I’m an award-winning writer, former magazine editor, a blogger and fundraiser.
Before moving to Central New York, I was the editor of Lehigh Valley Marketplace and Good Taste magazines. One of the highlights of my career was meeting Chef Emeril Lagasse at the opening of Emeril’s Italian Table in Bethlehem, Pa. As editor, I created the editorial calender and themes for each issue, managed freelance writers and interns, and consistently recruited new writing talent to ensure top-quality editorial content.
My blog, "CeliacSavvy" is the result of having nearly 25 years' experience managing the gluten-free diet for one of my daughters. This experience also led me to develop a presentation titled, “Gluten-Free Before Gluten-Free was Cool: Raising a Child with Celiac Disease," which I presented to the Central New York Celiacs in November 2014.
My latest essay, "Bloom Where You are Planted," appears in the anthology, Nothing But the Truth So Help Me God: 73 Women on Life's Transitions (NBTT Publishing, 2014). The essay was picked up by The Shriver Report and appears in its May 15, 2014 edition (www.theshriverreport.org).
My magazine feature article, “Seven Tips for a Successful Book Club” received an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest’'s Writing Competition in 2011. An essay about my grandmother—“The Most Meaningful Legacies Can’t be Measured”--appears in the Hallmark book, 50 Truths Worth Knowing (Rodale, Inc.). I am also a contributor to the book, Tell Me What to Eat if I Have Celiac Disease and have had Op-Ed pieces published on domestic violence as well as on my experience at Opening Day at the new Yankee Stadium.
I’ve also had great success in the nonprofit sector. As the development director for a private high school in Pennsylvania, I increased annual appeal donations by more than 30% and garnered more than 40 press clippings for the school in less than three months. While working for a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, I obtained more than $75,000 in grant funding as a result of written proposals. While working for the same organization, I coordinated a scholarship program for special needs children and helped raise over $300,000 in charitable gift annuities in just one year. I secured a $1,000 grant for a Pennsylvania-based elementary school to implement an after-school Spanish language program; I also taught a Spanish class for preschoolers and have been a Girl Scout leader.
As the former vice-president of the General Federation of Women’s Club’s (GFWC) Easton Area Club, I was responsible for all facets of public relations for the chapter.
I founded and facilitated the Friends of Fiction Book Club, which ran for nearly 10 years in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania; In my spare time, I raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York; in 2015, I had the honor of chairing its 7th Annual Bella Casa Fashion Show. I also work with the Outreach Committee at St. James Episcopal Church in Skaneateles, NY, leading several efforts to aid less fortunate members of the local community. I'm certified in Mental Health First Aid, and a licensed Zumba instructor.
Contact me at Christine.Krahling@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @celiacsavvy.