HealthMinder Day at BlogHer '12 Speakers

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Angelica Perez, PhD
Publisher & CEO, NEW LATINA

Angélica Pérez, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice, and a social entrepreneur.  She is the publisher & CEO of NEW LATINA, a digital media platform that promotes personal and professional success among Latinas.  Dr. Perez is the creator of several leadership and education initiatives, including a Latina Leadership Conference, schedued for the summer of 2013.  She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and other online publications, and has been an invited guest expert on Univision, Telemundo and HITN.  Dr. Perez was recognized as the Top Latin@ Blogger of the Year by LATISM, in 2011.


AV Flox

AV Flox is the Health and Love & Sex section editor on She's also the founder and editor of Sex and the 405, a site that strives to be what your newspaper would look like if it had a sex section -- and a sense of humor. Her writing has appeared in the Village Voice, LA Weekly and Los Angeles Times. You can follow her on Twitter @avflox, subscribe on Facebook /anaiis, or circle her on Google Plus +A.V. Flox.

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA
Writer, Executive Producer, Media Broadcaster, Blogger, Health Educator
Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA
Writer, Executive Producer, Media Broadcaster, Blogger, Health Educator

Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA is founder of, award-winning broadcast journalist, featured writer for The Huffington Post, registered nurse and a leading voice in health offering practical advice for spectacular health focusing on patient|consumer empowerment and engagement, health care social media, health IT, mhealth and healthy living.  Barbara began her broadcasting career in radio as creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning Health in 30® radio show.  She is on the editorial advisory board and consumer health expert at and she is former senior director of clinical affairs at a telehealth company.  Barbara is a medical blogger, freelance writer, speaker, executive producer and health educator, and she is on the frontlines of health care as registered nurse.  She is President of Barbara Ficarra Productions, LLC and is she is consultant, moderator, and media trainer.  She has been quoted as an expert in health care for multiple journals and magazines and has appeared on FOX News Live.  She is a speaker at many professional conferences and seminars, and her professional affiliations include the Association of Health Care Journalists, New York Women in Communications, Microsoft Health Users Group, HIMSS (Healthcare Information Management Systems Society), and American Telemedicine Association.  Healthin30 has been voted Best Health Blog 2011 by Healthline, and a new nationally syndicated radio, podcast and social media show, A Healthier Life with Barbara Ficarra, produced by George R. Lovelock and Barbara Ficarra is under development.  [@BarbaraFicarra]



Carmen Staicer
Producer, BlogHer

I'm a producer for the BlogHer network and Mom to six incredibly loud and opinionated kids who are always right no matter what. I have my black belt in Muay Thai boxing. My passions include Zumba and Crossfit classes, reading and cooking. A desire to eat as close to non processed as possible doesn't mean I don't love me some Diet Coke. And some coffee. Always, with the coffee. We deal with asthma, food allergies, autistic spectrum issues, and smart mouths on a daily basis. 

Carol Greenburg

Carol Greenburg, executive director of New York Special Needs Consulting ( is a special education consultant professional non-attorney advocate in private practice serving the five boroughs of NYC and beyond. An editor of and contributor to the highly acclaimed book and blog project Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, ( her unique perspective as an adult with Aspergers Syndrome and as the mother of a severely language-delayed  autistic child, informs all of her work. In September 2010, she was appointed the East Coast Regional Director of Autism Women's Network ( Her Twitter handle is @Aspieadvocate.

Denise Tanton
Senior Community Manager,

Denise is the BlogHer Community Manager who started her life on the internet by developing a serious addiction to chat at iVillage. From there she was employed at as a Message Board Moderator and WebMd as a Senior Community Moderator.

Dr Kimberly Manning

Kimberly Manning, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is dual board-certified in Internal Medicne and Pediatrics and spends her time teaching medical students and residents at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Manning authors Reflections of a Grady Doctor, a blog centered around patient care and work-life balance. It was named in 2010 by ‘O’ The Oprah Magazine as one of “four top medical blogs you should read.” She contributes weekly to the American College of Physicians Blog.

