Family Advisory Council

Family Advisory Council

Garrett Barnes

Garrett and his husband of 18 years are raising three amazing daughters in Utah. Determined to assist Lucy, their eldest, he dedicates time outside of his career in finance to educating and raising awareness for pediatric feeding disorders. Without a medical diagnosis or explanation as to why his daughter will not eat by mouth, Garrett’s family is committed to a homemade blended diet fed via G-tube while they pursue therapy with Lucy. She loves to eat chocolate pudding, Nutella, Banana Smoothie, suck on countless Costco Sized bags full of pretzels –making daily progress toward her goal of consuming her meals by mouth. Lucy’s younger siblings, twins Alice and Ivy, provide positive support as they are enthusiastic mouth eaters who cheer Lucy on whenever there is a victory. Garrett serves as a board member for several healthcare related organizations as well as an independent school in Utah whose philosophy is to develop young minds to heal the world.

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Lucia Cota

After more than five years as a stay at home mom, Lucia Cota recently converted her passion for empowering families to use their constitutional rights and also protect their identities into a new vocation. She say the invitation to join the feeding Matters Family Advisory Council as an opportunity she coudn't pass up because she loves helping families, especially those who have had a complicated journey with their children. “I have a son with multiple medical challenges and one of them is feeding related,” says Lucia. “It has been a difficult runway and since we share similar struggles, I want to help parents to be the best advocates in their kid's journeys.”

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Cathy Humphrey

Cathy and husband Manolis are parents to Maria, a sweet, beautiful 11-year old who was born with hydrocephalus. Feeding is just one of Maria’s many challenges. She had an NG tube during her first year, then again for a few months after a big surgery when she was 7, which is when the decision was made to place Maria on a G-tube placed. Now Maria eats pureed and soft foods, only using the tube for liquids and medicines. When she’s not filling her duties for the Bureau of Land Management, Cathy has spent several years volunteering for Feeding Matters and Raising Special Kids and was recently appointed to Arizona’s Special Education Advisory Panel.

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Hayley Rothblum

A medical office executive and mother to two children who experienced feeding issues, Hayley earned her undergraduate degree in linguistics and is acutely aware of the need to help parents and medical providers work together. Hayley wants to connect parents with the information needed to manage feeding issues after experiencing first-hand the power of becoming informed and working with healthcare providers to advocate on behalf of children. Hayley’s professional and family experiences have combined to help her understand a parent’s vital role in the care continuum.

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Renee Uzelac

Devoted to the care of her son who has experienced eating/feeding issues at the introduction of mastication, Renee has long served as a Power of Two parent coach – helping parents navigate through the world of challenges with feeding and eating. With a background in hospital administration and patient support, Renee was prompted to get involved with Feeding Matters at the suggestion of her son’s feeding clinic director.

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