As a wellness professional and educator with multiple certifications, four-time Ironman triathlete Julie Lichty Balay has spent 20 years helping and inspiring people to live healthier, more active lives. She is the owner of JLB Nutrition, where she provides individual and group nutrition counseling programs that integrate nutrition, education, behavior modification techniques and regular exercise. She helps many clients with eating disorders and morbid obesity. Julie is an Assistant Professor at Montclair State University, where she teaches several courses including Sports Nutrition. She is one of only 600 Board certified sports dietitians in America. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds an MS degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. Julie lives in New Jersey.
For 22 years, Dawn was a successful entrepreneur, running a communications company serving the music industry, with clients such as the Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna. For eight years, Dawn owned a spa in Oldwick, New Jersey dedicated to creating mind, body and spirit wellness. At age 44, Dawn, a mother of two, tragically lost her husband. Today, she is the Founder and President of A New Dawn Enterprises, a multi-media company dedicated to helping people heal from the symptoms of loss, transition through the grief process in a more loving and effective way, and celebrate life. Dawn was featured in the bestselling book Saturday Night Widows, which chronicled discoveries about being transformed by adversity, new experiences, humor, and friendship. She appeared on CBS This Morning and Katie. Dawn lives in New Jersey.
Holly is a retired public school counselor who spent 23 years dedicated to the welfare and advocacy of students in grades K-12. After the Columbine High School shootings and 9/11, Holly, a Colorado resident, served as Head of Crisis Management for secondary schools in Summit County Colorado. She founded several middle-school, theme-based counseling groups, such as divorce, friendship skills and anger management. She also wrote school-wide educational plans for developmentally disabled students. Holly is a devoted Buddhist and mentor of Buddhist counselors who is well-versed in mind-body practices across several spiritual traditions. She holds a BS degree in Education from Ohio University with a major in Social Psychology, and a master’s degree in Counseling from Western State Colorado University.