Our Team

Co-founder

John Pierre

John Pierre is a nutrition and fitness consultant who has devoted over 30 years to improving the lives of others through his expertise in plant-based nutrition, physical fitness, women’s empowerment, geriatrics, and compassionate living.

As a dedicated activist, John gives lectures across the nation in a variety of environments including schools, conferences and shelters to help improve the health and well-being of others. John also teaches fun and exhilarating boot camps and offers one-on-one personal training to people of all ages. Just a few of John’s clients include Maggie Q, Ellen DeGeneres, Emily Deschanel and Pamela Anderson.

John was also just recently inducted into the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) Hall of Fame for his dedication to spreading the message of plant-based nutrition, peace and compassion to improve people’s lives, the treatment of animals and concerns facing our environment.

Whether it is speaking at a conference, teaching a boot camp class or donating his time and money to an organization in need, John has devoted his life to making the world a better place with every opportunity he has.

John has written two books, “The Pillars of Health”, which focuses on the four pillars of health – nutrition, mind, motion and compassion and his second book, “Strong, Savvy, Safe,” which focuses on tools for protection and vibrant health. These books can be purchased through www.johnpierre.com.

Co-founder

Andrea Rose

My name is Andrea Rose and I love animals. I have felt a connection to animals for as long as I can remember. By spending time with animals, I’ve seen they have emotions, are self-aware and truly value their own lives. Because of this, I believe we have an obligation to respect, protect and care for them.

That connection has turned into my life’s mission of working tirelessly to help animals in need. I currently work as a veterinary technician where I provide care for animals at work and I care for many animals in my own home.

Because of my deep reverence for animals, I decided to help build the Living With Harmony Sanctuary with John Pierre. In my work at the sanctuary, I will help special needs, abused, abandoned and neglected animals, so they can live out their lives in peace and comfort. We all strive for a fulfilling life full of happiness and it’s my honor to provide this same opportunity to animals in need. In my work at the Sanctuary, I will also provide education and resources about companion animals and the issues they face.

In addition to working and caring for animals at the sanctuary, I will use my experience as an environmental educator to bring awareness to the benefits of sustainable and green living. At the Living with Harmony Sanctuary, we hope to also inspire people to create a positive change in their lives through their experience and connection to the community we will create there.

Executive Director

Mariam Crow

Mariam serves as Development Director for Living with Harmony. After severe health issues at the age of 19 inspired her to try veganism, she quickly fell in love with the lifestyle after it transformed her life. She studied plant-based nutrition extensively in her free time, including completing the certification in plant-based nutrition from eCornell, while working on a graduate degree in biomedical engineering (BME). Mariam abandoned a PhD program in BME after her third year to go follow her dreams of helping the world by joining Living with Harmony. She has her bachelors degree in biology with a minor in chemistry and a masters degree in BME. She is using the skills she has obtained during her studies in graduate school (e.g. grant writing, entrepreneurship, technical communications) to help LWH gain awareness and funding. Veganism saved her life 8 years ago, and now she aspires to pay it forward for the rest of her days.

Expert Plant Based Physician

Christina Miller, MD

Christina Miller, MD, FACEP is a board-certified emergency and integrative medicine physician. After training at Denver Health, working for 10 years in the ER, and serving as past-president of Colorado ACEP (American College of Emergency Medicine), she radically changed her practice to lifesyle medicine, due to her own inflammatory disease and feeling overwhelmed with the amount of chronic illness she witnessed daily in the ER. She re-trained in nutrition, lifestyle, and integrative medicine, and now works with patients to prevent, improve, and even reverse chronic illness. She is founder of EatandLiveHealthfully.com, works in a clinic in Aspen Colorado, and is helping establish integrative medicine programs at Aspen Valley Hospital and The Aspen Club. Above all, she is dedicated to helping people realize these nutrition and lifestyle changes are not only essential to long-term optimal health, but can be sustainable and fun!

Expert Plant Based Physician

Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA

Laurie Marbas, MD, MBA is double board certified family medicine and lifestyle medicine physician utilizing a whole food plant based diet for the past 7 years. She worked with Dr. Joel Fuhrman creating a new medical model combining the power of nutrient dense foods and intensive clinical psychological therapy to treat not only food addiction but chronic disease. She currently is the Managing Editor for the Plantrician Project’s International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention and works closely with the journal’s Editor in Chief, Dr. Kim Williams. The journal is focused on plant-based research and bringing this important work to the forefront of modern medicine and the general public. She is currently bringing the message of plant based nutrition to patients in their homes via telemedicine.

She graduated from Texas Tech University School of Medicine where she was awarded the Gold Headed Cane. She also attended her family medicine residency at Texas Tech. She wrote seven books while in medical school, six of which were in a series called “Visual Mnemonics”. These books used cartoons to help memorize vast amounts of information, which helped her when she was a mom attending medical school. She is a USAF veteran having served in the Middle East and South America. She is a wife, mom of three grown children, and an avid runner.

Executive Chef and Strategic Culinary Advisor

Mark Reinfeld

“The male equivalent to a vegan Rachael Ray—Mark Reinfeld’s recipes are flavorful and approachable and certainly have the same potential for mass appeal.”—Publishers Weekly

Mark Reinfeld is the 2017 Inductee into the Vegetarian Hall of Fame. He is a multi-award winning chef and author of eight books, including his most recent, The Ultimate Age-Defying Plan. His last book, Healing the Vegan Way, was selected as the #1 book for vegans in 2016. Mark has over 25 years of experience preparing creative vegan and raw cuisine. Since 2012, he has served as the Executive Chef for the North American Vegetarian Society’s Summerfest. He has offered consulting services for clients such as Google, Whole Foods,The Humane Society, Kroger, White Wave, Bon Appetit Management, Aramark, Sodexo, and more. Mark was the founding chef of The Blossoming Lotus Restaurant, voted “Best Restaurant on Kaua’i.”

His first cookbook, Vegan Fusion World Cuisine, has won 9 national awards including “Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA.” Mark is the recipient of Vegan.com’s Recipe of the Year Award and Aspen Center for Integral Health’s Platinum Carrot Award. Through his Vegan Fusion company, he offers consulting services, vegan and raw cooking workshops, a plant based chef certification program, and chef trainings internationally. His two-part online culinary course, offered in conjunction with the Vegetarian Times, is available at veganfusion.com.

Art Director

Alyssa Miller

Alyssa Kara Miller is an artist, writer, and vegan lifestyle coach. She grew up in a small town an hour outside of NYC. Almost misdiagnosed with cognitive delays, it was discovered that Alyssa is hard of hearing when she was 6 years old. With a passion for creativity, Alyssa received her bachelor’s in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014. Alyssa first became a vegetarian for ethical reasons when she was 14 to help her cope with the bullying that she experienced in school and then became vegan when she was 20. Veganism helped Alyssa cope with the trauma from bullying and helped align her values and goals to greet each day with compassion and love. Alyssa works as a vegan activist and mental health advocate in her free time and strives to make veganism accessible to the Deaf community. As an art director for Living with Harmony, Alyssa brings her passion for creativity and design with the intention helping others and promoting a planet based lifestyle.

Today in the face of an increasingly harmful and isolated culture, there is nothing we need more than a physical place to heal, connect, and grow. 

This is why we are working to create a progressive, inclusive, and life-affirming animal sanctuary and retreat facility. Our facility will be based on the core values of compassion, acceptance, refuge and encouragement.