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Current Legislation

AB 559

SB 1912

California Codes

Case Studies


Sample School Board Policy

Murrieta Valley Unified School District - Anaphylaxis Treatment
Board Policy

Policy Number 5536 Managing life-threatening food allergies:

-Philosophical Statement

-Administrative Regulations


Life-threatening asthma and anaphylaxis in schools: a treatment model for school-based programs.

Health Brief: Epinephrine Administration in Schools -
Massachusetts Department of Public Health


[Background References]


Board of Directors

Dr. Larry Posner, President

Dr. Larry Posner is the founder and principal of North Bay Allergy and Asthma Medical Associates in Napa and Sonoma, where he has practiced clinical allergy for eighteen years. His major interest has been in the treatment of pediatric asthma and anaphylaxis. In addition, he serves as Clinical Assistant Professor at UCSF, teaching at the pediatric asthma clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Posner was the former president of the Allergy Association of California and chief of staff at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. He has also served on the board of directors for the local American Lung Association Chapter.

Currently, Dr. Posner serves as a specialty delegate to the California Medical Association and a director on the executive board of the California Society of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. He is also a member of the scientific advisory board for Dey Laboratories. And Dr. Posner has actively served on the School Health committee of the Napa County Medical society for the past 14 years.

Nicole Della Santina, Secretary

Nicole is a mother of 3, one being a food allergic child. She has been instrumental in educating her child’s preschool and elementary school about the implications of food allergy in order to allow her child to attend school. Nicole is also aseasoned public relations professional with over 17 years of experience in the consumer and technology industries.

Greg Lahann, Treasurer

Greg brings over 15 years of venture capital experience to his work as a general partner at Novus Ventures. Prior to joining the firm, he spent 13 years as a general partner with MK Global Ventures. As a member of the board of directors and/or a member of the executive management team, Greg has guided a number of early-stage technology companies. He has served as chief financial officer to several emerging technology companies and has directed and managed every phase of high-technology business development, from start-up, through growth and IPO. Greg also spent six years in the high technology audit practice of PriceWaterhouse, where he assisted clients with a broad range of transactions including private company financings, mergers, acquisitions and initial public offerings.

Katie Lucas, Girl Scout Councils of California, Board Member

Katie Lucas is the Government Relations Director for the Girl Scout Councils of California. Ms. Lucas is a registered California lobbyist and represents approximately 300,000 Girl Scouts and volunteers before all levels of California state government. Advocacy in Girl Scouting includes efforts to inform and educate policy-makers and community leaders on issues that affect women, girls and Girl Scouting as an organization. Prior to working for the Girl Scouts, Ms. Lucas was a registered lobbyist and legislative analyst for a respected contract lobbying firm Sacramento for four years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento.

Jamie Hintzke, Executive Director

Jamie is a long time school health advocate. Her son suffers from food allergies as well as asthma. She has done much of her advocacy work as California State PTA member. She has worked on school policy issues and serves as a resource to parents who need direction on how to advocate for their child in the public school environment. She is dedicated to ensure that every child in public school receives the proper care when there is an anaphylaxis or asthma emergency. Jamie was recognized as Woman of the Year for the California State Assembly District 18 for 2007.

Advisory Board

Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) was established in 1991. FAAN's membership now stands at close to 30,000 worldwide and includes families, dietitians, nurses, physicians, school staff, representatives from government agencies, and the food and pharmaceutical industries. FAAN serves as the communication link between the patient and others. FAAN’s Mission: To raise public awareness, to provide advocacy and education, and to advance research on behalf of all those affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis.

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention (RAMP) is a project of the Public Health Institute and is working to reduce the burden of asthma through community collaboration to address many activities, ranging from clinical management to environmental prevention. RAMP is a clearinghouse of asthma information, provides technical assistance to asthma coalitions, and convenes groups working on asthma in the Bay Area. RAMP also coordinates Community Action to Fight Asthma (CAFA) a statewide network of asthma coalitions working to shape local, regional and state policies to reduce the environmental triggers of asthma for school-aged children.



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