Manning has been a weekly medical commentator on Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta since 2004 and is a frequent guest on network TV including CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Weekend Headline News, and The Dr. Oz show. In addition to focusing on teaching, learning and caring as a physician, she also includes lessons from her roles as mother and wife in her writing.

Eileen Howard Boone
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations at CVS Caremark
Eileen Howard Boone
Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations at CVS Caremark

One of Eileen Howard Boone's most significant accomplishments is establishing CVS Caremark All Kids Can, an initiative designed to make life easier for children with disabilities. This signature program supports nonprofits that are focus on helping kids learn, play and succeed in all aspects of their lives. The goals of CVS All Kids Can are to raise awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion; build barrier-free playgrounds so children of all abilities can play side-by-side; and provide medical rehabilitation and related services to children with disabilities.

Elisa Camahort Page
Co-Founder and COO, BlogHer

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa leads events, marketing, public relations and research for the company and with her leadership, the BlogHer conference business has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to five diverse events that will host over 4,000 attendees in 2011. With more than 3,000 attendees expected at this year’s annual conference alone, the flagship event is the largest conference for women social media leaders in the world and has been described as “ComicCon for women who blog” by Variety magazine.

Elisa’s other major focus is to bring the story of BlogHer and the influence of the women in its community, to life via research, helping BlogHer’s customers glean critical insights about how women connect, share and behave online and off.  Elisa’s work leading BlogHer’s consumer insights team, as well as marketing and public relations, has resulted in coverage and profiles from many of the leading media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, and many more.

Elisa is a frequent public speaker, bringing research data about women and online communities to life in recent keynotes at Marketing to Women, MediaBistro Circus, Fem 2.0, New Communications Forum, BlogPaws and WOMMA Marketing Summit and sessions at Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive and CES.

Prior to co-founding BlogHer, Elisa ran a marketing consultancy, Worker Bees, which was among the first companies to integrate corporate marketing strategies into the social media environment. Before bringing her marketing expertise to the Internet industry, Elisa was a senior-level high-tech marketer, helping develop digital infrastructures for voice, video and data delivery. Her last corporate position was as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Terayon Communication Systems, where she managed a team of product managers and five product lines.

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has been honored as an NCWIT Hero.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute. A native of the Bay Area, she lives in San Jose with her software developer husband.

Ellen Seidman
Love That Max

Ellen Seidman is an editor, blogger, web content consultant, special needs advocate and proud mom of two. She has held senior positions at Glamour, SELF, Redbook and Good Housekeeping, and done freelance projects for Martha Stewart Living, Allure, People StyleWatch and In Style. She's currently a contributing editor for Health magazine.

Ellen writes Love That Max, an award-winning blog about kids with special needs who kick butt. Max is her son, he has disabilities and, yes, he kicks butt. Love That Max has been featured on,, The New York Times' blog The Motherlode, Yahoo,, and The Daily Mail, as well as in Redbook, Real Simple, Parents, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day and Family Circle.

Ellen also blogs for, and, and writes for publications. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Redbook and All You, among others. Essays of hers are featured in the books The Elephant in the Playroom, Minimalist Parenting and Good Enough Is The New Perfect. In addition, she's done web content projects for Disney's BabyZone, and USAToday/BlogHer.

A Social Good Fellow for the United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life campaign, she also sits on the board of Family Member, a nonprofit that works to ensure people living with special needs and disabilities are represented fairly and accurately in news, entertainment and social media.

Honors include being a two-time BlogHer Voices of the Year honoree, a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog for three years, and one of Parenting magazine's 50 Must-Read Moms. Plus, her children think she makes really good spaghetti.

In her spare time, Ellen enjoys biking, binge-watching TV series and breathing.

Erin Kotecki Vest

Erin Kotecki Vest is BlogHer, Inc.’s Social Media Strategist but is currently disabled due to Lupus. She is a mother of two elementary school aged kids who keep her busy, even when she has treatment...apparently basketball and karate and horseback riding stop for no disease! She has a wonderful husband who tries to keep the house in order while she has an IV in her arm, and always over-do it trying to to be SuperMom. Before Erin got sick and long before she became a blogger, she spent ten years as a broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, Orlando and Detroit winning six Golden Mic Awards with LA news institution KFWB. Erin continues to blog on her personal site Queen of Spain Blog, and can be found tweeting as @queenofspain.

