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Becky Basalone is a true Tennessean and has lived in several areas of our beautiful state to now call Knox County her family's home. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Tennessee with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. Becky founded the Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee in 2012 and serves as the Executive Director. She also served as the walk chair of the FARE Walk for Food Allergy in Knoxville from 2013-2015.
To improve community outreach in East Tennessee and national food allergy awareness efforts, she launched Project TEAL through the support of FACET's leadership team. The greatest success of Project TEAL to date is Becky's idea of food allergy awareness pumpkins to encourage inclusion for all children during Halloween activities. The Teal Pumpkin Project has been adopted as a new tradition for many families and businesses across the globe.
Amanda Painter is a Blount County native where she currently lives with her family. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Maryville College in Business and Organization Management and Accounting. Amanda serves as President of FACET’s Board of Directors and member of FACET's Chapter Leadership Council. She was a walk co-chair for Knoxville’s 2015 FARE Walk for Food Allergy.
In addition to her local efforts, Amanda is also a member of two national committees: Food Allergy Research and Education’s National Education Subcommittee, and the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Committee formed by Kids with Food Allergies and Allergy & Asthma Foundation of America.
Amanda’s passion for food allergy education is motivated by her daughter who has multiple life-threatening food allergies.
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