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Faces of the NTA: Meet Janine Martin Horst

Faces of the NTA: Meet Janine Martin Horst

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Faces Of The NTA: Meet Janine Martin Horst

Get to know Janine Martin Horst

How long have you worked for the NTA? What is your role? 

I’ve worked for NTA since 2013 when I came on as an assistant instructor for the NTA’s Portland class.  I have been a lead instructor for the NTP program since 2015.  Currently, I teach the Portland, OR, Herndon, VA, and Vancouver, WA venues.

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 

When I graduated from the program in 2010, I had no thoughts of working for the NTA. I just knew that I loved the NTA classroom so much that I had to come back as a group leader. After one year as a group leader, I didn’t want to leave and I applied for a second. I loved being in the classroom and helping students grow into practitioners so much that when Cathy Eason approached me about applying to be an assistant instructor during my second-year group leading, I jumped on the opportunity. I love seeing all the lightbulb moments that happen for students throughout the course; watching their confidence grow and seeing the difference they make in their clients and communities.    

What do you love about working for the NTA? 

I love the heart-centered focus of our organization and community, how we take care of one another and our students, and are always striving to be better.  We’ve come through some hard times as a team but I think it has made us stronger and more compassionate. 

What are you most proud about accomplishing in your time at the NTA to date? 

Graduating around 300 amazing practitioners and sending them out into the world to make change. Moderating a panel at the NTA conference with two of my nutrition heroes: Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and Dr. Terry Wahls.  Helping to create, write and film content for the new Evolution of the Modern Diet Module. 

 

 

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Describe the NTA in three words? 

Passionate, compassionate, community. 

Describe yourself in three words 

Creative, kind, and kinda-weird 🙂 

 

 

What do you love the most about our community? 

How much fun we can have together geeking out about all things food, nutrition, and health related.  Where else can I find a group of people who will talk about poop with me? 

What is your favorite fat? 

Butter, duh 🙂 

What is your least favorite food? 

Bell peppers—I think peppers should be hot (chilis!) or kind of smokey flavored (hello, shishito peppers) but can’t stand it when they are sweet. 

Janine And Fam

What’s your most used cookbook or recipe blog and why? 

I have a ton of cookbooks, but mostly I tend to read them like novels and then use them as inspiration to do my own thing.  I tend to do the same thing with blogs as well and don’t have any one blog that is a go-to right now but I’ve been enjoying trying new curry recipes lately so if you looked at my search history, you’ll find that trend. 

What are you reading (or listening to) right now? 

I just read ROAR by Stacy Sims to review for possible inclusion in our curriculum.  It was awesome and I learned so much about female physiology and performance needs.  I also just finished the novel, The From-Aways, by CJ Hauser; an interesting look at a small town in Maine dealing with gentrification, economic downturn, and other big changes. 

For listening, I love story podcasts and I am always looking for new recommendations.  My go-tos include: The Moth Radio Hour, Modern Love, This American Life, Snap Judgement, and Levar Burton Reads.  

In your mind, what are the biggest challenges the holistic health community faces? 

Inclusion: making sure that real food and holistic nutrition knowledge is accessible to all people no matter their race, location, or socio-economic situation and making sure that all voices have a place at the table. 

 

Watch Janine on a recent Facebook Live. Here she talks about her journey to the NTA and becoming a Lead Instructor:

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Interested in learning more about our paradigm? 

Join us for a Live Info Session on April 24 at 5 PM PST. Two of our Senior Lead instructors will go in-depth, discussing the differences between our programs. This is a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered!

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Faces of The NTA: Meet Daniele Della Valle

Faces of The NTA: Meet Daniele Della Valle

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Get to know Daniele Della Valle

How long have you worked for the NTA? What is your role?
I have been with the NTA for almost a year as an Associate Instructor  

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 
The mission of healing the world, I became a group leader as soon as I could and started the process 

What do you love about working for the NTA? 
I love the freedom to be your own person, I love the fostering of creativity, individuality, and authenticity  

What are you most proud about accomplishing in your time at NTA to date? 
Honestly there are too many things. I have done a few curriculum videos, created content, emcee’ed our Annual Conference, played a part in creating Foundational Wellness. I have loved every bit of it!! 

Daniele Della Valle

Describe the NTA in three words?

Focused. Innovative. Community  

 

Describe yourself in three words

Rebel. Creative. Energetic  

 

What do you love the most about our community? 
I love that people are allowed to be themselves and that there is no one size fits all  

What is your favorite fat? 
Tied between Duck Fat and Butter  

What is your least favorite food? 
Oysters 

What’s your most used cook book or recipe blog and why? 
I typically don’t use recipes, but if I did it would be, Tasty Yummies Blog or Nutrient Dense Kitchen Book  

What are you reading (or listening to) right now? 
Disrupt-Her by Miki Agrawal  

In your mind, what are the biggest challenges the holistic health community faces?

I honestly think the biggest challenge is lack of integration overall. There are too many cliques and evangelists. It makes us no better than the Medical standard, If we actually realized that nutrition is 100% Bioindivudality and removed the shame and guilt from the choices people make and learned to respect each camp as a whole we would be able to band together – work with the standard medical community as well and create integration across all fronts. We are stronger together!  

 

Meet the other faces of the NTA

Interested in learning more about our paradigm? 

Join us for a Live Info Session on April 24 at 5 PM PST. Two of our Senior Lead instructors will go in-depth, discussing the differences between our programs. This is a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered!

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Faces of the NTA: Meet Katie Merritt

Faces of the NTA: Meet Katie Merritt

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Faces Of The Nta: Katie Merritt

Get to know Katie Merritt

How long have you worked for the NTA? What is your role? 
I just celebrated my one-year anniversary! I started working for the NTA in March 2018. My current role is Marketing Manager

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 
After completing the NTC program in 2016, I graduated with an immense amount of pride in my education and the NTA community I was apart of. When the position became available, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to be apart of the NTA in different capacity where I could weave together my passion for nutrition and experience in marketing.

