Celiac Disease Foundation Announces New Members to Board of Directors

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Celiac Disease Foundation Appoints Four New Members to Board of Directors

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Celiac Disease Foundation, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization for celiac disease, announces the appointment of four new members of its Board of Directors for the 2015-2017 term. Joining the Board of Director are Emily Luxford, Jody Morris, Jordan Ramer, and Jim Watson.

"We are pleased and honored that this respected group of professionals has agreed to provide us with leadership and direction as we serve our community nationally and worldwide,” says Marilyn G. Geller, Chief Executive Officer of Celiac Disease Foundation.

The newly elected Board Members are:

Emily Luxford, MS, RD, who provides individualized medical nutrition therapy at Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, California. Her practice includes evidence-based nutrition intervention for gastrointestinal disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, renal disease, bariatric surgery nutrition support, and disease prevention. Having been diagnosed with celiac disease as a teenager, Ms. Luxford has a unique perspective as both patient and health care provider.

Jody Morris, RN, MSN, APRN-BC, who has helped train and educate local teachers, counselors, and coaches about celiac disease, and has already played a significant role in fundraising for CDF by assisting her daughter in the establishment of Alex’s 5K RAGE (Race for Answers To Gluten Enteropathy). Ms. Morris has a Master’s degree in nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and is a board certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.

Jordan Ramer, who is an accomplished technology leader and entrepreneur, and has helped raise tens of millions of dollars in financing for growth companies in the Cleantech, sustainability, and energy sectors. Since 2010, Mr. Ramer has been Chief Executive Officer and Founder of EV Connect, a market-leading company which deploys and manages electric vehicle charge stations for government and enterprise customers across North America.

Jim Watson, who is the Chief Operating Officer of Park West Asset Management LLC, a hedge fund located in Larkspur, California, is responsible for all operational aspects of running Park West. His responsibilities include overseeing marketing, investor relations, accounting, human resources, audit, legal, tax, information technology, and office management. Mr. Watson has been the COO for two years.

“Our four new Directors bring talent, expertise, and passion to the Board, and we are grateful to have their support of the Foundation,” said Marc Riches, CDF’s Board Chair. “The full Board looks forward to working together to drive diagnosis and treatment of this woefully underdiagnosed genetic autoimmune disease.”

To view the full biographies of the Celiac Disease Foundation Board of Directors, click here.

About Celiac Disease Foundation

Celiac Disease Foundation drives diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease through advocacy, education, and advancing research to improve the quality of life for all people affected by gluten-related disorders. Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation established in 1990 to support the celiac disease community by funding important advocacy, education, and research initiatives. Today, under the guidance of a National Board of Directors and an internationally renowned Medical Advisory Board, the Foundation has grown to include a nationwide network of volunteers, a Chapters and Support Groups program, and full-time staff in Los Angeles, California. For more information about CDF, visit celiac.org or call (818)716-1513.

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