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Faces of the NTA: Meet Karin Oceguera

Faces of the NTA: Meet Karin Oceguera

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Faces Of The NTA Meet Karin Oceguera

 

Get to know Karin Oceguera

 

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

I have worked for the NTA since October 2018 and am the Chief Financial Officer. This is a great role because I get to see how the entire company functions and I can interact with everyone because everyone needs finance for something. 

 

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 

I have always valued substance of work very highly. My daughter is a teacher and one day came home very frustrated because she was having a hard time. I asked her to keep in mind that she is doing such important work. At the time, I was working some place that did not have much substance and told her that if the place I was working shut down it would be sad because a lot of people would lose their jobs, but the world would not cease to spin. If teachers stopped teaching, the world would be much worse off, and she is part of that impact. It was then that I never felt more deeply that I also needed to work for a place that makes a difference. After much searching and “interviewing” potential workplaces, I came across the NTA and never looked back. I now know I am working every single day with purpose and what we do matters. Working with people and an organization that impacts the world in such a meaningful way is such a privilege. 

Karin Oceguera family

What do you love about working for the NTA? 

I love the people with whom I work and the community we are reaching. Because every day is different, there is always something new coming up which makes the work very rich and rewarding. I am proud of where I work and what I do which makes going to work more than just showing up and doing a job. 

 

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

That is a hard question because it’s not about me accomplishing things, but more about the team. I am most proud of the work the whole team has done with collaboration. Sometimes communication across multiple states is hard for companies, but the NTA recognized the potential difficulties and makes every effort to ensure all voices are heard, everyone is valued, and that we have the tools necessary for great collaboration. I love being part of a community where we all have a voice. 

 

Describe the NTA in three words? 

Passionate, Revolutionary, Doers  

 

Describe yourself in three words 

Motherly, Intelligent, Peaceful 

 

 

 

What do you love the most about our community? 

This is one loud bunch! I have never come across such caring individuals before. The community cares about the NTA and the people we are reaching every day. They care about the past, present, and future NTPs and NTCs. I absolutely love the level of commitment each member of this community has. It truly is amazing! 

 

What is your favorite fat? 

Avocado. It can be on toast, on eggs, on sandwiches, on salad, with meat, all by itself, you name it! 

 

What is your least favorite food? 

Brussel sprouts and raw kale. I just can’t do it. Sorry, Lisa. 

 

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

I don’t have a most used cookbook or recipe blog. Most of my cooking is made up of what looks and smells like they should go together. Sometimes I will Google how to make something and look through the results until I find a recipe I can agree withbut that’s usually only when I have tried it on my own and failed miserably. 

 

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

I used to have time for reading 😉 

 

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

One of the challenges I see facing the holistic health community is growth in a world of lies and misled consumers. When major corporations feel the pinch from well-informed and nutritionally conscious consumers, they ramp up advertising, lower costs to entice buyers, tout their products as healthy to consumers who do not know otherwise and use their resources to block opponents. The challenge here is fighting the deceptive advertising with knowledge and proven scientific research. This can be done but is an uphill battle for sure. 

 
 
 

 

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Faces of the NTA: Meet Kate Hughes

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Face Of The NTA: Meet Kate Hughes

 

Get to know Kate Hughes

 

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

Ive worked for the NTA since November 2017. I originally started as a part-time contractor to help out with the 2017 Annual Conference. Pretty soon after I started, the team realized that there was a need for a full-time Event Manager, so I gladly accepted the role. After our Austin Business Summit, I accepted a new role as Senior Manager of Partnerships and Events. I have the pleasure of managing our yearly eventstradeshows, annual partners and sponsors with the two awesome ladies on my team – Kaitlyn and Shawna (you will learn more about them later here).  

 

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 

Actually, my best friend Dana! We worked together back in Portland in 2016 on the IAAF World Indoor Track Championships. Dana was the food guru and I was the accommodation manager. We hit it off instantly, as we are both hard working badasses 💪💪💪💪. Dana reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in the opportunity and it was a no-brainer. Dana never gets involved in something unless it’s a game changer, and boy was she right!  

