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.

Khaliah Ali

Member of the Board of Advisors

Khaliah Ali has served both past and present on the board of the World Food Program, Project Sunshine, We Are Family and Help USA. She is the American ambassador for Steve Erwin’s Wildlife Warriors, international spokesperson for the National Center for Missing and Exploited children and a spokesperson for The Salvation Army’s Soup’s On rehabilitation program.

Her humanitarian trip with her son to schools and hospitals in the Congo, celebrating the 35th anniversary of her father’s legendary “rumble in the jungle,” marked the first Ali visit to that war-torn locale since the bout. Media coverage of that visit was extraordinary, from Fox News to CNN and from the Huffington Post to Grio and National Geographic. It has resulted in greatly increased aid to schools and hospitals in that devastated region and was the focal point of countless international reporting all coming together at Khaliah for the Congo.

Ms. Ali is also a graduate of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies plant-based certificate program at Cornell University and is completing her advanced training and certificate in plant-based cooking at Mathew Kenny School.

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 nutritionstudies.org

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 county 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 www.dresselstyn.com

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

Dr. Michael Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger’s recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family & Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture. Currently, Dr. Greger serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine. —bio courtesy of www.drgreger.org

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.