Bauman College Faculty

Ed Bauman, Ph.D.
Founder + President
Ed has been a pioneer in the field of holistic nutrition since the early 1980s. His vision and leadership have inspired thousands of people to transform their lives in the form of wellness, community, and peace. He received his M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in health promotion from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bauman created the Eating for Health® model to teach individuals to make nutritionally comprehensive food choices and founded Bauman College in 1989 with a mission to change the world through better nutrition and healthful living. He is a special advisor for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and brings a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and a love of good health and good taste to his work. Dr. Bauman was co-editor of the Holistic Health Handbook and Holistic Health Lifebook, and is the author of Confronting Cancer in Our Community, Recipes and Remedies for Rejuvenation Cookbook, The Whole-Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors, The Flavors of Health Cookbook, and Eating for Health: Your Guide to Vitality and Optimal Health.
Rosie Ueng, M.S.
Director of Academics
Rosie holds a B.A. in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.S. in holistic nutrition from Hawthorn University. Her experience over the past two decades combines years of laboratory research, science instruction, and curriculum development, along with a fervor for good food and health. She has worked in commercial kitchens, as a professional caterer, and is also the consulting chef for the Weston A. Price Foundation. Rosie brings her experience working with private clients and teaching workshops in the community to the classroom, as an instructor for both the Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef training programs.
Hilla Abel, O.D.
Lead Natural Chef Instructor
Hilla received her B.A. in integrative biology and her Doctorate in optometry from U.C. Berkeley. After years of seeing the results of improper eating in her patients’ eyes, Hilla became impassioned to teach people the benefits of healthy eating. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, Hilla teaches both at Bauman College and children’s cooking camps at the Albany Community Center. She is also the owner of Health in a Pan, where she helps busy parents answer the “What’s for Dinner?” question through culinary coaching so that they feel confident in preparing healthy, delicious, and manageable meals for their families.
Susan Arthur, B.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Susan has a B.A. in psychology from Sacramento State University and has been teaching and counseling in the field of holistic health and nutrition since 1989. She is a certified nutrition consultant from Bauman College and has been an instructor at Bauman since 2006. Her studies in psychology included an emphasis on nutrition and behavior modification. In her nutrition practice, she emphasizes the whole person, working on all aspects of their life experience to encourage lasting change and well-being. Susan has provided hundreds of clients from diverse backgrounds with individualized nutritional support.
Anasuya Basil, N.C., DIPL. A.B.T., C.S.T.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Anasuya has been the director of a holistic health practice, My Body Wisdom, since 1996. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Anasuya was on the faculty of the Acupressure Institute in Berkeley for eight years, teaching traditional Chinese medicine theory applications for women’s health as well as nutrition for pain and depression. She is board certified as a Diplomate of Asian Bodywork Therapy (NCCAOM)® and certified by the Upledger Institute in craniosacral therapy.
Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac
Nutrition Consultant Instructor, Natural Chef Instructor
Chef Nishanga has been a holistic physician since 1999. She is a licensed acupuncturist, nutritionist, and professor of Chinese medicine at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. Nishanga is the author of Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy, and has a blog, Gastronicity, where she writes about the intersections of food, health, and sustainability.
Susan Chritton, M.Ed., P.C.C., N.C.C.C.
Bauman Business Institute Instructor
Susan is an executive career coach, career management fellow, master personal brand strategist, and author of Personal Branding for Dummies. She guides professionals looking to engage their authentic selves in the world by looking within to discover not just what they can do but who they are. With her wealth of credentials and extensive experience in career development, Susan is able to draw on her ability to identify each individual’s uniqueness and then arrange the variables in his or her life to map out a strategic direction. Susan’s work in career development stems from more than two decades in the career field including teaching graduate career counseling at the University of San Francisco.
Porsche Combash, B.A.
Natural Chef Instructor
Porsche is a chef, instructor, and entrepreneur. She specializes in production cooking, sustainable packaging, and nutrient-dense product development. Porsche’s love for food began to develop when she trained as a pastry chef at age 16. She has worked as a wedding coordinator, caterer, chef, and garde manger. In 2001, she studied at the Natural Gourmet Institute to become a culinary instructor. She interned at Findhorn in Scotland and Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. In 2006, Porsche co-founded Three Stone Hearth, a worker-owned co-op, in Berkeley, CA. She now teaches culinary arts, develops cancer-supportive recipes and meal plans, and continually studies ways to help others retain or regain optimal health.
