Food for Life Training: Presenters

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Food for Life Training: Presenters

neal barnard

Neal D. Barnard, M.D.

Dr. Barnard is the president and founder of the Physicians Committee. He is a nutrition researcher and author of 15 books and many scientific articles on nutrition and health. He directs numerous innovative campaigns to promote healthy eating and is a rigorous opponent of unethical research practices.


Susan Levin, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D.

Susan Levin is the director of nutrition education at the Physicians Committee. She researches and writes about plant-based diets and reduced risk of chronic diseases. She also addresses the need for nutrition guidelines that reflect the Physicians Committee's New Four Food Groups. She teaches nutrition and health classes to participants in clinical studies exploring links between diet and diabetes.


Cameron Wells, R.D., M.P.H.

Cameron Wells is a dietitian at the Physicians Committee. She has a background in disease prevention and has worked on several clinical trials. She previously worked as a bariatric dietitian by providing comprehensive nutrition support in the clinical setting.

meghan jardine

Meghan Jardine, M.S., M.B.A., R.D., L.D., C.D.E.

Meghan Jardine is the associate director of diabetes nutrition education at the Physicians Committee. As a diabetes educator and nutritionist, she works to develop education programs on the health benefits of plant-based nutrition.


Caroline Trapp, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., B.C.-ADM, C.D.E., F.A.A.N.P.

Caroline Trapp is the director of diabetes education and care at the Physicians Committee. She manages a variety of diabetes prevention and reversal initiatives, including the development and distribution of resources for consumers and health care providers. She creates continuing medical education programs and patient education materials for health care professionals. She is also a nurse practitioner specializing in the care of people with diabetes at Premier Internists in Southfield, Mich.


Dawnyel Pryor, Director of Educational Programs and Marketing

Dawnyel Pryor manages the Food for Life nutrition and cooking class program, supervising the affiliates located around the world. She also manages the marketing of the organization's continuing education events and the Food for Life program.


Dania DePas, Associate Director of Communications

Dania DePas works in media relations at the Physicians Committee, making sure our nutrition and research initiatives are in the forefront of the media. With a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she is trained as an on-air talent. She also has experience in public speaking and taught public speaking and business communication courses as an adjunct professor at East Carolina University.


Bonnie MacLeod, Director of Institutional Giving

Bonnie MacLeod is the director of institutional giving at the Physicians Committee. She is responsible for researching, obtaining, and managing gifts from foundations and corporations. Bonnie has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector as a program manager, consultant and volunteer.


Beth Perera, Food for Life Instructor

Beth Perera joined the Food for Life instructor team in August 2012 after earning her certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies. She was prompted to study nutrition after experiencing some personal health issues. Beth did some investigating and was delighted to find that her particular problems, namely arthritic-like joint pain in her feet and cysts in one breast, were both easily reversed with simple diet changes (eliminating dairy products then all meat for the arthritis, and eliminating caffeine for the cysts). She became passionate about learning more and sharing this information with others, wondering why everyone didn't know the benefits of plant-based nutrition, especially physicians. Beth has been teaching in central Vermont, the border area of Vermont and New Hampshire, and most recently joined the team of study leaders for the Osher at Dartmouth program (adult life-long learning) where her class filled to capacity in the first hour after the course catalog debuted. Beth gets her community involved and intrigued by hosting screenings of Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, finding that when people see these films, they have a much deeper interest in transitioning to a plant-based dietary lifestyle. Beth has been eating plant-based for six years and only wishes she knew all this decades earlier.


Wendy Manfredi, Vitamix Marketing Programs Manager

Wendy Manfredi has been thoroughly trained on using Vitamix equipment to prepare healthful, whole-food meals quickly and easily. She has been involved in recipe testing and training with Vitamix for more than 12 years and is comfortable and qualified to instruct others on how to use the equipment to prepare a variety of low-fat, vegan recipes including whole-fruit smoothies, vegetable soups, fresh-fruit sorbets, nut butters, and nut milks.



Ana Perez, Saladmaster Marketing Manager

Ana Perez has worked closely with the Physicians Committee as a part of Saladmaster's sponsorship since 2010. She has been involved as a presenter in past training courses and helps to answer the How? of low-fat, plant-based cooking by teaching people how to prepare healthy and delicious meals using the right equipment and techniques. She is also involved in managing Saladmaster's social media platforms and new recipe website that feature information on nutritional cooking and healthy living without giving up on taste.