OUR TEAM

We’re a diverse group with a shared vision: to create a world where every child has the chance for a healthy and productive life. This enormous undertaking requires our collective experience, commitment, and energy. Good thing we’ve been taking our vitamins.


Leadership

Howard B. Schiffer
Howard B. Schiffer President and Founder

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

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. 

Scott Minger
Scott Minger Senior Vice President of Business Development

Scott Minger comes to Vitamin Angels with over a decade of experience in the retail industry. Most recently, he was the Category Manager for Vitamins, Diet, and Sports Nutrition at Walgreens. Scott is very excited to bring his retail expertise and business skills to an organization that aligns with his personal values. When he's not helping to bring Vitamin Angels to a store near you, you might find him on the golf course.

Team member since 2013.

Kristen Hurley
Kristen Hurley Director of Programs

As the Director of Programs, Kristen oversees the Programs management and technical services teams. Working with Vitamin Angels staff stationed throughout the globe, she ensures that our operations are running smoothly. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys staying active, hanging out at the beach and - most importantly - spending time with her two boys. The opportunity to be part of a mission that improves that lives of mothers and children around the world is what inspires her most.

Team member since 2016.

Amy Stanfield
Amy Stanfield Senior Vice President of Operations

Amy has an important role working alongside Vitamin Angels’ CEO, Howard Schiffer to ensure that revenue, marketing, internal capacity and strategic partnerships are effective and aligned with Vitamin Angels' future direction! With a dual background in business and healthcare, she loves how her job combines her business acumen and her desire to care for others.

Outside of the office, Amy can often be found spending time with her family, who she credits to teaching her the value of love and the joy of hard work. You’ll also find her immersed in nature whenever possible, whether she’s trail running, mountain/road biking, or surfing. On top of that, she teaches and practices yoga; she is a strong believer in promoting and maintaining a healthy body, mind, and wellbeing - although she admits to sneaking a pint of ice cream on occasion!

 

Team Member since 2017. 

Bonnie Forssell
Bonnie Forssell Chief Financial Officer

Bonnie is a seasoned finance executive with over a decade of experience. She has her Masters in Accountancy from the University of Missouri - Columbia and is a licensed CPA in the state of California.  She started her career with KPMG in their audit practice and since then, has worked primarily in the healthcare industry.  She has worked with billion dollar global organizations and rapidly expanding start-ups. We are excited to leverage her business acumen and industry experience at Vitamin Angels!

Outside of work, she is a proud mother to four children and enjoys spending her free time with her husband and kids. She loves being outdoors, hiking, practicing yoga, and surfing!  She is passionate about healthcare and children and is excited that Vitamin Angels allows her to make an impact in the lives of children all over the world!

Consultant to the President

Robert Parker
Robert Parker Consultant to the President

Rob began his career with Arthur Anderson and KPMG, both global CPA firms. He then moved to private industry, holding the position of worldwide CFO for companies including Euro RSCG, Double-Click, and Lowe Partners. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Rob’s unique experience working for marketing agencies in a financial role has proven exceedingly useful to Vitamin Angels, allowing him to wear many hats for the organization. Currently, Rob holds the position of Consultant to the President, though one title doesn’t seem to capture the scope of his involvement throughout the years.

Rob splits time between New Jersey and his favorite office team in Santa Barbara.

Team member since 2009.

Development

Daniel Zorub
Daniel Zorub Impact Donor Manager

As a seasoned account and project manager, Daniel has experience generating revenue for nonprofits by providing corporate partners with cause marketing, employee engagement, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) solutions. As the Impact Donor Manager, he draws on his academic background in international development to work at the intersection between the Vitamin Angels Programs and Development Divisions by providing partnership solutions for impact-driven donors such as philanthropic and grant-giving organizations as well as major gifts provided by individual patrons.

Outside of Vitamin Angels, Daniel is passionate about weightlifting and sports nutrition, with a focus on bodybuilding and powerlifting approaches to health and fitness. Some of his other interests include cooking Mediterranean food, nerding out on sociology, psychology, history and current affairs, DJ’ing, watching foreign and indie films, BBC & NPR radio, and hiking the great outdoors.  

Team member since 2017.

