Jewel is a singer-songwriter, actress, and two-time New York Times best-selling author. As a wellness and mindfulness expert, she is passionate about mental health, equal rights, and inspiring at-risk youth. Through her career Jewel has earned twenty-six Music Award nominations, including The Grammys, American Music Awards, MTV Awards, VH1 Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Awards, winning 8 times.
Katrina Adams is a Former President and Chairman of the US Tennis Association and US Open, former professional tennis player, co-host of We Need To Talk on the CBS SPORTS network, global speaker, and author of Own the Arena, to be published in September 2020.
Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs, The Kroger Co. Jessica focuses on reputation management, including external communications and brand public relations, environmental sustainability and social responsibility, media, government and regulatory affairs, crisis management, cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy, community relations and associate communications and engagement. She also has the privilege of serving as the President of The Kroger Co. Foundation. A native Washingtonian, Jessica graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College as a Russian Area Studies major and lived in the former Soviet Union for several years in the 1990s. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She has an executive certificate in International Trade Issues from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has spent her career in the food and agriculture industry, starting in Russia with Monsanto and then with Cargill, where she worked on biotechnology and nutrition issues that impact the food value chain plus strategic account relationship management with the U.S. government. Most recently, she served as senior vice president for Corporate Affairs at Syngenta North America and ran their Washington, D.C. office. Jessica holds numerous leadership positions within the food and agriculture industry and was named to agriculture’s “40 Under 40,” PR News’ “Top Women in PR,” and one of Progressive Grocers’ executive “Top Women in Grocery.” She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum D.C. Chapter. She serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Center for Food Integrity, and as a trustee for the Cincinnati Museum Center and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra boards. She is proud to support her husband, Doug, on the board for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, which they frequent with their three young children.
Soshy Adelstein is a wellness coach for women that want to make peace with food and their bodies. Through real talk and compassionate listening, she teaches you how to let go of old beliefs around dieting, eating, exercise and weight so that you can step into new practices to support your best self now. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and uses Intuitive Eating and the Health at Every Size approach in her coaching. She is on a mission to make sure that all women feel healthy and beautiful no matter their size, shape or weight.
Dr. Blaise Aguirre
Blaise Aguirre, MD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author.
Trent is the Executive Director of the Jewel Never Broken Program, powered by the Inspiring Children Foundation. Through its award-winning education, mindfulness, entrepreneurial, leadership, and athletic programs, the program has helped over one hundred and twenty children earn college scholarships to some of the country's top universities including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, and Wharton School at Penn. Trent was the second child to come through the Foundation and as a result of the support of the program and his mentors, he earned a scholarship to attend the Villanova University. Upon graduating from college, he chose to help run the Foundation and inspire the next generation of students.
Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Project Manager at Kroger Kari Armbruster, Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Program Manager, joined Kroger in 2013 and was promoted to her current role in 2018. In her new role, she develops objectives, strategies and metrics to support the company’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan. This includes working closely with key external stakeholders and partners and launching and managing projects to help achieve Kroger’s goal to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.
Katie Austin is a fitness personality, blogger, author, and host. After earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Southern California to play lacrosse and graduating Cum Laude, she now resides in Los Angeles to build her business. As the daughter of fitness icon, Denise Austin, health and wellness have always been the center of Katie's lifestyle. Her brand has spread from her social media, to her app, fitness products, and activewear line. With almost a half of a million followers across her social media platforms, she has created a community of girls throughout the us who look up to her as a role model. Katie has been featured on shows such as The Today Show, Rachael Ray, The Doctors, On Air With Ryan Seacrest & more. She was named one of the top ten Instagrams to follow by Seventeen Magazine and was just honored on Create + Cultivate's list for the top 100 women in digital. Beyond fitness, Katie is also a sports host. She is a co-host on SCPI airing on Fox Sports West, host of NBA Summer League, and just recently worked at Superbowl 53. She is an advocate for young girls to be involved in fitness and sports at a young age. She speaks at high schools, Emcee's charity events and holds free workout classes around the US.
Denise Austin is an American fitness instructor, author, and columnist, and a former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
Allison Baker is the Director of Nutrition for Kroger Health, which includes the 22,000 clinical pharmacists, medical providers, dietitians, and technicians providing care across over 2,900 grocery stores nationwide. Allison leads “Food as Medicine” initiatives across the company, including the launch of OptUP, Kroger's proprietary nutrition rating system, as well as Telenutrition and food-based partnerships with medical benefits providers. Allison trained in culinary arts before receiving her bachelor's degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Cincinnati. In 2014, Allison was selected by the Produce for Better Health Foundation as "Supermarket Dietitian of the Year" and in 2017 received a Progressive Grocer "Top Women in Grocery" award. She was recently recognized as one of Business Insider’s "30 under 40" Young Leaders Disrupting Healthcare for her work in bringing the concept of Food Prescriptions to mainstream healthcare and insurance systems.
Joy Bauer (MS, RDN) is one of the nation’s leading health authorities. She is the nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show, a monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine, the official nutritionist for the New York City Ballet, and the creator of JoyBauer.com. Joy is a #1 New York Times best-selling author with 13 bestsellers to her credit. Her upcoming children’s book Yummy Yoga hits shelves on October 8th and communicates a true passion of Joy’s—encouraging young kids to try healthy new foods and energizing exercise!
Rob Beemer is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning production executive and producer/director/writer with more than 25 years of experience in documentary production. Rob has delivered more than 200 hours of science and history based documentary television programming to networks such as Discovery, Science, History, NatGeo, A&E, and Travel Channel. His latest feature documentary, “The Mindfulness Movement,” from executive producers Jewel and Deepak Chopra, is an inspiring and informative look at the rapid growth of mindfulness throughout society. The film will be in theaters in early 2020.
Dr. Daniel Bessesen
Daniel Bessesen, Director Anschutz Health and Wellness Center Dr. Bessesen is a Colorado native who received his medical training at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He has been a clinical endocrinologist at Denver Health Medical Center since 1991. For many years he has been involved with research on appetite, body weight regulation and how nutrients are used by the body. He teaches nutrition and biochemistry to medical students at the University of Colorado. He is also the Director of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center where staff use their expertise in nutrition, physical activity and mental wellbeing to enhance the lives and work of students, employees, researchers and providers at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado and the surrounding community.
Sara Blanchard helps communities build connection through conscious conversations. As a writer, TEDx speaker, happiness consultant, and co-host of the Dear White Women podcast, Sara holds space for people to connect authentically. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and taught positive psychology at Harvard, Sara speaks the language of traditional accomplishment, but she has also pursued the science and techniques of well-being as a life coach, mother, and author of Flex Mom. Sara now bridges the gap between the serious mission of supporting success, and the lighthearted yet impactful actions that build quality relationships, meaning, and happiness in our lives.
Molly Bloom is an American entrepreneur, speaker, and author of the 2014 memoir Molly's Game: The True Story of the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind the Most Exclusive, High-Stakes Underground Poker Game in the World!
Patrick Bolden is a business expert with 24 years of beverage experience. Alcohol, non-alcohol, traditional, non-traditional, on and off premise are many aspects of the beverage industry that are familiar to Pat. Pat is the Co-Founder and President of L.A. Libations. After a short stint playing professional basketball, Pat began in beverage by working for 7up / Rc Bottling in 1993. He worked in a variety of different roles there from field sales to operations to national accounts. After 7 years, he transitioned to the Coca Cola Company into their trade development department and called on national accounts such as BP ampm, Target, Walmart and Sam’s Club. In 2005, Pat took on a National Account Manager role at Heineken USA. Learning the ins and outs and legalities of the alcoholic beverage industry was challenging but rewarding. This experience allowed Pat to be much better-rounded within the beverage channel but also understand how to create a new approach to being innovative and disruptive. In 2009 Pat, Danny and Dino started this organization to position “better for you and healthy alternative” products in mainstream retail accounts. Pat’s strength are his deep nationwide retail relationships. He has always said “providing value is the key to true partnership.” Innovation and incubation continue to be the phases of beverage brands where Pat’s experience shines. His passion to integrate beverages that are centered on health and wellness into mainstream outlets is what drives him to trail blaze in this industry and his results speak for themself. He is a business professional that maintains a proven track record of delivering profitable volume increases, successful product & brand portfolio introductions and coordination of sales execution.
Shanicia Boswell is the founder of Black Moms Blog where she talks parenting, culture, and lifestyle from a black mom's point of view. As a content creator, she wears many hats. Delving in the forms of photography and videography, Shanicia shoots womanhood, birth, and lifestyle images for her global blog community and for personal clients. She also works to facilitate gatherings and retreats for women and sisterhood to bond through educational conversations and spiritual connectivity. Shanicia’s global brand has spread to an international level with her traveling to places like Toronto and Colombia to help women bond through her company, The Self-Care Retreat.
I'm Mindful Jess. I am a passionate yoga practitioner, a movement artist, creative director and a wellness warrior. I spend most of my time inverted, creating interesting content, or doing acrobatics on another human. I live in a Spiritual Playground. I've created a life I always dreamed of. I found my TRUTH and MAGIC after completing a personal challenge I called #yogaproject108 in 2017. I went to 108 yoga classes in 108 days in a row. During this time I cultivated awareness, became deeply connected to my practice and my community, and experienced an epic Spiritual Awakening. I finally took ownership of a 20 year eating disorder and committed myself to my recovery and my wellness journey.
Jim is President of Sales for Upfield Foods North America, a global plant-based food company, where he directs sales and customer marketing for the US and Canada. Jim joined Upfield from Unilever, where he was Vice President of Customer Development from 2009 to 2018 with responsibility for Walmart US and global businesses. He led teams that delivered US sales and profit goals across the Unilever portfolio. Jim started his career at Unilever in 1987, where his career took him through increasingly senior-level positions in business, customer development, and customer marketing. He received his degree from Eastern Michigan University. Jim is a native of Canada but calls Rogers, Arkansas home where he lives with his wife, Holly, and children Natalie, Meredith and Adam. In addition to his family, impacting the community is a big part of Jim’s life and he serves on the Jones Center Family Trust Board and the American Heart Association Board.
Dr. Andrea Brookhart is a community pharmacist who is passionate about helping people live healthier lives. In her role, she develops quality patient care programs aimed to improved medication adherence and safe medication use. She believes pharmacists, as highly accessible healthcare providers, are poised to change the way healthcare is delivered in this country by partnering with patients and other healthcare providers.
