Amy Ziff is founder and executive director of MADE SAFE ® , America’s first nontoxic certification verifying that everyday household products, ranging from baby to beauty and furniture to fashion items, are made with safe ingredients not known to harm human health or ecosystems. The goal is to use the marketplace to bring about much needed change in order to eliminate the use of harmful ingredients and materials. Amy pioneered the Made With Safe Ingredients Screening Process and led the building of the organization’s revolutionary Screening Process and Ingredient Database, to create one of the most rigorous human health safety standards on the market. She wants to democratize the ability for people to find better products for a safe and sustainable future for all. In addition to being an ingredient expert, Amy is a seasoned entrepreneur and award-winning brand marketer with a Masters in Journalism and Communications. She established GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY DAY with GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Magazine and Hearst co-hosting the #raisethegreenbar summit to inspire innovation for a healthier future. Ziff was also the co-founder of Jetsetter, and a founding team member of Site59, acquired by Travelocity. Today Amy helps companies innovate safer products, writes about the chemical world we live in, and speaks at events around the world.
Dara Berger is a Board Member and Co-Chair of the Programming Committee for the National Autism Association NY Metro Chapter. Dara was also a leader in planning NAA NYM's first collaborative Continuing Medical Education conference at Beth Israel Medical Center in April 2013, featuring internationally known autism experts. Dara began her early career as a news reporter/producer for a local nightly news program. After a few years of reporting, Dara founded her own film production company, Say It Out Loud Productions, Inc., to produce documentary films on important topics such as mental health issues. Dara directed and produced her first feature length documentary film 'A Secret Best Not Kept' in 2003. Dara received her BA in Psychology and Theater from Fordham University. Dara lives in NYC where she and her husband are raising their two children.
Kristin Canty is the Director/Producer of Farmageddon; The Unseen War on American Family Farms. She is a first-time filmmaker, small farm advocate, fresh milk drinker and a mom. One of her children was ridden with multiple allergies and asthma as a pre-schooler, and when medications couldn’t help him, she found that raw milk helped him recover. Since then, she has tried to buy most of her family’s food directly from local, organic farms. When Kristin learned that farmers and co-ops all over the country were increasingly getting raided by the government, she set out to make a film about it. Kristin lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her husband, four children, two dogs, two cats and 11 chickens.
Rachel Paletsky Ash runs complimentary programming at The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine, a leading center in Integrative/Alternative medicine, in New York City. She is the Founder of wellNEST, a center for healthy living in the Hamptons and wellNEST Energy School in Litchfield County, CT. Rachel has developed a yoga, healing and spirituality studio within wellNEST and offers classes, lectures and training in various healing modalities. Rachel is also the Co-Founder of Mama Glow, a holistic maternal lifestyle company.
Mary Coyle D.I. Hom Both a homeopath and the director of the Real Child Center in New York City, Mary offers consultation services to parents of children with ASD wishing to utilize homotoxicology and German Biological Medicine. Mary's own child, now college age, was one of the first to successfully implement the program back in 1996. The Real Child Center current employs three freelance practitioners who have either recovered or greatly improved their own ASD child's health using this methodology. The Center works in conjunction with a host of other healthcare practitioners and facilities, and functions collectively in order to gain the best results for each child.
Gretchen DuBeau, Esq. Gretchen DuBeau joined the Alliance for Natural Health USA as Executive and Legal Director in 2008. A lifelong environmentalist and devotee to natural health and healing, Gretchen has found the perfect culmination of her interests at ANH-USA, where she works to shift the current medical paradigm to one that embraces real preventive and integrative medicine as the standard of care. Gretchen also serves as President and Executive Director of the Praktikos Institute, and as Advocacy Coordinator for ANH-International. In 2014, she was appointed President of the Axios Institute. She is an attorney and practiced environmental law and policy for five years before joining ANH to work on natural and sustainable health issues. Gretchen holds a Masters Degree in Applied Healing Arts. She supports the Integrative Medicine Consortium (IMC) as the Public Affairs Chair and the Public Policy Co-chair, serves as Board Advisor to the International College for Integrative Medicine (ICIM), and joined the boards of ANH-USA in 2010; the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists (CBNS), where she serves as Treasurer, in 2011; ANH-International in 2012; the Axios Institute, and the Praktikos Institute in 2014.
