The Food Studies Institute Board of Directors consists of highly distinguished professionals from the medical and educational community.

Antonia Demas, Ph.D., President & Founder

Antonia Demas has a Ph.D. in education, nutrition, and anthropology from Cornell University. Dr. Demas has worked in various capacities for almost 40 years developing food-based curricula and teaching food-studies in a variety of educational settings with people of diverse ages, as well as ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Because of her excitement about the learning and health improvements that occurs among children when they have positive, sensory-based, hands-on experience with food, she has devoted herself engaging in research to document this observation scientifically. Her dissertation won two national awards for Excellence and Creativity. She is the founder and director of the Food Studies Institute, based in Trumansburg, New York, a non-profit devoted to improving the long-term health and education of children. Her curriculum, Food Is Elementary, has been used successfully in more than 3,000 schools in 33 states. She consults throughout the U.S. and abroad and trains and certifies teachers as food educators. Dr. Demas is a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and at the University of Illinois Medical School.

Carolyn Landis

Carolyn is a successful entrepreneur who advises executives on developing business plans and raising private placement capital.  For nonprofit clients, she guides the strategic planning process and advises on organizational issues.  Based in Princeton, NJ, Carolyn provides strategic services through Catalyst Partners, LLC where she is a Managing Member.  Prior to becoming a consultant, she served as CEO of a NY-based computer refurbishing-training firm and a NJ-based restaurant holding company.  Earlier, she directed consulting, member services, and financial affairs as an officer of a non-profit consortium of 500 universities dealing with technology.  Carolyn has served on boards of several corporations, universities, and non-profit organizations.  She currently serves as a director of non-profit corporations including: HERS, the premier professional development organization for women in higher education administration; Per Scholas, a corporation which trains computer technicians, recycles computers, and brings technology to underprivileged families; the President’s Council of Cornell Women, professional alumnae who work to advance women at the university; McDaniel College, an outstanding private liberal arts college in Westminster, MD; and Princeton Pro Musica, an auditioned chorus and orchestra which performs choral masterworks and new choral compositions by American composers.  Carolyn has edited six books and given numerous conference presentations primarily on the application of computing in higher education.


Carolyn earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Cornell University, an MA in Latin American Studies at Rutgers University, and an MPA in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University.  She has studied piano and sung all of her life.  Carolyn has served as a Director and Secretary of the Food Studies Institute since it’s founding in 1999.  She also served as Treasurer from 1999 to 2002.



T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D

Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry (Cornell)
Author (with Thomas M. Campbell II). "The China Study. Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long Term Health"


T. Colin Campbell, who was trained at Cornell (M. S., Ph.D.) and MIT (Research Associate) in nutrition, biochemistry and toxicology, spent 10 years on the faculty of Virginia Tech's Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition before returning to the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell in 1975 where he presently holds his Endowed Chair (now Emeritus).


His principal scientific interests, which began with his graduate training in the late 1950's, has been on the effects of nutritional status on long term health, particularly on the causation of cancer. He has conducted original research both in laboratory experiments and in large-scale human studies; has received over 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding (mostly NIH), has served on several grant review panels of multiple funding agencies, has lectured extensively, and has authored over 300 research papers. Also, he a) coordinated a USAID-supported technical assistance program for a nationwide nutrition program for malnourished pre-school age children in the Philippines (1966-74), b) organized and directed a multi-national project responsible for nationwide surveys of diet, lifestyle and mortality in the People's Republic of China (1983-present), c) was a co-author and member of National Academy of Science's expert panels on saccharin carcinogenicity (1978); food safety policy (1978-79); diet, nutrition and cancer (1981-82); research recommendations on diet, nutrition and cancer (1982-83); and food labeling policy (1989-1990), d) was the organizer and Co-Chair (but listed as Senior Science Advisor) of the World Cancer Research Fund/American Institute for Cancer Research report on international diet and cancer recommendations (1993-1997), e) was the principal witness for the National Academy of Sciences in two Federal Trade Commission hearings on issues concerning product-specific health claims (1984-1986), f) was Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Infirmary, University of Oxford/England (1985-1986), g) was the Senior Science Advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research/World Cancer Research Fund (1983-1987, 1992-1997), h) presently holds an Honorary Professorship at the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine and i) is on the Board of Directors of the Chinese Institute of Nutritional Sciences, the government's leading institution responsible for nutrition research and policy in China. He is the recipient of several awards, both in research and citizenship. In summary, he has conducted original research investigation both in experimental animal and human studies, and has actively participated in the development of national and international nutrition policy.



Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., Preventive Medicine Consultant, Director Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Reversal Program, Wellness Institute Cleveland Clinic

Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., was born in New York City. At the age of 7 his father moved his medical practice to Upstate New York and he grew up on an Aberdeen Angus cattle farm. He received his AB degree from Yale University, his MD degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1956, in Melbourne, Australia, pulling the No. 6 oar as a member of the victorious United States 8-oared rowing team, he was awarded a gold medal at the Olympic games. He was trained as a surgeon at The Cleveland Clinic and St. George's Hospital, London, England. As an army surgeon in Viet Nam in 1968 he was awarded the Bronze Star.


