Advisory Board

Jerry is the founder of Plant-Based Nutrition and Lifestyle a Nutrition Therapy Consulting Practice specializing in whole food, plant-based nutrition as an approach to benefit your health and nutrition goals with a nutrient-dense, balanced, health-promoting diet and lifestyle.

Jerry Casados, NTP

Jerry is a Nutrition Therapy Practitioner (NTP), he received his NTP diploma from Nutrition Therapy Institute in Denver. He earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and The T. Colin Campbell Foundation. He also is a Certified Instructor for Dr. McDougall’s Starch Solution Program.
Jerry is Co-Founder of the annual Plant-Based Health and Wellness Summit was founded to empower individuals to take control of their health. The theme of the Summit is about living a healthy lifestyle with the emphasis on the four major components of a healthy lifestyle: Diet/Nutrition, Stress Relief, Love/Support, and Movement. The Summit is dedicated to broadening the understanding and
knowledge about all four of these components.

This annual summit offers a transformational outlook on health, leaving you feeling empowered and in control of your vibrant life through a complete 2-day wellness education from world-renowned speakers, culinary chef demos, gourmet plant-based meals, and nutritional education.

It is about the food and the healing power it provides when you eat nutrient-dense plant-based whole foods.


DJ Cavem

When DJ Cavem coined the term eco-hip hop in 2007, he didn’t know it would sprout into a global movement. His mission to rap about climate change, food justice and
plantbased foods spread far beyond his Denver hometown. Having performed at the Obama White House and been featured in Oprah Magazine and on the Rachael Ray
Show, Dr. Ietef “DJ Cavem” Vita became known as more than just a rapper — but an activist, educator and vegan chef. Now, several years after the release of The Produce Section, his award-winning album that fused hip hop with lessons on eco-friendliness,
Cavem has shifted his focus to new material. “I want people to understand that one of the best ways to make an impact on the environment is being more conscious of what we eat and understanding that our everyday food choices impact the environment in a positive or negative way.”

From an early age Cavem has had a deep connection to environmental activism and food justice. Raised in Denver’s Five Points district, often referred to as the Harlem of the West, his interest for gardening and hip hop helped him resist the snares of gang lifestyle. Becoming vegan at age 14, he said he felt a calling to speak about these issues in his songs, “especially since most of the neighborhoods considered food deserts were people of color.” His 2007 debut single “Wheatgrass” with rapper Stic.Man of Dead Prez hit top ten on the charts in Spain and introduced him to the public as an OG (Organic Gardener). It led to his 2010 debut album The Teacher’s Lounge, followed by 2012’s The Produce Section, which featured collaborations with Speech from Arrested Development, Drummi Zeb from The Wailers, and Sa-Roc. Part album, part curriculum, The Produce Section offered lessons on organic gardening, plant-based recipes and alternate uses of energy.

DJ Cavem has traveled the world as both a performing artist and an educator.  He’s shared the stage with Nick Jonas, Public Enemy, 2 Chains, Questlove, Wyclef Jean, among others. Offstage he’s involved with numerous organizations and projects dedicated to promoting wellness, eating healthy and environmental awareness. With his wife and collaborator Arasia "Alkemia" Earth, the pair inspire and educate around the world including communities in countries such as Azerbaijan through workshops and speaking engagements. They formed a non-profit organization called the Vita Earth Foundation, which hosts health and wellness summer camps, Culinary Concerts, and their Recipes for Resistance workshops, which focuses on culinary climate action.


Alkemia Earth

Alkemia Earth is an Energetic Alignment Wellness Coach and Certified Intuitive Energy Pactitioner, and all-around health game changer. She has practiced and preached a
plant-based vegan lifestyle for a decade, and advocated mind-body wellness for nearly twice as long. She served as one of the personal chefs/energy practitioner for NBA all-
star Wilson Chandler for a season and was invited to present at the White House during the Obama administration with her husband Dj Cavem along with celebrity chefs Gail
Simmons, Sunny Anderson, Michael Simon, and Bobby Flay.

Alkemia has traveled across the globe performing “Culinary Concerts”, live Eco-Hip-Hop shows packed with holistic health and organic plant-based cooking education, with her husband, DJ Cavem. Her work has been featured in prominent media outlets including the Business Insider, Denver Post, PBS, Psychology Today, NBC News, and TEDx Manhattan.


Dr. Chris Lineberry

Dr. Chris Lineberry is the Principal at Stanfield Elementary School in Arizona, and one of the most progressive educators in the United States.

The architect of the “IMPACT” program (Increasing Movement and Physical Activity for Children and Teachers), Dr. Lineberry has turned around multiple schools in various states utilizing health and wellness as the centerpiece. His most recent accomplishment was leading Stanfield Elementary School to the USDA-FNS HealthierUS Schools Challenge Gold with Distinction award level within one year of his arrival. The Gold with Distinction award certifies that Stanfield has met the highest standards of nutrition and physical education. Only 375 schools out of 100,000 have received this honor in the 11 year history of the program. Stanfield is the first school in Arizona to receive this award. Something that is even more impressive as 98% of the schools’ population is on free and reduced lunch.

