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Elizabeth Howes

Congratulations to Elizabeth Howes for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Elizabeth also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University, Chico. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Elizabeth spent several years working with technology start-ups in San Francisco. Despite the vital lessons she learned, the kitchen kept calling her home. Years of culinary training and hands-on experimentation as a private chef and freelance food writer helped craft her focus today: highly-creative, health-driven, and wildly flavorful food. When she’s not in the kitchen working on a new recipe or concept, she is immersed in writing about food, culture, travel, and wellness. She also works in private practice helping dynamic female leaders achieve optimal performance and well-being. Elizabeth’s unique wellness philosophy is rooted in design and aims to bridge the gap between the foundation of food (form) and how it affects our bodies at the cellular level (function) to support well-being. Elizabeth was a finalist in the second season of Next Food Network Star. She has also been featured in the James Beard Foundation’s JBF Notes, mindbodygreen, Shape.com, Prevention Magazine, Edible magazine, and Slow Food, among others. Her first book, “The Modern Salad”, was released in August 2016. Her thesis is entitled Amino Acid and Nutrient Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic, Stress-Induced Neurotransmitter Imbalance in Women. You can find Elizabeth at https://www.elizabethhowes.com/. Keep up the good work, Elizabeth.

 Elizabeth Howes

Elizabeth Howes, MHNE Graduate

Dora Bopp

Congratulations to Dora Bopp for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Dora also holds an AAS in Parks and Natural Resources and a Bachelor's degree in Management. Her professional work has included Project Management, Community Development, and Program Management in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She served the community in various roles that included Master Gardener, member of the Linn County Food Systems Council, board member of Iowa Valley Food Co-op (direct producer-to-consumer local foods cooperative) and is currently a board member of Feed Iowa First (that grows and donates produce to the food insecure). Following a severe and lengthy adverse reaction to a pharmaceutical prescription, Dora chose to pursue a career in holistic nutrition and entered Hawthorn to empower others to improve their health naturally. Her thesis is entitled, Interpreting the Bodies Energy to Restore its Innate Capacity to Heal. Best of luck, Dora!

 Dora Bopp

Dora Bopp, MSHN Graduate

Naomi Khan

Naomi Khan is to be congratulated for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Naomi also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary. During her second pregnancy she changed healthcare providers and shifted her pre-natal care to a midwifery practice. The experiences she had with the holistic care providers were significant and motivating and prompted her to begin formal study in pursuit of optimal health. She joined Hawthorn to take her learning to a higher level to gain knowledge regarding mental, spiritual, and physical health. Now, as a mother of five, she puts her experience into the health needs of family, friends, and clients empowering others with education and motivation. She speaks regularly on the topic of nutrition and lifestyle and specializes in promoting the health of women and children. Her thesis focused on Nutrition and Lifestyle Protocol to Reduce the Risk of Post Partum Depression. Keep up the good work, Naomi!

 Naomi Khan

Naomi Khan, MSHN Graduate

Theresa Wajnert

Congratulations to Theresa Altmix Wajnert for attaining Summa Cum Laude upon graduating from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program. Theresa received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Albertus Magnus College and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. She was ordained as one of the first class of women permitted into the Episcopal priesthood and continued her studies at UC Berkeley and at Drew University in the fields of theology and psychology. Theresa has always loved food and the culture around it. Growing up in a medical family, health was always at the forefront of the family’s minds. Thus, for her, food has always been more than just fuel for the body; it has been sustenance in the true sense of the word. Theresa lives in the Napa Valley with her husband, Tom, where they grow  grapes for wine making and on the northern California coast where they luxuriate in the peace of the sea. Her thesis is entitled Nutrition, Homocysteine and Mitigation of Late-Life Depression. Keep up the good work, Theresa!​

 Theresa Wajnert

Theresa Wajnert, MSHN Graduate

Erika Leifson

Congratulations to Erika Leifson for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Erika also holds an Associates of Science degree from North Central Michigan College and has successfully completed an apprenticeship from the Gaia School of Herbal Healing. She specializes in autoimmunity, periodontal issues, and women’s health. Her own health problems from autoimmunity and gut dysfunction prompted a personalized campaign to find alternative options and she entered Hawthorn to enrich her knowledge and education. Her thesis on Small Intestinal Bacterial Grown (SIBO) entitled Treating SIBO with Various Forms of Fasting is evidence of her new found knowledge. Best of luck to you, Erika!

 Erika Leifson

Erika Leifson, NC Graduate

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