The Wellness Forumís Advisory Board is comprised of well-respected health care professionals who are knowledgeable about plant-based nutrition and health. These dedicated practitioners are committed to improving public health and to increasing both awareness and the use of diet and lifestyle intervention as a means for preventing, stopping and reversing disease. Their role is to review Wellness Forum programs and to provide direction for the company as it continues its phenomenal growth.
Becky Black, R.D., M.F.T.
Becky Black's is member of the faculty of The Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies, Inc. Her experience includes teaching as a professor of nutrition, working as a hospital-based dietitian, and in private practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and specialist in wellness and wholistic nutrition. She has a degree in dietetics and also in marriage and family therapy, and has completed a 500-hour course for massage therapy. Additionally, Becky was a member of the U.S. National Water Polo Team for seven years and was an All-American in swimming and water polo.
Kathleen Stefancin M.S., R.D.
Kathleen Stefancin M.S., R.D., is a Registered Dietitian, Founder of Smart Picks, and Raw Food Chef (graduate of the Living Light Culinary Arts Institute). She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Dietetics and a Master's Degree in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University. Kathleen combines her nutrition knowledge with her love for creative writing, art and healthy eating, to create award-winning games and nutrition stories for kids.
Her passion has been to re-direct children's focus about food to a more plant-based diet by introducing a line of books and games specifically about fruits and veggies. Her most successful game, Food Pyramid Bingo, introduces whole foods and has received national recognition. The companyís games and books are being used in classrooms and with families throughout the United States. Kathleen and her team of designers continue to create and develop playful ways to teach kids about nutrition.
Anya Todd, R.D., L.D.
Anya Todd, R.D. is a nutritional therapist in private practice who also works at Rainbow Babies & Childrenís Hospital in Cleveland. She also teaches for The Wellness Forum Institute for Health Studies, Inc. Ms. Todd completed a certificate in plant-based nutrition through eCornell in 2009, and earned a Certificate in Adult Weight Management Training through the American Dietetic Association in 2004. She completed a Vegetarian Chef Certification program in Boulder, Colorado in 2001.
Anya graduated cum laude with a B.S. in nutrition from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed her dietetic internship program at the Cleveland Clinic in 2003.
She is a strong advocate for the use of diet as a means for preventing and reversing common diseases in children.