History & Staff

History of the GPD Foundation
In 2006, Allie Hoeland was diagnosed with gastroparesis.  After struggling for several years with the disease, Allie and her mother Pamela decided to get involved in the fight for a cure. We began talking to specialists and researchers and felt a need for more gastroparesis funding and patient involvement in both activism and research.  In 2010 we started the GPD Foundation for the purpose of raising funds for gastroparesis/dysmotility disease, and create a network to help patients find better treatments and make a difference.


Pamela Hoeland,  President
Pamela Hoeland received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona and completed a Master’s program at Arizona State University that focused on behavior disorders.  After teaching for ten years, Pamela started working privately with children and their families developing behavior programs.  Her interest in gastroparesis began in 2006, when her daughter was diagnosed with the disease.

Allie Hoeland,  Executive Director
Allie Hoeland received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and became involved in business consulting for the non-profit community.  After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and began working for Strategic Solutions, a public outreach and government consulting firm.  As her health began to deteriorate in 2008, Allie and Pamela decided that they wanted to be proactive members of the gastroparesis community.

Crystal Saltrelli,  Gastroparesis Nutritional Specialist
Crystal received her Bachelor’s degree from Darmouth College.  She has also completed continuing education courses via the Harvard School of Medicine.  In 2004, Crystal was diagnosed with idiopathic gastroparesis and became interested in holistic health and nutrition.  She completed here training in Health Counseling and Holistic Nutrition at IIN.  Crystal has the unique combination of professional knowledge and personal experience concerning gastroparesis and dysmotility.

Jessica Tonani,  Research Advisor
Jessica  received her Master’s degree in immunology and her Bachelor’s in microbiology and was a Howard Hughes Fellow.  She is the founder of the “GI Motility Research Forum” website and co-founder of Delphi Bio, a strategic biotechnology consulting agency with over 12 years experience in the Biotech industry.  GI MotilityResearch Forum is dedicated to providing a centralized site for the latest in gastroparesis and motility research.

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Phoenix, AZ 85044
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