Gena Hamshaw
Pre-med, post-bacc student; author, Choosing Raw
Gena Hamshaw
Pre-med, post-bacc student; author, Choosing Raw

Gena Hamshaw, C.C.N., is a certified clinical nutritionist, a premedical, post-baccaulaureate student, and the author of the blog Choosing Raw, where she celebrates vegan and raw food. Gena believes that healthy, plant-based food is as satisfying and delicious as it is healthful. A former eating disorder sufferer, she is an advocate for eating disorder awareness within the vegan community, and a firm believer that conscious food choices need not be at odds with full recovery.

Gena's recipes have been featured at Whole Living online, Food52, Glamour online, and in O Magazine. She is a regular columnist for VegNews magazine. When she's not studying carbon molecules, she can be found in her kitchen.

Janelle Peralez Gunn
Acting Policy Team Lead, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Janelle Peralez Gunn
Acting Policy Team Lead, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Janelle Gunn, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian and the Acting Policy Team Lead in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Janelle also coordinates CDC’s sodium reduction initiative, which includes managing activities with other federal agencies and national partners, providing guidance and assistance to grantees, and implementing a congressional mandate to work with food manufacturers and chain restaurants to lower sodium in the food supply and submit an annual progress report to Congress.

Janelle joined CDC in 2003 in the Public Health Prevention Service. She received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a master’s degree in public health with a focus on nutrition, both from the University of Minnesota.

Jen Lee Reeves

Jen Lee Reeves is passionate about social media and advocacy. She is the national social communications trainer at AARP and is the founder of a special needs community, Born Just Right. Reeves trains how to use social media and communicate across platforms. She also shares stories and lessons as a parent of a child who was born with a physical difference. Reeves regularly speaks on the power of social media in business, journalism and the higher education world. She often focuses on ways to improve digital literacy across all generations.

Reeves is married with two kids and a new puppy. She is a fan of technology, running, travel and photography.

Joanne Dwyer
Director of Corporate Communications & Community Relations, CVS Caremark
Joanne Dwyer
Director of Corporate Communications & Community Relations, CVS Caremark

Joanne Dwyer is Director of Corporate Communications & Community Relations for CVS Caremark. Joanne manages external communications, public relations and social media initiatives for CVS Caremark’s philanthropic programs, including CVS Caremark All Kids Can. Joanne also manages the company’s foundation, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, which provides grants that align with the company’s purpose of helping people on their path to better health. The Trust supports organizations that are providing much-needed access to healthcare for underserved populations or helping children of all abilities to be the best that they can be.

Julia Roberts
President, Speaker, Writer, Publisher

Julia Roberts is an innovative builder of communities both physical and virtual, and is an adept communicator in both realms. She owns a traditional marketing firm, is a writer, speaker, and advocate. Mom to two cute kids with special needs including kidney failure, dialysis and kidney transplants for both. Mix in some medical trauma with mental illness and this is the reason she is tired most of the time.

She's a marketing professional, co-founder of a site for special needs parents, blogger, mom, wife, friend and wrangler of doctors, resources and kids. I'm co-founder of Support for Special and 9 year blogger of Kidneys and Eyes.

Kate Brigham
Patient Experience Manager

Kate Brigham is the Patient Experience Manager at PatientsLikeMe, a website where patients can share information about their health, find other patients like them, and learn from the real-world experiences of others coping with similar symptoms, treatments and conditions. In addition to focusing on community building in her role overseeing a team of Community Managers and Customer Support Specialists, Kate has used her background in user experience design to help create environments and opportunities for interaction that encourage the sharing of rich health data as well as stories which together lead to the development of strong, supportive and engaged patient communities.

Katherine Stone
Founder, Postpartum Progress

Katherine Stone is the founder and publisher of Postpartum Progress, the world’s leading blog on postpartum depression and new moms’ emotional health. Katherine is also the founder of Postpartum Progress Inc., a national nonprofit focused on vastly improving support for women with maternal mental illness.

