Academic Team

It’s important to us to provide you with a current, professional curriculum led by a team who are leaders in their fields. All members of the academic team are academically and professionally qualified, and possess academic expertise in the fields of health coaching, healthcare, nutrition, health, communication, and/or business.

Academic team members evaluate the curriculum and help guide the strategic direction of the program. They offer insight into the changing requirements in the industry by providing practical information and resources about the industry. In addition, academic team members help the university promote public awareness of its program and the value of the degree.

Joshua Rosenthal

Joshua Rosenthal, Founder

For over 20 years, founder Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, has been the director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. His revolutionary approach introduces a wide variety of dietary theories – from Eastern to Western, ancient to modern, and everything in between. He identified that the food on your plate is secondary to healthy relationships, regular physical activity, a fulfilling career, and a spiritual practice – all of which can fill your soul and satisfy your hunger for life. Joshua holds a Master of Science Degree in Education and 30 years in the fields of whole foods, personal coaching, and teaching.


Gregory B. Brown, DBA, EdD

EdD, MA, Columbia University
DBA, US International University
MBA, Pepperdine University
MS, Indiana University
MA, California State University

Gregory serves as the Chief Academic Officer. A former college president and head of Minnesota’s college system, he was an early adopter of online education. Holding doctorates in both Business Administration (US International University) and Adult Education (Columbia University), he also holds a master’s degree in Instructional Systems Technology (Indiana University). His certificate learning includes health coaching and mobile intensive care paramedic.


Greg works with the academic team to ensure that the high standards of the Distance Education Accreditation Council and the Louisiana Board of Regents are upheld in addition to best practices for online learning.On the personal side his passion is open water swimming where he has competed for over 40 years. Once a marathon swimmer, age has limited races to no longer than 3 miles. 


Tina Grant

Tina Grant Goodyear, EdD (c)

EdD, (c) Walden University
MS, SUNY Albany
BA, University of Connecticut

Tina is the chief operating officer of the Presidents’ Forum, a policy group advocating for online learning and the needs of the adult student, and the executive director of the Center for the Assessment of Post-Traditional Learning at Excelsior College. Previously, Tina served as the director of the University of the State of New York, National College Credit Recommendation Service, a program linking workplace and nontraditional learning to college credit.


Tina is a founding member of the Consortium for the Assessment of College Equivalency (CACE) and the Collaborative for Quality in Alternative Learning (CQAL), a grant-funded project exploring quality assurance for innovative providers in higher education. Goodyear has served on the advisory council for CAEL’s; as an expert panel for SUNY Empire State College’s Global Qualifications Learning Framework project; as a member of the NYS Regents Task force on Competency-Based Education, and as a member of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and Presidents’ Forum Commission on Quality Assurance and Alternative Higher Education.

Meg Jordan

Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, CWP

PhD, Union Institute and University
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies
BS, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Meg is Department Chair of Integrative Health Studies and Somatic Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, where her focus is preparing graduate students as catalysts for positive change in healthcare, wellness, and health promotion.


She is a clinical medical anthropologist, an award-winning international health journalist, behavioral health specialist, RN, author, and Co-President of the National Wellness Institute, and CEO of Global Medicine Enterprises, Inc. Her areas of expertise include integrative medicine, behavioral medicine, health promotion, wellness, and fitness. As a medical anthropologist, she specializes in the study of multidisciplinary models for integrative medicine (healing circles) and the emergence of health coaches as novel agents in health behavior change. She serves on numerous national boards, was Editor in Chief of American Fitness Magazine, and has authored several books, including the latest How To Be A Health Coach: An Integrative Wellness Approach.

Liz Lipski

Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN, CNS

PhD, Union Institute and University
MS, Donsbach University
BA, Colgate University

Liz is Director of Academic Development for the Nutrition and Integrative Health programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has been working in the fields of nutrition, holistic health, herbology, and lifestyle management for more than 30 years. Prior to joining MUIH, she served as Director of Doctoral Studies and Educational Director at Hawthorne University. She has been extensively published in many academic journals and is the author of four books, including Digestive Wellness and The Digestive Connection.


She speaks nationally and internationally, is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine, and serves on advisory boards for the Ceres Foundation and the Autism Help Alliance. She received her doctorate in clinical nutrition from the Union Institute with a specialization in functional medicine, is board certified in clinical nutrition (CCN) and holistic nutrition (CHN), and is a certified nutrition specialist (CNS).

Nora McCafrrey

Nora McCaffrey, MsEd

MsEd, Indiana University
BA, Ithaca College

Nora is the founding Dean of International Health Coach University, and was formerly Academic Dean at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Nora’s passion ensures IHCU’s mission guides its educational delivery and operational effectiveness. Committed to employing the latest technology and educational methodologies, Nora oversees the effective delivery of content and tools to graduate learners and faculty.


