Marilyn G. Geller, chief executive officer of the Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF), has joined the Gluten-Free Living advisory board. “It is an honor to be appointed to the Gluten-Free Living advisory board,” Geller says. “I look forward to working together to spotlight celiac disease and gluten-free champions in our community, and to our shared commitment to advance celiac disease research. Gluten-Free Living provides a unique platform to reach the many people following a gluten-free diet who so often feel alone and who struggle to find a supportive community and credible information.”
For 14 years, Marilyn’s son, Henry, suffered from debilitating symptoms despite seeking help from countless health professionals. A chance blood draw finally revealed that celiac disease was the cause of his suffering.
From that day forward, Geller, a longtime health-care and software executive, became active in celiac disease advocacy, joining the CDF national board of directors. In 2012, Marilyn succeeded founder Elaine Monarch as chief executive officer.
Under Geller’s guidance, the CDF has seen unprecedented growth through multiple online tools that empower millions of people worldwide to seek diagnosis and treatment. This includes iCureCeliac®, the nation’s only public celiac disease patient registry, which allows patients and caregivers to contribute their health data and insights to assist researchers in developing adjunct treatments for the gluten-free diet.
Geller, a Bruin for life, holds an MSPH from the UCLA School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.