News & Events

Adelle Trogdon

Congratulations to Adelle Trogdon for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant Certificate program. She also holds a Master of Art degree in counseling from the Dallas Baptist University. Her interests led her to Hawthorn where she learned the important role holistic nutrition plays in overcoming illnesses like depression, anxiety, and chronic digestive issues. Adelle manages the Bile Reflux Support group on Facebook and has helped members find relief from their symptoms through dietary changes and natural supplements. She is also completing training through the Bioindividual Nutrition Institute and plans to use the knowledge to help create individualized diets for her clients. Keep up the good work, Adelle!

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Adelle Trogdon, NC Graduate

Stacey Baganz

Congratulations to Stacey Baganz for graduating Summa Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition program and for becoming Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (Cand.). She previously earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.  A deep desire to help individuals achieve their maximum potential through diet and supplementation drove Stacey to study holistic nutrition.  After researching many programs, Stacey entered Hawthorn because of the intense clinical nature of the program and because she felt it was the "best fit" for her needs. She started the company, MicroFUEL Nutrition, to help endurance athletes improve performance, recovery and long term health by uncovering and correcting nutritional deficiencies.  Her thesis is entitled Fueling performance: An evaluation of the ergogenic effects of the modified paleo diet's macronutrient composition in endurance sports. Best of luck, Stacey!

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Viktoriya Buttar

Congratulations to Viktoriya Buttar for graduating Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Viktoriya also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from her native Ukraine. She has been interested in holistic nutrition, yoga, exercise, and meditation for many years, which motivated her to enroll at Hawthorn University and gain a better understanding about nutrition and health. She plans to focus on weight management, children’s health, gut health, and disease prevention by creating customized wellness programs with the application of whole foods diet and lifestyle modifications. Viktoriya is dedicated to educating people about the strong relationship between nutrition and health and to assist individuals in developing lifelong eating patterns and wellness strategies to optimize health and prevent disease. Viktoriya recently spoke at a local country club about the benefits of whole foods diet. She also enjoys participating in community services such as planting school gardens, providing educational resources in schools on subjects of children’s obesity and whole food diets and volunteering in various local organizations, such as the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Keep up the good work, Viktoriya!

Viktoriya ButtarViktoriya Buttar, MHNE Graduate

Sudee Borhan

Congratulations to Sudee Borhan for graduating Magna Cum Laude from the Nutrition Consultant program. Sudee has a Bachelor of Natural Health Sciences (Suma Cum Laude) from University of Natural Medicine, Associates in Arts degree from Saddleback College, and Certificates of Achievement in Electrocardiography and Cardiovascular Technology from Orange Coast College. She began studying nutrition at Saddleback College and her passion to learn more led her to Hawthorn to deepen her knowledge of holistic nutrition. Prior to pursuing her career in the health and nutrition field, she worked as a cardiovascular technician performing stress echo and echocardiograms. Sudee helps her clients by developing individualized programs to address client health concerns while considering their biochemical individuality. She uses education and collaborative involvement to help others make life changing improvements to enjoy a healthier future. Best of luck, Sudee!

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Sudee Borhan, NC Graduate

Opal Rockport

Congratulations to Opal Rockport for graduating Cum Laude from the Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education program. Opal holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality from California State University, Northridge. She is a former presenter and counselor for JADE (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) where she created presentations on the importance of healthy eating patterns, the signs of disordered eating, and provided resources aimed at college-aged students in her community. She is the Co-Creator/Writer for, a lifestyle blog featuring Women’s interest topics, wellness, food-related reviews, and fitness advice that reaches over 100,000 readers each month across the globe. Opal also owns and manages several small businesses and is an active member of many associations who focus on empowering women through education and business networking. Her passion is to help people improve their lives through healthy living which is evidenced in her thesis entitled Whole Food Nutrition after Bariatric Surgery. Keep up the good work, Opal!

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Opal Rockport, MHNE Graduate