FARE is governed by a nine-member operating board known as the Board of Directors. FARE recently introduced two non-voting boards, the Board of Governors and the Board of National Ambassadors, to better position FARE to rapidly respond to the evolving landscape of food allergy and support the organization's growth.
Mary Weiser, Chair
Mary Weiser is the founder and emeritus fundraising chair for the University of Michigan’s Food Allergy Center. This $40 million fundraising initiative founded the Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center with its mission to improve the lives of food allergic individuals by conducting comprehensive research, providing excellent patient care and expanding education.
Mary held a number of fundraising positions within the state and federal political arena, having worked on Capitol Hill, for the governor of Michigan and numerous political campaigns. She also worked in the corporate sector for an integrated energy company, MCN Energy Group, Inc. as manager of their Political Action Committee.
Closer to home, she served as director of fundraising for the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, a 501(c)3, in an effort to end homelessness within her community. She currently serves as the Board Secretary and member of the Executive Committee for the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.
Milton Brown, MD, PhD
Dr. Milton Brown serves as Professor of Practice and Director for the Center for Drug Discovery for Rare and Underserved Diseases at George Mason University and as Fellow at the National Academy of Inventors (FNAI). Dr. Brown is a physician-scientist who has expertise in the design, synthesis and evaluation of new drugs and is one of only a handful of physician-scientists in the U.S. to hold a PhD in synthetic chemistry and an MD. Dr. Brown is a recipient of the 2015 Percy Julian Award by the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers for significant contributions in pure and/or applied research in science. He received a BS degree at Oakwood College, a PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MD at the University of Virginia.
David G. Bunning
David G. Bunning, founder and Chief Executive Officer of The TLP Group, LLC (TLP), is driven by the ultimate goal of developing effective treatments and a cure for life-threatening food allergies. Meeting regularly with leaders of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with members of Congress, Bunning and his family foundation have brought attention to the growing impact of food allergies and the need for increased federal funding for food allergy research and treatments. Bunning helped spearhead the inaugural FARE symposium at Harvard Medical School, now known as FARE’s annual Contains: Courage® Research Retreat. He has been an active Board of Directors member for FARE and for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Bunning was instrumental in the merger of Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative to create FARE. He has a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.
Leigh Feuerstein comes from a highly successful hedge fund and private equity career, specializing in tax, accounting, systems, fund structuring, deal structuring, asset raising and reconciliation projects. Most notably, under his six years as Partner and Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of Element Capital, a global macro hedge fund, net assets grew from $250 million to $4+ billion where he oversaw all non-trading aspects of the business including accounting, operations, legal, compliance and investor relations. Simultaneously, Leigh invested in, raised capital, and served on boards for various companies, mostly in consumer packaged goods (CPG) such as Sensible Portions Veggie Straws (Sold), Rickland Orchards Greek Yogurt Bars (Sold), Dippin’ Chips, Thinsters Cookies (Sold), and SkinnyPop (Sold). This became the driving force behind his transition into the food company operating space, forming Halen Brands as Co-Chief Executive Officer, a leading better-for-you CPG focused investment portfolio company currently holding interest in Only What You Need (plant-based protein product) and Real Food From the Ground UP (plant-based snack company). Leigh currently serves as a board member of several companies, most notably IMH Financial Corporation (a public company) and ParmCrisps.
Alan Hartman has been a senior partner at Centerview Partners, a leading independent investment bank, since joining the firm in 2009 as a co-founder of its healthcare practice. In his over 25 years of investment banking experience, he has advised on almost $1 trillion of transactions that have helped transform the healthcare sector, including representing many of the largest and most respected pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Alan joined Centerview after 16 years at Merrill Lynch, where he was head of Americas Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, he spent four years as a corporate attorney at Skadden Arps. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School.
Alan is on the boards of Weill Cornell Medicine, NY Chapter of The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Advisory Board of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research at Stanford University and The Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as being on the finance committee and co-head of the annual fund of Nantucket Cottage Hospital. Together with his wife and three children, he founded the Fund For New Leadership, a new philanthropic venture that provides early support to emerging social change leaders from cities and towns across the country.
