Dr. Michael Alan Morton, Executive Director
Dr. Morton is a recognized innovator on the cutting edge of health care. As a program associate at the prestigious Fetzer Institute, Dr. Morton was responsible for recommending and monitoring funded programs in alternative medicine, healthcare and education. He organized and chaired an international roundtable on the future of medicine as well as co-chairing a global conference on healthcare that brought 1000 delegates from 28 countries. In the late 90’s, Dr. Morton shared much of his expertise in these fields in his well-received book, Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine. Also during his career, Michael Morton co-founded the American Holistic Health Association and has served on numerous boards.
Dr. Morton has received praise over the years for his work in the areas of homeless services and community based mental health. Under a special mandate from the governor of California, Michael Morton designed and successfully implemented two innovative model programs for the mentally ill homeless. He brought record numbers of homeless to homes and jobs while serving as the Director of Homeless Services for the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County in California. During his tenure, one of his programs was awarded the California Healthy Cities and Communities Special Achievement Award as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award by The United States Conference of Mayors as a model of effective collaboration.
Recognized for his accomplishments in both the profit and non-profit sectors, Dr. Michael Morton has successfully steered Nourish America to success and acclaim.
Mary Walker Morton, Communications and Programs Director
Nationally recognized journalist and author on complementary and alternative healthcare, Ms. Walker Morton co-authored the well-regarded book Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine (New World Library, 1996).
In her role as Vice President of Marketing for Changes and Company, Inc., she developed and implemented the strategic plan to market a new natural health-care product that generated successful sales. Ms. Walker Morton has worked in copywriting and marketing with Hallmark Home Entertainment in Los Angeles. She also worked at Barnett, Cox and Associates, an international award-winning advertising and public relations firm, she assisted and implemented strategic public relations and marketing plans for state government projects and local businesses on the Central Coast of California. Ms. Walker Morton has run Nourish America’s programs since its inception. Ms. Morton oversees the production of educational and promotional materials for the organization including its website, brochures, newsletters, and press releases.
Charlotte Hill, Social Media Expert
A recent graduate of UC Berkeley’s Peace and Conflict Studies department, Charlotte spent the past several years studying student activism in the U.S., particularly surrounding the issue of ending genocide and mass atrocities in Darfur, Burma, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the process, she served both locally and nationally with STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition, facilitating the creation and maintenance of youth activist networks across the country.
From 2007-2008, she served as STAND’s West Coast Regional Outreach Coordinator, overseeing 120 active student chapters in nine states. She facilitated networking both among the chapters themselves and also between the chapters and local community groups, utilizing various online tactics and tools including emails, mass newsletters and action alerts, social networking sites, and the STAND website.
From 2008-2009, She held the position of College National Outreach Coordinator, managing a team of eight Outreach Coordinators through weekly communications. She spearheaded the creation of national outreach materials, drafted weekly newsletters and short messages to be distributed through online social networking tools, and developed weekly national outreach plans for the organization, including targeted messaging and distribution plans based on STAND’s membership demographics.
During my STAND tenure, she successfully expanded both the breadth and depth of our chapters, effectively countering a trend of decreasing chapter numbers and building upon the strengths and interests of existing chapters. In addition, she initiated STAND’s first comprehensive, sustained national messaging campaign, ensuring that each of the communication mechanisms the organization employs, such as regional emails, national newsletters, and messages on social networking sites, convey similar information while using distinct messaging styles.
Nourish America enjoys the support of thousands of volunteers throughout America who provide administrative and staff support as well as spreading the word about Nourish America’s mission and its work.Collaborative Partners include the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Office Depot Foundation, the National Guard and the Chance to Give Foundation
Nourish America’s distribution network also includes: Head Start, Healthy Start and WIC programs, K-12 public schools, Volunteers of America, Health Care for the Homeless Clinician’s Network, community health centers, Council on Aging programs, Feed the Children sites, homeless and battered women shelters, Native American programs, Salvation Army, YWCA and YMCA, Boys & Girls Clubs, City Park and Recreation Departments, hospital outreach programs, public health departments, medical and nursing school community outreach programs, and hundreds of other community-based and faith-based organizations.