OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Whether it’s raising funds or delivering vitamins to families in need, we rely on collaboration to achieve our mission. Our distinguished board members bring invaluable experience from the corporate, academic, and nonprofit worlds to inform and enhance our efforts.


Board of Directors

Michelle Goolsby
Michelle Goolsby Board Chair
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  • Independent voting member: yes

Michelle served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Administrative Officer for Dean Foods Company for over a decade. Prior to that, Michelle spent over 13 years practicing law with two major Texas law firms, focusing primarily on corporate, securities and capital markets transactions. 

Currently, Michelle provides advisory services, including executive coaching and leadership development, and training and development programs, to for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

Michelle is a partner and a member of the Investment Committee of Greenmont Capital Partners, member of the Board of Directors of The Organic Center and of Vitamin Angels, a Trustee of The University of Texas Law School Foundation, and a Founding Member of the Center for Women in Law.

She received her M.A. from the Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University, her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law, and her B.B.A. - Accounting from The University of Texas at Austin.  

Howard B. Schiffer
Howard B. Schiffer President and Founder
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  • Independent voting member: no

Howard started his career as a midwife, learning about the importance of prenatal nutrition for maternal and child health.

After a successful career in the natural foods industry developing quality products and turning them into best sellers through innovative marketing and promotions, Howard founded Vitamin Angels in 1994.

Through his extraordinary leadership of the organization, Howard has received numerous honors and awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award, a Global Humanitarian Award, and Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.

Howard truly believes every child deserves the chance to lead a full and healthy life. Howard is the author of three books. He has three children and lives with his wife in Santa Barbara, California.

Read the Founder's Story.

Clayton A. Ajello DRPH, MPH
Clayton A. Ajello DRPH, MPH
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  • Independent voting member: no

Clayton is an epidemiologist, entrepreneur, and executive who lead or collaborated with experts in 30+ countries. He provides evidence-based, strategic, and operational advice to nonprofit organizations major transitions. Clayton specializes in advising non-profit organizations seeking to bring about innovative, sustainable, high impact public health initiatives in low- and medium-resource settings.

Clayton has consulted for governments, bi-lateral aid agencies, and multi-lateral organizations with strategic services pertaining to analysis, planning, and implementation of primary healthcare systems in low resource settings. He served as vice president for international programs at the Johns Hopkins University and JHPIEGO, as well as on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Upon returning to the private sector, Clayton founded the for-profit company LearnWare International Corporation. Since selling the company, Clayton has spent a decade as managing partner of inlexo. 

Brian Wood
Brian Wood
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  • Independent voting member: yes

Brian Wood is a Managing Director in the Consumer Investment Banking Group of Imperial Capital, based in the Los Angeles office. Brian has over 15 years of providing a broad range of corporate finance advisory services including mergers and acquisitions, private and public capital raising, debt private placements, high yield and strategic advisory. Prior to joining Imperial Capital, Brian was a Managing Director at The Mercanti Group, a M&A and capital markets advisory firm exclusively focused on the Branded Consumer sector. Before Mercanti, he worked for Seidler Capital where he focused on Branded Consumer companies with a particular specialization in the Health, Wellness & Fitness category.  Brian received a BA in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Georgetown University. To stay healthy, Brian participates in numerous fitness and sports activities including volleyball, skiing, basketball and running (including Spartan races, Mud runs and Ragnar relays).

"I was inspired to join Vitamin Angels because I wanted to make a real difference in improving and saving lives of women and children. More than any other organization I’ve seen, Vitamin Angels [is] making an impact for those that are most often ignored. I am extremely proud to be a part of such an important mission with such an exceptional group of people."

Michelle Brooks
Michelle Brooks
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  • Independent voting member: yes

Michelle is a managing principal at Arlon Group, a food and agriculture investment firm that invests across the food supply chain. At Arlon, Michelle manages Arlon’s North American investment activities which are focused on investing in middle-market companies in the United States, the largest food and agriculture market in the world.

Michelle was previously a principal with Weston Presidio, a middle-market private equity firm with $3.3B in AUM. She worked for Weston Presidio from 1999 to 2010 and was responsible for leading due diligence and investment execution in a variety of sectors, including food and beverage and restaurants. Michelle has served on the board of directors of numerous private companies and is currently a board member for Door to Door Organics, HMR Foods, and Wholesome Sweeteners.

Michelle received her MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and an AB in government from Harvard University.

What inspired you to join Vitamin Angels? Vitamin Angels' commitment to helping the neediest in a profound and fundamental way moved me to get involved. Good nutrition is everyone's most basic need and the foundation for everything we want for children and their families.

