Promoting Talent


Representing Distinguished Leaders in Arts and Sciences

Robert Lustig, MD MSL

Robert H. Lustig, M.D., M.S.L. is Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and Member of the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF. Dr. Lustig is a neuroendocrinologist, with expertise in metabolism, obesity, and nutrition.  Dr. Lustig graduated from MIT in 1976, and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in 1980. He also received his Masters of Studies in Law (MSL) degree at University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2013. He is the author of the popular books Fat Chance (2012), and The Hacking of the American Mind (2017). He is the Chief Science Officer of the non-profit Eat REAL, and Chief Medical Officer of BioLumen Technologies.

Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA, FACN, CEO
Dr. Ifland has been creating breakthroughs in recovery from food addiction from 1999, with her first popular book, to 2018 when her textbook, Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery was published by CRC Press. She has innovated in online services such as The Addiction Reset Community (ARC) in 2016, She has also founded sites which provide free services including the Facebook group, ‘Food Addiction Education’ (2014) and Handouts at (2014).  RESET WEEK is the first online live video program for withdrawal from processed foods (2018).  Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly publication describing refined food addiction and the definition of addictive foods. Dr. Ifland is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. She earned her PhD in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University (2010); her MBA at Stanford Business School (1978) and her BA in Economics and Political Science at Oberlin College (1974). She currently resides in Seattle.

Lyn Coffin

Lyn Coffin is an American poet, fiction writer, playwright, translator, and non-fiction writer who has authored thirty books of poetry, fiction, drama, nonfiction, and translation. She has published fiction, poetry and non-fiction in over fifty quarterlies and small magazines, including Catholic Digest and Time magazine. One of her fictions, originally published in the Michigan Quarterly Review appeared in Best American Short Stories 1979, edited by Joyce Carol Oates. Her plays have been performed at theaters in Malaysia, Singapore, Boston, New York (Off Off Broadway), Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Seattle. She has given poetry readings with Nobel Prize winners Joseph Brodsky and Czesław Miłosz, and Philip Levine, among others. She is a member of Washington Poets’ Association and Poets West and Greenwood Poets. Poezia Press [1] published Coffin’s translation in shairi of The Knight in the Panther Skin Shota Rustaveli’s The Knight in the Panther Skin, a 12th-century epic poem from the country of Georgia. Coffin was awarded SABA, the Georgian National Literature Prize in 2016 [2] “Coffin may be the most accomplished writer most Americans have never heard of.” -Iron Twine Press: Seattle Poet Offers Epic 800 Years in the Making.