Global Leadership Team

Lyndi Smith

Senior Vice President, Global Marketing

Lyndi Smith’s Young Living story started in 2001, when she joined the company as a customer service representative. She had no idea where that first position would take her, professionally and personally. After nine years in the contact center—and a role managing the center herself—Lyndi decided to follow her passion and join the Marketing team.

In 2017, she was named senior vice president of Global Marketing, and she now strategically oversees global brand and marketing efforts and manages Content Marketing and Communications, Public Relations and Brand Awareness, Global Event Experience, Digital Growth Marketing, and Product Marketing.

In her personal time, Lyndi enjoys the outdoors, hiking, four-wheeling, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favourite essential oils are Peppermint and Thieves®, and she loves using Savvy Minerals by Young Living®, as well as Young Living Seedlings™ for herself and her family.

Alene Frandsen

Senior Vice President, Publications and Document Review

As Senior Vice President of the Publications and Document Review department, Alene oversees, revises, edits, and gives final approval of company publications and documents.

She has more than 20 years of experience working in business and has been with Young Living for more than a decade. She also has 25 years of business teaching experience at the college and university level, including 7 years of teaching management communications for the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University.
Alene has loved working closely with Mary and Gary Young on many projects, including their books D. Gary Young: The World Leader in Essential Oils, Ancient Einkorn: Today’s Staff of Life, and The One Gift.

Alene loves spending time with her ten young grandchildren and enjoys working in her vegetable garden, freezing and bottling the produce, reading, and teaching. Her favourite Young Living products are all of the Thieves® products.

Prasad Gankanda

Senior Vice President, Global Sales Operations

Prasad is a well-known asset to the Young Living family whose work in global operations has resulted in tremendous advancements and left a resounding impact on the member experience. His operational skill and reach supported the dramatic reduction of international out of stocks, increased delivery quality and lead time, improved inventory and forecasting accuracies, and implementation of new operational enhancements.

All of this, along with Prasad’s infectious enthusiasm, renders him famous among members. With his new promotion, Prasad will continue to deliver first-class service and international operations support from corporate, while leading the next-level development of operations in APAC, including significant new markets joining Young Living this year and beyond. His success in his new responsibilities will be enhanced with his most-used essential oils: Stress Away and Jasmine.

Joe Walker

Vice President, Global IT Operations

In his 12 years with Young Living, Joe has helped with Young Living’s new corporate offices and farms, 24-hour support system, IT special projects, and global physical security. Joe’s knowledge of almost every farm and office worldwide gives him an advantage as he helps implement new IT operations.

Before joining the corporate world, Joe caught the entrepreneurial spirit and owned a successful printer business. After working for himself, he moved forward in the IT field and started growing in positions at WordPerfect, Novell, Nature’s Way, and for the last several years at Young Living. He now has more than 25 years of experience in the IT field, making him a great fit for his new role as Young Living’s VP of Global IT Operations.

Joe is a firm believer in Young Living’s mission, and his favourite oils are Thieves® and Lavender. When Joe is not working, he enjoys being outdoors, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, and supporting the Utah Jazz.

Mark Ballstaedt

Vice President, Software Engineering

Mark Ballstaedt brings more than 20 years of software and technology experience to his role of Vice President of Software Development at Young Living. His experience has included providing digital technology support and software development for retail and direct sales companies in a range of industries, including JetBlue Airways, 1-800 CONTACTS, and Most recently, Mark served as Vice President of Technology at Vivint Smart Home.

Mark’s love for technology began when he started working on computers and developing software at the age of 12. During his career, Mark has helped develop and implement software and technology for companies looking to build digital brands, grow sales, and improve the experience of customers and employees.
Mark is passionate about technology, and he knows the importance of supporting the innovators who create it. That’s why Mark believes in developing the strengths of individuals as well as creating high-performing software development teams and systems. To Mark, the strength of a team will always be more powerful than the strength of a single individual, which is why he also believes in building successful cross-departmental relationships.

In addition to his love of computers and software, Mark enjoys running, reading, boating, and spending time with his family. He lives in Midvale, Utah, with his wife, Emily, and their seven children—three of whom joined the family through adoption.

Mark is excited to work for Young Living, where he can make a difference in people’s lives. He loves the wellness support of NingXia Red and the calming and strengthening aroma of Valor blend.

Todd Walker

Vice President, Global Sales and Business Innovation

Todd comes to Young Living equipped with experience in direct sales and health and wellness, thanks to his time at Amway where he focused on nutrition innovations and global brand management. His years of experience with other companies such as Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson and his MBA from Duke University have given him strong leadership skills, especially in global marketing, brand management, new product launches, and supply chain and strategic planning.

In addition to leadership skills, Todd also has intimate marketing experience that includes launching global brands and wellness solutions, managing agencies, performing market research, and working with sales and brand teams to support development and deployment of global marketing and business initiatives.

In his personal time, Todd enjoys youth mentoring, skiing, and tennis.

Shane Smith

Vice President, U.S. Marketing

Shane Smith’s nearly two-decade career in marketing has always been driven by his passion for storytelling. Since 2010, he has used his passion to shape the way Young Living communicates with its members, helping to develop the recognizable brand voice, global communications strategy, and content marketing program that has established Young Living as a fresh, friendly, and authoritative leader in the essential oils industry. Nothing is more important to Shane than telling the right story, in the right way, at the right time. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University, fluent in Spanish, and a member of the Forbes Communications Council.

