True Nature Botanicals' Advisory Board
Product Development Advisors:
Terrence J. Collins, Teresa Heinz Professor of Green Chemistry, Carnegie Mellon University
A champion of green science, Terry Collins has been recognized internationally for his invention of a new class of oxidation catalysts with demonstrated potential for enormous, positive impact on the environment. Terry has been a member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty since 1987 where he also leads The Institute for Green Science, a research, education and development center focused on creating a holistic approach to green or sustainable chemistry. Among his honors are the 2010 Heinz Award for the Environment, the inaugural Charles E. Kaufman Award of the Pittsburgh Foundation, the 2007 Award of The New York Metropolitan Catalysis Society, and the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1999 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
Eric Alden Lewis, M.D., Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon
Dr. Eric Lewis has been practicing in the field of Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in Beverly Hills, California since 1981. Dr. Lewis is an acknowledged expert on all forms of wrinkle treatment, including acid peel, dermabrasion and collagen placement, but specializes in the prevention of melanoma and other skin cancers. As CEO of Commercial Marine Biology Institute (CMBI) Cosmeceuticals, Dr. Lewis has partnered with True Botanicals to develop Pacific Topical Marine Treatment. He has written and edited many chapters in prestigious medical textbooks, is a clinical instructor for U.C.L.A. Medical School and frequently donates his surgical skills to the less fortunate in San Quintin, Mexico.
Karen Ray, Director of Spas, Auberge Resorts
Karen Ray has spent over a decade at Auberge Resorts, a collection of award-winning luxury hotels and world class spas. She joined Auberge Resorts in 2004 as Director of Spa for Napa Valley’s luxury resort Calistoga Ranch. In 2008, she added Spa Solage at Solage Calistoga to her responsibilities. In July of 2014, Karen was promoted to Director of Spas for all Auberge Resorts. Karen has garnered many awards since her start with Auberge Resorts, including Travel & Leisure World’s Best Spas Award, Condé Nast Top Resort Spas; Spa Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award, and Organic Spa’s Top Green Spas Award. Karen continues to share her lifelong passion for natural and organic skincare through her work in the spa industry.
Kurt Schnaubelt, PhD, Founder and Scientific Director, Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy
Mediating between aromatherapy and formal science, Kurt Schnaubelt works with the world’s most eminent producers of essential oils to advance their use in natural, therapeutic healing. In 1983, he founded Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy, the first American research and education institution fully dedicated to aromatherapy. Kurt is also an international lecturer and the author of numerous books on aromatherapy including the classic “Advanced Aromatherapy,” and his latest “The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils”. Kurt received his PhD in chemistry from the Technical University of Munich.
Angelina Umansky, Owner and Lead Esthetician, Spa Radiance
Angelina Umansky is one of the most sought after skin experts in the country, with over four generations of experience and an A-list roster of clients. Angelina has been an expert beauty advisor for numerous publications including the New York Times, Allure Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The Channel 4 News and Channel 5 News in San Francisco, impressed by her expertise, employed Angelina as their beauty advisor. In addition to being a skincare advisor, Angelina continues to transform her client’s skin at Spa Radiance in San Francisco, California.
Valerie Marzano, Owner and Lead Esthetician, Purevana Skincare
Valerie Marzano built her visionary skincare practice as a reflection of her community’s focus on health and wellness. Her distinguished clientele demands premium quality and integrity and her revolutionary methods consistently deliver results. Ever since she learned how to read labels, she has been collecting a trove of insight into the truths and myths of the beauty world. Valerie has 15 years of hands-on experience as an esthetician and believes everyone's individual skincare journey is unique. She strives to help her clientele navigate the beauty world to find their own path.
Lisa Wilson, Owner, Scent & Strategy
Lisa Wilson is a 25+ year fragrance industry veteran, trained by master perfumers with a classical fine fragrance approach. Her experience includes fine fragrance marketing for Unilever, fragrance development, marketing and sales at Givaudan, natural fragrance work at Symrise Pure Scents, as well as strategic fragrance design at award-winning Through Smoke Creative. Lisa’s work has won 5 Fragrance Foundation Awards, 3 Communication Arts Awards of Excellence, 1 American Institute of Graphic Arts Award, and 1 Disney Imagination Award. Lisa is currently owner of Scent & Strategy, a fragrance advisory/think tank for clients of all sizes.
Business Strategy Advisors:
Julie Bell, Business Investor and Advisor
Julie Bell is a long time investor in and advisor to growing consumer brands. After nearly a decade in consumer private equity, at San Francisco Equity Partners and before that JH Partners, Julie has had the privilege of being part of building brands such as Bare Escentuals, Kate Somerville, Ouidad, Method, and YesTo. She particularly loves helping to build brands around great products with differentiated missions. Julie spent the first 8 years of her career at Bain & Company, advising Fortune 500 companies on some of their most strategic issues, and performing private equity due diligence for some of the world's most sophisticated institutional investors.
Julie Brown, Re:Design
Julie Brown brings over 20 years of retail design experience to the team. Julie is the former director of Store Design for Old Navy after which she co-founded Re:Design in San Francisco. Through her company’s work she has focused on brand development for both retail and select restaurant projects as well as private clients. Re:Design’s client list includes: SFMOMA, Timbuk2, Gymboree, Tea Collection, and Banana Republic.
Jeffrey Judd, Owner and Lead Counsel, Judd Law Group
A veteran of “big law” for over 20 years, including 10 years as a partner of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Jeffrey Judd led litigation teams that successfully resolved major disputes for some of the largest businesses in the world. He founded Judd Law Group LLP in 2010 to offer the quality, experience, and judgment of a big firm with the responsiveness, personal attention and cost structure of a boutique. His firm is known for regularly achieving favorable results in disputes against larger and better-capitalized adversaries and successfully guiding clients through the most sophisticated transactions.
Jenny Peng, Brand Strategist
Jenny Peng brings a proven track record of global branding in the skincare industry from her years working for iconic brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and L'Oréal. Formerly the Marketing Director for YSL Beauté in London, she had direct responsibility for long-term brand viability and profitability. As a Senior Brand Manager for L’Oréal skincare, her management experience included identifying new brand opportunities, concept formulation, product testing and advertising. She successfully launched several skincare product lines and was instrumental in the revitalization of YSL brand in the United Kingdom.
Wing Pepper, Marketing Leader
Wing Pepper is a marketing leader in San Francisco. He was co-founder of True Botanicals and former COO of Marie Veronique Organics. He has worked with leading digital marketing agencies such Huge, McCann, and Modem Media while partnering with brands such as Unilever, Diageo, Restoration Hardware, British Airways, Home Advisor, Twitter, VF Corp, Chase, Microsoft, and General Motors while living and working in Europe, Asia and USA.