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Tom Maha

Congratulations to Tom Maha for earning the Holistic Health certificate with the Magna cum Laude designation. Tom also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Sports and fitness have always been a part of his life. After meeting a Hawthorn student, he made the decision to learn more about nutrition and wellness and joined Hawthorn to enhance his learning in the field. He immersed himself in the topic of holistic nutrition and made some significant changes to his own diet and lifestyle. Tom's goal is to continue to expand his knowledge of all things pertaining to wellness, not just nutrition so that he can help himself, his family, and others make sound choices. Tom currently blogs about nutrition and wellness for the supplement company PurePharma, and shares what he learned at Hawthorn. Best of luck to you, Tom!

 Tom Maha

Tom Maha, HH Graduate

Jodie Brady

Congratulations to Jodie Brady from Cortes Island, BC for graduating from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program, Summa cum Laude. Jodie also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Pacific University. After spending twenty years in corporate finance and operations management, she entered Hawthorn University to follow her true passion – holistic health and nutrition education. Her extensive business experience, grounded in systems thinking, provided the foundation for the Nth Degree’s curriculum, which emphasizes the profound connection between all living systems. In addition to founding the Nth Degree, she is developing innovative nutrition education programs for high school students across the U.S. and Canada. Her thesis is entitled Corporations are Hungry for Profit: A Look at the Staggering Impacts of Industrialized Agriculture. Keep up the good work, Jodie!

 Jodie Brady

Jodie Brady, MHNE Graduate

Leslie Evarts

Congratulations to Leslie Evarts for graduating from the Wise Traditions Nutrition certificate program with the Summa cum Laude designation. Leslie also earned a bachelor's degree from the Community College of Southern Nevada. Through personal experiences, she became passionate about learning more about health and the importance of making the right food choices. She wholeheartedly believes that food is medicine and that our bodies are designed to heal themselves with the proper nourishment and care. Leslie entered Hawthorn to learn materials that align with the research of Weston A. Price. She wants to inspire others, to transform lives, and to help people achieve optimal health. Leslie writes, "I believe we are all here to support each other and I can’t wait to pay it forward by being a guide for someone in the health arena." Best of luck to you, Leslie!

 Leslie Evarts

Leslie Evarts, WTNC Graduate

Melissa Starman

Congratulations to Melissa Starman for graduating cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Melissa has a passion for health and wellness and helping people achieve optimal health through the assessment of their diet and lifestyle. Overcoming her own health issues with panic and anxiety through diet and lifestyle changes, she feels strongly about sharing her knowledge with others. Melissa believes when reliving stress in the body, whether from environmental, diet, emotional and physical stress, thought processes and/or the result of our modern-day habits, that we will see our greatest gains in health. She received her yoga certification from Kripalu School of Yoga and is a Yoga Instructor, Chiropractic Assistant at Thrive Chiropractic, and essential oils Wellness Advocate. At Hawthorn Melissa learned how food, nutrients, environment, and lifestyle impact the systems of the body to create optimal health. Keep up the good work, Melissa!

 Melissa Starman

Melissa Starman, NC Graduate

Alexander Prather

Congratulations to Alexander Prather for graduating cum Laude from the Master of Science in Traditional Nutrition program. Alexander also holds a Bachelor's degree from Georgia College in Exercise Science. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he discovered his passion for nutrition and entered Hawthorn University to focus on the benefits of nourishing fats and real, wholesome food and not on government proposed dietary guidelines. Alexander plans to use his degree to educate others through private practice, participate in research, work with supplement companies, or bring real food to the community. He writes, "I truly believe that following my heart and pursuing a life that involves knowing truth and helping others is a good path. The rest will follow suit. Whatever may come, I will use the great knowledge I gain from this degree to inspire others to live healthier, happier, more vibrant lives." Best of luck to you, Alexander!

 Alex Prather

Alexander Prather, MSTN Graduate

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