Dr. Morton is a recognized innovator on the cutting edge of health care. As a program associate at the prestigious Fetzer Institute, Dr. Morton was responsible for recommending and monitoring funded programs in alternative medicine, healthcare and education. He organized and chaired an international roundtable on the future of medicine as well as co-chairing a global conference on healthcare that brought 1000 delegates from 28 countries. In the late 90's, Dr. Morton shared much of his expertise in these fields in his well-received book, Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine . Also during his career, Michael Morton co-founded the American Holistic Health Association and has served on numerous boards.
Dr. Morton has received praise over the years for his work in the areas of homeless services and community based mental health. Under a special mandate from the governor of California , Michael Morton designed and successfully implemented two innovative model programs for the mentally ill homeless. Most recently, he brought record numbers of homeless to homes and jobs while serving as the Director of Homeless Services for the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County in California . During his tenure, one of his programs was awarded the California Healthy Cities and Communities Special Achievement Award as well as the Outstanding Achievement Award by The United States Conference of Mayors as a model of effective collaboration.
Recognized for his accomplishments in both the profit and non-profit sectors, Dr. Michael Morton is well equipped as Executive Director to successfully steer the Vitamin Relief USA ä programs.
Nationally recognized journalist and author on complementary and alternative healthcare, Ms. Walker Morton co-authored the well-regarded book Five Steps to Selecting the Best Alternative Medicine (New World Library, 1996).
In her role as Vice President of Mark eting for Changes and Company, Inc., she developed and implemented the strategic plan to market and sell a new natural health-care product that generated record levels of sales. Ms. Walker Morton has worked in copywriting and marketing with Hallmark Home Entertainment in Los Angeles . With Barnett, Cox and Associates, an international award-winning advertising and public relations firm, she assisted and implemented strategic public relations and marketing plans for state government projects and local businesses on the Central Coast of California. Ms. Walker Morton has worked with Vitamin Relief USA ä since its inception. During her time at Vitamin Relief USA ä , she helped develop programs for children and was instrumental in the implementation and management of those programs. Ms. Morton also authored and edited educational and promotional materials for the organization including its website, brochures, newsletters, and press releases. Ms. Morton currently manages the Vitamin Relief USA ä Senior Support programs and aspects of fund development.
Leila has long been actively interested in facets of health and healing, and has implemented this awareness both personally and professionally. She has held positions in Hospice work, health spas, care for the elderly, care for the mentally disabled, and organic agriculture. She also has extensive experience in editing, wordsmithing, copyediting and refined revisions in literary spheres.
She received her BA with honors in English from Lake Forest College , Lake Forest , IL .
Leila currently manages Vitamin Relief USA's ä national initiative Children First at over 550 sites, in 39 states, providing vitamins to over 14,000 children each day.