OUR BOARD OF ADVISORS

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


Board of Advisors

Sara Snow
Sara Snow
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Sara Snow is a natural health expert, a speaker, spokesperson, author and TV host.  As host of two TV series for the Discovery Networks, regular appearances on outlets including CNN, Good Morning America, CBS Early Show, New York Times, Lucky Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens and many others, Sara educates, coaches, motivates on healthy living.   Ms Snow is also co-founder of a healthy-materials fashion line called hide&cheek that uses certified organic seaweed to create skin nourishing garments.  Snow sits on the board of advisors for Thrive Market and the global non-profit, Vitamin Angels.

What inspired you to join Vitamin Angels?

I am a mom of two small girls but I'm one of the lucky ones who can afford healthy food and other necessities to keep them well.  Who does my heart break for?  Those mothers who can not.  That is why I joined the board of Vitamin Angels.  To help bring the power of life-saving vitamins to children in need.

How do you like to stay healthy?

My method of staying healthy is quite simple.  I eat healthy foods (fresh, fewer ingredients, lower in sugars) and I am active in some way every single day.  And because I also believe that happy makes you healthy, I look at my family and find joy in my life every day.  

Angela Kelly
Angela Kelly
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Angela Kelly is the President of Nutrivation and an active board member for Vitamin Angels serving the Board of Advisors, www.vitaminangels.org.  She also serves in many additional volunteer positions within industry organizations, such as NIA-West and the Open Invitational Golf Tournament.

Angela received her BS degree in Communications in 2000 from Lewis State Clark College and has utilized her exceptional interpersonal skills to establish and maintain strong relationships with customers and associates in the Nutraceutical industry. Angela has a proven ability to exceed her client's expectations and deliver solutions to their formulation obstacles and as a result, she has developed a loyal customer base. She brings both experience and enthusiasm to the industry. Her natural ability to understand her others needs partnered with Vitamin Angels charitable causes makes for a winning combination that will help ensure the success of Nutrivation well into the future.

"After visiting Peru to see the work of Vitamin Angels first hand, I felt inspired to assist Vitamin Angels in any way I could. When you speak to the mothers who no longer worry if their children will survive the year, you search your soul trying to find ways you can help Vitamin Angels reach more children. You can hear about the number of children reached by the dedication of Howard and Vitamin Angels, but when you see a Peruvian mother running to our van while it’s bumbling down a pothole-ridden road, just to receive a bottle of prenatal vitamins, you realize how important the mission of Vitamin Angels is. When you hear about the millions of children served by Vitamin Angels and then see these children playing, laughing, and learning, your heart knows the world has become a better place because of Vitamin Angels. Why wouldn't you want to join the team of Vitamin Angels after experiencing this? It was a no-brainer."

Doug Jones
Doug Jones
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Doug served as the Senior Vice President, Merchandising for The Vitamin Shoppe. Prior to taking over the Merchandising function, Doug was the Vice President of Supply Chain Management for The Vitamin Shoppe. He joined the company in 1998 as the Director of Planning and Analysis. During his tenure at The Vitamin Shoppe he held positions of increasing seniority including responsibility for the Distribution Center, logistics, packaging, customer service departments, Inventory Management, Sourcing, Product Development and Purchasing teams.

Prior to joining The Vitamin Shoppe, Doug worked at Tiffany & Co. as the Project Director of Planning and Analysis where he led major change initiatives. Before Tiffany & Co., Doug was a Financial Analyst with Kmart Fashions.

Doug holds a degree in Finance from The American University in Washington, D.C. He also has a specialization in Japanese and Real Estate.

"I played with 3-year-old Vilma on the dry mud outside of her home in Guatemala. Her brittle, brown hair, with tinges of orange from vitamin A deficiency, brushed my face as a breeze floated by. I smiled, realizing in that moment that her life changed course -- because that day, she received her first dose of vitamin A. I love Vitamin Angels because of what they are doing for Vilma and for millions of other children that I will never meet."

Dave Brubaker
Dave Brubaker
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Dave is currently Chief Executive Officer of NutraGenetics, LLC, and CEO and Founder of HealthWell Ventures, LLC.

Previously, Dave founded and was Chairman of Leiner Health, and co-founded the Feeling Fine Company.

