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.

President & Founder

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.


Adedoyin Adesina
Adedoyin Adesina Nigeria Learning Solutions Manager

As our Nigeria Learning Solutions Manager, Adedoyin is responsible for the coordination of Learning Solution activities in Nigeria by providing technical assistance and support to field partners and facilitators. Her favorite aspect about her position is providing technical support to partners so they can reach children in need of Vitamin A and deworming, as well as pregnant women in need of multivitamins thereby reducing maternal and child mortality. Through this initiative, hundreds of services providers are trained annually to provide services to out-of-reach children who would never have been reached. She enjoys visiting the communities during monitoring exercises to see trained service providers deliver services to children – the joy on the faces of the caregivers is beautiful sight to behold.

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. 

Abiola Akanni
Abiola Akanni Nigeria Program Manager

Abiola joined the Vitamin Angels team after working with the United Nations World Food Programme in Nepal. Now, as a country consultant in Nigeria, she recruits NGOs to join Vitamin Angels' field partner network and help reduce vitamin A deficiency in the area. The field partners' efforts serve to complement what the Nigerian government is also doing to reduce VAD in the country; this two-pronged approach helps ensure that more children under five are reached.

Vitamin Angels' unique approach to healthcare inspired Abiola to get inovlved - collectively, we're "helping the civil society in Nigeria understand that health services can be delivered at minimal cost," she says. The best part about her job, she says, is that our team is "spreading the word that it is also the civil society’s responsibility to ensure that there are healthy [children] under five in Nigeria," and she's proud that her work has contributed to reaching over three million children in Nigeria.

When Abiola isn't working, she enjoys cleaning and eating her favorite local meal, wheat and edikaikiong soup. She also makes an effort to exercise to keep her body and mind healthy!

Team member since 2013.

Ola Akogun
Ola Akogun Nigeria Facilitator Development Specialist
Rutchilia G. Bleus
Rutchilia G. Bleus Haiti Program Coordinator, M&E

Rutchilia obtained her Masters in International Development from the American University, School of International Service in Washington DC and has more recently obtained program-focused experience at Mercy Beyond Borders in Haiti. She speaks English, Kreyol, and French and is supporting Minaud and our programs in Haiti.

Elizabeth Carrera
Elizabeth Carrera Senior Program Officer, LAC

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 Senior 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.

Zaynah T. Chowdhury, PhD, MPH
Zaynah T. Chowdhury, PhD, MPH Data Scientist

My role at Vitamin Angels is to lead and support all things data, including data management, analysis, interpretation and reporting efforts as a part of the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.

Coming from a background in infant and young child nutrition, I am honored to join a team that works towards changing the trajectory of so many young lives with a simple supplement. When I’m not working to save lives, I love baking and spending time with my family. I like to explore new cultures and cuisines through travel and especially enjoy sharing this passion, as well as my own Bangladeshi heritage, with my little girl. To stay healthy, I enjoy group fitness classes, especially barre and yoga.

Team member since 2021.

Minaud Dacius, MPH
Minaud Dacius, MPH Haiti Program Manager

Along with a large network of NGOs and CBOs, Minaud manages our program in Haiti to deliver essential micronutrient products within the country. As a physician with a MPH degree, he brings with him a combined experience in clinical and public care with hospitals and NGOs. "I believe that healthy and happy children are the key towards a sustainable development for my country," Minaud says. "I believe that if I can reach Haitian newborns [with vitamins] during their 1,000 first days of life, this can contribute to drastically change the country."

Minaud's work in Haiti gives him the special opportunity to witness the long-term and ongoing effects of vitamin supplementation. He's continuously inspired by the stories that parents share with him about how vitamins help their children's health improve. He also draws inspiration from many parents from poorer areas who are wholeheartedly dedicated to their children's health. "They will do whatever they can to keep their children healthy and to send them to school," he says. "That gives me hope."

Aside from his work with Vitamin Angels, Minaud enjoys going out with his wife, reading, and going to the beach - or all three at the same time! To maintain his health, he exercises at a gym close to his home and makes socializing with friends a priority.

Mulamba Diese, MD
Mulamba Diese, MD DRC Program Manager

Mulamba Diese, MD has worked alongside Vitamin Angels since 2016 as our consultant for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He oversees our programs within the country, promoting Vitamin Angels’ mission while empowering and improving the lives of others. As part of his role, Mulamba also searches for potential field partners, provides technical training, and works closely with the Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders to ensure our services are well-coordinated. His hard work is demonstrative of his lifelong passion for helping others, as he previously worked at UNICEF, USAID, and CDC. He has also lectured on infectious diseases and immunology and has lent his expertise to other health and nutrition initiatives.

Through his efforts as our DRC consultant, Mulamba’s goal is to reduce the infant mortality rate in the DRC through our vitamin A supplementation and deworming programs. His favorite part of his job at Vitamin Angels, he says, is witnessing and sharing the stories of our impact on individuals and communities. Despite his defining work as a champion for health, he also identifies himself as a human rights activist, and a family man who loves and protects his children.

Team member since 2015.

Pumla Dlamini
Pumla Dlamini South Africa Program Manager

As our South Africa Program Officer, Pumla conceptualizes and implements a model in which Vitamin Angels can create and expand a quality distribution network among NGOs in South Africa. She is an advocate for universal supplementation and use of VA supported interventions in South Africa among key stakeholders including domestic and international NGOs, local businesses/philanthropies, and government. Pumla joined Vitamin Angels to give women a chance to do their best through MMS for their unborn child despite poverty and food insecurity

When Pumla isn’t working she is a leathercraft designer. She loves all things style and fashion including designing, styling, photoshoots and online content creation. She is now a mother, her daughter Titi, who was born prematurely at 26 weeks, is now a healthy thriving little girl. She thinks the MMS helped because she was a strong little fighter!