Jenna Wolff Tovar
Jenna Wolff Tovar International Travel Manager

It’s a good thing that Jenna loves to travel, considering that her position keeps her on the road (and in a plane) quite often! Through her role, she collaborates with Vitamin Angels’ nonprofit partners to plan trips to the field to show our corporate partners what their support is making possible. Jenna says that her favorite part of her job is the opportunity to interact with people all over the world; she loves learning about our field partners’ programs and seeing how Vitamin Angels fits into the bigger picture. The absolute best part, though, is getting to meet the mothers and children we serve. Jenna is inspired by how the lives of those who travel with us are changed through the trips she coordinates, and loves being part of that experience.

When she’s not planning a trip or returning from one, Jenna stays healthy by eating well and staying active. She’s often on the beach, playing in one of several recreational sport leagues, or out hiking.

Team member since 2013.

Brittany McMeekin
Brittany McMeekin Sr. Manager of Retail Partnerships

Brittany’s natural ability to build personal connections in business settings lends itself well to her considerable success as our Manager of Retail Partnerships. Brittany works with retail stores in the Natural and Specialty channels to develop and help implement cause-marketing campaigns that are both impactful and inspirational. Whether it’s coming up with fun and unique ways to get employees excited about fundraising for our cause or traveling to the field to share with corporate executives the impact of their support firsthand, Brittany ensures time spent supporting Vitamin Angels is always time well spent.

Whether in the office with colleagues, in meetings with donors, or spending time with program partners and grantees, Brittany is humbled by the strength, kindness, and devotion of the Vitamin Angels community that she is proud to be part of. 

Team member since 2008.

Chris Hortinela
Chris Hortinela Senior Manager of CSR Partnerships

Chris closely collaborates with our spectrum of corporate partners and advises them on their respective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platforms. Drawing on his logistical and creative knowledge, he ensures that our partners align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and yield measurable results for investors, employees, and other stakeholders. He also provides guidance on how our partners can effectively convey the impact of their support to their consumer audiences.

When he’s not connecting with our corporate partners, Chris likes to try new foods and spend lots of time outdoors. He’s proud to work for an organization that encourages its employees to live healthy lives and furthers a cause he believes in —especially when that cause is saving babies!

Team member since 2012.

Alexa Miler
Alexa Miler Manager of Gift-in-Kind

From preliminary discussions all the way through product shipments, Alexa oversees and supports all Gift-In-Kind activity as the liaison between manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. Although her position requires a technical and logistical eye, the impetus that inspired her to join the Vitamin Angels team is rooted in an emotional connection - Alexa believes that her role gives her the opportunity to work for a cause beyond herself, helping to eradicate the worldwide problem of malnutrition. She is honored to be part of a team that reaches the unreachable, one child and mother at a time, to give them a voice in this world. 

Outside of the office, Alexa loves reading novels (especially the classics!), watching live music, and playing soccer. Every Saturday, she also goes on a new hike to explore all the beauty that Santa Barbara has to offer, in addition to rock climbing and ocean swimming. She enjoys staying fit by testing and pushing her limits - an example of which is her plan to get scuba certified this summer!

Team member since 2015.

Katelyn Harbison
Katelyn Harbison Account Manager

As an Account Manager, Katelyn works with Vitamin Angels corporate partners from all over the world to develop campaigns that support their business objectives while helping mothers and children in need. If there's ever a need to translate something from Mandarin, give her a ring - she's professionally fluent after graduating with a Master's degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Edinburgh!

As to what inspired her to join Vitamin Angels, Katelyn credits the energizing, dedicated staff and the office environment, as well as the accomplishments of the organization throughout the globe. To stay healthy, she enjoys going to HIIT bootcamps.

Team member since 2016.

Jessica Karas
Jessica Karas Senior Project Manager

As our Senior Project Manager working remotely from Chicago, Jessica is a leader within our Development team. She facilitates retail partner growth and nurtures account relationships to expand Vitamin Angels’ network of corporate collaborations. Her role as a mother of twins gives her a special connection to our organization’s cause, and she is grateful that her position that enables her to help Vitamin Angels reach more children globally. When she’s not in the office, Jessica loves to cook and is always looking for new recipes to try (with help from her little ones).  She also stays healthy with metabolic group training, running, long family bike rides, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Team member since 2016.

Emily Faraghan
Emily Faraghan Account Manager

Aside from her favorite hobbies - which include discovering new places, finding new music and eating brunch on the beach - Emily works hard to manage and sustain relationships with companies that seek involvement with Vitamin Angels. Her diligent efforts facilitate growth, development and financial contributions for our programs.

Emily’s belief in the power of vitamins is what inspired her to join the team. She feels humbled knowing that her role on the Development team is helping to change lives and create opportunities for children and mothers across the globe.

