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Gina Ritter
NFO Publisher

Gina Ritter owns and publishes Natural Family Online. She's a native New Yorker transplanted to Northern California (and loving it!).

Gina lives with her husband, pets and three young boys. She is a writer, artist and entrepreneur.

Gina's goal for Natural Family Online is to improve the lives of diverse groups of parents and families on their terms. Gina's vision melds mainstream with granola parenting for the best mix of education and support for midstream parenting™. Midstream parents want tools for bringing a little more natural living to their families without the hassle of identifying themselves with one strict brand of parenting.

Lisa Poisso
NFO Editor-in-Chief
Lisa Poisso has performed in ballet and musical theatre, edited magazines, slogged through the world of corporate communications and run a home-based writing and editing business while raising a family. A passionate advocate for attachment parenting and natural family living, she is the founder and publisher of APConnect!, Dallas/Fort Worth’s online resource for AP and natural parenting. She writes for publications and edits for authors specializing in the natural family, attachment parenting, and vegetarian fields.
APConnect! is a non-profit site published by a volunteer staff on donated web hosting. Our goal is to provide a place where like-minded parents can connect with local resources and with each other.


Katharina Bishop
Channel Editor
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Katharina Bishop is a freelance writer. Her academic background is eclectic and encompasses studies in philosophy, psychology and medicine. She is currently completing a Degree in Modern Language Studies. Katharina is the owner of Wondrous Gems, a business specializing in designer jewellery, crystals, and related products.

A free spirit, she has traveled to over thirty countries and lived in five, on three continents. She now lives in South-West England together with her husband Charles and son, Kiran.

Tara Bzdok
Entertaining & Holidays Editor
Tara Bzdok is a freelance writer specializing in natural living and holistic health topics. Her B.A. in English Literature and love for reading and writing have lead her into the antique book business. She hopes to one day turn her interest in nutrition into a master's degree so she can help people realize their full potential through better health. A single mother, Tara writes and sells books from her home in upstate New York.


Sarojni Mehta-Lissak
Natural Home Editor

Natural Home Editor Sarojni Mehta-Lissak is a freelance writer from Long Beach, California, where she continues to move her family along the natural living continuum. Her background includes teaching, practicing skin care, traveling, cooking and pursuing "green" trends in her home. She has a B.A. in liberal studies with a concentration in human development, and she is also a licensed esthetician. She is married with one daughter, whom she and her husband adopted from India in 1995. Visit her at

Susan Palmquist
Food Editor
Susan Palmquist is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Psychology Today and Budget Savvy Magazine. She contributes to ten publications and is a contributing editor at Garden and Hearth. She holds a certificate of educational acheivement in vegetarian nutrition and has been a vegetarian since 1978.

C. Delia Scarpitti
Products & Books Editor

C. Delia Scarpitti is a freelance writer, lifelong student and grateful educator. Her writing can be found in Mothering Magazine, SageWoman, and various other publications. She holds degrees in English education and women's studies and is currently completing her graduate work in liberal studies with a concentration in feminist literature and criticism. She lives in the mid-Atlantic region with her husband and their three young children and is currently at work on her first novel.

Jacque Shannon-McNulty
Babies & Children Editor

Jacque is a freelance writer, childbirth educator and entrepreneur. She is president of the nonprofit Chicago Community Midwives and has worked crafting legislative strategy, lobbying and testifying before the Illinois legislature. Jacque holds a degree in social science and child development and has worked professionally counseling women and children, working and volunteering for social service agencies in the United States and France. She is co-owner of the Prairie Croissant Café, an organic, fair-trade coffee shop offering simple, natural, gourmet fare in French café tradition. She lives near Chicago with her husband, three homeschooling daughters, two cats and a puppy.

Special Contributors:

Denise Altman
A private practice lactation consultant and nurse educator.

Lara Ashmore
Founder and director of Veggie KIDS, works with the Robert Muller Center for Living Ethics and conductor of parent/teacher workshops.

Nava Atlas
Author and illustrator of many books on vegetarian cooking.

Alicia Bayer Publishes A Magical Childhood.

Mark Brandenberg
20 year author, speaker and certified relationship coach.

Andrea Candee
Master herbalist, author, and lecturer.

Christine Climer
Registered nurse, trained in early childhood education, and executive director and child care nurse for an early childhood health promotion organization.

Susie Cortright
Author of 2 books, publisher of

Waverly Fitzgerald
Freelance writer and teacher; owner of School of the Seasons.

Gina Gerboth
Freelance editor, indexer and writer, as well as a breastfeeding peer counselor and birth enthusiast. and

Susy Goins
Graduated from American College of Health Sciences.

Caron Goode Ed.D.
uthor, counselor and director of Inspired Parenting and Inspired Living International.

Jennifer Hahn
Doctor and editor of The Thinking Parent

Jan Hunt
Author and leading expert on Attachment Parenting.

Patricia Newton
owner of Proud Pregnancies and founder of
Operation Special Delivery

Linda Folden Palmer
Consults and lectures on natural infant health, optimal child nutrition and AP.

Elizabeth Pantley
Parenting educator and author of numerous parenting books.

Karen Prior
Runs a Registered Yoga School; knows therapeutic uses of yoga, nutrition and prenatal fitness.

Kelley Shirazi
Studying for master’s of science degree in holistic nutrition and creator of Oceana Botanical Herbal Products.

Susun Weed
30 year herbalist & feminist. and



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