Heather Fraser, MA, BA, BEd, CBP is a natural health practitioner, teacher and writer based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Since 2006, she has worked in energy-based modalities including BodyTalk, iridology and nutrition. In 2014, she developed and began teaching Bio-physical Resonance, an electro-acupressure modality that helps relieve dissonance to energies held within the body. Heather is author of The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, what’s causing it and how to stop it (NY, Skyhorse, second ed. 2015) and Acupressure for Allergy (2012). She holds an MA from Queen's University, and two Bachelor degrees including one in Education from the University of Western Ontario. She and her husband have two children one of whom at age one was diagnosed with life threatening allergies to food including peanut. http://heatherfraser.org
Donna Gates is the international bestselling author of The Body Ecology Diet, The Baby Boomer Diet: Anti-Aging Wisdom For Every Generation, and Stevia: Cooking with Nature’s Calorie-Free Sweetener. While completing her fellowship with American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, her mission is to change the way the world eats. Over the past 25 years, Donna has become one of the most loved and respected authorities in the field of digestive health, diet, and nutrition, enjoying a worldwide reputation as an expert in candida, adrenal fatigue, autism, autoimmune diseases, weight loss and anti-aging. A recognized radio host of The Body Ecology Hour with Donna Gates on Hay House radio, Donna regularly contributes to The Huffington Post and The Daily Love, and lectures at the “I Can Do It!” Conference, The Longevity Now Conference, and Women’s Wellness Conference.
Laura Graye works in the Boston area as a medical intuitive and scientist studying the subtle energies of consciousness and their effects on human health. Laura earned her undergraduate degree at Baylor University, her MS at Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine, and is currently working on her doctorate in Natural Medicine and her PhD in Quantum Medicine. Laura is a pioneer in the study and practice of consciousness' effect on health with her research work focusing on the field of the collective consciousness' role in larger health epidemics. She is a leading researcher in vibrational reversal of epigenetic consequences and currently, she is working with several national subtle energy companies researching the efficacy of subtle energy field imprints on health and nutritional products and the power of intention on our mental, emotional and physical states.
Louise Kuo Habakus is Executive Director of Fearless Parent, lead host and producer of Fearless Parent Radio. She is the lead editor of Vaccine Epidemic, a game changing book, which shifts the national narrative away from "pro- vs anti-vaccine" to individual rights and personal choice. Louise runs the non-profit Center for Personal Rights, lectures widely, and has appeared in numerous media outlets, including ABC World News Tonight, Fox & Friends, and The New York Times. Louise was a Bain consultant and a C-level executive in the financial services industry. She holds two degrees from Stanford University. She is on the advisory board of GreenMedInfo.
Amy Kalafa For over 20 years, Amy Kalafa has produced award-winning films, television programs and magazine articles in the documentary and non-fiction category. Her most recent work (2011) is a book, Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health; the ‘sequel’ to her award-winning feature documentary, “Two Angry Moms.” Amy’s work has been nationally recognized on NPR, the cover of USA Today, the New York Times, CNN, Rachel Ray, and Fox News Live, among others. She also produced the 2010/2011 series, “Attainable Sustainables”, which garnered four Telly Awards. Amy’s work has won the Connecticut Vision Award and been nominated for Peabody, Emmy and Cable Ace awards. Amy holds a Lectureship at the Yale School of Medicine and Psychiatry in recognition of a series she created and Executive Produced for Court TV, entitled “Inside the Criminal Mind”. Amy has worked on numerous training films for Yale University and the US Department of Education.
Patricia S. Lemer is a co-founder of Developmental Delay Resources, which is now merged with Epidemic Answers; she is now the Chairman of the Board at Epidemic Answers. She holds a Masters of Education in counseling and learning disabilities from Boston College and a Masters in Business from Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Lemer is a National Certified Counselor, and practiced as an educational diagnostician for over 30 years. Ms. Lemer lectures internationally on viewing developmental delays, including autism, PDD, AD(H)D, LD, OCD, NLD and others, as a spectrum of disorders. She is the Editor of EnVISIONing a Bright Future: Interventions that Work for Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, published in 2008. She specializes in combining developmentally appropriate practice with sound theory. She is especially interested in combining a biomedical approach with vision and other movement and sensory-based therapies. Ms Lemer lives in Pittsburgh, PA and is the mother of an adult daughter and the grandmother of Penelope, born in August, 2006.
