Meet The Summit Speakers

by admin on July 18, 2010

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Meet all the Summit speakers before you see them at the HLS. Check out the agenda for more information about each speaker’s presentation.

Gena Hamshaw


Gena Hamshaw is a certified clinical nutritionist who works with clients in New York and worldwide. Gena’s main goal is to educate men and women about the nuts and bolts of plant based diets, separating fact from fiction and encouraging a balanced, reasonable approach. She helps her clients break cycles of dieting and food faddism and settle into a lifestyle that is sustainable and tailored to individual need. She writes about body image, green living, and a plant-based lifestyle on her blog, Choosing Raw. Gena is a regular columnist for VegNews magazine and a blogger for Whole Living Daily, a part of Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Magazine.

In her other life, Gena works as a full time book editor at New York’s distinguished publishing house Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. On weekends, you can find her strolling through Manhattan’s Upper West Side with her iPod and a bushel of raw kale.

Anne P.


Anne is the writer behind the food and fitness blog fANNEtastic food. A 27 year old editor living in Washington, D.C., Anne uses her blog as a way to motivate others to lead happier, healthier lives through nutrition and exercise, whether encouraging them to try healthy twists on a traditional recipe, to go running for the first time, or to embrace yoga.

After a number of unsatisfying cubicle jobs and an amazing year teaching English in Prague, Anne has decided to follow her dreams of becoming a Registered Dietitian. She spent the past year working part time and taking prerequisites at a local community college, and will move south in August to start a 2.5 year MPH-Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill. Stop by her blog for delicious recipes, health and fitness tips, travel photography, and general awesome-ness.

Sana Waheed


SuperSana documents Sana’s life as she balances college and living a healthy lifestyle. The blog showcases her new found love of running as she has recovered from a spine fracture. Sana is also passionate about volunteering and is currently working on a initiative to have homeless shelters incorporate fresh vegetables into their daily meals.

Julie Grice


In September 2009, Julie created Savvy Eats, a healthy living blog focused on “Smart Food, Smart Fitness and Smart Life.” She creates recipes using local, simple and natural foods, and chronicles her training for an upcoming cycling trip through Italy. Savvy Eats also features the “Brain Food 101” series, which explains the science behind food, and the “Savvy Garden” series, which details her experiences with vegetable gardening.

Heather Shugarman


Then Heather Said developed as Heather Shugarman ran her way to the bright side after her broken engagement, finding a healthier lifestyle along the way. Through her dedication to make one healthy decision, then make another, she has lost 40 pounds (and counting). Heather shares a genuine, honest look into several aspects of her life, noting that healthy living is more than nutrition and fitness.

Sarah Hart-Unger


Sarah Hart-Unger of Chapel Hill, NC, fell in love with time management and organization while trying to balance her own busy life during medical school and pediatrics residency.  By prioritizing, planning, and organizing, she managed to get through these tough years while maintaining a healthy lifestyle and also carving out the time to write about it all daily at her blog, The Shu Box. Now pursuing fellowship training at Duke in pediatric endocrinology, her passions outside of work include running (she completed several marathons during the medical school/residency years), cooking, spending time with her husband and family, and thinking about how to best savor the limited time we each have on this planet!  She adores organization tools with great design, and she is particularly inspired by the concept of mindfulness and recently by Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project.

Sabrina Garibian


Sabrina shares her passion for food through her healthy recipes, creative menus, and interesting dining experiences. She loves to dine out with her friends, family, and husband, and enjoys exploring both her city of Philadelphia and all the places she visits. She believes that local, organic, wholesome ingredients are the ones we should put into our bodies. Entertaining while maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be difficult, but Sabrina shares the tools to make it easy. She is the writer behind the healthy living blog RhodeyGirl Tests, and she also writes for DishKebab & uwishunu. Sabrina will leave you hungry for more!

Heather Calcote, RD

Heather Calcote is a Registered Dietitian (RD), Marathoner and Social Media Consultant living and working in the Washington DC area. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences from Penn State, and continued her education in Dietetics through the University of Maryland College Park. Heather is a Public Health Dietitian, with an expertise in and passion for Prenatal and Pediatric nutrition. Since becoming an RD, she has also gained experience in Sports Nutrition by working with Rebecca Scritchfield (Elite Nutrition DC), leading group education classes, and contributing monthly articles to various Fitness/Health related websites. She maintains her own site,, and also works as a Consultant, on all things Social Media, for local Dietitians and Dietetic students. When she’s not working, there is a training plan in effect for her next running race, bike ride or strength-training challenge!

Rebecca Scritchfield, RD

Rebecca Scritchfield, RD is a registered dietitian specializing in healthy weight management and sports nutrition. She is an expert on realistic behavior changes for life-long health and wellness without questionable dieting techniques. She is a recreational athlete, competing in triathlons, marathons, and ultra endurance events. Rebecca is creator of Nurture PrinciplesTM motivational workshops, which she presents with Bernie Salazar, a “runner up” from NBC’s The Biggest Loser. Rebecca serves as a knowledge expert to the media, with publications in Oxygen, Women’s Running, Rachel Ray and television appearances in the D.C. market. She has worked as a spokesperson for several companies, including Starbucks, Kashi, and Fruit 2o. She is on the advisory board for Nutrition Blog Network – a collection of blogs written by dietitians. Rebecca received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and was recognized by American Dietetic Association in 2009 as “Young Dietitian of the Year”.

