Heather Borders

Heather Borders, MBA, RD, LD/N

Chief Empowerment Officer

Heather Borders has over 15 years of professional experience spanning curriculum development, training, medical device marketing, sales and customer support, product management, product development, and market development. After a personal experience with addressing high cholesterol through diet, she was inspired to help others improve their health by overcoming the common challenges associated with implementing sustainable lifestyle changes.

In 2012, Heather founded Kailo Nutrition and is dedicated to applying her professional experience and personal passion for healthy living towards health, wellness, plant-based nutrition, and preventative medicine. She describes herself as an ambitious, curious, energetic, science-loving, goal-setting, entrepreneurial type person who is loving every moment of this career change.

Prior to her career change in nutrition, Heather spent nearly seven years at Medtronic ENT as a Product Manager for the pediatric line of medical devices. Heather began her career providing curriculum development and astronaut training for two NASA contractors.

Academic Degrees
Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, Auburn University
Masters of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University
Masters of Business Administration, Rice University
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, University of North Florida

Credentials, Professional Associations, and Certifications

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Dietary Practice Groups, Member
    • Nutrition Entrepreneurs
    • Vegetarian Nutrition
    • Diabetes Care & Education
  • First Coast Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Member
  • ServSafe Food Production Manager Certification, American National Standards Institute
  • Professional Plant-Based Certification, Rouxbe Online Cooking School
  • Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, eCornell and T. Colin Campbell Foundation
  • Food for Life Instructor, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine


Chef Lisa Franzino

Director, Culinary Empowerment

Chef Lisa is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Institute, a Gourmet Raw Culinary School. She also holds certificates from Rouxbe Cooking School as a plant-based chef and from Drs. Rick and Karin Dina as a Science of Raw Nutrition Educator.

A lifelong vegetarian, Lisa dove deeper into healing through diet after a cancer diagnosis in her twenties. Adopting a whole food, plant-based diet, along with a regular yoga practice, has helped her stay cancer-free for almost 20 years.

It is Lisa’s firm belief that eating healthy can be easy, satisfying and most importantly, DELICIOUS. It is her passion to teach others how to create meals that are not only packed with nutrients, but also taste good, so that they can make a lifestyle shift to a healthy diet WITHOUT sacrificing flavor.

Meet The Team

Chernice Benjamin


Chernice Lane Benjamin is a retired Social Services Supervisor with the City of Jacksonville. After retirement, Chernice found her way to a plant-based diet in an effort to address certain health concerns, increase energy, and prevent type 2 diabetes. She is a Certified Food For Life instructor/coach, and Senior Consultant for Saladmaster Cookware, providing cooking classes and demonstrations around the Northeast Florida community. Chernice is particularly interested in helping community members manage a healthy weight and decrease risk for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. For more information on Chernice’s upcoming classes and how to schedule a Saladmaster demo in your home or place of work, please send her an email with your request. Click to email Chernice.

Chernice is very active in her church and Jacksonville community. She is happily married to Lawrence Benjamin and has a daugheter, Dana, and grandson, Morrison who live in Los Angeles, CA. 






Victoria is a recent graduate from Florida State University, with a B.S. in Dietetics and a minor in
Chemistry. While at Florida State, Victoria was a part of the Student Dietetic Association and the Food Recovery Network, an organization aiming to eliminate food waste on campus. She also spent a summer abroad in Florence, Italy, taking classes related to food, culture, and art.

This next year, Victoria is returning to Italy, where she will be working towards her M.A. in Food Studies at the American University of Rome. Victoria plans to someday work in international nutrition policy, sustainable food systems, and agriculture. In this field, Victoria hopes to strengthen the relationship  between people, their food, and the environment by increasing the production and consumption of organic, nutritious foods through agricultural methods that preserve and protect the environment.


Dana Lingard is currently a student at the Univeristy of North Florida pursuing a B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics. Her focus is in whole food holistic healing, and she is hoping to become a plant-based dietitian after graduation. Other passions include cooking and baking vegan dishes that are not only nutritionally sound, but delicious and healthy for the planet. Only discovering veganism three years ago, Dana was immediately inspired and changed the course of her major from neuroscience to nutrition. She loves working for Kailo and opening the eyes of so many people in the Jacksonville community to the wonderful world of plant-based wellness and preventative medicine.


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Eiman is currently pursuing a B.S. in Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of North Florida to become a registered dietitian. She holds a Bachelor of Physical Science, which emphasized physics, chemistry and mathematics from Auburn University at Montgomery. Eiman went on to earn my Master of Public Health (MPH), which increased my awareness and exposed me to the importance of mental health, communicable diseases, and nutrition! When she discovered that she could combine my goals of working in healthcare with my passion for healthy living, Eiman knew that she wanted to pursue dietetics and is very passionate about research and the impact it may have on the elderly population. As a future public health professional and part of the Kailo team, Eiman have made conscious efforts to cultivate such passion.



Lexey Hello! my name is Lexey Wilson and I am currently a student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. My passion is writing and I hope to one day be a journalist and novelist. Some of my other passions include drawing, journaling and blogging with goals to be an achieving student and have a well-rounded life. I am very excited to be helping out Kailo nutrition because I enjoy blogging and I am hoping that this will help me improve not only my writing skills, but also help me learn a few things along the way. I have a newly started lifestyle blog called hatching hobbies and I would love for you to check it out at hatchinghobbies.wordpress.com!


Lexey is currently a student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Her passion is writing, and she hopes to one day be a journalist and novelist. Some of Lexey’s other passions include drawing, journaling and blogging, with goals to be a high-achieving student and have a well-rounded life. She is very excited to be helping out Kailo Nutrition because she enjoys blogging and hopes that this will help her improve her writing skills and learn a few things along the way. She has a newly started lifestyle blog called hatching hobbies and would love for you to check it out at hatchinghobbies.wordpress.com!