Seamus Mullen is an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and cookbook author. He opened his first solo restaurant Tertulia in Manhattan in 2011, which garnered two stars from The New York Times and was a finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant. In 2013, he opened El Colmado, a Spanish tapas and wine bar at Gotham West Market, a food hall in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. In September 2014, Seamus launched Sea Containers at Mondrian London, his first hotel collaboration and first restaurant outside of the United States; and in March 2015, he opened a second outpost of El Colmado in the Meatpacking District called El Colmado Butchery, a tapas bar and butcher shop. He was awarded “Chef of the Year” by Time Out New York and has been named a semi-finalist for Best Chef NYC by the James Beard Foundation 3 years in a row. Seamus has become a leading authority in the conversation on food, health and wellness and is a frequent guest on programs such as The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The Martha Stewart Show, and CBS This Morning. An avid cyclist who raced competitively in his twenties, he was diagnosed in 2007 with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that forced him to rethink his relationship with food, and led to his first cookbook Hero Food, published in 2012. Through food, exercise and lifestyle changes, Seamus was able to successfully turn his health around. He shares his story through numerous speaking engagements around the country, and has been featured in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Chicago-Tribune, and The Guardian. He has written about his experience for The New York Times and through his bimonthly column in Men’s Journal. As a testament to his newly reclaimed health, in November 2014 he raced in La Ruta de Los Conquistadores, one of the most challenging mountain bike races in the world and is currently making a documentary about his journey called “Back on the Bike.”
Marilee Nelson is the president and founder of The House Doctors – Healthy Homes/Healthy Bodies – established in 1992. She is a Board Certified Nutritionist, Certified Bau-Biologist, Certified Bau-Biology Inspector, and materials specialist using the extremely chemically injured as the benchmark for material safety based on the premise that if you accommodate the most sensitive, then you help everyone. Two potentially tragic events in her life enabled her to put together what is now being confirmed by science, but has not yet been fully synthesized and put into practice by the medical community. Her personal and professional research ties acute and chronic illness with exposure to environmental stressors – harmful chemicals in our food, air, water, and products, as well as the increase in exposure to electromagnetic fields. Marilee specializes in working with the chemically and EMF sensitive, the mold injured, chronically ill children and adults , and the healthy who are smart enough to want to stay that way. She works with medical doctors and health care practitioners by helping diagnose and resolve their patients’ “sick building syndrome” issues at home.
Robyn O'Brien is a former financial analyst who changed the conversation around food when she asked the question: “Are we allergic to food or what’s been done to it?” She has conducted extensive research on the financial impact our food system is having on our economy and families. She led a food awakening among consumers, corporations and politicians. Food companies responding to Robyn’s work include Nestle, Coca Cola, Target, Chipotle, Stonyfield, Annie's and others. Robyn has been called "food's Erin Brockovich" by Bloomberg and the New York Times, "an inspiring woman to follow on Twitter" by Forbes Woman and "visionary" by the Discover Channel. Ted Turner, Jamie Oliver, and food industry leaders have recognized her work. She is the founder of the AllergyKids Foundation whose mission is to make clean and safe food affordable to all Americans, as well as Moms Voices, a campaign to protect the health of children. She is the author of "The Unhealthy Truth" and a married mother of four. You can learn more at www.robynobrien.com.
Louise Weadock RN, MPH is a registered child psychiatric nurse and a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and is the founder and owner of ACCESS Nursing Services, one of the largest regional providers of temporary and permanent healthcare personnel to large healthcare organizations. Louise is also the founder of WeeZee World, a cognitive health program and facility for families in Chappaqua, NY.
Karen Woodrow, MBA is a business professional, specializing in marketing for the past 20 years. Ms. Woodrow has focused her skills on organizations that make a broad social impact. She believes that social impact programs are most effective when communications strategies are employed to ensure a wide and engaged audience. Ms. Woodrow lived and worked in post-war Bosnia, building local brand presence for a multinational corporation. She also worked as a program manager for Population Services International, a global health organization, dedicated to improving the welfare of people in the developing world. Most recently, Ms. Woodrow provided strategic marketing consulting to YWCA Boston, which works to increase social, racial, and gender equity. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern University, where she received a Masters of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.