President & Co-Owner
MS, Health Communications, Boston University
BS, Nutrition & Dietetics, Stephen F. Austin University, TX
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Certified Dietitian, State of Vermont Board of Registration
Executive Board Member, Binge Eating Disorder Association
Executive Board Member, The Center for Mindful Eating
Marsha has been a part of Green Mountain since 1986, where her mission has been to help participants learn to enjoy food and eating while successfully managing their weight and health. In addition to overseeing a professional program that helps women establish sustainable approaches to healthy living, she is a thought leader when it comes to managing eating, emotions and weight. She has been a voice of reason for the last three decades in helping people move away from diets. This is an area in which she is personally as well as professionally versed. She successfully overcame an eating disorder brought on by dieting.
An accomplished writer, Marsha has produced a body of work that reflects her desire to help women move away from restrictive notions of food and health, and thereby more easily achieve a healthful intake. She has written hundreds of articles for popular magazines, newsletters and professional journals, and has worked extensively on a national basis to produce curricula and pamphlets to educate the public about nutrition and about the impact of dieting on eating behaviors, including binge eating and emotional eating. She is the author of six books, including the online course Disordered Eating in Active and Sedentary Individuals (co-authored by Karin Kratina, PhD, RD, Human Kinetics publisher), What You Need to Know about Carbohydrates (Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics [The Academy] publisher), What You Need to Know about Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (The Academy publisher), and The Pregnancy Cookbook (co-authored by Donna Shields, RD, Berkeley Publishing). Her most recent book is Eating Happy: A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Emotional Overeating.
Marsha currently serves on the boards of the Binge Eating Disorder Association and The Center for Mindful Eating and is active in the Association for Size Diversity and Health. She has also served as president of the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, chairperson of Dietitians in Business and Communications practice group of The Academy, and member of The Academy publications and marketing committees, and most recently, Consultation and Business Practice Delegate, Council on Professional Issues at The Academy.
She is also a member of The Academy practice groups Dietitians in Functional and Integrative Medicine; Behavioral Health Nutrition; Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists; and Food and Culinary Professionals. She is currently pursuing certification with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Marsha is frequently consulted by the media on issues of weight management, binge eating and healthy living. Most recently, her work has appeared in Huffington Post and as a guest blogger for leading nutrition, weight management and women’s health sites.
Executive Director & Co-Owner
PhD, Nutritional Biochemistry & Metabolism, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Human Nutrition, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University
BS, Psychology, University of Vermont
As an insightful professional, compassionate listener and executive director of Green Mountain at Fox Run, Alan has devoted his life’s work to helping women free themselves of the tyranny of dieting, food obsessions and poor self-esteem. Starting as a tennis instructor when Green Mountain was in its infancy almost 30 years ago through to his present position, Alan has been a part of Green Mountain. He has not only observed the changing nature of women’s lives during that time, but has contributed his unique perspective to encourage women to take charge of their health, establish realistic goals and strive for them in a supportive way.
During his training at MIT, he was intimately involved with obesity programs conducted at MIT’s Clinical Research Center. This included participation in the development of the protein-sparing modified fast, the basis for early low-calorie protocols, commercially known as Optifast, Medibase and HMR. Alan was also involved in the early work evaluating surgical interventions for obesity. He was also a team clinical member at the Beth Israel Hospital and Children’s Hospital obesity and weight management programs, at Harvard Medical School. Increasingly, these clinical experiences and the poor outcomes resulting from ‘diets,’ naturally led him to embrace and expand on the Green Mountain approach for lasting weight loss and health management.
Prior to joining Green Mountain, Alan served as Chief, Nutritional Biochemistry Section, Research and Development Section of the Veterans Administration (VA) in Boston. There he oversaw nutrition research undertaken as part of the Normative Aging Study, the country’s oldest longitudinal study of aging. Alan has also served as assistant professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the School of Public Health, at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and as an advisory member of the VA-National Institutes of Health (NIH) committee on Setting Research Priorities in Aging for the Year 2000. He is a founding member of the International Spa & Fitness Association, a former member of its Board of Directors, and has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies.
