Meet Team NS

It’s pretty amazing to have a supportive rockstar team! I started Nutrition Stripped as a creative outlet in 2013 and couldn’t have dreamt up what life (and this company!) would be like now. I was as a 1-woman show for quite some time and I’m so grateful for you to meet the team who has supported me in making our mission and vision of NS come to life. — McKel

Get to know them with these fun facts:

McKel (Hill) Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder and CEO

Jesse Kooienga


“From someone who was raised in a self-sustaining environment in the country of Asheville, NC until I was 14, I learned first-hand the deep connection with food. With over 15 years in thoughtfully leading large teams in the hospitality industry, I know supporting your team is key (and having fun along the way). I run the day to day operations of the company and support McKel’s vision by keeping us on track and sailing towards our North Star.”


CCO (Chief Cuddle Officer)

“People are really here for me, right? I’m the oldest employee of Nutrition Stripped and I have the best job! I get to walk to the office or we work from home recipe testing which means I’m always getting treats — vegetables are my favorite though! We don’t need science to tell us how calm animals make our humans feel, so it’s cuddle time all the time. Life is good!” — @hiimlunathesamoyed

Erica Carneglia, MS, RD, LDN

NS Wellness Coach

“I have devoted my life to the pursuit of health and wellness and love empowering others to make lifelong changes that will allow them to do the same. Nutrition is a part of all of our lives, I’m here to make sure it’s a positive one!”@nutritionstrippederica

Jocelyn Montemarano

Program Manager

Virgo — Coconut Ice Cream — Reading a Good Book on the Beach — Anatomy of the Spirit

“After being a fan of Nutrition Stripped for years, I’m so happy to now be part of the team and contribute to the mission of making healthy habits easy for everyone to achieve. I’ve seen this first hand throughout my career in journalism and content marketing that content has the power to change people’s lives. Nutrition Stripped has already made an impact in so many lives, and I’m excited to help evolve the content and program development to make that impact even greater.”

Rachael Link, MS, RD

Nutrition Editorial Contributor

Aquarius — burrito bowl — yoga – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

“I’m passionate about plant-based nutrition and the huge impact that diet can have on nearly every aspect of health. I started my career working as a dietitian at a veteran’s hospital and stumbled upon a passion for writing. Now, I have the opportunity to share with readers just how easy it can be to take control of your health, simply by switching up what you’re putting on your plate.” — @nutrimental

Lindsay Malone, MS, RD

Nutrition Editorial Contributor

Sagittarius — Fresh salsa with as much cilantro as humanly possible — Taking a long run — Mind over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin
“I’m a firm believer in the power of nourishing food, exercise, and restoration. We are all one good meal, workout and night’s sleep away from a better version of ourselves! I’m excited to share my passion for wellness and 10 years of experience as a Dietitian with the Nutrition Stripped community.” —@lindsaymalonerd