Board Members

2020 Board Members

JYL STEINBACK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SHAPE UP US, CREATOR OF THE HIP HOP HEALTHY HEART PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN™ AND CLAP4HEALTH℠ NEWEST COOKBOOK,”THINK OUTSIDE THE LUNCHBOX” AND WALKING PROGRAM “EAT RIGHT-MOVE MORE”

Described by the media as “a one-woman business dynamo,” “America’s Healthy Mom” and “A National Sensation,” Steinback serves as the executive director of Shape Up US. Jyl was awarded a Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition “For exemplary service and dedication to improving the lives of others by promoting and fostering opportunities for participation in fitness, sports or nutrition programs.” Steinback, who has worked in the health and wellness industry for more than 35 years as a personal trainer, educator, and lifestyle guru has sold more than 2 million books that educate consumers to change their lifestyle by making positive choices through proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy living. She has been a spokesperson teaching health and wellness throughout the country.

Jyl is passionate about “Building A Healthier Future for Children”. Jyl says, “Her passion is to change the face of education, as we know it today. Bringing a “Healthy Wellness” Curriculum into every school and homeschool starting in kindergarten – 6th grade.  She believes every child is entitled to a great start! The Hip Hop Healthy Heart for Children™ A Healthy Literacy Educational Curriculum that encompasses the “Whole Child” and empowers our youth and our educators as our leaders. This program provides our children with the tools to flourish and be resilient! To guide our children to blossom into their full potential (mentally, physically and emotional). It provides a turn-key on-line curriculum and resources that “Transform Our Children”. This program is the SOLUTION TO LIFESTYLE AND BEHAVIORAL CHANGES!

Her latest program, Clap4Health©! is a fundraiser and an innovative solution to bringing wellness, fitness and mindfulness into peoples lives. The benefits of clapping are based on the Acupressure Theory. “Our body has 340 known pressure points, 28 of which are in our hands”. This is why many children and adults love to clap. It makes you happy! This program is being implemented in schools, organizations and corporations across the nation to teach the benefits of keeping fit, active, healthy and happy. Let’s have some FUN GETTING HEALTHY! HAPPY! and ACTIVE! Together we create “A Circle of Wellness that Works!” Jyl’s newest cookbook – “Think Outside The Lunchbox” – 250 Plant Nutritious Recipes the Whole Family Will Love!”  

Jyl has 4 amazing children. She loves to play Pickleball and take daily hikes in the desert beauty with friends, family and new pal “Kona” her black wolf malamute.


Scott Stoll, M.D.

Dr. Stoll is the co-founder of the Plantrician Project, the International Plant Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute, a unique collaborative project with the Rodale Institute. He serves on the advisory board at Whole Foods for their healthcare clinics and served as a member of the Whole Foods scientific and medical advisory board. Dr.Stoll is the Chairman of the board for the Plantrician Project and chief medical director for the Rouxbe cooking school.

Every year Dr. Stoll hosts the very popular one week health immersion, Dr. Stoll’s total health immersion in Naples Florida and helps attendees recover lost health, overcome addictions, and restore emotional balance. In addition to authoring several books, hosting his own daily TV and radio programs, Dr. Stoll has appeared on numerous national shows including the Dr. Oz show, a 2018 PBS special, and numerous documentaries including Eating You Alive, Wait till its Free, and The Game Changers. As well as being a published author and member of the 1994 Olympic Bobsled Team, he is a highly sought-after international speaker. Dr. Stoll resides with his wife and six children in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN

Dr. Hans Diehl, founder of the Complete Health Improvement Program, has been in the fore front of lifestyle medicine and the plant-based whole movement since 1988. Founder of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute and CHIP. Speaker, Author, Academic and Health Advocate.  Dr. Diehl saw the amazing results of lifestyle intervention at the renowned Pritikin Longevity Center where he served as research and education director. Inspired to make better health accessible to the masses, he developed an affordable, community-based program designed to arrest and reverse society’s most common chronic diseases. Today, over 85,000 participants and clinical results published in 45 peer-reviewed scientific journals attest to the success of Dr. Diehl‘s approach. His co-authored books Health Power, the Optimal Diet Cookbook, Take Charge of Your Health, and You-Turn have been translated into 36 languages with a circulation of over two million. He is a clinical professor of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University and on the Board of Advisors of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He continues to present the science of lifestyle change with his trademark blend of humor and inspiration.  