He authored over 25 peer-reviewed presentations during his relatively short academic career. Throughout his career, he has been a much sought-after professional speaker but now spends most of his time at Green Mountain, immersed in the field he enjoys.
Chief Clinical Director and Binge Eating Specialist
Doctor of Behavioral Health, Arizona State University
Vermont Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Certified Eating Disorder Specialist
Dr. Kari Anderson has been working with eating disorders for 23 years, with particular emphasis on Binge Eating Disorder. She was brought to Green Mountain to develop and lead our Pathway℠ Program for Binge Eating. Kari has the unique ability to lead organizational teams and at the same time connect with individuals on a very real and compassionate level. Often referred to as someone who “gets it” by participants, she creates a safe environment.
Having struggled with the stigma of weight and eating issues, her professional career has a personal passion driving it. Prior to coming to Green Mountain, she positioned herself as a respected clinician and leader in the field of eating disorders. Having worked for treatment centers such as Remuda Ranch and The Rader Institute, she had the opportunity to help thousands of patients and their families, as a direct care provider, supervisor, trainer, speaker and administrator.
She earned her Doctorate of Behavioral Health with her research project The Mindful Eating Cycle: Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder at Arizona State University in 2012 and served as Faculty Associate in the same program.
Co-creator of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating for Binge Eating Program, Kari also co-authored the acclaimed book, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating: A Mindful Eating Program for Healing Your Relationship with Food and Your Body.
Before coming to Green Mountain, Kari opened a private group practice, myBalancedLife, LLC, in Phoenix, Arizona in 2009. She explained that it was an expression of all that she believes in and how she chooses to live her life today. Moving to Vermont supports her vision of a balanced and peaceful life.
Kari, her husband Brian, and their therapy dog Gretel, live in a restored farmhouse built in 1900, just outside Ludlow.
MA, Counseling Psychology, Regis University
BS, Kinesiology, University of Colorado
ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Health Coach
Certified Food Psychology Coach
Prior to joining Green Mountain, Erin followed our work for years. She was always “interested in what we were up to” because her own work with women, weight and wellness seemed to mirror ours so closely. So, when the position of Program Director became available she was ready to make the move and so were we.
Erin’s professional history includes creating and implementing wellness programs that elicit results in a positive, supportive environment. Before joining us, Erin had her own successful counseling practice where she focused on eating psychology, women’s health, and mindfulness and empowerment programs for women of all ages.
Erin also spent years as a professional in the health and recreation field, and in the corporate wellness industry working most recently for a health promotion company where she developed and implemented wellness programming for corporate clients with up to 2000 employees. She also spent time working as a Director within the Colorado Parks and Recreation Department. From development through implementation, she managed the fitness and wellness department within one of the largest recreation & wellness centers in Colorado. Recently that particular location was awarded the 2013 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
Erin understands the ebb and flow that inevitably permeates the process of change and utilizes her professional and academic background in fitness and health psychology to create effective wellness programs, presentations, and classes aimed at teaching others how to create a healthier lifestyle.
Erin is a thoughtful leader who exhibits a quiet confidence that elicits trust from those around her. Whether it’s in class, individual sessions, or alumnae outreach, Erin’s approach is centered on how to help others bridge the gap between insight and action. She says, “My goal is simply to continue to develop and support Green Mountain’s mission of helping women to lead healthier lives.”
Fitness Manager and L.I.F.E Coach
Certified PT, AAFA, IFA, AAAI, ISMA
Personal Trainer, Strength and Aerobics Instructor, Tai Chi Instructor, Mat Science (Pilates) Instructor, Weight Training Consultant, Aquatics Instructor, Aquatics Rehab Instructor, Weight Management Certified, Life Wellness Coach
Trained in several fields including physical therapy, chiropractics and emergency medicine, and certified as a Fitness Professional, LynnAnn has spent 38 years in the field of Health and Exercise Physiology, 26 of them with Green Mountain. An energetic and inspirational leader, she heads up our fitness department, lending her own special touch and motivational skills to help women learn to love physical activity. Through her personal training and L.I.F.E. (Lifestyle Integration for Empowerment) program, LynnAnn provides personalized fitness programs and strategies needed to facilitate changes that make all the difference in “taking it home and making it work.”
