Founder of Plant-Based Learning - Ronnie 'Tsunami' Gandiza
Plant-Based Learning was founded by Ronnie 'Tsunami' Gandiza in 2019. Ronnie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Plant-Based Network, a lifestyle and entertainment cable TV and online network that promotes the plant-based lifestyle and its benefits for improving people's health, creating a more sustainable planet, and encouraging compassion for others. Previously he served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for PlantPure, Inc.
Prior to his career in marketing, Ronnie was in the training and education space for over 25 years, and his learning solutions have been implemented in more than 10,000 academic institutions, non-profits and enterprise organizations around the world including Microsoft, the US Air Force, and LETS Empower. In addition, he has helped to build online and local support communities with millions of members in over 400 cities around the world in the fields of information technology, business, and health and wellness.
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronnie stated his career in Information Technology serving in the US Air Force, as well as Lead Network Engineer for the Secretary of Defense, and Director of Information Services for the Congressional Commission on Veterans Affairs.
In addition to attaining multiple certifications in IT and project management, Ronnie earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University.
Director of Plant-Based Learning - Joanna Gustafson, M.S., M.Ed.
With a BS in Earth Science and a Masters in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, Joanna worked as an earth scientist and engineer for a number of years, but then her first husband died of a heart attack at a young age. At that point she became passionate to try to help others get healthier, and earned a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as well as numerous health and fitness certifications. She became an author and health consultant, created her own fitness and wellness programs, and also worked as a wellness director for a large corporation. In 2004, as the Director of Membership for a global community organization, she helped to grow the organization from 12 groups representing 12,000 members to 800 groups around the world representing over 2 million members.
Joanna completed Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition training program from eCornell. She is also a certified Zumba senior exercise instructor, certified life and health coach, and a certified SCUBA diver.