Bauman College Faculty

Diane Fischler, B.A., N.C.
Nutrition Consultant Program Manager
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 instructor since 2007. In that time, she has successfully ushered many enthusiastic students through the Nutrition Consultant Program. She has 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.
Claire McCann, B.S., B.A., N.C.
Holistic Chef Culinary Program Manager
Claire received her B.S. in Speech Language Pathology and B.A. in Spanish Language. Before her culinary career, Claire’s experience was in education; teaching and tutoring middle and high school age students from Baltimore to Bangkok to Berkeley. After her own journey through health and food, she decided to dive into the nutrition and culinary world. Claire is now a Bauman College Holistic Chef and Nutrition Consultant. She teaches in the Bauman College Holistic Chef Culinary Program and manages the externship component of the program, as well as works as the Holistic Chef Culinary Program Manager, planning classes, supporting students, and stocking the fridge and pantry with well sourced, nutritious ingredients. Claire also works as a personal chef, supporting clients who have specific dietary restrictions and health concerns with delicious, organic, seasonal, and customized meals. Claire is a passionate chef and educator. She loves the simplicity of a piece of warm bread with fresh extra virgin olive oil, and the nuance in a complex spice blend. The one thing she loves more than food is sharing it with others.
Hilla Abel, O.D.
Lead Holistic Chef Instructor
Hilla received her B.A. in integrative biology and her doctorate in optometry from the University of California, 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 for both Bauman College’s Holistic Chef Program 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 question “what’s for dinner?” through culinary coaching, so that they feel confident in preparing healthy, delicious, and manageable meals for their families.
Porsche Combash, B.A.
Holistic 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.
Lizette Marx
Holistic Chef Instructor
Lizette is a certified nutrition consultant, chef, baker, certified culinary nutrition instructor, cookbook author and professional recipe developer. She has taught and coached aspiring holistic chefs at Bauman College since 2005, co-authored The Flavors of Health Cookbook with founder and president, Ed Bauman Ph.D. and developed many supplemental health and wellness programs produced by the school including Nutrition Essentials for Everyone as well as a series of culinary workshops for nutrition consultants. In addition to her work with Bauman College, Lizette coaches and guides students training to be Culinary Nutrition Experts at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. As a passionate chef and baker for more than 30 years, Lizette endeavors to share her knowledge of cooking healthfully with others. She developed a series of plant-rich cooking demos and classes for doctors in the Physicians Wellness program at Kaiser Permanente, which is now available for the nursing and administrative staff as well with much success. Lizette regularly offers healthy cooking demonstrations and classes to corporations, health and wellness organizations and private groups and has recently shifted to teaching all of her classes and workshops online through her business Marx Culinary.
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 NANP, 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.
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.