NANP’s Board of Directors
Kristy Hall, MS, BCHN®
(NANP Board Member since 2021)
Kristy Hall, MS, BCHN®, is an Epigenetic Functional Nutritionist and Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She worked in the not-for-profit healthcare industry, managing a national $165 million special event program. After choosing to be a stay-at-home mom when her children were young, Kristy earned her master’s degree in holistic nutrition. She focused her master’s thesis on the biochemical pathway of methylation. Since graduation, Kristy has taken a unique path, continuing to study epigenetics, nutrigenomics, and nutrigenetics specifically related to mental health. Kristy is in the final year of completing her DSc degree.
Kristy has established an integrative clinic in northern Colorado with a medical doctor, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, a neurosomotic specialist, and detox spa. She believes this integrative approach to chronic disease is key to delivering compassionate, comprehensive care.
As these new fields develop, nutrition’s key role in preventing and reversing chronic disease is undeniable. Kristy believes we are near the tipping point in healthcare when conventional medical providers recognize the need for evidence-based nutrition consultants.
NANP COMMITTEES: Ethics, Governance (Chair)
TAMMERA J. KARR, Ph.D., BCHN®, CGP, CNW®, CDSP™
(NANP Board Member since 2022, Prior Service: 2011-2019)
Tammera brings 25-plus years of clinical experience as a nutrition educator, author, researcher, and food historian. Passionate about nutrition as the key to stopping many modern illnesses, she has authored books and programs inspired by the key concepts of Holistic Nutrition; for educators, practitioners and consumers.
A Pacific College of Health and Sciences faculty member in the Masters of Science in Health and Human Performance (MSHHP) program, Tammera shares with nutrition students the importance of the BCHN® and CDPS™ credentials and membership in the NANP.
A Native of Oregon, Tammera enjoys the challenge of research, food history, whole-food cooking, herbology, and traditional food preservation: canning, drying, and fermenting. Life on a remote ranger station in the southern cascades of Oregon and the high desert of central Oregon with her family for over fifty years has fostered an independent and proactive approach to sustainable health and lifestyle.
NANP COMMITTEES: Continuing Education (Chair), Educational Standards, Ethics (Chair)
Julie Rauch, MBA, NC, BCHN®
(NANP Board Member since 2008)
Julie Rauch, MBA, NC is a Certified Nutrition Consultant & Natural Chef graduate of Bauman College. She began her service at NANP on the executive board of the (then) Berkeley branch in 2005. She joined the national board in 2009 as treasurer before stepping into the role of president in 2012. In private practice, Julie specializes in hard-to-resolve health issues, including hormonal imbalances, chronic infections, and heavy metal & chemical chelation using whole food supplements. She teaches practical “no excuses” healthy eating and cooking strategies to support the health and well-being of her clients. Certified in AcuPoint Integrative Testing (AIT), Julie uses this comprehensive system to evaluate her client’s unique nutritional needs and create customized supplement protocols for them without the need for laboratory testing. Julie is the nutritionist for Advance International, Inc., producer of the odorless, tasteless, marine-based Advance Protein Powder. In addition, she provides nutrition consulting services to the employees of Standard Process of Northern California.
Jennifer Brooks, BCHN®, CDSP™
(NANP Board Member since 2024)
As president and co-founder of GOLO LLC, the nationally recognized wellness solutions company, Jennifer Brooks actively shapes the discussion around e-commerce and health and wellness.
Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® and holding degrees in culinary arts and mind-body transformational psychology, Brooks’ unique perspective is at the core of GOLO’s mission of empowering people by helping them transition to healthier lifestyles, whether by reaching their weight loss goals, gaining an understanding of how to incorporate exercise into their daily routines, or learning the basic principles of good nutrition.
She credits her success in the health and wellness industry to a lifelong passion for cooking with family and friends, often featuring traditional recipes introduced by her mother and grandmother. The experience created a sense of community, later leading to an interest in the science behind food and nutrition.
Jennifer makes finding meaningful ways to give back to the community a corporate priority. Under her leadership, the company has provided critical financial assistance to deserving charities and community-based organizations, including local chapters of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, Feeding America Network, the Police Athletic League, and Special Olympics.
Among her many professional credentials, Jennifer is a Certified Dietary Supplement Professional™ (CDSP™) and a National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) member.
- Board Member, Better Business Bureau of Delaware
- Named to Top Women in Business List for 2023 by Delaware Today Magazine
- Named one of the top Women in Consumer Health Tech for 2022 by Healthcare Technology Report.
- Contributing health and wellness expert for Alternative Medicine Magazine
- Marketing committee member at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Delaware
Sarica Cernohous, L.Ac., DACM, MSTOM, BSBA
(NANP Board Member since 2016)
Sarica is a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, incorporating LED light therapy and nutrition consultation in her support of patients’ health. She is the author of The Funky Kitchen, a primer on the importance and practical aspects of traditional food preparation, as well as a Cell Wellbeing S-Drive practitioner, and a coach for Metabolic Balance of Germany.
