Board of Advisors

Anthony L. Almada, MSc, FISSN

Chairman of the Board

Anthony L. Almada, MSc, FISSN

Innovator in Residence

Anthony has worked in the natural products industry since 1975. His undergraduate training is in Physiology and Nutritional Biochemistry and he obtained his Masters degree in Nutritional Sciences at UC Berkeley, completing a research thesis in antioxidant and exercise biochemistry. In 1992 he co-founded EAS, which introduced creatine monohydrate and evidence-based performance nutrition to most of the world. There he led a strategic human research and innovation program that generated over 15 university-based human studies and two issued patents in the first three years. He has collaborated on over 55 university-based clinical trials, ranging from ALS to zinc metabolism in osteoarthritis. He has been an invited presenter at the FTC and the NIH. He is a co-founder and Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. He founded and leads IMAGINutrition, Inc., an innovation and evidence-driven think tank for nutrition, cosmetic, and companion animal health companies.

David Karli, MD, MBA

Board Member

David Karli, MD, MBA

Dr. David Karli attended medical school at the University of Maryland, completed his Residency and Chief Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School, and then joined the faculty at Harvard, serving as an Attending Physician with the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehab at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mass General Hospital. Dr. Karli joined the world renowned Steadman Clinic in 2003 where he specializes in Sports Medicine, Spinal Injection Therapies, and Regenerative Medicine and remains a Physician Partner. In 2010 Dr. Karli founded and scaled the first FDA-audited stem cell biotech company - Greyledge Biotechnologies, which is developing cellular therapy sciences for Orthopedic applications. He earned his MBA at Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2012.

Joe Petrosino, PhD

Board Member

Joe Petrosino, PhD

Joseph F. Petrosino, Ph.D., is Professor and chairman of the department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He holds joint appointments in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, and the Department of Ophthalmology. He is also the director of the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research at Baylor College of Medicine, which has pursued over 400 metagenomics projects in humans and in model systems, and has led to more than more than 200 authored/co-authored original papers. Dr. Petrosino was a Principal Investigator for the National Institutes of Health-funded Human Microbiome Project (HMP) and he was named an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer for 2012-2014. In 2013, he founded Diversigen, which delivers end to end microbiome analytic services for the commercial and pharmaceutical arenas.

Marci van der Meulen

Board Member

Marci van der Meulen

Marci van der Meulen has decades of nutrition industry retail, sales, and marketing experience and expertise, which encompasses a firm grasp of the need and value of science-driven innovation and communications. Growing up in the retail landscape of her family’s natural foods market, she learned all of the inner workings of a successful retail business. She has served as a sales and marketing executive for several pioneering and leading brands, most recently at Nordic Naturals, a leading omega-3/fish oil brand. where she was the Global Head of Sales and Marketing. During her tenure the Nordic Naturals brand enjoyed revenue growth of 12-15% annually. Marci is a recognized and accomplished executive in the natural products industry and is fueled by her passion of helping people – both on the consumer and corporate sides.

The Landrace Team

John Hetzler

John Hetzler

Founding Partner

John DeMoss, CFA

John DeMoss, CFA

Partner & CEO

Ryan Piersant

Ryan Piersant

Founding Partner

Noi Obias, PhD

Noi Obias, PhD

Chief Science Officer

Mel Tipa

Mel Tipa

Director of Quality Assurance

Enrique Vizoso

Enrique Vizoso

Chief Operating Officer

James Dawson

James Dawson

VP Sales & Marketing

James Moon

James Moon

Director of Farm Relations

Daniel Stover

Daniel Stover

Production Technician

Caleb Simpkins

Caleb Simpkins

Director of Production

Lizzie Jones

Lizzie Jones

Chief of Staff

Jaxon McClure

Jaxon McClure

Sales Associate

Jeremy Brewton

Jeremy Brewton

Sales Associate

Peter Thornton

Peter Thornton

Sales Assoiciate

Keaton Reeve

Keaton Reeve

Business Development Manager

James Myers

James Myers

Facilities & Equipment Coordinator

Jason Burford

Jason Burford

Production Technician

 Mat Noland

Mat Noland

Production Technician

Hannah Zinder

Hannah Zinder

Production Technician

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