 

Kate and her husband and son

 

What do you love about working for the NTA? 

Everyone is so passionate about what they do and works their butt off! Theres always such a buzz in the air when we’re together. It’s amazing to be part of a team who genuinely cares. Plus everyone is so much fun. We all have a great bond and really are like family. I recently became a mum and I don’t know what I would have done without the amazing support of this crew 

 

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

I think building a role and a team that never existed before my time. All events were managed by a contractor company, and I think it’s awesome to see that in just over a year this is now a team of three 

 

Kate Hughes With FriendsDescribe the NTA in three words? 

Healing. The. World.

 

Describe yourself in three words

Go-getter. Resilient. Loud. 

 

What do you love the most about our community? 

Their inspiration & success. 

 

What is your favorite fat? 

Chocolate…does that count? 

 

What is your least favorite food? 

Licorice. YUCK!

 

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

Eek, I’m a terrible cook. My husband does it all.   

 

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

Reading: Any baby book that tells me how I can get my baby to sleep more.  

Listening to: My Peloton (that works right?)I’m obsessed with the trainer Robin Arzon, what an inspirational badass. Working out is my stress reliever, love pushing myself and I’m really competitive!  

 

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

I think it’s difficult to find resources, support and know who to trust…step in the NTA!!  

 

Kate Hughes's Husband And Son

 

 

 

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Faces of the NTA: Meet Kelsey McReynolds

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Faces Of The NTA Meet Kelsey McReynolds

 

Get to know Kelsey

 

Kelsey Mcreynolds Hiking with her dog oliveHow long have you worked for the NTA? What is your role? 
I started working for the NTA in February of 2018. I began in admissions and am now our Marketing Coordinator.

 

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 
The authenticity and devotion to holistic nutrition. 

 

What do you love about working for the NTA? 
I appreciate that we are who we say we are. I love that my team is a bunch of kickass people who inspire me on a daily basis. I also love the way the NTA functions. I’ve never felt more encouraged to follow my passions and giftings than at the NTA. 

 

What are you most proud about accomplishing in your time at the NTA to date? 
I am so proud that we all work together to complete the bigger vision. My favorite thing to bring to the table is innovation and tools to bring about efficiency. I was excited to bring some of that to our Admissions team to help lighten their load and also to expand that into our marketing department. Currently, I’m mad proud that we’re beginning to develop our blog into a greater resource for holistic nutrition. Not just for our grads but for all in the health and wellness community. 

 

Kelsey McReynolds

 

 

Describe the NTA in three words?

Growth, Bio-individual, Authentic

 

Describe yourself in three words

Loyal, Creative, Kind

 

 

What do you love the most about our community? 
Bio-individuality. I appreciate that everything is not a one-size-fits-all. Coming from a background of disordered eating, I needed a community that embraced each persons unique needs. Sometimes I need to eat a plate of veggies and sometimes I just need to eat some chocolate, and that’s okay. 

 

What is your favorite fat? 
Avocados and grass-fed butter.

 

What is your least favorite food?
I really don’t have any. I love pretty much every food. I guess I don’t really like Thanksgiving stuffing?

 

What’s your most used cook book or recipe blog and why? 
My side hustle enables me to be a freelance recipe developer and food photographer so I will shamelessly plug some of my work on Autoimmune Wellness. Check out my AIP Chicken and Dumplings Recipe. I absolutely love the style of The Forest Feast Gathering by Erin Gleason
I’m not a vegetarian but I just love the idea of outdoor eating and utilizing a ton of veggies. 

 

What are you reading (or listening to) right now? 
Beyond the Pill by Dr. Jolene Brighten her wisdom is profound and she gives you so much insight into why you could be feeling the way you’re feeling after having used hormonal birth control. I’m also “listening” to my band Hopkins Switch. We’re an Americana/Blues band from Olympia, WA. Our music can be found on Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube

 

In your mind, what are the biggest challenges the holistic health community faces? 
I think that we need to not be afraid to stand up for what we believe and to have the science to back it. We live in a world that wants to deduce health to a one-size-fits-all food pyramid. We are constantly being scrutinized in our friends, family, and professional circles as being crazy for our views on nourishment. It’s important to not lose heart and to continue to speak our truth respectfully and with validity!