Together with her husband David, Helen Jaffe is one of the founding members of the Food Allergy Initiative, one of FARE’s legacy organizations. Raising four children with severe food allergies, Helen created educational initiatives, school food allergy policies and advocacy efforts to support bills including requiring food manufacturers to make labels that identify allergens in easy-to-understand language. She also chaired efforts that led to passage of Connecticut’s stock epinephrine bill. The law – responding to the preventable 2012 death of a kindergarten student in Virginia – requires all schools to stock and deploy epinephrine auto-injectors to help any child experiencing an anaphylactic reaction. In 1997 the Jaffes established the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, the first medical research institute dedicated to food allergy research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, a Discovery Center of Distinction in the FARE Clinical Network. Along with her husband, Helen has received numerous honors for this work, including FARE’s Vision Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement.
As the mother of a severely food allergic child, and a member of FARE’s Board of Directors, Rebecca Lainovic has been a passionate advocate for the food allergy community for over 25 years. Together, Rebecca and her husband Sacha have funded research and clinical trials at institutions throughout the U.S., as well as helped build awareness and understanding of food allergies by giving interviews to the media and speaking at FARE’s Teen Summit. Rebecca formerly served on the Board of Trustees of her alma mater, Providence College, as well as the Board of Trustees of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, an independent girls’ school in New York City. She currently serves on the board of the Bedford Playhouse, a not-for-profit arts house cinema, cultural center, and community hub located in Bedford, New York.
Adam Miller is the founder and Co-Chairman of Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD). Under his leadership, Cornerstone became one of the largest cloud computing companies in the world. Today, Cornerstone products are used by more than 7,000 organizations worldwide, empowering more than 75 million people in 192 countries. As Chairman of Team Rubicon from 2013-2020, he helped the team grow the nonprofit from 500 to 120,000 volunteers and create America’s leading veterans service organization, which leverages the skills of military veterans to provide humanitarian aid globally. He helped deliver over $150 million of social impact and launched WorkforceReady, NonprofitReady and DisasterReady, which provide online training and resources to help people who help people. He led the merger of Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) and Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) to create FARE, and he helped build the UCLA Food Allergy Program.
Robert L. Rich
Robert Rich was an early innovator in the nascent field of online commerce. As a young entrepreneur in 1994, he founded USSearch.com, which brought the white pages to the internet and revolutionized the business of employment screening services. The company had a $170 million IPO in 1999. He went on to hold executive positions with leading technology companies, including as head of Dell.com and Dell's Inspiron and Dimension lines of business. He was President of direct marketing seller MacMall, and he ran e-commerce and marketing at technology solution provider PCM, Inc. He is currently Senior Vice President and General Manager of E-Commerce at Halen Brands, Inc. Rob holds an MBA from the University of Michigan Business School and a BA in Russian and Soviet Studies from Wesleyan University. Rob has had a life threatening allergy to peanuts since childhood. He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles, California.
The FARE Board of Governors is an exclusive board of elected members who are committed to advancing FARE’s mission. Board members will help steer FARE towards a sustainable future by providing sound and ethical guidance, research oversight and investment stewardship with a focus on making sure the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission.
David A. Crown, PhD, Co-Chair
David A. Crown is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute (PSI) in Tucson, Arizona. David’s professional interests include planetary geology, physical volcanology, remote sensing, and science education. His research focuses on understanding the geologic histories of the rocky planetary bodies in the solar system. He is the author of 13 geologic maps and more than 60 other scientific publications. He is a 1985 graduate of Brown University, with a B.S. degree in Geology-Physics/Mathematics, and received a Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University in 1991. He was formerly a National Research Council Research Associate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum (Chicago, IL), of the Advisory Council for the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (Brown University), and of the Board of Directors of Farmers Investment Company (Sahuarita, AZ).