Inspired to live a healthy lifestyle by the example her parents set, LynnAnn ran track and swam competitively from age 10 through high school. Her drive to share her enthusiasm for healthy living set her on a path of education and experience that equipped her as a tremendous motivator.
You’ll see LynnAnn starring on Green Mountain’s upper, lower body strength training, Green Mountain Express, Cardio on the Stability Ball, and Morning Momentum workout videos, trying to keep a straight face as she takes you through the routines. At the end, though, her true self wins out, giving you a glimpse of her warmth and humor and her commitment to the success of our participants.
MA, Counseling Psychology, Vermont College of the Union Institute & University
BA, Psychology, University of California at San Diego
Vermont Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Shiri comes to Green Mountain as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor in practice since 2005. Always passionate about her work, she takes a holistic approach to support clients in moving to emotional health. When focusing on the issue at hand with clients, Shiri believes in considering the interconnectedness of each facet of our lives – not only our mental and emotional health, but also physical health, environmental health, and the health of our relationships. This is what drew her to the opportunity to join the Green Mountain team – our integrated health philosophy.
Shiri complements the philosophy of and program at Green Mountain with her extensive background in working with anxiety, post-traumatic stress and mindfulness-based approaches,. Her professional experiences have included providing clinical counseling within a community mental health agency, in private practice, and as part of a wellness program with Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital.
In her personal life, Shiri enjoys walking, cross-country skiing, and exploring Vermont’s natural and local treasures with her husband and two children. She is also active in her community, serving on the local School Board and Fire Department Auxiliary.
Shiri believes that through compassion, mindfulness and self-acceptance, people can experience important shifts in the way they perceive themselves and their lives. She is happy to contribute to the mission at Green Mountain by supporting participants in their journey on this path.
Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise
Certified YogaFit Instructor, Level 5
Body Pump Certification
Lori grew up in New Hampshire and initially went to business school in Boston, MA. While working as a real estate paralegal for six years, she taught group exercises at night. Then she discovered that her profession could also be her passion. Now having taught more than 20 years, Lori is an ACE certified Personal Trainer and holds additional certifications in Aerobics, Spinning, BodyPump, YogaFit, Hot Yoga, YogaLean, and Kids Yoga. When she is not hiking, jogging or scrapbooking, you can find her chasing after her two daughters, ages 8 and 11.
BS, Business Administration and Marketing, Castleton State College, VT
AFAA (American Fitness and Aerobics Association), Certified Group Exercise Instructor
Cathy is Green Mountain’s real deal — a born-and-bred Vermonter. Cathy’s exposure to fitness came early in her life, as part of her personal effort to stay fit and healthy while balancing family and a career. Intrigued with the benefits she reaped, she immersed herself in a professional national fitness training program and became a group certified exercise instructor. Cathy is among several long-term staff at Green Mountain, joining us in 1998 and teaching gentle yoga, strength training and low-impact aerobics.
Teaching fitness classes changed Cathy’s life and her goal is to use her training to make positive changes in the lives of our participants. She believes that if you work hard, do the best you can do, and do it with a smile on your face, you will succeed.
As a classically French-trained chef who has worked under some of the most highly respected chefs in the world, Patrick combines his talent, skills and personal journey to a healthy weight to help Green Mountain participants experience that healthy eating can be wonderfully satisfying.
Building on Green Mountain’s membership in the Vermont Fresh Network, he strives to feature in his menus wherever possible fresh products from local farms. You’ll find him in the kitchen dreaming up how to prepare seasonal dishes that delight the taste buds while supplying important nutrition for health.
A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, Patrick enjoys sharing his knowledge with our participants, answering questions on how to prepare individual dishes as well as leading cooking demonstrations that showcase his tricks of the trade to make healthy cooking something you can have fun doing…and eating.
