Anima Mundi’s leadership team is a group of dedicated citizens of the world, challengers of the status quo, warriors of truth, and pioneers of world change.

Margarita Restrepo

Chairman and Co-Founder


Margarita is the founder and editor-in-chief of the award-winning publication Naked Food magazine, founder of the International Association of Reversive Medicine, and the founder of WFPB.ORG, a non-profit organization that empowers human and planetary health through a plant-based lifestyle. She is the author of the evidence-based Universal Guideline for Human and Planetary Health available in over 5 different languages, and the author of four whole food, plant-based culinary medicine cookbooks. Margarita is certified in Cognitive Fitness from Harvard University, Virology from Columbia University, and Plant-based Nutrition from Cornell University. She earned a B.A. degree in Marketing and Graphic Arts from Florida Atlantic University. Margarita is a long-term altruist, and an expert in health and lifestyle medicine, nutritional biochemistry, organic and vegan permaculture, and sustainable living.
``Awareness is not our whole life but it’s the only thing that makes our life whole.``

Claudia Diaz, M.Ed, EMBA, MCP

Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder


Claudia is the founder of the Montessori British School and an innovator for state-of-the-art academic curriculums that go beyond academic content. Claudia has dedicated her life to the education of children through unique, creative, empowering, and mindful methods of learning. She is the recipient of the prestigious “La Cruz José Acevedo y Gomez” award, given to outstanding human beings who contribute to the development of society in a meaningful way. Claudia earned a professional degree in architecture from Universidad Javeriana, a Master’s in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Master’s in Education from the University of Alabama, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kellogg’s Business Executive Program. Claudia is a certified Coach from the ICT (International Coaching Community) and was admitted for a Fellowship at Columbia University for the Klingenstein Heads Program.
``I am the solution!``

Nadia Florez

Design Team Leader


Nadia is a bilingual industrial and graphic designer. She believes that design is and should be considered a way of solving problems with social and environmental responsibility. Nadia applies this to Anima Mundi everyday and she believes that the willingness to keep learning in all aspects of life is the key to staying creative and fulfilled.

Eleni Kyrtsia

Admissions Team Leader


Eleni is a professional computer engineer and software developer. She holds a degree from the University of Patras, Greece. Eleni has great passion toward traveling, exploring different cultures and cooking.  She is committed to yoga and meditation, and educating the new generations on values, principles such as empathy in order to create a better world. She believes veganism is the way through which humans can coexist with our fellow Earthlings at peace and maintain the wellbeing of our Earth and ourselves.

Educators & Curriculum Contributors

James Corbett

History for Decision Making


An award-winning investigative journalist, James Corbett has lectured on geopolitics at the University of Groningen’s Studium Generale, and delivered presentations on open source journalism at The French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation’s fOSSa conference, at TedXGroningen and at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. His website, The Corbett Report is an outlet for independent critical analysis of politics, society, history, and economics. Since then he has written, recorded and edited thousands of hours of audio and video media for the website, including a podcast and several regular online video series.

Teresa Olea

Reading for Wisdom


Teresa Heitmiller Olea, aka “Mrs. Olea” taught elementary school for 30 years, with the last 20 being in Special Education. She graduated from CSU Sacramento with a bachelors in Liberal Studies, Teaching Credential, and a Masters in Special Education. She’s been cooking and baking since she was in elementary school and it remains her passion.

Andrew Kaufman, MD.

Molecular Biology


Andrew Kaufman, MD., completed his psychiatric training at Duke University Medical Center after graduating from the Medical University of South Carolina, and has a B.S. from M.I.T. in Molecular Biology. He has conducted and published original research and lectured, supervised, and mentored medical students, residents, and fellows in all psychiatric specialties. He has been qualified as an expert witness in local, state, and federal courts. He has held leadership positions in academic medicine and professional organizations.

Cristiana Sanna

Emotional Intelligence


Cristiana is a Pilates Teacher, a Bi-Aura Therapist, an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Practitioner and an Advance Metaphysical Anatomy Therapist. She is also trained in Matrix Reimprinting with Karl Dawson. She is currently in her last year of Naturopathic Nutritional Therapy and Naturopathy at the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. Cristiana is an enthusiastic whole food, plant-based nutrition advocate, a passionate natural and healthy food cook, and an animal lover. She strongly believes co-operation and knowledge-sharing are the way forward to a better world, and she leads by example. Cristiana is also a native Italian speaker and utilizes her mother tongue to educate people on all subjects of education.
``Love yourself enough to allow others to love you``

Michele Lastella

History and Behavioral Science


Michele Lastella is a Media and Intelligence Analyst, a Behavioral Science Historian, and an expert in semiotics and sustainability. He is the founder of Sustainable Media, a multimedia company focused on uncovering information through investigative research and film. Michele is a Reiki Master and the co-author of Naked Food Magazine’s Master Plants Cookbook. He is a film director, graduate from the National Academy Of Dramatic Art in Italy, and a former professor at the New York Film Academy.

Will Tuttle, M. Ed., PhD

Gratitude & Awareness


Dr. Tuttle has a M.A. degree in Humanities from San Francisco State University, a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught a variety of college courses in philosophy, religion, mythology, humanities, music, literature, history, writing, and creativity. he is also a well-known lecturer and concert pianist, and has now created eight albums of original piano music.

Dr. Tuttle is also a healthy, enthusiastic, and profoundly happy vegan since 1980, and Dharma Master in the Zen Buddhist tradition. He is the recipient of The Peace Abbey’s “Courage of Conscience Award,” as well as the “Shining World Hero Award.” Many people know him from his best-selling book, The World Peace Diet.

``I see my mission as one of bringing the message of radical inclusion to our wounded and fragmented culture.``

Stephanie Richardson

Permaculture & Foraging


Stephanie Richardson has served as the Horticulturist and Landscape Designer for the City of Midland, Michigan for over thirteen years and oversees the city’s largest community gardens, ensuring that they remain organic and sustainable. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Michigan State University. Stephanie is passionate about protecting wildlife and natural spaces, and serves on the board of her local conservancy. She has also spent many years engaged in volunteerism throughout the community. Stephanie’s personal mission is to grow healthy in mind, body and spirit and to cultivate a state of wellbeing with the hope of leading and inspiring others along the way.

Mahesh Shah, MD.

Health Education


Dr. Mahesh Shah is a General Practitioner based in London, UK. He studied at the Hull York Medical School (Yorkshire, England) and gained his qualification with the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2015. Dr. Shah is a health advisor for the Sri Sathya Sai Service Organisation UK, which amongst other activities provides free health days for local London communities.

Dr. Shah is a passionate whole food, plant-based nutrition advocate, and his practice incorporates naturopathic and functional medicine principles. He is dedicated to helping people transform their lives through good health and inner happiness.

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