Andrew M. Freeman MD, FACC, FACP

Andrew M. Freeman MD, FACC, FACP joined National Jewish Health in Denver, CO after completing his training in Philadelphia at Temple University. Prior to that, he completed his internal medicine training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed medical school at SUNY Buffalo with research honors after graduating summe cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. At National Jewish, he serves as the director of clinical cardiology and the director of cardiovascular prevention and wellness, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, and echocardiography. His clinical and research interests are in disease prevention, exercise and lifestyle medicine, imaging heart disease, nutrition, and cardiac sarcoidosis.

Dr. Freeman also hosts a monthly Walk with a Doc program (http:/Denver.WalkWithADoc.Org) in the Denver area where he volunteers his time to walk with patients on Saturday mornings to teach key health concepts, but also to explore using exercise as medicine for the greater good of the public. Finally, Dr. Freeman holds some key leadership positions in the Colorado chapter of the American College of Cardiology as well as at the national level, including founding chair of the Early Career Council and Section, an active member of the Best Practice Quality Improvement committee, co-chair of the Lifestyle and Nutrition Workgroup and a spot on the Patient-Centered Care and ACC Digital Steering Committees. He has published scholarly manuscripts on patient-centered care, cardiac sarcoidosis, and served as editor-in-chief of the Patient Centered Care community on CardioSource. He serves as the social media editor for JACC, the country’s number one cardiology journal. An avid teacher and educator, Dr. Freeman teaches medical, physician assistant and pharmacy students regularly, and has hosted many community lectures and CME programs. He is a regular feature at VegFest Colorado and continues to expand his teaching and messages of prevention and wellness all over Colorado.


JOEL KAHN, MD, FACC

Joel Kahn, MD, FACC of Detroit, Michigan, is a practicing cardiologist, and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan Medical School. Known as “America’s Healthy Heart Doc”, Dr. Kahn has triple board certification in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology. He was the first physician in the world to certify in Metabolic Cardiology with A4M/MMI and the University of South Florida. He founded the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity in Bingham Farms, MI.

Dr. Kahn has authored scores of publications in his field including articles, book chapters and monographs. He writes health articles and has five books in publication including Your Whole Heart Solution, Dead Execs Don’t Get Bonuses and The Plant Based Solution. His 6 th book, Lipoprotein(a): The Heart’s Silent Killer, is about to be published. He has regular appearances on Dr. Phil, The Doctors Show, Dr. Oz, Larry King Now, Joe Rogan Experience, and with Bassem Yousef. He has been awarded a Health Hero award from Detroit Crain’s Business. He owns GreenSpace & Go, a health restaurant in suburban Detroit. He serves as medical director of the largest plant support group in the USA, www.pbnsg.org.

Dr. Kahn can be found at www.drjoelkahn.com.


RONNIE “TSUNAMI” GANDIZA

Ronnie ‘Tsunami’ Gandiza is the CEO and co-founder of the Plant-Based Network, the #1 lifestyle and entertainment TV network in the world focused on promoting the plant-based lifestyle and its benefits for improving people’s health, creating a more sustainable planet, and encouraging compassion for others. 

Prior to his career in marketing, Ronnie was in the training and education space for over 25 years, and his learning solutions have been implemented in more than 10,000 academic institutions, non-profits and enterprise organizations around the world including Microsoft, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable), the US Air Force, and PlantPure. In addition, he has helped to build online and local support communities with millions of members in over 400 cities around the world in the fields of information technology, business, and health and wellness.

Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronnie started his career in Information Technology serving in the US Air Force, as well as a Network Engineer for the Secretary of Defense.  He was then selected as the Director of Information Services for the Congressional Commission on Veterans Affairs.

In addition to attaining multiple certifications in IT and project management, Ronnie earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University.


Cie Allman-Scott, Ph.D.