Consulting Physician — Functional Medicine, Women’s Health
MD, Dartmouth Medical School
BA, Amherst College
Board Certified Ob/Gyn
Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Member of the Institute for Functional Medicine
Dr. Robyn Jacobs serves as a consulting physician for our functional medicine program. She received her board certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1999 while working overseas in Sicily, Italy for the US Navy. In 2006 Dr. Jacobs opened a private practice Hygeia: A Unique Center for Women’s Health in Lebanon, NH where she practices functional medicine. Her practice focuses on finding the root cause of health challenges and uses application of lifestyle change including healthy eating, stress management and appropriate exercise as therapeutic tools. Dr. Jacobs is available for functional medicine consultation upon the assessment and request of our clinical nutritionists or request of our participants.
BS – Foods and Nutrition, North Dakota State University
Registered Dietitian, The Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics
Licensed Dietitian, State of Minnesota
An accomplished cook, serious shopper, frequent world traveler and passionate nondieter, Alta provides support for many of Green Mountain’s auxiliary activities, including FitBriefings, our healthy eating recipes, and the FitWoman online store. She also directs our Food Lovers’ cooking tours to Italy and is the co-author of Recipes for Living, our cookbook of Green Mountain recipes. So you can see that her interests match her job description quite well!
Alta also has impressive credentials for orchestrating these different activities which Green Mountain sponsors to help women stop dieting and start living. Alta spent the first part of her career providing leadership for the food industry. As nutrition director for a major food corporation for many years and a nationally respected authority in nutrition and public policy, she led food industry efforts to develop and market good-tasting, healthy foods, to provide nutrition education for the public, and to ensure clear and accurate food labeling and health claims. Alta has published many articles on America’s eating and nutrition trends. Her interest in women’s health issues, good food and her passion for travel has led her to this next phase of her career, as part of the Green Mountain professional team.
BS in nutrition, St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans
MA in exercise physiology, University of Florida Graduate
Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Florida
PhD in cognitive anthropology, University of Florida
For the past 20 years, Karin Kratina, PhD, MPE, RD/LDN, has devoted her work to the treatment of women and men with eating and weight issues, including those with eating disorders. Her passion is to help people break out of “diet prison” and guide them back to the freedom around food and body that is so rightfully theirs. Besides serving as Clinical Advisor to Green Mountain, Karin is in private practice in Gainesville, Florida. She is the Nutrition Coordinator for the Eating Disorders Program at the University of Florida.
A noted speaker, Karin is an author and nutrition therapist who holds a BS degree in nutrition, MA in exercise physiology and PhD in cognitive anthropology (where she examined the unconscious thinking processes of women regarding food and body and how it impacts their behavior).
Her first book, Moving Away from Diets: Healing Eating Problems and Exercise Resistance, was released in its second edition in 2003. Her most recent book is It’s the Calories, Not the Carbs.
She is on the Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board for NEDO (National Eating Disorders Organization), the Advisory Board for the Foundation for the Advancement of Grain Based Foods, and the Editorial Advisory Board for the Health at Every Size journal.
In her free time, Karin is an avid dancer, and regularly teaches her favorite dance, called zydeco, locally and at festivals around the country. And, although she refuses to “exercise,” she is a zealous mountain biker. She resides in Gainesville, Florida with her miniature long-haired dachshund, Logan.
You can contact Karin at www.nourishingconnections.com.
MS in Public Health Nutrition, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University,
BS in Foods and Nutrition, University of Vermont
Registered Dietitian, The American Dietetic Association
A pioneering woman who started her own business when women “just didn’t do that,” Thelma J Wayler, MS, RD, founded Green Mountain at Fox Run at the age of 50 after an illustrious and prolific career as a nutritionist, teacher and author. Prior to Green Mountain, Thelma was a nationally recognized diabetes educator and consulting nutritionist for the US Public Health Service. Her textbook Applied Nutrition (MacMillan) is considered a classic in the field. Thelma often shares that her greatest achievement was helping women give themselves permission to eat, empowering them to take greater responsibility for their health, and most importantly, helping them begin to feel good about themselves, regardless of their body size. Strong, independent and visionary, Thelma earned the respect and attracted the support of luminaries in obesity research for this ‘radical’ approach to weight management. Thelma now spends her winters in Florida, but can be seen around Green Mountain in the summer, often sitting in on classes and quietly becoming the leader, sharing her now three decades of experience helping women achieve their potential.