After more than four years enduring ill health and a compromised quality-of-life, Kristin Voorhees was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2007. While she had recently graduated with a BA in Communications and was already motivated to enter the healthcare field to make a difference in the lives of those navigating the complex medical system, her diagnosis of Celiac Disease further inspired her passion to make an impact. Two years later, she completed a Master’s in Health Communication and joined the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ team where she now serves as the Director of Healthcare Initiatives. In 2012, Kristin was appointed as a Special Government Employee/Patient Representative for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She resides in Philadelphia.