Board Members

Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D.
President

Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D., is also known as The Naughty Nutritionist® because she “tells the truth that’s too hot too handle.”

Kaayla is co-author of bestselling book Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World (2014), and author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food (2005).

She has received the Integrity in Science Award from the Weston A. Price Foundation (2005), the Health Freedom Fighter Award from Freedom Law School (2009), and most recently, the BadAss Award from the Paleo-Primal-Price Foundation (now the Hunt Gather Grow Foundation) in 2015.

Kaayla has been a guest on The Dr. Oz Show, PBS’s Healing Quest, NPR’s People’s Pharmacy, ABC’s View from the Bay, and Discovery Channel’s Medical Hotseat. She has appeared with Mark Hyman, M.D., JJ Virgin, Gary Taubes, Charles Poliquin, Dr. Joseph Marcela, Joel Salatin, Robb Wolf, David Wolfe, and other prominent health experts. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including Ancestral Health, Paleo f(x), BoulderFest, Wise Traditions, National Association of Nutritional Professionals (NANP), Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA), and Bio-Signature.

Nora Gedgaudas, CNS, NTP, BCHN
Vice President

Nora Gedgaudas is a board-certified nutritional consultant and a board-certified clinical neurofeedback specialist with over 20 years of successful clinical experience.  A recognized authority on ketogenic, ancestrally based nutrition, she is a popular speaker and educator and the author of the best selling book, Primal Body, Primal Mind, as well as Rethinking Fatigue

Nora’s newest book, Primal Fat Burner: Live Longer, Slow Aging, Super-Power Your Brain, and Save Your Life With A High Fat, Low-Carb Paleo Diet has been lauded by best selling author and journalist, Nina Teicholz as “a unique and profound contribution to the field.”  Her accredited Primalgenic® educational and health certification program, Primal Restoration® is a unique and invaluable source of unique, cutting edge information benefitting those interested in furthering their practical expertise, nutritional knowledge, and optimizing health. 

David E. Gumpert
Treasurer

David E. Gumpert is a journalist specializing in health and food issues, and author of three books about food civil rights: The Raw Milk Answer Book: What You REALLY Need to Know about Our Most Controversial Food (2015); Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat (2013), and The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights (2009). He has written several online publications, including Modern Farmer, Alternet, Grist and Huffington Post.

His popular blog has aggressively covered health and food rights issues since 2006, focusing heavily on regulatory excesses involving raw milk and food safety. It has been instrumental in launching a national discussion about restrictions on the availability of unpasteurized dairy products, and in highlighting an emerging debate over food rights.

David is also a well-known business writer, having authored or co-authored seven books about various aspects of entrepreneurship and running a small business. Prior to his book-writing and entrepreneurship career, he spent nine years as a staff reporter with The Wall Street Journal and seven years as small business editor of the Harvard Business Review. He was also a senior editor of Inc. Magazine.

Sarah R. Smith
Secretary

Sarah R. Smith is a writer, homeopath, homesteader, and homeschooling mother of two. Sarah has been studying nutrition and health since 2006, and has been writing about real food and health on at her website  NourishedandNurturedLife.com 
since 2011. She is the author of two eCookbooks,  Nourishing Eats (2012) and  Nourished Cooking (2013). She was a Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter Leader for nearly 6 years and now coordinates the chapter leader program for the Hunt Gather Grow Foundation.  As a classical homeopath, Sarah works with children and adults to heal acute and chronic imbalances, leading to healthier, happier lives.  In addition, she teaches homeopathy classes in her local community.
 
Sarah Smith has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a NASA aerospace engineer for ten years before leaving the workforce to focus on raising and homeschooling her children. In her work as an engineer, Sarah was awarded the prestigious Silver Snoopy Award by the NASA astronaut corp and received an Award of Merit from ASTM International for her work on developing tests and standards for materials in oxygen-enriched atmospheres. She authored/co-authored 10 peer-reviewed technical papers, co-authored the book Safe Use of Oxygen and Oxygen Systems, and taught classes on oxygen safety throughout the USA.

 

Heather Dane
Board Member

A former high-powered corporate executive who suffered massive burnout, Heather Dane took a radical career leap after spending many years investigating the cause of her myriad health problems. Now a highly sought-after Health Coach, Heather combines her accumulated business and health acumen to support thousands of people in healing naturally with lifestyle, nutrition and nutritional supplements.

During her years as personal health coach to world renowned alternative health pioneer Louise Hay, Heather joined forces with her to bring the most cutting edge wisdom, including a culmination of Hay’s lifetime of work in their two books, Loving Yourself to Great Health and The Bone Broth Secret.  These books reveal how making loving choices about the food you eat and the thoughts you think can deeply nourish your body and soul. Heather is a regular contributor to Mind Body Green, Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation Journal, HealYourLife.com; and she has a Hay House Radio show that airs on Tuesdays.

