Mark Cerkvenik – Director

This Long Time Vegetarian With Extensive Leadership Experience Discovers Even More…and Shares It All

Mark worked in leadership roles at Loyola University Health System and Northwestern Medicine training and coaching clinical leaders whose departments saw thousands of patients dealing with chronic illnesses. He often thought there must be a better way to treat and prevent diseases besides frequent doctor visits and a lifetime of taking prescription drugs. In addition to his own health issues, he saw his parents, in-laws, and close friends suffer from acute or chronic health issues largely as a result of the food they ate. 

Mark was a vegetarian (eating cheese, fish, and veggies) for over 25 years, but not until he adopted a whole food plant-based diet did he see tremendous improvement in his health and a path to maintain a healthy weight. Through the evidence-based research by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), he learned an approach to improving his health and preventing or better managing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer and now is focused on sharing this knowledge in his community. 

In addition to being licensed by PCRM as a Food For Life Instructor, Mark provides coaching for individuals and couples on transitioning to a sustainable plant-based diet as well as workshops and workplace seminars on a variety of health-related topics. Visit Mark at on Facebook @letseatgreatfood or travel with Mark at

Mark sees his role at PBNM as another opportunity to educate the community on the evidence-based benefits of whole-food plant-based eating and assist people with improving the quality of their lives while avoiding a lifetime of prescription medicine and endless doctor visits.