Ashley Arpel Greenwald

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As I stare at the blank page before me I am overcome with overwhelming nerves. I’ve probably gotten up to get coffee 6 times, and it’s only 9:02am. How do I convey my relationship with food? Where did my incredible love and passion for baking come from? Was it making pasta with my dad as a child? Baking mini apple pies with my mom? Maybe it was the tea parties every Tuesday with grandma Janie or dipping frozen bananas into chocolate with grandma Adrien and my big brother. I guess we will never know officially, but for as long as I can remember I have had a divine love for food, the culinary arts, and of course, eating.

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Dakota Williams

My name is Dakota, I am 22 years old, currently reside here in Tempe, Arizona with my wonderful boyfriend Isaias, I have finally entered my last semester of my undergraduate studies! My major is Nutrition, and I am also a partner at Starbucks full time. I transferred from the University of New Mexico, located in my hometown of Albuquerque, back in 2017 and I have to say, it was the best decision I have ever made. New Mexico was not the place for me, and I am able to be myself and live out my dreams. On top of doing school full time, working full time as a shift supervisor at Starbucks, I also do and teach an activity called color guard! On top of everything on my crazy schedule, I love food and helping people get to know food how I do! I hope my assistance comes of great help to you all!

Julie Salmen, MS, RD

Think Outside The Lunchbox Nutritionist

My life began in a small farming community with a very large family garden, more fruit trees than a kid cares to count and daily chores outdoors. In addition to teaching me the challenges that farmers face with the seasons to grow food, it also taught me to appreciate the texture and flavor of truly fresh produce. Most of our meals were eaten together as a family and were balanced with the major food groups (including dessert). I credit my parents with building this foundation and knowledge of how to balance life with health and helping me become who I am today.

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Dr. Scott Stoll

Meet Dr. Scott Stoll – Introduction

Dr. Stoll is the co-founder of the Plantrician Project, the International Plant BasedNutrition Healthcare Conference, the International Journal of Disease Reversal andPrevention, and the Regenerative Health Institute, a unique collaborative project with the Rodale Institute. He serves on the advisory board at Whole Foods for their healthcare clinics and served as a member of the Whole Foods scientific and medical advisory board. Dr.Stoll is the Chairman of the board for the Plantrician Project and chief medical director for the Rouxbe cooking school.

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Keegan Kuhn

Meet Keegan Kuhn – Forward

Keegan Kuhn is the award-winning co-director of the highly acclaimed documentary films Cowspiracy (executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio) What The Health(executive produced by Joaquim Phoenix) and director of Running For Good: The FionaOakes Documentary. Kuhn is the owner and operator of First Spark Media, a digital film production company tailored to creating films for social justice. For more information visit

Kayli Dice, MS, RD

As a registered dietitian and food and nutrition expert, Kayli Dice has devoted her entire career to helping people shift toward eating more plants. She believes food should be enjoyable, simple, and nourishing. Kayli authored the Plant-Based NutritionQuick Start Guide, chairs the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Registered DietitianMember Interest Group, and is Director of Nutrition & Healthcare at Lighter, Inc.

Caryn Dugan

Caryn Dugan is St. Louis, Missouri’s leading expert in plant-based culinary nutrition and education. She adopted this way of eating after losing her dad to cancer and only weeks later also receiving that diagnosis. She helps others transition to a plant-strong diet through classes, events and programs she designs. You can also find her doing regular cooking segments on local affiliates of NBC, CBS and FOX morning shows. Most recently Caryn opened Th e Center for Plant-based Living the nation’s first plant-based nutrition and culinary education center. website:

Carolina Maturana

Hi I am a Los Angeles born Chilean plant-based chef that’s all about positive thinking, kindness and healthy living. Growing up in Chile I was exposed to a wide variety of vegetables and fruits at an early age. Th is created a solid foundation for me to be able to sustain a plant-based vegan diet as an adult. My enthusiasm towards this lifestyle and love for others have encouraged me to share my message. Th rough music, food photography, writing and healthy recipe development I hope to inspire other families to bring light to their best selves as well.