The Calgary Celiac Association is run by a dedicated group of volunteers. The Board of Directors is elected by the membership of the Calgary Celiac Association at the Annual General Meeting and usually complete a term of at least 2 years.
Marcia joined the Board of the Calgary Celiac Association in November 2018 and is currently the President of the Calgary Chapter. Both her and her husband, along with a number of other family members, have celiac disease. She also volunteers with Alberta Health Services as a Patient Advisor on the Digestive Health Strategic Clinical Network where she strives to be a voice for patients with digestive issues. She is excited to continue her work with the Calgary Chapter and help others diagnosed with celiac disease or other gluten related disorders.
Lisa was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2008 and shortly thereafter 2 other family members were also diagnosed. She recently joined the board of directors as the Calgary Chapter vice president to promote research and development in supporting the community at large with Celiac Disease. Professionally, Lisa has worked with Alberta Health Services since 2006 providing clinical expertise and healthcare planning in the areas of chronic disease management, public health and health promotion. Lisa holds degrees in Kinesiology and Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Regina. She is also actively involved in working in exercise rehabilitation for those with chronic disease and her recent interests include the effects of exercise on gut health.
Kristi Puszkar joined the Calgary Chapter in 2021. She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2014, and heavily relied on the Celiac Association’s programs and education to help navigate the disease. She is very excited to work with the board, and support the Gluten Free and Gluten Intolerant Community! While not working, Kristi enjoys playing with her two children, adventuring in the mountains, and playing recreational sports.
Brooke Barrett, a born and raised Calgarian, joined the Calgary Chapter in 2020 after becoming interested in the programs and education provided by the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association since her own diagnosis with Celiac Disease. Brooke is a practicing lawyer who is eager to volunteer her time on the Calgary Chapter Board and is excited to meet more of the Celiac/Gluten free community.
Meg joined the board in November 2020 after her celiac and DH diagnosis the year before. She has a background in non-profit leadership and event management. Currently, she works in the museum industry as a Costume Designer. She looks forward to working with the board and supporting Calgary’s gluten-free community.
David joined the Board of the Calgary Celiac Association in 2021. After his oldest son’s Celiac Disease diagnosis in 2018, David and his family developed a great appreciation for the programs and information provided by the Calgary Celiac Association. It is this appreciation that prompted David to join the Board, with the goal of promoting greater awareness and support for the Celiac community. David brings with him nearly 20 years of real estate marketing and sales experience.
Jen joined the Calgary Chapter Board in the fall of 2020. She has been a registered dietitian for almost 20 years with Alberta Health Services with a focus on gut health. Jen was diagnosed with celiac disease about five years ago and her hope is to give back to the celiac community as a member of the Calgary Chapter Board and create a supportive community for anyone living with celiac disease.
When her youngest child was diagnosed with Celiac disease 5 years ago, Kristin was thankful for the support from the Calgary Celiac Association and their Celiac 101 session. Now, Kristin is thrilled to be joining the Board to help others learn about living well without gluten, and raising awareness in the wider community. When not at her administrative day job, you can find Kristin creating delicious gluten free meals, walking her dog, or spending time with her teens and husband.
Marsha Hebert is the Founder and Creative Director of Eat For Life By Marsha Inc. in Calgary. She has over 20 years of corporate experience in various industries and areas such as executive, human resources, and accounting. She is currently pursuing certification to become a Certified Nutritional Consultant (CNC). Marsha is a member of the Canadian Health Food Association, the Canadian Women in Food, and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
Marsha was diagnosed with Anemia at age 12, and suffered for many years with gluten and dairy intolerance. In her early 30’s she became aware of Celiac causes and symptoms. Since then, she has been on a gluten and dairy free diet which has shown tremendous improvement in her health. Her passion for helping others achieve success with their health has brought her to creating and sharing her gluten-free recipes and educating others on more ways to eat gluten-free without the guilt. She credits her daughter as her inspiration and commitment.
Joanne was hired as Office Manager (Newsletter Editor) at the end of December 2020. Joanne has been actively following the Calgary Celiac Association since her son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 8 years ago. Joanne is a gluten free baking enthusiast, an active volunteer in the community and will be the friendly voice you hear when you call the office.
Courtney joined the Calgary Celiac Association team in December 2020 as the Volunteer Bookkeeper. She was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 15 years ago and was very active in the association. She attended multiple Celiac Kids Camps, volunteered with the Stampede Breakfast and Kids Christmas Parties. Courtney is currently attending Mount Royal University and is excited to be gaining industry experience while working closely with others in the Calgary Celiac community.