Kim Hartman, Co-Chair
Kim Hartman is a serial entrepreneur whose latest venture is Mask Ready Designs. Mask Ready is a strap attachment that remains on any mask, worn around the neck so that you have it with you at all times. She is also the founder of KH Designs, an interior design firm in New York City. Prior to design, she held numerous corporate jobs including Macys and Trust Company of the West, as well as founding a start-up which designed and manufactured carriers for EpiPens. Kim is co-founder of Fund for New Leadership and is actively involved in several educational non-profits. She is on the board of Excellence Community Schools, a Charter Management Organization with a network of schools in the Bronx and Stamford, Ct. and Writopia Labs, a national writing program that provides workshops for young children and teens. In addition to her work with educational non-profits, she is also on the board of The UJA Federation New York, Temple Emanu-El, and Manhattan Women’s Committee for AIPAC and Thrive, a Jewish immersion for college students in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Kim graduated from Tufts University where she has served on the board of the Tufts Entrepreneur Center for the last decade. She holds an MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Kim lives in New York City with her husband, Alan. They have three children Katie, Max and Andy and two dogs Missy and Maverick.
Janet Atwater is the Executive Director for The Precision Institute, a national non-profit dedicated to assessing and training individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities to enable them to be employed in technology and business services positions. Janet has 30+ years of experience in Training and Development, and 25+ years in Non-profit Leadership and Management. She holds a BA from William & Mary and a MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
When her son, Bennett, was diagnosed with a severe peanut allergy, Janet became active within the FARE and food allergy communities, ultimately serving on the FARE board in several leadership positions.
Janet also serves on several boards at her alma mater, the College of William and Mary, utilizing her leadership and creativity. She is currently on the William & Mary Foundation board; was a member of the For the Bold campaign steering committee; and is a charter member and Chair of the Society of 1918, a giving society that inspires, encourages, and empowers William & Mary women. She has also served as the President of the William & Mary Alumni Association; and, in 2018 received the Alumni Medallion, the highest honor an alumnus can receive.
Denise A. Bunning
Denise A. Bunning is an educator, support group leader and advocate who actively works to improve the lives of children with or without food allergies. Denise co-founded MOCHA (Mothers of Children Having Allergies) – a support group for food allergy families. In 2010, she served on the committee organized by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health to author guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies. Denise also co-authored The Food Allergy Experience with Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She currently serves on FARE’s Board of Governors, the Founders’ Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and the Women’s Board of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.
Denise became involved in food allergy advocacy after her two sons were both diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies and related issues. Denise and her husband, Dave (Chairman of the FARE Board of Directors), reside in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
Hillary and Ben Carter
Hillary Carter was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and attended the University of Alabama where she earned an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism. She spent ten years living and working in New York City and held numerous roles in public relations and corporate communications for companies including Rubenstein Associates, DeVries Public Relations, Maloney & Fox, and MTV Networks. During this time, she earned a master’s degree in strategic communications from Columbia University.
Once their children were born (and diagnosed with multiple, life-threatening food allergies), Hillary focused her skillset on food allergy advocacy. Over the last six years, she has created strategic public relations plans and garnered dozens of media placements in her community as co-chair of multiple fundraising luncheons and walks for FARE. She has also provided the “voice of the patient” in media interviews with CNN.com, NPR.com, Greenwich Magazine, NBC-CT, and FOX-61. She served as the Communications Chair for Food Allergy Connecticut, a FARE-recognized support group, for two years, and as a former member of the Parent Advisory Board for DBV Pharmaceuticals. Hillary shares her food allergy parent tips and experiences on hillarytollecarter.com and @hillarytollecarter.
Ben is a partner and portfolio manager at Southpoint Capital, a hedge fund based in New York City. Southpoint Capital utilizes a long/short equity strategy and manages capital on behalf of pension funds, endowments, and other institutional and high net worth clients. Prior to his employment at Southpoint Capital, Ben worked for global private equity firms Clayton, Dubilier, & Rice and Apax Partners. Ben began his career in investment banking at Bank of America.
Ben graduated summa cum laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics. He serves on the Board of Directors for Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, as President of The OGC Charitable Foundation, and is a former trustee of the First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. Ben is passionate about investing in innovation in the life sciences and technology industries.
Ben and Hillary live in Riverside, CT, with their two boys.
Talia and Andrew Day
Honored at FARE’s 2018 New York Spring Luncheon for her work, Talia Day has been an active member of the FARE community through awareness initiatives, media interviews, fundraising efforts and, in conjunction with her family, establishing a prize to recognize outstanding research in the field of food allergy. In 2019, Talia testified in front of Congress in support of the FASTER Act, which would make food labeling laws safer for the millions of Americans living with food allergies.