Chris has been an educator since graduating with his undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1994. The true beginning of the IMPACT program started while Chris was 36, working as a Principal at Richfield Elementary in North Carolina. Overweight and out of shape, Chris suffered a minor heart attack at school and was carried out on a stretcher. Realizing that a major cause of his condition was stress, Chris, along with his staff set out to improve coping mechanisms for staff and improve staff health. The discussion naturally progressed to student health and wellness. Armed with data on 4th grade students, 44% of whom had BMI rankings in the 85th percentile or above, Chris threw the sugary, highly caloric foods out of his cafeteria, implemented an hour of physical activity daily for students, and required staff to integrate health and wellness into the curriculum. Student achievement improved, staff attendance improved, and student BMI decreased. Richfield Elementary achieved 3 years of academic growth in a two year time period. The results earned him and his staff the North Carolina Prevention Partners School of Excellence award in 2007 as well as the designation as a School of Distinction, ranking Richfield Elementary in the top 10% of schools in North Carolina. This also prompted the North Carolina Department of Public Health to produce a documentary focusing on this work.

It was this success that lead Dr. Lineberry out to Arizona where he became the Principal of the Jack W. Harmon Elementary School in Queen Creek, Arizona. When Dr. Lineberry became the principal at Harmon, the school was a borderline low performing school, staff turnover was the highest in the state of Arizona (44%) and the community was divided.  In three years, Harmon earned the highest academic level of achievement in its history, staff turnover decreased to less than 10%, the staff implemented 45 minutes of physical activity for every student, every day, and student and parent surveys demonstrated higher levels of satisfaction than ever before.

Chris has spoken on the IMPACT program at the Arizona PTA Conference, Arizona Childhood Obesity Conference, The American Cancer Society, the Arizona Coordinated School Health Conference, and to the Arizona State Legislature on behalf of ‘nPLAY and the American Cancer Society during legislative lobby day…just to name a few. Starting in the fall of 2013, Arizona University started teaching 750 future teachers health literacy, this year, all staff will include IMPACT in the course and Dr. Lineberry will be teaching one class himself while guest lecturing in others. The program will also be taught to 1000 future teachers at Texas A&M.

Successful students eat smart and move more


Dr. Gerred Popejoy

Master Nordic Walking Instructor

Dr. Gerred Popejoy D.C., his Nordic Walking Program has been called the Missing Link to Lifestyle Medicine. Hans Diehl founder of C. H.I.P. calls it the New High Tech form of walking and the sporty look for seniors when walking!

As a Chiropractor and innovator in sports science, Dr. Popejoy has created the first Nordic Medical Pole Walking Program in the nation that can be used for rehabilitation for all ages and Health conditions. He is the founder and director of Nordic Walking Nations and an international speaker on Nordic Pole Walking and Lifestyle Medicine.

There over 350 Science and Medical studies on the Health Benefits of Nordic Walking. Fifteen minutes of Nordic Walking is equal to 27 minutes regular walking, but with the health benefits of swimming or cross country skiing. It’s a full body resistant cross motor function walking exercise creating better brain function, balance, strength and flexibility.

His home walking exercise program has a 70% compliance rate compared to the normal 10%, because it’s simple and easy to learn in a few minutes and you feel the results right away giving you purpose and hope.
Website: nordicwalkingnations.com


KELLEY WILLIAMSON

Kelley is the founder of The Plant-Based Cooking School and is a Certified Food for Life Instructor through Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) specializing in low-fat whole food, plant-based cooking under the name Plant Based Kitchen. Kelley focuses on facilitating cooking classes, offering personal chef services and sharing food information, recipes and ideas through all the classes that she teaches. Kelley has taught over 900 individuals on plant-based nutrition and has a passion for helping people heal through food.

Kelley received her Chef Certification in 2010. She is a Food for Life Instructor Certification (PCRM), Forks Over Knifes Certification, Plantrician Certification. She’s an author of a Plant-Based Cookbook.

Kelley is Co-Founder of the annual Plant-Based Health and Wellness Summit was founded to empower individuals to take control of their health. The theme of the Summit is about living a healthy lifestyle with the emphasis on the four major components of a healthy lifestyle: Diet/Nutrition, Stress Relief, Love/Support, and Movement. The Summit is dedicated to broadening the understanding and knowledge about all four of these components.

This annual summit offers a transformational outlook on health, leaving you feeling empowered and in control of your vibrant life through a complete 2-day wellness education from world-renowned speakers, culinary chef demos, gourmet plant-based meals, and nutritional education.

It is about the food and the healing power it provides when you eat nutrient-dense plant-based whole
foods.