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Donna Carson-Jelley

Donna Carson-Jelley is to be congratulated for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Donna also has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from UMASS Dartmouth, a master’s of science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a certification in program management for the federal government. Having been a U.S. federal government executive for more than thirty years, Donna knows first-hand the challenges of work-life balance and the effect of stress on body weight and health. Throughout her life she has been attracted to health and fitness, motivating others to exercise when she was an aerobic instructor and personal trainer. Donna provided fitness classes and programs for U.S. Navy sailors and employees in addition to leading group fitness classes for commercial businesses. Her personal remedy for stress management was her daily morning five mile run where she watched the sun rise before starting her busy work day. As she has grown older, her exercise routine has morphed to meet her body’s needs, focusing more on the outdoors and the peace and serenity of nature. She knows first-hand how sedentary lifestyles that occur in an office setting, stress from constant work demands, and deadlines and unhealthy eating habits make people overweight and sick. Employing her education from Hawthorn University has improved her health in so many ways and she is inspired to help others do the same. Keep up the great work, Donna!

 Donna Carson Jelley

Donna Carson-Jelley, NC Graduate

Audrey Mortensen

Congratulations to Audrey Mortensen for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Audrey has a diverse education which includes music, body beautification and health therapies, business marketing and now, with the completion of her degree at Hawthorn, holistic nutrition. She has published about the effects on the body of certain food supplements as well as functional cosmetics. Presently, she is educating therapists for slimming and beauty in machine therapies, functional cosmetics, nutrition and health supplements. Her professional website is and retail website is Her thesis, Understanding Thinning Hair in Women: A Holistic Protocol to Support Hair Growth, adds evidence that supports her newly acquired knowledge. Keep up the good work, Audrey!​

 Audrey Mortensen

Audrey Mortensen, MSHN Graduate

Cheryl Cole

Congratulations to Cheryl Cole for attaining the Summa Cum Laude designation upon graduating from the Nutrition Consultant program. Cheryl is dedicated to helping people with diabetes and hypoglycemia control their blood sugar and reverse the damaging effects of these conditions. She grew up in the foothills of Northern California with a love of the earth, gardening, and raising animals. Her passion stems from researching and learning all she could to help her husband who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. When western medicine did not help his situation, she tried holistic means and noticed a change in her family's overall health. The results were so positive that she decided to enroll in Hawthorn to learn more about holistic nutrition. Cheryl is excited to share her knowledge to help lead people on a path to healing and living healthy, productive lives. Best of luck, Cheryl!

 Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole, NC Graduate

Scott Kim

Congratulations to Scott Kim for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Scott also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts, a Master of Italian Regional Cooking Diploma, and is a Certified Master Food Preserver. He is a professionally trained Chef and long-time restaurateur in Mission Viejo, California. In addition to founding and operating Skimmer’s Panini Grill in Mission Viejo with his wife Mary, he is experiencing a second career as a Culinary Educator, teaching Culinary Arts in Garden Grove Unified School District at Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove and also as a Lecturer at The Collins College of Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. His thesis is entitled The Efficacy of the Eat Fat, Get Thin Protocol by Dr. Mark Hyman. Keep up the good work, Scott.

 Scott Kim

Scott Kim, MHNE Graduate

Patricia Rynearson

Patricia Rynearson is to be congratulated for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program. Patricia is a lifelong learner who also holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Minnesota and a M.A. in Education with specialties in English and French from St Thomas University in St Paul. She taught English, French, German and Spanish and studied French Literature through the University of Wisconsin at Madison by correspondence completing all the required courses for a M.A. in French Literature. She has had several children’s books published and continued to teach until developing a strong interest in nutrition. After 10 years of self-study, she entered Hawthorn and learned how to heal with food and supplements with the same passion she brought to learning languages. Now retired from teaching, she counsels people on nutrition through her business, Her writing now consists of health blogs on her website, where she remains committed to helping others heal. Her thesis is entitled Interstitial Cystitis as a Comorbidity of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth. Great work, Patricia!

 Pat Rynearson

Patricia Rynearson, MSHN Graduate