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Theresa Wajnert

Congratulations to Theresa Altmix Wajnert for attaining Summa Cum Laude upon graduating from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program. Theresa received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Albertus Magnus College and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. She was ordained as one of the first class of women permitted into the Episcopal priesthood and continued her studies at UC Berkeley and at Drew University in the fields of theology and psychology. Theresa has always loved food and the culture around it. Growing up in a medical family, health was always at the forefront of the family’s minds. Thus, for her, food has always been more than just fuel for the body; it has been sustenance in the true sense of the word. Theresa lives in the Napa Valley with her husband, Tom, where they grow  grapes for wine making and on the northern California coast where they luxuriate in the peace of the sea. Her thesis is entitled Nutrition, Homocysteine and Mitigation of Late-Life Depression. Keep up the good work, Theresa!​

 Theresa Wajnert

Theresa Wajnert, MSHN Graduate

Erika Leifson

Congratulations to Erika Leifson for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Erika also holds an Associates of Science degree from North Central Michigan College and has successfully completed an apprenticeship from the Gaia School of Herbal Healing. She specializes in autoimmunity, periodontal issues, and women’s health. Her own health problems from autoimmunity and gut dysfunction prompted a personalized campaign to find alternative options and she entered Hawthorn to enrich her knowledge and education. Her thesis on Small Intestinal Bacterial Grown (SIBO) entitled Treating SIBO with Various Forms of Fasting is evidence of her new found knowledge. Best of luck to you, Erika!

 Erika Leifson

Erika Leifson, NC Graduate

Lucy del Campo

Congratulations to Lucy del Campo for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition degree program. Lucy also graduated with honors from the University of Albany with a Bachelor’s degree in business. She began a career in finance but felt unfulfilled in an office environment. With plans to relocate to Chile with her Chilean husband, she pursued a certificate from the New School University in New York City to work as an English teacher in South America. She lived in Chile for ten years with her husband and two children, learned Spanish, discovered a new culture, and enjoyed Chile’s finest fresh, local, and organic produce. Lucy became interested in holistic health after healing her own digestive ailments and feeling markedly better upon improving her nutrition and lifestyle habits. She has a true dedication to the health and well being of her family and friends, and is a go-to for advice. Now living happily in central Florida with her husband and two children, Lucy joined the Juice Plus Company after seeing the power of the product help her asthmatic son wean off his inhaler. She is exited to begin working as a counselor of holistic nutrition and contribute to the health and quality of life of countless people in her community and beyond. Lucy's thesis is entitled Pre-Pregnancy and Pre-Natal Nutrition and Lifestyle Program to Decrease the Risk of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children. Best of luck, Lucy!

 Lucy Del Campo

Lucy del Campo, MSHN Graduate

Donna Carson-Jelley

Donna Carson-Jelley is to be congratulated for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant certificate program. Donna also has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from UMASS Dartmouth, a master’s of science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a certification in program management for the federal government. Having been a U.S. federal government executive for more than thirty years, Donna knows first-hand the challenges of work-life balance and the effect of stress on body weight and health. Throughout her life she has been attracted to health and fitness, motivating others to exercise when she was an aerobic instructor and personal trainer. Donna provided fitness classes and programs for U.S. Navy sailors and employees in addition to leading group fitness classes for commercial businesses. Her personal remedy for stress management was her daily morning five mile run where she watched the sun rise before starting her busy work day. As she has grown older, her exercise routine has morphed to meet her body’s needs, focusing more on the outdoors and the peace and serenity of nature. She knows first-hand how sedentary lifestyles that occur in an office setting, stress from constant work demands, and deadlines and unhealthy eating habits make people overweight and sick. Employing her education from Hawthorn University has improved her health in so many ways and she is inspired to help others do the same. Keep up the great work, Donna!

 Donna Carson Jelley

Donna Carson-Jelley, NC Graduate

Audrey Mortensen

Congratulations to Audrey Mortensen for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program. Audrey has a diverse education which includes music, body beautification and health therapies, business marketing and now, with the completion of her degree at Hawthorn, holistic nutrition. She has published about the effects on the body of certain food supplements as well as functional cosmetics. Presently, she is educating therapists for slimming and beauty in machine therapies, functional cosmetics, nutrition and health supplements. Her professional website is and retail website is Her thesis, Understanding Thinning Hair in Women: A Holistic Protocol to Support Hair Growth, adds evidence that supports her newly acquired knowledge. Keep up the good work, Audrey!​

 Audrey Mortensen

Audrey Mortensen, MSHN Graduate