Meet Carlea Bauman
Carlea Bauman joined the FARE staff earlier this month as the Vice President of Education and Community Initiatives. Carlea has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and health advocacy and comes to us most recently from The Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education (GRACE), where she has served as Executive Director since 2013 leading their development, advocacy and educational programs. With her deep and diverse background in health education, advocacy and communications, Carlea will focus on advancing FARE’s critical education programs and leading FARE’s volunteer engagement efforts.
Learn more about Carlea in our Q&A!
Tell us about your background.
My background is heavily focused on health advocacy. I’ve worked on anti-tobacco campaigns, diabetes advocacy, cancer advocacy, and now food allergies. I studied political science at Florida State University and moved to Washington, DC, in 2005 to work for the late Florida Governor Lawton Chiles’s federal affairs office. Soon after, I returned to Florida to work on Governor Chiles’s brilliant anti-tobacco campaign that reduced teen smoking by an unprecedented 10 percent within a single year. But I think what truly drives my passion for health advocacy is that I lost my parents within 14 months of each other; my mother to diabetes and my dad to cancer.
What attracted you to Food Allergy Research & Education?
My daughter was a part of the marketing campaign for the Teal Pumpkin Project® in 2016 along with a friend of hers who has lived with multiple food allergies since she was a baby. There are so many wonderful things about the Teal Pumpkin Project that I admire. I love that it was thought up by a food allergy parent and that FARE saw the brilliance of it and took it to the national level. All of the health advocacy campaigns that have gone viral – Movember for men’s health, the ice bucket challenge, and even the AIDS Quilt – all started as local, grassroots initiatives that were nurtured into something bigger. So the fact that the Teal Pumpkin Project was an idea that came from the community and now teal pumpkins can be found in every Michaels craft store in the country is a perfect illustration of the power one person can have.
Where do you think educational efforts need to be focused?
Expanding the college program will be a big focus in 2018 so that teens and their parents can make informed choices about where they go after graduating from high school. We hope to see many more colleges and universities around the country commit to keeping their students with allergies safe. I also look forward to meeting with many of the support group leaders throughout the U.S., who are doing the heavy lifting within the communities, to better understand their needs and challenges.
How would you like to see the educational and community initiatives grow?
I would like to expand outreach to underserved communities and ensure that we are supporting those for whom English is a second language. FARE has a limited number of educational materials that are translated into other languages, and we know that there is a need for these resources; I’d like to increase those numbers. And though it’s clear that school and restaurant food allergy management has improved over the last decade, we still have a ways to go in educating both school and restaurant staff at all levels.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I love to scuba dive and my newest favorite thing is geocaching with my kids. (I gave you two facts. I’m a rebel like that.)
Do you have a question for Carlea? Email her at CBauman@foodallergy.org.