Board of Directors

Wendie Trubow
Wendie Trubow MD
President

Wendie Trubow, MD, MBA, is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist with a focus on Functional Medicine and wellness, is the co-founder and president of Five Journeys. Five Journeys is a wellness practice founded on the belief that every person is meant to be healthy, vital and energetic until they are 100 years old.  Using Five Journeys’ unique approach of evaluating a patient’s physical, chemical, emotional, energetic and spiritual health, Dr. Trubow works with her patients to design a custom plan that is both effective and sustainable.  She believes that food and lifestyle are the core keys to health, and works hard to practice what she preaches.  When not at work, she can be found playing with her family, cooking, blogging, and doing martial arts.

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Sherryl Radbil
Sherryl Radbil
Clerk & Membership Chair

While our Membership Chair, Sherryl Radbil, does not have CD herself, her husband and three of their four children do, along with two aunts and several cousins. With support of The Healthy Villi and then NECO, Sherryl went from never having heard of CD, to transforming their home to a completely gluten free environment while adapting the family’s favorite recipes. Sherryl is passionate about supporting the gluten free community and loves interacting with our members. She has a bachelors degree in Computer and Information Science from UMass Amherst and is a software engineer supporting e-commerce websites. In her spare time she loves to play with her two grandchildren, read, hike, bike, kayak and combine all those while camping on Cape Cod.

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Mimi Brown
Mimi Brown
Appreciation Editor

Mimi Brown was diagnosed in 1980…lived on rice cakes, peanut butter and baked potatoes. Started meeting with 7 “CELIACS” in a kitchen. Here we are in 2017…great support in New England ,the stores have loads of GF Food. I enjoy being a part of the executive board…..we have come soooo far. Youngest child is CELIAC. Other carry gene.  Have travelled to many countries in the world.  Safely. It is very comfortable having this disease…Why? It is controlled by eating a healthy GF diet.   “No Meds. Besides a GF diet…..family and friends are my best support. Mimi Brown.    

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John Briggs
Treasurer

John Briggs is a retired investment professional who joined the National Celiac Association Board in 2017. John spent over 35 years in the investment business, 30 of which were with Salomon Brothers in sales and sales management. He recently served 7 years as the Treasurer and as a Governor of the Dedham Country and Polo Club. He is currently on the Board of the Phillips Pond Club where he lives and previously served on the Planning Board in Dover, Massachusetts. In addition to four children and five grandchildren his interests include golf, gardening, painting and current events. John is a graduate of Boston University and lives in South Natick, Massachusetts.

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Bruce Homstead
Bruce Homstead RD, LDN
Member-at-Large


Bruce Homstead is a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist and is a consultant to schools, nursing homes and hospitals. Bruce provides nutritional consulting to people who wish to maintain health and wellness and also works with individuals who experience health challenges and chronic illnesses. Bruce received his Masters of Science degree in Bio/Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and is currently working toward his PhD in Exercise Physiology at the University of Connecticut. With his wife and son, Bruce works at Homstead Health, a family business located in Easthampton. In operation for over 30 years, Homstead Health helps people to achieve and maintain wellness through sound nutritional counseling.

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Chuck Marble
Chuck Marble
Member-at-Large

Chuck Marble is an executive in the food industry with over 30 years of experience. He is currently President of Stavis Seafoods, Inc., providing a large selection of seafood products from around the World, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Chuck was previously CEO of Ian’s Natural Foods, LLC  where he was instrumental in pioneering Allergy Friendly/ Gluten Free products in the food industry. He currently serves on the Cornell University Food Science Advisory Council, as Incoming Chair, and Executive Board for National Celiac Association. Chuck holds an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, BS degree in Food Science from Cornell University, and AS degree in Animal Science. 

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Chris Mirick
Chris Mirick
Member-at-Large

Christopher Mirick brings nearly 20 years of legal experience to the NCA board.  Chris is currently the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Harvest Power, Inc., an organic sustainability and recycling company.  Previously, Chris was a partner with the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP for five years, and before that was a partner with the law firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, LLP.  His practice has focused on complex corporate transactions and restructurings, in a wide variety of industries including energy, telecommunications, hotel management, health care, retail goods, computer software, internet security, and biotechnology.  Chris received a B.A in Economics and History (summa cum laude) from Amherst College, and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Law School. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking and backpacking, particularly in Baxter State Park in Maine, and is working on perfecting a gluten-free home-brewed beer. Chris lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife and two children.

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Staff

Lee Graham
Lee Graham
Executive Director

Lee joined NCA in 1997, became its president in 2006, and its Executive Director in 2014. She was diagnosed with celiac disease as a baby (which she was told she “grew out of”) and re-diagnosed in 1995. She experienced over 40 years of  illness, fatigue, and struggles until finally, with a proper diagnosis, the gluten-free diet became a way of life.