Team member since 2016.

Bonnie Gordon
Bonnie Gordon Senior Account Manager

Bonnie brings years of nonprofit experience and a contagious energy to the Vitamin Angels family. As our Senior Account Manager, she maximizes corporate collaborations between Vitamin Angels and our retail partners. Prior to joining the team, Bonnie was already familiar with our work—for many years, she was an employee at Walgreens, our largest corporate partner! After creating nonprofit legacies and changing lives through her preceding roles, she’s now thrilled to support Vitamin Angels’ work once more, in an even greater way than before.  

Outside of the office, Bonnie enjoys hiking—especially in Arizona, with her husband and two dogs!—biking, strength training, and golfing. And while she’s proud to support mothers and children through her work, she’s also proud of her three kids and the “incredible adults” they’ve become.

Team member since 2018.

Brittany Gunther
Brittany Gunther Account Manager

Brittany traded the hustle and bustle of Chicago for Santa Barbara’s sunny beaches, bringing her drive and outgoing personality to the team as an Account Manager. In her role, she fosters relationships with current and prospective corporate partners to integrate Vitamin Angels into their brands, creating impactful content and sharing cause-marketing best practices. Brittany loves working alongside her Vitamin Angels family, who she describes as “extremely collaborative, creative and ready to help each other at the drop of a hat” in pursuit of the same goal: to reach mothers and babies around the world.

During her free time, you’ll find Brittany outside of the office, whether she’s playing tennis, walking on the beach, or shopping for flowers and veggies at the local farmers’ market to stay healthy. But she also believes that moderation is key to health, and is happy to binge-watch The Office and indulge in pizza at a moment’s notice!

Team member since 2018.

Bridget Harrington
Bridget Harrington Executive Assistant/Development Coordinator

Across the globe and here at home, Bridget loves exploring new places and connecting with others. Her dual role as Executive Assistant and Development Coordinator, which supports the global efforts of Howard and the Development division, gives her the opportunity to do just that! Using her extensive travel experience and management skills, she keeps the wheels turning to ensure that we’re effectively reaching as many children and mothers as possible. The opportunity to be an integral part of the process—“the powerful ripple effect caused by vitamin supplementation,” as she says—is something she’s both proud of and grateful for.

In her spare time, Bridget enjoys discovering new places, sounds, and flavors on foot. And as a bonus, walking and running everywhere keeps her healthy, too!

Team member since 2017.

Marketing

Kim Saam
Kim Saam Associate Director of Brand Marketing

Kim's role leading branding and communications has put her at the forefront of communicating who Vitamin Angels is and what we stand for to all our stakeholder audiences. Bringing both creativity and attention to detail to her position, she collaborates with the Marketing team to bring our brand to life through events, campaigns, digital channels and more.

She joined Vitamin Angels as a way to give back to others who are not as fortunate, on a global scale. Kim loves knowing that, in some small way, what she does makes lives easier for fellow moms around the world—thanks to the power of vitamins, mothers can watch their children laugh and play, rather than worry about their health.

To maintain her own health, Kim enjoys distance running and yoga, and eating a vegetarian diet. She loves adventures with her family; whether it’s traveling far away, exploring local mountains, or building forts in the basement.

Team member since 2008.

Megan Kantrim
Megan Kantrim Senior Manager, Events

Whether she’s planning for a Vitamin Angels event or riding horses on her spare time, Megan is always on-the-go. As our Senior Manager of Events, she manages the strategy and execution of events to increase awareness and generate funding and donor recognition through the fiscal year. Megan travels regularly between the Santa Barbara office, event venues, and when her schedule permits, out in the field to meet the children her hard work is helping. After working in the corporate world, a desire to use her expertise to give back brought her to Vitamin Angels, and she loves being part of the cause (and being with her coworkers). Apart from horseback riding, Megan stays healthy by going on hikes, camping, dancing, Zumba, and paddle boarding.

Team member since 2012.

Shefali Agarwal
Shefali Agarwal Content Marketing Coordinator

Shefali oversees end-to-end management of Vitamin Angels’ content as our Content Marketing Coordinator. In her role, she supports the overarching communications plan, processes for content capture, cataloguing, production, and the dissemination of content. She enjoys diversifying her experiences through traveling to new and exciting places, learning to paint with watercolors, and reading new books. Recently, her coworkers introduced her to hiking strenuous trails in the back mountains of Santa Barbara--a way of exploring the area and staying healthy!

