Board of Directors

Meet our Board of Directors:

NANP Board of Directors

Our DYNAMIC Board!

NANP Board of Directors

The NANP Board:


 Miriam Zacharias Photo

Miriam G. Zacharias, MS, NTC, BCHN® 

Miriam Zacharias is on a mission to help holistic health entrepreneurs build wildly successful and joy-filled practices. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed marketing book, The PEACE Process, and teaches marketing, leadership, and other practice management topics at health industry conferences and in schools throughout the US. Miriam also consults with wellness industry leaders on strategic planning to achieve new levels of growth and impact in their markets.

Following two decades as a sales and marketing executive in the high-tech industry, Miriam pursued studies in holistic nutrition, sports nutrition and executive coaching and ran a thriving nutrition practice in southern California. She holds an MS in Human Ecology from the Ohio State University, is a certified Nutritional Therapy Consultant and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition.

Miriam has been an active NANP board member for 8 years, five of them as Vice President. She is honored to now serve its members as President. 

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 Photo of Susan Barendregt MNT, CHT, BCHN®


Susan Barendregt MNT, CHT, BCHN® Susan is a graduate of the Nutrition Therapy Institute's Master Nutrition Therapist and Certified Herbal Therapist programs. In 2007, she became one of the first to be Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board. She has served on NANP's board of directors since 2012 and was elected to serve as Vice President as of January 1, 2017.

Susan has advanced training in Functional Endocrinology, Neurotransmitters and the Brain, Functional Blood Chemistry and much more. Combining this with her Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Susan sees one of her primary roles as helping people cut through the nonsense and noise to find real answers that work in the arena of health and nutrition.

Susan is a public speaker and serves as adjunct professor at Portland Community College's Institute for Health Professionals. She is the creator of Balanced and Clear, a 5-week detoxification and inflammation reduction program that teaches participants how to eat for lifelong physical and mental balance and clarity. Susan maintains a virtual practice where she sees clients via Skype and phone. For more about Susan please visit and

Photo of Julie Rauch, NANP President TREASURER

Julie Rauch, MBA, NC is a Certified Nutrition Consultant & Natural Chef graduate of Bauman College. She began her service at NANP on the executive board of the (then) Berkeley branch in 2005. She joined the national board in 2009 as treasurer before stepping into the role of president in 2012. In private practice, Julie specializes in hard to resolve health issues including: hormonal imbalances, chronic infections, and heavy metal & chemical chelation using whole food supplements. She teaches practical "no excuses" healthy eating and cooking strategies to support the health and well-being of her clients. Certified in AcuPoint Integrative Testing (AIT), Julie uses this comprehensive system to evaluate her client's unique nutritional needs and create customized supplement protocols for them without the need for laboratory testing. Julie is the nutritionist for Advance International, Inc., producer of the odorless, tasteless, marine-based Advance Protein Powder. In addition, she provides nutrition consulting services to the employees of Standard Process of Northern California.

Barbara Rodgers SECRETARY

Through her own health struggles with multiple sclerosis and a remarkable healing journey, Barbara Rodgers, NC, BCHN®  found a passion for holistic nutrition and now counsels others dealing with autoimmune issues, infertility and chronic disease.

Barbara began her education in holistic nutrition following a 25+ year career in the financial services industry where she held senior management roles within highly respected, international organizations.  

Her second career within the healthcare industry has given Barbara the chance to combine her business savvy, leadership skills, and expertise in delivering results, with her passion for holistic, natural healthcare.

Along with serving on the Board of NANP, Barbara has an active private practice, consults for organizations locally in the Philadelphia area, and will publish her first book later in 2017 on holistic nutrition for conception, fertility and pregnancy.  She will also continue to seek out educational opportunities to expand and deepen her knowledge in the field of nutrition. 

Barbara is living proof that even “incurable” diseases can be managed without toxic medical or pharmaceutical intervention, and strives for holistic health choices to one day be widely known and accepted.

