Meet the Team

Ryanna Battiste, NBC-HWC

Founder, Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach

Ryanna is at the front of The New School Kitchen stage, offering inspiration as entertainment in her videos and through her coaching. She has found her purpose working with people who struggle to find what makes them feel awesome in their bodies, because it reflects her own deeply personal journey. She is a mom to two amazing boys who are her greatest teachers and is married to a man who is her secret weapon for success. Ry believes unequivocally in the power of food to heal not just physical ailments, but emotional and spiritual ones as well. She practices yoga when she can, wishes she were more of a gardener, has a deep and abiding love for maple syrup, and skims cookbooks and self-help books in bed every night.

Mary Julia Walker, NBC-HWC, MAEd. 

Mary Julia helps to translate Ry’s big picture dream to members’ everyday reality. She’s a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Duke Certified Integrative Health Coach. She partners with New School Kitchen-ers in transformative, small group coaching and also specializes in creating Personalized Menu Plans for those who are looking to up their Real Food game! As head of the hugely popular NSK Monthly Challenges, Mary Julia crafts 10-day experiences that lead members through a series of fun daily prompts that bring them closer to integrating their NSK work. Obsessed with herbs, essential oils, and food as medicine, Mary Julia infuses her love and knowledge of plants into the Member Forum and NSK recipes.


Anna LaBarre, MS, RDN, LDN

Anna LaBarre is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist and obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Foods and Nutrition from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. Anna’s research work and passion is around sustainable food systems, farmers’ markets, local and organic foods. She is an experienced nutrition educator and counselor, teaching a whole foods and whole body approach for preventing and treating disease. Anna enjoys being outside, especially playing with her one- and four-year-old kiddos, and hiking the Eno River Trails. She loves to cook and spend time around the table with family and friends.

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