Take control of your health: Learn more about our Plant-Based Nutrition CertificateLearn more about our Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”


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Colleen Alexander

Sustainability Content Coordinator

Elisa Burgos-Ojeda

Director of Instructional Design & Development

LeAnne Campbell, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Maximillian Cannon

Lead Web Developer

Evelisse Capó, PharmD, DipACLM

Executive Director of Spanish Programs & Culinary Content

Steven Disla

Online Course Instructor

April Duckworth, MAT

Online Course Instructor, Course Enrollment Specialist

Jill Edwards, MS, CEP

Director of Education

Samira Estes-Garcia

Web Developer

Ali Huber-Disla

Online Course Instructor

Nelson Huber-Disla

Staff Writer

Chyan Hulbert

Office Manager

Sarah Johnson Dwyer

Executive Director of Operations & Corporate Partnerships

Natasha Lantz

Executive Director of Community Outreach

Cara Liberatore

Online Course Instructor

Isabel Lu

Content Creator

Vanessa Marquez

Spanish Outreach Coordinator

Mike McGowan

Event Coordinator

Alison Ozgur, MHS, RDN, RYT

Online Course Instructor

Sharme Ridley

Learning Coordinator

Del Sroufe

Culinary Specialist

Jennifer Thees Hughes

Video Specialist

Nelson Torres

Online Course Instructor

Emily Wood, RD, CDN

Online Course Instructor

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

T. Colin Campbell, PhD

For more than forty years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted.

Thomas M. Campbell, MD

Thomas M. Campbell, MD

Thomas M. Campbell, MD is co-author of worldwide bestseller, The China Study and author of The China Study Solution. He is an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and is the founder and co-director of the UR Medicine/Highland Hospital Nutrition in Medicine Research Center. He has an online clinical practice at MyPlantBasedProgram.com.

Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell

Karen Campbell has been involved in discussions on the development of the Center from its beginning as a Foundation. Until recently, she was the Treasurer-Secretary of record.

Ana M. Negrón, MD

Ana M. Negrón, MD

Board certified in family medicine, Ana M. Negrón, MD has made cooking with plants integral to her practice for almost two decades. By transitioning her patients to a whole foods plant-based lifestyle she helps reduce inflammation at the root of their illness. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, bilingual Negrón has a solo nutrition practice near Philadelphia, volunteers at a free clinic for the uninsured, and teaches young physicians how a whole foods plant-based diet can prevent, help treat, and even reverse chronic disease. Sunstone Press published her book, Nourishing the Body and Recovering Health: The Positive Science of Food—an antidote to our reliance on pharmaceuticals.

Meryl Fury, MS, RN

Meryl Fury, MS, RN

Meryl has been a registered nurse for close to 30 years, with all of that time spent working with the care and quality of care for underserved populations. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Nursing. In addition, she has certifications in:

  • Applied Project Management from Villanova Online University
  • Plant-Based Nutrition from e-Cornell, T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
  • Plant-Based Culinary Arts from Rouxbe Online Culinary School
  • Massage Therapy from Lakeside School of Massage Therapy

Meryl is President and CEO of Plant-Based Nutrition Movement, a Chicagoland based 501(c)3 with the mission of educating people about nutrition to sustain the health of the planet. She has her own business called Balance Forward Health and Wellness, LLC. As founder and CEO, she works with clients who want to transform their health. Her life’s mission is to dispel dietary myths and make healthy life habits accessible to everyone. She believes that we all have the power to increase our total health and happiness one breath, and one bite, at a time.

Baxter Montgomery, MD FACC

Baxter Montgomery

Baxter Montgomery, MD, FACC, has served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Texas Health Sciences Center for the last 22 years, and President of Houston Associates of Cardiovascular Medicine for 21 years. He is a Board Certified Cardiologist and Cardiac Electrophysiologist, and is the founder of Montgomery Heart and Wellness, a cardiology practice and wellness center in Houston that offers a comprehensive approach to help people transform from conditions of sickness to wellness and eventually optimal health. He is also an attending physician at Memorial Hermann Hospital of The Texas Medical Center, and its Heart and Vascular Institute.

Dr. Montgomery is also Executive Director of the nonprofit organization The Johnsie and Aubary Montgomery Institute of Medical Education and Research, and was a long-time member of the Advisory Board for Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. His number one clinical interest, about which he has written and lectured extensively, is: nutritional lifestyle interventions for the management of chronic illnesses, including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and diabetes. He has developed, and used over the past 14 years, a novel food classification system that helps people reverse conditions such as these without medication or surgeries.

Sylvester Johnson, PhD

Sylvester Johnson, PhD

Sylvester Johnson, PhD first became interested in the effect of diet on health when his moodiness as a teenager evened out after including nutritional yeast in his diet. Later he learned that the Vitamin B Complex in the yeast supports his nervous system.

Michael C. Hollie, MD

Michael C. Hollie, MD

Michael C. Hollie, MD is a practicing physician board certified in Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. He is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc, FACC, a cardiologist, is the Director of Preventive Cardiology, the founder and director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore Health System, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ostfeld earned his MD from Yale University; and his Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ostfeld completed his medical internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiology fellowship and research fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School.

Ken Beckman, ACAS, ASA, MAAA, CFA

Ken Beckman, ACAS, ASA, MAAA, CFA

Ken Beckman, ACAS, ASA, MAAA, CFA is Vice President and Actuary at Central States Indemnity. He has nearly 25 years of insurance and actuarial experience primarily in health insurance pricing and valuation. He is also President and co-founder of two nonprofit organizations, Actuaries for Sustainable Health Care and Lifestyle Health Alliance.

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