Our Team

Driven by the spirit of volunteerism, without commercial funding.

The P-POD Board Of Directors

Bob LeRoy, RDN MS EdM
Founder/Coordinator, the Plant-based Prevention Of Disease conference.
A board officer for 3 N. Carolina nonprofit and cooperative corporations.
For over 20 years, Nutrit. Advisor to N. American Vegetarian Society and a member of VnDPG and PCRM.

Mladen Golubic, MD PhD
Medical Director, Cleveland Clinic Ctrs. for Disease Reversal and Lifestyle Medicine.
–Mladen is CME Medical Director for the P-POD Program Committee.

Micaela Karlsen, MSPH
Founder/Coordinator, plantbasedresearch.org.
Former Exec. Director, T. Colin Campbell Found.

Parul Kharod, RDN MS LDN
Raleigh area representative, P-POD Program Committee.
Clinical Dietitian, WakeMed Cary Hospital.

Former N. Carolina Coordinator, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Milton Mills, MD
Critical Care Physic., Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Advisory Board Member, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Robert Ostfeld, MD MSc
Founder/Director, Montefiore Einstein Cardiac Wellness Ctr.
Assoc. Professor of Clinical Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Kathy Pollard, MS
Instructor, T. Colin Campbell Ctr. for Nutrit. Studies eCornell online Certificate Program in Plant Based Nutrit.
–Kathy is representing T. Colin Campbell Ctr. for Nutrit. Studies on the P-POD board.

Monique Richard, RDN MS LDN
Chair, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Matt Ruscigno, RDN MPH
Former Chair, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.
Author, and nutrition consultant to athletes.
–Matt is representing Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group on the P-POD board.

Caroline Trapp, DNP APN-BC CDE FAANP
Director of Diabetes Edu. and Care, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Diabetes Nurse Practitioner, Premier Internists.
–Caroline is representing Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on the P-POD board.

Other Members, P-POD 2015 Program Committee And Staff

Ted Barnett, MD
Asst. medical advisor, P-POD 2015 Program Committee.
Diagnostic, Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, Unity Health System, Rochester NY.
Community instructor in plant-based nutrit.

Susan Levin, RDN MS CSSD
Author of P-POD Needs Assessment.
Director of Nutrit. Edu., Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Van White, ChE MBA
P-POD photographer..
Certified Food for Life Cooking Instructor, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
eCornell Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.

The P-POD 2014 Discussion Group Moderators

Danita Hines, RDN MS LDN
Kentucky Coordinator, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Parul Kharod, RDN MS LDN
Clinical Dietitian, WakeMed Cary Hospital.

Former N. Carolina Coordinator, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Kathy Pollard, MS
Instructor, T. Colin Campbell Ctr. for Nutrit. Studies eCornell online Certificate Program in Plant Based Nutrit.

Monique Richard, RDN MS LDN
Chair, Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Jennifer Swallow, RDN MS LDN
S. Carolina Coordinator, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

The P-POD Speakers

2016:  Click HERE for detailed information about the 30 distinguished clinicians, researchers and educators speaking at the May 19-22, 2016 conference.

2015:  Click HERE for detailed information about the 19 distinguished clinicians, researchers and educators who spoke at the Sept. 11-13, 2015 conference.

2014:  Click HERE for detailed information about the 19 distinguished clinicians, researchers and educators who spoke at the Nov. 14-16, 2014 conference.

 

The P-POD Founding Endorsers

The P-POD Founding Endorsers consist of our 2014 staff members, listed below on this page, the 19 speakers at our inaugural 2014 conference, and the following individuals, all of whom offered crucial encouragement or support at early moments in our history:

Carol Barnett, PhD
Co-Coordinator, Rochester (NY) Area Vegan Society.

Lauren Brady, RDN MA
Coordinator, Dietetic Internship Prog., Asheville Campus of Lenoir-Rhyne U.
Former President of Western District (NC) Dietetic Assn., and lover of vegetarian food.

T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus, Cornell U.
Founder and President, T. Colin Campbell Ctr. for Nutrit. Studies.

Julie Covington, RDN PhD MS LDN
Director, Dietetic Internship Prog., Lenoir-Rhyne U.
Former Chair, Western District (NC) Dietetic Assn. and of Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., MD
Director, Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal Prog., The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.
Founder and researcher, 20 year longitudinal study of Arrest and Reversal Therapy for Coronary Artery Disease, The Cleveland Clinic.

Parul Kharod, RDN MS LDN
Clinical Dietitian, WakeMed Cary Hospital.

Former N. Carolina Coordinator, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Meghan Murphy, deceased
Founding Director, T. Colin Campbell Found.

Jeff Novick, RDN MS
Vice President of Health Promotion, Exec. Health Exams International.
Former Director of Nutrit., Pritikin Longevity Center.

Myriam Parham, RDN LDN CDE
Clinical Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator and Prog. Coordinator, East Pasco Medical Ctr.
Advisory Board Member, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Kathy Pollard, MS
Instructor, T. Colin Campbell Ctr. for Nutrit. Studies eCornell online Certificate Program in Plant Based Nutrit.

The P-POD 2014 Staff

Bob LeRoy, RDN MS EdM
Founder/Coordinator, the Plant-based Prevention Of Disease conference.
A board officer for 3 N. Carolina nonprofit and cooperative corporations.
For over 20 years, Nutrit. Advisor to N. American Vegetarian Society and a member of VnDPG and PCRM.

Amy Lanou, PhD
P-POD 2014 Conference Site Coordinator, prog. reviewer/advisor.
Assoc. Professor of Health and Wellness, U. of N. Carolina Asheville.
Sr. Nutrit. Scientist, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Katie Cox
P-POD 2014 Asst. Conference Site Coordinator.
Administrative Asst., Health and Wellness Dept., U. of N. Carolina Asheville.

William Najger
P-POD 2014 vegan luncheon chef.
Chef, caterer and cuisine consultant with 25 years experience in natural foods preparation.

Matt Ruscigno, RDN MPH
P-POD 2014 representative to VnDPG and social media specialist.
Author, and nutrit. consultant to athletes.
Former Chair, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Suzanne Hobbs, RDN DrPH MS
P-POD 2014 academic prog. reviewer/advisor.
Director, Doctoral Prog. in Health Leadership, and Clinical Professor, U. of N. Carolina Chapel Hill.
Former Chair, Vegetarian Nutrit. Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrit. and Dietetics.

Ted Barnett, MD
P-POD 2014 medical prog. reviewer/advisor.
Diagnostic, Vascular and Interventional Radiologist, Unity Health System, Rochester NY.
Community instructor in plant-based nutrit.

Susan Levin, RDN MS CSSD
Author of P-POD Needs Assessment.
Director of Nutrit. Edu., Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

Van White, ChE MBA
P-POD photographer..
Certified Food for Life Cooking Instructor, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
eCornell Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition.