Science and Standards Advisory

Science and Standards Advisory

Thomas ZoellerKatherine DiMatteo
Thomas Zoeller

Dr. R. Thomas Zoeller, Ph.D., is Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His current research focuses on the role of thyroid hormone in brain development. Dr. Zoeller’s lab also works on the mechanisms by which environmental endocrine disruptors interfere with thyroid hormone action in the developing brain. He was a member of the EPA's EDSTAC working group on Screening and Testing in the 1990s and several other EPA review panels including for perchlorate, PFOA, and the tier 1 of the EDSP. Dr. Zoeller received the “Scientist of the Year – 2002” award from the Learning Disabilities Association, was a Samuel F. Conte Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal. He has served on the EPA’s chartered Science Advisory Board, the Exposure and Human Health Committee (of the SAB), and the Integrative and Clinical Endocrinology and Reproduction Study Section of the NIH. He is currently an associate editor of the journal Endocrine Disruption, and is on the editorial board of Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology.
Katherine DiMatteo

Katherine DiMatteo is the executive director of the Sustainable Food Trade Association. She has worked in a variety of capacities within the organic sector since 1990. In addition, DiMatteo continues as a managing partner at Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates, a consulting firm whose specialists deliver effective strategies to help organic products and businesses grow. Formerly the executive director of the Organic Trade Association from 1990 to 2006, she was instrumental in shaping the outcome of the U.S. National Organic Program standards and the U.N. Codex Guidelines for organically produced foods. DiMatteo recently served as the president of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements Board of Directors and is a founding member of The Organic Center’s Board of Directors.
Gay TimmonsJohn Warner
Gay Timmons

Gay Timmons is the founder and president of Oh Oh Organics, a company committed to the development and delivery of sustainable agricultural ingredients for the cosmetic and personal care industries. She has participated in the organic industry in various business capacities including certification, as a lobbyist, and as a consumer/activist. She served as the Chair of the California Organic Products Advisory Committee and served as Secretary on the CCOF Board of Directors and Chair of the Processor Chapter for eleven years. Gay was also a founding member of OASIS, an industry consensus standard that provides assurance to the consumer of credible value for Organic and Sustainable claims for the Healthy and Beauty industry. Gay graduated from UC Davis.
John Warner

John Warner is the Co-founder, President, Chief Technology Officer and on the Board of Directors for the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry. He is also the Co-Founder and President of Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education). John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry. He is also one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas. Warner received the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, the American Institute of Chemistry’s Northeast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.
Jane Muncke
Jane Muncke

Jane holds a doctorate degree in environmental toxicology and an MSc in environmental science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ). During her graduate and postgraduate work she was trained in analytical chemistry and ecotoxicology at Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology. Jane worked in the project management team of Novaquatis, an interdisciplinary research project on urban water management aiming at reducing chemical pollutants in the aquatic environment. After post doctoral work at Eawag in the area of endocrine disruption screening in zebrafish, Jane joined Emhart Glass, a supplier company to the container glass industry. In this position she analysed scientific information on food contact materials, migration, and impacts on human and environmental health. Since August 2012, she is working for the Food Packaging Forum as Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer. Jane is a full scientific member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), and the Endocrine Society.

Marketing Advisory

Marketing Advisory

Maryellen MolyneauxAshley Orgain
Maryellen Molyneaux

Maryellen Molyneaux, founder and President of NMI (Natural Marketing Institute), has 35+ years of health, wellness and sustainability marketing experience. Her business experience includes retail and corporate management, international consulting, new business start-ups, consumer packaged goods marketing and market research management. Her specific experience includes strategic consulting, new product development, communication and brand strategy, trade and consumer research, and market research for mergers and acquisitions. At NMI she created several consumer insight databases that now include over 500,000 interviews since 1999, across more than 20 countries. Ms. Molyneaux has consulted with organizations across the value chain including ingredient firms, brands, retailers, government agencies, consumer advocacy groups and media. Ms. Molyneaux’s extensive work is published in a variety of reports and articles. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and professional strategy sessions and a sought-after thought leader.
Ashley Orgain

Ashley Orgain, passionate activist and Manager of Mission Advocacy and Outreach for Seventh Generation, has had twelve years of experience in corporate sustainability, corporate philanthropy and social/environmental issue advocacy. Ashley is also currently serving as the Executive Director of the Seventh Generation Foundation where she helps lead Seventh Generation’s efforts to support nonprofit organizations through Sustainability and Community Building grant programs. Ashley received her masters of Business Administration in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability at Antioch University New England.
Jessica RubinoRebecca Hamilton
Jessica Rubino

Jessica Rubino is a natural products-industry expert and content strategist covering the latest personal care trends and the issues that are shaping today's health and wellness space. Jessica is currently the Content Marketing Director at New Hope Natural Media where she explores how we can bring more health to more people through high-quality content, education, data/insights and events. She works to give natural brands and retailers the tools required to strengthen their businesses and define their core messaging, while providing consumers with relevant information to make informed decisions.
Rebecca Hamilton

Rebecca Hamilton is a family owner and the Vice President of Research and Development at the W.S. Badger Company, where she oversees technical research, new product innovation and product development as well as Badger’s product related sustainability initiatives. Ms. Hamilton has over a decade of experience in the natural products industry and has served as an industry expert and public presenter at over 30 conferences and events. Her background in ethnobotany and sustainable supply chain management coupled with her passions for organic living, safe products, and ethical commerce have led her to wider industry involvement and public service outreach. In 2014, Ms. Hamilton led the passing of Benefit Corp legislation in the State of New Hampshire. Ms. Hamilton is an active member of the American Sustainable Business Council’s Safer Chemicals Coalition, has served as the chair of the Natural Products Association Natural Personal Care Steering Committee, and provides a business voice for safer cosmetic legislative reform alongside the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Breast Cancer Fund.
Gabrielle DAEK Photo 2016
Gabrielle DeAngelis

Gabrielle DeAngelis is the first Protect Our Breasts Alumni Advisor. She is a devoted natural products industry advocate and student co-founder of Protect Our Breasts. Gabrielle is currently the Regional Sales Manager – East Natural & Canada at Late July Snacks. Prior to her East Coast role, Gabrielle was the Western Regional Sales Manager at the company (’14-’17) and Sales and Marketing Coordinator (’12-’14). Her background is in sustainable marketing from the Isenberg School of Management/UMass where she worked for Seed to Shelf, Marketing for Sustainability (’09-’12).

Emily Kanter

Emily Kanter is a co-owner of Cambridge Naturals, a highly regarded independent retailer of natural and organic products. Her background is in sustainable food systems, entrepreneurship, community engagement, and marketing and design. She holds an MBA from Pinchot University (now Presidio) in Portland, OR where she also directed a hunger relief non-profit. She also worked within local food systems finance at Beneficial State Bank and Community Sourced Capital. She was the Programs Director at Sustainable Business Network Mass, where she helped found the Boston Local Food Festival.