Ethan Brown, chief executive officer and co-founder of Beyond Meat – a company focused on rebuilding meat from plants
Patrick Bultema – Chairman, CEO & Founder of FoodMaven Patrick Bultema is an experienced venture-backed executive, widely recognized as a company and industry maker. He has served on the board of directors of over twenty startups and has worked in three venture capital firms. With FoodMaven, Bultema is known for bringing leadership and innovation to the multi-trillion-dollar U.S. food system. His family still runs the farm he grew up on, so it pains him to know so much food is thrown away that farmers and ranchers worked so hard to produce. With a Master of Divinity from Princeton, he has a philosophy of stewardship towards our planet and its inhabitants.
Jacki Carr is a goal coach, writer, motivational speaker, Co-Founder of Rock Your Bliss and a mama. As a leader in transformation, her coaching style includes real + honest conversations and true connection to your most powerful and whole self.
Suzi Casillas is Group Vice President, Fresh Merchandizing. After 25 years in the Retail Industry she has brought her expertise to the non-profit world for the last four years. She has remarkably expanded the Grocery Rescue program. She initiated the Agency Empowerment program increasing the poundage both in the Major and Emerging Retail sectors. Suzi has four grown children, nine grandkids and one great grandchild. She is an expert gardener, runs a volunteer program at the local county jail and loves to cook.
Kushal Chandak is the VP of R&D at PURIS, the largest North American producer of pea protein. He is extremely passionate about product & ingredient development. This passion helps him cater customer needs for clean label solutions in the emergent plant-based industry. After completing his Masters in Food Science from Michigan State University in 2011, Kushal joined PURIS. Years of hard work and tenacity paid off when PURIS was able to launch the first U.S. produced pea protein in 2014-2015. He was successful in getting pea protein GRAS approved by the FDA in 2016 and filed several patent applications following that.
Jon Clinthorne, Ph.D. received his doctorate in Human Nutrition from Michigan State University for his work focusing on diet and immune function. He then completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado, Denver Anschutz Medical Campus where he studied the role of the gut microbiota in the development of graft-versus-host disease following bone marrow transplantation. Now at The Simply Good Foods Company, Jon works to accurately communicate the beneficial physiological effects of low-sugar and low-carbohydrate diets on obesity, diabetes, and overall health.
Margaret Corcoran is a poet, artist, singer, songwriter and most importantly - seeker of truth. She came to the Jewel Never Broken Foundation looking for purpose and has since worked her way to executive assistant to the chairman of the board. She is a student of the mind and of the human spirit and has overcome her own mental health battles. Maggie has become a mentor to the next generation of children in the program and a shining light of what it looks like to follow hour inner compass.
Natalie Coughlin is a 12-time Olympic and 20-time World Championship medalist swimmer. Natalie has been a Brand Ambassador with Luvo Foods since 2015. She works tirelessly with organizations like Right to Play, Edible Schoolyard, MOVE, and Women’s Sports Foundation to promote active living, balanced eating, and the participation of girls and women in sport. Natalie is passionate about nutrition and cooking. She has competed on the Food Network’s Chopped, prepared her favorite recipes on the Today Show, and appeared as a guest judge on Super Chef Battle: An Iron Chef America Event. Natalie attributes much of her success to eating well and recently released her debut cookbook, Cook to Thrive.
Shannon currently serves as the 12th Montgomery County Educational Service Center Superintendent, in the organization’s history and is their first female superintendent. Her role includes working directly with and advocating for all 16 public school districts in Montgomery County. As the educational leader for the county, she works with other various leaders across city/county government, and the other public sectors. Shannon was featured as a TEDxDayton speaker; where she gave her TED Talk on “Future Self.” Shannon is an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton, where she teaches various workshop classes and Educational Leadership courses. Additionally, she is an adjunct at Ashland University. Ms. Cox has worked with many other communities in different roles within the MCESC, which has allowed her to build relationships with districts throughout the region and state. In addition, she is trained in many different academic programs, state initiatives and school district leadership while taking a great interest in state policy and law to be able to provide guidance and consultation to districts. Shannon serves on the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board and chairs the WIB’s Youth Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves on other boards including Air Camp USA, Montgomery County Overdose Action Team, Family and Children First and is President of the Historical Society of Germantown’s Board of Trustees. Prior to her current position, she spent time in her career as a classroom teacher at the intermediate and junior high levels, a building principal, an athletic coach, a K-12 Curriculum Director and MCESC’s Associate Superintendent. Her experience has been in multiple counties and different types of districts giving her a variety of education experiences at the Pk-12 level. Outside of education, Shannon is a community activist. She is a vibrant participant in her community and has led many grass-root initiatives including those focusing on volunteerism, fundraising, political campaigns, health awareness and most recently has co-founded a Community Drug-Free Coalition. Shannon believes there has never been a more important time in education to advocate for our profession, our schools, and most importantly our students.
Patrick Coyne is a Cincinnati native who has a deep passion for athletic training that is rooted in delivering results. After a lifetime athletic career ended in college due to injury, Patrick started Black Sheep Performance to help clients of all levels reach their fullest potential. By incorporating biomechanics, agility, speed, and strength, Patrick’s unique Black Sheep training program benefits not only athletes but all of his clients - ranging from youth to seniors post-operation. At Black Sheep, all of the trainers that contribute to the program are committed to delivering results, creating a safe environment, and leveraging Pat’s comprehensive training style to focus energy, care, and attention to each session.
Karena Dawn, Co-Founder of Tone It Up, a fitness and lifestyle community founded by women for women, is a spirited entrepreneur and a certified yoga instructor, nutrition coach, personal trainer, and meditation coach under the Chopra Center for meditation. Karena is passionate about empowering others; she supports organizations such as Girls on the Run and is on the Board of Directors for National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). She hopes all women find a home, friend, or accountability partner in the Tone It Up community.
Christine Day is the CEO of Luvo, a forward-thinking food company with a focus on bringing real nutrition to the freezer aisle. As the makers of Performance Kitchen meals, Luvo is at the head of the pack of companies creating the next generation of frozen food. Christine is passionate about helping people live longer, healthier, and happier lives through nutrition while addressing diet-related diseases and illnesses. Under her leadership, Luvo is transforming consumers’ perception of frozen food, and the positive impact it can have on health. Christine draws from her six years of experience as CEO of Lululemon Athletica, and 20 years in executive roles at Starbucks.
Becky Diaz is the Coordinator of Beauty Merchandising for The Kroger Co. Becky began her career with the company in 2005 at dunnhumby/84.51 as a customer insight analyst supporting both Kroger and Suppliers. She held various roles at dunnhumby/84.51 including supporting Kroger’s HBC merchandising team where she helped use customer data to shape Kroger’s Beauty strategy. In October 2017 she transferred to Kroger as Coordinator of Beauty.
Rachael is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Mercy Health- Sayler Park Health Center. This one of Mercy’s school-based health centers that serves both the students at Sayler Park Elementary, but also the community. She has been with Mercy since it’s opening of the health center in 2016. She loves getting to take care of the entire family and find what will work best for each family unit. She is an advocate for disease prevention, health promotion, and overall wellness. She has done educational sessions on different health related topics both with the students and her community to teach them how to be proactive in their own health. She is active in her community through volunteer work and coaching high school soccer. She loves spending her free time with her family.
Meghan Donnelly is the medical affairs dietitian at Dr. Schär USA. She has a Master's degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from New York University and completed her dietetic internship at the James J. Peters Bronx VA. Meghan has worked at Dr. Schär USA for one year. Her specialties are in chronic kidney disease and gastrointestinal disorders.
Trevor is the Founder and CEO of Inclusion Companies LLC. Mr. Drinkwater started his career with Nestle Waters nearly 30 years ago as a sales representative and became the youngest ever General Manager of the company. Trevor joined Warner Bros Home Entertainment as its SVP of Sales, where he helped the company launch the highly successful DVD format. He then joined Take Two Interactive for a short stint as its COO. Mr. Drinkwater has Executive Produced over 10 films to include the critically acclaimed film The Way, and soon to be released The Public. He founded Inclusion Companies LLC, which provides consulting and sales services for companies seeking to amplify their corporate responsibility initiatives.
After many years in the insurance industry, Beth joined the non-profit world with 1N5. Her passion for mental wellness is personal especially when it comes to our youth. The loss of her son by suicide drives her to work diligently to address the mental health crisis currently plaguing our community.
Lauren Melanie Duncan is a Cincinnati native and a transgender activist. Lauren currently works at General Electric as a customer programs engineer and acts as co-leader of their local GLBTA network. She has been active within HRC's equality in the workplace efforts and does trainings at corporations and universities within the region.
It almost feels inevitable that Josie Dunne would become an artist of some kind. Although the musician and songwriter now calls Nashville home, she grew up in the suburbs of Chicago in an art-loving family. Everyone in Josie’s family creates. Her sister is a dancer, her older brother is a painter and her younger brother is a graphic designer and actor. For Josie, expression comes in the form of sincere, fun-loving pop music.
The Ohio Youth-Led Prevention Network Youth Council is a group of dynamic students from across the state who come together to create meaningful and sustainable mental health and substance misuse change on a state level.
Julie Emmett is the senior director, retail partnerships for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA). Julie develops opportunities for PBFA member companies and retailers to achieve their sales goals through education, data analysis, research and marketing initiatives. Julie has spent her entire career within the retail food industry in multiple capacities in leadership roles with companies such as Kraft, Albertsons, MARS Advertising and SPINS. In 2018, Julie created and led PBFA’s pilot shopper marketing campaign with Lucky Supermarkets, a fully-integrated event creating awareness and increased sales for Lucky’s and 20 PBFA member companies. This year Julie collaborated with Kroger for their Vegfest, their internal plant-based foods sampling event, helping to grow the event by 5x the previous year. Julie earned her master’s in business administration at St. Mary’s College, is certified in nutrition education and is passionate about understanding what is driving growth within plant-based foods, which remains at the epicenter of grocery retail sales growth.
Ron "Boss" Everline
Just Train the Mind and The Body will Follow. Ron “Boss” Everline has made personal fitness and training his life’s work. He attended Northwest Missouri State University on a full athletic football scholarship in pursuit of his professional football dreams. This next level of athletic achievement was the obvious choice for him as he comes from a pedigree of football elites.
