BETH LAMBERT, Executive Director

beth lambert headshot2Beth Lambert is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. As a consultant, she worked with pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and other health care companies to evaluate industry trends. She is the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America's Children (Sentient Publications, 2010). She is also a co-author of Epidemic Answers' Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. In 2009, Beth founded Epidemic Answers and currently serves as Executive Director. Beth attended Oxford University and graduated from Williams College and holds a Masters Degree in American Studies from Fairfield University. She is a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. Beth is also the mother of three young children.


MARIA RICKERT HONG, Education and Media Director

Maria Rickert Hong

Maria Rickert Hong is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who specializes in helping parents making dietary and lifestyle changes for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), autism, ADHD, allergies, asthma, autoimmune and more. She also helps tired mothers of special-needs children reclaim their energy. Maria has recovered her sons from SPD, allergies, asthma and acid reflux, and is the author of Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners. She is also a co-author of Epidemic Answers' Brain Under Attack: A Resource for Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalitis. She is a frequent blogger about these issues for Epidemic Answers and elsehwere. Maria is a former Wall Street equity research analyst covering the oil services sector at Salomon Smith Barney and Lehman Brothers. Later, she covered the gaming, lodging & leisure sector at Jefferies & Co. and Calyon Securities. She quit working on Wall Street when her first son was born. Prior to working on Wall Street, she was a marketing specialist for Halliburton in New Orleans, where she also received her MBA in Finance & Strategy from Tulane University.


JOSIE NELSON, Director of Programs

Josie NelsonJosie Nelson is an ethicist, an advocate, a certified health coach, and a lifetime student of holistic health. With degrees from both Georgetown University and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Josie planned a traditional academic career but a detour into management consulting changed everything. While her doctoral dissertation lay undone, Josie worked first with industrial engineering clients and later on business ethics initiatives. As a consultant for Fortune 500 firms, she learned many things about the health industry. Since 2002, she has dedicated herself to understanding the rise in childhood illness, especially autism and related disorders, from an historical, political, ethical, scientific and environmental health perspective. She has witnessed the profound impact of an approach to health that includes informed consent, access to real food, integrative medicine, and healing modalities not typically embraced by mainstream medicine. She once held elected office in the District of Columbia and lived to tell about it. She has been blessed with two healthy children, a fine sense of humor, and many wise teachers.


SHANDY LASKEY, Social Media Director

Shandy Laskey MA CCC/SLP FNTPShandy is an integrative speech-language pathologist and pediatric feeding specialist, as well as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and Epidemic Answers Health Coach. She is a fierce nutrition advocate for children impacted by complex picky eating, neurodevelopmental disorders, and special needs. She is continuously advancing her knowledge in functional and bio-individual nutrition therapies for these specific demographics of children.

Shandy is the founder and CEO of Speaking of Health & Wellness, LLC. Through her own health and wellness journey, she learned the profound impact of nutrition and lifestyle on cognition and overall well-being first hand. Shandy has an intense passion for integrating holistic nutrition and lifestyle strategies into her work with families. She provides virtual and local parent coaching to guide families on identifying ways to address the underlying causes of their child's condition and/or related symptoms, while also teaching integrative strategies for learning, behavior, communication and mealtimes.