Dr. Cie is an award winning television talk show hostess, working for several years nationally on ABC, NBC, FOX and UPN networks. She currently works as a media psychologist, lecturer and writer, having written self help books and audiobooks and many national health, fitness and self help columns. An avid traveler since childhood, she now blogs International travel advice at www.JetSetPHD.com. In addition to keynote speeches and seminars, she has been lecturing around the world on exciting destinations and what she has coined as “travel psychology.” Prior to earning her doctorate and Ph.D. in Psychology, she was the International Spokes Model and live narrator for over 150 companies including 3M, Polaroid, Ford Motors, Lipton, Sumitomo, Kraft, Hilton, and Trump Hotels. She also presented over 100 health and beauty products to consumers on television via commercials and infomercials. Dr. Cie evolved from an actress to an Executive Producer and cherry picks new projects; she is a voting member of the Television Academy, producing the Primetime Emmys. Her hobbies include scuba diving and mixed media art; she creates kinetic art for American art galleries and and has been noted as a fine artist and juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance. She has been awarded Art Renaissance Woman of the Year and is currently Scottsdale Woman of the Year. She enjoys volunteering for several charities. She usually resides in the elegant mountains of Arizona with her husband and 3 dogs.


Anthony Casarona – Casarona Law Firm, P.L.L.C.

Anthony Casarona is corporate attorney whose practice includes mergers and acquisitions, business formation, commercial agreements, organizational and strategic planning matters, and corporate general counsel activities.

Anthony began his legal career in Washington, D.C. where he worked for two large, international law firms, before moving on to the in-house legal department of a Fortune 10 company. He started the Casarona Law Firm in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2016.

Anthony received his B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his law degree from the Catholic University of America-Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C.

In addition to Shape Up US, Anthony is involved with several other non-profit boards, including Miracle League of Arizona, Adventure for Charity, and Playworks Arizona. When not working, Anthony enjoys mountain and road biking, kayaking, and golf.


Susan Benigas, Executive Director

Susan serves as executive director of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), the medical professional society in the United States, representing clinicians and healthcare executives who are dedicated to a lifestyle medicine-first approach to healthcare. ACLM leaders and members recognize that the only path to a transformed and sustainable healthcare system is for lifestyle medicine to become the foundation of clinical practice.

Susan’s work has spanned the gamut, from running political campaigns to serving in senior management and consultant roles for organizations ranging from professional sports and media to healthcare technology and worksite health promotion.

It was while president of a worksite wellness company that she experienced a paradigm-shift, leading to her life’s passion: She was questioning the status quo approach to “wellness”—all too often diagnosing and medicating—as opposed to a primary focus on identifying and eradicating the cause of disease, when an oncologist introduced her to The China Study, the book the physician praised as having “transformed” her life and the lives of many of her patients. Reading this book and, soon thereafter, meeting its author, T. Colin Campbell, PhD, is what Susan often refers to as her “paradigm-shift catalyst,” changing the trajectory of her life’s work.

Her passion became reaching the gatekeepers of dietary and lifestyle recommendations—our nation’s physicians and healthcare practitioners—creating educational events, tools and resources for them and those they serve, focused on optimal dietary lifestyle. Science overwhelmingly supports the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition in its ability to prevent, suspend, and, often, even reverse the chronic, degenerative disease that’s afflicting our world, yet this is a subject that is sorely lacking in medical education. This reality led to Susan’s founding, prior to joining ACLM, of The Plantrician Project, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, and co-founding the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference.

Susan’s experience and successful track record in the areas of strategic marketing, public relations, project management, fund-raising, corporate sponsorship development, event production, and internet-based solutions design and development have helped to fuel the success of many organizations and endeavors. Bringing vision to life is what she does best.

She and her husband, Jon, reside in Town & Country, Missouri, where Jon serves on the Board of Aldermen and is chairman of the Green Commission.


Madison A. Carter

Madison A. Carter is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and runs a holistic wealth advisory business, working with individuals, families, businesses, and foundations/endowments to help them identify their objectives and reach their goals. She also started On the Pulse LLC to consult with individuals, for-profit
and non-profit companies to promote innovative and strategic approaches to business and personal development. On the Pulse LLC helps individuals identify goals and values to integrate strategic philanthropy into their lifestyle, and achieve greater personal development and success. On the Pulse
allows organizations to take success to the next level by implementing enriching business development concepts through customized community events, cause-based marketing strategies, and collaborative philanthropic affiliations.

Madison hosts educational, business networking, cultural, charitable, and women’s events. Madison has been dedicated to philanthropic organizations such as Girls Inc., Children’s Hospital, Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill Youth Programs, Project CURE and Morris Animal Foundation. She continues her
dedication in service to others through her current board positions with Resource Area For Teaching (RAFT) Colorado, YouthBiz/Young Americans, and Women’s Foundation Empowerment Council. She is a certified Pilates and spin instructor, an ardent tennis player, and a gourmet cook.  She also enjoy traveling and a myriad of outdoor activities with my family, friends and dogs, in my home state of Colorado.

