About Kristin Beltaos

Kristin Beltaos, M.A. is a consultant and owner of A Gift of Miles who does food allergy and stress management consulting and education. She is a mother to a child with multiple food allergies which include: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame, as well as seasonal allergies and asthma. Kristin is also a licensed trainer with the Minnesota Center for Professional Development, teaching continuing food allergy education to early childhood and school age providers and educators on how to keep food allergic children safe, happy and includedTM.

From a food allergy standpoint, Kristin offers support to successfully navigate and grow during times of transition, particularly to those affected by life’s unexpected stresses and life threatening food allergies. She serves individuals, couples, families, childcare providers and educators by providing advocacy, professional consulting services, onsite training, classroom and online continuing education. These programs are designed to decrease stress and increase quality of life all while finding, creating and flourishing in a new normal.

She is a current member of the Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota’s Speakers’ Bureau and a former board of director. Due to her special expertise and keen sense of humor, Kristin is a much sought-after speaker. Most notably, Kristin strongly believes that humor can diffuse and carry us through almost any situation.

With regard to food allergy advocacy, Kristin wrote and drove the implementation of the first food allergy Section 504 plan in her son’s school, and was influential in creating a new food policy that eliminated food celebrations (both in classroom and school-wide) — a policy that other schools are interested in emulating. Kristin was named a Top 25 Food Allergy Mom in 2012 by Circle of Moms and an InSeason Mom, honoring first-time moms over 35, in November/December 2011.

After experiencing many of her own trials, Kristin is a great advocate for change in personal lives as well, especially regarding stress management. She sees each of the struggles she’s encountered in life as miles to get through — infertility, miscarriage, pregnancy after a loss, management of food allergies, aging parents, parental loss, etc. By making it the whole distance each time, she grew and found new inner strength that helped her to move forward with a positive attitude. So each of the miles she traveled was really a gift. Now, as a consultant and licensed trainer she shares that gift with others who are struggling and helps them to walk their miles with renewed confidence and joy. Her stress management specialties include:

Food Allergies Managing a Child with Multiple Health Needs Infertility
Miscarriage Pregnancy After a Loss Aging Parents
Parent Loss Employment Transitions Relationships
Family Motherhood Managing Life’s Everyday Chaos

She holds a master’s degree in Management from the College of St. Scholastica with a concentration in Organizational Change Management and Human Behavior and Development and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of St. Thomas.

Kristin resides in Minnesota with her husband and two sons. She shares news, information, and resources through her Website, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Sample Conference and Client List

CONFERENCES

Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota Annual Conference
Celiac Center of Minnesota
Education Minnesota Conference
Food Allergy Support Group of Minnesota Resource Fair
Licensed Childcare Providers of Anoka County Annual Conference
mn-AEYC mn-SACA Annual Conference
MN Early Childhood Educator’s Conference
Minnesota Licensed Family Childcare Association Conference
Provider’s Choice Conference
Washington FEAST Conferences, Seattle Washington

SCHOOLS/DISTRICTS

All Saints Academy
Big Lake School District
Delano School District
Forest Lake School District
Minneapolis School District
Minnetonka Explorers Club
Robbinsdale School District
Twin Cities Academy

EARLY CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Calvary Early Childhood
Carver County Licensed Childcare Association
Kindergardens Child Development Center
Licensed Childcare Providers of Anoka County
North Suburban Child Care Professionals Association
Parents In Community Action, Inc.
Sunny Hollow Montessori