 

Kelsey McReynolds Singing With Hopkins Switch NTA

 

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  • + How to eat a properly prepared, nutrient-dense, whole foods diet.
  • + Why you are not just what you eat, but what you actually absorb.
  • + How to balance blood sugar and increase energy.
  • + Why you need healthy fats and cholesterol in your diet.
  • + The critical roles of minerals and how to get more in your diet.
  • + Why water is the most important nutrient and how to best hydrate.
  • + The NTA Manifesto & how to learn more about Nutritional Therapy.

 

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Faces of the NTA: Meet Dana Nardi

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Get to know Dana Nardi

 

How long have you worked for the NTA? What is your role? 
I first started with the NTA in the fall of 2016 as a contractor to help out the annual conference. I officially joined the NTA team on March 1, 2017, so I have been with the company roughly 2.5 years now! It’s kind of nice having the conference to mark my anniversary date each year as I can’t think of a better group of people to celebrate with! I have worked in a number of different roles at the company, but this current/new role is by far the one I’m most excited about. In May I started as the Chief Community Engagement Officer. You can find out more about this new job here.

 

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 
I took the program in 2014 with every intention of opening a practice. However, as I sat in the classroom and went to the conference in 2015, I realized that I wanted to help this company. I’m a structure builder by nature, I love building teams, and organizing systems and processes (i.e. project management nerd).  I thought perhaps the NTA would be a place where I could use those skill sets AND be a part of a healthier work environment. During my time here I have become more and more intrigued by the potential of the community and I’m looking forward to seeing what I might learn from you all, and what skills I might have to offer in return.  

Dana Nardi Selfie

What do you love about working for the NTA? 
The people I get to work with, from the staff to the community at large. It’s a creative, dedicated, passionate group of people with exponential potential. Also, the fact that I can talk about any sort of digestive distress imaginable and no one bats an eye.  

 

What are you most proud about accomplishing in your time at the NTA to date? 
I am most proud of the team building I have done. I had the great opportunity to build out several different departments in the company, hire some amazing people, and watch them take the beginnings I had started and run with them. I like helping people connect and then standing back and watching them work their magic. I am surrounded by gifted people, and it’s a privilege to watch their minds at work. I have learned so much from every team I have cultivated, and am a continual student in the company – learning from each employee in different ways. I am proud to call these folks colleagues.

Dana and brutus

Describe the NTA in three words: 
Passionate. Community. Educators.  

 

Describe yourself in three words: 
Funny. Rebel. Cook. 

 

What do you love the most about our community? 
All the different ideas, and the passion to help people find their unique sense of what it means to be healthy using real food.  

 

What is your favorite fat? 
By far the hardest question here. Goodness. I am of Italian descent so I think I have at least two pints of olive oil flowing through my bloodstream at any time. But then again, butter is like frosting for…well….anything. I mean, we all baste our steaks with butter right? And I recently discovered goat butter! Creamy with a bit of tang…on any vegetable ever grown. Mmm. Duck fat. Can’t forget that one. Rosemary potatoes coated with duck fat and cooked until crispy on the outside and all soft on the inside? Yeah, that’s the stuff….And beef tallow! The hint of earthiness goes so well with some shiitake mushrooms and onions, a dash of balsamic vinegar and then pour that out onto a nice medium rare steak….Wait. What was the question again? 

 

What is your least favorite food? 
Canned tuna. I think it comes from childhood trauma. I always hated canned tuna, but the rule in my house was if someone was kind enough to cook for you, you ate what they made. I suffered through three helpings of my friend’s grandmothers tuna noodle casserole. You know the one, with the packaged egg noodles and the Velveeta cheese? Yeah, that stuff. And since then I have a near-violent reaction when confronted with it.  

