Meet Rachel: NFCA Intern & Aspiring Do-Gooder

June 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm 1 comment

[NFCA is lucky to have 3 interns helping the cause this summer. You already met Emily, our Gluten-Free Industry Initiatives intern. Now meet Rachel, our Communications intern.]

I became especially interested in the gluten-free diet and lifestyle as a result of two events: my uncle was diagnosed with celiac disease, and my brother’s girlfriend interned at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) while she was in high school a few years ago.


At the NFCA office

While growing up, it was tough watching my uncle struggle with meal choices when dining out or get distressed while grocery shopping with my aunt. I was aware of a few glutening incidents he had while we were all out together in Las Vegas, where he resides. I decided that I wanted to help make others’ lives better by getting information out to people who might not be aware of celiac disease, who have been recently diagnosed, or people who want to further educate others with NFCA’s brochures.

I am currently going into my junior year at The University of Rhode Island, majoring in Communications and minoring in Public Relations. This past April, I was inducted into Zeta Tau Alpha, a women’s fraternity that supports leadership, service and academic achievement. I live in Yardley, PA, and have always been active in my community, whether it be soccer, Girl Scouts, my synagogue Kol Emet, or just volunteer work around the area.

I am thoroughly excited to work with the NFCA team this summer and to gain further experience and exposure to information about celiac disease.


Rachel has already hit the ground running. Check out the cookbook reviews she wrote for our Gluten-Free Hot Products blog at

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