Our team includes board members, staff, alumni, ambassadors, and advisors. All of these individuals greatly contribute their time, energy and intellect toward making the Institute for Responsible Nutrition's vision a reality.
Chairman of the Board, Founder
Board Member, Advisory Board Chair
Founding Board Member
Founding Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
Dr. Pisharody is passionate about helping children and families understand the connection between diet, nutrition, digestive health and well-being. She is proud to serve as a member of the board of directors for the Institute for Responsible Nutrition, participates in the medical advisory committee for the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and is also on the Board of Trustees for the WA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Our Advisors and Alumni
Founding Board Member, Alumni & Advisor
Founding Board Member, Alumni & Advisor
Founding Advisory Board Member, Copywriting, Digital Content & Design
Founder Staff Alum & Advisor
Founding Board Member
Andrea is the founder and CEO of ConnectWell, a wellness consulting company that designs strategies and implements programs that contain healthcare costs and create a healthy and productive workforce. She has worked for leading healthcare companies, medical device start-ups, and health-related non-profits in her illustrious 20 years of business consulting.
Daniel W. O’Connor, MA is a former United States Marine and Homeland Security expert. He is a Senior Executive Fellow and graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative from the Harvard University Kennedy School. He received his Master’s Degree from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California where he was the Curtis H. “Butch” Straub Award recipient for exemplary academics, outstanding thesis, and classroom leadership.
Delaine Eastin is the former 25th California State Superintendent of Public Instruction and was the first woman to be elected to this office. Delaine also represented parts of Alameda and Santa Clara counties in the California State Assembly between 1986 and 1994. Delaine has never retired from public service, and was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for School Leadership in Washington, DC and then a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Educational Leadership at Mills College in Oakland. She now does speaking and consulting. Delaine is an avid reader, gardener, cook, traveler and advocate for children. She serves on a number of boards that support the education, nutrition, health and civic engagement of children from preschool to college.
Dr. Ed Bauman has been at the forefront of the holistic health and nutrition renaissance for the past 40 years. He is the founder of Bauman College: Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP). After studying traditional health and nutrition systems for more than 30 years, Dr. Bauman created the Eating for Health approach, which forms the basis of Bauman College professional and community programs.
Michael Prager is a professional speaker, wellbeing coach, and author. His book “Fat Boy Thin Man” provides illumination, sustenance, and hope to those mired in struggles or just plain misery around food. His second book, “Sustainable You,” enlarges the field of view to encompass holistic, healthy change.
Director of Education & Community Engagement
Rebecca is a San Francisco native with a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science. She is advancing her education with a degree in Public Affairs, focused on public health policy. Rebecca seeks to bridge the gap between sound public policy, public health law and public health, and bring awareness to the interdependence of these sectors with environmental health, global health and social justice.
Barbara Ducry is a Swiss national and has a Bachelor’s degree in nursing. She just finished her Master’s degree in Global Health and Development at the University College London. She is passionate about global trade, agricultural and food policies, and their impact on the food environment, specifically on health and food security.
Ali is a recent graduate of UC Davis with a BS in Clinical Nutrition. At Davis, she assisted in research and contributed to a manuscript that is in the process of being published. Her primary research focus was breast milk proteins and how they influence infant immune development, and her secondary focus was dietary proteins and how certain types and quantities of protein may influence certain physiological or disease states, such as post bariatric surgery, chronic kidney disease, or Crohn's Disease. She is currently taking community college courses for web development and Microsoft Excel and volunteering at the Council on Aging in Santa Rosa in addition to the IRN.
Ingrid Wells is a MPH & Nutrition student at NYU. She is particularly interested in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, food systems, and fitness. Ingrid also has been a professional athlete in the U.S., Germany and Sweden.
Neha Patel is an MPH graduate with hands on experience in hospital settings. Experienced in healthcare finance and information systems, research and evaluation, and implementing statewide surveys.
Mitchell Dang is a Bay Area native and is in his third year at Santa Clara University. He is majoring in Public Health Sciences and has taken an interest in community health and nutrition. He would like to work with underserved populations and ensure that everyone has the property tools and support to live a healthy lifestyle.
Karla holds a degree in Consumer and Family Sciences with a Nutrition emphasis and a minor in Special Education from San Francisco State University. She is an aspiring dietitian who is passionate about personal health and wellness, food accessibility and fitness. Her goals include working towards achieving a transparent food system, as well as encouraging health education and raising nutritional awareness to underserved communities, focusing on the community inclusion of people with disabilities.
Briki Cajandig is a recent graduate from the University of Hawai’i where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Sociology, along with a minor in Women’s & Gender Studies. Her main passions lie in the development and promotion of democratic principles amongst our increasingly engaged society, specifically regarding public health in the midst of America’s current food system.