Meet The Brigade
We’re on a mission to find and support people, causes and organizations that are in pursuit of Know Better in their fields, like we are when it comes to great water.
The Know Better Brigade spotlights innovation, unique thinking, and emerging trendsetters and trailblazers in health, nutrition, technology, creativity, and many other fields...People we believe in who inspire us, and who are bringing Know Better to the table, with evamor by their side.
Mom, Artist & Healthy Lifestyle Advocate
A New Orleans resident by way of Austin, Becky Fos is a bit of a Renaissance Woman. An everyday mom, Becky is a popular artist in the Big Easy with a streak of burning creative rivaled only by her daily goal of living a healthy lifestyle.
Becky’s work is a force in a city known for its creativity. Her art – which can be found in Becky Fos Gallery on famous Magazine St. – is a charismatic reflection of the bold energy and exuberant spirit that naturally emanates from the pores of all that is the lifeblood of New Orleans.
And when she’s not painting or being mom to her son, Jude, Becky can be found in the gym working out, on a jog or killing a session of CrossFit.
“Everyday starts with a workout for me. It clears my mind and allows me to unleash the creative energy I need for whatever painting I may be working on at the time,” said Fos. “It also gives me the energy to chase Jude around when I’m not painting!”
Visit Becky’s website: http://www.BeckyFos.com
Becky on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EightyOneArtistry
Becky’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/beckyfos
Becky on Instagram: https://instagram.com/beckyfos
Beck on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/beckyfosartist/
Becky on her art: New Orleans is my absolute muse. I gather boundless inspiration from all corners of this wild, beautiful, gritty and colorful city thanks to its undeniably unique history and the spicy culture and vibrant people who live here, all which motivate me to create art. The amazing music that permeates the air here strikes a chord deep inside me. At live shows and music festivals I groove to the sounds that surge through my soul and leave me with no choice but to move. I’m fascinated by the interactions and impassioned expressions of musicians as they create their own aural art, and I attempt to transform the spirit of their song into visual art with my own instruments – oil paints, my pallet knife and my fingers. I am spellbound by animals and their mysterious complexities, from our family pets to the magical creatures that swim and fly around our waterways. I feel enormously blessed to live in New Orleans where every day is truly a celebration of life, and for me painting is the most authentic way to express myself.
Derrick Joseph is the founder and owner of Derrick Joseph Fitness LLC. Defined by the mission statement; “Improving the better you”, his personal brand of fitness training specializes in personal and group training, boot camp classes, in-home training and youth and professional athletic training.
His passion for fitness and training has been a life long journey. Beginning in his days as All American quarterback of his high school football team at Arch Bishop Shaw in 1993-98. He then went on to become a football and track athlete at Tulane University 1998-2002 where he majored in Computer Information Systems. During this time he played in two bowl games and was a member of a perfect season in 1998. After a successful collegiate career he decided to use his athletic knowledge and natural training ability to help others. He became certified as a Personal Trainer and in USA Weightlifting Sports Performance. He created Derrick Fitness to help others reach their personal fitness goals and maximize their athletic potential. With over 10 years of experience in the training business, he has still been able to remain current and use cutting edge techniques to get the best results for his clients. His success can be attributed to his undeniable craft to effectively motivate his clients to “improve the better you” in all of his clients.
More info about Derrick and his upcoming sessions and events can be found at:
Nutrition Expert, Coach & Trainer
Brandt Quick is a member of the KB brigade and a trendsetter in health, nutrition and fitness, combining his skills as a coach, trainer and athlete to help others reach their wellness goals. We love that Brandt is always in pursuit of know.better.nutrition, for himself and his clients – and that evamor is helping them get there.
Brandt Quick is a partner and co-founder of BQuick Nutrition, located in Mandeville, LA just outside of New Orleans, LA. He owns BQuick Athletic Development and the BQuick Box Studio Facility in Covington, LA. He is a USA Triathlon Level I Coach for the USA Triathlon Club & Program, BQuick Tri-Dat. Brandt holds certifications with USA Weightlifting Sports Performance and SAC Speed, Agility, Conditioning Canada/USA and is CrossFit Level I certified. He is also certified by the AFPA as a Nutrition, Wellness, and Sports Nutrition Consultant and Children’s Fitness Specialist.
