Meet Team NS

McKel (Hill) Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder, CEO

Cancer — Indian Food — sage + meditation — The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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 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.

Get to know them with these fun facts: astrology sign — favorite food — favorite way to practice self-care — favorite book

Luna — @hiimlunathesamoyed

NS Mascot / Recipe Tester

Capricorn – cucumbers – cuddles – Heart Talk by Cleo Wade

“As one of the oldest employees of Nutrition Stripped, I have the best job. Each day I walk to the office with mom or we work from home and I’m always with her so that means I get nonstop cuddles and help my mom feel calm. I feel like my job is pretty awesome — especially on recipe testing days.”

Joseph Barker


Aries – Tapas – family time – The Obstacle is the Path

“I’ve had the privilege to work for the best companies in the financial and health and wellness education industry for my entire career. My favorite thing to do is help people with meaningful things to say, say it to more people. That’s why I love working alongside McKel and the Nutrition Stripped team.”

Courtney Lay — @courtneylay

Brand Partnerships Editor

Capricorn – Tacos – Slow morning with a good book – The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

“I started my career with Nutrition Stripped and I feel so fortunate to work on a team that’s so supportive and always striving to improve with a focus on positively impacting others. I geek out on branding, strategy, and finding the coolest new products to share with our community.”

X — Content Manager

We’re hiring!

Madison Terry — @madison_terry

Graphic Designer

Libra — Sushi — online shopping — You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

“I love to help like-minded creatives bring their passions to life through graphic design, and I am so happy to be a part of the Nutrition Stripped team! I work with the team across many platforms to display all of McKel’s beautiful photographs and recipes. Having started my design career in fashion, it has been a wonderful experience furthering my skills in the health wellness industry.”

Jessica Steddom — @jessicasteddom


Sagittarius — Chips and queso — making food with friends — Anything by C.S. Lewis

“I have been creating photos and videos full-time for 3 years now and I couldn’t be luckier to do what I love and for clients that I admire. Living in Nashville has opened up so many doors for me and my mentors along the way have taught me how to live a balanced life — keeping the important things important at the end of the day.”

Ryan Sax — Article Media

Web Project Manager

Scorpio — Pizza — My couch and any kind of sports — Do Podcasts count?

“Serial entrepreneur who’s hustled his entire life. Now helping create amazing digital experiences for global brands.”