In 2014, she won the Iris Award for her philanthropic work in the parent blogging arena. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She also was listed among the most influential mom bloggers in 2011 and 2012 by Babble, and has been selected as a Health Hero by WebMD. AND, she's been a question on Jeopardy.

Katherine has been featured by CNN, the Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, PBS, The Today Show, HLN, ABC News and the Washington Post among others. She often speaks publicly at such events as SXSW, BlogHer, the Mom 2.0 Summit, and many women’s health events. Prior to joining the world of posters and tweeters, she spent seven years in marketing at The Coca-Cola Company. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.

Kristina Chew

I started blogging about my teenage son Charlie in June of 2005. I've never stopped -- and thanks to blogging, I am now Online Advocacy and Marketing Manager at Care2. Prior to this, I taught taught ancient Greek and Latin for 20 years at universities on the East Coast and the Midwest. My essays on autism and disability studies have appeared in the Guardian, the Chronicle of Higher Education and in a number of collections including the recent Worlds of Autism: Across the Spectrum of Neurological Difference.

Laura Shumaker
Writer, Author, Blogger, Mother

Laura is the mother of three terrific sons. The oldest, Matthew, is a young adult with autism. She is the author of the book A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism, and a contributor to The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. She writes an autism blog for the San Francisco Chronicle that focuses on  helping disabled youth and their families with the transition to adulthood. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, NPR and

Lisa Stone
Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer

Lisa Stone co-founded BlogHer, Inc. in 2005 with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins, and serves as the company’s CEO. With Lisa’s leadership, the company has grown from an idea for a grassroots conference into a diversified media company and a Top 5 women’s network  online, according to comScore, with 2,500+ premium blog contributors, the world’s largest in-person events for bloggers, and an award-winning social hub at As principal architect of BlogHer’s distributed, cross-platform media business, Lisa developed innovative models for profitable, premium online media, and for recognizing and compensating a new wave of content creators.

Lisa has shepherded the company to revenue of eight figures trailing for the past two years, during which BlogHer, Inc. was named among the AlwaysOn OnMedia Top 100 for 2011 and Global 250 for 2010, and as one of America’s Most Promising Start-ups by BusinessWeek. BlogHer’s flagship site,, was named one of the Top 100 Websites for Women by Forbes in 2010.

A traditional journalist who left CNN for the Internet in 1997, Lisa began developing new social media business models during her tenure as the first Internet journalist awarded a coveted Nieman Fellowship from Harvard University in 2002. Lisa first blogged as part of her 2004 election coverage for the Los Angeles Times, the same year she developed and launched the first sponsored blog network for Lisa’s expertise and vision has led to numerous innovations in the social media space.

Prior to the Nieman Fellowship, Lisa was among the early drivers of some of the most successful online communities and interactive programming for women. As the executive producer and Editor in Chief/VP, Programming for, Lisa grew the 18-channel network to a Top 30 site and oversaw all original programming and the development and integration of content community initiatives with Hearst and Rodale magazines, E! Television/Online, HBO’s Sex and the City, Bloomberg, and Gallup and Knight Ridder. 

Together, BlogHer co-founders Lisa, Elisa and Jory have been named among the most influential women in Web 2.0 and technology by Fast Company (2008, 2009 and 2010), Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semi-finalists (2010) and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine (2009). In 2011 they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award.

Lisa has been honored among the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company (2010), the Most Powerful Moms in Media by Working Mother Magazine (2010), AlwaysOn Top 25 Women in Tech (2009) and the Influencers of Silicon Valley by the San Jose Mercury (2009). She is a frequent speaker at leading industry events, including the Montgomery Technology Conference, Online News Association Annual Conference, EconWomen Summit, Fairchild|WWD Summit, Web 2.0, SXSW Interactive, Supernova and the AlwaysOn Summit.

As the co-founder of a mission-based for-profit organization, Lisa is a member of the Advisory Boards for both the California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships and the Knight Digital Media Center of the USC Annenberg School for Communications. She lives in Silicon Valley with Christopher Carfi and their children.

Mailet Lopez
Founder, I Had Cancer

Mailet Lopez is a breast cancer survivor who founded—a social support network for cancer fighters, survivors and supporters focused on creating connections that help people deal with cancer peer to peer. A Cuban exile and digital pioneer Mailet is also co-founder of the award winning digital agency Squeaky Wheel Media which was formed in 2001 and is both an Ad Age Small Agency of the year recipient and INC 5000 fastest growing company.