Kathryn DeJong, M.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Kathryn holds an M.A. in education and a teaching credential from Sonoma State University. She retired from a thrilling teaching career in 2006, instructing adult education, elementary school, and preschool. After retiring, she pursued her passion for cooking and nutrition at Bauman College and completed both the nutrition consultant and natural chef training programs; she eventually began teaching affordable nutrition for Bauman College. Presently, she co-teaches in Petaluma and runs her own nutrition consultant practice. Kathryn is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®.
Karla Delong
Natural Chef Instructor
Chef Karla is a graduate of the Bauman College Natural Chef Training Program. She is the lead instructor at Mountain Feed and Farm Supply where she teaches food preservation and homesteading skills classes. She also works with The Farmer’s Guild, The Homeless Garden Project, Everyone’s Harvest, and Santa Cruz Re-skilling to promote healthy and sustainable food practices. She is also the president of the Santa Cruz Beekeeper’s Guild. Karla’s culinary passion is to inspire people to eat well and be happy by being a part of their local food community.
Diane Fischler, B.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor + Distance Learning Administrator
Diane is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant and has a B.A. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has been a Bauman College faculty member since 2005 and an online program mentor since 2007. In that time, she has successfully ushered many enthusiastic students through the program. She also taught nutrition at Northern California Functional Restoration Program, a pain management clinic. Diane has a lifelong interest in health and wellness with an emphasis on stress reduction and cardiovascular health.
Thais Harris, B.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Thais holds a B.A. from the California Institute of Integral Studies, attended the University of Southern Santa Catarina’s International Relations program in Brazil, and is a certified nutrition consultant through Bauman College. She is the co-founder of Nourish Together, a nutrition and wellness private practice focusing on helping couples achieve optimal health. Thais also works as the nutrition education manager at Ceres Community Project, a nonprofit organization supporting primarily low-income people struggling with serious illnesses by providing free and home-delivered nourishing, organic, and locally produced meals; nutrition education; and the caring support of the community. As a business owner, Thais draws from her experience in graphic and web design, human resources management, and accounting.
Jenny Helman, N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Jenny graduated with honors from Bauman College as a nutrition consultant in 2014. In 2016, she was chosen to receive the Going Up award from The National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) in recognition of the visibility, success, and distinction she has achieved in the Holistic Nutrition Industry. She runs her private practice, Healdsburg Nutrition, in Sonoma County, CA, where she offers individualized programs and workshops. She also teaches nutrition education at Ceres Community Project. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys working in her garden with her husband, where they cultivate vegetables, fruit trees, and healing herbs.
Nori Hudson, M.S., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Nori holds a B.A. in English, an M.S. in business administration, is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She has instructed at Bauman College since 2002 and owns a private practice, Radiant Vitality, which focuses on health issues of children and the elderly. Nori teaches widely within her community at schools and seminars. She also introduced a nutrition course, Success!, into the minimum security dorm at San Quentin State Prison.
Katie Jasper, M.A.
Bauman Business Institute Mentor
Katie is a Holistic Nutritionist with a passion for creating awareness about nutrition and wellness with a focus on the role that whole, real food plays in our health and how we can use it to prevent and heal illness. She holds a masters degree in Holistic Health Studies and is the co-founder of Prescribe Nutrition, an online service that seeks to offer a revolutionary, on-demand approach to nutrition and wellness counseling. Katie and Prescribe Nutrition have been featured on HuffPost Live, CBS, numerous business journals, and were awarded an Innovation in Technology Award from NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) in 2015.
Laura Knoff, B.S., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Laura holds a B.S. in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University and was a senior research associate in the Lipoprotein Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Laura also worked as an electron microscopist from 1982 until 2000. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. She is the author of Veggiewoman’s Guide to Health; Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free Eating; and The Whole Food Guide to Overcoming Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Laura has a private practice at the Labrys Healthcare Circle in Oakland, CA.
Joel Kreisberg, D.C., P.C.C., C.C.H.
