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#1 Jeffrey Roberts

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Posted 03 January 2009 - 07:22 PM


We are very fortunate to have such talented and dedicated volunteer Community Managers for our forums. Please feel free to contact anyone of the moderators or myself about questions or issues related to the forums.No experience is necessary in order to become a Community Manager other than you must have reached the "Prolific" ranking (100 posts) on our forums and have a passion for helping others, particularly in the forum for which you have an interest in becoming a Community Manager. Please Contact Us with the Subject "Community Manager" along with a short bio and explain why you would like to become a Community Manager.


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Member name:  BQ

Community Manager

Member since: 2000

Lee was diagnosed with IBS-D in 1989 though she also struggles with severe abdominal pain.  She arrived at the IBS Group website in 2000 during a bad flare up following Gall Bladder removal and a subsequent intestinal infection.  She was seeking ways to manage her daily symptoms and feels she has learned a lot from the IBS Group over the years.  Lee understands the huge impact that IBS can have on a person and their loves ones.  She strives to get the most out of life despite suffering with IBS.  She possesses much understanding and empathy for fellow sufferers.  Lee enjoys spending time with her loved ones.  Her interests run from cooking to music to reading and history.



Marilyn, BA, MS, CCC-SLP

Member Name: cookies4marilyn

Community Manager For: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Hypnotherapy, Teens and Children’s Issues, General Discussion, Managing Anxiety and Depression

Member Since: 2000

Marilyn received a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and also Speech and Language Pathology from the former College of St. Teresa, Winona, Minnesota, which was affiliated with Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. She also holds a Masters of Science from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed further post-graduate work encompassing diagnostic testing and remediation for learning disabled and mentally handicapped individuals. Having had IBS symptoms since 1983, Marilyn was initially diagnosed in 1988 and again at the Mayo Clinic in 1993. As a result of seeing marked improvement with the clinical hypnotherapy sessions of the IBS Audio Program 100® discussed on this IBS Group website, she became an IBS patient advocate. She has been interviewed for a national magazine about her experiences with IBS, and speaks with IBS patients and gastroenterologists all over the United States and Canada. She has also given presentations from the IBS patient perspective for hospital community wellness seminars.Initially meeting through the IBS Group website, Marilyn now assists the author of the IBS Audio Program 100® and former IBS group member, Michael Mahoney of Cheshire England. She is responsible for authoring text for special projects, medical and corporate professionals and patient consultation. As part of this liaise, Marilyn had the opportunity to meet the Founder of the IBS Support Group, Jeffrey Roberts, when Michael Mahoney and she attended and exhibited at a past IFFGD symposium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.



Jeffrey D. Roberts, MSEd, B.Sc

Member name: Jeffrey Roberts


Founded: 1987

Jeffrey Roberts is the Founder of the IBS Self Help and Support Group and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Support Group. He is a sufferer and a patient advocate for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease sufferers. He launched the IBS Self Help and Support Group website in May 1995 after coordinating an IBS Support Group in Toronto since 1987. The IBS Group website was the first website about Irritable Bowel Syndrome. He has testified to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) several times on behalf of IBS patients. His testimony to the FDA Advisory Committee about Lotronex was instrumental in returning the drug to the market in 2002 for diarrhea predominant IBS sufferers. Jeffrey also provided testimony to the FDA in support of Zelnorm for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and constipation predominant IBS. In 2011, he launched the IBD Support Group website.Jeffrey has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio and in Canadian Living Magazine, Maclean's Magazine, Today's Dietitian, the FDA Consumer Magazine and has been quoted by CBS Evening News, Washington Post, USA Today, United Press International (UPI), Reuters, Associated Press, New York Times, Globe and Mail, and CBC Online. Jeffrey has a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree from Medaille College, Buffalo, New York. His thesis is entitled Awareness of Childhood Health Issues On Educational Outcome. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto. He recently co-authored and published a book related to the IBS Self Help and Support Group, entitled IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions.


Kathleen, B.A., MS, PhD.

Member name: Kathleen M.

Community Manager

Member since: 1999

Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Blackburn College, Carlinville Illinois. She went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain obtaining a Masters in Science in Biology and a Ph.D in Biology specializing in Genetics and Development and and Environmental Toxicology Scholar. She has worked at the USEPA and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in various projects from detecting cytogenetic damage in individual cell, to ammonia emissions from hog farms with environmentally superior waste management technology.She developed IBS in 1996 and was able to go to the Functional GI clinic at UNC. She was a participant in a research study comparing a tricyclic antidepressant to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for IBS and over time has gone into remission of her IBS. Kathleen recently became an Integrative Health Coach and provides individual coaching through Breakwater Wellness - Integrative Health Coaching.



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