Sarica has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals since 2017 and has been an NANP member since 2014. She is a captain for Make Americans Free Again, and is a chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation.
Sarica lives in northern Arizona with her husband and two teenage children and enjoys daily hikes among the beautiful pines with her dogs.
NANP COMMITTEES: Educational Standards, Governance, Poster Boards (HEALCon)
Rachel Knowles, DCN, MS, LDN, CNS, BCHN®, CDSP™, CBS
(NANP Board Member since 2024)
Dr. Rachel Knowles (DCN, MS, LDN, CNS, BCHN, CDSP, CBS) is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition. She founded her private practice, Seedlings Nutrition, where she specializes in clinical nutrition for psychological, neurodevelopment, environmental, and pediatric conditions. Rachel incorporates nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, and individual biochemistry into each of her nutrition recommendations and believes that nutrition from a functional, integrative, and evidence-based perspective can significantly improve the lives of all individuals by cultivating overall wellness and preventing nutrition-driven diseases. Additionally, as an autistic person, Rachel offers a unique perspective on functional nutrition for individuals on the spectrum. She recognizes the risks of nutritional deficiencies in autistic individuals and the importance of addressing common comorbidities. Outside of clinical practice, Rachel serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Western States in the Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine programs and is actively involved in clinical nutrition research and scientific writing.
Rachel is married, a mother of two boys, and has three dogs. She enjoys traveling the coast, cooking, deep sea fishing, writing, and watercolor painting.
MaryAnn Marks, NC, MBA
(NANP Board Member since 2024)
MaryAnn Marks is the founder and CEO of LabSmarts, a bio-individual blood work interpretation software. She’s also a holistic nutrition consultant and functional medicine practitioner widely regarded by her peers as the go-to source for blood work interpretation.
MaryAnn is a visionary, creator, and researcher whose unique perspective and skill set have allowed her to create a much-needed innovation in the area of blood chemistry analysis.
LabSmarts was born out of MaryAnn’s passion and knowledge for interpreting blood work and her excitement and experience in developing automation software.
Her LabSmarts software is empowering holistic health practitioners across the globe with the confidence to incorporate blood work interpretation into their practice successfully.
MaryAnn has combined the skills from her twenty years in the tech industry with the skills from her ten years in holistic health to create a tool that helps practitioners be more effective and efficient at interpreting blood work to improve patient outcomes.
To learn more about MaryAnn and her software, visit LabSmarts.com.
NANP COMMITTEES: Conference Planning Committee
Kirstin Nussgruber, CNC, EMB, BCHN®
(NANP Board Member since 2019)
Kirstin Nussgruber, CNC, EMB, BCHN®, is a cancer nutrition expert, author, and speaker passionate about helping people get out of cancer by teaching them how to reclaim their lives. A two-time cancer survivor, she learned first-hand the importance of an integrative approach to one’s health to facilitate proper healing. She offers personalized mentoring packages to private clients and in collaboration with functional medicine practitioners.
Kirstin is the bestselling author of Confessions of a Cancer Conqueror – My 5-Step Process to Transform Your Relationship with Cancer and creator of First Steps to Take Control of Your Cancer Care, an online self-help program for people looking for an evidence-based approach to their health journey.
She is frequently invited to offer inspiring oncology nutrition-related presentations and guest interviews (e.g., Princeton Community TV, Five To Thrive Live – The Cancer Support Network radio show, 15 Minute Matrix). Currently, she is pursuing further education with the Mederi Academy under the tutelage of Donnie Yance, MH, CN. She participates in Dr. Chilkov’s monthly clinical oncology Live Round Calls.
Kirstin shares her philosophy, inspiring blogs, and self-created recipes at www.kirstinscancercare.com, and is part of the Chilkov Clinic and the clinical team at Valley Integrative Pharmacy. Numerous integrative practitioners repeatedly refer patients to her, including Dr. Lise Alschuler ND, Dr. Tina Kaczor ND, Dr. Kathleen Thomsen MD, and Dr. Scott Berk MD.
NANP COMMITTEES: Finance Committee, Governance Committee, Conference Planning Committee
Jacqueline Zhan Fraise, D.Sc., CNP (BCHN®)
(NANP Board Member since 2021)
Jacqueline Zhan Fraise, D.Sc., CNP (BCHN®) is a Certified Nutrition Professional (CNP), Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) practitioner, and Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in integrative healthcare.
She is a graduate of Bauman College Nutrition Consultant certificate program and received her Doctor of Science from Huntington University of Health Sciences. She is also a graduate of Harvard Medical School, Postgraduate Medical Education, Media and Medicine Certificate Program, and the California Culinary Academy. She has extensive clinical experience supporting clients of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. In addition to her clinical nutrition practice, Jacqueline is also involved in promoting holistic nutrition through various media channels, thereby reaching a broader and more diverse audience to deliver her message – food is medicine.
Jacqueline currently lives in Singapore with her family, where she enjoys both an active, outdoor lifestyle and cooking with fresh, local whole foods.
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