Health Coach Instructor
Joel is the founder and executive director of Teleosis Institute, a nonprofit devoted to coaching and the healing arts. He brings almost three decades of leadership experience to his work as an integrative physician, teacher, coach, and change agent. He received credentials from New York College of Chiropractic, Hahnemann College of Homeopathy, and Integral Coaching Canada. After becoming an Integral Master Coach™, Joel incorporated this knowledge into his clinical practice by creating Narrative Health Coaching. He is the author of Coaching and Healing: Transcending the Illness Narrative and maintains a private practice in Berkeley, CA.
Reggie Marra, M.A., P.C.C.
Health Coach Instructor
Reggie uses poetry, humor, Integral Coaching®, and any means necessary to alleviate unnecessary suffering. He is the creative director at Teleosis Institute and a co-creator of the Health Coach Program. He is a faculty member at Integral Coaching Canada and has taught at Maryland University of Integrative Health and the Graduate Institute. Reggie is the author of four nonfiction and three poetry books. He has presented his work for the National Association for Poetry Therapy, Vistage USA, TEC Canada, the Spirituality Institute at Iona College, and Connecticut’s Office of the Arts, to name a few.
Laura McLively, B.A., R.D., C.D.E
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Laura is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator with a decade of experience in chronic disease management and community health. She received her B.A. in Public Health from U.C. Berkeley, and later became a dietitian through studying at Kansas State University and completing her dietetic internship at University of Virginia. She served as the director of nutrition and fitness at the Native American Health Center, where she established and directed the department of chronic disease prevention and management to improve clinical outcomes. In addition to her clinical experience and private practice, Laura is a food writer and the author of The Berkeley Bowl Cookbook. The award-winning cookbook inspires people to try new fruits and vegetables that may be outside of their comfort zones.
Donna Morton, P.T., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Donna is a Bauman College certified holistic nutrition consultant and has been an orthopedic physical therapist since 1986. She was inspired to bring nutrition into her physical therapy practice to bridge a large gap in the conventional treatment of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. She is on the faculty at the Nyingma Institute in Berkeley where she has been teaching Tibetan yoga and meditation since 2002. She also facilitates group classes, retreats, and workshops in the areas of nutrition education, natural posture and movement training, meditation, and yoga. Her whole-person integrative approach employs modalities from east and west to guide and support individuals, groups, and communities toward realization of greater health, well-being, and sustainable living.
Michelle Pinter-Petrillo, B.S.
Natural Chef Instructor
Michelle is a food educator with a B.S. in health promotion from American University and is completing the Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certification through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Michelle designed the Garden, Nutrition, Culinary, and Food Justice curricula for the Oakland Unified School District, where she earned the nickname, “That Vegetable Lady”. She also teaches adult cooking classes, specializing in autoimmune wellness. In 2016, she launched That Vegetable Lady to continue educating women, families, and low-income communities about the healing power of food.
Dina Saalisi, B.F.R.P., N.B.C.-H.W.C.
Health Coach Instructor
Dina is a Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach by the International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching, and is also certified in Narrative Health Coaching by Teleosis Institute. She trained as a flower essence practitioner with the Bach Foundation and the Flower Essence Society and holds an international certification as a Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner. By combining these powerful healing modalities, Dina inspires others to create deeper self-awareness, reframe challenges, and master new skills for growth and healing. In addition to maintaining a private practice, she leads classes and workshops on flower energetics and personal empowerment.
Diane Sanfilippo, B.S., N.C.
Bauman Business Institute Instructor
Diane is the owner and founder of Balanced Bites, a certified nutrition consultant, the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo and The 21-Day Sugar Detox, the co-author of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking, a serial entrepreneur, and a business and marketing expert. Diane holds a B.S. from Syracuse University where she majored in consumer studies (a cross-section of retail, marketing, and management). She also has certifications in graphic and digital design from The New School for Design, holistic nutrition consultation from Bauman College, holistic lifestyle coaching from the CHEK Institute, and Poliquin BioSignature Modulation.
Trudy Schafer, M.A.
