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Susan Benigas, Executive Director 

Susan’s work has spanned the gamut, from running political campaigns to serving in executive, senior management and consultant roles for organizations ranging from professional sports and media to healthcare technology and worksite health promotion. It was while president of a worksite wellness company that she had the paradigm-shift leading to her life’s passion: She questioned the status quo approach to “wellness”—all too often to diagnose and medicate—as opposed to a primary focus on identifying and eradicating the cause of disease.

Prior to joining ACLM, Susan founded the not-for-profit The Plantrician Project and co-founded the International Plant-based Nutrition Healthcare Conference, showcasing the efficacy of whole food, plant-based nutrition in its ability to prevent, suspend and often even reverse much of the chronic, degenerative disease pervasive in our patient populations.

Her experience and successful track record in the areas of organizational leadership, project management, strategic marketing, public relations, development, and Internet-based solutions design and development have helped to fuel the success of many organizations and endeavors. Bringing vision to life is what she does best.

Julie Holtgrave, Senior Director, Events & Operations

Julie Holtgrave joined the team in January 2016. She is a 20 year veteran in the meeting planning industry for both associations and corporations. Julie is focused on providing superior customer service to our members and assisting them in any way possible.

Ingrid Edshteyn, Associate Executive Director, Membership & Education

Ingrid Edshteyn, DO, MPH is a Board Certified Preventive Medicine physician treating the causes of preventable disease for both individual patients and populations. She has been a passionate advocate for the central importance of healthy lifestyle choices as the foundation for medicine since the start of clinical training, when she joined the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM). Since then, she had been elected to ACLM's Board of Directors and has been immersed in developing resources for effective clinical practice, now co-leading the Clinical Practice Model Working Group. As the current Associate Director for Membership and Education at ACLM, she is contributing to the mission of healthier and happier lives for patients by better serving our membership with needed clinical tools and educational resources. She is a graduate of Columbia University's Executive MPH program in Health Policy & Management and Cornell University, where she studied positive health psychology. For the past two years, she helped develop a health system's Center for Prevention & Lifestyle Management, creating a new clinical wellness program for patients and community members. Seeing the transition to value-based care and the opportunity it affords for scalable and sustainable health promoting interventions is invigorating, and the ideal moment for Lifestyle Medicine to lead as the new foundation for clinical care.

Jean Tips, Senior Director of Communications

Jean is a health communications executive and wellness advocate.

She most recently was Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the University of North Health Science Center in Fort Worth, a five-school graduate academic medical institution that includes the only osteopathic medical school in Texas. Jean joined the Health Science Center from Kaiser Permanente, where she served as Director of Communications in its Oakland, Calif., headquarters after other holding communication roles in the Northern California Region and South Bay Service Area. Prior to that, Tips did both internal and external communications for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.

Before entering health care communications, Jean worked as public relations director for several advertising agencies serving Silicon Valley high technology and biotechnology companies. After graduation from the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism, she was an editor for Runner’s World magazines and books and managing editor of California Farmer Magazine.

She received a graduate certificate in Lifestyle Health from UNT Health Science Center in 2015. 

In the community, she serves on the boards of The Cowtown Marathon and Foundation for Wellness, Texas’ FitWorth Healthy City Initiative, the latter as a founding member. In 2014, she was named a “Great Woman of Texas” by the Fort Worth Business Press.

You can follow her on Twitter at JBTips. She also writes about wellness for postmenopausal women on her blog, https://www.plaidforwomen.com/members/jeantips/ and lifestyle health on Quora.

Martin Tull, Director of Partnerships and Development

Martin is a seasoned senior executive with a background in sustainability, management, partnership strategy and program development. He has worked extensively in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors, including serving as the Founding Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance and also recently coordinating the My Plate My Planet campaign in his role as Vice President of Sustainability for Force Multiply, a social impact strategy and marketing company. Martin is recognized as a thought leader in the sustainability community and he is actively involved in corporate sustainability strategies, food systems, climate change initiatives and collective impact campaigns. Martin brings to the ACLM a deep passion for leveraging lifestyle as a pathway to improving personal health and reducing environmental impact.

Lauren Krohn, Social Media Manager

Lauren joined our team as Social Media Manager in June 2015. After a 12 year career in photography, Lauren changed gears and earned her Nutrition Consultant certification in 2014. She is passionate about bringing Lifestyle Medicine to a wide audience through social media, leveraging her diverse interests to create compelling content.
In addition to her work with ACLM, Lauren is the Social Media Manager and Project Manager for The True Health Initiative. She hangs her many hats in Brooklyn, New York.   

Lauree Gallion, Project Manager

Lauree joined the ACLM team in September 2016. With her background in non-profit organization management, she is charged with communication and coordination of ACLM's committees, working groups and task forces. Additionally, Lauree will direct efforts to support ACLM's extraordinary membership growth. Her first introduction to lifestyle medicine and its positive impact on lives was in helping to lead the marketing efforts for the launch of The Plantrician Project in 2013.


The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is the world's flagship professional medical association for physicians, clinicians and allied health professionals, as well as those in professions devoted to advancing the mission of lifestyle medicine.


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