Shefali enjoys the opportunity Vitamin Angels gives her to be part of a team that supports a healthy future for mothers and children around the world. Aside from the role she plays in the organization, she’s proud that her family and friends have instilled in her the values of hard work, a positive outlook, and gratitude.

Team member since 2017.

Eryn Blazey
Eryn Blazey Event Coordinator

As our Event Coordinator, Eryn makes sure that every small detail is accounted for in the planning and execution of Vitamin Angels events.  With event experience in both the outdoor and music industries, she stepped into the nonprofit world with a desire to help us reach more women and children in need. Getting the opportunity to see the passion Vitamin Angels supporters have for our work firsthand at events is Eryn's constant reminder of why she joined the team.

When she is not at the office or traveling for work, you can find her outdoors - backpacking, paddling, or practicing yoga. 

Team member since 2018.

Programs

Amy Steets
Amy Steets Senior Program Manager

Overseeing the entire Program Management department, Amy’s role is vital to keeping all of our programs aligned and thriving. She leads efforts to coordinate our programmatic efforts with international and local nonprofit partners.

A mother herself, Amy says that the best part of her job is that Vitamin Angels is a family of amazing people, committed to serving mothers and children in every aspect of what we do. In her spare time, Amy loves being with her family, playing on the beach, hiking in the Santa Barbara hills, and camping in the mountains and along the coastline of California.

Team member since 2009.

Ann Micka
Ann Micka Regional Program Manager, US & Canada

Due to the staggering need for vitamin supplementation abroad, much of our work is international. But know that children and mothers here in North America need help too—just ask Ann! Ann oversees the development and expansion of field partner networks in the U.S. and Canada, ensuring that moms and children at home have the opportunity for healthy and fulfilling lives too. Ann, who calls herself a health science geek, loves how Vitamin Angels is an evidence-based, proactive public health organization that provides effective solutions to very specific global nutrition challenges. She appreciates how her position enables her to work with other innovative organizations to provide quality healthcare to those in need.

Ann likes to stay healthy by playing outdoors—in particular, cycling, hiking, climbing, and backpacking. Although she primarily cooks healthy food, using local fruits and vegetables, she also loves baking sweet treats to share with others.

Team member since 2011.

Amanda Hsiung
Amanda Hsiung Regional Program Manager, Asia

Since Asia is the largest continent in the world, our programs in that region require the leadership and know-how of someone who isn’t daunted by the task of serving such a huge area and population. That’s where Amanda steps in. Her role revolves around finding new organizations that are eligible to receive vitamin grants, and supporting them through the process of applying for, receiving, and distributing our vitamins. She also supervises five of our remote consultants who are based in India, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

After moving cross-country to join Vitamin Angels, Amanda has no regrets about her decision to start a life on the West coast. She loves having the opportunity to help millions of children get healthy starts to life, and says going to work every morning feels great. Outside of work, Amanda stays as active as possible by playing beach volleyball, hiking, or otherwise getting out to enjoy the beautiful Santa Barbara weather.

Team member since 2014.

Austen Musso
Austen Musso Regional Program Manager, Africa

In 2011, Austen flew to Kenya to work with an NGO for the summer. As part of his job, he helped the organization apply for a grant from Vitamin Angels, unaware that the task would change his life. After witnessing how quickly and efficiently Vitamin Angels operated to help resolve the local shortage in vitamins, Austen knew that he wanted to join the team. Following that pivotal summer, he fittingly joined the team as Regional Program Manager for Africa. His job revolves around the maintenance and expansion of our relationships with nonprofit partners throughout Africa, with the majority of his time dedicated to reviewing grant applications, coordinating vitamin shipments, providing technical guidance, and collecting reporting.

Aside from his life at Vitamin Angels, Austen enjoys playing Frisbee, tennis, hiking, beach volleyball, distance running, scuba diving, and cooking from the farmers' market to stay healthy.

Team member since 2012.

Quinn Harvey
Quinn Harvey Regional Program Manager, Latin America & the Caribbean

Quinn’s work at Vitamin Angels infuses our organization with Latin flair. Her focus on programs in Latin American and the Caribbean expand our reach and networks to countries across that region. Quinn enjoys her work at Vitamin Angels and how it enables her to travel to meet our wonderful partners and connect with the work she does every day from sunny Santa Barbara. When she’s not at work, she’s most likely watching her husband coach college baseball.

Team member since 2013.