Dave is a former University of Southern California Trustee, past President of the USC Alumni Association, past Chairman of the Board of the USC Norris Cancer Hospital, and a member of the USC Skull and Dagger Honor Society. He is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet at Arkansas State University and the President’s Cabinet and Foundation Board of Directors at the University of North Alabama.

He is an original member of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. Dave serves as Chairman of the advisory committee for the Coby Brubaker Children’s Foundation. He also served as a Board Member for Operation USA.

Dave holds a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, Marshall Business School. 

Samantha Prasad
Samantha Prasad
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Samantha is a partner in the tax group at Minden Gross LLP, in Toronto, Ontario. Samantha's practice focuses mainly on corporate, estate, and international tax planning.

Samantha is also an accomplished author having authored, co-authored, or co-edited pieces for the 3rd edition of Tax and Family Business Succession Planning, “The Liability for Taxes” chapter of the CCH Directors’ Manual, and various other CCH Canadian Limited tax publications. She is a Contributing Editor of both The TaxLetter and The MoneyLetter newsletters and is a regular contributor to Tax Notes (CCH). Samantha frequently lectures for professional and commercial organizations, businesses, and conferences.

Samantha is actively involved in Meritas and a member of their Canada Tax Group and their Leadership Institute as well as serving as a mentor. She served on the Board of Directors for The Macaulay Child Development Centre, and was a member of the Executive Committee for Operanation. 

Samantha received her B.A. from the University of Toronto and her LL.B. from Queen’s University. She was called to the Ontario Bar and admitted to the New York State Bar.

James S. Tonkin
James S. Tonkin
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For more than 33 years, Jim has served as a private-sector brand product and marketing development professional who builds and designs national infrastructures for food and beverage industry clients. He has successfully created and implemented business and financial strategies for domestic and international corporations—focusing on production, branding, sales, marketing, and distribution.

Jim’s long-standing expertise stretches across several sectors, including domestic cheeses and potato chips; bottled waters for people and pets; and nutraceutical, functional and enhancement beverages. Jim serves as a popular keynote speaker several times a year. He covers a range of topics that include trends in the business, product innovations, and food and beverage industry predictions.

Scott Holmes
Scott Holmes
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Seasoned advertising and digital executive, Scott is a true visionary with broad and deep expertise in technology, entertainment and mobile commerce initiatives with Fortune 100 brands and start-ups alike.  Accomplished leader of 20 years and former founder of United Future, a digital media agency, Scott was named 2012/13 Mobile Ambassador by the Mobile Excellence Awards Association.

Scott has helped mentor several startups over the past decade, and has been written up as a thought leader in the WSJ, Wired Magazine, Los Angeles Business Journal and featured speaker. He resides in Westlake Village with his wife and 2 sons.

What inspired you to join Vitamin Angels? The ability to make a difference today and not have to spend money on finding a cure.

How do you stay healthy?  A daily regimen of vitamins, exercise, healthy elixirs and smiling as much as possible.

Peter W. Hefele
Peter W. Hefele
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Peter is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Vitaquest International LLC, including its Garden State Nutritionals, Windmill Health Products, and Celmark Hydroceuticals divisions.

Previously, Peter was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for HVL Incorporated, which included its market-leading Douglas Laboratories division. Additional responsibilities included Board Advisement on the execution of mergers and acquisitions.

Before joining HVL Incorporated, Peter served as the Manager of North American Pharmaceutical Sales for Capsugel, a Division of Pfizer. Over his eleven years there, Capsugel became the international leader in the development and manufacturing of hard gelatin capsules (HGC).

Peter sits on various boards, has publications in print, and is a degreed Chemist and German Literary. Peter is a graduate of Drew University.

Jeffrey B. Brams
Jeffrey B. Brams
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Jeff is General Counsel and Vice President for Science and International Business for Garden of Life, Inc., a privately held, leading brand of premium whole food nutrition, probiotic and digestion supplements. Jeff joined the company in 2007 and oversees product formulation, research and development, science, regulatory, international sales, and legal departments.

Prior to Garden of Life, Jeff served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Arby’s Restaurant Group, and General Counsel to the United Franchise Group.