Trained as an Experiential Facilitator, for many years she ran Values & Leadership Trainings and Group Dynamics Courses for non-profits around the country. She was the lead trainer for Communication & Conflict Management courses for inmates at both Framingham and Walpole State Prisons for seven years. She has been on the Board of Governors of the Dedham Country & Polo Club, and founded a day camp in 1992 which runs successfully to this day. Her experience lies with administration, company governance, consensus building, and conflict resolution. In her spare time she enjoys entertaining, playing tennis, walking, and reading. Her ultimate joy is being with her large and thoroughly delightful family.

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Kim Buckton
Kimberly Buckton
Managing Director

Kim Buckton is the managing director of NCA and has been involved at NECO since 2011. She enjoys working with Lee Graham and other Board Members, and spends her time improving the NCA website, writing the NCA News, a monthly e-newsletter, editing the Gluten-Free Nation magazine and organizing events. Kim was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2003, and enjoys helping others live a healthy gluten-free life. In her spare time, Kim keeps busy with her family. She has three children, one of whom has celiac disease, and all of whom play multiple sports.

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Nicola Harrington
Nicola Harrington
Gluten-Free Foodbank Director

Nicola runs The Gluten-Free Food Bank. It is a varied role, involving both working with stores and manufacturers to obtain donations, and then liaising with our partner food pantries to distribute supplies to individuals in need. Although she is not gluten-intolerant herself, Nicola’s son, brother, nephew, aunt and best friend from high school all have celiac disease. When her son was diagnosed Nicola was particularly shocked by the high price of gluten-free staples, and realized how hard it would be for financially insecure individuals to afford such products. It was this that lead her to work for The Gluten-Free Food Bank, first as a volunteer and now as Director.

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Carla Carter
Carla Carter
Chapter Liaison

Carla Carter is an occupational therapist who has worked with adults and geriatrics in various settings since 2002. She has a diverse medical background through her exposure to both standard and challenging medical diagnoses, as well as working with those afflicted with celiac disease in their late stage of diagnosis and life.

Personally, she is a wife and mom of two lovely children and has been diagnosed with celiac disease for over seventeen years and more recently, her five year old having been diagnosed at age two and a half. They live and breathe the gluten-free lifestyle daily, to say the least.

Since 2006, she has served the National Celiac Association (“The Healthy Villi” in those times), and has held various roles. For many years, she was the Program Chair and coordinated speakers for meetings, initiated and led the first Small-Group Meeting in Concord, MA and has always been a member of the Advisory Board, performing many other tasks as well as currently writes the Children’s Column for NCA’s “Gluten-Free Nation.” She looks forward to helping more!

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Melinda Dennis
Melinda Dennis
Senior Nutrition Consultant

Melinda Dennis, Senior Nutrition Consultant for NCA, is an expert celiac dietitian and and Nutrition Coordinator for the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 1990, she specializes in the nutritional treatment of patients with celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. Melinda lectures internationally and has written extensively on the nutritional management of celiac disease including the award-winning book Real Life with Celiac Disease. Melinda was the original founder of NCA in 1993 and so it is only fitting that she comes back to us in this capacity. We are truly honored to have her on our team.


Ashley Faghan
Social Media / Marketing

Ashley is a recent Stonehill College graduate who majored in marketing. She has always been interested in the natural foods industry and non-profit work. She enjoys spreading the word about NCA’s many education, advocacy and outreach programs. Ashley is passionate about helping those who rely on the gluten-free diet and looks forward to hearing from others across the nation. In her spare time she likes to read, attend farmers markets, and watch movies.

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Sue Baack
Sue Baack
Client Service Rep,
Recognition Seal Program

Sue Baack has lived in Seward, NE all of her life.  She has worked with the Celiac community for 14 years in the data processing department and phone support.   Even though she is not diagnosed with celiac, she has learned a lot about the issues people have when they are diagnosed with Celiac disease so have been able to answer questions and help them over the phone. Sue has 1 daughter who also lives in Seward and 3 beautiful grandchildren.   Best part is watching the grandchildren with sports and moving in and out of college dorms. 

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Roger VanOoyen
Roger VanOoyen
Financial Service Rep,
Recognition Seal

Raised in Wisconsin, worked in retail drug trade for 13 years opening Rexall drug stores in Chicago & in Early Discount chains, Married in 1970 to my wife Linda , have 3 sons and 1 grandson. Worked for the City of Seward for 28 years as a Planning, Zoning and Building Official. Retired in 2005 and went to work part time for Celiac Sprue Assc, Celiac Support , Duties included Corporation Filings, partial bookkeeping and Recognition Seal Program.

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