Molly Russ
Molly Russ Program Coordinator

Molly’s role — keeping up with our more than 700 field partners on 5 continents – is imperative to maintaining efficient programs. She supports and helps to expand our reach in all regions, which gives her a unique opportunity to work with individuals from around the globe. She is inspired by Vitamin Angels and its simple, yet powerful idea that a small capsule or tablet can profoundly change a child’s life, and loves being able to support and empower organizations through her role.

Molly loves to travel whenever possible, and says that she strives to truly immerse herself in the places and cultures she experiences. When she’s not on the road, she loves spending time at the beach and playing with her dog.

Team member since 2015.

Catarina Sales
Catarina Sales Logistics Specialist

Considering how many vitamins we deliver around the globe (upwards of 300 million a year!), it is imperative that we have a logistics expert on board. Catarina makes this magic happen, monitoring all aspects of commodities and product inventory, shipping, and more on a daily basis. And in case someone from a French speaking country requests a shipment, don’t bother translating--Catarina was born and raised in France. Though she moved to the States later in life, she brought her roots with her and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a B.A. in French.

Catarina says that the supportive and cooperative environment at Vitamin Angels is the best part of her role. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys traveling, learning new languages, dancing, and going on walks and hikes to stay healthy.

Team member since 2013.

Ada Laurén
Ada Laurén Manager of Technical Services

As our technical guru on all aspects of our programs from specifications to best practices, Ada ensures that Vitamin Angels product and projects are up to snuff from every angle. Her background in science research and nursing makes her well-suited to tackle the challenges of her extensive position. Ada monitors and analyzes technical information to determine its use for practical applications; liaises with and provides technical guidance for use by staff, consultants, and field partners; and supervises a team of international trainers, among other things.

Ada is our longest-serving team member outside of our founder! Her attention to detail is legendary, as is the mysterious fact that every day is her birthday. She enjoys spending time outside every day in sunny Santa Barbara. 

Team member since 2007.

Elizabeth Hagee de Zambrano
Elizabeth Hagee de Zambrano Program Technical Specialist

As one of our Program Technical Specialists, Elizabeth trains and develops materials for service providers on how to administer vitamin A and deworming treatments properly. She was inspired to join Vitamin Angels because of our sustainable model and focus on using partnerships and the community to save lives, and ultimately thwart the cycle of poverty. She’s especially proud of being part of a group that truly cares about the well-being and future of everyone in the world.

Elizabeth thrives by exploring the world and meeting amazing people, which leave her with invaluable memories. She also loves cooking and discovering nutritious substitutes for recipes; she says that doing so is a fun way to keep herself and her family healthy.

Team member since 2014.

Jamie Frederick
Jamie Frederick Program Technical Specialist, Monitoring & Evaluation

Jamie joined Vitamin Angels as part of the Technical Services team, specializing in Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). She earned her Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Health (MSW/MPH) from Boston University, and her BA from University of Dayton in Communication Journalism. Most recently, Jamie helped to develop the M&E systems at Nuru International in Kenya and Ethiopia. In her spare time, she can be found hiking, visiting the butterflies in Goleta, and enjoying the Santa Barbara sights.

Team member since 2015.

Claire Jacobs
Claire Jacobs Logistics Coordinator

Vitamin Angels’ global impact wouldn’t be possible if our product shipments never made it from point A to point B! Luckily, Claire helps ensure that our vitamins are shipped out and distributed with accuracy and care. She coordinates with various grantees throughout Canada and the United States, helping mothers and children across North America receive the essential nutrients for a healthier, brighter future.

Outside of work, you might find Claire experimenting in the kitchen with a new plant-based recipe, or learning new songs on guitar and banjo. She enjoys staying active and taking advantage of the beautiful Santa Barbara scenery, whether that be hiking in the Santa Ynez mountains or running along the shoreline.

Team member since 2016.

Christy Nichols
Christy Nichols Learning Solutions Manager

As our Learning Solutions Manager, Christy facilitates eLearning training for vitamin A and deworming tablet distribution through our field partners. Her role helps Vitamin Angels create more opportunities for health care providers to become involved in our work. Besides hanging out with her family during her spare time, Christy’s favorite activities include traveling and learning about new cultures. For that reason, helping global organizations build their communities makes her job even more enjoyable! 

Team member since 2017.

