Meagan Grega, MD, FACLM
Co-Founder, Chief Medical Officer
Meagan L. Grega, MD, is the Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Kellyn Foundation (www.kellyn.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice. Kellyn provides school-based healthy lifestyle education and “Garden as a Classroom” programs; supports access to nutrient-dense produce via the Eat Real Food Mobile Market and Lehigh Valley Corner Store Initiative; engages participants in hands-on, plant-based cooking classes in community settings and offers intensive therapeutic lifestyle change interventions for individuals and families. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Bucknell University with a B.S. in Biochemistry/Cell Biology and earned her MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
Dr. Grega spent several years as a medical officer in the United States Navy, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander before resigning from active duty service. She has been a staff Family Physician at Hunterdon Medical Center, the Director of Women's Health Services at Lafayette College and is currently the Managing Director of Llantrisant Retreat and Wellness Center (www.llantrisantretreat.com), the home of Kellyn Foundation. She is a member of the ACLM Speaker’s Bureau and frequently lectures on the topics of Lifestyle Medicine at colleges, universities, hospital Grand Rounds, medical residency programs and community forums. Mentoring residents, medical, dietician and nursing students is one of her passions. She is honored to serve as adjunct faculty for the St. Luke’s University Health Network Anderson Campus Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency programs, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine for the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and as a faculty advisor for the LKSOM/SLUHN medical student Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group (LMIG). She has been a featured speaker at American College of Lifestyle Medicine Annual Conferences, is a member of the True Health Initiative Council of Directors and serves as a member of several national task force groups dedicated to the expansion of evidence-based lifestyle medicine services. Dr. Grega is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and is board certified in both Family Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine.
Child/Family health in general, and the obesity epidemic in particular, are issues in which Dr. Grega has had a long-standing interest. She believes the benefits of regular exercise, adequate sleep, supportive social connections, healthy food choices and the art of balance are the keys to improving our children’s future, as well as our own. Towards that end, she is committed to finding practical solutions that can be implemented by families and communities to strengthen each other physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Eric J. Ruth is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Kellyn Foundation. The well-being of children raised in today's world has been a significant influence in his life. Raising three children, teaching thousands more and seeing the habits, pressures and influences on our children and families, has led Eric to co-found the Kellyn Foundation.
Mr. Ruth is a graduate of the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts. Eric served fifteen years in the accounting field focused on the management and operational side of business, rising to C-Level positions. Eric took that knowledge base into the fledgling Internet industry, where he spent ten years with a strong emphasis in developing relationships with customers, primarily in the healthcare arena. The combination of a strong management, financial, and marketing background provides Eric with unique, wide-ranging business expertise.
Eric is responsible for providing the vision and the resources to sustain the initiatives for Kellyn. He also loves spending time in the neighborhoods with community members or interacting with groups of children or families. In partnership with co-founder Meagan Grega, MD, they provide the leadership for the Kellyn “Healthy Neighborhood Immersion Strategy”
Currently, Mr. Ruth is the co-chair of the Lehigh Valley Food Policy Council and serves on many of the task groups of that entity. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Easton
Amanda Grega is the Executive Chef of Kellyn Foundation. She is a magna cum laude graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, where she obtained an Associates Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts and two Bachelors Degrees; one in Applied Food Studies and the other in Business Management.
A longtime lover of food, Amanda has spent several years in the food industry and has become frustrated with our societies current relationship with what we eat. She believes the food that nourishes our bodies should taste just as amazing (if not more so) than “The Standard American Diet” and be enjoyed with the people that we care about. She looks forward to changing everyone’s expectations on plant based food in Kellyn Kitchens by bringing together local farmers, community partners, medical students, and the residents of the Lehigh Valley to improve the health and vitality of our surrounding community, one plant based meal at a time.
In addition to working with the Kellyn Foundation, Amanda is the Event Coordinator for Llantrisant Retreat & Wellness Center. Working directly with the center’s clients, she manages all aspects of their special events, from conception to clean up. Amanda’s leadership, energy, and education foster strong relationships and connections in all aspects of the job.
Lead Inventory Coordinator, Healthy Lifestyle Educator
Nicole Housden joined Kellyn Foundation in the summer of 2018 as an intern from Northampton Community College. The family-like atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and overall mission of the nonprofit made such an impression on her that she has never left! She worked as part of the Kellyn Team every summer in-between semesters at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry; where she graduated magna cum laude in December 2020 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Science. She also graduated from their year long Forest Ranger program which takes place in the Adirondacks. She is excited to take on her new role as the overall Inventory Coordinator for Kellyn Foundation's Eat Real Food Mobile Market. Although the Adirondack forest still calls to her heart, she gets her fill of hiking and adventuring along small portions of Appalachian Mountains and other local trails throughout the Lehigh Valley. Nicole thoroughly believes in the exponential health benefits of eating real foods in combination with ample time spent exploring the outdoors, and is excited to be part of Kellyn's mission of Making The Healthy Choice, The Easy Choice in the surrounding communities.
Mobile Market Manager, Healthy Lifestyle Instructor
Patrick Henning is a native Lehigh Valley resident who has worked with the Kellyn Foundation since 2016 as a healthy lifestyle educator, school garden coordinator, and mobile market manager. His interest in health and wellness has been motivated by his effort to live as healthy as possible with autoimmune diseases and their associated ails, applying this experience in hope of helping others.