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Meet The Noble Path Foundation Family

Our mission is to help change the world by changing the diet and lifestyle habits of our youth, since their health is what determines our future.

Board Members

Cindi Juncal

Cindi Juncal

Cindi Juncal is the President and Founder of TNPF and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego with an emphasis in Special Education. A life-long child advocate, she was the fundraising chairperson for North San Diego County Special Olympics and a founding board member for the Vista del Mar Educational Foundation in San Clemente, CA. Prior to raising a family, she was Chief Operations Officer of a retail corporation and then Merchandising Manager of a large, active clothing brand.

As a fitness enthusiast, she held numerous championship titles in the martial arts and has trained individuals of all ages and abilities, from aspiring athletes to NFL and PGA Tour professionals. Most recently she was a fitness coach and kickboxing instructor at So Cal Boot Camp but has since devoted all of her spare time promoting awareness on childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices via sound nutrition, exercise and substance abuse prevention. Through the foundation’s annual HIGH 5IVE 4FITNESS event, she helps unite the exercise community into an integrated “fitfam”, where local gyms participate and compete against each other, but with the common cause of raising the funds that keep the TNPF programs free to the communities of south Orange County and beyond.

She currently serves the City of San Clemente on the Human Affairs Committee and her favorite activities include pretty much anything outdoors, especially if it’s on the beach or tennis courts! She and her husband, Don, have two grown children who grew up in CUSD and currently live and attend college in the Pacific Northwest. The only remaining child at home is a furry, four-legged family member named Yuki.

Don Juncal

Don Juncal

Don Juncal is the President and owner of OBEY Clothing, a contemporary sportswear brand based on the artwork of Shepard Fairey and distributed in over 40 countries. A staunch philanthropist, his company bi-annually does charitable projects through his OBEY Awareness Program, donating 100% of the profits they raise to notable charities such as H.O.P.E, Adopt a Pet, The Surfrider Foundation and Feeding America, in some cases raising as much as $250,000 for a single charity.

In addition to being the Vice President of The Noble Path Foundation, Don is also the President and senior partner of retail companies Store Front E, and Loser Machine Co. Inc. Prior to Obey Clothing, he was the Global Sales Manager for Redsand Sportswear, another internationally recognized clothing brand. Don is a lifelong surfer, martial artist, golf and tennis fanatic and avid sports enthusiast. His proudest achievement however, is being a father to two amazing and accomplished children who never cease to amaze and impress him.

Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy

Shelley Murphy is a freelance writer and secretary for The Noble Path Foundation. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a Magazine Option at California State University Long Beach. Her professional achievements include joining The San Clemente Times shortly after its inception in 2006. At The San Clemente Times, she writes feature stories, profiles and living pieces. In 2009 she launched her column “Life’s A Beach,” which continues to run monthly in the “magapaper.” She has published print articles in theSan Clemente Journal, South County Magazine, The Capistrano Dispatch, The Dana Point Times, and South Orange County Bridal Guide and online at More magazine.

She is an active member of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the Society of Professional Journalists. She has lived in San Clemente for the past 16 years where she founded the Vista del Mar Educational Foundation and served as its inaugural President. She has served as a board member of the San Clemente Little League, the Parent Teacher Student Association, the San Clemente High School Educational Foundation, and Senior Grad Nite. At San Clemente High School she is chairperson of its annual academic registration of 3,000 students and chairs fundraisers for its tennis program. She is an avid runner, a yoga enthusiast and practices Transcendental Meditation. Currently she is enrolled in classes to become a certificated grant writer, and she is a member of the American Grant Writers’ Association.

Ross Whitaker

Ross Whitaker

Ross Whitaker is a Photographer/Director who specializes in shooting commissioned photos of humans (lots of kids) for advertising, catalogs, books, and editorial publications. Raised in Studio City, photography struck a chord and Ross attended Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, majoring in advertising. A move to Madison Avenue was a career must, but after 30 plus rewarding years in NYC , it was time to see the sunset over the ocean instead of the sunrise, so Ross is now based in San Clemente with a view of the Pacific, perfect…

A short list of the folks that have kept him busy include American Girl, Cheerios, Kool-Aid, Colgate, Quaker Oats, John Deere, Nabisco, Beechnut, Gerber, Enfamile, Dannon, Playtex, Oragel, Triaminic, GE, Fisher Price, Sesame Street, Samsung, Evenflo, Merck, and Disney.

