OUR SPEAKERS

Pilar Gerasimo

Pilar Gerasimo is an award-winning journalist, the founding editor of Experience Life magazine, and a cohost (with Whole30 cofounder Dallas Hartwig) of The Living Experiment podcast. She is also the creative force behind the popular mobile app 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy. Formerly a top health editor at the Huffington Post, she recently joined IIN as chief creative officer. Pilar’s forthcoming book, The Healthy Deviant, comes out in January 2020.

Andrew Weil, MD

Andrew Weil, MD, is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in integrative medicine; the founder and director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones endowed chair in integrative rheumatology; a clinical professor of medicine; and a professor of public health. Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the author of many scientific and popular articles as well as more than a dozen books, including Why Our Health Matters.

Patricia Moreno

Patricia Moreno is the creator of the intenSati method and a trailblazing champion of body-mind-spirit fitness. Passionate about moving people beyond their limiting patterns, she combines over 20 years of experience with her expertise in movement, mindfulness, and spirituality to help people challenge their limiting beliefs, detach their worthiness from their weight, and create a loving inner narrative that helps them lead a full-potential life.

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD, is an endocrinologist and researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and a professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. He is also the codirector of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center and founder of the Optimal Weight for Life program. Described as an “obesity warrior” by Time magazine, Dr. Ludwig is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller Always Hungry?

Terry Wahls, MD

Dr. Terry Wahls, MD, is a certified practitioner at the Institute for Functional Medicine and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa, where she conducts clinical trials. In 2018, she was awarded the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Linus Pauling Award for her contributions in research, clinical care, and patient advocacy. Dr. Wahls is the author of three books, including The Wahls Protocol, which describes the groundbreaking nutrition and lifestyle approach she used to reverse her own secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. Once confined to a tilt-recline wheelchair, she now pedals her bike to work each day.

Lissa Rankin, MD

Lissa Rankin, MD, the New York Times bestselling author of The Daily Flame, Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure, and The Anatomy of a Calling, is a physician, a speaker, the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, the creator of the Daily Flame, and a mystic. Passionate about what makes people optimally healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she discovered that connecting with your “inner pilot light” is essential to optimal health, making your body ripe for miracles, and is the golden ticket to finding and fulfilling your calling; nurturing healthy relationships; being a loving, responsible, ethical Soul Tribe member; downloading creative new ideas from the muse; and restoring peace on earth. Lissa’s TEDx talks have been viewed over four million times, and she leads both online and in-person workshops, including Esalen, 1440, Omega, and Kripalu.

Leslie Salmon Jones

Afro Flow Yoga® cofounder Leslie Salmon Jones enjoys a career working with clients, students, diverse populations, youth, and community organizations to help develop mastery over their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-beings. Leslie has cultivated her passion as a professional dancer, yoga instructor, wellness coach, public speaker, and community activist. She received a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in health sciences and dance at SUNY-NYC and has had the opportunity to study and train with world-renowned masters of dance, yoga, and spirituality.

Jeff Jones

Afro Flow Yoga® cofounder Jeff Jones is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, musical director, composer, and cocreator with his wife, Leslie Salmon Jones. Jeff creates an intuitive dynamic flow through a stream of consciousness and the mastery of African-inspired rhythms, instruments, and vocals, synergizing the class collective. His use of the Djembe, which he brought back from Ghana, congas, bongos, Sudanese Acholi lyre, Indian bells, tambourine, and an eclectic array of tonal instruments makes for a healing musical journey.

Michelle Maldonado

Michelle Maldonado is the founder of Lucenscia, a human potential and mindful business transformation firm dedicated to developing leaders and organizations with positive impact in the world. Recognized for her integrative work at the intersection of leadership development, emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and well-being, Michelle was named a 2015 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. She was also named a 2016 Top Corporate Leader by HR.com and was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Meghan Blueberry McCarthy

Meghan Blueberry McCarthy holds master’s degrees in public health and business administration and will soon complete her doctorate in healthcare administration. She is currently the systems director of community health for PeaceHealth, where she leads external strategy around partnerships and affiliations for care outside the hospital walls in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout her diverse career, she has worked for the largest public hospital in the United States, the military, nonprofits, and universities. Her combination of community health and business skills are invaluable to the development and management of population health programs. Meghan is a human wellness guinea pig, change agent, servant leader, consummate volunteer, and above all, a connector of ideas and people!