Madison graduated magna cum laude from Boston College, with a BA in Economics. She is honored to have received the following recognitions: Young Professional of the Year 2011 – Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Five Star Wealth Manager 2011 to 2017 – 5280 Magazine and ColoradoBiz;
Making Their Mark 2012 – CBS 4 News and Denver Business Journal; Top 25 Young Professional 2013 – ColoradoBiz Magazine; Denver’s Top 40 Under 40 2014 – Denver Business Journal


Steve Hanson

Entrepreneur. Global Health & Wellness Influencer. Arts Advocate.

Steve is an entrepreneur, global health & wellness influencer and arts advocate. Steve has been at the forefront of marketing key ingredient firsts that have included lutein, Ester-C, omega-3 and curcumin. Now, Steve is leading new efforts to educate the nutrition industry and consumers about the importance of the microbiome in health with the role prebiotics and probiotics play. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Prenexus Health, a company leading the future of prebiotics.

Previously, Steve was CEO/Owner of GRIP IDEAS focusing on providing market development strategies to build businesses and organizations in the food & nutrition and vitamin & dietary supplement industries. Its client base features many of the industry’s leading global companies.

Steve is considered an expert in ingredient marketing and branding in the nutrition industry and has been involved with three of its best success stories – FloraGLO Lutein, Ester-C and MEG-3. Steve has shared his platform for building a successful ingredient brand at conferences as Nutracon and the CRN (Council for Responsible Nutrition) Annual Conference. He has written a number of research reports and articles for trade publications.

Steve was also Worldwide Vice President of Marketing for Kemin, a global manufacturer of food and feed ingredients. Among its brands is FloraGLO Lutein for the nutrition industry, the only ingredient brand to have its logo on the Centrum and Centrum Silver packaging.

He’s been a national fraternity officer, contributing editor for its magazine and received numerous fraternal awards. He served as an alumni board member at Iowa State University; been named a Des Moines Business Record “Up and Comer”; received an American Graphic Design Award; and been named to the Lexington Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals.

Specialties: Brand Development, International Business Development, Ingredient Branding, Co-Branding, Advertising, Public Relations


SARA PAUL

With 20 years experience in production, promotion, strategic partnerships, hospitality, brand development and storytelling, Sara Paul weaves an incredible web of impact and power for the planet with her company, 5 Carrots.   After seeing a series of documentaries in 2008, the reality of what was going on in the world woke her up into activism.  The call to work for the Earth was the most beautiful “job” offer possible.  From raising money for school gardens, to touring America in a tiny house on wheels promoting health,  to healing Hollywood with her healthy craft service business, no mission seems too out of reach.  Sara loves organic food, yoga, the healing arts, and discovering and sharing truth.    Sara also writes poetry, plays the piano, and loves to dance, especially to house music.  5carrots.com


ALNOOR SHERIFF

Alnoor is a real citizen of the world, and a very experimented international Businessman and Investor, who has work in many industries during his 30+ years career.

From the Successful CEO and founder of Shikatronics in the 90s-00s to the founding of Bentilia Legumes Pasta and Healthcentric A.I, he has been involved in many industries including clean energy, electronics, food, and disruptive technology.

He is very skilled in creating new opportunities for others and himself, especially those who require creative thinking and a futuristic approach.

Featured in the profit 100, and winner of the award in the province of Quebec, Canada he has always been a humble visionary, able to see opportunities years before they happen but always happy to share and help his surroundings to understand these opportunities.

His involvement in both the Plant-Based Food and Healthcare industries and the co-founding of Healthcentric A.I is showing that even today, he still has that flair for future successful ventures.

Alnoor is on a mission to improve the world in helping humans and companies to evolve themselves into their best-self, and never refuse to help someone on the same mission.

He is involved in few charities and has worked as a volunteer all around the globe, to be helping future entrepreneurs to jump and create their dreams. He is always saying that he loves to be creating a space for people to reinvent themselves into the entrepreneur they are meant to become.

Please feel free to connect and send a message and he will be answering himself to it, and never be shy to share projects and bold vision with him.