” We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture – imagine this – where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.” – Michelle Obama 

Board Members

Peter Stanton

MS RD LDN Director:MS, Bastyr University; Massachusetts Licensed Nutritionist Registered Dietitian; Dietetic Internship Keene State College. Peter is the founder of The Nutrition Center and the former director of CHP Nutrition Services. He has served as a senior nutritionist for the area’s WIC program and was a prenatal nutrition counselor for Barrington OB/GYN.

Iona Smith, President

Iona is Program Leader for Kripalu Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) with the Institute for Extraordinary Living. She holds a Master’s Degree in education from Harvard University and a 500-hour yoga teacher’s certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica. She is an R&R Retreat faculty member at Kripalu. Iona is on board with all The Nutrition Center stands for, firmly believing in inspiring the community through healthy living.

Roberto Flores

Roberto Flores turned to farming in 2008, after a career as a hotel owner. As a Market Farmer and Owner of Good Dogs Farm in Sheffield, he has firsthand experience of the role small farms play in a community and the challenges to bringing fresh, locally grown food to the public, especially to the underprivileged. As most local farmers must, Roberto subsidizes his farm work with a second job as a sales representative for Harney Teas. He serves on The Nutrition Center board because he believes in the need to eliminate the “elitist” status of locally farmed food and to find a way to get this food and a nutritional lifestyle to children and the underprivileged.

Jeffrey Blaugrund

Jeffrey Blaugrund currently works for TIBCO Software Inc. as an Industry Marketing Manager, and resides in Alford with his family. Jeffrey has a passion for promoting healthy lifestyles through nutrition and exercise. The Nutrition Center’s multiple educational programs are community assets, which he is enthusiastic to sustain.

Raymond Jacoub

Raymond Jacoub is an attorney with a varied private practice in the Berkshires. Originally from Los Angeles and of Egyptian parentage, Ray has lived in Boston, Albuquerque, Greece, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland. His exposure to different culinary traditions and his interest in cooking and nutrition have led him to serve as a board member.

Kim McMann

Kim is a training coordinator for the New York State Community Action Association and has worked for nearly two decades as an advocate for food access in Berkshire County. She lives in Stephentown, NY.

Advisory Board

Mary O’Malley MD

Psychiatry/Behavioral Health at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA.

Beryl Jolly

Executive Director of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, MA.

Dominic Palumbo

Founder and farmer of Moon in the Pond Farm, Sheffield, MA.

Anne Ghitman

Grant Writer.

Donna Saliter

Principal at In Touch Promotion.

Susan Emerson Clapp

Director of Philanthropy, The Humane Society, Northeast Region.

Cathy Wolz

Associate Director of Education at American Institute for Cancer Research.