Talia received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School. She has previously worked in consumer marketing and brand management for Time Inc., Conde Nast and Unilever. Talia currently serves as member of the Board of Directors for Lydia Security Monitoring Inc. and Chairs the Investment Committee.
Andrew Day is currently a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley for the Fixed Income Division. He received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Andrew earned an MBA from the Wharton School in 2007. He is a CFA charter holder. Andrew and Talia currently live in New York City with their children Leora, Zachary and Judah, all of whom carry epinephrine auto-injectors.
Rachel J. Gordon, MD, MPH
Rachel J. Gordon, MD MPH, is an infectious diseases physician and medical educator at Columbia University. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in the Division of Infectious Diseases with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Gordon is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She is also Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs at the Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons. She received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the P&S (Columbia University) Classes of 2016 and 2019 and is a member of the Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators.
John J. Hannan
In addition to his role on FARE’s Board of Governors, John J. Hannan is chairman of the Board of Directors of Apollo Investment Corporation, a public investment company. He has been on several public boards including Vail Resorts, Inc. and Goodman Global, Inc., in addition to serving as trustee for Brown University. John is also actively involved in charitable organizations. He received a BBA from Adelphi University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Julie and Paul Leff
Julie Abrams Leff graduated from Teachers College Columbia University in 1992 with an MA in the teaching of social studies and from Tufts University with a BA in history. She is co-chair of the Board of Directors of Facing History and Ourselves, a Massachusetts-based organization that seeks to create a more enlightened and informed citizenry by engaging students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism. She also serves on the Board of Directors at New York City Center. Julie has taught at the Hewitt School in New York City and in the public schools in Great Neck, New York.
Paul runs his family office, Warbasse67, out of New York City. Previously, Paul co-founded Perry Capital in 1988 and served as Chief Investment Officer. He retired from Perry Capital at the end of 2014. From 1986 to 1988, Paul was a principal and portfolio manager of Harvard Management Company. From 1984 to 1986, he was a trader and research analyst at Kayne, Anderson and Co., where he specialized in corporate reorganizations. Paul is a founding member of the Wisconsin Naming Partners, a University of Wisconsin Foundation board member and the co-chairman of the Wisconsin Eastern Alumni Scholarship Fund, an organization providing academic scholarships to minority, disadvantaged students from New York City. Paul has been an owner of the Oakland Raiders since 2007. He earned an MS in Finance in 1984, and a BBA in Finance and Economics in 1983 at the University of Wisconsin.
Donald R. Levin founded DRL Enterprises, Inc., in 1969. The Glenview-based company has holdings in many industries including tobacco processing, aircraft and medical equipment leasing, licensed sports product manufacturing and distribution, and motion picture production and distribution. Donald’s film company has made nearly 20 motion pictures distributed in the U.S. and overseas. His films have featured such stars as Emilio Estevez, Charlie Sheen, Sharon Stone, Rodney Dangerfield, and Chuck Norris.
Don founded the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League with Buddy Meyers and Grant Mulvey in January 1994 and has served as the team’s chairman of the board since the franchise’s inception.
He dedicates his time and energy to helping homeless dogs find forever homes through the Wolves Adopt-a-Dog Night one Saturday each month during the season. The Adopt-A-Dog program has found homes for 1,500 dogs in its first 18 seasons. In 2003, Levin purchased and donated the Animobile — a mobile adoption unit and a modern clinic staffed by Chicago Animal Care and Control veterinarians and adoption specialists.
Louise Matthews, MD
Louise Matthews, MD is a retired Obstetrician and Gynecologist and a current member of the Emeritus Staff at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois. She earned her BA from Dartmouth College and her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology with The Albert Einstein-Affiliated Hospitals in New York City. Louise and her husband, Tom Flickinger, are parents of a food-allergic teenage daughter who is supported by five dedicated label-reading siblings. Louise became involved with FARE as she supports their mission of health and hope for her daughter and the food allergy community.
Rob Nichols is the president and chief executive officer of the American Bankers Association (ABA), which represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $21 trillion banking industry.
