Nelson Campbell

Founder & Member of the Board of Advisors

With the vision of leading a grassroots movement to promote the health benefits of plant-based nutrition, Nelson Campbell founded PlantPure Communities, and was the founding Executive Director and a founding board member, until he stepped down from those positions in early September 2016 and joined the Board of Advisors.

Prior to founding the PlantPure organization, Nelson graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science, and a Masters Degree in Economics, and then worked for 25 years as a socially conscious business entrepreneur.

He also is the Executive Producer, Director and Co-Writer of the documentary film PlantPure Nation. This film examines the political and economic factors that suppress information about the benefits of plant-based nutrition, and makes connections to public policy, medical practice, food deserts, and farming.

Anna Baldwin

Member of the Board of Advisors

Anna Baldwin most recently was the Chief Operating Officer at Native Foods Café. She is an award winning Operations Strategist with 20-plus years of professional experience. As COO, Anna was responsible for providing the strategic and tactical operational leadership to leverage the passion and culture of Native Foods to achieve sales, earnings and growth targets. Anna and the CEO reported results to the Board quarterly.

Prior to serving as the COO of Native Foods, Anna catered to restaurants and other retail companies to grow sales and profitability. Her specialty is as an Operations Strategist in restaurants with a proven ability to analyze the business in order to understand and prioritize the core issues facing the company. Grounded in systemic processes to refocus, reinvent and move sales and performance to the highest level. Client Highlights: Rainbow Room, Starbucks, Native Foods Cafe, Goldco LLC (Burger King), Cooper’s Hawk Winery, Ctuit, ThinkFoodGroup, Chevy’s, Friendly’s, Village Tavern and La Madeleine.

At Darden Restaurants Anna was a member of a key engineering team that reported findings and solutions to the executive committee. The mission was to determine why actual operating performance diverged from desired results. The small team aligned company standards with beliefs and values and created the balanced scorecard, an annual performance appraisal, automated guest feedback process, implementation plan and improved KPI reporting. They also made sure that all levels – from EVPs to restaurant managers were aligned.

Anna is currently a Board Member at Red Bucket Equine Rescue (non-profit) in Chino Hills, CA and has been involved with the organization since 2010.  She has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board of PlantPure Communities.

Dr. T. Colin Campbell

Member of the Board of Advisors

Dr. T. Colin Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and is best known for authoring the bestselling book The China Study with his son Thomas Campbell, M.D. He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online, internationally recognized Plant­Based Nutrition Certificate offered by the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies in partnership with eCornell.

Dr. Campbell’s expertise and scientific interests encompass relationships between diet and diseases, particularly the causation of cancer. Dr. Campbell has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large­scale human studies and has authored over 300 research papers. He was trained at Cornell University (M.S., Ph.D.) and MIT (research associate) in nutrition, biochemistry, and toxicology. Dr. Campbell spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech’s Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to Cornell in 1975. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. bio courtesy of

Karla Dumas, RDN, LDN

Senior Manager / Humane Society of the United States

Karla Dumas is a registered and licensed dietitian nutritionist. She is currently a Senior Manager with Forward Food, a program of The Humane Society of the United States. Dumas works daily to support school districts, early childcare programs, and other large dining operations across the country implement various plant-based initiatives. With over ten years of experience working in the field of child nutrition and school food service management, she has partnered with foodservice programs throughout the country, like Miami-Dade Public Schools and Hillsborough County Public Schools and KinderCare Education to implement plant-strong initiatives.

By developing resources like menu cycles and kid-tested, school-approved plant-based recipes that meet federal guidelines along with offering culinary workshops for school food service professionals, she continues to support school districts and other institutions with more plant-based meal options. Karla has presented on the topic of plant-strong initiatives at the School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference, the National Child & Adult Food Care Program Conference, along with state School Nutrition Association conferences in California, Florida and Texas. Her mission is to influence and help provide a more nutritious, sustainable, and humane food system for this country’s future: our children.