Rachel Drobot
Rachel Drobot Logistics Specialist

As our Logistics Specialist, Rachel coordinates shipments of prenatal multivitamins to beneficiaries within the US and Canada. She also assists with other aspects of Vitamin Angels Logistics: managing inventory at our multiple warehouses, coordinating the transfer of vitamins from our manufacturer to our warehouses, and monitoring shipments to our international field partners.

Rachel joined Vitamin Angels to be a part of an organization that provides life-changing vitamins to women and children around the world! To stay healthy she enjoys cooking with local produce, practicing yoga, and being active outside playing soccer, beach volleyball, or hiking. Rachel also enjoys watching Saturday Night Live. 

Jillian Emerson, PhD
Jillian Emerson, PhD Associate Director, Nutrition and Technical

Jillian Emerson, PhD is a public health nutritionist with over ten years of experience in research and programs.  In her role as Associate Director, Nutrition and Technical, she provides technical guidance for the development, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of Vitamin Angels’ maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and micronutrient supplementation programs.  Prior to working at Vitamin Angels, Dr. Emerson was the Associate Director of Francophone Africa Programs at Alive & Thrive, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s flagship nutrition project.  She started her career working in humanitarian emergency and post-emergency nutrition programs in Haiti and South Sudan, and her experience includes managing programs for the treatment of acute malnutrition as well as the promotion of optimal maternal, infant, and young child nutrition through social and behavior change and health systems strengthening.  Dr. Emerson received her doctoral degree in International Health and Human Nutrition from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where her research focused on maternal mental health and its association with maternal and child health and nutrition outcomes.  She also has a MA in International Politics from American University’s School of International Service.

Team member since 2021. 

Luz Escubil
Luz Escubil Philippines Program Manager

As our in-country consultant for the Philippines, Luz mobilizes field partners in the area to join us in filling the gap in vitamin A coverage. She brings prior experience working in both the public and private sectors to her role at Vitamin Angels, where she is inspired by working with and for children and mothers, "particularly those living in disadvantaged communities." Through her localized efforts, she loves being part of the force that gives hope to children - "through the work we do, Filipino children have a better shot at a brighter tomorrow," she said.

When she's not making a difference on the ground, Luz enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling domestically and abroad, and eating mechado - her favorite local meal.

Team member 2015. 

Pamela Fernandez
Pamela Fernandez Learning Solutions Multimedia Designer

As our Multimedia Designer, Pamela creates multimedia content such as videos, graphics, documents, and infographics used primarily in VA’s digital and print learning tools. She brings to her role 10+ years of global experience as a multilingual photographer, filmmaker, video editor, and visual storyteller. She received a Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Media and Film from American University.

Quinn Harvey
Quinn Harvey Associate Director of Implementation Science

Quinn Harvey is an Associate Director of Implementation Science at Vitamin Angels. In this role, Ms. Harvey is responsible for leading the organization’s efforts to advance policy change and effective implementation of prenatal multiple micronutrient supplementation (MMS) programs globally. During her time at Vitamin Angels, she has supported the expansion of the MMS program to over 55 countries, reaching over 2 million pregnant women annually. She also coordinates Vitamin Angels’ implementation research to support effective programming activities.

Ms. Harvey received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in Global and International Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Team member since 2013.

Maulana Hasan
Maulana Hasan Indonesia Program Coordinator

Maulana is Vitamin Angel’s country consultant in Indonesia. As a country consultant he contacts grantees, leads training, monitors programs and works behind the scenes to ensure our mission is carefully carried out across the country. When asked to share a memorable experience he recalled visiting a small village in Sumba, across from a beautiful beach. However, despite the scenic landscape, “around the beautiful place, many children had limited health access”--a contrast in the area's standard of living that stood out. When Maulana isn't working he enjoys farming with his family, riding bikes and playing badminton to stay active.

Kristen M. Hurley, PhD, MPH
Kristen M. Hurley, PhD, MPH Senior Vice President for Nutrition

Kristen M. Hurley, PHD, MPH is a public health nutritionist. Dr. Hurley received her doctoral degree from the Department of International Health at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has field experience in maternal and child health and nutrition as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines and as a nutritionist for the Navajo Nation Special Supplemental Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC). Her domestic and international research and program interests focus on the intersections between maternal and child nutritional status and early child growth and development. In addition to providing technical oversight to VA as the Senior Vice President for Nutrition, Dr. Hurley is also an Associate Professor of Human Nutrition at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Team member since 2016.

Claire Jacobs
Claire Jacobs Executive Assistant

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.

Arafat Kakaire
Arafat Kakaire Uganda Program Administrator

As our Uganda Program Administrator, Arafat identifies and vets organizations to serve as distribution field partners. He provides logistical support to ensure the implementation and tracking of Vitamin Angel’s services to grantees, assists distribution partners by providing follow-up support and monitors activities of distribution partners. Arafat is proud to be a part of a goal-oriented team that focuses primarily on helping combat malnutrition amongst children under five-years-old in Uganda.

Arafat joined Vitamin Angels to help reach less privileged communities who don’t have access to life-changing micronutrients. During his free time, you’ll find Arafat swimming, playing football, making friends and listening to music.

Jarno de Lange
Jarno de Lange Associate Director of Supply Chain

Jarno is in charge of the procurement and sourcing of finished products and raw material ingredients from domestic and international manufacturers, while ensuring compliance to Vitamin Angels’ as well as international quality standards for pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements. Additionally, he leads the logistics and supply chain unit by streamlining global logistics strategies, warehousing and other supply chain efficiencies.

Jarno was born and raised in the Netherlands and has a degree in international business. With over 12 years of experience working in the field of providing pharmaceuticals/medical supplies to underserved populations, he is excited to be more involved in the programmatic approach of providing essential commodities to communities that have no access to these. Having always worked with numbers and product quantities, it is incredible and rewarding for Jarno to see how many children and women the amazing team is reaching with crucial vitamins.

Jarno works remotely from Alberta, Canada, where he lives with his wife and young daughter. He does not mind the snow, but since it is winter more than 6 months out of the year, he always enjoys visiting the Vitamin Angels' office in California; not just for the sunshine, but especially for connecting with his wonderful co-workers.

Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with family in Canada as well as back in the Netherlands. When he is not traveling personally or for work, he enjoys being at home with his family: cooking and baking, working on DIY projects, or going for a bike ride.

Team member since 2018.

Ada Laurén
Ada Laurén Senior 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 managed the development of our vitamin A and deworming learning courses, including the launch of the initial e-learning platform used by our 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.

Davidson Mamboleo, MD
Davidson Mamboleo, MD DRC Program Coordinator

As our DRC Program Coordinator, Davidson supports new grantee identification and outreach efforts and maintains communication with grantees, counterpart organizations, and other stakeholders. Since he joined VA, donations in DRC have grown rapidly from 60 grantees reaching 4 million children under 5 in the past time to 250 grantees reaching over 9 million children under 5 a year currently. As a result of Davidson’s past experience in humanitarian settings in DRC and South Sudan, he developed a strong attachment in serving vulnerable malnourished children. Feeling the involvement to help a child in need, he felt that he could make a little contribution to reduce malnutrition among children through Vitamin Angels. His favorite part of his job is when he conducts VAS+D service provision trainings to community members to help them reach hard-to-reach children in their own communities.

Shruti Menon
Shruti Menon India Programs Manager

Overseeing programs in India, Shruti works as our country consultant in India- helping the Vitamin Angels team expand their reach in communities across India. With an extensive background in health and education from her experience at  the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics, Shruti understands the value of health and works tirelessly to change the lives of others. At 18, she was diagnosed with grand-mal seizures but she  is proud to say that she has never let her condition define her career choices or limit her aspirations. Shruti’s favorite part of the job is being in the field and  having the opportunity to meet beneficiaries…especially the little ones(kids)! Her role comes with a lot of responsibility and travel so she admits that after a long trip nothing beats the feeling of coming home to the warmth of homemade chicken, curry and rice.

Ann Micka
Ann Micka Senior Program Manager

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.

Ashutosh Mishra, MBBS, MPH, MS
Ashutosh Mishra, MBBS, MPH, MS Senior Regional Technical Director for Special Programs

After working for more than 15 years in different public health organisations, Dr Ashutosh Mishra has joined Vitamin Angels as the Senior Regional Technical Director for Special Programs, and will be responsible for developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating special initiatives related to the strengthening and/or introduction of existing and new public health nutrition interventions.

Dr Mishra has strong program management skills including strategy designing and a significant expertise in managing a portfolio of maternal, neonatal, child health, nutrition, and family planning grants. He has significant expertise in implementation research and in developing M&E frameworks for large-scale public health programs. In his previous assignments, he has been actively involved in designing interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality among mothers and young children.

He is a nature lover and a movie aficionado and likes to listen to classical music and read non-fiction in his free time. He is also a fitness freak - counting calories and exercising regularly, and loves his daily meditation sessions.

Team member since 2021

Joygrace Muthoni
Joygrace Muthoni Africa Region Technical Advisor

As Vitamin Angels' country consultant for Kenya, Joygrace's responsibilities include training, coaching, and providing technical assistance to field partner organizations. She brings years of experience in reproductive, maternal and newborn health as a nurse and midwife to the Vitamin Angels family, and cites her previous roles as inspiration to support our mission. Joygrace loves working with communities and believes in the importance of ensuring individuals' access to health care, which has helped her succeed in her role and improve the lives of others. Outside of work, she loves to swim and enjoy her favorite local meal, Nyama Choma (barbequed beef)!

Team member since 2014.

Rebecca Nerima
Rebecca Nerima Uganda Program Manager

Rebecca’s role as our consultant for Uganda supports the expansion of our in-country micronutrient supplementation program in coordination with local health systems. She is the point of contact for more than 30 current field partners in Uganda, while also working to identify new potential partnerships that will ensure that we serve hard-to-reach, remote communities in all corners of the country. Working alongside local organizations, visiting communities and witnessing the impact of our work, she shared, is her favorite part of her job. 
Coordination and management is only one facet of Rebecca’s job, though. In addition, she educates individuals and field partners about vitamin A and deworming; her work helps communities better understand our efforts and work towards a healthier future for themselves and future generations. A common misconception, she says, is that many mothers believe that multivitamins are contraceptives and lead to infertility. She works to dispel fallacies like this and empower people with knowledge, which is not always easy - there are often language barriers and customs that vary across communities, which is why her collaboration with local organizations is invaluable for building trust, educating, and making a difference in the lives of many people across Uganda.
Outside of her work with Vitamin Angels, Rebecca loves spending time with her son – whom she affectionately refers to as her “little man” - and  the rest of her family. She also loves singing, baking, gardening and being outdoors.

Team member since 2016.

Francis Ohanyido, MD, FRSPH, FAPH
Francis Ohanyido, MD, FRSPH, FAPH Nigeria Program Advisor

Francis Ohanyido, MD, FRSPH, FAPH is Vitamin Angels’ country consultant in Nigeria. He leads programmatic and technical work for the organization, ensuring that our programs are successfully implemented across the country. Prior to joining Vitamin Angels, he worked with leading multilateral programs under organizations such as UNICEF, WHO and USAID. Notably, Dr. Ohanyido served as a high-level liaison for Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) with the support of Save the Children. He was also a Special Country Coordinator for Pneumonia in Nigeria under the UN Commission for Lifesaving Commodities for Women and Children, among other accolades. 
Dr. Ohanyido believes that having the power to make an impact on a child’s life is truly a rewarding experience. In addition to his family, he is inspired by the underserved mothers and children he meets and serves in the field.

Team member since 2017.

Suleiman Oshioke Yakubu
Suleiman Oshioke Yakubu Nigeria Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

"I am committed to a vision of improving the nutrition of infants and young children [from] underserved communities – and Vitamin Angels supports this vision 100%," Suleiman, our in-country consultant for Nigeria, says. His dreams manifests itself through his ongoing coordination of vitamin A and albendazole distributions, which take place in hard-to-reach communities in Nigeria.

Prior to joining Vitamin Angels, Suleiman specialized in Maternal Newborn & Child Health as a Technical Consultant at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency in Nigeria, which gives him valuable insight into the needs of the children we serve. In regard to his work, he enjoys going out to rural communities and hearing success stories from the families who have benefited from vitamins. "I am very proud of the work I am doing to strengthen the poor healthcare system in my country," he says.

For fun, Suleiman likes to watch movies and spend quality time with his family. He also keeps healthy by playing table tennis and enjoying pounded yam and egusi soup, his favorite meal.

Team member since 2015.

Bridget Quanstrom
Bridget Quanstrom Senior Program Officer- US & Canada

As the Senior Program Officer for our domestic programs, Bridget oversees all operations for the US and Canada. From the rural plains of the Midwest to food deserts in urban centers, Bridget works directly with our 350+ domestic partners to reach the areas of highest need across the United States and Canada.

Team member since 2018.

Gurpartap Randhawa
Gurpartap Randhawa Logistics & Program Coordinator, India

As our Logistics & Program Coordinator, India, Gurpartap provides logistical support to ensure implementation and tracking of VA’s services (India) to grantees and to assist any programmatic work. Gurpartap joined Vitamin Angels to make a difference, even in a small way, towards the betterment of children’s lives.

In his free time, Gurpartap travels the world exploring different cities. He stays active by playing a variety of sports (football, tennis, etc.) and he also enjoys a long run.

Team member since 2019.

Enrique Rios, MPH, DrPH
Enrique Rios, MPH, DrPH Mexico Program Manager

Enrique's work with Vitamin Angels is not the first time he's treated nutrient deficiency in children. After studying Medicine in Mexico and receiving MPH and DrPH degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, he held the position of National Director of the Nutrition Program for Indigenous Populations in Mexico at the Ministry of Health, where his team incorporated universal iron supplementation to prevent and treat iron deficiency anemia in children under five years of age.

After his tenure there, he shifted his focus to more administrative work, but was unfulfilled by the change. "Vitamin Angels gave me the opportunity to go back in track with what I love most, which is working with disadvantaged populations and implementing interventions that can improve their nutritional status - especially children and mothers," Enrique says. Now, his role at Vitamin Angels enables hm to identify and manage NGOs that align with our vision for field partners. "This is the first time I've worked with an American nonprofit organization, and I am proud to be part of Vitamin Angels," he says.

During his free time, Enrique likes to read history and biography books, as well as spend quality time with friends and family. Health is not just a priority in regard to his life's work, but also with his personal well-being - Enrique goes to a fitness club daily to work out, run, swim, and play tennis. But when he wants to treat himself, his go-to dish is mole enchiladas and tacos!

Molly Russ
Molly Russ Senior Program Officer, Africa

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 Manager

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.

Avis Sampson
Avis Sampson Continuing Education/Continuing Medical Education Manager

Bio coming soon. 

Otte Santika
Otte Santika Indonesia Program Manager

Otte Santika is a nutrition specialist with 16 years of experience in research and consultancies related to programmatic issues on public health nutrition in Indonesia. Prior to joining Vitamin Angels, he worked in many international organizations including UNICEF, Nutrition International, and SEAMEO RECFON. In his role at Vitamin Angels, he oversees all programs within Indonesia which include Vitamin A, Deworming and MMS. His current role doesn’t stray far from his early aspirations, and the impact of his work on the children and mothers in Indonesia that Vitamin Angels serves reiterates his tireless efforts. At his core, Otte believes that malnutrition robs a child’s future, and that investing in nutrition creates a better world.

Team member since 2015.

Neha Sareen, Ph.D., M.Sc
Neha Sareen, Ph.D., M.Sc Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, India

Neha is responsible for strengthening M&E and creating knowledge products in support of programmatic, policy, advocacy, and development goals. She also provides support in evidence-based programming and implementation research.

She has her Ph.D. and Master’s in Public Health and Nutrition with 10 years of experience in working with grassroots to national level organizations in varied areas of intervention including maternal, neonatal, child, and adolescent health and nutrition. She has strong experience in planning, programme design, implementation research, documentation, and monitoring and evaluation. Most recently, she served as a Senior Consultant in Child Health & Nutrition Department with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Prior to this, she worked as a Senior Consultant in Maternal Nutrition with UNICEF, India. She has also worked as a Research Scientist at the Department of Gastroenterology and Human Nutrition at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. Dr. Sareen has a strong academic background in nutrition epidemiology and maternal and child health. She has published more than 60 papers and contributed to various book chapters as well. When not working, Neha enjoys painting, reading, baking, and exploring new places.

Team member since 2021

Amy Steets
Amy Steets Associate Director of Program Operations

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.

Sony Thomas
Sony Thomas India Training Manager

Since our program in India is the largest within Vitamin Angels, we depend upon our consultant team in the area to effectively train and mentor new grantees. Sony ensures that these trainings are planned and executed smoothly, handling coordination with trainers and organizing logistics for each of the VAS+D courses. In addition to a doctoral degree in Social Work, Sony also boasts over 10 years in HIV prevention and care trainings. However, he had not heard about vitamin A supplementation as an intervention prior to his work with Vitamin Angels - "getting to know [how] vitamin A capsules are lifesaving for children and are the most cost-effective intervention for their overall growth was inspiring," he said.

Speaking to what motivates him, Sony believes that his cross-country travels to reach different regions "has been my force to carry on!" One experience, in particular, drives him to continue his work: "I met a young lady during a donor visit who shared how she lost her elder son at the age of two, due to ill-health. She still carries this guilt of not being responsible enough to take care of his health. So she now takes every opportunity to attend any health camp and do whatever it takes to ensure the good health of her only daughter. She told me, 'I will not live if my daughter dies.' It brought tears to my eyes." Thankfully, Sony's tireless work with Vitamin Angels helps ensure that many other parents have the opportunity to give their children healthy futures.

Apart from his role within Vitamin Angels, Sony enjoys traveling with his family, exercising to stay fit, and enjoying all meals prepared Kerala-style. He has a special place in his heart for parotha and beef curry!

Team member since 2014. 

Christian Ugbo
Christian Ugbo Pharmaceutical Logistics Specialist , Nigeria

As our Pharmaceutical Logistics Specialist, Nigeria, Christian provides logistical support to the quarterly importation of VA commodities to Nigeria, strengthens the VA Nigeria supply chain strategy, oversees inventory and manages the relationship with the import regulatory agencies. Christian enjoys facilitating the importation of VA vitamins and deworming medicine to Nigeria to help alleviate malnutrition in hard-to-reach communities.

When Christian isn’t working, he enjoys jogging on weekends, gardening and keeping abreast on current trends in world politics. He feels proud and fulfilled whenever he can help or assist the underprivileged in his community.

Carol Wylie
Carol Wylie Director, Corporate/Foundation ESG Engagements

As the Director of Corporate/Foundation ESG Engagements, Carol supports the Programs and Development teams to build strong corporate and foundation partnerships to further Vitamin Angels’ health nutrition programming worldwide. Carol joined Vitamin Angels because she was inspired by its mission to improve health and nutrition for underserved women worldwide. She enjoys supporting Vitamin Angels’ Programs and Development teams by developing partnerships with corporations and foundations. She helps them find innovative ways to engage their businesses, consumers, and employees to change lives for mothers and children in communities around the world.

Team member since 2021. 

Daniel Zorub
Daniel Zorub Manager of GIK Donations and Philanthropic Partnerships

As the Manager of GIK Donations and Philanthropic Partnerships at Vitamin Angels, Daniel manages programs-centric development opportunities working with gift-in-kind contributors and grant-making organizations. With academic training in international development, Daniel works at the intersection of Vitamin Angels Programs and Development divisions.

 Outside of work, Daniel is a former distance runner turned strength training enthusiast, a novice DIY'er, sociology nerd, bedroom DJ, and casual gamer.

Team member since 2015

Colleen Delaney, PhD, RDN
Colleen Delaney, PhD, RDN Technical Director for US Programs

Colleen Delaney, PhD, RDN is a researcher with expertise in developing evidence-based nutrition education programs. In her role at Vitamin Angels, Colleen provides technical direction and guidance for the development and implementation of maternal, infant, and young child nutrition and micronutrient supplementation programs in the US.

Prior to joining the Vitamin Angels team, Colleen worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University. In this role, she supported the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture supported nutrition education intervention grant, HomeStyles. She completed her doctoral research at Rutgers University, where she studied the relationship between Latine acculturation and their home environments, maternal cognitions, and maternal and child health-related behaviors. Through her research experiences, Colleen has developed a passion for improving health equity in the United States by reaching those most nutritionally vulnerable.

Colleen would describe herself as a lifelong learner, and as a mother herself, she enjoys learning about child development, maternal and child health and nutrition. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring nature with her family, drawing, listening to music and dancing.

Pankaj Verma
Pankaj Verma Vice President for Nutrition, India

Pankaj has 2 decades of varied experience with medical services, academia, research, public health, and corporates. Dr Pankaj Verma joined Vitamin Angels to advance nutrition programs throughout India and provide leadership to the program team and program operations in India. He is the principal technical representative and advisor for Vitamin Angels in India. 

He brings strong organizational, technical, program management, and networking knowledge to VA in India. Having led large public health nutrition programs, he has a wide spectrum of expertise in nutrition science, program implementation, product science, innovation, and research. Previously, he led Medical Affairs and Clinical Development at Unilever for the nutrition business category. Prior to that, he led the Nutrition program for BMGF-supported projects in Bihar, India.

He is a music lover (especially Indian classical music), loves driving and exploring new places and cultures, and has a keen interest in history, science, and astronomy.

Kusyanti Febriani Hapsari
Kusyanti Febriani Hapsari Program Assistant, Indonesia

Kusyanti is the Program Assistant for Vitamin Angels in Indonesia. She provides assistance and support for administrative and finance activities for our programs in Indonesia. She completed her diploma at the Faculty of Medicine and Bachelor’s degree at the Faculty of Economics at Universitas Indonesia. She also has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Gadjah Mada. Prior to joining Vitamin Angels, she worked in the South East Asian Ministry of Education Organization Regional Center for Food and Nutrition (SEAMEO RECFON) starting as a Training Officer, an Administration, Finance and Accounting Manager, and her last position was as the Human Resources and General Affairs Manager.

Her passion for health and community work motivated her to join Vitamin Angels. She hopes to make a significant contribution to the organization by fostering a positive environment for growth.

Her personal motto is to sprinkle kindness everywhere she goes. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, going on walks, and spending time with family.

Markus Puthut Harmiko
Markus Puthut Harmiko Program Coordinator, Indonesia

Puthut is the Program Coordinator for Vitamin Angels in Indonesia. He supports Vitamin Angels’ programs throughout the country. Puthut has worked with UNICEF, IMA World Health, and World Vision providing technical assistance to maternal and child health nutrition projects.

His motivation to work with Vitamin Angels stems from his experience visiting many places in Indonesia with diverse circumstances still experiencing the difficulties of poverty, inequality, and malnutrition. In his current position at Vitamin Angels, he hopes to assist children and women in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition.

Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with family by playing and listening to music, watching movies, and travelling. 

Diana Allotey, PhD, MPH
Diana Allotey, PhD, MPH Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Diana Allotey, PhD is a public health nutritionist with over 8 years of experience with BMGF- and USAID-funded global health research and programs. In her role as Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, she provides technical support to advance the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of Vitamin Angel’s Program Division’s monitoring and evaluation strategy. Dr. Allotey just completed her doctoral studies in Nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focused on examining the factors which influence the success of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs in Nigeria. She also has an MPH in Nutrition from the same institution.

Team member since April 2022

Aireen Escalante
Aireen Escalante Consultant, Philippines Logistics and Program Coordinator

Aireen (better known as Ayen) completes the two-person team of Vitamin Angels in the Philippines. 

Her experience in supply chain management is put to good use in ensuring sufficient supply for VA programs in the Philippines and the timely delivery of products to program partners. She also provides support for efficient logistics management at their level. She contributes to the planning and actual holding of learning solutions activities and develops advocacy and communication materials that promote the work that VA does. ForAyen, working with VA is a great opportunity and platform to share her skills and contribute to uplifting the condition of Filipino families.

During her free time, Ayen likes to master different jump rope tricks.  She also enjoys going on a quick trek to the mountains or taking a trip to the beaches and islands around the Philippines to witness a sunset and learn freediving and surfing.

Shannon King, PhD, MSPH
Shannon King, PhD, MSPH Implementation Science Manager

Shannon King is an Implementation Science Manager at Vitamin Angels. In this role she supports VA’s implementation research activities through research protocol and tool development, ethical review management, and findings dissemination. She gained experience in public health nutrition in LMICs from her work with Nutrition International, Sight and Life, and the WHO. Dr King received her PhD at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Human Nutrition program of the Department of International Health. Her graduate work focused on improving the delivery of nutrition interventions through the health system in LMICs. In particular, her dissertation research focused on the association between the quality of antenatal care and adherence to micronutrient supplementation for pregnant women. Shannon has an MSPH in Human Nutrition from the same institution.

Team member since 2022.


Emily Faraghan
Emily Faraghan Senior 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 Cause Marketing Advisor

Bonnie’s years of nonprofit experience and a contagious energy is a great addition to the Vitamin Angels family. As our Cause Marketing Advisor, she is the lead liaison to direct and maximize our impact between Vitamin Angels and WBA. Bonnie’s passion is creating nonprofit legacies and changing lives through her preceding roles in retail and NGOs, she’s now thrilled to support Vitamin Angels’ life-changing work in the U.S and around the world. 

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 Associate Director of CSR

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 Associate Director of CSR. 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 Senior Account Manager

Bridget’s passions for travel, languages, and cultures make her a natural fit for the Vitamin Angels family. As a Senior Account Manager, she works closely with our corporate partners to build strategic partnerships that are good for business – and help make the world a healthier place! Bridget is honored and inspired to play a role in protecting health for women and children around the globe, and she brings a contagious enthusiasm to everything she does.

Outside of work, you can find her planning her next road trip, enjoying live music, trying new foods, or running throughout Santa Barbara. She is also a train-travel enthusiast, with the Trans-Siberian Railway being her favorite journey to date!

Team member since 2017.

Chris Hortinela
Chris Hortinela Associate Director of Sustainability Partnerships

Chris closely collaborates with our spectrum of private sector partners towards reaching their sustainability and ESG goals. 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.

Sunish Jauhari
Sunish Jauhari President - India

Sunish has led various initiatives and organizations in the areas of business consulting, Social Entrepreneurship, Public Safety, and Youth Development in the last two decades. Early on in his career, Sunish worked with the UK Government providing cross-border business consulting services to UK and Indian SMEs. He successfully led initiatives to set up Global Value Chains, ideating and developing concepts for large-scale collaborations creating bigger better value for innovative organisations.

Sunish developed interest in social development out of deep personal experiences in early 2000s, co-creating social initiatives along side his day-job. He made a full-time shift to the social impact sector in 2011, joining Ashoka, world’s largest organisation of social entrepreneurs working in the areas of affordable housing and building the field of social entrepreneurship. He led Ashoka India operations before joining Vitamin Angels in Sept 2020. 

Sunish serves as an Advisor on a few non-profit boards, is a co-lead at Catalyst2030 an initiative to accelerate achievement of SDGs, and mentors an organisation in the area of road safety, which he had set up in 2013.

Sunish currently leads Vitamin Angels in India.

Jessica Karas
Jessica Karas Director of Development Operations

As our Director of Development Operations 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.

Brittany McMeekin
Brittany McMeekin Associate Director of Business Development

Brittany is the Associate Director of Business Development at Vitamin Angels and has spent over a decade building successful brand and retail cause-marketing partnerships. She is now responsible for establishing key objectives and strategies for the Development vision and guiding a team to ensure the continued growth and realization of the organizations mission; ensuring that every mother and every child, everywhere, has the chance to lead a healthy and productive life.

“Nothing brings me more joy than working with others and utilizing our collective talents and desires to make a meaningful difference in the world.”

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.

Alexa Miler
Alexa Miler Senior Project Manager

Based in sunny California, Alexa has proudly been a member of the Vitamin Angels family for many years and is consistently blown away by the incredible work her team does worldwide. As the Senior Project Manager for the Development Division, she works on several of the team’s largest accounts, supporting Corporate Partner needs, overseeing key projects from start to finish and assisting the Dev team in meeting their revenue goals.

When she’s not working for Vitamin Angels, you will find Alexa at the CrossFit gym or in a hot yoga class, as fitness and good nutrition are her personal passions. She also is a very happy cat mama to two amazing kitties that you can often find in the background of her Zoom meetings.

Team member since 2015.

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.

Roma Mirutenko
Roma Mirutenko Account Manager

As an Account Manager working remotely from Chicago, Roma manages various project-related tasks that support partnership growth and development, to promote and further the mission, values and culture of Vitamin Angels. With a background in providing direct services to children and families on a community level, Roma has always sought an opportunity to work at a global level to help impact the world on a much larger scale.

When Roma is not in the office, she focuses on working with teens to develop volleyball skills at Chicago High Schools – allowing her to share her passion of fitness, volleyball and teamwork with them.

Team member since 2018.

Amy Stanfield
Amy Stanfield Senior Vice President of Operations

Amy Stanfield is the Senior Vice President of Operations at Vitamin Angels, a public health nonprofit working to improve nutrition worldwide. As the Senior Vice President of Operations, her focus is on overseeing strategic direction, international expansion, operational effectiveness and efficiencies, resourcing and capacity and liaising with the Board of Directors and Advisors. Additionally, she serves as a leader across divisions (development, programs, marketing) to ensure cohesive strategic direction.

Amy started her career at Patagonia, leading their marketing efforts in various channels, since then she has applied that marketing and brand knowledge to other large global lifestyle and outdoor brands with extensive experience in emerging markets in the APAC and EMEA regions. Amy also has her BSN and served as a nurse in community health systems.

Taking her passion for health and wellness and applying her business experience, she has supported Vitamin Angels in a growth phase, and enjoys assessing needs, bringing up capacity, and supporting talent through the organizations expanded impact.

Amy believes the business can have a purpose and applies this fundamental knowledge to her duties at Vitamin Angels. She is a proud mother of 3 year old twins and an 11 year old. Amy is an avid mountain biker, cyclist, trail runner and general fitness lover – being outside is where her peace comes.

Team Member since 2017. 

Taylor Winchester
Taylor Winchester Senior Account Manager

As our Senior Account Manager, Taylor works primarily with prospective organizations that are interested in becoming corporate partners with Vitamin Angels. She was inspired to join Vitamin Angels because everyone here shares the same goal, to make the world a better, healthier place. Her favorite part of the job is that she gets to work with amazing companies that share her passion for making change and impacting the lives of mothers and babies around the world!

During her free time, Taylor goes to dog-friendly beaches to pet other people’s dogs. She has been vegan for four years. Taylor loves to cook and is always trying to come up with new ways to make healthier alternatives to all of her favorite foods

Team member since 2019.

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.


Greg Azbell
Greg Azbell Senior Digital Marketing Manager

As the Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Greg ensures the digital voice of Vitamin Angels strongly brings the organization’s mission, vision, and programs to life with credibility while leveraging key trends and innovations. He leads digital strategy of brand and integrated campaigns along with the ongoing management of multiple websites. Transitioning from the corporate world, he was drawn to the mission of Vitamin Angels and the objective to improve equity globally. In his role, he enjoys the creative problem solving required to deliver success projects that connect with our audience.

When he’s not in the office, he likes to spend time with his family and travel. He is a master when it comes to BBQing and enjoys making cocktails.

Team member since 2021. 

Baker Johnson
Baker Johnson Digital Marketing Manager

As our Digital Marketing Manager, Baker focuses on increasing awareness of Vitamin Angels’ mission through strategic planning and execution of digital initiatives including social media, paid media, email campaigns, and the website. He joined Vitamin Angels because he wants to help those who don’t have a voice in this world – he believes that everyone deserves a healthy happy life. Baker is a young marketing professional having graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2018 with a degree in marketing.

As a local Goletian, Baker spends the majority of his time exploring our beautiful city from surfing Devereux to hiking in our beautiful mountain range. He is recently married to his high school sweetheart and hopes to settle down in the city he grew up in.

Team member since 2019. 

Kim Saam
Kim Saam Director of Marketing Operations and Brand

Kim leads brand and creative strategy. To bring Vitamin Angels' work to life, she oversees an incredible team of storytellers and creatives. Working cross-functionally, she builds consensus among stakeholders to develop and build relevant brand experiences across channels and audiences.

Kim appreciates the opportunity Vitamin Angels offers to use her professional skills toward increasing health equity worldwide.

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 with her son.

Team member since 2008.

Rituparna Sengupta
Rituparna Sengupta PR and Communications Lead, India / Consultant

Rituparna is  social sector professional with over 16 years of experience in communications, marketing, campaigning, media relations and brand domain.

In the course of her various roles over the years, Rituparna has been instrumental in helping organizations, including marquee global NGOs like WWF and corporate foundations develop their communication and outreach strategy. She has also worked with think tanks, social impact organizations, not-for profit companies and consulting organizations, helping design communication and engagement frameworks for a large spectrum of issues, including urban sustainability, water and environment, climate, gender rights and public health to name a few. Rituparna has also spearheaded the Earth Hour campaign in India, the largest grassroot environmental campaign in the world.  She is a guest lecturer at prestigious B-schools in India and has also recently seen a nomination at Cannes for a film she commissioned during her time at WWF India.

Rituparna joined Vitamin Angels in May 2021 and brings with her extensive experience in communication and strategy development.

Madison Serrano
Madison Serrano Associate Director of PR and Communications

As Vitamin Angels' Associate Director of PR and Communications, Madison leads the development and implementation of PR and communications strategies to increase awareness of Vitamin Angels brand, programs, executives, and corporate partners worldwide. She joined Vitamin Angels because she is passionate about amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable communities around the globe to help further drive the change needed to create a healthier, happier world. 

