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).  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 is also the Media Director for Epidemic Answers’ Documenting Hope Project.  She 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 a frequent blogger about these issues for Epidemic Answers.  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 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.