Marisa Howard-Karp
Grad student. Non-profit consultant. Special-needs mama. Open adoption advocate.
Marisa Howard-Karp
Grad student. Non-profit consultant. Special-needs mama. Open adoption advocate.

Marisa Howard-Karp is a mom, wife, graduate student (Non-Profit Management), and advocate.

As an adoptive parent and a parent to two special-needs children, ages four and six, she is passionate about promoting openness in adoption (and child welfare reform in general) and supporting and connecting with other special-needs families.

In her spare time (stop laughing!) she devours books, cooks insane quantities of food, swims, does yoga (badly), volunteers at a farmer's market, and hangs out on the beach with her family. She is also trying to learn American Sign Language fast enough to keep up with her Deaf four-year-old.

She tends to neglect her blog, Sheeps Eating Me, but makes up for it with more than you could ever want to know on Twitter -- the professional and political slant is at @Marisa_H_K and the personal slant is at @SheepsEatingMe. She is a contributing writer to Support for Special Needs.

You can also find her over on LinkedIn.

Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Pamela Peeke is an internationally renowned physician, scientist and expert in the fields of nutrition, metabolism, stress and fitness. Dr. Peeke is a Pew Foundation Scholar in Nutrition and Metabolism, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Dr Peeke is the lifestyle expert for WebMD’s 90 million members and chief medical correspondent for Discovery Health TV, where she is featured in the National Body Challenge series, and hosts Could You Survive? Dr. Peeke is the New York Times bestselling author of Fight Fat after Forty, Body for Life for Women, and Fit to Live. Her new book, The Hunger Fix: The 3-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction, will launch in September 2012.

Triathlete, marathoner and mountain climber, Dr. Peeke is founder of the Peeke Performance Center for Healthy Living™.

Rita Sharma
CEO & Co-Founder

Rita Sharma has a strong dedication to improving health by empowering individuals. Early on, she realized that the only viable path for her health was prevention and wellness. She learned from her mother’s struggle with Type 2 Diabetes that a chronic health challenge could truly compromise your quality of life. In the end, Rita’s mother died of kidney failure and her body’s fight against the dialysis treatments. This experience reaffirmed Rita’s commitment to empowering patients and caregivers to manage their health challenges by deeply understanding all their treatment options and connecting to others like themselves—FoundHealth was born, in partnership with like-minded and passionate team members.

As CEO of FoundHealth, Rita Sharma brings years of experience at the nexus of healthcare and technology. Prior to starting FoundHealth, Rita was the Director of Strategic Marketing at LifeScan, a Johnson and Johnson company focused on diabetes. At LifeScan, she was responsible for shifting strategic and product development from simply measurement towards diabetes management, for both consumers and health care professionals. Prior to LifeScan, Rita led Healthcare business development at Handspring (now Palm). Through her work in management roles at healthcare organizations, Rita deeply understands the healthcare system from many key points-of-view. Rita received an MBA, with honors, from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and a BS in political science from UCLA.

Robin Strongin
President & CEO Amplify Public Affairs / Creator Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog
Robin Strongin
President & CEO Amplify Public Affairs / Creator Disruptive Women in Health Care Blog

Robin Strongin, President and CEO of Amplify Public Affairs, and the Creator and Founder of the Disruptive Women in Health Care blog, is an accomplished public affairs expert with 30 years of experience working in Washington, DC. Ms. Strongin has worked with and for Federal and state governments, regulatory agencies, Congress, think tanks, nonprofit organizations, corporations, coalitions and trade associations. Before becoming President  & CEO of Amplify, a woman-owned small business, Ms. Strongin was a Managing Partner at the public affairs firm Polidais, LLC. Before Polidais, Ms. Strongin served as a Senior Research Associate with the National Health Policy Forum at George Washington University. While at the Forum, she organized seminars for congressional and executive staff, authored numerous publications, and worked closely with a range of state and federal agencies, professional societies, advocacy groups and consumer organizations. She also served as acting Executive Director and Director of Research for the Health Care Technology Institute.