What do you love about working for the NTA? 
I love the people. I have the privilege to work with some of the most amazing, talented, genuine people every day. People who truly care about the work they’re doing and the people they’re helping and empowering.  

What are you most proud about accomplishing in your time at NTA to date? 
I’m most proud about working with a small, yet mighty marketing team and accomplishing the ‘little’ things together every single day that become the building blocks to furthering our mission and reaching and empowering as many individuals as we can.  

Describe the NTA in three words? 
Genuine. Supportive. Radical

Describe yourself in three words 
Warm. Nurturing. Resourceful

What do you love the most about our community? 
I love how supportive our community is. We come together and unify behind each other and strive to push each other forward. 

What is your favorite fat? 
Homemade mayo. Does that count? 

What is your least favorite food? 
I can’t stomach cauliflower.  

What’s your most used cook book or recipe blog and why? 
I’m the worst at following recipes! I almost always just throw whatever I have in the pantry together. But if I had to pick one, I do make these delicious superfood meatballs that I have (and use) a recipe for and I love to frequent Juli Bauer’s food blog.  

What are you reading (or listening to) right now? 
I’m currently reading/listening to three books: Woe is I, Woman Code, and It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

In your mind, what are the biggest challenges the holistic health community faces? 
I’ve worked in a holistic healthcare setting for the last 6 years and grew up with a chiropractic dad, and have seen the healthcare climate drastically shift the last few years. One of the biggest challenges I think we face is education. Stripping down the hoopla and educating the public on the basics and not being afraid of standing true in what we believe and how we can help and empower others.  

Meet the other faces of the NTA

Interested in learning more about our paradigm? 

Join us for a Live Info Session on April 24 at 5 PM PST. Two of our Senior Lead instructors will go in-depth, discussing the differences between our programs. This is a great opportunity for you to get your questions answered!

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Meet our Leadership Team!

Meet our Leadership Team!

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Leadership Team

We’re thrilled to announce the NTA’s leadership team! Together, this team has years of diverse experience leading teams and share a unifying passion for helping others and a deep commitment to the NTA. We couldn’t be more excited to introduce these new (and some not so new!) faces to our community.

 

Sharon Circle

Dr. Sharon Heinlen, PhD
Executive Chairperson of the NTA Board of Directors

Dr. Sharon Heinlen will be serving as our new Interim Executive Chairperson of the NTA Board and comes to the NTA with over 45 years of leadership experience as both a program manager and executive officer in health care, education, nonprofit, and governmental positions, including board governance responsibilities in many public and private institutions, companies, and philanthropic foundations. 

She is currently an adjunct professor in humanities and social sciences university graduate programs.  She consults with governing boards for organization development and leadership excellence and provides educational guidance and executive coaching to organizations for their executive leadership that are engaging a turn-around or transitional program effort for sustainability. 

“What is your biggest dream for the organization’s future?”

I believe the NTA can have measurable impact on the health of persons served because the NTA has a really fine community of educated and credible professionals. My “dream” would be that NTA would be featured in various media as an organization with dedicated and prepared practitioners capable of making a meaningful difference in the health and well-being of all generations touched by its work.

Most importantly, I consider it a great privilege to work with NTA and all of the organization’s staff!

 

Matt Circle

Matt Smith, NTP, MEd
Chief Executive Officer

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Matt Smith is honored to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for the Nutritional Therapy Association. He has been with the organization for three years serving first as a consultant for instructor development, then the Director of Education and Chief Learning Officer. His biggest passion in leading the NTA is to build an organization that can reach every community with a certified practitioner(s) and working daily with the most heart-driven team ever.

Prior to his time at the NTA, Matt served as the Dean of Retül University where he was responsible for building the gold standard in cycling science education, growing the program from Boulder, CO to offerings on every continent (sans Antarctica). He started his career with over 15 years in higher education as a part of a team that opened a new campus Johnson & Wales University in Denver. A constant throughout his career has been leading efforts to develop and grow academic programs with career-focused outcomes for students.

Throughout his career, Matt has been committed to developing people and coaching and holds a master’s degree in leadership and personal development as well as a bachelor’s degree in marketing management. He has managed university and executive leadership development programs and has translated his passion for developing others into endurance sports and coaching.

“What gets you excited about the NTA and your new role?”

I have always had a deep heart for serving others and for health and wellness. This role is the perfect combination as I have the honor of serving a community that is on a mission to heal the world. I also get to use my strengths in leadership and work with the most amazing team I’ve experienced to help build an organization that will outlast all of us and heal generations to come.

“What is your biggest dream for the organization’s future?”

Everyday, I hear stories from graduates and new students about how the foundational approach of the NTA has literally transformed their lives. As a collective whole, we have the power to transform thousands of lives. My dream is to create an infrastructure that will support our practitioners well into the future. I dream of a world that everyone has access to quality food and has been educated on the power of a nutrient dense, whole foods diet.

 

Meet the rest of our leadership team

 

 

 

Joanell Tylor, NTP, Board Member

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Dusty Lapp, BA, NTP, Board Member

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Stephanie Selinger, MBA, NTP, Chief Growth Officer

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Dana Nardi, BFA, NTP, Director of Strategic Programs

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Lisa Spencer, EdD, NTP, Director of Teaching & Learning

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 Tyana Owings, MS, NTP, Director of People & Culture

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 Karin Oceguera, MSAFM, Director of Finance

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Meet the rest of our team

If you’re joining us at the annual conference on March 1-3, be sure to introduce yourself. We look forward to meeting you!

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