CEO, Plastic Oceans
Julie Andersen is the CEO of Plastic Oceans International and a lifelong public health advocate focused on the communication of science and disruption of societal barriers to protect human health and the environment from the negative effects of industrial development. She has worked in public health and nonprofit management internationally for the past 20 years, including the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Julie earned her bachelor of science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego, and her master of public health from Hunter College in New York City. Raised in San Diego, Julie is a swimmer and triathlete, and the ocean has always been an important part of her daily life. Julie’s Plastic Oceans work combines her career protecting human and environmental health, life sciences education, and love for the ocean. She resides in Malibu, California with her family.
Clinical Neuropsychologist in the Learning and Development Center at the Child Mind Institute
Dr. Badaly has expertise providing neuropsychological evaluations to individuals across a broad age range, from preschool-age children to young adults. She has worked with individuals who have a wide variety of developmental, learning, and psychiatric concerns. She has served in specialty clinics for children with autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Badaly strives to conduct comprehensive evaluations to best understand each child’s strengths and weaknesses, and relies on up-to-date research findings to identify appropriate interventions to optimize academic, social and emotional functioning.
Executive director, Clean Label Project
Jaclyn Bowen MPH, MS is a food and consumer products quality and safety systems engineer and executive director of Clean Label Project, a national non-profit and standards development organization with the mission to bring truth and transparency to food and consumer product labeling. Her expertise is in organic, gluten-free, non-gmo labeling, food safety, and label claim substantiation and compliance. Bowen conducted one of the most comprehensive peer-reviewed studies of heavy metals in the top-selling baby foods and infant formulas in America- testing 561 products for pesticides, heavy metals, plasticizers, and more.
Journalist and Environmental Advocate
Journalist and explorer Ashlan Gorse Cousteau travels the world in
search of stories that captivate and inspire. As a host, speaker,
author and filmmaker, Cousteau uses the power of entertainment to save
the world. Most recently Ashlan wrote Oceans for Dummies, a fun and easy to understand book explaining the entire ocean; its ecosystems, history, climate, currents, species and more, published February 2021. Ashlan was the co-star of Travel Channel’s award-winning series, Caribbean Pirate Treasure for three seasons. Her documentary, Nuclear Sharks, for Discovery Channel’s Shark Week 2016 premiered as the #1 rated show across all cable programming.
Co-founder, EarthEcho International
Philippe is a multi Emmy-nominated TV host, author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. He has hosted numerous TV programs for Discovery, BBC, CNN, Travel Channel and more. Currently he is the host of the syndicated television show Xploration Awesome Planet, now in its sixth season. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International; a leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet. With programs in North America, the Galapagos, Caribbean, Australia and Europe, EarthEcho directly engages hundreds of thousands of youth each year.
Executive Vice President, May Media Group
Annie Douglass is the executive vice president of May Media Group and the creator of the successful WOW Summit events, but she is better known as “Chief Mom Ambassador.” She is dedicated to helping parents raise healthier families and has been the driving force behind growing the Moms Meet community. While she takes great pride in her career, her biggest achievement in life is being a wife to an amazing man and raising her three kids.
Editorial Director, KIWI magazine
Maureen is the editorial director of KIWI magazine and Moms Meet and mother of two. She’s passionate about educating the KIWI audience on green living, environmental issues, and health and wellness. She enjoys sharing the mom experience with the loyal Moms Meet community while helping parents everywhere to raise happy, healthy families.
Registered Dietitian and Lactation Specialist, Happy Family Organics
Janel Funk holds a master’s degree in nutrition communication from Tufts University and serves as a Happy Baby Expert for Happy Family Organics. Janel, along with a team of lactation consultants and registered dietitian nutritionists, provides infant feeding and nutrition support for pregnancy, lactation, starting solids, picky eating and beyond on the Happy Family Organics website. She has a passion for making healthy eating simple, sustainable, and delicious by providing understandable nutrition information alongside achievable wellness goals. Janel is also a mom of three, including twins!
Expeditions Manager, EarthEcho International
Jaclyn Gerakios is an avid ocean advocate. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Marine Biology and a Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Environmental Education. She has worked as an aquarist, marine science educator, water quality technician, and even a mermaid. Over seven years as a classroom teacher, Jaclyn taught grades 5-12 all subjects of science, including marine biology and environmental science. Jaclyn is a SCUBA instructor and also volunteers her time with a local sea turtle patrol during nesting season as a supervisor, monitoring the beach for turtle nests and hatchlings. She is a past president of the Florida Marine Science Educators Association and was on the board of directors for many years. Through her work with EarthEcho International, she has planned expeditions for teachers and engaging online professional development opportunities. Jaclyn lives in Florida with her husband and son.
Senior Project Manager, Moms Meet
Chrissy Kissinger is a Senior Project Manager for Moms Meet, mother of two, and seasoned professional in fundraising, event management, and marketing. Chrissy joined Moms Meet in 2018 and since then has been an innovative and instrumental member of the team. She is passionate about healthy living and enjoys running, exploring nature, and spending time with her husband, kids, and dog.
