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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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.


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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