Considered a 21st century Medicine Woman, Dane draws from her Native American lineage (Haudenosaunee, Oneida Nation), combing ancient wisdom, her myriad holistic /alternative health training, and modern technology to offer the most cutting edge prescriptive remedies for your health. She specializes in supporting people to resolve addictions, weight challenges, stress, chronic fatigue, depression, autoimmune illness, energetic sensitivity and much more, while enhancing their capacity for self-love and self-care.

www.heatherdane.com

MarkMcAfee
Board Member

Mark McAfee is the CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy Company and McAfee Farms near Fresno CA. The company now delivers raw milk ( and other products ) to 650 CA retail stores and 15 farmers markets. OPDC is the 4th ranked organic milk brand in the United States.

Mark is a pre-med trained retired medical educator for the Fresno County Health department. He served as a Paramedic-Preceptor for 16 years and ran 15,000 EMS calls. Mark is a very active medical educator traveling around California, the nation and the world speaking on raw milk medical applications and raw milk production safety.

Mark has been a guest speaker at Stanford University, UCLA, several Canadian universities including University of Victoria, UBC,  University of Guelph, CAL TECH,  Rutgers. Since 1991, Mark is a mission pilot for LIGA, the Flying Doctors of Mercy where he transports doctors and participates in clinics in remote areas of Western Mexico. Mark is the Chairman of Raw Milk Institute. Mark is an executive board member of the California Dairy Campaign (a membership organization of about 400 CA dairies) and is a board member of the California Farmers Union.  Since 2012, Mark has been elected by California farmers every year as a delegate to represent all of California agriculture to the National Farmers Union convention.

Mark is a committee member of the Organic Farmers Association which is supported by the Rodale Institute.

Board Member Emeritus

Ron Schmid, ND
Founding Member, Co-President

We are sad to note the passing of our beloved colleague, who died quietly in his sleep on 21 July 2017. His vision and passion provided the momentum for the formation and initial development of the Hunt Gather Grow Foundation – and so many other causes dear to his heart.

After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ron earned his ND from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in 1981.

In 2000, he became the first Clinic Director and Chief Medical Officer at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine, where he served for two years; he has also taught at NCNM and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. He maintained a private naturopathic practice until his retirement in 2015. The company he founded, Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure, continues to provide additive-free supplements and natural body care products.

Dr. Schmid authored Traditional Foods Are Your Best Medicine (1986), revised and reissued in 2015 as Primal Nutrition. The Untold Story of Milk (2003) is widely respected by those involved in the raw milk movement.

He is survived his wife, Elly.

 

Legacy of a Health Warrior

Victoria Bloch, NC
Former Secretary

Victoria Bloch has been actively involved with cooking, alternative health, and nutrition since childhood. Her interests led her to Hawthorn University, and she graduated summa cum laude in 2014 as a Nutritional Consultant.

She is a principal at Bloch+Coulter Design Group, an award-winning graphic design firm, since 1989. In 2005, she co-founded Real Cooking™, a coaching business created to help people make the transition to a real food way of eating. She was one of the first local chapter leaders for the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF), maintaining an active meeting schedule until she stepped down in 2015.

In 2011, while working at a local farmer’s market, she was arrested on raw milk charges, an experience that inspired her to become even more engaged with the politics of food, food safety, and regulatory issues.

She has been a speaker on health issues, farming, and food choice at the Health Freedom Expo, Wise Traditions, Take Back Your Health, and a variety of small groups in the Los Angeles area, and blogs occasionally at forloveofood.com, providing a lively commentary on anything and everything relating to food.

Annie Dru
Former Board Member

After having served her Southern California community as a real food educator from 2007 to 2017, Annie Dru launched the Lardmouth Ancestral Cuisine Academy in August of 2017.  With the goal of reproducing herself, she formalized a year-long teacher training program to equip future educators with a solid foundation in the “six principles of ancestral cuisine”, as outlined by the research of nutritional pioneer Weston A. Price, DDS. in his seminal work Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.

Annie sits on the Advisory Board of the Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation, and has lectured onsite, as well as worked to create educational video materials for the foundation since 2010.  She has presented at San Diego State University, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Barbara, and the Weston A. Price Foundation “Wise Traditions Conference” in Indianapolis.   

A wife and mother to four grown sons, she is currently laboring to give birth to her first book, with any luck by Summer 2018; a combination Dr. Price biography, ancestral cuisine primer, and “sacred food” cookbook introducing the public to the three distinct, nutrient-dense categories identified by Dr. Price as ubiquitous in the preconception diets of our genetically successful indigenous ancestors.