More About Our Authors

Alicia Woodward

Living Without's editor, Alicia Woodward, LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist, blogs about upcoming articles and topics being prepared for the magazine--everything from gluten-free life stories to the medical research and breakthroughs on celiac disease. Alicia also comments on letters and feedback received from readers on gluten-free living.

Beth Hillson

Beth Hillson is Food Editor of Living Without. Beth is President of the American Celiac Disease Alliance as well as the founder of the Gluten Free Pantry line of products. Beth will share her expertise on living with Celiac Disease as well as ideas and advice for cooking in and eating out.

Oksana and Tom Charla

Oksana Charla is Living Without’s Design Director and her husband Tom is a contributor to Living Without. The Charlas will blog on their experiences raising a son with Celiac Disease. Topics will cover family life, finding quick kid-friendly meals and restaurants, school-related issues, childhood pals and classmates, holidays, camping, birthday parties, and more.

Christine Boyd

Christine Boyd is a contributor to Living Without. She is a young mother with Celiac Disease, whose blogs will discuss finding safe food for her family, adjusting to the gluten free diet and lifestyle as well as gluten free fertility and pregnancy issues.

Wendy Mondello

Mother of two, including a 7-year-old son with severe multiple food allergies, writer Wendy Mondello is a regular contributor to Living Without magazine.

Jules Shepard

Jules Shepard ( is an associate editor of Gluten Free & More magazine. She is author of several special-diet books, including Free for All Cooking (Da Capo Press), available at Jules is also the creator of gfJules Gluten Free Flour and Baking Mixes which can be found at

Erica Dermer

Erica Dermer, founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast, started her blog because she felt like she had a new voice to bring to the gluten-free table and needed some celiac catharsis through writing. With a background in marketing and market research and development (including the food and beverage industry), she’s always had a soft spot in her heart for packaged goods, marketing, and branding in the gluten-free food industry. It also helps that she’s a self-proclaimed terrible cook, so she relies on many gluten-free products to help her get through her day without burning down the kitchen. She uses humor to get through her diagnosis and living gluten-free in a world full of wheat. She has partnered with her non-celiac significant other, who not only designs gluten-free themed merchandise for Celiac and the Beast, but is a key taste-tester for the brand. Check out her blog at

Cindy Gordon

Cindy Gordon is the owner and author of Vegetarian Mamma and is a foodie who loves to blog about gluten-free vegetarian/vegan recipes. Her family also focuses on foods that are peanut-, tree nut-, dairy-, and gluten-free. They're dedicated to finding/creating recipes and products that fit their allergy needs. Cindy resides in Ohio with her husband and two boys (born in 2007 and 2010). She enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, gardening, wine and cooking! Connect with her at or on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.