Ross is currently the Associate Photography Director for HeartsApart.org., which is a nation wide program dedicated to keeping military families closer by providing high quality pre deployment family photos at no charge. Through his long relationships with children of all ages, TNPF is the opportunity for him to tell the story of how our kids can learn lifelong fitness and vitality.

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Donna Orgeron

Donna Orgeron is a Certified Public Accountant licensed by the CA State Board of Accountancy with over 16 years of experience in tax compliance, serving clientele in manufacturing, construction, real estate and various other industries. She is the founding principal of Donna L. Orgeron, P.C., a certified public accountancy corporation providing tax preparation, tax planning, consulting and accounting for corporations, partnerships, individuals, estates, trusts and gift taxes on federal, multi-state and international levels. In addition to being the Treasurer for The Noble Path Foundation, she has also taught graduate level classes on S Corporations, LLCs, Choice of Entity and Tax Research for the masters program at CSUF (California State University Fullerton) and Golden Gate University from 2001 through 2005.

Outside of her thriving accounting business, Donna is also CFO of Action Angels, a charitable organization based in Irvine, CA which provides holiday items and household goods to low income or at risk families in Orange County. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and supporting her favorite sports teams, working out at boot camp and spending quality time with friends and family.

Trainers

Samantha Johnson

Samantha Johnson

Samantha Johnson is the Training Director and Youth Sports Specialist for TNPF in addition to being a Training Manager at So Cal Boot Camp. She has a BS in Sports Medicine and a concentration in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine. She was a strength and conditioning coach at Velocity Sports Performance in San Diego and has trained athletes at the high school, collegiate and professional level. She is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine and maintains her CPR and AED certifications.

An accomplished athlete herself, Samantha represented the state of Maine nationally in Alpine skiing, served as Captain for three out of four seasons on her college field hockey team, played field hockey semi-professionally in Italy and Switzerland and has finished multiple half and full marathons.

Josh Kuluris

Josh Kuluris

Josh Kuluris graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Kinesiology. He was captain of the intercollegiate soccer team and a starter all four years. He began his education geared towards pre-physical therapy and was a PT technician for two years, which included inpatient and outpatient clinics. He fell in love with training, nutrition and fitness and wanted to further his career path in the health industry.

Josh has been a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 3 years and is currently a Training Manager at So Cal Boot Camp in addition to being a Noble Path Foundation Youth Sports Specialist. He recently participated in several natural body building competitions and took home the Novice Championship trophy in three events. When he’s not working out or helping others improve their fitness, he enjoys running and music, playing guitar and being a DJ.

Becca Bader

Becca Swanson

Becca Swanson graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology and an emphasis in Pre-Physical therapy. During college and post-college, she worked as a physical therapy aide in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is also a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine and holds current CPR and AED certifications. Becca believes that being able to motivate and inspire others to reach their goals and share in their accomplishments is what makes her job so great. She loves surrounding herself with positive people who are also passionate about their well-being and overall health.

She moved to San Clemente from San Diego recently to become part of the family at So Cal Boot Camp and The Noble Path Foundation, and absolutely loves what a fun-loving, crazy bunch we all are! In her spare time she enjoys taking her pup out for long walks and reading when she has the opportunity. She looks forward to seeing your faces at our events and working with the kids to achieve all of their fitness goals!

Specialists

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Melissa Mathes

The Noble Path Foundation is proud and excited to welcome MELISSA MATHES, MPH, RD, CSSD to our Advisory Board as our Nutrition Specialist.  As an expert in sports nutrition and medical nutrition therapy, Melissa has counseled athletes and patients with medical nutrition therapy needs for the last 15 years. Her accomplishments include published articles in the local OC Parents magazine, a monthly nutrition article for Laguna Orthopedic Rehabilitation clinic, a local cycling and triathlon club as well as WeROCK (running group for adolescents) and GoForward Racing, which is a local race series in South Orange County. She has authored a weight management section for athletes in her professional association’s peer online resource called Sports Nutrition Care Manual for registered dietitian professionals (RD’s) through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association. She also presents sports nutrition information to many different athletic groups and teams in the South Orange county area.

