People

The foundation of our work.
The embodiment of our values.

Meet the Gaia Herbs Team

Every member of the Gaia Herbs family–from the farmers to the executives to the Scientific Advisory Board–makes our mission possible. Commitment to quality, sustainability, and integrity are at the core of everything we do. As a result, our people are a reflection of those values. We believe in the inherent connection between plants and people, and everything we do at Gaia Herbs is in service of that connection.

Our Leadership

Our conscientious leadership team is comprised of dedicated, focused, and experienced executives.

Angela McElwee

President

With over 25 years of experience in the natural products industry, Angela McElwee has had the opportunity to build structure, vision, and teams at many levels – as a retailer, board member, community member, and as the leader of a mission-driven vertically integrated manufacturer. As the President of Gaia Herbs, she has stewarded growth and built a world-class team for North America’s top herbal supplement brand. Starting in May 2008 as Vice President of Sales, she was promoted to VP of Sales Operations in 2013 and began serving as President in August of 2016. These roots have enabled her to dig deeply what it means to be a business that measures success by means of a new set of standards, considering people and planet as valued stakeholders and using success indicators that go beyond profitability. Her tenure has seen the natural products legacy brand through tremendous growth, innovation, and industry change, all while remaining true to its mission of connecting plants and people. This is humble work – producing herbal supplements, and operating a certified organic farm – yet it has a profound meaning for Gaia’s consumers, team members, and customers, as well as for the health of soil, water, and air. She is a passionate advocate for using business as a vehicle to promote positive change, and brings that same ethos to her work as a Founding Board Member for Naturally Austin, a nonprofit working to nurture impact businesses in Central Texas, and to her volunteer work as an Advisory Board Member for the climate change education leader, At The Epicenter. Her love affair with the natural products industry, which began when she was 16 years old working in the supplement aisles of her local health food store, continues to this day.

Bill Cave

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Bill Cave is responsible for the overall financial strategy and direction for Gaia Herbs including the company’s financial reporting, long-range business planning, and program management. With over 30 years of financial expertise, Bill has established a reputation for aligning financial and business metrics to support business strategy and high-growth and has extensive experience growing large and small companies across the automotive, medical, durable goods, and non-durable consumer sectors. Bill is proud to work for Gaia Herbs, the leading herbal supplement company in the United States, which has remained true to its core values since the very beginning, to connect plants and people to nurture health and well-being.

Brian Traylor

Vice President of Operations

Brian Traylor is the Vice President of Operations at Gaia Herbs, bringing his passion for creating an engaging team culture together with his results-oriented problem-solving strategies. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of South Carolina, Brian has a strong diversity in education that balances technical and business concepts and provides him the knowledge necessary to identify and implement robust solutions to a wide variety of operational issues. Brian has been a proven leader at multiple organizational levels for the last 23 years including manufacturing, packaging, warehousing and logistics—providing extensive knowledge and leadership to the entire Gaia Herbs team.

Elena Lécué

Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing

As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Gaia Herbs, Elena Lécué leads the growth for the #1 herbal supplements brand in the United States. Elena is a mission-driven executive with a wealth of experience in the organic and natural products and consumer packaged goods industries, including a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles at Danone North America, the largest B Corp in the world. Elena is passionate about building business models for the future using the principles of transparency, authentic brand voice, and conscious leadership. Elena has proudly dedicated her career to working for companies that help people live healthier and inspired lives, which is why she loves working at Gaia Herbs.

Jennifer Lynch

Vice President of People and Learning

As Vice President of People and Learning for Gaia Herbs, Jennifer Lynch is responsible for the overall employee experience including best-in-class recruitment, training and on-boarding, employee engagement and relations, learning and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, and employee recognition programs. Jennifer is a visionary leader who works to create strategic business solutions that focus on the development and wellness of our people. A seasoned Human Resources leader with over 20 years of experience, Jennifer has worked with leaders in many Fortune 500 and Fortune 50 companies throughout her career. Jennifer is proud to be working for a company that focuses as much care and attention on the wellness of its employees as it does in creating world-class natural products that help people live better lives.

Jeremy Stewart

Vice President of Scientific Affairs

Dr. Jeremy Stewart has been with Gaia Herbs since 2005, after attending the University of Mississippi, where he obtained his PhD in pharmacognosy, the study of chemistry and biology of natural products. In 2007, Jeremy became Gaia’s Chief Scientist, overseeing the analytical laboratory, while developing, updating and reviewing standard operating procedures, assuring Gaia meets or exceeds current standards. In 2012, Jeremy took the title of VP of Scientific Affairs. He expanded Gaia’s quality department and created a research and development department to include some of the most state of the art analytical technologies used in the natural products industry today. He works on a consistent basis with team members throughout Gaia to improve processes and create products of the highest quality in accordance with Gaia Herbs’ commitment to purity, potency, and integrity.

In the Community

Our mission is to create and nurture healthy connections between plants and people. We do that through finding and maintaining strong global relationships, in addition to championing personal and environmental sustainability here at home, on our own organic farm.

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