Brandt has a working knowledge of the nutrition and vitamin industry from his own personal and professional experience, as well as from his professional training, education and product knowledge. As a well-regarded coach and trainer he has competed at the highest levels, and he offers extensive practical experience and knowledge to every single athlete and client he works with.
Brandt is a former college athlete who played Division I football at Kansas State University, before transferring to finish his collegiate career at Tulane University. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School in New Orleans and a graduate of Tulane University in Exercise Science and Social Sciences. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Brandt resides in Madisonville, LA with his family.
Raw Food Movement Leader
Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram is a member of the KB brigade because she’s an innovator in nutrition and a leader in the raw food movement. We both believe that you are what you eat (and drink).
FullyRaw is the creation of Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram, a pioneer in the organic food co-operative movement. The founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S., she has been 100% raw for nearly 9 years and is a leading visionary in the raw movement across the nation.
She attended both Vanderbilt University and Rice University, graduating from Rice in 2009 with a triple major in Kinesiology, specializing in Health Science and nutrition, and also dabbled into ceramics and voice. Since then, she has been heavily influential in the efforts to grow and bring awareness to our national efforts to raw food education and Organic Horticulture, Permaculture, and Co-operative Communities.
Kristina’s inspiration for being FullyRaw came after she was able to rid herself of hyperglycemia at the age of 18, eating nothing but a low-fat raw vegan diet consisting solely of fresh fruits and vegetables with few nuts and seeds. After being a direct understudy of 20+ year raw food juicing expert and consultant John Rose, she interned and worked under pioneer and movement visionary Dr. Douglas Graham at his health events in Seattle and in Costa Rica.
Before graduating from college, Kristina started a non-profit organization called Rawfully Organic. This organic produce co-operative in Houston, Texas grew from 12 people in her living room and currently feeds over 6000 families in the greater Houston area on a weekly basis. Rawfully Organic offers fresh, affordable produce and Kristina’s efforts focus on providing her community with the benefits of eating raw fruits and vegetables while making organic affordable for all. The nonprofit grosses more than 2 million per year and stays true to its mission to supply local Texas families with an abundance of organic produce to help them live a raw, vegetarian, or vegan lifestyle. To this day, the coop is 100% volunteer run.
Kristina makes a living by coaching and inspiring thousands of others to be FullyRaw.
Visit her website: http://www.fullyraw.com
FullyRaw You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/fullyrawkristina
FullyRaw Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FullyRawKristina
Kristina on Instagram: http://instagram.com/fullyrawkristina
Kristina’s Pinterest Page: http://www.pinterest.com/fullyrawk
Kristina’s Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/fullyraw
Kristina’s Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/103621988200468846140
Dr. Jonathan E. Aviv, MD
Lifestyle Integrative Health Expert
Dr. Jonathan E. Aviv, MD, FACS is a member of the KB brigade because he’s an innovator in healthcare and a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease and its complications. He just published a book entitled “Killing Me Softly From Inside”, available on Amazon.com. It’s a self help book for lay people that makes explicit the connection between highly processed foods, acid reflux, and the fastest growing cancer in America , esophageal cancer, with a new low acid, nutritionally balanced diet he developed called the Acid Watcher® diet, designed to ultimately help prevent this disease.
Dr. Aviv is a renowned physician, surgeon, educator, and inventor, and one of the leading authorities on the diagnosis and treatment of acid reflux disease, cough, and voice and swallowing disorders.
Dr. Aviv is currently the Clinical Director and founder of the Voice and Swallowing Center at ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP in New York City. He is also Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and an Attending Physician in The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Dr. Aviv is the former Director, Division of Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
He is the inventor and developer of the endoscopic air-pulse laryngeal sensory testing technology, known as FEESST. Dr. Aviv has authored over 60 scientific papers in peer- reviewed journals and has written two medical text books entitled Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing with Sensory Testing (FEESST) and Atlas of Transnasal Esophagoscopy. Dr. Aviv is Past President of the American Broncho-Esophagological Association and the New York Laryngological Society, and former Chairman of the Speech, Voice and Swallowing Disorders Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Dr. Aviv has been in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” 1998–2013, Best Doctors in America 2004–2013, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. Dr. Aviv has written a blog for the Dr. Oz show website and has been featured in press articles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Bloomberg Television, and the Discovery Channel.
