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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!

Sharon Ellis

Sharon Ellis is a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Sharon is a Nutrition and Wellness Coach practicing at the Center for Holistic Development in Omaha, Nebraska. 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!

Carmen McGuinness

Carmen McGuinness received her Masters of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. Carmen is a long time veteran 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!

Amy Murphy

Amy Murphy graduated with honors from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Amy has been is 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. Keep up the good work, Amy!

Miles Price

The distinction of Magna cum Laude was earned by Miles Price who recently graduated from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Miles has a strong and existing interest in Metabolic Typing and a continued interest in all aspects related to nutritional health. He was fortunate to grow up on a farm and, from his experience, can contribute knowledge from a food production point of view. Miles practices his Metabolic Typing philosophy with a Doctors Practice and Alternative Healthcare practice in Hong Kong. In these establishments he works alongside Physicians, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals to provide a ‘complete’ healthcare program for the patients. His plans are to work in a holistic practice with various practitioners helping people achieve their optimal state of health and to become a director of a holistic health establishment promoting educating and clinically evaluating the general public about healthy living. His thesis, A Review of the Nutrients which Boost Glutathione Levels in the Brain and Thus Protecting it from Oxidative Damage, is proof that he should attain his goals. Good luck, Miles.