Speaker Biographies

April Zilg

April’s talk: Everyone gets anxious before a race, but what separates the lead pack from the rest of able bodied competitors has a lot to do with their mindset. Join April Zilg as she shares some time-tested strategies about how to handle race anxiety and races that aren’t going as planned.

_DSC0038_01Believe it or not, April Zilg didn’t grow up an athlete; in fact, she was quite the opposite. While in graduate school working on her Master’s, she realized she was spending too much time behind a desk and decided it wasn’t where she wanted to end up for the rest of her life.

Thankfully, she discovered a sport that allowed her to be outdoors and on the water that she fell in love with at first try: stand-up paddleboarding. With time, her love for SUPing grew which led her to make better healthy lifestyle choices and evolve into a competitive athlete.

Today, April is a nationally-recognized SUP athlete and Hobie Team Rider, competing in both SUP Racing and SUP Surfing. Shes held down the #10 spot in the world rankings for 2 years running, has top 10 finishes in Carolina Cup and the Pacific Paddle Games, and a 4th in the 2016 EuroTour.

In between competitions, April is a WPA-certified SUP instructor, an ACA-certified “L2 Essentials of SUP” instructor, and a SUP yoga instructor, and passes along her knowledge and love for SUPing through her teachings.

Lisa Consiglio Ryan

Lisa Consiglio Ryan3 (2)Lisa’s talk: Lisa will be discussing recovery, performance and how to fuel/prepare for races and training.

Lisa Consiglio Ryan is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and CEO of Whole Health Designs, a clean eating lifestyle company. Lisa is also the award winning author of the best selling cookbook, Go Clean, Sexy You, a seasonal, holistic guide to healthy eating. Spending years struggling with a growing arsenal of health-destroying conditions that ranged from fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, candida and rosacea to cystitis and tons of allergies, she decided to turn to nutrition and lifestyle to reclaim her health. Then pursuing her education with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she turned her personal quest into her vocation with the launch of Whole Health Designs.

Lisa provides online seasonal whole food cleanse programs, meal planning and private coaching for those who desire to embrace “clean living. “ Her company also provides juice cleanses and whole foods catering to local clients and leads wellness retreats in Costa Rica.

As a nationally acclaimed wellness expert and speaker, Lisa has worked with thousands in her Renewal 10 Day Detox programs. Her work has been featured in Fox 45 Baltimore News, WRNR, Fab Fit Fun, Eat This Not That, The Daily Meal, Thrive Magazine, Smart CEO, Fitness Magazine, Tiny Buddha, and Mind Body Green. Lisa was also selected as the Best of What’s Up? Beauty and Fitness winner for 2016-2017 by local Annapolis residents and What’s Up Magazine.

Lisa is also a mom, wife, triathlete, yogini, taco lover and green juice drinker

Education & Certifications

  • Shambala Meditation and Mindfulness Certification, 2017
  • American Aerobic Association International/International Sports Medicine Association, Sports Nutrition Consultant Certification, 2011
  • Institute of Integrative Nutrition, NY, Health Counseling, 2010
  • Purchase College, SUNY, Certificate in Integrative Nutrition, 2010
  • Certified Health Counselor, American Association of Drugless Practitioners, 2010
  • University of Pittsburgh, PA, Masters in the Art of Teaching, 1992
  • University of Pittsburgh, PA, Bachelors in Developmental Psychology, 1991

Lisa a lifelong educator. She was an elementary teacher, master teacher, instructional leader, and mentor for new and beginning teachers as well as a professional developer for administrators in Prince George’s County Public Schools. She has extensive training and experience with coaching techniques that she incorporates with nutrition and health coaching.

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