Meet Our Team

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHNTM is a graduate of Bauman College, and the Executive Director of the NANP. After healing herself and her husband from several chronic health conditions through whole foods nutrition, Nicole left the managed "healthcare" industry to pursue a career where she could affect more positive change. She has been with the NANP since 2007. Her passion for the industry is infectious, and she has made it her life's mission to promote whole foods nutrition and those who teach it, in every way possible.Nicole is wholly dedicated to putting holistic nutrition professionals to work, and to protecting their right to practice. 

When she's not working, you'll find Nicole in the kitchen. A dedicated 'foodie,' she's continuously honing her cooking skills. Nicole loves living in Northern California's gold and wine country with the love of her life and their toy poodle, Louie.

Randi Dixon Photo EVENTS & CERTIFICATIONS MANAGER

Randi Dixon brings more than 30 years of experience from established organizations including the Sacramento Board of REALTORS®, California Association for Advanced Transportation Systems and the California Redevelopment Association. She also has extensive experience in meeting planning that has taken her on professional travels near and far. Randi manages NANP's Annual Conference & Expo, as well as certifications offered by the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, the credentialing arm of the NANP.
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CERTIFICATIONS ASSISTANT

Sarah Lee is the newest addition to the NANP team.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Human Resource Management from Sacramento City College.  As the Certifications Assistant Sarah makes sure candidate's exam applications and credentialing are processed accurately, in accordance with NANP's standards, and in a timely manner.  When not at work Sarah enjoys traveling to new, exciting places and spending as much time outdoors as possible. 

Andrea Grandson Photo EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS ASSISTANT

Andrea Grandson is a Nutritional Therapist and graduate of the College of Naturopathic Medicine in the UK. She also has a strong background in business administration and began her service at NANP on the executive board as Secretary in 2011 where she served a three-year term.

Andrea is NANP's Educational Programs Assistant, reviewing full educational and continuing education programs on behalf of our members, ensuring that our standards are met every step of the way. 

In private practice Andrea runs The Nutrition Helpline; an online service proving personalized nutrition programs; and consumer events that bridge the gap between consumer and practitioner.
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DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Monica Nesbit brings over 30 years of sales and marketing experience to NANP. Her background is diverse, and includes positions with global organizations, state-wide public media entities, arts-related entities and small, profession-specific associations.

Monica loves to travel, cook, read and write. She enjoys spending as much times as possible with her 2 German shepherds, Klogen and Sophie. She is also an avid golfer and wishes that she was way better at it!

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EXAMINATIONS ASSISTANT

Shannon Montoya, NC, BCHNTM has been on the NANP team since 2010 and currently works as the Examinations Assistant, where she uses her education & experience to perform in-depth reviews of exams offered by the NANP. She reviews, sources and writes content for NANP exams, including exam questions, which are presented to their respective Boards for approval. 

Shannon lives on her small rural farm in Northern California where she teaches humane and sustainable farming practices, which includes livestock, honeybees and a bountiful garden & orchard. She was the driving force which brought The Caring Kitchen Project to her small rural community with the mission to prepare and deliver nourishing plant-based meals to families struggling with the challenges of cancer; with a secondary mission where the meals are prepared by volunteer teen chefs-in-training, which provides them with job skills, volunteer opportunities, and the chance to give back to and connect with their community. Most food that isn’t donated is purchased from local farms. Shannon works as the Client Liaison for the community based project. She also recently launched and lead Nutrition Education & Counseling for The Cancer Resource Center of Mendocino County. This is a collaborative effort with The Caring Kitchen Project.

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS SPECIALIST

Laura Waldo has more than 20 years experience in the Information Technology sector where she worked as a consultant with Government and Private Industry clients. She became passionate about nutrition when her toddler son became extremely ill and a diagnosis eluded the medical community. Laura began learning about the healing power of food, and with the urging of family, and friends in the Holistic Community, she returned to school, graduating from the Nutritional Therapy Association in 2013. 

Laura opened her nutrition practice in Virginia, but became frustrated hearing stories of practitioners who were unable to work due to restrictive laws in the States where they resided. In 2017 Laura began her journey of grassroots advocacy and policy change as the Deputy Director of the Council of Holistic Health Educators. Now at the NANP, Laura works diligently to promote the rights of our members to practice nutrition without legislative threats. 

She maintains her private nutrition practice, home-schools her son, and is excited to work with the NANP, aiding practitioners and advocating policy change at the State level.

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MARKETING SPECIALIST

Sara Peternell joined the NANP team as the Marketing Copywriter with a strong background in both marketing and nutrition.

Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Drake University in 1997 and went on to have a successful 10-year marketing career in both the private and non-profit sector. She was the Website Manager for the Colorado Children’s Hospital prior to changing careers and pursuing her passion in holistic nutrition.

In 2007, Sara completed the Master of Nutrition Therapy program at the Nutrition Therapy Institute. As a graduate of this renowned program, she became a Master Nutrition Therapist (MNT), and later, was an instructor at the institute for five years.

Sara has been a longtime professional member of the NANP, and most recently served on the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board and contributed in helping to update the exam.

Sara’s nutrition practice, Family Nutrition Services, reaches clients all over the U.S., and even internationally - focusing on family nutrition, thyroid health and detoxification programs. Sara has been offering personalized nutrition services to individuals, children, families, non-profits and corporations since starting her business in 2005.

Sara is co-author of Little Foodie: Recipes for Babies & Toddlers With Taste, Winner of Red Tricycle’s 2015 Best Cookbook for Babies Award.

Danielle Gibbs Photo MEMBER RELATIONS ASSISTANT

Danielle Gibbs, BS has been a part of the NANP team since 2015, and currently works as NANP's Member Relations Assistant. Dani has a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management from Colorado State University and uses her education and experience to handle any member related inquires or needs, management of continuing education, as well as assists in the re-credentialing duties of the Holistic Nutrition Credentialing Board, the credentialing arm of the NANP.  

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WEBSITE & GRAPHIC DESIGN

Brad Linberg is a graphic and digital designer with 20 years experience. A decade ago, a mysterious illness pushed him to change his diet and lifestyle. After seeing positive results, he became passionate about helping others use nutrition to heal their bodies. This led to receiving a Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University in 2015. Since then, he’s combined his two areas of expertise to design branding and websites for health professionals. When he’s offline, you’ll find him in his Nashville kitchen cooking with his wife and new son. 

Brad joined the NANP team in 2017 and is excited to be a part of this community.