President & Co-Owner
MS, Health Communications, Boston University
BS, Nutrition & Dietetics, Stephen F. Austin University, TX
Registered Dietitian, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Certified Dietitian, State of Vermont Board of Registration
Executive Board Member, Binge Eating Disorder Association
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).
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.
BA, Oregon State University
A native Oregonian by way of California, Cindy joined Green Mountain full time in 2008. With an impressive professional background spanning more than 25 years, Cindy has held executive and senior level management positions in both Fortune 500, entrepreneurial and start-up business settings. She possesses a passion for leading and developing teams in varied and unique environments.
Around Green Mountain, Cindy is best known as someone who is candid yet leads with integrity and cares about creating opportunity for professional and personal development. In just a short period of time, her organizational savvy and can-do attitude has helped lay the foundation for innovation, change and growth within the organization. Each day Cindy leads a talented, multi-disciplinary team in their mission to deliver to women from all over the globe a transformative and solution-oriented experience.
MA, Counseling Psychology, Regis University
BS, Kinesiology, University of Colorado
Licensed Professional Counselor
iACE (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 earlier this year, she was ready to make the move and so were we.
Erin understands the ebb and flow that inevitably permeates the process of change. She provides sound strategies, gentle accountability and unconditional support for those striving to achieve better health. Erin is a thoughtful leader who exhibits a quiet confidence which elicits trust from those around her.
Erin’s professional history includes creating and implementing wellness programs that elicit results in a positive, supportive environment. She is an accomplished speaker and presenter and was co-director of the Boulder Youth Body Alliance, a program aimed at eating disorder prevention and body acceptance in Boulder, CO.
Before joining us, Erin had her own successful therapy and counseling practice where she focused on eating psychology, women’s health, mindfulness and empowerment programs for young women. Erin also spent several years in health and recreation, working most recently for a health promotions 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 voted a finalist for the 2013 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management.
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.”
BS, Dietetics, State University of New York, Oneonta, NY
AS, Commercial Art – Sullivan County Community College, Loch Sheldrake, NY
Registered Dietitian, The American Dietetic Association
Certified Dietitian, State of Vermont Board of Registration
For more than 12 years, Robyn has been working in the field of food and nutrition and is truly a big fan of both. Bringing together the concepts of feeding one’s self for nutrition and feeding one’s self for pleasure is her main goal when educating participants. Robyn has a varied nutritional background, having worked in hospitals, resorts/spas, clinics, wellness centers, schools, with supplementation, and in providing one-on-one counseling.
Robyn chose to complete a wellness-focused dietetic internship through Keene State College as her main interest in dietetics is educating others on eating to achieve health and well being. She has had the opportunity to teach nutrition classes in all types of settings and enjoys teaching with a focus on women’s health and nutrition. Robyn brings her love of teaching to Green Mountain at Fox Run and enjoys developing new classes based on the participants’ needs. Robyn is always thrilled to see the positive effect Green Mountain at Fox Run has on its participants and loves being part of a team that makes a difference in the lives of so many women.
BA in Psychology from Connecticut College
MSW in Clinical Social Work from Boston College
Advanced Certification in EMDR
Certification in Energy healing and Intuitive training
Lisa Claudia Briggs is a sought-after psychotherapist and mentor. She loves helping women find simple, sacred solutions to live more beautifully in their bodies and relationships while learning to trust their intuitive wisdom.
Lisa’s unique approach has made it possible for many of her clients to set clear boundaries in their lives, and thereby avoid being overly affected by the emotions of those around them, and giving too much. She was clinically trained at a leading Harvard Medical School psychiatric hospital and has been in practice for 25 years. In the last 10 years her focus has been on creating an integrative holistic blend of techniques learned through traditional avenues as well as in working with Chinese medicine masters and other healers.
Lisa says, “You know it’s time to come at this a little bit differently..and that with the right support you can make the changes that make the difference.” Along with the rest of our staff, Lisa can help guide you to a life free of eating and weight struggles, focused on the things that really matter to you.
In addition to her classes, Lisa is available for individual sessions and phone coaching with participants looking for additional support in creating lasting change.
PsyD in Clinical Psychology from University of San Francisco
Post-Doctoral Training in Psychology from University of California at San Francisco
Janet is an experienced licensed psychologist who received her doctorate at the University of San Francisco with an emphasis on Behavioral and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has an extensive background working with individuals and groups in the areas of anger management, stress management and depression. Janet did her training at the Westside Crisis Clinic and the Depression Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. Her post-doctoral work took place at Kaiser South San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry where she continued to work until she moved to Vermont.
Prior to moving to San Francisco and returning to school for her doctorate, Janet was the Alumni Director at Boston University. She worked in alumni relations at Boston University for more than ten years, starting as a volunteer coordinator. She now serves as the Vice Chair of the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company Board of Directors, the coordinator of the Mount Holly annual Photo Contest and calendar, and a mentor to two girls, one in the Mount Holly elementary school and the other at Black River Middle School. In her spare time, she actively pursues her writing and participates in two writing groups and loves to travel back to “the city by the bay” with her husband every year.
