Dr Louise Glennie (PhD)
Nutrition Plus was founded by Dr Louise Glennie PhD in 2008 as the Not-for Profit (NFP) ‘daughter company’ to the Juice Plus Company Australia and New Zealand (JPCANZ). This organisation started with the intention of providing Juice Plus products to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (having by far, the worst health statistics of any other group in Australia) and other disadvantaged children through school. However, Nutrition plus now offers a wide array of health and wellbeing support to schools in addition to assisting other disadvantaged and homeless people of all age. This is achieved through small grant funding and providing Juice Plus products to other NFP and organisations that support these groups.
Our projects now include – fruit, vegetable and bush-tucker gardens, and cooking, health and wellbeing, health education programs and cultural reconnection programs that impact on mental health and sense of wellbeing in both Australia and New Zealand. And of course, we continue to supply of Juice Plus products throughout the projects. It is estimated that several thousand people have benefitted from our projects to date.
Louise remains Chairperson and CEO of this organisation and acknowledges that this organisation only exists because of the generosity of the Juice Plus Company, its staff and the thousands of JP partners and customers that support the organisation through donations, fundraising and as Project Ambassadors.
Dr Kate Hartig (PhD)
Kate was formerly a Human Geography academic with teaching and research interest in Indigenous and rural issues, specifically the way the construction of a place creates socioeconomic disadvantage. Her resignation from an academic career was prompted by the desire to seek new challenges and a determination to focus her energies into making a difference.
Since 2009, alongside her commitment with Nutrition Plus, she has taken up assignments with Indigenous Community Volunteers (ICV) in Western Australia and Australian Volunteers International (AVI) in Indonesia and Myanmar.
Kate finds being a member of the Nutrition Plus board and its aims to promote and support good health for Indigenous children through educational and practical ways, intrinsically satisfying.
David is a proud Aboriginal man from the Wiradjuri and Ngemba groups of Central and North Western NSW. He is a committed father of two boys and has lived all of his life in Newcastle. He is an active member of numerous Aboriginal communities across the Hunter Region.
David believes it is his obligation and responsibility to pass on traditional cultural knowledge, shared with him by his Elders, and the professional skills and experiences he has acquired over time. In particular, he feels that Aboriginal young people are an essential focus of this sharing ofknowledge.
David has over 16 years experience working in education and training, Aboriginal mentoring, community engagement and development, the performing arts, public speaking, cultural tourism and leadership/ advisory roles across the Hunter Region. He has had association with organisations such as; the University of Newcastle, TAFE Hunter Institute, the Newcastle Knights (NRL) Football Club, the Catchment Management Authority, the Department of Family and Community Services, BHP Billiton, Wakagetti Dance Company, Gunni Thakun Cultural Association, several Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Committees (AECG) and numerous Primary and High Schools.
Much of David’s professional and personal pursuits have particular focus on the development and advancement of Aboriginal young people. He works to inspire, support and build overall health and well-being, using traditional cultural practices and teachings as the foundation for this work.
Additionally, as a double graduate from the University of Newcastle (1997,2006) David has helda seat on the Alumni Advisory Committee at UoN.
Nathan Brennan is a proud Aboriginal man descending from the Gomeroi, Gumbaynggirr and Bundjalung Aboriginal people of NSW.
Nathan was born in Newcastle and now resides in Graton where he is CEO of the Coffs harbor Land Council. Nathan is an active member of the community, volunteering his time through a number of boards in addition to his Nutrition Plus role.
Nathan is an esteemed Aboriginal cultural performer and often attends schools to conduct Aboriginal culture and dance workshops, as well as a performing at community events.
Nathan has a wealth of experience working in the NSW Government sector for 10 years, managing education and employment programs, in particular by focussing on youth and young people. One of his passions is working with young people to identify goals and develop pathways to assist them achieve their education and career ambitions.
He is passionate about the environment and sits on the board of a Non-Government Organisation that empowers young Aboriginal people to protect and look after their country and the environment. Nathan also has a keen interest in human rights, he loves learning about cultures and participating in cultural exchange.
Nathan joined the Nutrition Plus Board in 2016 and is a Juice Plus Franchisee. He had the pleasure of attending and performing at the 2016 Australia & New Zealand International Conference in Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth whilst also supporting NMD workshops by sharing culture and dance.
Nathan is proud of the work undertaken by Nutrition Plus and believes not only in the Nutrition Plus philosophy of building good health and well-being, he is excited by the work Nutrition Plus is doing in providing holistic programs that encompass Aboriginal identity and culture.
To say that Garth Russell has continued to enjoy a versatile professional career would be an understatement. After several years working in retail management, he embarked on a radio career that spanned over 35 years. In the past three decades, Garth has also pursued other areas of entertainment, acting professionally on stage, in TV and Film. He has also worked continuously as a presenter, emcee, and voice over artist.
In amongst all that Garth has run his own company, Gen Wise, incorporating his love of interviewing and passion for the power of storytelling to help literally hundreds of individuals and organisations get their messages out to the world.
Garth recently, along with his wife Susie embarked on a new project, Wellbeings & Co which combines their skills of teaching and storytelling, and further cements their commitment to spreading the message of health and well being. Juice Plus is a big part of their message, as is of course Nutrition Plus, which has been very much on Garth’s radar since first meeting Louise and Peter more than 8 years ago.
Elsie Stuart is a proud Aboriginal woman from the Biripi Nation located in NSW, North of Taree. Elsie is a former Indigenous liaison Officer for the Australian Government and was also a support officer for Indigenous people affected by natural disasters.
Elsie has a Bachelor of Design from the esteemed Whitehouse School of Design where she majored in Marketing. During her studies Elsie established her flair for creating engaging contentfor the social media space.
During her professional career, Elsie has worked as an editorial food and prop stylist for high-end clients such as Donna Hay, Delicious and MINDFOOD.
In 2018 Elsie started working as part of the Sales and Marketing Team for The Juice Plus Company Australia and was asked to join the Nutrition Plus as Project Manager in an additional capacity and later that year as a valued Director on the board for Nutrition Plus.