Her previous tenures with health and policy organizations include the National Leadership Coalition on Health Care and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (now the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission). Ms. Strongin was selected as a Presidential Management Intern and worked in the Office of Legislation and Policy of the Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid), in addition to serving in the Office of Congressman James J. Florio (D-NJ).

Ms. Strongin is a member of the Women Business Leaders of the US Health Care Industry Foundation and serves on the following boards: Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy, The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (a member of the Beth Abraham Health Services); The Older Women’s League (OWL); Physician-Parent Caregivers and The Hill Newspaper Publisher’s Advisory Board.

Roni Noone
SkinnyMinnyMedia LLC

Roni Noone used her blog, Roni’s Weigh, to shed 70 pounds, start a running habit, get over a fear of weight training, complete her first marathon and run seven Tough Mudders, yes, seven. In 2011, she published her first cookbook based on recipes shared on the popular GreenLiteBites and brought the fourth annual FitBloggin’ conference to Portland, Ore., bringing together new and seasoned health, wellness, fitness and weight-loss bloggers for knowledge, personal growth and networking.

Recognizing the power of blogging, she also started a supportive online community called BlogToLose where more than 6,000 users are blogging to reach their own weight-loss goals.

Roni has represented and consulted for a wide variety of clients in the health and fitness industry including: Kellogg, The Laughing Cow, Liberty Mutual, HumanaVitality, Weight Watchers, Kraft, Vitalicious, Subway, Johns Hopkins University, Quaker, Nutrilite, ALDI and Pom. She has also been featured in many media outlets including CNN, the Today show, Inside Edition, Ladies Home Journal, Everyday Health, Women’s World, Woman’s Day, and Wired.

Roni is doing one of three things at this very moment: Blogging, cooking or traveling.

Roshini Raj
Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine
Roshini Raj
Assistant Professor of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine

Dr. Roshini Raj is an attending physician at NYU Medical Center/Tisch Hospital in New York City, where she was the first female gastroenterologist to join the faculty. She also serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Raj has a special interest in women's health and cancer screening and has published several research articles on colon cancer screening.

Dr. Raj is a Today Show contributor , the Good Day NY Medical Correspondent (Fox5) and the Medical Editor of Health Magazine. She is the author of What the Yuck?! The Freaky & Fabulous Truth About Your Body. She has discussed a wide variety of health topics on a range of network and cable shows, including NBC's Today Show; ABC's The View. Good Morning America and World News Tonight; among others.

Sarah Pollet
COO Rock Health

As COO, Sarah is Rock Health’s operational lead. She oversees daily business operations and directs the Rock Health incubator. She is currently on the ground in Boston running the incubator program at Harvard Medical School. At the end of the summer, she will return to Rock Health's San Francisco headquarters to direct the 5-month incubator out west starting this fall. Sarah previously worked at Sutter Health managing hospital quality and safety initiatives, and she was also the second employee at a VC-backed medical technology start up in Palo Alto. Sarah earned her B.A. from Stanford University in Anthropological Science and an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University.

Shannon O. Sullivan
Chief Development Officer

Shannon O. Sullivan leads fundraising efforts at Safe Kids Worldwide, a U.S.-based nonprofit that seeks to prevent childhood injuries worldwide.  Prior to joining Safe Kids, Shannon worked at the National Parkinson Foundation, managing the fundraising department and, most recently, leading strategic initiatives including corporate partnerships and consumer programs. She began her work in healthcare philanthropy as the Director of Development for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer. Shannon is a graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston in Houston, TX.  

Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media
Stephanie Quilao
Founder and Chief Storyteller, Thriving Media

Stephanie Quilao is the Founder and Chief Storyteller of Thriving Media. She is well-known for her (now retired) healthy living blog Back in Skinny Jeans, and healthy eating blog Noshtopia. She has produced two mobile apps on iPhone, Android, and Windows Mobile, and is launching In October 2013 an iPhone food photo editing app. Her personal blog is

Recently, Stephanie made the move from Phoenix, AZ back to Silicon Valley to pursue her dream of building mobile health apps to help spread healthiness through smart devices.

