Monday, May 21, 2012

A Few Recent Hawthorn Graduates

Congratulations to all the graduates! Your successes help us fulfill our mission to be a leader in holistic nutrition education and help us all be healthier.  

Julie Mishoe
Congratulations to Julie Mishoe who recently graduated Magna cum Laude with a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree. Julie plans to combine her newly acquired knowledge with her past 20 years of experience as a personal trainer placing a special focus on nutrition. Her goal is to encourage people to look at their current lifestyle, including diet, stress management, and exercise, to promote nutritional changes that will improve their optimal health and wellness. She plans to team up with one of the wellness centers near her home and offer nutrition and weight management consulting. Julie's thesis, Osteoarthritis: Pain Relief and Improved Mobility Using Nutritional and Lifestyle Changes, makes a wonderful contribution to the literature. Best of luck, Julie!

J. Erin Chamerlik
J. Erin Chamerlik is to be congratulated for graduating Magna cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Erin's goal is to support the healing response of the body through food, nutritional supplements, and relaxation exercises. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin and is certified as a Medical Technologist by the American College of Clinical Pathologists. Erin teaches classes locally called, Achieving Wellness & Weight Loss as well as Reversing Diabetes with Nutrition and is the owner of Get Better Wellness, a holistic nutrition education company with a website, .
 She publishes a weekly newsletter electronically, blogs at, records a weekly podcast with Blog Talk Radio, has been featured on the radio programs Seeing Beyond and Living Better at 50+ and is a regular nutrition contributor to the on-line magazine, Living Better at 50+.  Continued success, Erin!

Carmen McGuinness
Carmen McGuinness received her Masters of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. Carmen is an experienced Montessori teacher. For over 15 years she focused on children with special needs. She currently works with children with sensory integration and autism spectrum disorders and their families. Carmen incorporates education, nutrition, listening therapy, and heart rate variability biofeedback to help every child perform at his or her highest social, emotional, and educational ability.  Carmen is to be applauded for her numerous newspaper articles, radio interviews, television appearances, and professional speaking engagements. Since 2010 she has been producing and airing web-based events on topics pertaining to the nexus of education, health, and nutrition. Her thesis, Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Mental Health, Behavior, and Learning: A Survey Study of the Efficacy of an Internet-Based Presentation to Teachers and Therapists, has added to the research.  Congratulations, Carmen!
You can read Carmen’s blog at 

Freda Neff 
Congratulations to Freda Neff who graduated Cum Laude with a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education degree.  Freda is also a certified nutritionist through the National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association (NESTA) as a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and is also a National Health Educator (NHE) Certified Fitness Nutritionist.  Freda is very passionate about nutrition and firmly believes that many illnesses and health issues can benefit from a balance of proper nutrition, exercise, and simple lifestyle changes. Her thesis "How to Maximize Fertility through Nutrition: The Fertility Enhancing Program" is evidence of her passion and a testament to her knowledge. To find out more information please visit  or Keep your passion alive, Freda!

Toby Luria

Congratulations to Toby Luria, a Magna cum Laude graduate of the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program.  In addition to her Master's degree from Hawthorn, Toby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Relations/Social Work from Cornell University.  She has been involved in the field of nutrition since 1977, through ownership of a natural food business, and through personally incorporating a whole food and holistic way of life for her family. She specializes in health transformations through education and counseling for weight management, pregnancy and family nutrition, and has been called a "blessing" by clients. She is committed to making sure the next generation has a good chance for a healthy life through supportive eating choices.  Toby's professional email is Continued success to you, Toby! 

Sharon Ellis is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Sharon in collaboration with the Center for Holistic Development in OmahaNebraska, has started the Omaha Whole Health Cooperative. After being in the work force for 20 years and giving health tips to everyone who asked and would listen, her passion for health and nutrition was awakened. She was inspired to continue her education, graduate, and help others make positive changes in their life by providing information, encouragement, and support related to health and nutrition. Her thesis, Are Artificial Sweeteners a Good Choice? reflects her enthusiasm and educational accomplishment. Continue your good work, Sharon!

Amy Murphy graduated with honors from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Amy has been a 4-H Youth Extension Educator with Penn State Cooperative Extension for almost two decades and has created and delivered a variety of programs to youth and adults. Her personal battle for optimal health led her to work with an alternative health care practitioner to uncover the reason behind years of debilitating fatigue and illness. Amy reports that Hawthorn’s education, focusing on organic whole foods and biochemical individuality, resulted in her experiencing a health revolution.
Amy’s passion lies in helping others realize what food they should eat, how to create meals, and how to prepare foods so that they can experience a new life of energy and vitality. Her thesis, Educating Food Service Personnel to Implement Healthier School Lunches, personifies her professional goals of working with local school districts and school lunch programs to facilitate healthier menu options as well as working with local farm producers for seasonal products. Thanks for doing this important work Amy!