Our Team


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. 


Our Board

Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL – Board

Board President, Founder
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Author, Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease
One of the top 20 thinkers on obesity
Named Top 100 Innovators in Healthcare by Healthspottr.com
Dr. Lustig's LinkedIn

Jordan Shlain, MD, FACP – Board

Chairman of the Board, Founder
Practicing Internal Medicine Physician
Advisor, Aspen Institute
Commissioner, San Francisco Health Service System
Founder, Healthloop
Named Top 100 Innovators in Healthcare by Healthspottr.com

Alan Greene, MD – Board

Board Member, Advisory Board Chair
Practicing Pediatric Physician

Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH – Board

Board Member
Public Health Leader, Advocate, Teacher, and Scholar
Pioneer in the practice of health impact assessment, urban sustainability indicators, and open data

David Faigman, MA, JD – Board

Founding Board Member
John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law, U.C. Hastings
Founder / CEO of Jurilytics

Russell Hirsch, MD, PhD – Board

Founding Board Member
Managing Director of Prospect Venture Partners

Ben Katz, MBA – Board

Founding Board Member, Chief Financial Officer
Managing Director at HSBC Securities

Nadja Pinnavaia, PhD – Board

Board Member
Founder / CEO of EUPHEBE

Jim Warren, BA - Board

Board Member
Veteran, Retired Stock Broker, Investor

Our Advisors and Alumni

Kelly L. Close, MBA – Alumni

Founding Board Member, Alumni & Advisor
President, Close Concerns, Inc.

Raj Patel, PhD – Alumni

Founding Board Member, Alumni & Advisor
New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Value of Nothing
Author, Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

Shawn Gauthier, BS – Advisor

Founding Advisory Board Member, Copywriting, Digital Content & Design
Freelance Creative Director

Matthew Ryan Hanson, LPN – Advisor

Director of Operations, Immortal Moto
Tech Entrepreneur
United States Army Veteran
Critical Care Nurse and Combat Medic

Shannon Burke, BS - Advisor

Clinical Nutrition Graduate from UC Davis
Nutrition & Health Enthusiast
Dietetic Intern at University of California, San Francisco
Previous: Intern and Online Education Manager for the IRN

Sue Cimbriz - Alumni

Founding Board Member, Secretary
Member, 50x50 Leadership Circle of the Women in Public Service

Ken Nochimson, J.D. - Advisor


Founder and president of Advise & Consent with more than 25 years of production experience in broadcast television and web-based media, including Sweet Revenge.

Our Ambassadors

Chantal Bonneau (Canada)

Canadian Ambassador
Chantal Bonneau lives in Montreal, province of Quebec, Canada, and attends Montreal University. She has a BS Kinesiology, and holds an MS in Exercise Physiology-Metabolism.

Sustainable Santa (Richard Eckfield)

Richard Eckfield is Sustainable Santa - brilliant red guy with a real white beard who is the genius behind the Sustainable Santa movement and the Real Santa’s United to End Childhood Obesity. You can find his Facebook page here.

Our Staff

Wolfram Alderson, MS – Staff

Founding Executive Director, Chief Operations Officer
Lifetime focus on human and environmental health
35 years of distinguished nonprofit experience
Wolfram's LinkedIn
IRN Blog

Anthony Adessa, DM - Staff

Director of Advancement
Doctor of Music, Indiana University
15 years of diverse advancement experience in health-related nonprofits
Fundraising guru
Anthony's LinkedIn

Leslie Lee, MS, RD, CNSC - Staff


Director of Education & Community Engagement
Leslie is a Registered Dietitian with an MS in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In graduate school, she researched the need for hypoglycemia education in community nutrition programs for newly diagnosed diabetics. Prior to joining our team, she spent five years working at the intersection of business, clinical nutrition, and patient education. 
LinkedIn Profile
Publication: Hypoglycemia Education Needs

Our Interns

Rebecca McDowell - Intern

rebecca_mcdowell200.jpgRebecca 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.

Rebecca's LinkedIn

Barbara Ducry - Intern

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.

Barbara's Blog

Barbara's LinkedIn

Ali Van Zandt - Intern

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.

Ali's LinkedIn

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