Founder and CEO
Melissa has been featured in Prevention, The New York Times, Instyle, USA Weekend and as a contributing editor for Shape Magazine. She is a passionate business woman who believes health and happiness start in the kitchen.
As the creator and founder of The Fresh 20, Melissa is committed to the family dinner. As a recipe developer, she is committed to using the best ingredients possible in her kitchen. A former cooking instructor, television writer and 15 year internet professional, Melissa has returned to the kitchen to introduce preservative free food to the family dinner table. Current obsessions include climbing Kilimanjaro and promoting healthy soccer snacks!
Connect with Melissa:
melissa @ thefresh20.com
Trent is the Creative Director of The Fresh 20. An industrial designer by trade, Trent graduated from Art Center Pasadena with an eye towards automobiles but soon discovered he likes to eat more than he likes cars. Food and Photography became his passion. He photographed The Fresh 20 Cookbook (William Morrow 2013) and creates the images for The Fresh 20 website. His work can be found at www.trentlanz.com
Connect with Trent:
info @ trentlanz . com
After her training at one of the most prestigious culinary schools in the country, Johnson & Wales University, Leslie has spent the last 15 years bringing her healthy, unique cuisine to everyone from celebrities to budget-conscious families looking for meal ideas that everyone will love. Her “cooking basics” classes have been a huge hit with local moms – helping them go beyond nuggets and mac & cheese and showing them how simple it really is to bring variety and nutrition to the dinner table.
Favorite meal: Anything with brussels sprouts and goat cheese
Cassie has been working for the Fresh 20 since the spring of 2012. After most of her cookbook collection was devoured by an inquisitive puppy she turned to the internet in search of a reliable source for family-friendly recipes. After finding the Fresh 20 and joining the team she enjoys using both the Vegetarian and Classic plans and keeps her Fresh 20 cookbook out of harm’s way on the highest shelf in the kitchen. She lives with her husband, 2 kids, and 180 pound lap dog and has extensive experience dealing with picky eaters.
Cassie’s Favorite Meal: Spanakopita or anything Greek.
Connect with Cassie:
cassie @ thefresh20 . com
Nicole Kalish is an A-list public relations executive with a broad knowledge of the media landscape and over 18 years of experience planning effective PR and marketing campaigns. She has handled hundreds of film campaigns in addition to lifestyle, corporate, personal, television, and unit publicity. She is focused on building and maintaining strong relationships to achieve successful placements. We are thrilled to have her level of expertise on our team and proud to be on her client roster.
Nicole’s Current Favorite Meal: Roast chicken.
Connect with Nicole:
marketing @ thefresh20 . com
Allison Arnett, MS, RD, CD-N
Allison is a Registered Dietitian with a MS in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. When Allison is not working with clients on healthy eating strategies or delivering a nutrition presentation, she is frequently found out for a jog or in the kitchen developing recipes (often with the assistance of her young kids). Allison believes that food should be wholesome, unprocessed and delicious and works to ensure that all of The Fresh 20 recipes are aligned with the mission of delivering balanced, nutritious and affordable family meals.
Allison’s Favorite Meal: anything that includes green vegetables and goat cheese.
Kat Soltanmorad, RD
Kat is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist who believes education encompasses all aspects of human life: social, physical & mental. Our relationship with food, food environments, and maintaining our overall well-being drives her nutrition goals and education in schools. Kat scours every recipe to make sure it fits The Fresh 20 mission of balanced, healthful family meals.
Kat’s Favorite Food: Mom’s Persian cooking & anything with kimchi
Misty has 16 years of experience in customer service, software development, and project management. When she took a few years off to stay home with her children she struggled with meal planning and needed to find a solution. She became a loyal customer of The Fresh 20 and joined the team 4 years later in the summer of 2016. Misty lives in Gilbert, Arizona with her husband, three children, two dogs, and four chickens.
Misty’s Favorite Food: Tacos