I am a former D1 Athlete with a passion for designing and implementing exercise regimens for all age groups with nutritional programs that maximize workouts, increase strength and stamina, and maximize a person’s overall health and fitness. My ability to instruct, motivate and educate people of all ages creates an environment where personal and professional goals are successfully executed. I have personally trained over 100 professional athletes and have been featured in Men’s Journal and Yahoo Health. I currently work in Los Angeles and NYC for some of the NY Giants in-season training. I develop specialized training and nutritional programs based on client assessment to safely achieve their personal goals. I educate clients on the importance of establishing realistic goals that will promote compliance to a lifelong exercise and nutrition regimen.
Kaisa Keranen is a personal trainer, fitness educator and social media influencer known for her fun and innovative ways to get people moving. She graduated from the University of Washington where she was a member of the Track and Field team and later went on to get her Masters in Exercise Science, Sports Performance and Injury Prevention. As the owner of KaisaFit, she has developed her own method of movement which she shares daily with her clients and social media followers worldwide. She lives and teaches by the motto that health is a feeling not a look and believes whole-heartedly in her mission to get people around the world up and moving!
Sean Flanery, Assistant Brand Manager of Innovation, is responsible for identifying and exploring opportunities to meet the evolving needs of its customers— in service of The Kroger Co’s purpose to Feed the Human Spirit. Sean is a fierce advocate for equity and inclusion both at work and within the community. In addition to his role on the brand building team, he also serves as co-chair for the Kroger PRIDE Associate Resource Group and as a steering committee member for Human Rights Campaign Greater Cincinnati. Sean holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from the University of California, Irvine.
Justin Flom has a magical life. From touring with Country Superstars Florida Georgia Line and creating magic for other stars and companies including Coca-Cola, Hobby Lobby, Lady Antebellum, Super Bowl Coach Pete Carroll and the entire Seattle Seahawks team, John Legend, Nick Jonas, and Chrissy Teigen, Flom finds himself in front of as diverse an audience as any entertainer. His tours take him to buildings like Madison Square Garden to mega-churches as well as Amphitheaters across the US. He truly has the ability to entertain anyone, anywhere!
Dr. Erin Fries
Dr. Erin Fries serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for the Mid-American Group of Bon Secours Mercy Health. In her most recent role as the Chief Clinical Officer for the Cincinnati Region, Fries provided oversight for clinical care delivery across the continuum by working with the market’s 400 employed providers, the medical staffs of its 5 hospitals and 1,100 affiliate CIN providers. Prior to her role as CCO, Fries practiced family medicine in Grove City, Ohio and with Mercy Health Physicians—Springdale Family Medicine. She has served a variety of leadership roles within Mercy Health, and has particular interests in care model transformation and population health management. Fries earned her Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Dayton, and her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Carmen is an entrepreneur, group fitness instructor, NPC Bikini Body Building Competitor, and the mind and heart behind the Women’s Liberation Workshop (WLW), an interactive wellness experience that addresses the need for community-based fitness and life empowerment for women and young girls. With a background in Women and Family Studies, Carmen learned first-hand about the intersectional oppressions of racism, classism, and sexism that most women experience. She decided to use her fitness platform to create a place for women to connect, exchange information, share their stories, grow financially, and lean into relationships to become healthier in all areas of life. WLW features a choreographed dance session focused on femininity, an R&B yoga session aimed toward spiritual and physical wellness, a financial freedom session to educate women on managing their money, and a marketplace to showcase female entrepreneurs.
CEO Body Complete RX, Author, and Healthy Lifestyle Advocate Samia Gore is a social media success story. After her initial online exploration to find resources where she could learn more about health and fitness, Samia realized there was an opportunity to build her own online community where she could share her journey with weight loss, plastic surgery, fitness and nutrition. Looking for healthier alternatives to help take her own fitness goals to the next level and to offer her growing followers a safe and effective solution to weight management, Samia created her own line of plant-based supplements BODY Complete RX. With her product launch, Samia was able to transform her social media platform to a full-blown body and weight management brand providing tools and tips for women while building a multimillion-dollar-business. Samia’s weight loss journey started with the pregnancy of her fourth child when she packed on an extra 80 pounds postpartum. After losing the additional weight, Samia opted to undergo a surgical “mommy makeover” procedure. However, she soon realized there weren’t many readily-available resources where she could access information on plastic surgery. Samia, who was working as a federal executive at the time, had no doubt this was the next step in her personal journey. Rejecting the public stigma surrounding cosmetic surgery (especially within the African American community), Samia created a go-to online platform exclusively dedicated to the do’s and don’ts of plastic surgery. Her social media audience quickly grew to over 145k followers. Her newfound voice and authority on plastic surgery lead to the publishing of Gore’s first book, Plastica, a step-by-step surgery guide aimed at answering the questions Gore was receiving daily from her followers. As a part of her continued health exploration, Gore began adding supplements into her wellness routine. As a busy wife and mother, Gore sought organic alternatives that could provide her with increased energy and curb unwanted hunger - all of which she shared with her loyal followers. As she documented what worked for her personally, a new venture arose – the creation of BODY Complete RX (BCRX). In just two years on the market, Samia has become one of the first African American female founders to break significant ground in this highlycompetitive, male-dominated industry. Following the success of BCRX, Samia recently launched her brand new athlesiure collection XTHLETICS, for women looking to look amazing while being active, in September 2019.
Dr. Camille Graham
Dr. Camille Graham specializes in primary care and pediatrics at Mercy Health - Kenwood Primary Care and Pediatrics & West Chester Primary Care and Pediatrics. She believes every child has the right to a continuous longitudinal relationship with a healthcare team from birth to adulthood, and her team addresses the physical, mental, behavioral, social, environmental, and cultural factors impacting health. Her career is focused on reducing health disparities by improving access to care, breastfeeding success, immunization rates, and evidence-based diagnosis and treatment of childhood illnesses and conditions.
Dr. Robert Graham
Chef Robert Graham (MD, MPH, ABOIM, FACP) is a Harvard-trained physician board-certified in Internal and Integrative Medicine, and the Cofounder of FRESH Medicine. Dr. Graham received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at Stony Brook and a residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital. He earned a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health while completing fellowships in General Internal Medicine, Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies, and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. One of less than twenty doctor/chefs worldwide, he obtained his culinary degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute.
Julie Graham is CEO and Co-Founder of FRESH Medicine and FRESH MED U. Julie is a Certified Health Coach, a 500-Hour Yoga Teacher, Positive Psychology Practitioner and is certified in Meditation and Aromatherapy. For over 25 years, Julie has been at the forefront of health and wellness. In 2019, she developed "FRESH MED U" an online FRESH Medicine "University": A Physician-supervised, scientifically proven self–care "Pro-Graham" designed for optimum wellness! Julie weaves together the fields of Nutrition, Yoga philosophy, Meditation, Positive Psychology and Aromatherapy into one concise program guided by a simple principle: to help people live happier, healthier lives.
Crystal Gray, E-RYT 500, has been teaching yoga since 2006. She loves sharing the gift of yoga with others because it has helped her to transform her life, and she knows it can help others to do the same! She wrote her first book, Goddesses Fart Too (yes, real title!), last year to help women accept themselves so they can finally live the life they were meant to live. Crystal lives on her 20-acre organic vegetable farm with her husband and daughter. They enjoy cooking and being out in nature when she's not traveling and leading retreats or yoga teacher training.
Professional goalkeeper for over 20 years 1994-2016. Played for SEATTLE Sounders, Colorado rapids, Fulham, ReadingFC, Wolverhampton wanderers, Everton and back to Seattle to finish the pro career. Commercial pilot, fishing guide, proud dad of Two boys and of puppy Boomer 6 months old and wife Amanda!
Tracey Halama is the Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Vital Proteins. Tracey has been an integral part of the brand since its inception in 2014, driving top line revenue for all channels of business, defining innovative go-to-market strategies and laying the groundwork for winning field execution and commercialization of new innovation initiatives. Her guidance through the brand’s many phases of startup growth has resulted in Vital Proteins’ transformation into one of the fastest growing brands in the Wellness, Beauty and CPG industries. Prior to Vital Proteins, Tracey held various technology executive and sales management roles across Fortune 100 companies like IBM, Dell/EMC and startups like Box and Nirvanix. Throughout her career, she has consistently driven incremental revenue and positively contributed to the development of future leaders. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Michigan in Economics and attended the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan for her MBA. She has also completed Executive Education programs at The Booth School of Business at The University of Chicago. Currently, Tracey lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her two teenage daughters and Goldendoodle, Ollie. When she’s not dreaming up her next big sales win, she can be found cheering on her favorite college football team – Go Blue – cooking or taking a spin on her Peloton.
Staff Sergeant that served on active duty US Army 1979 -1987, and Kentucky National Guard 2008-2012.
Chris Hannan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Hemp Hydrate, an emerging brand in the rapidly growing CBD health and wellness marketplace. Previously, Chris was the Executive Vice President of Sales with WME/IMG and, before that, was the Executive President of Marketing & Communications for FOX Sports. For over 20 years, Chris has distinguished himself by developing unique marketing opportunities connecting content creators, sports teams, venues, and brands with its customers. He is a proven leader, creating and managing an array of corporate divisions within the sports and entertainment industry. Chris has been honored for his work in sports media and marketing on numerous occasions. In 2012, he was named to Sports Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list and recognized as one of the rising stars in the sports industry under the age of 40.
Ariel Happe is a Brand Partnerships Coordinator in the Music department at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Based in the Nashville office, Happe works with many of the world’s leading country musicians, including Rachel Platten, Martina McBride, Lauren Alaina, and Josie Dunne, among others.
Born and raised in Cincinnati OH and a background in collegiate and professional sports.. Alex has a vision for fitness that is highly inviting and highly encouraging! No matter your fitness level - Alex will help you choose your challenge to help create the positive change you want in your life!
Jason Harrison co-owns Present Tense Fitness in Dayton, Ohio, and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a United States Weightlifting Level 1 coach, and a Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist. His studio trains dancers seeking to elevate their performance and build resilience against potential injury as well as general population clients. Jason is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science.
As the CEO and co-founder of the health and wellness startup Medterra,Jay Hartenbach passionately pursues his work with the singular purpose of making CBD accessible for all. While Medterra started with humble beginnings in Jay’s living room, it has now grown into one of the leading CBD brands with offices located across the world.
