What We’ve Done
Founded in 2007 by a concerned group of moms, UFAN has flourished into a mighty force for good that supports more than 1,000 families and includes parents, adults, physicians, school nurses, community agencies, and schools. UFAN advocated for the passing of HB 101 Emergency Injection for Anaphylactic Reaction Act in 2008.
Former UFAN President Michelle Fogg and Pediatric Residents at Primary Children’s Hospital created A Shot to Live , an online epinephrine training program approved by the Utah Department of Health that is being used statewide.
We have presented at the Utah School Nurses annual conference, provided school training to staff and teachers, developed awareness assemblies for school aged children, advocated and lobbied for food allergy focused legislation at state and national legislatures, held yearly food-free community events, and participate in numerous national councils.
What Drives Us
UFAN’s mission is to provide outreach to the newly diagnosed and the community at large, offering support, promoting education, building awareness of the severity of food allergies and anaphylaxis, and advocating for positive change.
Utah Food Allergy Network Board Members
Francesca Rose - President
Francesca Rose was inducted as President of the Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) on May 27, 2021, after having served as board secretary from 2018-2021. Her food allergy advocacy journey began 18 years ago when her youngest daughter was born with a food allergy to all milk proteins. Francesca is an active volunteer in her community and church, and cares deeply about helping the world be a better place for everyone. In addition to advocating for safe inclusivity for those with food allergies, she has advocated for women, families, and children at the United Nations and other venues. She is motivated by the belief that serving others through education and advocacy creates positive change in the world.
Francesca has a Bachelor’s degree in Math and Music. As a freelance cellist and cello instructor, she has taught private cello lessons for 30+ years and currently maintains a private cello studio. Francesca enjoys reading and learning new things, gardening, kayaking, appreciating great art, and hanging out with her family and dog.
Tiffany Stewart - Treasurer
Sarah Metcalf - Secretary
Sarah has volunteered with Utah Food Allergy Network for many years and became a board member in 2019. She is grateful to be part of an organization that has done so much for families with food allergies.
She has a teenage son with multiple severe food allergies, asthma, eosinophilic esophagitis, and a feeding tube. She first connected with UFAN in 2010 when her son was just three. UFAN became an important part of the community that helped her navigate many new and difficult facets of life with a food allergic child. She and her family were provided opportunities to participate in safe events and meet other families who understood. It was truly a pleasure to volunteer with UFAN in small ways, eventually leading to joining the board.
Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a background in Instructional Design. She has had many volunteer experiences, including serving in her church, as a Cub Scouts den leader, and as PTA president.
Brittany Humphrey - Board Member
Brittany and her family first heard about UFAN from a social media post about their Annual Non- Food Easter Egg Hunt. Since that first event Brittany’s family has taken interest in attending as many UFAN events as possible and was eventually asked to serve as a monitor for the UFAN Facebook Group. She is very excited to help be a part of the Board that will continue to bring wonderful food allergy friendly events and support to families all over Utah.
She has 2 daughters with food allergies. One daughter has celiac and dairy allergy. The other daughter has a dairy allergy as well. Her and her husband have been married for 14 years and along with their daughters, have a son with no food allergies and a stillborn daughter in heaven.
She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Child Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University. Some of her interests include scrapbooking, crocheting, hiking and bring outdoors. Her and her husband also volunteer in Cub Scouts as part of a community pack where their children are in various dens.
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