Lin Cong


Lin is a food enthusiast who lives in Chicagoland and blogs about her life on Tea Time With Lin.  Despite living in the Midwest, she is still a Jersey girl at heart and loves wearing animal prints when no one is looking.  Lin graduated from Duke University in 2009 with a degree in Economics, Philosophy and a minor in Chinese.  As a self-proclaimed geek, she loves numbers and cool gadgets.  She uses her geekiness to help her friends and family create reasonable budgets for healthier lifestyles.  Lin became vegan earlier this year and is always looking for new foods to try.  She loves to cook and to share her recipes online.  In her spare time, Lin likes to read blogs, workout, and to watch reality television.

Morgan Shuker


Morgan is a healthy living blogger at Life After Bagels.  The most common question Morgan is asked is “how do you do it?”  The “it” refers to: working full time, being a part time university student, blogging, plus all the family and social demands.  Like all of us, she is trying to keep all the balls in the air.   In her career, Morgan has managed teams of every shape and size.  Her expertise are in planning, execution, and problem solving.  She is delighted to be speaking along with Kath and Sarah at the Time Management and Organization Session.

Andrea Moore


Andrea is fairly new to the blogging world, but running has been a part of her life since her sophomore year of high school. About a year ago, she decided to take her love for running to the next level and started training for two half-marathons. A new healthy lifestyle and exercise regime inspired Andrea to start reading healthy living blogs, which in turn led to a blog of her own, Run, Eat, Date, Sleep. The blog features Andrea’s race recaps, product reviews, and her weight loss successes. In the year Andrea has been writing REDS, she’s lost 25 pounds and run many races, including the Disney Princess Half Marathon and the NYC Half Marathon. Next on her agenda- the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon.

Chandra Wheetley

After making many lifestyle changes to better her health and lose weight, Chandra has been on a mission to help others look and feel their best every day. Through her own journey, she found a passion for fitness and nutrition but has never lost sight of the fun in life. “Healthy never has to be boring!” is her main motto. She is now certified as a NASM Personal Trainer, BodyPump instructor, Turbo Kick instructor, and is currently studying for her ACE certification. Chandra enjoys living an active, healthy lifestyle and wants to share her experience and knowledge so others can do the same! Chandra blogs at Chandra’s Shenanigan’s.

Corey Kelly

Before the end of Corey’s first yoga class, he knew he would teach. He spent the first 45 minutes of the class glancing at the clock, and when he finally thought it was almost over, the teacher said “Now we’re warmed up, and the real yoga is about to begin.” He realized it was a two hour class, took a deep breath, and surrendered to the yoga. He didn’t look at the clock again. As soon as class was over, he called his wife to tell her that he was going to teach. Now Corey dedicates himself to helping others make a difference – for both students and teachers to feel like they made a difference that day. He is inspired by working with students facing challenges who come back every day, and by practicing yoga as a student more than as a teacher.  Corey teaches at Tri Balance Yoga in Schaumburg, IL.

Nicole Carpenter


Nicole Carpenter is a vegan blogger and photographer from New Haven, CT.  She is self-taught and manages her own photography business, Nicole Lee Photography.  Although mostly a portrait and wedding business, Nicole’s is very passionate about food photography.  Nicole has been writing and taking photos for her personal blog, Another One Bites The Crust, for almost three years.  Besides photography, Nicole is interested in veganism, feminism, health-care, video games, and bikes.

Evan Thomas


Evan Thomas documents his college living, eating, and fitness on his blog, Food Makes Fun Fuel. His blog started in May of ’09 with the concept that healthy food makes for a healthy runner. Underlying throughout all of his blog recipes are cost-effective, healthy, and gluten-free foods that all result in a balanced lifestyle. Currently he attends Brown University in Providence majoring in Classics and lives outside of Boston in his childhood between semesters. He has completed 2 half-marathons in the Spring of ’09 and is considering running the Providence Marathon in 2010. His favorite fueling food is 365 brand crunchy peanut butter.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosey Rebecca July 19, 2010 at 9:04 am

Such a fabulous panel of speakers! I wish I could go! Will you be streaming it live again this year?


Bobbi July 20, 2010 at 1:17 am

wish I could go!! I too will be watching from home :)


Nicole, RD July 21, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Wish I could make it, especially as a Chicago native! Hopefully next year! Have a blast, everyone!


Mary July 22, 2010 at 12:23 pm

Wow, cool list of speakers. Wish I could go! Just wondering, how do you choose the speakers? And who chooses?


admin July 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Hi Mary,

In May we posted an “Open Call for Panelists” The Summit planning Committee read through the submissions and chose the speakers.



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