Board of Directors


Debra Filla

Board President

Recovery Nutrition Coach, Level I/II,


Builder, and Owner of Inside Out, a business focused on “building health from the inside out” since 1998, retired from a 30-year career with IBM, and past VP of the KC Celiac Sprue Association, Debra is currently serving her 22nd year as a City Councilmember. As a Certified Nutrition Recovery Coach, she actively promotes education about the biochemistry of addiction through public education, training seminars, and consulting. 

Debra has a fascination with the incredible mystery of how the body works and, more importantly, how it heals. When she and her family all tested positive for gluten sensitivity, she researched the role gluten plays in autoimmune and other diseases. 

 A continual life learner, Debra has extended her real world learning to explore the connection between the brain and the gut. The gut, once thought to be our “second brain” is now understood to be the Yang to the brain’s Yin. Learning about the impact of nutrition in addiction and mental health has been key to understanding the generational history of alcoholism in her family.   


Shelly Jo Spinden Wahlstrom

Newsletter Editor

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Salvatore Di Liello

Board Vice President


Salvatore Di Liello is a Board-Certified Naturopathic Doctor with a concentration in Homeopathic Medicine and Board-Certified American Association of Drugless Practitioners.   He is the founder of Naturale Solutions a holistic center providing health consultations, lectures, Biomagnetism, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Reiki sessions. Salvatore is a Certified Addiction Recovery Nutrition Coach Level 2 from the Academy for Addiction & Mental Health Nutrition working with a non-profit organization in North Eastern Ohio offering Nutrition Assisted Treatment (N.A.T.) emphasizing proper nutrition, amino acids therapy and other natural supplements for clients in recovery.  As a naturopathic doctor my focus is the preventive care and wellness of the individual. My goal is to educate and empower clients so they can make better and healthier decisions to ultimately achieve their optimized state of health.   Member of American Botanical Council, National Center for Homeopathy, International Association of Reiki Practitioners and American Association of Integrative Medicine.

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Joan Priestley


Joan Priestley, M.D. attended medical school at the University of Michigan.  Her holistic medical practice focused on natural treatments for HIV and other infectious diseases.  Dr. Priestley was the Executive Director of the Alliance for Addiction Solutions in 2013-2014.   She co-authored Essential Supplements for Women: What Every Woman Should Know About Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes and Amino Acids ((Perigee, 1988 and Thorsons, 1991) (with Carolyn Reuben, L.Ac.)


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Mitchell J. Pearce

D.C., M.S., L.Ac., D.A.C.B.N.


Dr. Mitchell Pearce practiced and taught chiropractic since 1982 and acupuncture since 1992. Dr. Pearce earned his Diplomate from the American Board of Clinical Nutrition in 1983. He was certified in alcohol and drug studies by UC Santa Cruz in 1996,and as a NADA treatment provider in 2006. He is also a paralegal. Dr. Pearce has previously served as a Board of Directors member for Parents Helping Parents, a George W Bush Star of Life awarded non-profit dedicated to helping parents with handicapped, disabled, or otherwise challenged children. In 2017, Dr. Pearce co-founded and is the CEO for USgeocoder LLC, a successful Geographic Information Systems competitor to Google and Bing specializing in political advocacy management, sales tax management, FINTECH, and business asset management.