Senior Fitness Specialist
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, Certified Holistic Health Consultant
Trained in several fields including physical therapy, chiropractics and emergency medicine, and certified as a Fitness Professional, LynnAnn has spent 26 years in the field of Health and Exercise Physiology, 16 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. LynnAnn is adept at providing personalized fitness programs 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 and Green Mountain Express 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.
B.S. Health and Physical Education, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
M.S. Exercise and Sport Science, Ithaca College
M.S. Health Education, Ithaca College
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
A fitness aficionado with an infectious enthusiasm, Masha is a natural born group exercise leader. In addition to providing a safe and effective workout, Masha also makes it a priority to connect with participants, often through her sense of humor. But although she is quick to laugh, Masha is deeply committed to helping others rediscover the joy of movement. Giving special attention to participants’ individual needs, she leads low impact aerobics, cardio kickboxing, aquatics, circuits and strength training classes at Green Mountain.
A native of Russia, Masha became a group exercise instructor and competitive athlete as a teenager in the United States. Ever since, Masha has sought to broaden and deepen her aptitude in the health field, most notably by obtaining professional degrees— the first in exercise science and sports psychology, and the second in Health Education. At Green Mountain, Masha leverages her understanding of the psychology of exercise in order to help participants build the foundation they need to sustain healthy exercise habits for life.
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.
David joined Green Mountain at Fox Run in August 2011, bringing with him a deep knowledge and appreciation for the local foods of Vermont. Aside from brief periods spent honing his skills in Colorado and Florida, where he worked for four restaurants within the world’s largest Marriott, David’s roots are firmly grounded in Southern Vermont. For more than 20 years, he has worked in and managed the kitchens of many acclaimed dining establishments across the state, including The Marina in Brattleboro, The Four Columns in Newfane and The Old Tavern in Grafton.
Prior to his migration to Ludlow to join Green Mountain, David served for six years as executive chef at The Old Tavern, a historic country inn. There, he cultivated his “localvore” approach and developed a green thumb while overseeing the kitchen garden. From Peruvian potatoes and heirloom tomatoes to an array of herbs and specialty greens, the seasonal menus David designed reflected what was being harvested at the time. What ingredients he couldn’t reap from the garden, he sourced from local sustainable farms, as part of the Vermont Fresh Network. He also hosted “Localvore” dinners every Tuesday, where only 100 percent local ingredients could be used on the special menu.
In his new role, David continues his quest to use fresh, colorful and flavorful foods of Vermont in the dishes he prepares and to introduce new ingredients to help Green Mountain guests expand their palates and nutritional options. As a native Vermonter, he’s also known to impart great advice on hikes, drives and other “local” activities.
Director of Administration
Boston University, Business Administration
After a successful 30 year career as a senior level facilities and operations director, Vicki moved to Killington, Vermont in 2000 and opened up her own ski shop. After several years, she decided to explore another one of her passions, women and wellness. Vicki is a Reiki master, having studied four years in the Usui and Raku Kei modes of healing.
Vicki joined Green Mountain at Fox Run in 2010. She manages our front office group, finance department, facilities and maintenance, security, and our Green Mountain Ambassador program. “Our mission is to deliver exemplary customer service, and we strive every day to achieve that goal. We look forward to meeting all our guests and making their stay as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.” Vicki still volunteers at free Reiki clinics around Vermont and skis whenever time permits. An avid music fan, she enjoys going to rock concerts.
Guest Services Coordinator
BS, New Hampshire College, Marketing, Accounting
Diane is a native New Englander. Originally from Connecticut, she has spent the last 11 years in Vermont raising her two active children with her husband Joe. Diane has over 20 years of customer service experience and as our Guest Services Coordinator; Diane is the first person at Green Mountain you are likely to meet. Whether on the phone helping you make your reservation, or making sure you can get in for that last minute massage appointment, Diane is always available to make your visit as pleasurable and rewarding as possible. Diane is known for her great sense of humor and infectious laugh. She is sure to make you feel right at home. Diane is very involved in her community. She acts as a school volunteer and as an ambassador for the local Little League. For fun, Diane and her family like to hike, camp, and ski – or anything that has to do with the great outdoors!
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.
Consulting Nutritionist & Nutrition Coach
BA – University of Vermont
Registered Dietitian, The American Dietetic Association
Certified Dietitian, State of Vermont Board of Registration
Certified Diabetes Educator, National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
Certified Wellness Coach, Wellcoach International
Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
Lynn has been a part-time member of the nutrition staff at Green Mountain since 2003. Lynn became a dietitian after spending four years as an active duty Army military intelligence officer to put her considerable energy into empowering people to maximize their health, fitness, and wellness. She maintains a busy nutrition and wellness coaching practice in southwestern Vermont and nationwide via phone coaching. She’s also the Healthy Eating Expert at iVillage.com, the largest women’s website, where she writes nutrition-related articles and answers questions on a message board. Lynn has authored numerous articles for websites and popular magazines, and recently appeared on The Today Show. She is a past president of the Vermont Dietetic Association and is active with numerous professional nutrition and fitness groups. Lynn lives in the shopping mecca Manchester, Vermont but would much rather be out on the trails or roads running, biking, and snowshoeing.
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.