Stacey Antine, MS, RDN
Stacey Antine is a registered dietitian who holds a Master’s of Science in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University. Alarmed by the long list of lifestyle diseases (obesity, heart disease, diabetes, etc.) faced by children today, she founded HealthBarn USA to connect children to natural foods and where they come from. Expanding her commitment to help families eat healthier, she started HealthBarn Foundation and it’s first project Healing Meals, a food gifting program for ill children with cancer and serious blood disorders and their families.
HealthBarn USA opened in April 2005 on a family farm. Over ten years and 50,000 families later, the Barn continues to offer year-round hands-on educational programs for children, ages 3-12 in addition to summer camp in Ridgewood, NJ. Stacey teaches a wildly popular “Try it, you’ll like it” school assembly program nationwide. Due to the success of the program, Life in Sync, an established nonprofit 501c3 organization has approved HealthBarn USA to be its first recipient to receive funding to help combat the obesity epidemic and diseases associated with weight gain. The positive impact of HealthBarn’s programs is proven effective by research conducted by Pamela Koch at Columbia University’s Teachers College, the leading nutrition education research institute.With over 20 years of experience in the field of food and nutrition, and a successful track record of helping thousands of families change their eating habits from fast food to natural food, Stacey Antine, MS, RDN is an expert who parents and kids can agree on. She has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, named women entrepreneur to watch by Business Week, featured as “Our Hero” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for her dedication to children’s health where she is also a member and honored as Today’s Honoree by the #1 Blog for Recognizing the Works of Others. She was appointed to the Academy’s RDN Communications Council for its National Kids Eat Right campaign and received a Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
Stacey Antine aims to help more parents and children get healthy by having fun and raising their nutritional literacy with her first book, Appetite for Life: The Thumbs-Up, No-Yucks Guide to Getting Your Kid to be a Great Eater – including over 100 Kid-Approved Recipes, published in September 2012 by HarperOne, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, in hardcover and as an eBook.
Lisa Adler, MS, RDN
Lisa joined the team in fall 2007 with over 15 years of experience in clinical nutrition, teaching college nutrition, and private practice. She considers herself lucky to have worked with leading health clubs and spas in New York City including, Chelsea Piers and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon. Lisa learned about the Barn when she volunteered during a HealthBarn USA assembly at her son’s school. She saw firsthand how effective the programs are when her picky five year old chose to try new foods at the assembly that he would never have tried at home! Lisa is a HealthBarn USA educator and you will find her teaching school field trips and our healthy-lifestyle programs for children with special needs. She is all about being healthy and having fun; and practices what she preaches at the Barn and at home with her two boys and dog, too!
Amanda joined the team in the fall of 2016. She graduated from Montclair State University with a BS in nutrition and is currently pursuing a masters degree with a focus in nutrition education. Amanda is passionate about nutrition, healthy living, and loves working with kids! She believes the hands on approach of HealthBarn is great for children to learn about a healthy lifestyle starting at an early age. At home Amanda practices healthy living with a vegan diet and staying active. She has a daughter who is an extremely picky eater and understands the struggle parents may go through trying to get their kids to eat healthy. This struggle is what led Amanda to want to work with children and help other parents get their picky eaters to try new healthy food options.
Julia S. Buckley, MS, RDN
Julia is a registered dietitian who holds a masters degree in Nutrition from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College. After completing her dietetic training at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, she worked at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian. Julia grew up in Rigewood and recently moved back to start her own family. She heard about HealthBarn USA’s arrival in the Village and knew it would be the perfect place to pursue her passion of working with children and families. When Julia’s not with us at the Barn, she is growing her own garden, trying new foods with her toddler expert taste tester or trying to create new recipes for her family to enjoy, too. Her enthusiasm for healthy eating is contagious, so be on the look out!
Alison Bloomfield joined the team in the Spring of 2014. She graduated from The University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree in Teaching English. She was teaching reading and writing college courses when HealthBarn USA came to her son’s school. At that time she’d been gardening for years with her own children. She is an advocate for health and its impact on the environment demonstrated by creating an edible gardening program at her local library, working as a counselor at Stone Barns Agricultural Farm Camp, running health fairs focused on food and nutrition at her sons’ elementary school, and helping to build two school gardens. Yet, she still struggled to empower her sons to eat their vegetables! While at the HealthBarn USA Super Salad Bar assembly at the local elementary school, she was amazed to hear her son and his friends beg for second helpings of salad. She saw how effective the HealthBarn USA curricula was and was thrilled to become a part of the team. At the Barn, you will find Alison teaching the Seedlings classes and school programs. She loves helping turn “ew” and “yuck” eaters into knowledgeable “yum” gardener foodies. With HealthBarn’s support, those foodies include her three hungry boys and puppy who are always happy to yum up HealthBarn USA recipes!
Tiffany joined the team in summer 2014. She graduated from the Academy of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration at the Bergen County Academies (BCA) in 2015, where she learned all the basics of cooking and baking. She is currently studying psychology and education at Caldwell University, hoping to one day work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves helping the kids at HealthBarn USA improve their culinary skills during the summer camp program, seedlings, and sprouts classes! Healthbarn USA is the perfect place for her to get experience working with kids, as well as carry out her culinary passions. Kids and cooking is definitely her joy demonstrated by her ongoing commitment to HealthBarn Foundation‘s Healing Meals project, a food gifting program for ill children and families. During her leadership tenure in SkillsUSA at BCA, she and the team are founding partners of the Healing Meals program that has distributed over 5,000 meals to date at Tomorrows Children’s Fund, Hackensack University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson, NJ.
Samantha “Sammy” Szura joined the team in Summer 2015 as a camp counselor. She does a little bit of everything at HealthBarn USA, including summer camp, teaching school and scout field trips, assisting assemblies, and teaching the Master Chef program. Sammy is currently studying Nutrition and Food Science with a concentration in Dietetics at Montclair State University because she wants to become a Registered Dietitian. She has worked with kids since she was a teenager, so she enjoys being in their company and has plenty of experience igniting their interests and creativity. Sammy loves HealthBarn USA because it is a hands-on experience that practices the important concept of farm-to-table. She’s passionate about teaching kids how-to grow their own organic food in the garden and harvesting it for their recipes. You will find her in the garden a lot because she loves seeing the children pick fresh vegetables and eat them straight from the garden and then, go back for more! She is passionate about living a health-lifestyle and wants to make others passionate about it, too!
Nicole Stefanow, MS, RDN
Nicole is eager to share her love of health and wellness with everyone who meets her. She spent much of her childhood in the rural part of Eastern Long Island where farm stands featuring local produce were not just a trendy health movement, but the traditional way of life.
She is a Ridgewood resident and completed her community rotation at HealthBarn USA as a dietetic intern in 2015. Her values aligned so well with the Barn, that she is now part of the team teaching sprouts and school field trips! She loves cooking with all of these expert taste testers!
Sarde is a nutrition student at Montclair State University who joined the HealthBarn USA team in the fall of 2016. Armed with the knowledge of how central food is to the well-being of our bodies, our society, and the environment, Sarde is passionate about sharing how good food can impact our lives and our relationships. With a love for teaching, cooking, gardening, and engaging with young children, HealthBarn USA is the perfect fit for exploring her interests and developing her skills as a community nutritionist. In the hopes of becoming a Registered Dietitian someday, Sarde has a desire to help others by renewing their understanding of food and empowering others to make better choices for their overall health.