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We are dedicated to helping us all stay alive and thrive with food allergies 

Romy Weiss

Co-Founder and Managing Director

I am Romy Weiss, first and foremost a mom to three children, one of which has life-threatening food allergies (Anaphylaxis). Now while I don’t personally live with the allergy, I might as well because as a mom I worry every minute of every day about my daughter’s safety. What I realized most is how much education is needed not just for newly diagnosed families but for the greater world to understand what it is like to live with a life-threatening food allergy. 

 

My daughter is allergic to Treenuts, Peanuts, Cherries, Coconut and Peas. 

 

I thought I understood before it became our reality. I thought I was paying close attention. One of our closest family friends had a nut allergy. I realize now I wasn’t doing enough.

 

I believe that knowledge is power and that educating people is the key to change. So that is why I am fully committed to this mission. I don’t believe in living in a bubble. I want my daughter and other people living with food allergies to be able advocate for themselves and know how to go out to eat and navigate food allergies outside the comfort zone of their home cooking.

 

I am a mom-preneur, I have three kids, a dog and husband. We live in Maine. And fun facts- each of my children were born in a different state. I love coffee, chocolate and red wine. And my superpower is creative problem-solving and being able to organize and thrive in chaos. Oh, and I'm obsessed with elephants. I believe they are good luck. My grandmother instilled my love for them and they bring balance to the world. 

It’s hard to separate the professional from the personal as sometimes the hats are interchangeable. When I am not in full mom-mode (let’s be honest, do we ever really turn that off?), I am Romy Weiss, Your NextSteps Coach- a Career Transitions and Certified Professional/Life Coach. I truly believe you should love what you do and do what you love! I enable, guide and empower adults who feel overloaded and overwhelmed, generally at a career crossroads change, reinvent, return to and advance their careers so that they can find work/life balance and achieve their desired success.

I realized what I wanted to be when I grew up in my 40's. YEP! In my 40's! I reinvented myself. So I truly know it can be done first hand.

I bring to you my unique perspective plus my 22 years of work experience, my skills, my superpowers, my education (BS in Human Development from Pennsylvania State University and MBA with marketing concentration from Temple University) and my professional coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute plus I am a certified mediator. 

You can learn more about Romy and NextSteps Coaching at www.yournextstepscoach.com

Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

Co-Founder

Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, Hay House author and Best Ever You Network CEO, lives her daily life with life-threatening allergies "anaphylaxis" to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish for over 21 years. In 1998, Elizabeth nearly lost her life due to an allergic reaction to almonds. In 1999, she had a second near-fatal allergic reaction while 6 months pregnant with her third son, after which they were hospitalized for more than a week in Burnsville, MN.

Elizabeth turned these challenges into a mission to help people living with allergies and other challenges to thrive and be their very best.


In 2006, Elizabeth became a food allergy spokesperson for MedicAlert Foundation ​and appeared on their magazine, which was mailed to over one million members. Elizabeth continues in that role today, working closely with their executive team, appearing on their website and raising food allergy awareness internationally and also appears with Jerome Bettis in the book, One of the Gang – Nurturing the Souls of Children with Food Allergies by Gina Clowes.

In 2008, she founded the Best Ever You Network, which is a leading multimedia provider of lifestyle and self-help content.

I co-founded the Food Allergy Zone to help people stay alive and thrive with food allergies. In 2014 Elizabeth became a spokesperson for FAACT - Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team.

Elizabeth hosts “The Best Ever You Show” on BlogTalkRadio, which has over millions of global listeners.

In Percolate: Let Your Best Self Filter Through (April 2014), Elizabeth empowers readers to implement powerful, positive change to thrive in every aspect of your life.

Elizabeth graduated with honors a year early from high school and college. Elizabeth attended the University of Iowa and is an honors graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She has several certificates in Business Leadership and Project Management from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis, MN and is also a Certified Professional Life Coach and certified Food Over Medicine instructor. She lives with her husband and four sons in Maine.

Visit BestEverYou.com for more information about Elizabeth’s work and passions.

Brian Hom

Advocate & Consultant

Brian Hom has advocated in the food allergy community for more than five years. He has made it his personal mission to raise awareness of the dangers of food allergies and to help find a cure as well as the cause of food allergies so no other families have to suffer loss of life from food allergies.

 

Brian’s 18-year-old son, BJ Hom, died on a family vacation in 2008 after eating a dessert that contained traces of peanuts. The family was visiting a resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, to celebrate BJ’s 18th birthday and his graduation from high school. BJ did not have an epinephrine auto-injector with him because his doctors thought his symptoms would always be mild that they never prescribed auto-injectable epinephrine. Brian has two younger sons, Brandon and Steven Hom. Steven, who is now age 18, has the same severe peanut allergy as his older brother BJ and is participating in the Phase 2 Viaskin Peanut Patch Study at Stanford University with Dr. Kari Nadeau to find a cure.

Brian chaired the California Bay Area FAAN Walk for Food Allergy in 2011 and 2012 and has raised more than $290,000 through these events. He was awarded the FAAN Family Advocacy Award in 2010 and was named “Outstanding Volunteer for 2013.” Brian advocated on Capitol Hill for the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act and appeared on Lifetime Network’s television show, “The Balancing Act,” to raise awareness of the dangers of food allergies. Brian filmed a YouTube video for Mylan Corporation called “Food Allergies Don’t Take Vacations” and has appeared on NBC News Bay Area and KPIX Channel 5 and many radio talk shows, sharing his son’s story to raise awareness of the dangers of food allergies. He has also shared his family’s story in two news articles on CNN.com “"Study: Food allergies more common, more severe among children" and “8 percent of US children now have food allergies,” and the San Jose Mercury newspaper.

 

Brian is also co-founder of the Food Allergy Zone Web site with Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, which is dedicated to helping us all stay alive and thrive with food allergies and to find the cause and cure for food allergies. Brian has been on the Board of Director of the Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board. He is working closely with Bay-area sports teams – including the Golden State Warriors basketball team, San Francisco Giants baseball team, San Jose SaberCats arena football team, San Francisco Bulls hockey team, and the Oakland A’s and San Jose Giants baseball teams – for Food Allergy Awareness Night Fundraisers with peanut-free and food allergy courteous sections. Brian has partnered with Whole Foods Market and New Leaf Community Market on 5% Charity days as well as with Jamba Juice company.

 

He has worked with musician Kyle Dine on many Bay Area School Assemblies to raise awareness and educate students on the dangers of food allergies. He is also a member of the California Advocates for Food Allergies, which is advocating for mandatory emergency stock epinephrine in California schools.

Brian has a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Economics and a Master’s degree in Business Management and has been working in the high-tech industry for more than 34 years as a Global Commodity Manager for IBM, Hitachi, and HGST Inc. a Western Digital Company.

 

Brian is on the Board of Directors for FAACT - Food Allergy & Anaphlaxis Connection Team. 

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