Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of MN (AFAA) 


Anaphylaxis & Food Allergy Association of MN (AFAA) 


Saturday September 27, 2014 at 8:00 AM CDT
Sunday September 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM CDT

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Wilder Foundation 
451 Lexington Parkway North
St. Paul, MN 55104

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Lunch provided by Chef Jacqueline Willams of Abundant Catering

   Jacqueline Williams, Chef


Food Allergy Conference & Expo 2014 

This conference is open to professionals and families interested in food allergies & related conditions.

6.0 Contact Hours available for teachers & nurses

1.0-4.0 Continuing Credits for foodservice professionals


Laurel Francoeur (Keynote Speaker) graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy.  She is a graduate of Suffolk Law School and has been a practicing lawyer since 1996.  She is a support group leader for the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and served on their board of directors.  She has worked as a Patient Advocate for AAFA & Education Project manager of Kids With Food Allergies Foundation.  She is co-owner of Greenlaurel Documents, an on-line allergy resource company specializing in customized food allergy plans.  She is author of two books: How to Advocate for Your Food Allergic Child and Flying with food Allergies: What You Need to Know.

Craig Hedberg is a professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the U of MN; he has received honors from the FDA, CDC, & MEHA for his work in Disease Surveillance, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness. 

William Hicks, M.D. practices at HealthEast Clinic in St. Paul.  His medical degree is from the University of Iowa and he did his residency at Michigan State University. He received his fellowship training in Allergy & Immunology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, and is the father of a food alergic child.

Lars Johnson has been a Certified Food Safety Instructor for 18 years, is a private consultant and owner of LAJ Consulting (doing business as FoodSafetyGuy), and founder of Touchpoint Restaurant Resource Pool.

Melanie Pitts is baker, cook, and recipe developer for people with food allergies and celiac disease, and operates the blog Hope's Kitchen.  She is a mother of food allergic children and a registered nurse.

Dr. Allan Stillerman, M.D. practices with Allergy & Asthma Specialists, P.A. in Minneapolis, Plymouth, & Maple Grove;   conducts research with the Clinical Research Institute; frequently lectures about atopic diseases; and is AFAA Medical Advisor & Board Member.


  • Food Allergy Basics
  • Recognition and Treatment of Anaphylaxis
  • School Accommodation Plans: Rights & Remedies
  • Flying With Food Allergies: What You Need To Know!
  • Oral Food Challenges
  • House of Worship Food Safety
  • Passing Health Inspections
  • Kitchen Allergen Management
  • Cooking With Dietary Restrictions
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Eating Away From Home (Roundtable)
  • Teens Talk About Food Allergies (Roundtable)
  • Eating Gluten-Free (Roundtable)


7:30-8:00 Registration and Exhibits

8:00-8:30 Breakfast Roundtables

8:30-8:40  Exhibits

8:40-8:45 Introduction & Welcome

8:45-9:30 Presentation

9:00-11:00 Food Safety:  House of Worship Volunteer Cook Training

9:30-10:15 Presentation

10:15-10:30 Exhibits & Cooking Demo

10:30-11:15 Presentation

11:00-12:00 Food Safety Recertification: Allergen Management

11:15-12:00 Presentation

12:00-12:15 Exhibits & Cooking Demo, Pick Up Lunch

12:15- 1:00 Lunch Presentation

1:00-1:15 Exhibits & Cooking Demo

1:00-2:00 Food Safety Recertification: How To Pass Your Health Inspection

1:15-2:00 Ask the Doctor Panel

2 P.M. Distribution of Certificates of Attendance.  FSM Recertification Forms given after each  completed session.