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 (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.

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

Jesse Kooienga


Pieces — Japanese food — cooking — The Food Lab by chef J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

“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.”

Erica Carneglia, MS, RD, LDN

NS Wellness Coach

Virgo — homemade pasta — lavender candle and a face mask — The Great Gatsby

“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

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.” — @madison_terry

Jessica Steddom


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.” — @jessicasteddom


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.” — @hiimlunathesamoyed

Ryan Sax

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.” — Article Media