Learn more about Barbara by visiting her web site


Sarica Cernohous

Sarica Cernohous, L.Ac., MSTOM, BSBA is a nationally-certified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Herbal Medicine, practicing Japanese-style acupuncture and LED Light Therapy.  Sarica authored The Funky Kitchen, a primer on the basics of traditional food preparation, from which her online course, “Fresh, Fun and Flavorful in The Funky Kitchen” is based.  She is a board member for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP), and a continuing-education provider for the NANP and the NCCAOM (Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) through her coursework with The Funky Kitchen.  With Dr. Jack Tips, Sarica co-founded the teaching platform, The Belly Garden and is a coach for Metabolic Balance of Germany.  Sarica has created the LAPIS Method, a fusion of lab-based, personalized, whole-food nutrition with education of the importance of and techniques around traditional food preparation methods. She resides in northern Arizona with her husband and two children.  

Tammera Karr Photo Tammera J. Karr, Ph.D., FAAIM, BCIH, BCHN®, CGP, CNW, CNHis an author, public speaker, educator, and clinician. Tammera has served as a nutrition advisor to wellness programs, presented wellness education for organizations, corporations, community college programs, and wellness events. In 2015, Tammera began actively mentoring Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Nursing Clinical Practitioners throughout the nation.

Additionally, Tammera serves on the National Association of Nutrition Professionals Board of Directors (NANP), and as Chair for the Certification In Integrative Health Committee for the American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM) and on the Executive Advisory Board for AAIM.

Tammera’s clinical and education practice is ever-evolving to meet the needs of clients, the public and fellow practitioners striving to empower those they meet.

Photo of Janet Ludwig, PhD Janet Ludwig, Ph.D. has the primary goal to assist in consolidating the healthcare efforts in the United States to be more integrative. Her belief is that the first step is founded in nutrition and lifestyle.

Her life has revolved around integrative healthcare working with clinicians, academicians and researchers. She has been fortunate to be in research and teaching for more than twenty years and her goal is to assist in consolidating these professionals to be more interdependent. She has the desire to educating and motivating the professionals in regards to understanding the science and its new developments and mechanisms of the nutritional and lifestyle processes for improved health. These mechanisms, which have been her focus of research, have assisted in understanding the role of nutrition influencing the intrinsic inflammatory process that may go awry and result in diseases. As an educator and researcher, she uses this experience to expand knowledge and apply new scientific developments to healthcare professionals in order to improve health.
Photo of CC Raeside, MS, MBA CC Raeside is a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner, combining two Masters degrees (MS in Human Nutrition and an MBA) with over 35 years of corporate business experience (including program management, strategic alliance management, and sales). Her goal is to educate and help others take control of their lives to improve their health, nutrition, and fitness effectively and efficiently, and enjoy the life they were meant to attain. Special areas of interest include functional laboratory testing, helping professional “type A” business people achieve optimal health and fitness.
Photo of Julie Thenell, BS, MS, NC Julie Thenell believes good health is as close as your kitchen. A graduate of Bauman College and a Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition® (Candidate), Julie’s nutrition practice is based on nutrient-dense whole food and lifestyle choices that support health and wellbeing, especially during times of high stress and transitions. Her role as a nutrition consultant is to educate, guide and support individuals in positioning themselves to better respond to the inevitable stressors of life.

Julie found her tribe in the world of holistic nutrition after a decade each in public education, as a small business owner, and as an entrepreneur. Her long-held belief that nutrition and lifestyle play a critical role in the health of individuals became her passion after returning to the classroom in 2012 to pursue her nutrition certification. Julie is proud to align herself with professionals who share that belief and are taking steps to make significant changes in the health of our nation.

Part of Julie’s “lead by example” lifestyle includes hiking, biking, running, swimming, snowshoeing, reading, cooking and sipping tea. She is on a mission to inspire others to live a vibrant life in spite of daily stressors. Learn more by visiting