Over his career Jeff has traveled to and worked in more than 50 countries. Widely considered to be an expert in franchising, Jeff has been a national speaker and author for the American Bar Association and the International Franchise Association for the last fourteen years and was distinguished by Franchise Times magazine as “One to Watch under 40”.

Jeff received his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law and his B.S. in Finance from Oral Roberts University. 

Peter Van Stolk
Peter Van Stolk
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Peter is CEO of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD.com).

As founder of Jones Soda Company® in 1996, Peter served as CEO and Chairman through 2007. Jones Soda was one of the first consumer branded companies recognizing the potential of Social Media to create an emotional connection with its consumers.

Peter believes in challenging the status quo and has been recognized in publications such as The New York Times®, CNN®, Wall Street Journal®, Fast Company™, and People Magazine®. He has received numerous business awards including Price, Waterhouse, Coopers’ 40 under 40, Brand Week’s Top 100 Marketer, and chosen as one of Canada’s Top One Hundred Young Canadians by MacLean’s Magazine®.

Outside of SPUD, Peter has built four schools and provided countless donations to organizations that focus on women and children issues and he loves to spend time in the mountains; biking, and skiing.

Joanne M. Gray
Joanne M. Gray
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Joanne is a partner at Goodwin Procter, LLP. She is Co-Chair of Goodwin Proctor's Food Industry Group and is a partner in the firm's Litigation Department.

Joanne helps her clients develop strategies for building consumer brands while complying with increasingly complex regulatory requirements. She advises on risk management, public, relations, crisis management issues, as well as litigation avoidance counseling and due diligence reviews for products or companies in the food, supplement, drug, and device industries.

Joanne has held a number of leadership roles for The American Bar Association. She is the current national co-chair of the ABA's Food and Supplements Group. Joanne has spoken nationally and been published extensively over the course of her career. She is a graduate of The College of The Holy Cross and Fordham University's School of Law.

Joanne has devoted much of her career to advising nonprofits and has served on a number of boards. She has been listed in Who's Who in the Law, New York Super Lawyers, and Legal 500.

Doug Henson
Doug Henson
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Doug Henson served as the Senior Vice President, Retail for The Vitamin Shoppe. In this capacity, he was responsible for sales and operations for all The Vitamin Shoppe retail stores as well as Loss Prevention. Mr. Henson joined the company in 2010.

Prior to joining The Vitamin Shoppe, Mr. Henson spent 14 years at Toys “R Us, Inc where he was Regional Vice President. His other positions included; District Manager at Babies “R” Us, Director of Store Operations at Babies “R” Us and Regional Vice President of Babies “R” Us. He began his career at Wal-Mart in retail management.

Mr. Henson graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Business Administration.

Jill Staib
Jill Staib
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Ms. Staib is Managing Director and Partner of William Hood & Company, a differentiated industry-focused investment banking firm covering the Consumer, Food and Retail sectors. Prior to William Hood & Company, Jill was Vice President of Global Strategy for The Nature’s Bounty Company, the largest pure-play manufacturer and marketer of health and wellness products in the world with over $3 billion in annual revenue. Her global role focused on M&A, Corporate Development and Growth Strategy. In this capacity, she led a variety of projects for the company including the sale of The Nature’s Bounty Co. from The Carlyle Group to KKR and the sale of U.K. based retailer Holland & Barrett from The Carlyle Group to Letter1 Retail and the sale of Nature’s Bounty bar and powder manufacturing facilities to Nellson Nutraceutical and Shaklee. Jill was also involved in the acquisitions of natural personal care brand Dr. Organic, leading refrigerated bar brand Best Bar Ever, as well as in the company’s joint venture with By-Health in China.

During her tenure at The Nature’s Bounty Co., Jill also held a variety of operating leadership roles including managing the Nature’s Bounty, Pure Protein, Body Fortress and Met-Rx brands, as well as the company’s Private Label business. Jill’s passion for brands combined with her retailer relationships resulted in her driving a number of the key strategic growth initiatives behind the success of the company leading up to its sale. While managing the Nature’s Bounty brand, Jill successfully created and launched the Optimal Solutions line including its flagship Hair, Skin and Nails product, the current market leader in women’s health supplements and the fastest growing line extension in the company’s history with over $160M in revenue. She was also responsible for the turnaround of Pure Protein, a leading mass market brand in the Active Nutrition category.

