About Our Celiac and Gluten-Free Experts

Coral BarajasCoral Barajas

An award-winning author, creator of @glutenfreewithcoral, and host of the No. 1 gluten-free podcast, Gluten Free You and Me, Coral Barajas provides hope, inspiration, and resources. Through her advocacy, she has created a safe and uplifting community for all gluten-free warriors. 


Lisa Cantkier

A lifelong celiac, Lisa Cantkier is an educator, college instructor, coach, and writer specializing in nutrition and health. She is the coauthor of the celiac- and diabetes-friendly cookbook, “The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution.” Follow her on social media at @LisaCantkier and contact her by email at [email protected]


Laura Hahn headshotLaura Hahn Carroll

After winning NBC’s Next Local TV Chef competition in Spring of 2012, Laura embarked on a newfound passion and career of helping people through food. Currently she is a senior associate at FreshDirect, managing corporate grocery sales in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania, in addition to being a director at Camp Celiac in Rhode Island.



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Susan Cohen headshotSusan Cohen

Susan Cohen is a freelance writer based in New York City. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her M.A. from Hofstra University. Susan was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2000 and is a proponent of celiac disease awareness and education. 



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Richard Coppedge

Richard Coppedge is a professor of baking and pastry arts at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Chef Coppedge currently teaches Advanced Baking Principles to students pursuing their bachelor’s and associate degrees from the CIA. During his tenure at the CIA, he has also taught various bread baking courses. Chef Coppedge is the author of Baking for Special Diets (John Wiley & Sons, 2016) and Gluten-Free Baking with The Culinary Institute of America (Adams Media, 2008). Prior to joining the college’s faculty in 1992, Chef Coppedge held positions in such prestigious properties as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Walt Disney World.

Jennifer Harris

Jennifer D. Harris, based in Atlanta, has been serving as our News Editor since 2017. After she was diagnosed in 1997 with celiac disease, Jennifer began a mission to educate businesses and consumers on the boundless possibilities of living a gluten-free lifestyle. In addition to offering keen insights on gluten-free products, Jennifer founded the Gluten-Free Go-To Guide to equip businesses with the skills they need to extend their dining selections to the gluten-free consumer. With a background as a buyer in the Natural Products Industry, Jennifer is always looking for innovative products with a story to tell.


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Amy Keller, MS, RDN, LD

Amy is the Chief Clinical Dietitian at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine, Ohio, and has been a celiac support group leader since 2010. She is also a past chair of the Dietitians in Gluten Intolerance Disorders practice group for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Academic publications

Thompson, T., Keller, A., & Lyons, T. B. When foods contain both a gluten-free claim and an allergen advisory statement for wheat: Should consumers be concerned? European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2018 Jul;72(7):931-935

Jones, Amy L. “The Gluten-Free Diet: Fad Or Necessity?” Diabetes Spectrum 30.2 (2017): 118-123

Thompson T, Lyons TB, Jones A. Allergen advisory statements for wheat: Do they help US consumers with celiac disease make safe food choices? European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2016;70(12):1341–1347.

Kristen Oliveri

Kristen is a New York native who received her BA in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. She is a lover of ballroom dancing, traveling the world and cooking at home. She has worked as a freelance travel, food, wine, entertainment, finance and nutrition writer throughout her career.


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Susan Ojanen, INHC, CIC

Susan is a freelance food and travel writer, and a Certified Integrative Nutrition and Intrinsic Health Coach in private practice with Small Steps Wellness, Inc. She educates and supports clients in building healthy new habits for maintainable lifestyle changes. Susan also enjoys teaching cooking and exercise classes for the Employee Wellness Program at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, and is affiliated with Healing Hands Health Center in Bristol, Tennessee. She loves developing recipes and leading small group tours which nourish body, mind, and soul. Susan is a member of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance and the International Association of Health Coaches. 

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Steven Plogsted

Steve is currently a clinical pharmacist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Cincinnati and specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Steve became involved in the issue of medications and celiac disease since 1995. He has written numerous articles and presented at the local, state, national and even international levels. He manages a website that provides information free to the public regarding gluten in medications. Steve maintains an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy in Ada, Ohio.

Angela Sackett, BA

Angela is a writer, recipe developer, speaker and photographer. She is the voice behind EverydayWelcome.com, a lifestyle, recipe and devotional blog; author of several e-books on food and hospitality; and the owner/lead photographer of Legacy Seven Studios. As a home-educating mom of five, she’s also raising the next generation of foodies, teaching them to navigate the kitchen with strong skills and an experienced palate. She’s passionate about creating good food to nourish heart and soul.



Anna Sonnenberg, MA

Anna is a travel writer and a frequent gluten-free traveler with almost a decade of experience dining gluten free around the globe. She manages Sonnenberg Media, a digital agency that develops creative content and marketing strategies for natural and specialty food brands, and runs Gluten-Free Jet Set, a gluten-free travel resource. Anna published New York City: The Gluten-Free Guide in 2015.

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Van Waffle, BSc

Van is a freelance journalist, naturalist and photographer based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, specializing in food, medicine and environmental writing. He is a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.


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David Yeskel

Travel journalist David Yeskel, aka The Cruise Guru and The Vegas Guru®, has written extensively about the cruise industry and Las Vegas tourism for over 25 years. He has covered both beats for travel trades Travel Weekly, TravelAge West, Travel Agent and Tours.com, while providing informed analysis to travel industry professionals who depend on his discerning reviews of cruise ships and Las Vegas resorts, restaurants and shows. He has also served as an expert source for radio, TV and print stories over the years, while using his food-and-beverage background to report on his favorite topic: cuisine.