Colette Heimowitz, M.Sc. is the Vice President of Nutrition at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., and works directly with medical professionals, health influencers, and consumers to educate them about a sustainable way of eating. A New York Times best-selling author with over 20 years experience as a nutritionist, Heimowitz brings a wealth of knowledge to the field of health and wellness. She is heavily involved in the medical community, sits on the Science Advisory Board at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, and speaks to students on the importance of controlled carbohydrate nutrition. She is also an advisory board member of the Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel of AHA, a member of the advisory panel for Health Core (a Dr. Oz foundation), and sits on the Corporate Advisory Panel Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology at the University of Missouri. In addition, she has created a research library of scientific research studies that demonstrate the impact nutrition has on health issues such as weight loss and weight management, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Heimowitz has been featured as a nutrition expert on national television networks such as NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC.
Rachel is a Physical Therapist at Mercy Health Orthopaedics and Sports Rehabiliation, Five Mile. She is a certified running coach through the Road Runners Club of America and specializes in running gait analysis. Additionally, she is certified in Orthopedic Manual Therapy for the treatment of spine conditions. She earned her B.S. in Exercise Science from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, MI). Her competition in collegiate Cross Country and Track & Field spurred her interest in the sports medicine field.
After a life-changing auto accident, dancer Chelsie Hill refused to let paralysis hinder her love for the art of dance. Chelsie now trains in the most notable studios in LA as the only wheelchair dancer in her classes and is the founder of The Rollettes Dance Team—a group of talented differently-abled women who have entertained thousands of fans with appearances on Ellen, KTLA, and The Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family.
The original influencer, Perez Hilton founded and oversees one of the most iconic websites ever. In addition to his eponymous blog, he is the host of a very successful podcast, has a loyal following across two YouTube channels, has written three books, and has acted in countless TV shows and films - as well as the stage. Most importantly, he is the proud father of three happy and thriving kids, and the proud son of one amazing mother. Perez is one of the most sought-after commentators and your best friend.
Tony Horton is an American fitness guru and creator of the best-selling fitness series P90X®, a world-class motivational speaker, and the author of top-selling books Bring It, Crush It! and his latest motivational book, The Big Picture: 11 Laws That Will Change Your Life.
Mr. Howard is the Chief of Performance and Accountability for the 11th largest school district in the US supporting over 185,000 students. Mr. Howard provide leadership and supervision of federal and state accountability, state and district assessment programs, district research activities and program evaluation efforts, In addition, Mr. Howard provides strategic support and direction for the implementation of educational technology to support teaching and learning. He has over thirty years of education experience.
Dr. Michael Howell is a neurologist and an international expert on sleep. He co-founded the Sleep Performance Institute (SPI) to help individuals live better and organizations improve performance through better rest. SPI is dedicated to delivering high-quality, evidence-based, non-pharmacological sleep strategies to everyone without needing to see a doctor. SPI works with high performance athletes and artists to reach previously unattainable achievements by improving the one-third of their lives too often taken for granted. Dr. Howell is dedicated to making the world more alert, intelligent and compassionate one sleeper at a time.
Living and leading by example, Jennifer A. Ingram made a career out of her greatest passion- empowering others to embrace their journey, live their truth, and thrive authentically while promoting a unified vision for more equitable and inclusive communities. Jennifer currently serves as Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC); charged with providing executive leadership, strategy development, execution and accountability for UWGC’s focus on internal and external DEI. Possessing over a decade of progressive healthcare experience; prior moving to Cincinnati in 2018, Jennifer demonstrated success in bringing together leadership and key stakeholders to advance DEI strategies at two nationally ranked institutions, the Mayo Clinic and Henry Ford Health System. Throughout her career, Jennifer has been the recipient of several awards and accolades. As recognition of her commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community, she was given the LGBT Community Leadership Award from the Ohio Diversity Council as well as a Vizazi Torch Award from Cincy Black Pride. A native of Metro-Detroit, Jennifer earned a graduate degree from Central Michigan University in Organizational Leadership and completed undergraduate coursework at Eastern Michigan University in Healthcare Administration. When she’s not working, Jennifer is an avid world traveler who has visited six continents and enjoy experiencing different cultures and authentic cuisine.
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Dr. Chelsea Jackson Roberts is an internationally celebrated, yoga teacher, educational researcher and founder of Yoga, Literature, and Art Camp for Teen Girls at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Chelsea has appeared in magazines like Yoga Journal and delivered talks about yoga and mindfulness on the main stages of the Global Citizen Festival and MAKERS Conference. Although she is a proud Dayton, Ohio native and resides in Atlanta, GA, Chelsea enjoys teaching yoga and mindfulness all over the world as a Lululemon global yoga ambassador and joyfully shares how yoga can be used as a tool to cultivate community.
Harrison Johnson is a recently separated, 10-year United States Army Infantryman. He is the Director of Operations for the FitOps Foundation and a mental health advocate for Veterans. Harrison spent nearly 2 years of his service in combat zones overseas and is the recipient of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, 8 Army Commendation Medals and is a Distinguished Member of the 187th Infantry Regiment. His time in the Army was spent in Alaska, Kentucky and finally in Missouri as Drill Sergeant, training the Army’s next generation of Soldiers. Harrison lives in Bentonville, Arkansas now with his wife and two young sons, working to build and develop the FitOps Foundation’s permanent training facilities.
Natalie Jones, local radio personality from the Jon and Natalie Show on Cincinnati's Q102 is a lover of all things art, outside, and spandex. She spends her weekdays popping from studio to studio between yoga and her actual job, radio. On the weekends she is barefoot and outside as much as possible with her family. She is not afraid to have those difficult conversations and energy and karma mean a lot to her. After college she traveled all over the US from the islands in the Carolina's, to the mountains of Colorado, and California landing in beautiful places where she learned above all, health and happiness are the foundation to life. Now back in Cincinnati she strives to maintain a calm confidence with all she does - which is a daily practice! Her life motto: live true. be free.
Julie joined American Greetings this year as Vice President, Sales and Shopper Marketing. Prior to her current role at American Greetings, Julie was a sales executive with Procter & Gamble; she retired after 27 years of service. Julie earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati and her MBA from Xavier University. Julie and her husband Will have two children. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, travel, and spending time outdoors with her family.
Cobi Jones is an American former professional soccer player and analyst for the Los Angeles Galaxy on Spectrum SportsNet. He can also be seen on Fox Sports, BeIN Sports, the Pac-12 Network and as the co-host of FuboTV's Player's Lounge. A three-time US Men's World Cup Player, Cobi is also a member of the 1992 US Olympic Soccer Team.
Jesse Karagianes VP of Sales, CV Sciences Mr. Karagianes has been instrumental in developing the market for hemp CBD products over the last four years. His extensive knowledge combined with his passion for the remarkable health, environmental and economic benefits of hemp CBD make him a seasoned industry expert. As the hemp extract marketplace has grown, so too has consumer confusion. From sourcing, product innovation and product formats, Mr. Karagianes has been ingrained in all different facets of the CBD market. He is well-versed in translating technical and quality considerations into advice for retailers and consumers in selecting the safest and most effective hemp CBD products. Prior to joining CV Sciences, his background focused on the highly competitive and tightly regulated for-profit education industry, where he was an award-winning VP of Sales & Recruitment at a multimillion dollar publicly traded enterprise. Jesse's career commitment to education serves him at CV Sciences where he can share the benefits of PlusCBD™ Oil products with hundreds of thousands of consumers, retailers, and influencers.
Raised in Alaska with family roots hailing from Switzerland, Atz is a true American cowboy. His life experience includes serving time in the military, hunting, fishing, and building as a homesteader in Alaska. He is known for writing poetry, authoring a book about his life (Son of a Midnight Land: A Memoir in Stories) recording and touring his music, mentoring and speaking at corporate events, creating one-of-a-kind fine art and, lastly, being the star of his reality show Alaska: The Last Frontier.
Tom has been with American Greetings for eleven years and is Senior Vice President of North American Sales. He previously was at Hallmark for thirty years, and two years with the Nestle company. He earned his MBA in Finance from Temple University. He and his wife, Paige, have been married for 32 years and have two children. Tom is an avid runner.
Kahlea Kimoto was forced to grow up fast as a young girl when she was faced with hardships within her family. She has struggled with mental health related illnesses for a large part of her life. As a member of the Never Broken Foundation she now has access to tools and better ways to heal her past traumas. She is excited about the Wellness Festival and everything it represents.
James Kirby is the Senior Director of Pharmacy Services for the Kroger Company. His main responsibilities include: overseeing Kroger’s vaccination, medication therapy management, health screening, and disease management/education programs; training and developing pharmacy staff in core clinical content areas; driving innovation in patient care through creation of pilot programs that improve the medication use process and integrate pharmacists into team-based care environments; and lead Kroger’s advocacy efforts for the advancement of pharmacy. James earned his pharmacy degree from Ohio State University and his PharmD from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked as a pharmacist in retail, mail, hospital, and managed care/specialty pharmacy. James is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati.
Terry Kitagawa, Ph.D. is a digestive health expert with a passion for health education, biohacking and functional medicine. Terry has a doctorate in bioinorganic chemistry from the University of Washington and spent the previous 11 years as a subject matter expert in oxidative chemistry and product development/innovation. Terry’s personal interest in digestive health began during his own health struggles, where probiotics played an essential role in his recovery. He joined Renew Life in January 2019 and helps to educate retailers and consumers with easy-to-digest training programs. Terry lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Will Kleidon is an award-winning pioneer and futurist of the Cannabis industry. He is known for cracking the CBD code by creating the most effective and clean CBD rich hemp products on the planet. Featured in Cheddar, Forbes, Money, Entrepreneur, LA Times and a regular keynote of the Cannabis Forum and Bevnet, Kleidon is a subject matter expert when it comes to the art, science and technology of the Cannabis business, history of hemp and what it means to our future. As early as 17 years old, Kleidon organized and implemented a sustainability fair which drew over 25 organizations and 500 attendees. Will studied permaculture in Australia and achieved the second highest nationally accredited certification in Permaculture Design. After searching for a CBD rich hemp oil for a personal need in 2014, he couldn’t find one that was made without synthetic fillers, had third-party batch testing results and used organic ingredients. Not only did he set out to create the most effective and clean CBD rich hemp oil products, but he was also determined to align them with his love and care for the earth and all of its inhabitants. And so, Ojai Energetics was born, as the first Public Benefit Corporation in its industry. Ojai Energetics is a triple bottom line driven cannabis technology company with a primary focus on the organic and science-driven nutraceutical and medical sectors. Kleidon believes Hemp is a catalyst for things getting better. He created Ojai Energetics to help deliver goodness to the world.