Runner, Radio Host & Philanthropist
Kevin Kline is a member of the KB brigade because he’s a trailblazer in radio, philanthropy, fundraising for cancer research and ultra-endurance running. And evamor is right there with him, keeping him hydrated as he starts each day and finishes each marathon.
In 2005, while working at KKBQ-FM in Houston, TX during his 15th year as a morning radio host, Kevin Kline met a then 15-year-old girl who had recently been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Chelsey Campbell wasn’t expected to live long enough to celebrate her 16th birthday. When Campbell defied the odds and did celebrate her 16th birthday, Kline and his wife, Trish presented her with the gift of a lifetime, a non-profit organization named Snowdrop Foundation.
Snowdrop Foundation, dedicated to raising funds for continued pediatric cancer research and for college scholarships for childhood cancer patients and survivors, is now Chelsey’s legacy, as she passed away on December 9, 2006. Kline and his wife still run the foundation, which has now expanded into a chapter in Wisconsin and has donated over $1.35 million since its inception.
Before Chelsey died, she had a marathon surgery, which inspired Kline to take up the sport of endurance running. Kline ran his first marathon in January 2007. He ran that race with fractures in both shins. He ran that race to honor Chelsey and all of the other kids who struggle to beat their cancer diagnosis. He ran that race in 3:44:49, which is still the fastest marathon of his career.
Since that first marathon, Kline has run 62 total sanctioned marathons and longer, ultra-marathons. He has run a marathon or longer in 26 different states and on 3 separate continents in his quest to run in all 50 states and on all 7 continents before his 50th birthday.
When the marathon distance became comfortable, Kline went searching for more challenges to tell the story of how much pain kids with cancer must endure. That is when he created his annual December Fund-Urance Run.
In December 2009, Kline completed a 13-day, solo run across Texas totaling 482 miles.
In December 2010, Kline ran for 24 continuous hours on a treadmill and then immediately ran a half-marathon race.
In December 2011, Kline ran 62 miles per day for 7 consecutive days.
In December 2012, Kline ran 62,000 stadium stairs and then a 30K (18.6 miles) race.
In July 2013, Kline ran 15 marathons in 15 consecutive days.
In December 2013, Kline ran a .76 mile loop for 55 consecutive hours.
In 2012, Kline was selected as one of six global ambassadors for Worth The Hurt, a charitable umbrella promoting fundraising through ultra-running.
Kline has many more years left in radio, millions more to raise for children with cancer and many, many more miles to run, all with evamor by his side.
Kline starts his day with a cup of coffee made with evamor. Kline has a bottle of evamor with lunch and during his training and annual fund-urance run, Kline stays hydrated with evamor.
Kevin Kline knows better radio, better philanthropy and better running with evamor.
Snowdrop Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SnowdropFoundation
93Q Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thenew93q
93Q Website: http://www.thenew93q.com/
Krystall started her journey to a healthy lifestyle six years ago, when a good friend introduced her, by complete happenstance, to “hot yoga.” At the time, Krystall was unknowingly 40 lbs. overweight and terribly unhappy in her life. She had no idea how that one simple decision to go to the hot yoga class would end up forever changing her body, mind, career, and potentially the New Orleans health and wellness community. Although she doesn’t seem to remember much from the first few classes, she knew she had to keep going back. After a year of practice, she decided to quit her corporate 9-5 job and become a Bikram Yoga teacher. From there, she slowly took on more roles and responsibilities around her yoga studio, until she was the manager and a full-time teacher. In 2012, Krystall followed the seemingly evident signs that she needed to bring New Orleans a state-of-the-art Bikram Yoga studio, in fact the first certified Bikram Yoga studio in the state of Louisiana. She felt like it was a “karma yoga calling” to marry her business skill-set with the ever-growing and truly-inspiring Bikram Yoga community’s need for a bigger and more well-equipped yoga studio.
“My motivation to open the new studio was always my students. Even on what might seem to be the longest or hardest days, the students always, always, always show up for their practice… Their dedication is my inspiration,” she says.