Melanie Haliburton – Yogi Tea
Melanie is an experienced brand marketing professional with 20+ years in the consumer-packaged goods industry. She has successfully led high-performance global brand and R&D teams, delivering growth through strategic initiatives driven by consumer insights and consistent team execution. In her native South Africa, several years in brand development for Huletts Sugar and Best Foods (now Unilever) built a solid foundation in traditional CPG. After taking a year off to mountain bike and backpack in Europe she and her husband settled in Portland, Oregon where her interest in the natural food channel took hold. After initially working as a photo studio manager and producer on sport apparel and elite athlete portraits, Melanie joined Starbucks where she spent several years working on the Tazo brand, leading new product development, packaging redesign and advertising. In 2008 she joined East West Tea as Brand Manager overseeing the branded and private label breakfast cereal portfolio. Her current role is Vice President Marketing at East West Tea where she leads the Brand, Trade Marketing and R&D teams for Yogi and Choice Tea brands. Outside of work Melanie is a competitive 70.3 age group triathlete, foodie and gardener.
David Hicks – Food and Beverage Consultant
David has been in the beverage industry for the last 25 years helping to build premium products into national brands (Red Bill, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Ripe Juice, FSIC, B-Line). Currently, a business advisor, David is on the board of the Children’s Healing Art Project in Portland and works as a running coach for select clients to improve efficiency and reduce injury. David is a connected member of the Portland community and has been a great member of the Mindful Proteins advisory board. He has used his expertise for countless hours of introductions and advise for Sean and Jacoba as they navigate how to bring TATU protein water to market.
Guru Hari Khalsa – Co-Founder of the Moon & Lotus Center for Movement and Healing
I believe that natural foods and lifestyle support well-being can continually transform our lives and the living planet. My background and profession are based on many years of research into ancient and traditional medicinal systems, specifically Ayurveda and Classical Chinese Medicine. These systems are intricately connected to the purity and power of Nature. Most importantly both embrace a simple truth: Food and harmonious exercise are the first medicines. I am passionate about food and driven by a simple intention to improve the quality of human life by designing foods that inspire and elevate body, mind and spirit. Wholesome nutrition can deliver well-being even in our modern world of mass produced consumer packaged goods. With more than thirty years work experience in food and dietary supplement product design and production I have a deep knowledge of consumer packaged goods and the intricacies of making them. In terms of exercise, my motivation and direction in life, since the age of 19, has always been to practice and teach yoga Currently my research is in the renaissance field of Classical Chinese Medicine. I am a co-founder of the Moon & Lotus Center for Movement and Healing where we teach qigong which is essentially a classical Chinese yoga form designed to nourish and harmonize human physiology and psychology. It is these ancient traditions and practices that cultivate direct experience and wisdom that energizes, inspires and informs my work.
Anton Kimball – Kimball Design
For forty years Anton Kimball Design has created strategic branding, logotypes, and especially food and beverage packaging, for clients throughout the United States. Kimball Design packages sell candy, cosmetics, shoes, fitness equipment, smoked fish, coffee, beverages, and designer clothing, while Kimball-designed logotypes for films like The Untouchables, In the Line of Fire, Casper, Unforgiven, The Hunt for Red October, Braveheart, Robin Hood, and Jack Frost have been successful for Paramount, Disney and United Artists.
Guinness Stout and Nordstrom looked to Kimball for their corporate identities. Anton’s logos promote and define Life Cycle Fitness equipment, Trident Gum, Disney Stores, Planet Hollywood restaurants, and Ritz Crackers. Kimball produced packaging and promotions for Widmer, Pyramid, and Porland Breweries, Lilly Miller garden products, L’Ecole No. 41 winery, McTavish Shortbread, Bob’s Red Mill, the Ringside Restaurants, Pacific Sustainable Seafood, Lundberg Family Farms, and Brown & Haley. Recent projects include new looks for Wyman’s of Maine frozen fruits, Vivente breakfast cereals, SweetLeaf stevia sweeteners, and a new logo for Easyriders magazine. Anton Kimball Design work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphics, Print idea, and How magazines, and received awards from the One Show, the Designer’s Round Table, the STA 100, The Graphic Artist’s Guild and the AIGA Illustrator’s Annual.
Anton is married and lives in Portland. He attended high school at the American School in Japan and graduated summa cum laude, class valedictorian, from Linfield College. After graduate school at Cranbrook Academy in Detroit, Michigan, Anton established his firm in Portland, Oregon, where his seven-person group has been a force since its inception. Anton’s sharp focus still life paintings are exhibited nationally, most recently receiving the gold medal at the Indianapolis Art Association annual show.
Emily Light – Emily Light Yoga
Yoga entered Emily’s life in 2001, after growing up immersed in classical and contemporary dance, countless hours at the gym, and a steady sprint of perfectionism. She left the dance world and was looking for another outlet to keep her body strong. At the end of one of her first yoga classes, tears streamed down her cheeks and she knew instantly that the practice of yoga was so much more than she had anticipated. She had found a healing balm, a warm and supportive container for growth, and the teachings that would help her transform the tremendous pain and trauma of her younger years, into embodied wisdom. 10 years after her introduction to yoga, she had completed her first teacher training, traveled to India, and met her first yoga therapy teacher, Swami Tureyananda, where she studied under his close guidance for two months in the mountains of Kodaikanal. After returning from India, she found her way to Portland, OR, and four years later graduated from a yoga therapy program with Sarahjoy Marsh. She is a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has an ERYT-500 hour certification through Yoga Alliance.
Morgan Rider – Oliver Russell Branding
Morgan Rider has a Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from Cornell University, and for over 28 years she worked with government, non-profit and private companies including LSI Logic, Nike, Ball Aerospace and BMW North America, on a variety of environmental and natural resource related issues. Morgan currently is the Director of Business Development for Oliver Russell, a social impact branding agency that elevates the impact of companies striving to do good for people and our planet. Morgan believes that the best way to affect long term behavior change is through amazing creative visuals, simple messaging, and great storytelling. Morgan is also currently the Board Chair at The Climate Trust, and on the board of directors of The Wetlands Conservancy and the Portland Advertising Federation.
Leona West Fox – Certified Nutritionist & Certified Herbalist
Leona West Fox is an Integrative Functional Nutritionist in private practice for over a decade. She completed her training and certification in Nutritional Medicine and in Herbal Medicine through The American University of Complementary Medicine. She also extensively trained in the areas of Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional medicine and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine with additional certifications in functional endocrinology and functional lab analysis sponsored by the University of Bridgeport and taught by Dr. Datis Kharrazian of the Kharrazian Institute.
Leona is also trained and certified in Culinary Nutrition through the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and is certified in personal fitness training through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Leona regularly gives talks and leads wellness retreats in Los Angeles. Over the last decade she has also provided consulting services content and program development for leading brands, authors and platforms in the natural health and natural products arena. Leona has been practicing in Santa Monica since 2007 and has been a local leader in nutrition and wellness in her Los Angeles community. Prior to entering private practice, Leona worked full time as an educator and territory manager expanding the growth and presence in Southern California for two of the top organic and sustainable natural products companies in the natural supplement industry.