Natural Chef Instructor
Chef Trudy brings a holistic healing approach to both home and professional kitchens. She runs a personal chef business, The Healing Hearth, where she specializes in preparing nourishing and appetizing cuisine for people healing from illnesses. She is the holistic chef at Alegria Community Living, where she works with the staff to cook nutrient-dense meals for the residents. She received her culinary training from Bauman College and her M.A. in holistic health with a specialization in holistic nutrition from John F. Kennedy University.
Irema Sivcevic, M.S.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Irema holds a Masters in Holistic Health and Nutrition Education from Hawthorn University and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has worked as an engineer for over twenty five years, but Irema’s passion for healthy food steered her towards the field of holistic nutrition. She has taught nutritional workshops and worked as a clinical nutritionist alongside functional and integrative medicine practitioners. Irema also maintains a private nutrition consulting practice, is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®, and is an Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master.
Shaun Tai
Bauman Business Institute Instructor
Shaun Tai is the executive director of Oakland Digital, an award-winning 501(c)(3) community-building design studio in Oakland, CA, that enhances technological literacy among underserved, minority, and at-risk populations. Oakland Digital’s programs provide digital literacy training, career-related resources/training, and employment opportunities that enable Oakland and East Bay residents to achieve economic independence, opportunity, and self-sufficiency. He has taught at San Jose State University, where he received an M.A. in architectural and urban design and a B.S. in advertising management. In 2002, Shaun graduated with honors from California State University East Bay with a B.A. in digital graphics. Now on its seventh operating year, Oakland Digital has directly impacted the lives of over 4,000 under-resourced Oakland and East Bay community college students, female entrepreneurs, and at-risk youth, boosting the local economy by $3.2 million and providing opportunities for 21st-century employment.
Julie Thenell, M.S., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Julie received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, her nutrition consultant certification from Bauman College in 2014, and is Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Since graduating from Bauman College, she has maintained a private nutrition consulting practice, JTC Nutrition, helping individuals regain control of their health during periods of high stress and transition. Julie enjoys her work as a student mentor and currently serves on the board of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP).
Sascha Weiss
Natural Chef Instructor
Chef Sascha attended the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. He worked as the executive pastry chef at Millennium in San Francisco, a vegan fine dining restaurant, and contributed to their first cookbook. He was the founding chef and culinary director for The Plant Cafe Organic in San Francisco for over ten years, sous chef at the Ravens in Mendocino, private chef at Lucasfilm, and owned and operated Urban Kitchen, a natural foods catering company in Berkeley, CA. His recipes have been featured in numerous publications, and he is currently the director of product development and R&D at Project Juice.
Frances Wilson
Natural Chef Instructor
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Frances graduated with a Bachelor of Education from Trinity College, Dublin. Her professional career started as a high school teacher of home economics. Having studied to be a chef at the Dublin College of Catering, she moved to California in 1990, where she worked as the executive chef at Lalime’s Restaurant in Berkeley. Since then, she has continued to combine her love of teaching and cooking. She taught cooking classes at a chateau in the South of France and worked as a private chef, a caterer, and a consultant for restaurants; she also taught the professional culinary program at Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco for ten years. She loves to demystify cooking and give people the tools to make healthy, delicious food.
Denise Woodward
Bauman Business Institute Instructor
Denise began taking photos when her grandmother gave her a camera at the age of 5, and she never stopped shooting. She studied photography with an emphasis on black and white film production at the College of Marin in the 1990s. After starting her food blog, Chez Us, she started to focus on food and travel photography. Her food photography has appeared in Gourmet Live, Food and Wine Magazine, Saveur Magazine, and Rodale’s Organic Life. She is also a co-founder of a boutique webcasting/video production company, FullView Media, located in the Bay Area. When not working, she enjoys cooking, spending time outdoors, and teaching photography and video production at Learn to Shoot Food.
Tanja-Maria Zeise, M.D., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Instructor
Tanja received her M.D. from Freie University Berlin in Germany. She is a Bauman College certified nutrition consultant, completed the Foundations of Narrative Health Coaching program through Teleosis Institute, studied the principles of homeopathy, and is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals. Before enrolling in Bauman College’s Nutrition Consultant Program, Tanja researched diabetes at the University of New Mexico. In addition to having a private nutrition consulting practice, Tanja teaches at the College of Marin and is a researcher, writer, editor, and instructor at Bauman College.