Sam Kramer is the Senior Nutrition Coordinator for The Kroger Company. He is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, and Certified Sports Nutritionist. He was previously the New Product Development Manager across all VHMS categories for Kroger & Vitacost.com. He has published peer-reviewed literature and two consumer-facing books related to nutrition & wellness. Sam received his master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Florida State University and his bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences (Summa Cum Laude) from Rutgers University. In his spare time, Sam enjoys being a competitive rower and adding eclectic socks to his extensive collection.
Diana Krauser is a Category Manager on the Health Care team for The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati. She is responsible for CBD, Digestive Health, First Aid, Footcare, Eye/Ear Care, and Smoking Cessation categories. She is a 38 year veteran of the grocery business.
Jordan Kremm is Vice President of Health & Beauty Care for The Kroger Co., based in Cincinnati. She is responsible for Corporate Sales & Merchandising for Health and Beauty Care across the organization.
Shelly Kwiatkouski provides expert guidance in yogic discipline. Through her kinetic insight Shelly teaches students how to access poses by breaking them down from simple to the complex, making what seems impossible possible. Students and teachers regard Shelly’s master classes as one of the most effective means of yoga and personal development, while finding themselves through form.
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Margaret Lewis is the Innovation Leader at Kroger Health. In her role, Margaret implements technology solutions for customers and Kroger associates with the primary goal of simplifying healthcare. Margaret earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.
Colleen Lindholz is President of Kroger Health, the healthcare arm of The Kroger Co. Kroger Health is one of America’s leading retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,000 pharmacies and 200 clinics in 37 states. Colleen oversees all of the company’s Pharmacy, Clinical, and Nutrition operations and services, including all healthcare-related digital products and platforms. She’s a passionate believer in Kroger Health’s vision to help people live healthier lives. Colleen leads a team of more than 22,000 healthcare practitioners - from pharmacists and nurse practitioners to dietitians and technicians – who provide health and wellness solutions to over 13 million customers each year. She’s the lead architect of the company’s “Food as Medicine” strategy, successfully connecting customers’ grocery experience with their healthcare needs through innovations in recruiting, training, and technology.
Tyler Lorenzen is CEO and President at PURIS, a Plant-Based Protein company passionate about bringing sustainable and Organic plant-based nutrition to the world. After majoring in International Business Management at the University of Connecticut where he led as captain and starting quarterback of the school’s football team, Tyler went on to a successful career in the NFL, winning the Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints. Moving his passion for peak-performance into business, Tyler joined PURIS in 2011to launch the company into the plant protein space. Serving as Vice President of Business Development, Tyler led the commercial development in 2014 of of PURIS Pea Protein, which has a clean flavor and versatile character that works in a spectrum of finished foods. PURIS peas are produced through an end-to-end model starting with seeds grown in the USA and manufacturing facilities in the USA, that ensures safe organic, non-GMO ingredients of the highest quality. As part of the company’s efforts to scale plant-based nutrition and Certified Organic crops grown in the U.S., Tyler led an enterprise-wide rebrand that captured his father’s vision of organic, plant-based nutrition powering a regenerative and sustainable food future. Now PURIS’ President, Tyler heads the company’s leadership team and is responsible for the Board of Directors management of PURIS.
Austin Lucas serves as the Program Director for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF). He manages suicide prevention programming, training, events, education, and resources for a 5-year, SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) Youth Suicide Prevention Grant and a 3-Year, SAMHSA Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) Service Member and Veteran Grant. Austin works with many community-level partners in the State of Ohio, including local suicide prevention coalitions, government agencies, Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Teams, mental health organizations, and many others. He is passionate about empowering communities to spread suicide prevention training, knowledge, and skills throughout their locality.
Brother Luck – Owner/Chef of IV by Brother Luck Brother Luck has been working in professional kitchens since the age of 14 and is currently the Chef/Owner of Brother Luck Street Eats located in Old Colorado City and Four by Brother Luck. Chef Luck and his eatery were recently named 2015 “Most Cutting Edge Restaurant” and “Best Local Chef” by The Gazette and Colorado Springs Independent. Brother Luck was the winner of Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay where he won the judges over with his love of pork and also a finalist on FoodNetwork’s Chopped where Alex Guarnaschelli called him “a wizard in the plating department”. He is a graduate of The Art Institute of Phoenix and also a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation.
Jessica Mandel is a Principal at Miller Strategies based in Washington, DC. Recently, Jessica was a Director and Head of Legislative Affairs for Credit Suisse Securities (USA), based in Washington, D.C. where she was involved in US federal regulatory, legislative and agency matters impacting the Bank and its clients. Focusing on issues such as overall equity and fixed income market structure, hedgefunds and private equity, global bank issues, market liquidity, securities lending and the Volcker Rule. In addition, she spoke and continues to speak at numerous conferences, client events and individual client meetings and calls both in the U.S. and Europe covering the political landscape surrounding both fixed income and equity market structure issues, among other topical issues such as tax and trade. Immediately prior to joining Credit Suisse, she was a director of legislative affairs for a Washington lobbying firm Tassey & Associates. There she represented major financial institutions such as GE Capital, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, Mastercard and Bank of America on a wide range of legislative and regulatory policy matters. Ms. Mandel worked on Capitol Hill for Congressman Culberson from Texas during the introduction of the Dodd-Frank Bill in 2009 and at the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2010 during the mid-term elections. Prior to coming to Washington DC, Ms. Mandel was an associate Director for a commercial real estate firm, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler in Houston, TX, where she assisted with over 30 contract negotiations and procured over $300 million in lending for clients such as JP Morgan, Prudential and self-storage REITs. Ms. Mandel has a B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing from San Diego State University and a J.D. from the University of Denver.
Ashley Martinez is a Culinary Dietitian Project Manager for the Culinary Innovation Center at Kroger in Cincinnati, OH. Ashley began working for the company at the age of 14 and soon after, found a passion for retail dietetics. Her long-term association with Kroger has provided her with expert knowledge on store operations, in-store product offerings, and menu development. Ashley’s involvement with the culinary center ties back to Kroger Health’s vision to help people live healthier lives. Ashley alongside corporate chefs on menu and product development, keeping the integrity of nutrition at its core. Ashley is getting ready to begin her second year of culinary school and couldn’t be more excited.
Debbie Matenopoulos is a four-time Emmy® nominee who has successfully sustained her career as a compelling journalist, talk show host, food and lifestyle expert, and bestselling cookbook author. She is currently the Co-Host of Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family and a Special Television Host Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight on CBS.
Brian Mazza is an entrepreneur based out of New York. He co-founded The Ainsworth in 2009 and in 2010 created the men’s custom clothing company Windsor Custom. Brian’s primary passion has always been creating, and over the years he has carved out a space in health and wellness. From a young age, Brian has always been a highly competitive athlete, and that drive got him a scholarship to play Division 1 soccer at The University of Rhode Island. In 2017, Brian landed the cover of Men’s Health and has been featured in Men’s Fitness, GQ, Esquire, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox 5, Cheddar, Channel 11, HLN, The Steve Harvey Show and is a frequent contributor on various Food Network shows. With over 130k Instagram followers, Brian has taken his love for fitness to a new level with the formation of HPLT, High Performance Lifestyle Training. Brian’s primary goal with HPLT is to continue to create an environment where like-minded people come together obsessed with becoming more efficient in all areas of their life. Brian will be hosting multiple retreats throughout the year in cities across the country, as well as the opening of an HPLT facility in Manhattan. Brian is married to CNN entertainment reporter Chloe Melas and together, they are expecting their second son this summer.
Eric is an Independently Licensed Clinical Therapist and Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He currently practices at Mercy Clermont Behavioral Health Institute. He has been with Mercy Health since 2015. Prior to his work at Mercy, he has served in a variety of leadership roles developing and implementing programs for mental health and substance use disorders. He is an advocate for the primary detection and prevention of both mental health and substance use disorders. He is also a proud father and veteran and enjoys travelling, hiking and camping in his spare time. He is an active member within his community and enjoys giving back to those in need.
Kelli is the Regional Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for the Western Region. She is responsible for Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, King Soopers, QFC and Ralphs. Kelli was promoted to her current role in May of 2017; previously she was the Corporate Affairs Director for King Soopers. Kelli joined the company in 1997 to launch King Soopers loyalty card program. She has since held responsibilities in marketing and advertising. In addition to her current role, Kelli currently serves on the Board of Directors for Food Bank of the Rockies, 5th Gear Kids, Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, and the Colorado Retail Council. Kelli has two boys, and is a native of Colorado.
Kate Meyer joined the Kroger company in 2006 and has held numerous roles out of our General Office including Buyer, Category Manager, Division Sales Planner, and Promo Planning Specialist for both Grocery & Natural Foods. In 2015, Kate helped open a new concept Natural & Organic Store, Main & Vine, in Seattle WA, as the Center Store Merchandiser. She returned to Grocery with responsibilities over Dairy & Frozen commodities before being named Center Store Director of Grocery & Natural Foods Merchandising in 2017.
Jillian Michaels is an American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Jason Mitchell
Dr. Jason Mitchell is a Naturopathic Doctor certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board. He is also a member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association and Certified Natural Health Professionals. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management/Operations from Arizona State University and his Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Trinity College of Natural Health.
Liz Moody is a writer, cookbook author and podcast host, known for her number one best-selling healthy cookbook, Healthier Together, and her hit podcast, also called Healthier Together, where she has vulnerable, intimate conversations with some of the most exciting women in the wellness world. The former food director of leading wellness website mindbodygreen, she regularly writes for publications like Marie Claire, Vogue, Refinery29, and goop. You can follow along with Liz's life and find tons of healthy eating tips and recipes on her Instagram, @lizmoody.
Amy is a counselor, coach, trainer, and all around mental wellness specialist. She is passionate about the intersection of mental health with physical fitness and works to integrate mindfulness and breath work into her life and in the lives of her clients. When Amy works with her clients she focuses on a holistic model of health and wellness that integrates breath work, mindfulness, physical fitness, and mental health. She envisions a world where anyone can get the help they need to experience the best version of themselves.
Derek Mortland raced motorcycles for six years before being paralyzed in a racing accident. After a long hiatus, he learned to race again in cars with the National Auto Sport Association. He is currently the NASA Great Lakes High Performance Driving Experience Level 2 Co-Leader and was 2015 Instructor of the Year. He won TTF Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015, was runner up in the 2016 TTE Championship and on-course to be runner up in the 2019 TT4 Championship. During the week, Derek serves as President of Advanced Access, LLC providing training and consultation on the Americans with Disabilities Act. He has previously taught guitar classes at the Dublin, OH Community Recreation Center, served as a program coordinator for Win-Win Institute facilitating re-entry programs at Marion Correctional Institute and held positions as a teaching artist and artist services coordinator with VSA arts of Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council. Derek has also extensively studied and practiced meditation, mindfulness, martial arts, and eastern philosophy through various teachers and organizations. He has found a way to help and serve others at work, at play and even while racing. He will share with us insights on how we can all connect and make the most out of our passions by helping others. It is in giving that we receive.
