightwood Capital Advisors, LLC and previously at Goldman, Sachs & Co.  After her youngest child was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, she became very focused on food allergy management, treatment and ultimately prevention and eradication.  She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Leslie Noland Director of Marketing

Leslie Noland earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication from The University of Georgia. She worked for Lincoln Financial Advisors in Atlanta from 1993-1999. Leslie retired from her role as Vice President of the Employee Benefits Division to focus her energy on her family and community. She is an avid supporter of many local charities. She serves on the Friends of Pediatrics Board at Bridgeport Hospital and is a tireless supporter of the Bridgeport Rescue Mission , having recently founding the Thanks4Giving Fairfield volunteer team.   She also regularly donates her time to the Community Plates organization. She is a Past President of her children’s elementary school PTA. While her sons attended Fairfield Country Day School, Leslie served as Co-President of the Parents Association and was a Chairwoman of their Gala in 2014. She currently is a Trustee on the Board. In November of 2016, Leslie joined the non-profit End Allergies Together to head their marketing efforts.

Stacey Sturner Mid-West Head Director

Stacey Sturner brings nearly 20 years of communications and event planning experience to End Allergies Together. Most recently, she spearheaded the development department of Northern Illinois-based Clearbrook, a non-profit organization supporting children and adults who have intellectual disabilities with an annual fundraising budget of $3.5 million. When her youngest child was diagnosed with a food allergy, she turned her attention to advocacy and outreach by launching the popular Facebook support group, Food Allergy Treatment Talk. Through this, Stacey became passionate about food allergy research and the search for a cure. She earned a bachelor's degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Abbe Large Development

Abbe Large is a Senior Vice President of Lenox Advisors, and has been integrating wealth management services for her clients for over 20 years. Abbe specializes in a broad range of financial, estate and retirement as well as asset management planning. With her corporate clients, she helps structure strategic employee benefits as well as executive carve-out programs for key employees and senior management. Prior to joining Lenox, Abbe spent 11 years at Cowan Financial Group. She is also a graduate of Ohio University, where she received a BS in Journalism. Abbe has earned the Certified Long Term Care designation, reflective of the Long Term Care Insurance insights she provides.

Jackie Ourman Director of Partnerships and Outreach

Jackie was a Vice President, Human Resources Generalist in the Investment Banking and Fixed Income Divisions at Bank of America, Citigroup and also at State Farm Insurance for 7 years. After having children with life-threatening food allergies and celiac disease, and finding out she had celiac disease herself, Jackie attended the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC and began a food blog with recipes and resources for those living with similar issues. Upon graduating from the Culinary Management and Arts programs with honors, Jackie worked in the test kitchens at Bon Appétit Magazine and Epicurious. She is an editor at FeedFeed and Huffington Post and has contributed to various publications including Food & Wine. Jackie also continues to be the editor, content and social media manager for her blog, Celiac and Allergy Friendly Epicurean, a valued resource in the food allergy and celiac communities. Jackie is passionate about working towards finding a cure for life-threatening food allergies and has partnered with End Allergies Together nearly from its…

Dr. Louis M. Mendelson Medical Advisor

Dr. Mendelson is a board certified allergist and clinical immunologist. Dr. Mendelson is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and has hospital appointments at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and Hartford Hospital. Dr. Mendelson is in charge of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, is co-director of the Food Allergy Clinic at Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and serves as medical advisor to the local Food Allergy/Education Support Group. Dr. Mendelson received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Mendelson completed his pediatric residency at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York and his allergy and immunology fellowship at the University of California in San Diego. Dr. Mendelson's research and writing interest include penicillin allergy, food allergy, anaphylactic reactions, asthma, and vernal conjunctivitis. He is board certified in pediatrics and allergy and immunology. Dr. Mendelson is the past president…

Dr. Agnes Matczuk Medical Advisor

Dr. Agnes Matczuk is in clinical practice at Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology in various locations in Connecticut. Dr. Agnes (Agnieszka) Matczuk graduated from Karol Marcinkowski University School of Medicine, Poznan, Poland.  Dr. Matczuk completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and a Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Yale University School of Medicine. She remains on staff at Yale University School of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics.Dr. Matczuk was voted by peers to Connecticut Top Docs. Currently, Dr. Matczuk holds the following positions in addition to her FCAAIA practice: Attending Physician at Greenwich Hospital Attending Physician and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University/Yale New Haven Hospital Certifications: Diplomat, American Board of Allergy & Immunology Diplomat, American Board of Pediatrics

Dr. Henry Showell Advisor

Henry Showell worked at Pfizer Central Research in Groton, CT for 20 years (1981 - 2001) where his laboratory was involved in Arthritis and Allergy/Immunology drug discovery research programs. During that period Henry's lab contributed to the discovery of multiple novel compounds that entered clinical development. Henry was also a member of multidisciplinary clinical development teams that helped coordinate the advancement of compounds during early phases of clinical development. In his latter years at Pfizer, Henry was a founder member of the DrugPfinder Team at their Cambridge, MA facility. in this role Henry helped establish and manage multiple research collaborations between Pfizer Global Therapeutic Area Teams and academic laboratories in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Pfizer, Henry held an appointment (1970-1981) In the Department of Pathology at U.Conn Health Center (UCHC) in Farmington, CT. At UCHC Henry worked with Elmer Becker, a renowned Immunologist, where they made several seminal observations on mechanisms of leukocyte chemotaxis in inflammatory…

Dr. Anthony Porto Medical Advisor

Anthony is a board certified pediatrician and board certified pediatric gastroenterologist. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Clinical Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Yale University and Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology at Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, CT. He is also the medical director of the Yale Pediatric Celiac Program. He sees patients in Greenwich, Trumbull, and New Haven, CT. He has won numerous awards including the Norman J. Seigel Award at Yale University in 2015 for leadership and providing outstanding clinical care as well as Physician of the Year during his time at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. He has been named Castle Connolly Top Doctors since 2012. He is on the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Gastroenterology Advisory Board and writes web-based education materials as a member of the Public Education committee of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Anthony is interested in nutrition, especially in the care of children with difficulty gaining weight, feeding…