A strategic thinker on a wide variety of topics — philanthropy, education, nonprofit management, and health and wellness — I partner with you and your organization, company or brand to make strategic changes that matter.
My background and experience
A national board-certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC), I hold a Master of Science degree in college student personnel administration. With nearly 30 years of experience in higher education and the nonprofit sector, I have served as executive director for three nonprofit organizations: a rape crisis center in Chicago, a literary arts organization in New York, and an international foundation to end violence against women and girls. I served as adjunct faculty for the not-for-profit management program of the Business Institute at Long Island University-CW Post for five years where I taught the nonprofit board and governance course, introduction to nonprofit management, and the fundraising boot camp.
In addition to being a national board-certified health and wellness coach, I am a certified master vegan lifestyle coach & educator, a health coach and health coach manager, personal chef, culinary instructor, career coach, and a corporate consultant offering wellness training, brand representation, and strategic planning services. I am the author of Vegan Baking for Beginners, Fast & Easy Vegan, Vegan Meal Prep, The Vegan Air Fryer, and Vegan Pressure Cooking. I am the co-author of The Main Street Vegan Academy Cookbook and Vegan for Her. I write the monthly vegan dining column for the Colorado Springs Indy and am a food, health, and wellness freelance writer.
A devoted culinary student, I studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute and Organic Avenue and completed the Intensive Study Program at The Christina Pirello School of Natural Cooking and Integrative Health Studies. I am certified by - and on the faculty of - the Main Street Vegan Academy and completed the Food for Life instructor (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine- PCRM) certification training.
I provide online content strategy consulting, recipe development, freelance writing, cooking demonstrations and classes, menu consulting, and special event planning and implementation for food, health, and wellness brands. I also provide career consulting for health and wellness professionals.
Corporate Health & Wellness Programming
A national board-certified health and wellness coach, I offer cooking demonstration presentations and team-building cooking classes to help you create a healthier workforce and workplace environment.
Lunch and Learn
- A one-hour cooking demonstration focused on healthy cooking.
- Recipe and food samples provided.
Team Building Cooking Classes
- Two-hour hands-on cooking class for 12 to 15 team members. Together your team will cook a delicious, healthy meal that they will then sit down to enjoy together.
- Recipes and ingredients provided.
Career Coaching for Health, Wellness, Nutrition & Culinary Professionals
After a 25+ career in the nonprofit and higher education sector, I began a journey to redefine the concept of work and career, leading me to "retire before I retired." I honed in on my interests and skills. I continued my education. I developed a plan.
And then I took a joyful leap and am now living and working my passion!
- Writing Cookbooks
- Directing a Culinary Program
- Health, Wellness, Nutrition, and Culinary Coaching
- People Leader for Health Coaches
- Freelance Writing
My career is now a combination of full-time health and wellness leadership and coaching + part-time consulting, coaching, and freelance writing in the vegan health, wellness, nutrition, and culinary space. I'm living my dream! And I can help YOU explore a similar journey.
Culinary, Health & Wellness Services
- Recipe Development
- Chef Consulting
- Developing Your Professional Practice: Career Consulting for Health and Wellness Professionals
- Special Restaurant Events
- Personal and Group Vegan Health & Wellness Coaching
- Cooking Demonstrations
- Wellness Workshops and Presentations
- Career Coaching and Workshops
- Freelance Writing (food, health & wellness, body image, re-careering, and more)