April Hardwick is the co-founder of sk*p, a writer, and mom of three young environmental enthusiasts. She’s also a former market editor, which means she spent a lot of time looking at what types of products were being made—and what weren’t—until now. She has reported on industry events for both home design and consumer goods and brought lifestyle product trends to millions of readers. April has been a contributing writer to numerous publications with a passion for covering sustainable design. Her favorite part of her job is getting feedback on sk*p and getting to know the future change-makers of the world (you
Markegard Family Grass-Fed and author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild and Wolf Girl: Finding Myself in the Wild
Doniga Markegard is a wildlife tracker, regenerative rancher, speaker, and author of Dawn Again: Tracking the Wisdom of the Wild and Wolf Girl: Finding Myself in the Wild. Using the innovative, carbon-storing methods of regenerative ranching, she’s restoring the land she tends on her farm in California, Markegard Family Grass-Fed, bringing native grasses and wildlife back. Doniga is a consultant and guest instructor at Nature Awareness Programs around the country, has led retreats in places such as 1440 Multiversity, Canyon Ranch and is a regular speaker at events such as the Bioneers Conference, Food Inspiration Trendsummit, and The Grassfed Exchange. She has worked with companies such as Patagonia, Tesla, and Google.
Founder, Joyous Health, holistic nutritionist (CNP)
Joy McCarthy is a holistic nutritionist and founder of JoyousHealth.com, an award-winning website. She is an author of three bestselling cookbooks: Joyous Health, The Joyous Cookbook and Joyous Detox, a World Gourmand Cookbook Award recipient. She is also the co-host of the Joyous Health Podcast and has a line of organic herbal teas and natural beauty products as well as a line of children’s natural supplements in partnership with Genuine Health. A trusted nutrition expert, Joy has been featured in hundreds of publications and is a regular health expert on television. Joy lives in Toronto with her husband Walker and their daughter Vienna.
Senior Director of Programs, EarthEcho International
After spending nearly 20 years in marine science and science education, Stacey Rafalowski has invested a career in improving the way learning happens for young scientists and environmentalists. In her role directing EarthEcho International’s program development, she has spearheaded the creation of EarthEcho’s signature adventure learning and teacher development programs while expanding offerings to support impactful integration of youth leadership. In her positions prior to joining EarthEcho, Stacey focused on building school and community support around innovative programs that combine environmental education, civic agency, and service-learning. She continues to build networks of support for formal and informal educators to enhance learning strategies around STEM and marine education.
Dr. Charles Rolsky
Director of Science, North America, Plastic Oceans
Dr. Charles Rolsky (Charlie) is director of Science, North America, for Plastic Oceans International. Charlie conducts research at the Arizona State University (ASU) Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering where he works on marine and aquatic plastic pollution, a major concern within many ecosystems and environments around the world. Charlie also works on using non-invasive research methods to collect species health information which provides significant knowledge pertaining to stress, reproduction, and overall species health. Charles is an author of new marine microplastics research that finds “plastic waste has been documented in nearly all types of marine environments and has been found in species spanning all levels of marine food webs.” The report was published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology on June 6, 2019: “The Vertical Distribution and Biological Transport of Marine Microplastics Across the Epipelagic and Mesopelagic Water Column”.
Dr. Nilong Vyas
Board-certified pediatrician and sleep consultant, Sleepless in NOLA
Dr. Nilong Vyas is a board-certified pediatrician, founder of the sleep consultant service Sleepless in NOLA, and mother of two beautiful boys. She earned a masters in public health from Tulane University and medical doctorate from LSU Health Sciences Center, and worked as an ER physician at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Nilong passionately believes that well-rested children develop better socially, emotionally, and academically with fewer behavior problems.
Registered Dietician Nutritionist,
Elizabeth Shaw is a nationally known nutrition expert and owner of a nutrition communications business in California. Liz has been a dietitian for 10 years, an adjunct professor for over 7 years and is a certified personal trainer. She is a four-time author, with recent titles including the Instant Pot Cookbook For Dummies and Air Fryer Cookbook For Dummies. Liz serves as an expert on local and national television and new publications where she breaks down the latest nutrition science into digestible bites! You’ll also see Liz frequently quoted in Prevention, Women’s Day, VeryWell, and others. What she loves most about her job is that she gets to connect with women all over the world to help them feel secure about how they are feeding themselves and their families.
Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh
Board-certified pediatrician, Raising Amazing podcast
Dr. Joel “Gator” Warsh is a board-certified Pediatrician in Los Angeles, California who specializes in Integrative Medicine and is the host of the Raising Amazing podcast. He has been featured in numerous documentaries, films, podcasts and articles including Broken Brain, Dr. Nandi Show, CBS, LA Parent, MindBodyGreen, and many others. He is also the owner of integrativepediatrics.com and the host of the Integrative Pediatrics Summit.
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