Prior to joining The Nature’s Bounty Co., Jill was the Brand Director for natural skincare line Naturopathica Holistic Health. In that role Jill was responsible for product design, marketing and distribution strategy. Ms. Staib currently serves on the advisory board of Sugar Break. William Hood & Company, LLC is a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA. Ms. Staib holds her Series 79 Investment Banking License.

Deanna Bratter
Deanna Bratter
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Deanna Bratter is the Senior Director of Public Benefit and Sustainable Development for Danone North America, the largest public benefit corporation and the largest Certified B Corporation in the world. Deanna drives the company sustainability strategy and programs to support the interconnectivity between the health of people and the health of the planet, and works to amplify the positive impacts of sustainability within business.

Deanna oversees the organizations nature and sustainability focus areas including commitments to solving climate change, advancing sustainable and regenerative agriculture, managing water sustainably, restoring natural ecosystems, improving packaging, and supporting people and communities.

Prior to Danone North America, Deanna led Corporate Sustainability for WhiteWave Foods where she began in 2005 and was instrumental in driving WhiteWave’s sustainability initiatives, public CSR/ESG reporting and helping the company create a values-driven culture.

Deanna has served on the board of Boulder non-profit Growing Gardens since 2013, serving as chair for 3 years. The mission of Growing Gardens is cultivating community through urban agriculture. Under her leadership the organization launched two capital fundraisers for the creation of a 3 acre educational orchard, and the design and launch of a multi-million dollar campaign to fund a barn, staff office, commercial kitchen space, bathrooms and leaning space on the garden grounds. She leads the Danone CARE employee resource group designed to enable employees to be the best caregivers possible to those that depend on them, while balance work successfully at the same time. Deanna is also an advocate for evidence-based birth, women’s and mother’s rights, breastfeeding education & support.

Deanna integrates her passion for making the world a better place through leadership, education and innovation with her dedication to transforming the sustainability ambitions of business into meaningful results.

William Hood
William Hood
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Mr. Hood is a Managing Director and the Founder of William Hood & Company a differentiated industry-focused investment banking firm covering the Consumer, Food and Retail sectors with a specialization in Health and Wellness.

Prior to founding William Hood & Company, Mr. Hood was a Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey where he built and led the firm’s Consumer Health and Wellness practice. Over a period of almost eight years, Mr. Hood developed the leading nutritionals practices on Wall Street, having led or been involved in many of the largest and best-known transactions. Mr. Hood’s notable Consumer Health and Wellness transaction experience includes the sale of Atrium Innovations to Nestle for $2.4 billion, the sale of NutraNext to Clorox for $700 million, the sale of the Nature’s Bounty Company from Carlyle to KKR, the sale of Unipharm to Takeda, the sale of UK-based Holland & Barrett to Letter1 Retail for $2.3 billion, the sale of Iovate to Xiwang (China) for $850 million, the sale of Jamieson to CCMP, the sale of Schiff Nutrition to Reckitt Benckiser for $1.4 billion, the sale of Avid Health to Church & Dwight for $650 million and the sale of Emergen-C to Pfizer for $350 million.

Prior to joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Hood spent nine years at Sawaya Partners, a firm he joined at inception and where he became a Partner, originating and executing M&A transactions primarily in the Consumer Health and Personal Care industries. Mr. Hood began his career 20 years ago at PaineWebber where he executed M&A transactions.

Widely regarded as an expert within the space, Mr. Hood is frequently invited to speak about M&A at key Health and Wellness industry events including Expo West, the Nutrition Business Journal Summit, Supply Side West and ACG. Mr. Hood is also a key contributor to both industry and financial publications and has been interviewed and quoted about matters of M&A in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Nutrition Business Journal, Whole Foods Magazine and the Daily Deal, among others.

Mr. Hood has a broad global network and travels frequently to Europe, Asia and Latin America. He grew up in the U.K. and Hong Kong and holds a B.S. from Georgetown University.

Mr. Hood serves on the Board of the Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS).

William Hood & Company, LLC is a U.S. registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA. Mr. Hood holds the following FINRA Registrations: Series 7, 24, 63 and 79.

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