Meet Our Team
Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN®
Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN® is a graduate of Bauman College and the Executive Director of the NANP. After significantly improving her and her husband’s health through whole foods nutrition, Nicole left the managed “healthcare” industry to pursue a career where she could affect more positive change. She has been with the NANP since 2007. Her passion for the industry is infectious, and she has made it her life’s mission to promote whole foods nutrition and those who teach it, in every way possible. Nicole is wholly dedicated to putting holistic nutrition professionals to work, and to protecting their right to practice.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Nicole in the kitchen. A dedicated ‘foodie,’ she’s continuously honing her cooking skills. Nicole loves living in Northern California’s gold and wine country with the love of her life and their toy poodle, Louie.
Events & Certifications Manager
Randi Dixon brings more than 30 years of experience from established organizations including the Sacramento Board of REALTORS®, California Association for Advanced Transportation Systems and the California Redevelopment Association. She also has extensive experience in meeting planning that has taken her on professional travels near and far. Randi manages NANP’s Annual Conference & Expo, as well as certifications offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, the credentialing arm of the NANP.
Monica Nesbit brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience to NANP. Her background is diverse and includes positions with global organizations, state-wide public media entities, arts-related entities, and small, profession-specific associations.
Monica loves to travel, cook, read and write. She enjoys spending as many times as possible with her 2 German shepherds, Klogen and Sophie. She is also an avid golfer and wishes that she was way better at it!
Danielle Gibbs, BS
Member Relations & Certifications Supervisor
Danielle Gibbs has been a part of the NANP team since 2015, and currently works as NANP’s Member Relations & Certifications Supervisor. Dani has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Colorado State University and uses her education and experience to handle any member related inquires or needs, management of continuing education, as well as assists in the credentialing duties of the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, the credentialing arm of the NANP.
Andrea Grandson, NT, BCHN®
Educational Programs Specialist
Andrea Grandson is a Nutritional Therapist, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, and graduate of the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Today Andrea lives in Los Angeles where she runs The Nutrition Helpline; an online service that provides personalized nutrition programs that teach the science behind weight loss, fatigue and digestive health.
Outside of private practice, Andrea is NANP’s Educational Programs Specialist, where she uses her education & experience to perform in-depth reviews of educational programs, seminars, and continuing education submissions, on behalf of our members, ensuring that our standards are met every step of the way.
Andrea is also the host of “The Scoop,” NANP’s monthly educational webinar, providing advanced and specialized Nutrition Education.
Laura Waldo, NTP
Legislative Affairs Specialist
Laura Waldo has more than 20 years of experience in the Information Technology sector where she worked as a consultant with Government and Private Industry clients. She became passionate about nutrition when her toddler son became extremely ill and a diagnosis eluded the medical community. Laura began learning about the healing power of food, and with the urging of family, and friends in the Holistic Community, she returned to school, graduating from the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2013.
Laura opened her nutrition practice in Virginia but became frustrated hearing stories of practitioners who were unable to work due to restrictive laws in the States where they resided. In 2017 Laura began her journey of grassroots advocacy and policy change as the Deputy Director of the Council of Holistic Health Educators. Now at the NANP, Laura works diligently to promote the rights of our members to practice nutrition without legislative threats.
She maintains her private nutrition practice, home-schools her son, and is excited to work with the NANP, aiding practitioners and advocating policy change at the State level.
Sara Peternell, MNT, BCHN®
Sara Peternell joined the NANP team as the Marketing Copywriter with a strong background in both marketing and nutrition.
Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University in 1997 and went on to have a successful 10-year marketing career in both the private and non-profit sectors. She was the Website Manager for the Colorado Children’s Hospital prior to changing careers and pursuing her passion for holistic nutrition.
In 2007, Sara completed the Master of Nutrition Therapy program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute. As a graduate of this renowned program, she became a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT), and later, was an instructor at the Institute for five years.
Sara has been a longtime professional member of the NANP, and most recently served on the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board and contributed in helping to update the exam.
Sara’s nutrition practice, Family Nutrition Services, reaches clients all over the U.S., and even internationally – focusing on family nutrition, thyroid health, and detoxification programs. Sara has been offering personalized nutrition services to individuals, children, families, non-profits, and corporations since starting her business in 2005.
Sara is co-author of Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies & Toddlers With Taste, Winner of Red Tricycle’s 2015 Best Cookbook for Babies Award.
Brad Linberg, MS
Website & Graphic Design
Brad Linberg is a graphic and digital designer with 20 years of experience. A decade ago, a mysterious illness pushed him to change his diet and lifestyle. After seeing positive results, he became passionate about helping others use nutrition to heal their bodies. This led to receiving a Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University in 2015. Since then, he’s combined his two areas of expertise to design branding and websites for health professionals. When he’s offline, you’ll find him in his Iowa kitchen cooking with his family.
Whitney Marks, NTP
Member Relations & Marketing Assistant
Whitney Marks joined the NANP team in August 2020. She graduated with her Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification from the Nutritional Therapy Association in March 2021. As Member Relations Assistant, Whitney serves as the primary point of contact and support to existing and prospective NANP members. She also supports social media and other marketing efforts in her role as Marketing Assistant.
Whitney is also a local advocate for health and wellness and loves serving her community in holistic nutrition efforts. In her free time, Whitney enjoys cooking, eating at local ‘foodie’ establishments, hiking, and spending time with her husband and their Yorkshire Terrier, Ezra.
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