Meet Team NL
We have a small team of dedicated employees who are passionate about all things health and wellness and know how to get. things. done.
Founder and CEO
Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, is a renowned celebrity nutritionist, healthy cooking expert, wellness thought-leader, and the smart best friend that basically everyone in the world turns to for advice. She is the founder and CEO of Nutritious Life and The Nutritious Life Studio, an online certification that provides unparalleled, forward-thinking education to individuals of various backgrounds looking to establish successful careers in the health and wellness industry.
Keri is a Today Show Tastemaker and a contributing editor and advisory board member for Women’s Health Magazine. She is the author of four bestselling books, including The New You and Improved Diet and The O2 Diet. She’s also regularly featured on national television programs like The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Rachael Ray Show and is a prolific contributor and commentator for countless other top media outlets. She resides in New York City with her smoothie-obsessed children, Rex and Maizy.
The snack you always have with you when traveling? Nuts of some kind and green powder.
Your go-to tool for managing stress? Organizing and working out.
What does it mean to you to “live consciously”? Being present enough to be aware of our surroundings at each moment—from the people we are interacting with to the food we are eating to the products and items we have in our home and are surrounding ourselves with.
Chief Operations Officer
Karen Rogers is a brilliant renaissance businesswoman, former fitness trainer and current gym rat, and an Instant Pot evangelist. She has been Keri’s right-hand woman since 2011, when she joined Nutritious Life as the director of operations. She then managed business development and partnerships and later became COO.
Before Karen was hustling to help turn Nutritious Life into a powerhouse media company, she worked in MBA admissions at Columbia Business School and in health care as a pharmaceutical sales and medical device rep. In those roles, she successfully built two multi-million dollar territories out of nothing, managed patients, revamped databases, marketed products, programs, and events, and built relationships with people from all walks of life. She also backpacked around the world—solo—somewhere in there. ”She lives in Charleston with her husband and two kids.
What do you drink regularly, other than water? Black coffee in the morning, green tea in the afternoon, half of a kombucha daily, and lemon sparkling water with dinner.
Your go-to tool for managing stress? Working out, crying, and wine. In that order.
Your weirdest healthy habit? I HATE to cook, so I will put anything on top of a bowl of butter lettuce (my fave) and call it a salad. Like, literally anything in my fridge.
Manager, Brand Partnerships and Special Events
Colleen Sheehan is an incredible manager of events and logistics, a social media, recipe development, and SCOBY expert, and a New England beach baby. She started working at Nutritious Life after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Nutrition and Dietetics and following her 12-year-old-self dream of moving to New York City (after a childhood spent in Western Massachusetts).
Colleen runs on sunlight, and her dreams involve expanding her culinary repertoire in a bright white kitchen filled with jars of fermenting veggies, sourdough starters, and mini food science experiments. She’s passionate about urban agriculture and food accessibility and education. She lives in Manhattan, where she can be found staying out (probably a bit too late) drinking wine with friends and/or working on a goal of trying every taco in NYC.
The snack you always have with you when traveling? I’m not a big packaged snack person, but I’d most likely bring an apple, maybe with a packet of peanut butter (it’s fast food!).
What do you drink regularly, other than water? Easy. Coffee.
Your weirdest healthy habit? I don’t personally think it’s weird, but the feedback I’ve gotten is quite the opposite: Making my own kombucha at home! My favorite flavor is ginger. Thankfully my roommate is okay with my SCObabies lurking in the cabinet.
Lisa Elaine Held
Lisa Elaine Held is a skilled journalist, not-so-skilled guitar player, and a food and farming enthusiast. She has an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and was the first employee at Well+Good. After six years at the website, her stories on women’s health and wellness also appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, and Clean Plates.
When Lisa is not at Nutritious Life managing and creating content, she’s now reporting stories on how the production and consumption of food impacts individual lives, global health, and the environment, for publications like Civil Eats, Eater, and Edible Manhattan. She lives in Brooklyn, where she also hosts The Farm Report on Heritage Radio Network, eats a lot of fancy pizza, and tries (unsuccessfully) to keep up with an ever-growing pile of magazines and books.
The one food you always have you in your fridge? Real pickles.
The one workout you’d never try? I’ve actually tried them all thanks to life as a fitness editor, but please, please, don’t make me go to a barre class ever again. I’ll do a thousand burpees instead.
Your go-to tool for managing stress? Writing mediocre poetry, listening to folk music, yoga, and Headspace.
Academic and Research Editor
Jenn LaVardera, MS, RD, is a nutrition science pro, a dog and Dave Matthews Band lover, and that rare person who doesn’t like chocolate (no, that’s not a typo). She has a BS in nutrition from Pepperdine University and an MS in nutrition communication from Tufts University and has worked and consulted for food companies big and small.
In addition to managing all of the Nutritious Life Studio courses and materials, Jenn has a small private practice specializing in weight management and disordered eating. She’s obsessed with roasted vegetables, broccoli rabe, farro, and mangoes and spends as much time as possible at the beach with her adopted pit bull Brock. She lives in Southampton, New York, where she loves having access to so many amazing farms, wineries, and local food producers.
What do you drink regularly, other than water? We have lots of local wineries on Eastern Long Island that I take advantage of—and living in the Hamptons, definitely rosé.
What does it mean to you to “live consciously”? Being aware of how your actions affect other people, whether it’s big picture stuff like recycling or simple everyday actions like holding a door for someone.
Your weirdest healthy habit? I do a New York Times crossword puzzle every morning. It’s like my mental warm up for the day.
Jill Cromwell Wang
Jill is an accomplished sales executive, media startup superstar, and always the best-dressed woman in the office. She worked in advertising for major legacy publications like Women’s Wear Daily and Runner’s World, where she developed new and existing accounts and surpassed sales goals. Later, she built Well+Good’s digital advertising program from the ground up and implemented a brand overhaul at Clean Plates.
When Jill is not arranging creative partnerships at Nutritious Life, she works with other media companies in the women’s lifestyle space via her media consultancy firm Cromwell Collective. She’s also a super strong fitness pro with Spinning and Chaise Fitness instructor certifications. She lives in South Orange, New Jersey and Santa Monica, California, with her husband and adorable children, Liv and Owen.
The one food you always have you in your fridge? Eggs—I can eat them for every meal.
Your go-to tool for managing stress? The Calm App and smelling fresh flowers.
Your weirdest healthy habit? I don’t think any health habits are weird. Whatever makes you feel healthy and happy, do it up! But I would say the “weirdest” would probably be chair massages at the nail salon. I would get them every day if i could (and some weeks do!).