Rob joined ABA in August 2015 following ten years at the helm of the Financial Services Forum, a non-partisan financial and economic policy organization. Before joining the Forum, Rob served in the George W. Bush administration as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Treasury Department, a position requiring confirmation by the United States Senate. In this role, he acted as chief spokesperson and head of the office of public liaison, serving as Treasury’s lead representative with the media, businesses, professional trade organizations, consumer groups and the public.
Rob is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He also is consistently ranked as one of Washington’s Top Lobbyists by The Hill and was described as one of the “new generation of trade group CEOs” by The Washington Post.
In 2020, Rob was elected to serve a two-year term as chairman of the International Banking Federation, whose members include the national banking trade associations representing every major financial center. As chairman,
Rob works with IBFed members to develop international consensus on critical issues, actively engaging with international standard setters and global supervisory bodies on issues that affect banks across borders and around the world.
Rob is also a Corporate Advisory Council member at the Children’s National Hospital and a graduate of The George Washington University.
Christine Olsen, MD
Dr. Olsen is a radiation oncologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School. She earned an MD and MS from the University of Alabama and completed a surgical internship and radiation oncology residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Olsen is Co-Founder and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Food Allergy Science Initiative at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (FASI), which brings together experts across disciplines to discover the underlying mechanisms of food allergies with the goal of unlocking the field and bringing new possibilities for diagnostics, prevention and treatment. Dr. Olsen became interested in food allergies after her son’s anaphylactic reaction to sesame at eight months of age. She worked with a group of parents to bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines to build a plan that led to the creation of FASI.
Cari and Michael J. Sacks
Michael J. Sacks is Chairman and CEO of GCM Grosvenor, a global alternative asset management firm headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, LA, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul.
Michael joined Grosvenor in 1990 and became its chief executive in 1994. Under Michael’s leadership, Grosvenor grew from its position as an early participant in a cottage industry to its current position as one of the largest and most diversified alternative asset management firms in the world. Michael’s prioritization on diversity and inclusion, along with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria as core values have established Grosvenor as a best in class firm both internally and externally. At present, Grosvenor has over $10 billion invested across diverse managers and in renewable energy, health, education, labor and affordable housing funds.
From 2011 to 2019, Michael served on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Economic Council and was vice-chairman of World Business Chicago, the city’s delegate economic development organization. Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Barack Obama Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Northwestern University and is Chairman of the Board of Luminary Media, LLC.
Cari Sacks is a civic and community leader. In 2010, she was appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as well as the Erikson Institute, a nationally recognized graduate school in early childhood development focused on improving the lives of young children and families.
Sara Trachte began her career in the financial services industry in 2000. Early in her career, Sara was a member of the fixed income client service team at Strong Capital Management. She also served as a Relationship Manager at Wells Capital Management focused on providing client service to the firm’s institutional fixed income clients. In 2014, she joined Isthmus Partners, LLC as the Director of Operations. Sara is responsible for managing the firm’s day-to-day operations including portfolio management systems, composite integrity, and marketing initiatives. She graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison having earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Sara received her master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.
This influential and prestigious group of corporate, foundation and civic leaders leverages their relationships on behalf of FARE to develop strategic relationships with key members of Congress, officials of the Administration, governors, legislators, mayors, business leaders, non-profit organizations, trade and medical associations, and think tank institutions. These strategic relationships will help FARE to establish critical public-private partnerships, elevate our thought leadership and ultimately raise the substantial funds and awareness necessary to enable us to meet mission-driven goals of safety and inclusion.
- Karin Teglia, Co-Chair
- Kimberley Yates, Co-Chair
- Jenny Andjelkovic
- Alisa Brodkowitz
- Jeffrey Burman
- Kaye W. Cole, PhD
- Tara and Josh Geise
- Andrew Gilman
- Antoinette and Michael Griffith
- Priscilla Hernandez
- Julie Karish
- Stacy Klein
- Sarah Krahenbuhl
- Michael Lade
- Sharon Lamberton, MS, RN
- Wende Fox Lawson
- Alison Marquiss
- Noreen Okarter
- Katie Rogers
- Melissa and Matt Rubel
- Debbie Spano
- Lori Stokes
- Julie Wilcox