Nic Novicki is an comedian, actor, and producer that has performed on 6 continents including several tours through Armed Forces Entertainment, performing for troops. His television credits include: Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Loudermilk, Alone Together, Gotham Comedy Live, Jack and Triumph, The Neighbors, Austin and Alley, Private Practice, Drop Dead Diva. He has appeared in several movies including: L!fe Happens, November Rule, The Last 5 Years, Boston Girls, Breaking Wind, Dead Ant and the upcoming Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks. He is the founder and director of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and is a board member of Easterseals Southern California.
Chef Stuart O'Keeffe
Stuart O’Keeffe is an accomplished celebrity and professional chef known for his healthy, yet hearty meals. He first explored his passion for food while cooking alongside his mother in his native Ireland, then honed that passion into skill at the Dublin Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in Culinary Arts. Chef Stuart has been trained around the world, cutting his teeth in Napa Valley and Bordeaux, France—both highly competitive culinary hot spots—before moving to Los Angeles. There, he works with some of the biggest names in Hollywood and has been seen on the NBC primetime series Food Fighters and OWN’s Home Made Simple. He has also starred in The Home Channel’s Stuart’s Kitchen, shot and produced in Ireland. A Food Network darling, Chef Stuart has served as a judge on Chopped, starred in Private Chefs of Beverly Hills, and been featured on hit shows like Valerie’s Home Cooking. He can currently be seen co-hosting his new show Let’s Eat on the Food Network.
Cherrial Odell just graduated high school in Las Vegas, NV. Three years ago, Cherrial joined the Inspiring Children Foundation and became a part of the Jewel Never Broken Program, which provided her with the tools and wisdom to find true happiness— something that was severely lacking in my life. Through these programs she was able to take accountability for her happiness and started earning it every day by meditating, giving her best, and doing the right things. She now has overwhelming gratitude for the immense love, happiness, and peace that the support of these programs enabled her to find and cultivate.
Dr. Chris Oswald
Dr. Chris Oswald is a chiropractor, nutritionist, and business owner who lectures internationally on the benefits of nutritional supplements and functional and integrative medicine. A clinician since 2007, Chris has treated thousands of patients with a focus on restoring health. He currently is the Manager of Education at Nature’s Way Brands with the responsibility to teach consumers how to use products and the broad range of benefits which they can provide. In addition to being a sought after speaker who trains on nutritional products and integrative medicine, Chris’ day to day work also includes developing the very best (and healthiest!) products of the future.
A world-renowned educator on sleep health and dental sleep medicine and co-founder of the Sleep Performance Institute™, Dr. Parker is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. He is well known for developing innovative techniques and protocols to improve patient care and treatment success for snoring and sleep apnea. In recent years, he has created groundbreaking programs and products that help people identify and resolve their sleep problems. Dr. Parker is a sought-after speaker who has presented over 200 lectures nationally and internationally on evaluation and treatment of sleep problems especially snoring and sleep apnea.
Olivia Pelaez is a self-proclaimed 'nutrition junkie' who believes whole-heartedly that food is medicine. She received her Bachelors of Science with Honors in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Western Ontario and has a coaching certification from the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. Olivia is currently pursuing her Masters in Functional Medicine and Human Nutrition from the University of Western States with an anticipated graduation date in December 2019. Her passion lies in helping individuals heal through a root cause approach which incorporates lifestyle and diet modifications as therapeutic interventions. . In her spare time, Olivia loves to travel with her husband, salsa dance, and try out new recipes in the kitchen.
Georgia Pellegrini is an American author, chef, outdoor adventure expert and host of the TV show "Wild Food". Her books include Modern Pioneering, Girl Hunter, and Food Heroes
Clarissa Perez is a proud intern at the Inspiring Children Foundation in Las Vegas, NV. She is a storyteller that voices her experience in being a survivor of domestic violence and how she overcame her battle with mental illnesses. As a passionate young leader, she thrives to uplift people by using mindfulness as a tool for empowerment and growth.
Born in New York City and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Platten is an Emmy Award winner, multi-platinum selling recording artist. Few artists in the past decade have struck a chord of hope and resilience like she did with her empowering hit “Fight Song.” Listeners instantly adopted the transformative anthem as their own, linking fans’ tales of personal empowerment across the globe. Rachel topped countless radio and iTunes charts worldwide, with her major label debut album “Wildfire” which also included the platinum Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Stand By You.” In 2017, Rachel Platten released her second full-length album for Columbia Records called Waves. Co-writing every song, and working with stellar songwriters and producers including Ryan Tedder, Stargate, Jason Evigan and Ian Kirkpatrick. Songs range from the shimmering unshackling of “Broken Glass,” to the sultry, infectious “Shivers.” More intimate songs such as the bewitching “Collide,” the piano-tinged “Hands” and the album’s moving closer “Grace” reflect the unguarded side of the talented singer songwriter. Pregnant with her first child, Rachel released a song dedicated to her daughter ‘You Belong’ at the end of 2018 and is currently on a nationwide arena tour with The Pentatonix this summer.
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Melanie Redd is a strength & conditioning coach in Dayton, Ohio, and the owner of Melanie Redd Performance Training. Specializing in strength and conditioning, functional movement, mobility, and injury reduction, Melanie has been helping people achieve optimal performance since 2011. She is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for a high school football team and has developed and coached performance programs for high school athletes and adults around the world. Melanie is also an expert at virtual training and has a successful virtual training app called MRP Training.
Sunny Reelhorn Parr
Sunny serves as the leader of both The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation and The Kroger Co. Foundation. In her role, she directs the corporate philanthropic strategy and grantmaking across the Kroger family of companies. She also oversees the $10 million Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Innovation Fund – the first philanthropic commitment to seek and provide grant funding to innovative startups, solutions and technologies focused on ending food waste through prevention, recovery and recycling.
Mark Reinfeld is a multi-award winning chef and author of eight books, including the best selling 30 Minute Vegan series and his latest book, The Ultimate Age-Defying Plan. Since 2012, he has served as the Executive Chef for the North American Vegetarian Society’s Summerfest. He has offered consulting services for clients such as Google, Whole Foods, The Humane Society, Kroger, Danone, Bon Appetit Management, Aramark, Sodexo, and more. Mark was the founding chef of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, voted "Best Restaurant on Kaua’i."
Daniel Rodriguez is an Army veteran, whose journey from the combat field to the football field was marked by a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Amy Rosoff Davis
Amy grew up in Ithaca, NY, where an emphasis on health was instilled from a young age. A born performer, Amy started acting and dancing at the age of five and went on to receive a BFA in Theater from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. While working as a film and television actress, Amy decided to explore her passion for fitness. She blended her years of training in dance, yoga, pilates, step aerobics, kickboxing, and circuit training to create her own unique style. Expanding her expertise beyond training to include nutrition, life coaching, styling, and personal chef services, Amy soon became a sought-after trainer for A-list celebrities like Selena Gomez, Felicity Jones, Kristen Bell, and Emma Roberts. Amy believes that the body, mind, and soul must work together to achieve optimal health. This foundation of consciousness with a focus on self-love and acceptance, combined with a healthy lifestyle and diet is Amy's recipe for creating each individual client's best life and body.
Rulk is a functional strength and conditioning specialist who has a degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in biomechanics. He has worked with numerous top Olympians, professional athletes, celebrities, and Team USA youth programs in soccer, baseball, and softball. He is most well known internationally for his work with First Responders throughout the world from Elite Military, Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement, and Ocean Safety agencies.
Building a strong, resilient body is the best way to increase your health and wellness for a better you. In our Thrive-4-Strength class, we’ll help you build the strong body you need while also mixing in some high-intensity intervals for that calorie burn you crave. Be ready to use power bands, mini-bands (don’t let the name fool you) and your body weight to optimize your strength and sculpt your body.
Miyoko Schinner is the fearless CEO and founder of Miyoko’s Creamery — the leading plant-based dairy company whose award-winning butter and gourmet cheeses are on the shelves of more than 10,000 retailers nationwide including Kroger, Target, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and many more. A pioneer of the plant-based cheese revolution, Miyoko is a passionate culinarian, former restaurateur, best-selling author of five cookbooks, co-host of the national PBS cooking show Vegan Mashup, and a founding board member of the Plant-Based Foods Association. She also co-founded Rancho Compasión, a farmed animal sanctuary in northern California that provides a home to more than 70 farm animals.
Emily Schromm is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, personal trainer and serial entrepreneur who helps others empower themselves by way of food and movement. Her journey with nutrition began after realizing she could use food to heal from the inside out, and her passion for teaching others how to do the same, specializing in gut heath, adrenal repair and herbal remedies, has led to a career spanning five companies and three verticals of business including online programming, physical products and a brick and mortar gym, Platform Strength in RINO, Denver.
Katrina Scott, Co-Founder of Tone It Up, is a personal trainer turned creative visionary whose passion for fitness, a healthy lifestyle, and wellness has placed her at the forefront of the health and fitness industries. Katrina is dedicated to sharing her honest journey as a new mom, to empower women everywhere to support each other while navigating the ups and downs of motherhood. Scott is certified in personal training, yoga, and is currently studying for pre and postnatal nutrition and fitness.
Bayan Sharif is a bodybuilder, entrepreneur, and baker who combines his passion for fitness with his love of desserts. After winning the 2017 Muscle Insider Best Protein Chef competition for his tasty treats, Bayan became a recipe creator with Optimum Nutrition and started his own company, Baked Brands, which makes delicious gluten-free and vegan protein donut cakes.
Laura began her career with the company in 1984 as a field specialist with Kwik Shop in Hutchinson, Kansas. In 1997 she transferred to the Dillons Division as a Drug/GM coordinator before moving into Grocery where she held several leadership roles, including category manager, sales planner, and merchandiser. Laura was then promoted to Drug/GM coordinator at General Office in Cincinnati followed by Grocery sales plan manager, director of Adult Beverage and senior director of Grocery Merchandising. She was named Vice President of the Smith’s Food and Drug Division headquartered in Salt Lake City in 2016, then to her current role in September of 2017.