Her extensive educational background combines a Masters degree in Public Health (2010) from Loma Linda University and a Certification Specialization in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) in June 2010. She received her bachelors of science in nutritional science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (1995) and interned at University of Nevada Reno with an RD in 1997.
It should be noted that the CSSD certification she holds is highly regarded by the United States Olympic Committee and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. As of 2012, only 40 of the 3,800 active RD’s in California had attained this certification. In addition, she has a level II certificate in Obesity and Weight Management and specializes in sports nutrition for all ages and sport, in conjunction with medical nutrition therapy counseling, including; weight loss, weight gain, pediatrics-geriatrics (stage of life nutrition), food preferences (vegan, gluten free, etc.) and diseases like: cardiovascular, diabetes, gastrointestinal (e.g., Crohn’s disease, Colitis, Celiac), renal, liver, neurological disorders (e.g., multiple scoliosis, Parkinson’s), immunological conditions, (e.g., Lupus, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis).

When she’s not working, she can be found spending time with her husband, three children and adorable dog. Her favorite athletic hobbies are endurance trail running/racing and surfing. Did we mention how excited we are to have her on our Advisory Board as our Nutrition Specialist? Look for her nutrition tips, articles and answers to some FAQs on our website and Fb page!

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Jordan Swanson

Creative professional with more than fourteen years of experience in multimedia fields including web design, graphic design, branding, advertising, web development, website management, video production, photography and IT services. He has designed and managed countless websites on many different platforms throughout his career. With a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, Jordan has been formally trained to design in a way that captures any given target audience. He is savvy yet versatile in both web development and graphic design producing a well-rounded and skilled designer.

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Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, but her true passion is health and fitness, especially after becoming a mother a few years ago. Now with 2 small children to chase after, she finds herself getting up early to attend boot camp classes as well as help other moms work on building their strength for motherhood. She is a certified Body Back instructor through the Fit4Mom organization and believes in the importance of being a role model to our children and showing them exercise and good nutrition through daily example.

Throughout Jennifer’s career before starting a family, she worked for large corporations where she was part of Community Contributions Committees and helped charitable organizations with monthly events as well as large fundraisers, like the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. She is elated to be a part of The Noble Path Foundation’s inaugural High5 4 Fitness Fun Run in March of 2015. She hopes that this will be a successful event that will leave the area and its participants excited to come back and be a part of this worthwhile cause for years to come!

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Jackie Million

Jackie Million is the Volunteer Coordinator for TNPF. As a mother of three, Jackie has always been passionate about providing children with the stepping stones they’ll need to grow into healthy, happy, and successful adults. Those who know Jackie consider her a dot connector, as she is always connecting others with whatever they may be looking for, whether it’s information, new friends, or a new job. As Volunteer Coordinator, she is able to put this skill to work finding individuals who are looking for a way to help our youth and make the world a better place.

Jackie is passionate about fitness and health, and can be found most mornings at a 6 A.M. Bootcamp class. She is constantly educating herself on health and nutrition, and enjoys finding delicious ways to create wholesome meals. She’s happy to share her knowledge with everyone she meets and is always sharing nutritious recipes with friends and family. She hopes to inspire those around her, both young and old, to embrace healthy lifestyles that will lead to a more fulfilling life.

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Mike Katke

Mike’s international career as a nutritional consultant in the health care industry spans over 33 years. Mike is a co-founder of Metagenics, Inc. the leading manufacturer and marketer of medical foods and nutraceuticals to licensed health care professionals. Mike developed the FirstLine Therapy, Therapeutic Lifestyle Program, to make it easier for clinicians to treat the underlying cause of common health problems by helping patients make important nutrition and lifestyle changes. Mike helped train thousands of doctors and other health professionals in the practical implementation of Lifestyle Medicine, and has lectured throughout the U.S. and worldwide on the clinical application of nutrition and lifestyle changes.

From the beginning of Mike’s work with health professionals it was clear that the underlying causes of many chronic diseases stem from nutrition and lifestyle habits that people develop as children. Armed with that information, and as a father of four beautiful children, Mike developed a keen interest in improving the quality of nutrition for young people. Currently Mike is a consultant in the Integrative Medicine industry, the Nutrition Advisor for TPNF, and is completing the development of a new company, Brink Nutrition, which will focus on nutritional approaches to improve the health and performance of young athletes.