Cora Poage

A heart whisperer and presence coach, Cora Poage’s specialty is helping clients quiet their minds, connect with their hearts, and live and lead from love and presence. Cora believes that when we align with love and presence individually and collectively, we create paradise on earth. Her home is on the magical island of Kauai, and she travels the world leading retreats, officiating weddings, and exploring sacred sites.

Latham Thomas

Latham Thomas, an IIN graduate, is a maternity lifestyle maven, wellness and birth coach, and yogini. She is the founder of Mama Glow, a holistic lifestyle hub for women to explore their creative edge through well-being, and the author of Mama Glow, which shares tips and techniques to support the journey to motherhood. Latham has made numerous appearances on television, including The Dr. Oz Show and Inside Edition, and has been featured in Whole Living and Essence Magazine and on Vogue.com.

Robyn Youkilis

Robyn Youkilis is an AADP Certified Health Coach, author, speaker, and leading expert in holistic digestive health. She is also the founder and CEO of the global health coaching practice Your Healthiest You. For over a decade, Robyn has helped clients shed both physical and emotional weight through her straightforward yet supportive coaching style. She is the author of the bestselling books Go with Your Gut and Thin from Within, and she’s been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Health and on The View, The Today Show, E! News, The Cooking Channel, Mind Body Green, Well + Good, The Chalkboard, and more. Robyn currently lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her husband and their daughter, Navy. She enjoys traveling, music festivals, and eating dessert at fancy restaurants, one bite at a time.

Sahara Rose

Sahara Rose is the host of the Highest Self podcast, the #1 spirituality podcast on iTunes, and the bestselling author of Eat Feel Fresh and Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda. She has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra. She loves to make spiritual and Ayurvedic wisdom fun and relatable so it can serve the needs of today’s people.

Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD, is an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the functional medicine field, as well as a practicing physician and bestselling author. He’s the director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, the medical editor of The Huffington Post, and a regular medical contributor on many television shows. Dr. Hyman is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of functional medicine to transform healthcare and empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds.

Lynda Cloud

Lynda Cloud brings nearly 30 years of education and online learning industry experience to her role as chief executive officer at IIN, where she is guiding the organization’s strategic positioning and innovation during a period of unprecedented expansion for the health coaching industry. She previously served as CEO at Equal Ed, a global start-up focused on expanding and equalizing access to online learning tools in emerging and developed markets. Prior to Equal Ed, she was executive vice president of K12 Inc., where she ran its products and technology groups as well as a $150 million institutional division that built virtual schools.

Nora McCaffrey

Nora McCaffrey is IIN’s chief academic officer and a graduate of the Health Coach Training Program. She has a master’s in education and leads the IIN Education team in creating enhanced learning experiences for students and graduates. Currently, she is developing new programs and opportunities for the IIN audience that will be available in 2020. Nora has been part of the IIN community for eight years and is dedicated to providing the best learning experience for Health Coaches.

Jim Curtis

Jim Curtis is a keynote speaker, a start-up business consultant, a partner at the wellness center Modrn Sanctuary, and IIN’s chief revenue and marketing officer. Jim was named one of PharmaVOICE’s Top 100 Most Influential and Inspirational Leaders in Health three years in a row and is the recipient of PM360’s Elite Disrupter Award. A graduate of the Whittemore School of Business at the University of New Hampshire, Jim began his career trading health technology options on the American Stock Exchange. Jim is the author of The Stimulati Experience, which shares his story battling his own undiagnosed illness and, using grounded scientific research, insightful evaluations, and personal stories, takes you on a journey of self-discovery so that you can radically improve your life.

Darrell Rogers

Darrell Rogers began his career in Washington, D.C., twenty years ago and has worked for members of Congress and several notable nonprofit organizations and political campaigns. More recently, his work has been committed to protecting and promoting holistic healthcare access. Darrell’s work at IIN is dedicated to increasing the visibility and recognition of Health Coaches to ensure their continued success. He received a bachelor’s in history from William Paterson University and a master’s in American government from The Catholic University of America. He is also an IIN graduate.