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Meet the Paleo Writing Team

Our writers bring you the latest in nutrition science, lifestyle content, and delicious Paleo recipes.
Trevor Connor, M.S.

Trevor Connor is the CEO of The Paleo Diet, and a nutritionist and physiologist by training. He was Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student at Colorado State University.

Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
Founder of The Paleo Diet

Dr. Cordain is the founder of The Paleo Diet.

Lorrie Cordain
Co-founder of The Paleo Diet

Lorrie Cordain co-founded The Paleo Diet alongside her husband, Dr. Loren Cordain.

Chris Case, M.A.
Chief Operating Officer

Chris received his B.A. in neuroscience and art/art history, and his M.A. in journalism.

Dave Trendler
Chief Marketing Officer

Dave Trendler is Chief Marketing Officer of The Paleo Diet. Before joining our team, he worked in marketing in several roles in the book, magazine, and online publishing industry.

Mark J. Smith, Ph.D.
Chief Science Officer

Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., is a leading expert on Paleo nutrition and a health and conditioning coach.

Lauren Fellows

Lauren Fellows is the Director of Content for The Paleo Diet.

Emily Rumsey

Emily Rumsey joined The Paleo Diet® in the summer of 2020 and has since been promoted to Website Manager. She recently graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Journalism.

Jess Case
Recipe Developer

Jess Case is a professional chef and baker, graphic designer, and craftsperson.

Jennafer Ashley
Recipe Writer

I have been in the recipe developing, food styling and food photography business for over 5 years and it is truly a passion of mine.

Felicia Lim
Recipe Developer

I’m Felicia and I have been developing gluten-free and Paleo recipes for the past 5 years.

Irene Jay

Irene Jay is a Holistic Health Coach and a certified Nutrition Coach from Vancouver, BC.

Megan Patiry

Megan is a freelance writer specializing in ancestral nutrition. She has personally followed a Paleo-style, ancestral style of eating for over a decade.

Raphael Sirtoli, M.Sc.
Science Writer

Raphael Sirtoli has an M.Sc. in molecular biology and is a Ph.D. candidate in health sciences at the Behavioral and Molecular Lab in Portugal. Raphael co-founded Nutrita, makers of a food tracking app that focuses on diet quality rather than calorie counting.

Aimee McNew

Aimee McNew is a nutritionist and writer who focuses on women’s health, infertility, and postpartum wellness.

Courtney Hamilton

Courtney Hamilton is a writer and editor with over nine years of experience.

Betsy Schroeder

Betsy does research and writing for a few different websites in the natural health field after taking Masters level courses in Nutrition & Functional Medicine through the University of Western States.

Robert Yang, M.S.

Robert Yang has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is a certified nutritionist. He is also a strength and conditioning specialist.

Nell Stephenson

Nell Stephenson has been an advocate for The Paleo Diet since 2011, and is the co-author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook.

David Seaman, D.C., M.S.

Dr. David Seaman has been writing about chronic inflammation for 25 years. He wrote the first published scientific article about how diet can induce inflammation and promote pain.

Dr. Marc Bubbs

Dr. Marc Bubbs is a naturopathic doctor, author, and performance nutrition consultant for a portfolio of professional and Olympic athletes.

Bill Manci

Bill Manci is the president of a fisheries and aquaculture consulting company. He's worked with The Paleo Diet since 2002.

David Whiteside

David Whiteside devotes his time to researching and promoting awareness of Paleo and ancestral dieting in the senior community.  

Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark is an entrepreneur, food writer, and business owner with years of experience in The Paleo Diet world.

Chris Lesley
Guest Writer

This post was guest written by Chris Lesley, the editor-in-chief at Chickens And More.

Johnathan David
Guest Contributer

Johnathan David has been a reptile hobbyist since childhood. He has years of experience in herpetoculture, is an editor at Everything Reptiles and is a wildlife biologist.

Elisabeth Kwak

Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan is a Montana-based freelance journalist who specializes in the outdoors, science, environment, and parenting.

Ryan Kohler
Guest Writer

Ryan Kohler is the Head Coach at Fast Talk Laboratories. Ryan holds a B.S. in exercise science, an M.S. in sports nutrition, and has been published in numerous scientific and popular media outlets.

Wendy Farrell, M.S.Ed.
Guest Contributor

Wendy L. Farrell, M.S.Ed received her Master’s in Education in Exercise and Sports Science from Colorado State University in 1987 with Dr. Loren Cordain.

Jessica Resendez

Jessica has over five years of writing experience from food and health to culture and community. Her path to the Paleo Diet came after discovering the many lifestyle benefits of cleaner eating.

Casey Thaler

Casey Thaler is a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist.

Stephanie Vuolo

Stephanie Vuolo is a Certified Nutritional Therapist.

Jane Dizon

Jane is a health, fitness, and nutrition enthusiast and blogger.

Kyle Cordain

Kyle Cordain is a graduate of Colorado State University with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Global Environmental Sustainability.

Dr. David M. Brady

Dr. David M. Brady is a leading naturopathic medical doctor and expert on fibromyalgia. He completed his initial clinical training as a doctor of chiropractics and is also dual board-certified in clinical nutrition.

Maelán Fontes, M.S.

Maelán Fontes is a researcher and PhD student at the Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University, Sweden.

Eirik Garnas

Eirik Garnas is a nutritionist, blogger, writer for several health websites and magazines, and personal trainer.

C.J. Hunt

C.J. Hunt is a writer and broadcaster who has covered diet and nutrition.

William Lagakos, Ph.D.

Dr. William Lagakos received a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology from Rutgers University where his research focused on dietary fat assimilation and integrated energy metabolism.

Woodrow C. Monte, Ph.D.

Dr. Monte is a leading expert on food-borne diseases and food additive safety.

Dr. O. H. Okoye

Dr. Obianuju Helen Okoye is a US Health Care Consultant.

Paul Vandyken

Paul Vandyken is a personal trainer and nutrition coach.

The Paleo Diet® Team

The Paleo Diet® team comprises a group of scientists, journalists, and recipe creators who stay at the forefront of nutrition science, specifically Paleolithic nutrition. Our hope is to bring you the latest news and research to help you understand how to follow the diet, optimize your health, and eat nutritious and delicious Paleo meals..

Isabella Mead
Production Manager

Isabella Mead is the Production Manager at The Paleo Diet®

Ashley DeKam, N.D., C.H.S.
Lifestyle Writer

With several decades of experience in the health and wellness field, Ashley is passionate about educating, inspiring, and aiding those who want to better their lives and health.

Andrea Dehnke
Content Manager

Andrea is the Content Manager at The Paleo Diet and has experience working with several health and nutrition publications.

Paleo Leadership
Trevor Connor
Trevor Connor

Dr. Loren Cordain’s final graduate student, Trevor Connor, M.S., brings more than a decade of nutrition and physiology expertise to spearhead the new Paleo Diet team.

Mark J Smith
Dr. Mark J. Smith

One of the original members of the Paleo movement, Mark J. Smith, Ph.D., has spent nearly 30 years advocating for the benefits of Paleo nutrition.

Nell Stephenson
Nell Stephenson

Ironman athlete, mom, author, and nutrition blogger Nell Stephenson has been an influential member of the Paleo movement for over a decade.

Loren Cordain
Dr. Loren Cordain

As a professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Loren Cordain developed The Paleo Diet® through decades of research and collaboration with fellow scientists around the world.