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  • What you see when you look in the mirror is the direct result of the decisions you made yesterday and all the days that preceded it. If you’re not happy with what you see, making better decisions TODAY will help reflect a better you TOMORROW.  #choosewisely #healthiswealth #forkdisease “If you don’t like where you are, then MOVE. You’re not a tree.” - Jim Rohn

    thenoblepathfoundation: "What you see when you look in the mirror is the direct result of the decisions you made yesterday and all the days that preceded it. If you’re not happy with what you see, making better decisions TODAY will help reflect a better you TOMORROW.  #choosewisely #healthiswealth #forkdisease “If you don’t like where you are, then MOVE. You’re not a tree.” - Jim Rohn"
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  • "If you want to be successful in life, you need to give up the extra weight. Stop hanging out with pessimists and lazy people because their low energy will seep into your life. Surround yourself with only those who raise your level of living. You need to live with vibrant, focused, extremely active people who live with purpose and work hard for their dreams." - from FEARLESS MOTIVATION #beafountainnotadrain #belief #winning

    thenoblepathfoundation: ""If you want to be successful in life, you need to give up the extra weight. Stop hanging out with pessimists and lazy people because their low energy will seep into your life. Surround yourself with only those who raise your level of living. You need to live with vibrant, focused, extremely active people who live with purpose and work hard for their dreams." - from FEARLESS MOTIVATION
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  • Eat like your life depends on it. It actually does... #forkdisease #preventionoverpills #changeyourdiet #changeyourlife #TheNoblePathFoundation

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  • Why am I so passionate about changing your life by changing your diet? Because I have lived it… This transformation is ME and I did it four years ago at the age of 52. I have been active all my life, competing in various sports, martial arts and running since I was a teen. But motherhood and an aging metabolism had added those extra pounds even though I was still exercising regularly. What I did on Day One was give up added sugars, highly processed carbs and commit to eating REAL food. To be honest, I hated it at first because I didn’t realize how addicted I was to junk until I couldn’t have it. But if there’s one thing that is stronger than my sweet tooth, it’s my competitiveness and I had signed up for a 6-wk challenge and I wasn’t about to cave. About half way through, the cravings started to subside and my tastebuds and metabolism started to adjust. By the end of the six weeks I had lost 17 lbs. and about 30% of my body fat - and won the challenge! At that point I stepped up my strength ...

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Why am I so passionate about changing your life by changing your diet? Because I have lived it… 
This transformation is ME and I did it four years ago at the age of 52. I have been active all my life, competing in various sports, martial arts and running since I was a teen. But motherhood and an aging metabolism had added those extra pounds even though I was still exercising regularly.

What I did on Day One was give up added sugars, highly processed carbs and commit to eating REAL food. To be honest, I hated it at first because I didn’t realize how addicted I was to junk until I couldn’t have it. But if there’s one thing that is stronger than my sweet tooth, it’s my competitiveness and I had signed up for a 6-wk challenge and I wasn’t about to cave.

About half way through, the cravings started to subside and my tastebuds and metabolism started to adjust. By the end of the six weeks I had lost 17 lbs. and about 30% of my body fat - and won the challenge! At that point I stepped up my strength training and conditioning and added some lean muscle, so at the end of 90 days I was down a total of 30 lbs. and you can see the results. Since then, I have kept all the weight off (although looking at that pic now reminds to get back on that ab work…haha) because there’s really no way to gain it back based on how I eat and the amount of activity I do. I don’t count calories, track my food or even obsess about enjoying an amazing desert every once in awhile. All things in moderation is a great way to live your life and it’s what we preach here at The Noble Path Foundation. 
Eating REAL food (i.e., grown from the ground and not in a lab), reducing or eliminating as many processed foods as possible and getting plenty of sleep and exercise will yield amazing results. If it sounds too simple and too good to be true, it isn’t. Take it from someone who has experienced it firsthand. Change your diet and you WILL change your life. And the best part is that you can start with your very next bite. Please, JUST DO IT. I want nothing more than for you to live your best life ever!  #changeyourdiet #changeyourlife #forkdisease #eatREALfood"
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  • Club Rush today at San Clemente HS was a huge success!!! Nicole, Eva, Bella and Emily recruited dozens of students, all eager to be champions of change! Way to go girls!! #TNPFatSCHS #healthykids #healhyworld #TheNoblePathFoundation

    thenoblepathfoundation: "Club Rush today at San Clemente HS was a huge success!!! Nicole, Eva, Bella and Emily recruited dozens of students, all eager to be champions of change! Way to go girls!! #TNPFatSCHS #healthykids #healhyworld #TheNoblePathFoundation"
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  • Our TNPF squad at San Clemente High School is jumping for joy with all the fun and amazing activities they have planned for the year ahead... GO team! Don't forget Club Rush is Wednesday!! #healthykids #healthyworld #forkdisease #TNPF