Nora holds a BA in Psychology from Ithaca College, a certificate in culinary arts and management from the Institute of Culinary Education, a Health Coach Certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and an MsEd in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. Recently, she has been accepted into the EdD program for Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and is set to begin her program in the Fall of 2017.

As a lifelong foodie, Nora supports local farmers and restaurants to feed her wife, Helen, and daughters, Lexi and Jillian. She is an avid swimmer and loves swimming across the Hudson every summer.

Suzanne Richman

Suzanne Richman, MSPH

MSPH, University of Missouri
BA, University of Missouri

Suzanne is founder, former program director, and a faculty member in Goddard College’s Health Arts and Sciences: Bridging Nature, Culture and Healing program. Areas of teaching include: ethno botany; nutrition, public and international health; herbal medicine; community health systems and transformations; women’s health; cross-cultural perspectives in health; social ecology; and the hand-made world.


Before coming to Goddard she taught intensive summer courses in Community Health at the Institute for Social Ecology and consulted for the “Alternative Medicine Task Force” with then U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders.
 She operates a small-scale homestead and education project on her land, and hosts an eclectic mix of topics in the barn studio to distribute green ideas that are deeply rooted in rural Vermont and making their way into main stream culture.

Michaela Rowland

Michaela Rowland, MS, CNS

MSc, University of Ulster
BSc, Queens University Belfast

Michaela brings curriculum development and nutrition expertise to IHCU. As the former Associate Dean and Nutrition Curriculum Manager at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she’s a masterful writer and editor with a special talent for communicating complex nutrition topics in a simple way.


Her passion for curriculum development and nutrition education became clear prior to her move to the USA in 2011 during her time as Health and Welfare Adjunct Lecturer where she taught life sciences for a university access course.

Michaela holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Food and Nutrition from Queens University Belfast in Northern Ireland, a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, and a Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She’s also board certified as a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).

When she’s not writing curriculum or reading up on the latest nutrition news, you can find her traveling and exploring new cities or at home in Brooklyn, running in Prospect Park and experimenting with recipes in her kitchen.

Teresa Wagner

Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD

PhD, University of North Texas Health Science Center
MSc, Texas Woman’s University
BSc, Texas Christian University

Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD has a passion for helping people navigate healthcare. This passion was born watching her two young adult daughters dealing with medical issues in the current healthcare environment. As a result, she chose to do her Public Health Doctoral Residency focusing on Health Literacy at the University of Texas Center for Health Communication and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (LCCT).


Dr. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Texas Christian University, a master’s degree in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC). In addition to her dietetic credentials, she is also a member of the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) and the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association (CPSDA). Dr. Wagner also holds Certification in Public Health and is a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor.

Dr. Wagner has taught at both university and community college level, served as a health coach and public speaker and worked with patients as a clinical provider. She recently helped develop a smart coaching tool for people trying to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors.
She is also a current media representative for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with over 13 years of experience as a media spokesperson on both a national and local level. She is on Twitter @TravelingRD and has her own blog, The Traveling RD.

Lana Zinger

Lana Zinger EdD, CHES, RD

EdD, Columbia University
MSc, Columbia University
BSc, New York University

Lana Zinger EdD, CHES, RD received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition-Dietetics from New York University and her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Physiology from Columbia University. She also completed her Doctoral Degree at Columbia University where the focus of her research was health and behavioral studies.


Dr. Zinger works as an educator teaching varying courses in nutrition, food, culture and community health. As a certified health educator (CHES) and a registered dietitian (RD) with a background in exercise physiology, she also runs a private practice facility focusing on holistically treating each client individually combining medical nutrition therapy, exercise prescription and behavior modification techniques.

Dr. Zinger is an experienced published researcher and writer. Some recent publications include:

Zinger, L. Building Healthy Communities, 2014. Kendall/ Hunt. ISBN #978-1-4652-4369-0
Zinger, L., Sinclair, A., Nutrition: Apples to Zinc., 2014 Kendall/ Hunt. ISBN#– 978-1-4652-4389-8
Zinger, L. Healthy, Happy, Long Life, 2013 Kendall/ Hunt– ISBN #978-1-4652-4390-4
You can also learn more about her work at

Ramsey Atieh

Ramsey S. Atieh, EdD (c)

EdD, (c) University of Missouri (c) 
MSEd, Northwest Missouri State University
BSEd, Northwest Missouri State University

Ramsey Atieh is the Chief Development Officer for Valor Education Group and Assessment, Curriculum & Information Officer for American Business & Technology University (ABTU). He is passionate about educational leadership and brings a wealth of expertise in online education to the IHCU team. Throughout his career he has worked extensively in higher education accreditation focusing on strategic planning, compliance, curriculum, assessment, policy development & administration. Using his educational experiences, he has worked to develop admissions processes, registrar and retention processes, as well as faculty and staff management handbooks.


Within his current role at ABTU, he oversees and administers annual outcomes assessment studies, state and federal accreditation reporting, as well as satisfactory academic progress monitoring. He is well versed in the process of implementing and administering Student Information Systems with integrated Learning Management Systems and developing seamless digital document, workflows, student applications and academic review processes university wide.

Jennifer Donovan

Jennifer Donovan, MSN, RN, FNP-C

DNP, Mount St. Joseph University (in progress)
FNP, Xavier University
MSN, Xavier University
BSN, Northern Kentucky University

Jennifer Donovan, MSN, RN, FNP-C is passionate about wellness and informed decision making. A working nurse practitioner and nurse educator she connects the domains of ethics, policy, healthcare practice and alternative therapies. As a result of these interests she chose to study for her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in Health Systems Leadership.


Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Xavier University where she also completed her post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and holds nursing licensure in Ohio and Kentucky.

Jennifer has taught at most secondary levels including vocational, community college and university. As a founding member of Indiana University East’s RN to BSN program cooperative program with Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana she teaches post R.N. licensed students to reach higher educational and skill level. Her belief is that every practitioner in addition to knowing how and what to do, must know why they are doing. At Xavier University she teaches pre-licensure nurses in clinical situations management and care of the complex patient.

Given the nation’s current confusion and political arguments over provisions for health care Jennifer is active in regional and state political activism.

Leighann Rechtin

Leighann Rechtin, MEd, MA, EdD

MEd, Xavier University
MA in Communication, Northern Kentucky University
EdD (ABD), Northern Kentucky University

As faculty professional development trainer, full-time Communication Professor, and former corporate trainer, Leighann Rechtin brings significant experience in corporate training and development, human resources and communication/public speaking skills to the organizations, teams and individuals that she works with.


Prior to working full-time as a Communication Professor, Leighann held the position of People Development and Systems Manager at Perfetti Van Melle USA Inc. in Erlanger, Kentucky. Her primary duties included facilitating, organizing, developing and coordinating training, development and education programs to maximize the potential of the company’s North American Human Resources as well as enabling continuous improvement by identifying and analyzing Human Resource information systems, including HRVantage and SAP. Before her experience at PVM, Leighann held the roles of Corporate Trainer for Weltman, Weinberg and Reis, Assistant Vice-President, Delivery Performance and Support Specialist for Citigroup and Employee Development Coordinator for Sanitation District No.1.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Northern Kentucky University, a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Xavier University where she also completed her post-master’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and holds nursing licensure in Ohio and Kentucky.

Leighann earned her Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from Northern Kentucky University, her Master of Education in Human Resource Development from Xavier University and her Master of Arts in Communication from Northern Kentucky University. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership, focusing on Faculty Professional Development. She is a Certified Strengths Quest Educator, Project Manager, Certified Targeted Selection Administrator and Certified in the Creative Problem Solving Process. Leighann also teaches multiple sections of Communication Studies courses, theatre appreciation and other courses at universities in the Greater Cincinnati region and beyond.
Leighann is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Northern Kentucky and has been recognized as a member of the Honorable Role of Kentucky Colonels. She currently resides in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky with her husband Zach and their three sons, Tate (16), Ruben (14) and Wyet (8).

Carla Messer

Carla R Messer, PhD

PhD, Union Institute & University
MBA, Ohio State University
MA, Western Michigan University

Carla has 25 years of experience coaching, mentoring, and training top performers. She has presented performance improvement techniques to world-class audiences globally.

In 2008 Carla founded BestWork, LLC a management consulting firm focused on performance development. Carla facilitates team building sessions, delivers performance coaching and conducts assessments for hiring and promotion. She is an energetic presenter who has conducted more than 300 workshops, seminars and training sessions. Since 2004, Carla has taught marketing, international business, and professional practices in management as an Assistant Professor for a regional campus of Indiana University.


Carla’s formal education includes a PhD with a concentration in Ethical and Creative Leadership. Her doctoral work focused on job embeddedness and the link to retention of black professionals. Carla is Expert Certified in Harrison Assessment, measuring 175 work behaviors and has used the tool extensively since 2006. She is also certified in Predictive Index. Carla is a certified executive coach through Outplacement International Partners.

Carla blends theoretical content with creative methods to provide a fun and effective environment for learning and development. Her professional career includes executive posts in sales and distribution, entrepreneurial start-ups, and operations management. During her career she’s led diverse and complex projects for diverse clients such as Luxottica, E.W. Scripps, Silfex / LAM, Cincinnati State, United Way, Butler Tech, TriHealth, Macy’s, and P&G.

University Administration

Gregory B. Brown, Chief Academic Officer
Nora McCaffrey, Dean
Michaela Rowland, Associate Dean