Jessie is the Wellness Specialist for Campbell County, Kentucky where she works at the Campbell County Wellness / Senior Center. Jessie is a gentle yoga and tai chi for arthritis instructor. When she is not teaching she is working as a personal trainer at the Wellness Center.
After earning a PharmD degree in Pharmacy from the Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, Bill Shinton joined Kroger as a pharmacist in the Cincinnati Division in 2003. From there he held several pharmacy roles within the division, including manager and coordinator. He then joined the Process Improvement team at General Office in 2010 where he earned his Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. Bill was made the director of Pharmacy Operations at General Office in June of 2014, and then promoted to his current position of Vice President Operations of Kroger Health in early 2017. Bill earned a PharmD degree in Pharmacy from the Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio.
Paulina Siegel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC II), and master-level trained mindfulness instructor. Paulina began her clinical career working with Gen-Z and Millennials struggling with mental health and or addiction and had the privilege of working with these individuals throughout her six years in community mental health. After leaving community mental health, Paulina launched Courageous Paths Counseling in the Wash Park neighborhood and exclusively serves 15-39 year olds. She utilizes a generational approach to address the unique needs of Gen-Z and Millennials while publicly speaking about the generational research across the United States.
Iris Simpson Bush
Iris Simpson Bush has been with the Flying Pig since its inception in a number of capacities, from board member to executive director. She has helped lead the “Pig” from a novelty themed marathon to a weekend sports festival that now is the 15th largest in the country. Along the way Iris has made sure the Marathon gives back to the community, helping charities and non-profits raise more than a million dollars each of the last five years. She also founded the Queen Bee Half Marathon and 4-Mile event in the fall with an emphasis on female runners and female-centric charities, giving women and girls the chance to participate in a race all their own. Iris is the immediate Past President of the Board of Running USA and in 2018 was named to the Running USA Hall of Champions, a prestigious group of industry-leading honorees who have served the sport with distinction.
Aaron is the owner of Achieve Peak Performance in Cincinnati, OH. He specializes in a holistic approach by utilizing four principles when coaching his athletes. The four principles Strength, Nutrition, Recovery, and Mindset are critical in guiding his clients to achieve their performance goals. He believes a balanced athlete will thrive on the field and in his/her personal life through this holistic approach. He will be running a clinic on conditioning for strength, performance & recovery.
Julie Smolyansky became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm at the age of 27 when she took over Lifeway Foods, the company her refugee parents founded over 30 years ago with the mission of bringing Kefir, an Eastern European product, into the U.S. mainstream. Under her leadership, the company boosted revenues to over $100 million today from $12 million when she took over in 2002. Julie has been named to Fortune Business ‘40 under 40,’ Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, and to their Best Instagrammers of the 40 Under 40. She's produced several documentaries, including the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated, The Hunting Ground. She released her first book, The Kefir Cookbook, with HarperOne in March 2018.
Robert “Bobby” Somers is a Medically Retired, 13-year United States Army Veteran. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart as a combat wounded Soldier. Bobby lives with severe, chronic PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury as a result of multiple explosions during the initial invasion of Iraq. He takes every step of every day with the painful reminder of those blasts. Shrapnel still riddles his leg and has caused permanent nerve pain and damage. He spends a huge amount of his time with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other clinics and doctors willing to help him to find a way to combat his trauma and pain. Bobby’s wife and best friend, Nicole Somers is also a disabled Combat Veteran. Their lives, along with their two children, are impacted daily by the lasting impact of war. Bobby’s daily struggles and frequent suicidal thoughts have led him on a mission to shed light on the national crisis of Veteran suicide, depression and mental health. His success, while a continuous fight, is a testament to the fortitude that all Veterans possess-they just need help realizing it. Bobby has transformed himself into an inspirational speaker with a mission to spread awareness and acceptance of OUR reality as Veterans. Bobby speaks to crowds of hundreds about his own battles, mental struggles, and monsters, so that his brothers and sisters know that it is not weakness, BUT strength to let go of their silence and open up. Bobby, on top of changing the lives of thousands of people through the spoken word, became a part of the FitOps Foundation. The FitOps Foundation opened their hearts to Bobby, along with his pain giving him newfound purpose. While Bobby didn’t choose to be a personal trainer, like the traditional FitOps candidate, Bobby became a highly skilled Chef. He is now the Director of Nutrition for the FitOps Foundation. His work with FitOps gives Bobby the opportunity to directly reach out and touch the men and women suffering like he does. The opportunity to affect change. The opportunity to heal himself and others. “There’s nothing tough about holding it all in, losing everyone you love, sucking it up and then taking your own life anyways!” -Robert “Bobby” Somers
Ryan Spilborghs is a former Major League outfielder who played 6 season with the Colorado Rockies. Ryan is in his 6th season serving as the color analyst for Rockies broadcast on Att SportsNet Rocky Mountain. Ryan also hosts two radio shows on Mlb Network Radio on Sirius XM.
Sarah Steil is a 19 year old from the suburbs of Chicago. She attends Vanderbilt University where she studies Neuroscience and is utilizing the Nashville scene to pursue songwriting outside of school. Recently she has released two singles on Spotify and is working on an EP.
Jake Steinfeld is an American actor, fitness specialist and fitness trainer. Steinfeld develops businesses through the "Body by Jake" brand, and founded Major League Lacrosse
Jan Lynn Stephenson is an Australian professional golfer. She became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won three major championships and 16 LPGA Tour events. She has 41 worldwide victories including LPGA Legends Tour wins and 8 worldwide major championships. She has 15 holes-in-one with in competition.
Danny Stepper is a beverage entrepreneur and film producer who has worked with The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, & Relativity Media. Stepper made a name for himself first as the CEO of Madvine Relativity (a Joint Venture with Relativity Media), a vertically integrated brand entertainment agency that secured landmark deals with Absolut Vodka, Evian, Mondelez and many other brands. Now, Stepper has taken his passion for businesses and beverage even further as the Founder and CEO of L.A. Libations (which was 25% acquired by The Coca-Cola Company in 2014) and Globestepper Media.
Tajuan is the President/CEO of RedeemWell. Tajuan created RedeemWell to offer unique and simple wellness approaches for employers. Furthermore, Tajuan wanted to create a company that would provide unbiased professional wellness expertise amongst a crowded wellness vendor industry. RedeemWell strives to help employers become healthier, stronger and more productive. Tajuan is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors in Health Promotion and Education and received an MBA in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
My name is Danielle Stone and I am a student at Xavier University where I study Social Work and am a peer educator with the Student Wellness Advocacy Group. I also serve as a brand ambassador with 1N5 and believe it is important to care for all aspects of our being. Practicing yoga, journaling, and carving out intentional time to check in with myself and others are a few ways that I care for my mental and physical health.
Amber Strohauer – Head of Business Development at Strohauer Farms Amber Strohauer oversees business development for Strohauer Farms, a fourth generation, family-owned and operated farm based in La Salle, Colorado – about 50 miles north of Denver. Amber joined the family farm in May of 2015. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a degree in Human and Organizational Development. After graduating, she worked for Asurion as a compensation analyst. She’s always enjoyed dancing in her free time and is a former NFL cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans. She’s also the cook in the house and enjoys trying out new potato recipes.
Growing up in a family of food lovers (his father was the Chef of the famous Tangier restaurant and his mother a home economics teacher), Paul Sturkey fell in love with cooking from a young age. After graduating from the University of Akron with a degree in Hospitality Management, Chef Sturkey honed his distinctive culinary style at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park New York. Arriving in Cincinnati, Chef Paul was on the opening team of the Westin Hotel and then moved on to create the Greater Cincinnati Culinary Arts Academy. Pursuing his passion even further, Chef Sturkey opened The Restaurant at the Phoenix to national acclaim and numerous awards, including a Top Ten Restaurant in America recognition in Esquire Magazine. Then came a steady string of hits: Pigall’s Café in downtown Cincinnati, STURKEY’S (opened by Paul and his pastry Chef wife, Pam), and, recently, MESH restaurant, where Chef and Pam Sturkey gained national and international acclaim for their culinary talent and guest-first approach to customer service. On top of his current position as the Culinary Development Chef and Special Projects Coordinator for The Kroger Company, Chef Sturkey also owns PS at your Service, a consulting firm that covers the gamut in food and beverage operations, and MitMar Dressings LLC, which features a line of retail gourmet salad dressings and spices available throughout the US.
Patience, persistence, hard work, confidence, preparation – the skills and characteristics that vaulted Eric Surkamp to success as a Major League Baseball pitcher has served him well in his career as a real estate agent. As a standout player at Moeller High School, then North Carolina State University, Eric’s drive, ambition and ability to perform under pressure led to a nine-year MLB career, including earning a World Series ring as a part of the San Francisco Giants’ 2012 championship season. Now, Eric has transferred his talents from the field to help people realize their real estate goals and dreams. Whether assisting with buying or selling, Eric uses his inner desire to succeed, ability to manage stress and an optimistic mindset to help his clients smoothly navigate the sometimes-complicated world of real estate. After growing up in Sharonville and attending Moeller High School, Eric has lived in the city for the last five years and is familiar with the benefits and nuances all of Cincinnati’s great neighborhoods have to offer, especially Mt. Adams, Norwood, Walnut Hills, Oakley, Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout and Columbia Tusculum. Eric is certified by the National Association of Realtors as Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA), giving him unique skills and insights into helping clients understand home values and strategically price their properties. After his MLB career, he returned to the North Carolina State to complete his degree and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business, with a concentration in Finance. In his leisure time, Eric enjoys golf, fishing, working out and watching sports. He is also sharing his talent and love of baseball as a pitching coach at various facilities around the city.
Carolyn leads P&G’s North America business and operations, which includes the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. North America is P&G’s largest and most profitable region, accounting for nearly 45% of the company’s net sales. Building on a track record of leading change to unlock growth in organizations and individuals, Carolyn has transformed P&G’s operating model in the region, moving to a category-based approach supported by select, scaled regional capabilities required to give the categories competitive advantage. She works closely with the leaders of each of P&G’s business units to ensure superior innovation and winning brand building plans for the market. Carolyn also leads P&G’s Sales function, guiding selling and go-to-market strategy and capability across all categories and regions. She works with our business units, sales teams and distributor partners to drive superior retail innovation and execution; delighting shoppers instore and online, while creating profitable growth for our retail partners. Carolyn is known inside and outside P&G for her high standards, huge capacity and sense of curiosity—which enable her to see possibilities in even the biggest business challenges. Carolyn joined P&G as a IT analyst in Canada. During her 30+ years with the company, she has worked across P&G’s full portfolio of brands, typically in sales and general management. She has led national, multinational and global organizations, living in Canada, United States and Switzerland. Carolyn is a hands-on, authentic leader who is passionate about gender and intersectional equality in the workplace and the world. As executive sponsor for P&G’s Gender Equality program, Carolyn actively leads efforts inside and outside P&G to tackle bias and build a world with equal voice and equal representation for all individuals.
Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms®?, a lifestyle media brand and community of passionate fresh produce advocates with a mission to inspire everyone, especially children, to eat more fruits and vegetables. For ten years Lori sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States. Today, Lori and her team are fully focused on educating consumers about fresh produce, introducing them to produce brands, engaging the produce industry with consumers in inspiring conversations, and promoting public policy to protect and increase the availability of fresh produce at American schools. Her work has been featured on Oprah.com, MarthaStewart.com, Huff Post, Real Simple Magazine, US Kids Magazines, as well as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC affiliates throughout the US. Lori is the host of The Produce Moms®? Podcast, a seasoned Keynote Speaker, a recipient of many produce industry accolades (including Produce Business 40 Under 40, Vance Agribusiness 40 Under 40, and The Packer 25), and is currently writing her first book. Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband Chip, their two sons Joe & Mac, and their Great Dane.
Dr. Michael Todd
Michael U. Todd, MD, currently serves as the Bon Secours Mercy Health Vice President of Business Development. Dr. Todd is responsible for clinical strategy and oversight for collaborations with employers and health system partners. He is an executive sponsor and is accountable for the administration and management of direct to employer (D2E) offerings including the Mercy Health Executive Well-being Program, onsite and near-site clinics, occupational health, integrated pharmacy and well-being services. Dr. Todd also provides guidance and supervision of Mercy Health’s employee health and well-being benefits. Prior to Mercy Health, Dr. Todd was the global medical director for GE Capital. His clinical background includes 16 years as a family practitioner in Cincinnati. Dr. Todd has an Anthropology degree from Duke University and received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, he completed his residency at Hinsdale Hospital in Chicago and is board certified by the American Board of Family Physicians.
Alex Trott, Senior Client Lead, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University and is responsible for natural foods merchandising at 84.51°, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kroger Co. With more than 700 talented and fearless associates and using a sophisticated suite of tools and technology, 84.51°works with some of the world's leading CPG manufacturers to help companies create sustainable growth by putting the customer at the center of everything.
Monica leads P&G Sales in North America, which represents the largest Region Globally for P&G. In this role, she is responsible for an organization of 1400 employees and oversees a product portfolio of 65 brands across 11 categories Monica joined Procter & Gamble in 1987. She has served in several leadership roles for P&G to include leading top customer teams/channels and US Market Strategy & Planning for P&G’s 10 key business units in the US. Monica serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Cincinnati and the Executive Board for Mercy Health, Cincinnati. She has been a key Diversity leader within P&G, the CPG Industry and the Cincinnati Community serving on P&G’s Global Corporate Women’s Leadership Team, Global Sales Leader for African Ancestry Executive Committee, Vice Chair, Network of Executive Women Board (NEW) and a member of Catalyst Advisory Board. In 2017, Monica received the Visionary Leadership Award from Working Mother Magazine and was recognized as a Woman of Excellence by the National Association of Female Executives. Monica graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Business/Marketing and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is a native of Wichita, Kansas, and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and son Christian.
Teri Turner is the creator of the popular food and lifestyle blog no crumbs left. Formerly an event producer, she has always been committed to bringing magic into the kitchen when cooking for her family and friends. As a brand innovator, influencer, and trendsetter, Teri provides fresh ideas for her fans and clients. Her Whole30 takeovers and global meet-ups celebrating her foodie adventures and life experiences, as well as her weekly podcast, Table Talks, featuring Teri one-on-one with a guest, captivate her followers. The mother of two grown children, Patrick and Lucy, she considers motherhood her most valuable role. A native Chicagoan, Teri shares her life with her partner Roy, dividing their time between Chicago and Northern California.
CMA award-winning radio personality and Pound This podcast host Amanda Valentine is on a mission to inspire a healthier lifestyle through wellness and fitness. She uses her own dramatic 100 (plus) pound weight loss journey as a guide to offer helpful, real-life tips and tricks to help others find a new path toward a healthier, happier life.
Alison Velázquez is a wellness expert, founder & CEO of Skinny Souping, and author of Souping (DK Publishing, 2015). Both an entrepreneur and thought leader, her company Skinny Souping has been featured on the TODAY show and is at the forefront of the new souping trend. With a background in both fitness and culinary arts, her line of healthy drinkable soups is a natural extension of her lifestyle. Her personal and professional mission is to make healthy eating simpler for others through this line of nutrient-dense soups, packaged for on-the-go meals.
Elizabeth Vennefron, RDN, LD is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Cincinnati. Elizabeth completed her Supervised Practice through the University of Cincinnati Coordinated Program. She is currently working for Kroger as a Retail Clinical Dietitian within The Little Clinic. There, she combines clinical and nutrition education in a hands-on experience. She provides patients with the tools and confidence needed to make healthier choices, to live an easier and happier life. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys participating in half/full marathons, baking, and watching Buckeye football.
Dion Vlachos is Executive Vice President of Toys, Retail, and Publishing for Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP). Based in New York, Dion leads US-based retail development for VNCP, including strategy, sales, and relationship management of key partners across mass, specialty, e-commerce and emerging retail accounts. He also oversees the licensed toy and publishing businesses for VNCP properties.
Evan Walker is Senior Corporate Engagement Officer with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the leading global environmental nonprofit. At WWF, Evan works with business leaders to advance sustainability, fund global conservation, and inspire people to protect places and save species. Evan began his conservation career at The Nature Conservancy, and prior to joining WWF in 2012, received a Master of Science degree in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, with a specialization in Conservation Leadership, from Colorado State University and Mexico’s El Colegio De La Frontera Sur.
Saralyn Ward is an award-winning writer, TV host, and wellness advocate whose passion is to inspire women to live their best life. She’s the founder of The Mama Sagas and the Better After Baby mobile app, offering postpartum workouts and a digital village of postpartum and pediatric experts, in the palm of your hand. Saralyn published The Guide to Survive Motherhood: Newborn Edition ebook, teaches Pilates, writes for several publications and offers tips to survive parenthood on live television. When she’s not falling asleep at her computer, you’ll find Saralyn climbing mountains and skiing down with 2 kids in tow.
Allison Warrell is a bodybuilder, trainer, entrepreneur and little person with achondroplasia dwarfism who defies the odds every day to pursue the healthy life of her dreams. Standing at 3’11, Allison realized late in life that extra weight was putting undue stress on her petite frame. With proper training help, she devoted herself to becoming as fit as possible and was the shortest woman to compete in the NPC bodybuilding federation in the women’s physique division. Allison has also created a support group for Little People (H.E.L.P.- Health and Exercise for Little People) to encourage others to embrace their fitness potential, no matter the challenge, and she has had the opportunity to transform two very obese little people in a documentary series called Big & Little on TLC.
Kristi Wasmer is Senior Vice President of Retail Sales at Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products. With more than 20 years in the licensing and retail industry, Kristi oversees Nickelodeon’s retail relationships and merchandising strategies for many major retailers, including Kroger, Target, Kohl’s, and JCPenney as well as all grocery, club, drug, and off-price retailers. She is the driving force behind nearly $500 million in retail sales in these channels.
Dr. Marc Watkins
As Chief Medical Officer and Vice President, Dr. Watkins oversees all medical-related aspects for the Kroger Co. This includes enterprise-wide leadership through the development and implementation of clinical programs, associate benefit design, and the strategic direction for all health and wellness solutions, including emerging digital and telehealth initiatives.
Jen Widerstrom is a television star and industry leader in Health and Wellness known primarily for her big-hearted training on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. As the Fitness Director of SHAPE Magazine and featured regular on Dr. Oz, LIVE with Kelly and Ryan and The Doctors, she also serves as a member of the SHAPE Brain Trust and is the best-selling author of Diet Right for Your Personality Type. You can find all things Jen at WiderSTRONG.com!
Dr. Amelia Wiggins
Dr. Amelia Wiggins is a board-certified fellowship-trained sports medicine, orthopaedic surgeon. She serves as the Director of the Mercy Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Women’s Center, where she and her team provide comprehensive orthopaedic care. She enjoys giving back to the community, serving as team physician for the Cincinnati Ballet, West Clermont and several other high schools. She also enjoys time with her husband and son living an active lifestyle.
Selena Williams is a student in the Jewel Never Broken Program, and cites the mindfulness and emotional intelligence tools it gave to her as the most impactful foundation she has gained in life. The program helped her transform her relationships and develop a love for life, adversity, growth, and wellness in a way that she describes in one word: “indescribable!” Selena will be taking a gap year to intern with the Foundation before attending Brown University.
Ryan Wolfington is an entrepreneur who helped build and restructure companies; now, he's a philanthropist who founded The Inspiring Children Foundation. In his entrepreneur career Ryan started and ran businesses in the financial, gaming, and teleservices industries—two of which went public on the NASDAQ exchange. Wolfington's collaboration with Jewel’s Never Broken program and his "Inspiring Children's Foundation" has helped thousands of youth fulfill their personal potential by developing their character and peace of mind. The foundation's leadership program's youth have a 95% success rate in gaining college admission with a scholarship.
Nick Yoder oversees multiple policies and practice-related initiatives that help state education agencies (SEAs) as they plan, develop, and implement statewide policies and practices that support high-quality SEL implementation in CASEL’s partner states, districts, schools, classrooms, and communities. Through this work, he leads the technical assistance that CASEL offers to SEAs and co-designs a research agenda to better understand and guide the state-level work. Prior to CASEL, Nick was a senior technical assistant consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where he led statewide efforts to support systemic SEL implementation supports (e.g., SEL learning goals/standards and professional learning experiences) through federally funded technical assistance centers, such as the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center), the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, and the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments. Nick also worked with multiple SEL programs in their continuous improvement efforts, using mixed methods data to provide feedback to programs to make improvements. Nick earned his doctoral degree in education and psychology, his master’s in psychology, and bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Michigan. He also earned a master’s in education from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is a former Chicago Public Schools educator, instructional coach for novice teachers in the Detroit area, and a preservice instructor. Nick is passionate about creating an educational system – from federal efforts to classroom practice – that meets the needs of all students and prepares them to be successful in college, career, and life.