At the Cleveland Clinic he has been President of the Staff and a member of its Board of Governors. He is the immediate past-Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic's Breast Cancer Task Force, and formerly Head of the Section of Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery.


In 1985, frustrated with the absence of aggressive preventive medicine, he initiated his studies on ART (Arrest and Reversal Treatment) therapy in coronary artery disease. In 1991 he was President of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. As Director and Program Chairman, he organized the 1st National Conference on the Elimination of Coronary Artery Disease held in Tucson, Arizona, October, 1991. A public television special seen in the United States and England in 1992 reported his research effort at arresting coronary artery disease. 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 his bench mark long-term nutritional research arresting and reversing coronary artery disease progression in patients severely ill with coronary artery disease was published. That same study is now updated at beyond twenty years, making it one of the longest longitudinal studies of its type. It is most compelling as no compliant patients have sustained disease progression.


In 1997, as Chairman and Program Director of the 2nd National Conference on Lipids in the Elimination and Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease, he presided at a gathering of over 500 physicians and health care workers. This national and international conference was the "Summit on Cholesterol & Coronary Disease" and in 1998 Dr. Esselstyn edited the Proceedings of that conference as a supplement to the American Journal of Cardiology. His research in progress indicates the reperfusion of blood and oxygen depleted heart muscle may occur as early as 3-6 weeks in patient achieving prompt profound cholesterol reduction, lessening the likelihood of angioplasty, stenting, or bypass surgery.


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Philippus Miller III

Managing Director of Philippus Miller III & Associates LLC, a full service executive search firm serving hospitality entities worldwide with researching and identifying, negotiating with and assisting clients in retaining highly qualified managers and executives. Based in Ithaca, New York, Miller's firm also offers placement services for highly qualified Cornell (and other hotel school) graduates seeking high level employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.


Miller's 20-plus years of international hospitality industry experience give him a comprehensive understanding of, and unparalleled connections within, the industry.

He served as Director of Alumni Affairs for Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration and Secretary of its alumni association, the Cornell Hotel Society, from 1993 to 2004. In this capacity he directed all operations of the most active alumni association in the world, with particular expertise in public relations, communications (both Web and print), loyalty programs, association management, executive search and networking; assisted the School's 10,000 plus students and alumni in all aspects of their careers and lifelong interaction with Cornell; served as Executive Editor of the alumni magazine, the Cornell Hotel Society Bulletin, and Managing Editor of the Cornell Hotel School magazine; supervised the operations of 60 alumni chapters worldwide, which called for frequent international travel; directed the efforts of more than 130 volunteers; and managed the transition from a largely print-based to a largely on-line information system.


A 1983 graduate of the Cornell Hotel School, Miller spent 10 years following his graduation in various executive capacities in the hospitality industry. His first position was as a Corporate Management Trainee with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, based in Arizona. He was placed in Hyatt hotels in San Francisco and Washington DC, among others, and worked in every department, with a concentration in sales and marketing.


Miller then worked with The Related Companies in New York City as part of a team which developed, built and opened a renowned and very successful midtown Manhattan nightclub.


Seeking international experience, Miller moved to Antigua, Guatemala and worked as the Operations Manager for a resort in the Central American highlands. Subsequently, Miller became Operations Manager of a resort/safari camp in a remote location of southern Kenya. In 1993, he was recruited to work for the Cornell Hotel School and returned to Ithaca, New York.



Barbara Orlando

From 1993 to 2010, Barbara B. Orlando served as communications director, presidential speechwriter and newsletter editor with MTA NYC Transit, the state agency that operates New York’s subway and bus systems and a large capital program. Her reporting in 2001/02 was a key source for the 2003 federal study, Saving City Lifelines: Lessons Learned in the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks (Minetta Transportation Institute), which cites transit agencies as the “unsung heroes” of New York’s 9/11 response and recovery. She moved to government from Time Incorporated in 1990 as press officer for the Department of Sanitation, where she was named to New York City’s charter Leadership Institute.


At Time Inc., as media director for Discover and Money magazines, she helped launch Discover: the World of Science TV series, and Money’s widely quoted “Americans and Their Money” and “Best Places to Live” national surveys. A controversial 1986 Money article she disseminated, “Inside the Billion-Dollar Business of Blood,” by Andrea Rock, disclosed links between AIDS and the nation’s blood supply and won the 1987 National Magazine Award for journalism in the public interest. Earlier, Barbara was an account executive with Hill and Knowlton public relations and a reporter on Wall Street.


A native of Michigan, she has a BA from Cornell University, majored in English, and was elected to Mortar Board. She is a charter member of the President’s Council of Cornell Women, regularly served on its steering committee and, in 2010, planned and edited its 20th anniversary history. She is a past Cornell Council member and director of the Publicity Club of New York. She and her husband have a son and daughter and live in Manhattan, where she has started consulting.