Dumas received her plant-based culinary certification through Rouxbe cooking school. She currently serves as the secretary for the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Karla’s work in nutrition has been featured in numerous media outlets, such as Tampa Tribune, Today’s Dietitian, and the Miami Herald. Karla lives in Florida with her husband, stepdaughter, eight dogs and two chickens. In her free time, she enjoys camping, gardening and running Ragnar Relay races.

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.

Member of the Board of Advisors

Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.D. from Western Reserve University. He was trained as a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic and at St. George’s Hospital in London. Dr. Esselstyn has been associated with the Cleveland Clinic since 1968. During that time, he has served as President of the Staff and as a member of the Board of Governors. He chaired the Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force and headed its Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. Dr. Esselstyn presently directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

His scientific publications number over 150; “The Best Doctors in America” 1994–1995, published by Woodward and White, cites Dr. Esselstyn’s surgical expertise in the categories of endocrine and breast disease. In 1995 he published his benchmark long-term nutritional research on arresting and reversing coronary artery disease in severely ill patients. That same study was updated at 12 years and reviewed beyond 20 years in his book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. bio courtesy of

Dr. Alan Goldhamer

Member of the Board of Advisors

Since 1984, Dr. Alan Goldhamer has been the director of the True North Health Center and the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa CA.

TrueNorth Health is an integrative medical facility who staff includes a dozen clinicians representing medicine, osteopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic and psychology.   Their 58-bed facility admits over 1000 inpatients per year and specializes in medically supervised water-only fasting.

The non-profit TrueNorth Health Foundation provides internship and residency training to over 30 doctors per year and their clinical research team continues to conduct and publish clinical research on the application of fasting to the treatment of high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and lymphoma.

Dr. Goldhamer is the author of the Health Promoting Cookbook and co-author of The Pleasure Trap.  He was the principal investigator in a number of studies that have appeared in the peer reviewed literature.

Dr. Michael Greger

Member of the Board of Advisors

A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Michael Greger, MD, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, testified before Congress, and was invited as an expert witness in the defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial. In 2017, Dr. Greger was honored with the ACLM Lifestyle Medicine Trailblazer Award. He is a graduate of Cornell University School of Agriculture and Tufts University School of Medicine. His latest book How Not to Die became an instant New York Times Best Seller. He has videos on more than 2,000 health topics freely available at, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. All proceeds he receives from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements is all donated to charity. —bio courtesy of

Dr. James Marcum

Member of the Board of Advisors

Dr. James Marcum is a plant-based cardiologist practicing with the Chattanooga Heart Institute. He received his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Texas. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Medical Center of Delaware and a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the University of Kentucky.

He is speaker/director of HeartWise Ministries. Dr. Marcum produces the syndicated radio program Heartwise, heard on 300 affiliates, and is host of the television programs Ultimate Prescription and Heart of Health Live. This ministry is dedicated to promoting a balanced and evidence-based approach to healthcare.

Dr. Marcum has been named by USA Today as one of the most influential physicians. His latest books, Medicines that Kill and Ultimate Prescription, are giving new perspectives on medicine and healing. He gives seminars nationwide and serves as medical advisor to several organizations.

Dr. Robert Ostfeld

Member of the Board of Advisors

Robert Ostfeld, MD, MSc., a cardiologist, is the Director of Preventive Cardiology, the founder and Director of the Cardiac Wellness Program at Montefiore, and an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Ostfeld earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa; his MD from Yale University School of Medicine; and his Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Ostfeld completed his medical internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital and his cardiology fellowship and research fellowship in Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – both teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. His professional interests include cardiovascular disease prevention, medical education and clinical research. He earned the Outstanding Full Time Attending of the Year award at Montefiore for excellence in teaching medical residents; the Program Director’s Award for dedicated service on behalf of the Montefiore Einstein Cardiology Fellowship; and was elected to the Leo M. Davidoff Society at Einstein for outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical student