Our Passion, Our People

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    Angela
    President Angela McElwee currently serves as Gaia Herbs’ President and sees her role at Gaia as the culmination of…

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    Bill
    Vice President of Global Sourcing Bill Chioffi has been involved in the natural products industry for over 20 years…

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    Christian, Francesco, and Massimo
    Though not technically “Staff Members” – more like “family”, Christian, Francesco, and Massimo are the core representatives from Aboca,…

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    Jeremy
    Vice President of Scientific Affairs Dr. Jeremy Stewart has been with us since 2005. Beginning as Gaia’s staff pharmacognosist,…

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    Mary Bove, ND
    Director of Medical Education Dr. Mary Bove brings more than 40 years of herbalism experience and 25 years of…

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    Ric Scalzo
    Founder and CEO As one of North America’s most respected herbalists and botanical researchers, Richard “Ric” Scalzo has more…

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Staff Members
Gaia Farm Team
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Certified Organic Farmers
Validated Partners
Land Steward Harvesters

Our people are our strength, and to us, they are more than workers or partners—they are our family. We invite you to meet them by clicking on any of the links above.

Bill

Vice President of Global Sourcing
Bill Chioffi has been involved in the natural products industry for over 20 years and has been part of Gaia Herbs since 1997. Before becoming VP of Global Sourcing, Bill held many different positions within the company. He started as an herbal press operator and worked his way up to Production Manager, which included oversight of purchasing of all botanicals and the coordination of harvests and extraction of herbs from the Gaia organic farm.

Bill then became a leader on the Gaia Herbs Sales Team as Eastern Regional Sales Manager, after which he transitioned into the role of Director of Education. His background in herbalism served him as he traveled the country, teaching herbal medicine and training sales associates.

Bill has studied therapeutic protocols for many common health disorders over the years at the Medicines from the Earth Symposium for Botanical Medicine and independently with naturopathic physicians and herbalists. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in 1991 then studied herbalism and taught English in Eastern Europe. He is a member of the New England Wildflower Society and the United Plant Savers.

 
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Ecologically Harvested is a term that describes all herbs sold by Gaia Herbs that are not Certified Organic. Ecologically Harvested herbs include herbs that are harvested in their natural habitat, (i.e., wild harvested) according to specific guidelines for harvesting these herbs (i.e., away from roads and industry, as well as guidelines to avoid overharvesting). Our term, Ecologically Harvested, also includes herbs that are grown in managed woodland areas, fields designated for specific herbs, and herbs that are grown by indigenous growers, such as Kava Kava. All Ecologically Harvested herbs pass pesticide and heavy metal testing as well as microbial testing, prior to release.