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  • This Burst Tomato and Zucchini Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce is going to make your #meatlessmonday mighty magnificent!! Recipe from one of our favorite websites, Pinch of Yum: http://pinchofyum.com/burst-tomato-zucchini-spaghetti-with-avocado-sauce #eatrealfood #forkdisease #plantpowerednutrition

    thenoblepathfoundation: "This Burst Tomato and Zucchini Spaghetti with Avocado Sauce is going to make your #meatlessmonday mighty magnificent!! Recipe from one of our favorite websites, Pinch of Yum: http://pinchofyum.com/burst-tomato-zucchini-spaghetti-with-avocado-sauce

#eatrealfood #forkdisease #plantpowerednutrition"
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  • Reduce, reuse, rejuvenate, repeat. #keepitsimple #dontovercomplicate #breathe #gratitude #meditate

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  • We absolutely LOVE getting pics of people wearing our merchandise - especially when they’re participating in healthy activities or enjoying healthy food! Misa Malkin is a 5-star Blue Chip player from Tucson, currently #1 in Arizona and ranked #21 nationally for 9th graders with a UTR of 9.9. She is visiting So Cal and enjoying our beautiful weather while getting some quality practice time in. Misa and her entire family walk the walk when it comes to healthy food and lifestyle choices and we couldn’t ask for a better representative or spokesmodel. Thanks for sharing the love, Misa - we look forward to following your success!! #optimalnutrition #optimalperformance  #healthykids #healthyworld #TheNoblePathFoundation

    thenoblepathfoundation: "We absolutely LOVE getting pics of people wearing our merchandise - especially when they’re participating in healthy activities or enjoying healthy food! 
Misa Malkin is a 5-star Blue Chip player from Tucson, currently #1 in Arizona and ranked #21 nationally for 9th graders with a UTR of 9.9. She is visiting So Cal and enjoying our beautiful weather while getting some quality practice time in. Misa and her entire family walk the walk when it comes to healthy food and lifestyle choices and we couldn’t ask for a better representative or spokesmodel. Thanks for sharing the love, Misa - we look forward to following your success!! #optimalnutrition #optimalperformance  #healthykids #healthyworld #TheNoblePathFoundation"
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  • If you or someone you know suffers from acne, you might want to consider a little BARBERRY in your life. Never heard of barberries? Check out this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of fifty 12- to 17-year-olds with moderate to severe acne. Half got a sugar pill; the other half got the equivalent of about a teaspoon of dried barberries three times a day for a month. The results were quite remarkable. After four weeks on the placebo, there was no change in the amount or severity of their acne. But in the barberry group, the teens experienced a 43% drop in the number of acne lesions, and about a 45% drop in inflamed lesions, which is extraordinary! In addition, there were no reported side effects and the researchers concluded that the extract of dried barberry is a safe, well-tolerated, and effective choice in teenagers with moderate to severe acne vulgaris. There are other fabulous anti-inflammatory and antibacterial health benefits associated with barberries- elevating it to an e...

    thenoblepathfoundation: "If you or someone you know suffers from acne, you might want to consider a little BARBERRY in your life. Never heard of barberries? Check out this double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of fifty 12- to 17-year-olds with moderate to severe acne. Half got a sugar pill; the other half got the equivalent of about a teaspoon of dried barberries three times a day for a month.

The results were quite remarkable. After four weeks on the placebo, there was no change in the amount or severity of their acne. But in the barberry group, the teens experienced a 43% drop in the number of acne lesions, and about a 45% drop in inflamed lesions, which is extraordinary! In addition, there were no reported side effects and the researchers concluded that the extract of dried barberry is a safe, well-tolerated, and effective choice in teenagers with moderate to severe acne vulgaris.

There are other fabulous anti-inflammatory and antibacterial health benefits associated with barberries- elevating it to an even higher super-food status than the goji berry- so even if your skin is clear and silky smooth, you might still want to consider adding these gems to your diet. I like mine sprinkled on oatmeal with banana, walnuts and some freshly ground cinnamon!  #eatrealfood #forkdisease #plantpoweredprevention

Read about the acne study on PubMed here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23038982

Or on Nutritionfacts.org: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/treating-acne-barberries/"
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