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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.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Calgary Celiac Association Board of Directors. Please fill out the Board Application form and email to info@calgaryceliac.ca.

Board of Directors : Executive

Marcia Bruce, President

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 Cerato, Vice President

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, Secretary

Brooke Barrett, Treasurer

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.

Directors

Meg Furler, Director

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 Lees, Director


Jen Shrubsole, Director

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.

Kristen Stringer, Director


Marsha Hebert, Director


Office Staff

Joanne Godsman, Office Manager

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 Brown, Volunteer Bookkeeper

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.