Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Elects Mary Weiser and Maria Acebal to Board of Directors


McLEAN, VA (March 19, 2013) – Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) announced today that Mary Weiser, Advocate and Fundraising Chair of the University of Michigan’s Food Allergy Center, and Maria Acebal, former CEO of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), have been elected as the newest members of its Board of Directors.

“We are pleased to welcome Mary and Maria to FARE’s Board of Directors. Mary has been a passionate advocate, raising millions on behalf of food allergy families. And Maria, having led one of our legacy organizations, brings a wealth of food allergy education experience,” said Todd J. Slotkin, Chairman of FARE’s Board of Directors. “Both will play a vital role in helping guide FARE’s future. Together, we are committed to helping FARE carry out its vision of making the world safe for the food allergy community.”

Weiser has held a number of positions in the state and federal political arena. In addition to her political experience, Weiser has diverse fundraising experience within the corporate and nonprofit settings. She and her husband have two children, both with multiple food allergies. 

“Like many of my fellow board members, I know firsthand what it’s like to have your child experience an anaphylactic reaction,” Weiser said. “I look forward to working with the board and the team at FARE on a national level and helping to improve the lives of families affected by food allergies.”
Acebal created the highly respected Safe@School program, designed to train educators about how to keep students with food allergies safe. Prior to serving as FAAN’s CEO, Maria was a litigator in Washington D.C. and later worked at the global consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Maria and her husband have three children, including a daughter with a peanut allergy.

“I am honored to take this next step and become a member of FARE’s Board of Directors, continuing the work that is so vital to families like ours who live with the risk of anaphylaxis,” Acebal said.

FARE’s board is comprised almost entirely of food allergy parents and grandparents. Half of FARE’s board members were previously members of the FAAN board and half were previously on the board of the Food Allergy Initiative. All have been working for years to advance FARE’s mission of ensuring the safety and inclusion of all individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure.


Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments. Our work is organized around three core tenets: LIFE – support the ability of individuals with food allergies to live safe, productive lives with the respect of others through our education and advocacy initiatives; HEALTH – enhance the healthcare access of individuals with food allergies to state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment; and HOPE – encourage and fund research in both industry and academia that promises new therapies to improve the allergic condition. For more information, please visit and find us on Twitter@FoodAllergy, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

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