 

What’s your most used cook book or recipe blog and why? 
I seriously do not have one favorite. I do a lot of recipe research for the conferences, and I try things out from all sources. I will say I am enjoying Micky Trescott’s new cook book “The Nutrient Dense Kitchen” and an old favorite is “Primal Cravings”. I pulled some fun recipes from Chris Cosentino’s “Offal Good” for the conference as well. I also have some family recipes from my Italian grandmother I bust out once a year when I am well stocked on supplements to handle the gluten onslaught. Her orange bread is the stuff of legends. It’s a beautiful sense memory I have of her when I bite into a piece of it. I can still see her 4’11” self-standing in the kitchen making the bread dough. She was a great lady. Looked exactly like Sophia Patrillo from Golden Girls. She was the best cook I have ever encountered.  

 

Dana Nardi Hiking

 

What are you reading (or listening to) right now? 
At any given point I have about 5 – 6 books going. Right now I am reading “Health at Every Size” by Linda Bacon PhD, “The Tao of Bill Murry” by Gavin Edwards“Whole Detox” by Dr Deanne Minich, “Macbeth” good old Shakespeare, and “My Absolute Darling” by Gabriel Tallent. Listening to – Jazz. Mostly some Thelonious Monk at the moment.  

 

In your mind, what are the biggest challenges the holistic health community faces? 
Politics and the state of the farming industry. I see us as the teachers of the importance of real food and what it can mean to an individual’s health. We are constantly battling with laws and regulations to be recognized as legitimate practitioners throughout this country. So many people’s health journeys have been improved because of the work that our community is doing, but we have to fight for the right to continue to practice. To me, this goes hand-in-hand with the battle between local farmers and regenerative farming practices, and the industrial farming machines pumping out chemically enhanced mass produced foods. To help nourish ourselves and our clients, we need REAL food, and it’s another battle we face to change the tide of farming practices in this country.  

 

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Faces of the NTA: Meet Jen Minnich

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Faces Of The NTA Meet Jen Minnich

Get to know Jen Minnich

How long have you worked for the NTA? What is your role? 
Associate Instructor – 2018 

 

What attracted you to work at the NTA? 
Completing the NTP program was a major life highlight. I learned so much about myself and how I could be of help to others interested in creating the most vibrant and nourished versions of themselves. Teaching is an incredible way to connect with students and group leaders. I am so inspired by all that they are bringing forward for their own health and the communities they live in. 

 

What do you love about working for the NTA? 
Everyone is dedicated to a bigger mission. From every staff person to the instructor team, there is a genuine focus on the student experience. We are committed to graduating thoughtful practitioners and consultants and celebrate everyone’s achievements.  

 

What are you most proud about accomplishing in your time at NTA to date? 
Supporting the Functional Evaluation committee as we worked through updates to the curriculum. It was truly a team effort where all voices were heard and every single decision was discussed deliberately and intentionally. I learned so much from all of the instructors on the committee. It was a challenging and incredibly rewarding project! 

I’m also proud to be a mentor for the Career Development Course. I thoroughly enjoy connecting with our practitioners and seeing their goals and vision come to life. Our graduates are doing amazing things in the holistic nutrition world and it’s such a gift to be part of the process. 

 

Describe the NTA in three words?

Connection, Education, Community 

 

Describe yourself in three words

Collaborative, Empowering, Committed 

 

What do you love the most about our community? 
We are here to lift each other up. We share information and knowledge and know we can reach out to ask for advice and recommendations.  

 

What is your favorite fat? 
Coconut butter, Mt. Capra Goat Ghee, Avocado 

 

What is your least favorite food? 
Raw onions – I really don’t understand them 😊 

 

What’s your most used cook book or recipe blog and why? 
I drive people crazy because I tend to not follow recipes!  