When not in the office, Madison loves to play beach volleyball, hike the beautiful mountains of Santa Barbara, bike ride or go for a run along the coast, get a good weight lifting session in, or simply make a healthy, home-cooked meal and relax at home with her husband, Brandon.

Alexa DaFonte
Alexa DaFonte Social Media and PR Manager

As our Social Media and PR Manager, Alexa focusses on bringing Vitamin Angels’ voice and mission to life through our social media channels and PR initiatives. She leads the strategic vision of our social media and maintains Vitamin Angels’ social presence through content development, copywriting, mixed graphics, leadership articles, and more.

Alexa joins the Vitamin Angels team inspired by her passion for nutrition, public health, and universal health equity. She is empowered by her strong desire to reach underserved populations and make health a human right for all.

As an East Coast native, Alexa loves spending time with her family in Massachusetts and enjoys summers in Cape Cod. She now lives in New York City and often finds herself exploring new coffee shops, baking healthy plant-based desserts, and going for a long run along the Hudson River.

Ellie Maurer
Ellie Maurer Brand & Retail Marketing Manager

As our Brand and Retail Marketing Manager, Ellie works cross-functionally to deliver value to our Corporate Partners through innovative marketing initiatives. Ellie joined Vitamin Angels because she believes that health should be accessible to all. 

Born and raised in Eastern Washington, Ellie graduated from Washington State University in 2019. She spends her free time enjoying the vast nature of the area, including lakes and ski mountains.

Team member since 2021

Addie Beavers
Addie Beavers Marketing Operations Coordinator

As our Marketing Operations Coordinator, Addie joins the team with a background in healthcare operations and project management for a creative agency. Data-driven and process-oriented, her experience sourcing project management tools and fostering process adoption helps to support the marketing team’s efforts. Her accessible approach invites collaboration, while her user-centric mindset allows her to introduce new processes with patience and empathy. 

Born and raised in Tacoma, she’s the newest member of our Pacific Northwest contingent. On a rainy afternoon, you can find her sipping endless cups of tea or loosely following a fun, new recipe. Addie is thrilled for the opportunity to work alongside the Vitamin Angels team and feels fortunate to be on this journey.

Corporate Services

Carlos Arias
Carlos Arias Senior Systems 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.

Maddison Perry
Maddison Perry Human Resources Generalist

As the Human Resources Generalist, Maddison is responsible for a variety of human resource functions, overseeing facilities and office operations, and supporting IT needs. She loves supporting the VA team and helping to create a culture of care and respect. Maddison is grateful to be a part of the life-changing work Vitamin Angels is doing around the world. 

When she is not working, Maddison can be found exploring new places by bike or on foot, curled up reading a book or spending time with family and friends. She is constantly cooking and enjoys trying new recipes, usually steering far off course but most of the time it turns out good enough.

Team member since 2021. 

Maureen Boyle
Maureen Boyle Director of Human Resources

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.

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. 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!

Shelly Gralewski
Shelly Gralewski Director of Information Technology

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.

Catherine Padilla
Catherine Padilla Staff Accountant

As our corporate services continue to expand, Catherine brings an array of knowledgeable background in accounting serving retail, restaurant, property management and service organizations. Catherine studied at Richland College in Texas and Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Ca.

Catherine (Cat) comes to us from Maui, Hawaii, where she lived for over 22 years and while working for a Vacation Property Management company, she owned a Tropical All-Natural Soap business and was featured on QVC.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, the outdoors, live jazz music and is an avid Women's Soccer Enthusiast. Her favorite travel designations are Paris, France, and Cinque Terre on the Mediterranean Coast. 

Team member since 2021. 

Andrea Marie Rosenbaum
Andrea Marie Rosenbaum Senior Contracts & Compliance Manager

As the Senior Contracts & Compliance Manager 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.

Amanda Wilson
Amanda Wilson Controller

As the Controller at Vitamin Angels, Amanda oversees the companies’ financials and processes (financial statements, forecasting, donations, wires, payroll, and everything in-between). She decided to join Vitamin Angels because of its mission and the enthusiasm of her coworkers. Amanda loves going to work everyday knowing that she, and everyone else at Vitamin Angels,  is greatly improving the lives of women and children around the globe. 

Amanda loves new adventures, whether exploring a local hike with her husband or traveling to the other side of the world to meet fascinating people and see magical places, like the Taj Mahal. She also enjoys volunteering with underserved communities.

Team member since 2020. 

Alexa Aparicio
Alexa Aparicio Executive Assistant

Alexa has taken on the multi-faceted role of Executive Assistant to our CEO, CFO and SVP. Her education and previous experience as an Administrator make her a perfect fit! Alexa holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management, Social Business and Strategic Leadership. She joined Vitamin Angels because enjoys helping others and deeply values the mission and vision of Vitamin Angels. 

Alexa is a Santa Barbara native and she enjoys hiking, live music, and crafting with her Cricut machine. On weekends, you may also find walking her adorable dog and sipping wine at our local wineries!

Team Member since 2021. 

Jazmin Feather
Jazmin Feather Database Administrator

As our Database Administrator, Jazmin helps Vitamin Angels operate more efficiently and effectively through the maintenance, monitoring, and implementation of information technology systems. Having received her BS in Industrial Engineering and Management from Oklahoma State University, her background plays a pivotal role in understanding the ever-growing complexity of our systems, integration needs and process’. Experience with multiple databases, Jazmin is responsible for the integrity of the data and the efficiency and performance of multiple integrated platforms within VA’s IT ecosystem.

Outside of work, Jazmin enjoys traveling, listening to live music and spending time with her husband and their cat, Leo! When the Texas heat allows for it, she loves being outside and exploring fun, new things to do.

Team member since 2022.