Elizabeth Carrera
Elizabeth Carrera LAC Program Manager

As our global programs continue to expand, our consultants and field partners rely even more on the advocacy and leadership of Vitamin Angels’ program managers. Elizabeth provides that and more as our LAC Program Manager, acting as that point of contact for the Latin America and Caribbean region. She works to strengthen both new and existing relationships, working closely with our two consultants in the region to expand our reach. The ability to communicate with our partners and witnessing their commitment to their communities, she shared, is her favorite part about her role within the Programs division. 

Team member since 2018.

Bridget Quanstrom
Bridget Quanstrom Program Coordinator

As our Program Coordinator, Bridget supports programs and special projects across the programs division. With an MPH in global communicable disease, Bridget was initially introduced to Vitamin Angels because of our deworming initiative, and quickly grew to appreciate our well-rounded approach towards maternal and child health. She is blown away by the significate impact of providing simple but crucial micronutrients to mothers and children worldwide, and is grateful to work for an organization that values evidence-based approaches and that has a culture of gratitude for the partnerships we have worldwide.

Whenever she can, Bridget likes to travel to new places around the globe and immerse herself in the culture. When at home in Santa Barbara, you can most often find her keeping active in barre class, painting in her little studio or exploring the outdoors with her husband.

Team member since 2018.

Corporate Services

Maureen Boyle
Maureen Boyle Corporate Services Manager

There is always one individual in a workplace who acts as the glue for the team, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. At Vitamin Angels, that person is Maureen. Her duties as our Corporate Services Manager encompass oversight of all Human Resource, IT and Operational functions to support the entire staff. Considering how often our team members travel to the field, this is not always an easy task! Regardless, Maureen loves being able to call working with the Vitamin Angels staff and our extended community her “work.” She also has a special place in her heart for the mothers and children we serve.

When she isn’t at the office, Maureen is probably hiking in the hills of Santa Barbara with a huge smile on her face. Her favorite thing to do is to be steeped in gratitude for the many blessings in her life, her son being the greatest of them all. She is also grateful for the Vitamin Angels staff, who she says amazes her in the depth of their talent and compassion, every day.

Team member since 2008.

Joyce Fernandez
Joyce Fernandez Accounting Manager

It takes a special, detail-oriented person with a love for numbers to manage an organization’s entire scope of financial activities. Without her expertise, we wouldn’t be able to uphold our 4 star Charity Navigator rating. Joyce loves her job at Vitamin Angels because it allows her money managing skills to shine.  She’s especially proud of successfully completing four clean financial audits. Aside from the technical aspects of her work, she appreciates Vitamin Angels’ vision and how it affects the world.

Although Joyce loves working magic with numbers, she has other interests too. When she isn’t spending quality time with family and friends, she enjoys walking, golf, and tennis to stay healthy.

Team member since 2009.

Shelly Gralewski
Shelly Gralewski CRM Program Director

To keep our global organization aligned and secure, we turn to Shelly. Her management of our databases and integrated cloud systems’ security and development provides the necessary infrastructure we need to operate without any hiccups or obstacles. When she’s not keeping our systems in check, Shelly likes to embrace new experiences of all kinds and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Team member since 2013.

Andrea Marie Rosenbaum
Andrea Marie Rosenbaum Executive Administrator

As the Executive Administrator for Vitamin Angels, Andrea is responsible for the review and organization of the team’s legal documents and coordinates all Board of Directors meetings. Aside from those projects, she also works primarily with our COO. The knowledge that our work is saving the lives of children, our most precious resource, motivates her every day and is her favorite part of working at Vitamin Angels. Out of the office, Andrea stays healthy by eating right, exercising, and trying to keep up with her ever active daughters.

Team member since 2013.

Carlos Arias
Carlos Arias Salesforce Business Analyst

Despite having dual citizenship in Venezuela and Australia, Carlos decided to put down roots in small-town Santa Barbara and bring his tech savvy to Vitamin Angels. As our Salesforce Business Analyst, he leads IT and Salesforce integrations, updates, and day-to-day operations across all departments to ensure that every dollar, donor, and lead are accounted for in our large database. For Carlos, being able to support and improve these critical operations for an organization like Vitamin Angels is the best part of the job, although the abundance of free food in the staff kitchen comes pretty close!

When he isn’t busy keeping our systems afloat, Carlos likes to stay dynamically active. Hiking, yoga, and camping are only a few of his hobbies, and he also enjoys cooking (and eating) delicious meals. At the end of the day, he strives to push himself in all of his endeavors—at work, and otherwise—to make the most of new experiences every day. 

Team member since 2018.

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