Stephanie's blog work has appeared in iVillage Diet and Health, Livestrong, AOL Diet & Fitness, FOX News Health, USA Today, Reuters,, Lifehacker, Clicked, TechMeme, and Yahoo Tech. She has been written about in Wall Street Journal Digits, LA Times Food Blog, Women's Health, CNBC "On the Money," and PBS Media Shift.

Stephanie is the author of the books, "Back in Skinny Jeans," "Be Awesome on Twitter," and "Death of a Road Warrior."

Stephanie Scott
Director, Worldwide Communications, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Stephanie Scott
Director, Worldwide Communications, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
During her 22 year career in communications, Stephanie Scott has focused on delivering programs that improve health education and drive better awareness and understanding of wellness and disease prevention. Stephanie has worked within the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies for the past 10 years and joined Ortho Clinical Diagnostics earlier this year. Her responsibilities include leading the company’s vision to enable people to “Be Healthier, Feel Better and Live Longer” through programs that help patients, as well as company employees, improve their wellbeing through a better understand their own health information. Stephanie is a graduate of Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
Susan Senator
Author/Professor/Autism Mommy Swami

Susan Senator is an author, journalist, public speaker, English professor, Autism Mommy Swami, and the mother of three boys, the oldest of whom is 22 and is severely autistic.

Susan has appeared on the Today Show, NPR and CNN. She is the author of Making Peace With Autism, The Autism Mom’s Survival Guide and Dirt: A story about gardening, mothering, and other messy business. Susan has written articles and essays on disability, parenting, and living happily, in journals like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Her writings took her to a state dinner at the White House in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the Special Olympics. 

Susan’s publications and blog can be found at

Tanis Miller

After seven years of success and accolades writing Attack of the Redneck Mommy Tanis Miller blew up her blog so that she could start fresh in the obscurity that is her B-side.

Tanis continues to spread her brand of humour and honesty on Tanis Miller only it turns out you can take the writer out of Redneck Mommy but you can't take the redneck out of the writer.

Tanis lives (quite literally) in the middle of nowhereville, Canada, with her family, her dogs and whatever wildlife that has mistaken her lawn for their litter box. In her spare time Tanis sits on the board of directors for Violence UnSilenced and is a passionate advocate for the rights of special needs children and their families.

She loves Nickelback, Dolly Parton and anything with the accordion and she really wishes square dancing were an Olympic sport.


Terry Walters
Author, Educator, Clean Food Advocate
Terry Walters
Author, Educator, Clean Food Advocate

Terry Walters is at the forefront of the clean eating lifestyle movement. She is the author of two highly acclaimed cookbooks—the bestselling CLEAN FOOD, and CLEAN START, a James Beard Foundation Award finalist and recipient of the Nautilus Gold Book Award. Terry is dedicated to making sustainable good health both easy and delicious. Without preaching or judgment, she shares her passion and shows us how simple it is to get on the path to eating clean and enjoying good health, for yourself, for your family and for the environment.

Terry has traveled all over North America speaking about CLEAN FOOD. She has been featured on television, radio, print and Internet media and is the author of the popular blog Eat Clean Live Well. Terry serves as an advisor to the Board of Directors for Urban Oaks Organic Farm, one of the largest urban organic farms in the country. She trained at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and resides with her husband and two children in Connecticut, where you are likely to find her running, cycling, skiing, gardening or on her way to any one of many local organic farms or farmers markets.

Tina Shoulders
Designer/ Educator/ Runner/Mom

Tina Shoulders is a branding and social media strategist who runs Exposure Camps to educate teens to the power of content creation. She ia currently working on a startup, a web venture to support the camp. She is an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the creator of the pop culture inspired home furnishings line Laidback Home.

Tina is an avid runner who blogs that "you are beauty in motion" on her blog Beautiful Athlete which she started as she chronicled her journey of becoming a runner and loosing 55+ pounds. She uses Beautiful Athlete as a platform to encourage women to get moving and to be a vehicle to promote healthy living especially amongst African American Women. She has spoken on fitness, running, health and media at SXSW and NY Social Media Week.

When she is not working via the interwebs she is hanging out or bantering with her 13 year old son and coaching Little League Baseball.