Dinaâ€™s versatile background in human resources, operations, hospitality/hotel sales, and corporate & social event planning, helped prepare her for the world of entrepreneurship.Â Wellness, diet and the â€śfood movementâ€ť have always been passion points for Dina making Be Food Smart a natural extension of her own life.Â Dina is the primary blogger for the website and handles much of the social networking and ingredient research. Design, marketing, outreach, and site content are a collaborative effort between co-founders and siblings, Jonas Dalidd and Dina Clapinski. Increasing awareness of the harmful additives in todayâ€™s food is the primary focus of Be Food Smart and Dina enjoys giving presentations to people in the community on this important topic. She graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara with a Bachelorâ€™s of Arts in Communication. Reading, writing, spending time with loved ones, drinking red wine, and cooking with her daughter, are all favorite pastimes. Dina grew up in Ojai, California and lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Barbara, California.
Building an ingredient database website had been an idea of Jonasâ€™s for years. When the concept became reality, he built the entire Be Food Smart website himself and continues to handle everything technology related for the business. Design, marketing, outreach, and site content are a collaborative effort between co-founders and siblings, Jonas Dalidd and Dina Clapinski. Jonas earned a Bachelorâ€™s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California Irvine and has worked as an aerospace engineer since 2003. Green technology and cars have always been a passion for him and he is a contributor for Autoblog Green. This avid mountain biker loves photography, traveling, and finding creative ways to live green. He grew up in Ojai, California and lives with his wife and their dog, Jedi, in Aliso Viejo, California.
Special Advisor - Nutrition
Gerri French, M.S., R.D., CDE
Masters of Science & Bachelors of Science, California Polytechnic Institute, San Luis Obispo
Gerri has been a clinical nutritionist, nutrition educator and cooking instructor for the past 30 years. She currently works as a nutritionist and diabetes educator at Sansum Clinic and is the nutrition instructor for the Culinary Arts Program at Santa Barbara City College as well as an Adult Education Instructor. She is the former food and nutrition editor for Diabetes Health magazine. Gerri specializes in translating the latest scientific findings into practical information. Her passion is talking to people about purchasing and preparing local and organic foods, or as she calls it, "Earth Friendly Cuisine." A very busy Gerri enjoys running on the beach, hiking, swimming, yoga, gardening, cooking and spending time with her two teenage daughters.
This mother of two has been passionate about fitness and healthy eating for years. Saralyn currently works on the marketing, community outreach and business development for the Sprouts Garden & Nutrition Early Learning Program (an educational school where young children learn to grow and cook food while gaining an understanding of where their food comes from) and Personal Trainer Central. Saralyn spent 3 years at the Santa Barbara Sansum Clinic as a Patient Liaison and Certified Educator specializing in weight loss, nutritional coaching & education, and weight maintenance of clinically obese patients. Most recently, Saralyn worked as an Asset Manager for Bently Holdings CA LP, managing high-end commercial and residential properties in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelorâ€™s of Arts in Law & Society. Due to a unique situation with her youngest son, Saralyn spent almost a year on a diet free of corn, soy, eggs, nuts, wheat, dairy, and citrus. She is available for questions and coaching relating to real living on an extremely restricted diet and offers a wealth of information in this special area. Saralyn currently lives in Grass Valley, California where she spends most of her time outdoors with her husband and sons.
Marcy graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently works at UC Berkeley as a research assistant in a metabolic biology laboratory. She studies the molecular pathways involved in Type II Diabetes, delayed aging, and increased longevity elicited from dietary interventions such as calorie restriction. This avid home baker enjoys cooking and believes strongly in using whole, fresh ingredients in everything she makes. Marcy also enjoys backpacking, snowboarding, doing the NY Times crossword puzzle, and playing with her adorable dog Cassie.