Joan Peven Smith

Joan Peven Smith is involved in community charities and civic organizations and serves on a number of Boards. Her interests include preventive medicine that focuses on nutrition and also the arts. Currently, she is a Director Emeritus of Florida International University’s (FIU) Foundation Board. She has created the Joan and Harry B. Smith Lecture Series that brings in notable speakers in the subject of preventive medicine. She is evolving Collaborative Corridors among Medical Schools in order to share the same speakers and create community groups with the same purpose. She is a member of EarthSave and Positive Alternative Therapies in Health. Joan Smith serves on the Board of Food Studies Institute that educates teachers and children about plant based/whole foods and nutritional styles. Mrs. Smith is also an Advisory Member of Funding Arts Network. This non-profit has funded the arts in Miami with multi million dollar gifts. Joan Smith lives in Coconut Grove, Florida with her attorney husband, Harry B. Smith of Heller Waldman.



Harvey Zarren, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Dr. Zarren is the Founder and Physician Director of The Healing Connection, a hospital based program at the Union Hospital, North Shore Medical Center, in Lynn, Massachusetts. The Healing Connection is a working practice that places people and the value of human interaction back into the center of the healing process. Dr. Zarren is also the Founder and Medical Director of the Healing Your Heart Program at the Union Hospital. Healing Your Heart is a low cost program for the treatment and reversal of heart disease.


Since 1982, Dr. Zarren has been an Assistant Clinical Professor in Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Zarren is on the Boards of The Association of Healing Health Care Projects, the Integrated Medicine Alliance and The Food Studies Institute. He is a Patron of New Approaches to Cancer based in Surrey, England. He is currently President of the New England Society of Clinical Hypnosis.


A physician trained in conventional Cardiology, Dr. Zarren's practice and approach to healing has included a focus on nutrition as a cornerstone of cardiac wellness and has emphasized hope, personal responsibility fostered by education, and the value of human relationships in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.


In his professional efforts, Dr. Zarren is focused on the prevention and aggressive treatment of atherosclerosis (the number one cause of death in the United States). Dr. Zarren is also interested and involved in changing school nutrition as a way to implement disease prevention and as a way to improve student behavior in school. Dr. Zarren speaks and presents workshops around the United States and internationally.



Karen Meador, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Karen Meador is an experienced health care executive and pediatrician. She most recently served as Vice President of Research Administration and Physician Corporations for Children’s Medical Center Dallas and concomitantly as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and as President of Physicians for Children, a pediatric primary care organization. Previously, Karen worked as an Emergency Medicine attending at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and as a Financial Analyst for Johnson & Johnson while attending the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her MBA with Honors in Finance and Health Care Management. She graduated from the pediatric residency program at The University of Texas San Antonio, from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and from Rice University, where her degree was in Biology/Nutrition. During medical school, she was awarded the NIH Preventive Cardiology Award with which she founded and ran a nutrition counseling service for low income families in Houston.


Karen serves in several other board positions. She is a Trustee for the University of Texas at Houston Medical School Alumni Association. She is on the Board of the Wharton School Alumni Association and serves as Treasurer for the Wharton Health Care Alumni Association and the Wharton Health Care Scholarship Fund. She is Immediate Past President of the Wharton Alumni Club of DFW. She is a founding Board member of the Dallas Business Club. She also serves as Treasurer for The Vendome Homeowner's Association.


Karen is married to Robert Meador, MD, a rheumatologist, and they reside in Dallas, TX. They also have a vacation home in Trumansburg, NY, on Cayuga Lake, where they enjoy swimming, kayaking, and hiking. Karen and Robert model the optimal lifestyle for most healthful living and disease prevention with consistent daily exercise and an all natural vegetarian diet that is low is fat and high in nutrients and fiber. Karen enjoys being creative in the kitchen with gourmet plant based meals that are a work of art, and Robert and other family and friends enjoy eating her masterpieces.



Michele Heller

Ms. Heller is co-founder of the LIFE Farm-to-School program for the Lopez Island School District, located off the coast of Washington State. The LIFE (Lopez Island Farm Education) program has integrated, within the K-12 curriculum, a three-phase combination of garden (on-campus herb and food garden and off-campus biodynamic farm), classroom (with mobile cooking unit and seed starting units), and cafeteria program (using local foods and featuring produce grown, harvested and prepared by students in cafeteria meals).


Working with the Food Studies Institute, the LIFE program strives to create a model of sustainability for such programs within schools nationwide. Ms. Heller also serves as a member of the Chairman’s Council for Conservation International and as a Trustee for the University of Washington’s Henry Art Gallery, the regional museum for contemporary art. The University of Washington is Ms. Heller’s alma mater, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

Ms. Heller, along with her husband, Steven Heller, is co-founder of The Heller Foundation for Life, whose mission is to promote health and vitality of the environment, the community and the individual by supporting initiatives in education, sustainability and the arts.

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