How do you like to stay healthy? I care about staying healthy for myself and for my family, so I try to eat well, stay active and create space for mental health in my life.

Dr. Robert Black
Dr. Robert Black
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  • Independent voting member: yes

Robert (Bob) E. Black, M.D., M.P.H. is the Professor and Director of the Institute for International Programs in the Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Bob is trained in medicine, infectious diseases and epidemiology. He served as an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and at institutions in Bangladesh and Peru on research related to childhood infectious diseases and nutrition. Bob’s current research includes field trials of vaccines, micronutrients and other nutritional interventions, effectiveness studies of health programs, and evaluation of preventive and curative health services in low- and middle-income countries. His other interests are the use of evidence in guiding policy and programs, including estimates of burden of disease, and the strengthening of public health training. He has more than 600 scientific journal publications and is co-editor of the textbook “Global Health.”  

"My career has [focused on] generating evidence on how vitamin and mineral supplements can make a difference in the lives of women and children. My involvement with Vitamin Angels helps get that evidence into programs around the world that directly benefit millions of people."

Tom Meriam
Tom Meriam
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  • Independent voting member: yes

"Listening to Howard Schiffer describe the difficulties facing so many of the world’s children, and the hope that comes from something simple--yet so effective--as two doses of vitamin A per year, [inspired me to join Vitamin Angels]."

Jim Hamilton
Jim Hamilton
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  • Independent voting member: yes

Jim Hamilton is currently President and CEO of Neptune Technologies, the pioneer in omega-3 phospholipid products.

Prior to this, he was Vice President Human Nutrition and Health, North America, and President of DSM Nutritional Products USA. He also served on the global management team of DSM Nutritional Products’ Human Nutrition business, an organization with over $2 billion in sales and operations in more than 40 countries.

During the course of his over 30 year career in the field, Jim has played a leading role in the dietary supplement, food, animal feed, personal care and consumer products industries. Jim’s industry knowledge and innovative approach have made him a valuable contributor to numerous organizations and associations including as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Council for Responsible Nutrition.

Jim is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and he has attended numerous business and leadership programs including at the London Business School and INSEAD.

What inspired you to join Vitamin Angels?  For me, Vitamin Angels was the power of nutrition personified. They helped me understand how vital nutrition is. Not just for good health. But for life.

How do I stay healthy? Walk and weigh… each day. Every evening I try to make sure I have moved or walked at least a minimum that day. And each morning, a weight check. For there is nothing like a regular reminder to help insure good behavior.   

Sachin Agrawal
Sachin Agrawal
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  • Independent voting member: yes

Sachin Agrawal serves as the Commercial Lead of IMS Health’s Provider Practice. IMS Health is the world’s largest health care analytics company, with a 60 year heritage, operations in 100+ countries and over $2.5B in annual revenue.

Agrawal was a founding member of the Provider Practice, with the mission of bringing the company’s deep health care analytics experience to the rapidly-evolving hospital/health system space. In this capacity, he works with health system executives at leading organizations to execute the adoption of advanced analytics that enable stronger network coordination, provide unique population insights across the continuum of care and ultimately enable health systems to prepare for reimbursement transformation.

Prior to his role at IMS Health, Agrawal held consulting and commercial roles at The Advisory Board Company, focusing on revenue cycle analytics and technology adoption. He holds an MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management from The London School of Economics and Political Science and a BS in Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University.

When he’s not spending time in airplanes and hotels, Sachin enjoys the perks of living in Chicago and looks forward to the day when he can bring his career experiences to health systems of developing countries.

Dr. Elizabeth Kimani-Murage
Dr. Elizabeth Kimani-Murage
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  • Independent voting member: yes

A public health specialist and researcher based in Kenya, Dr. Kimani-Murage has focused much of her work on finding solutions to childhood nutrition problems in poor, urban settings throughout Africa. 

Dr. Kimani-Murage serves as head of the Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit at the African Population and Health Research Center. A strong advocate of optimal nutrition for child development, she leads projects evaluating community- and workplace-based interventions designed to promote optimal feeding practices for infants and young children. She also holds a Wellcome Trust international engagement fellowship to engage low-income Kenyans on their constitutional right to food. 

Prior to earning her doctorate in public health from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Dr. Kimani-Murage received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Moi University in Kenya. She has authored many research papers on the impacts of interventions on breastfeeding and optimal nutrition practices for young children.

"I am so excited about joining Vitamin Angels' board of directors,” Dr. Kimani-Murage said. “It gives me a great opportunity to direct what I am so passionate about – promoting human dignity of poor and vulnerable populations around the world."

 


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