 

What are you reading (or listening to) right now? 
Breaking the habit of being yourself (Joe Dispenza) and Energy Anatomy (Caroline Myss) 

 

 

In your mind, what are the biggest challenges the holistic health community faces? 
I think there is also a tendency to want to “fix all the things” right away. We have access to so much information it can feel overwhelming. The power of the foundations is real and has great impact.  

Open-minded conversations. There will never be a 100% perfect answer and we have to invite in a sense of curiosity and create space for challenging conversations.  To give each other and ourselves the opportunity to look at our assumptions and consider alternate solutions. 

 

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www.jenminnich.com 
Instagram: @jenminnichwellness  

 


 

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Faces of the NTA: Meet Jordan Schmidt

Faces of the NTA: Meet Jordan Schmidt

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Faces Of The NTA Meet Jordan Schmidt

Meet Jordan Schmidt

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

I’m an Instructor. My first class as an Associate Instructor was 2015. I currently co-lead NTP classes in Boston and New York.

 

What attracted you to work at the NTA?

When I took the NTP course I was working as a vegetable farmer. I was already really passionate about the challenges our food system is facing and the potential, regenerative agriculture has to address some of those challenges. I was also struggling with my own health and obsessively listening to nutrition podcasts as I worked in the field all day! I knew there was something food based that could help my body, and the information I found in the alternative health world was both exciting and overwhelming. The NTA program was the solid ground I didn’t even know I needed. Learning the foundations was such a relief – really truly like coming home. I loved that the curriculum connected human nutrition and wellness with farm, ecosystem, and food system health. I was also so drawn to doing this work as part of a strong, warm, heart-centered, and intellectually curious community.

 

Jordan's Partner Sarah Welcoming A Baby Cow 2What do you love about working for the NTA?

I love my colleagues! I’m truly proud to be part of the current team at the NTA. I am consistently blown away by our crew of down to earth, kind, and creative thinkers. I have a special love for our teaching and learning team. As an instructor, I really appreciate the collective support around improving online and in-person teaching techniques. There is so much energy that goes into creating and sharing the NTA programs!

 

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

I think I’m proudest every time I read our term three self-assessments and remember that this class offers a learning journey that extends across so many life levels – personal, family, community, and also into someone’s work in the world.

 

Jordan Schmidt on farmDescribe the NTA in three words?

Foundational. Heart-Centered. Inspired.

 

What do you love the most about our community?

I loved the feeling at our conference this year. I got such a strong sense of a group that cares really deeply, is not quick to judge, looks out for each other, and is trying to stay open in a field that can be prone to “taking sides.”

 

What is your favorite fat?

My body doesn’t always do amazing on too much saturated fat but I do love the fats that come from our farm (chaseholmfarm.com) We make some pretty awesome, grass-fed dairy fat and lard from pigs that spend their whole life in the sun.

 

What is your least favorite food?

I really love food. I have done many elimination diets and it always makes me laugh/sad (yes both) because I’m such a non-picky eater on the taste side of things! I guess I don’t love mushrooms but right now it’s morel season in the woods on our farm and those are delicious cooked in butter 😉

 

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

I honestly wish I used recipes more! Whenever I look at a cookbook I get so inspired but I usually make meals up.

 

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

The book “Toxic” (about working with bio-toxin/environmental illness) by Neil Nathan MD

The podcast “The Breakdown” with Shaun King (not about nutrition)

Brene Brown’s Netflix Special

 

 

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

Hmmm. I think there are amazing elements to this “information age” and to the increased pace of sharing ideas with each other – but I do feel, these days, like we are a little bit out ahead of ourselves – running human experiments in real time and making claims about success before we’ve actually collected enough experience/data to support a more meaningful understanding. It’s one of the reasons I think the NTA’s foundational, context-specific (ie Bio-individual) approach is such a gem. Here’s to staying curious, challenging our assumptions, and staying grounded in a down-to-earth and inclusive approach!

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  • How to balance blood sugar and increase energy.
  • Why you need healthy fats and cholesterol in your diet.
  • The critical roles of minerals and how to get more in your diet.
  • Why water is the most important nutrient and how to best hydrate.
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