Shane embraces Young Living and the direct sales industry because of the empowerment and excitement that it offers to its members. He also loves and uses Young Living's world-class products every day, from NingXia Red before a workout to the signature blend of essential oils he diffuses in his office.

Shane is a native of Utah and enjoys the scenic backcountry for hiking and skiing. He is also passionate about yoga, writing, reading, music, travel, fashion, and food. When not working with and for his YL family, Shane spends as much time as possible with

Brittani Lambert

Vice President, Global Events

Brittani Lambert has nearly two decades of experience in the direct sales industry and has spent almost half of them working with Young Living. Using her passion for perfection, she has served in many roles, including Member Services manager, IT quality control technician, and senior director of Global Events. Her newest role is vice president of Global Events. During her time with Young Living, Brittani has been able to focus her passion and big ideas on larger-than-life events and experiences. She loves working for a company that has always been dear to her heart because of its principled and empowering values.

Brittani also worked as the vice president of sales and marketing for a startup. Her experience in the fast-paced, multifaceted startup world prepared her for the expansive growth of a billion-dollar company.

Outside of her professional life, Brittani loves sports. In high school, she played softball, basketball, and volleyball and was also part of the cheer and track teams. Brittani has two young sons, and her family is powered by Peppermint, R.C., and Stress Away essential oils.

Jason Dewey

Vice President, Global Product Management

Throughout his nearly decade-long career at Young Living, Jason Dewey has always been immersed in the extensive Young Living product line, whether coordinating product development as a product marketing manager, keeping the launch of new products on track as a project manager, or managing the development and lifecycle of Young Living’s 600+ products as the senior director of Product Management. As the vice president of Product Management, Jason guides global strategy for the development, launch, and management of Young Living products.

Before joining Young Living in 2009, Jason worked in retail management, finance, and operations, using his B.A. degree in business administration from Utah Valley University in each position. He credits his passion for and longevity with Young Living to its tight-knit environment and the opportunity he has had to be part of a health and wellness movement with like-minded individuals. One of the things Jason enjoys most about his job is watching members’ reactions to new products while reflecting on the effort of the various teams involved in the launch.

Jason speaks Spanish and a bit of the indigenous South American language Guarani. He loves spending time with his wife and children, traveling, and training for triathlons and marathons. During and after training, Jason’s favourite essential oil is Deep-Relief. The rest of the time, he keeps a Stress Away on hand.

Sarah Bjorgaard

General Manager, North America

From scraping her knees working on a family tree farm to working her way up the ranks of the direct sales world, Sarah Bjorgaard’s entire working life has led her here: to the exciting role of general manager of North America!
Sarah was raised working on a tree farm, earning her allowance by caring for plants and animals. Young Living’s mission echoes the devotion she developed as a child to harnessing wellness from the earth.

She is a graduate of Ridgewater College in Minnesota, with a degree in cosmetology and a focus in business operations. Her background in and passion for cosmetology made her the perfect fit for her role at Mary Kay Cosmetics, where she spent more than 14 years as a top independent executive teaching skin care and colour. She also taught Independent Beauty Consultant business growth strategies in the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia.

Sarah joined Young Living with a full toolkit gained from 25 years of experience in the direct sales industry. She spent years leading dynamic, high-performance teams with companies such as Tastefully Simple, Melaleuca and Plexus Worldwide.

Sarah was originally hired at Young Living as the VP of Beauty Essentials, then moved up the ladder to the position of general manager of the U.S. market. Her quick rise through the ranks is hardly surprising, considering her education, work experience and background.

In her most recent role before joining Young Living, Sarah was VP of global sales, where she led all aspects of global field communications and social media, created and executed field incentives, developed sales tools and trained on their effective use, coached and set goals with field leaders and developed new business.

Beyond her love of nature, Sarah loves helping people develop their leadership skills and coaching them in building their businesses. She loves landscaping, decorating and spending time with her family.

Some of Sarah’s favorite Young Living products include Stress Away™ Roll-On and Savvy Minerals® Lip Gloss. She’s looking forward to harnessing her extensive experience, rolling up her sleeves and adding her expertise to North America.

Troy Mohr

Vice President, Global Manufacturing, Fulfillment, & Strategic Sourcing

In his third progressive role in the last three years, Troy Mohr oversees and provides leadership to Young Living’s global internal manufacturing sites, 67 contract manufacturing sites, and the Young Living strategic sourcing teams that support warehousing and fulfillment in 17 countries.

Troy has spent the last 30 years working in operations and manufacturing in both the private and public arenas and has a diverse background in industries from nutrition, medical, and personal care to venture placement and heavy industry/automotive. During his career, he has launched new businesses and new products, opened new markets, and built high-performing teams all over the world. He holds a B.A. degree in business administration from Lewis University and an MBA from the University of Chicago, as well as a Certificate in Purchasing Management from DePaul University.

Troy has lived in three countries, traveled to 46 of the 50 United States, and worked in 42 countries. He and his wife, Julie, currently live with their four children in Draper, Utah. His go-to essential oil is Sacred Sandalwood.

Julie Hunter

Vice President, Conduct Success/Deputy Compliance Officer

Julie Hunter joined Young Living in 2013 after spending almost 20 years working with various legal and compliance teams. She has assisted Young Living in developing programs that empower employees, customers, and vendors to advocate for best practices to follow the laws, regulations, standards, and ethics of the Young Living business. One of the most visible programs she has developed is the Conduct Success team, which offers a friendly face and accessible, useful information to members seeking to make their Young Living businesses more compliant with regulations. Julie’s work has also included developing the benchmarks of the Standards pillar in Young Living’s Seed to Seal® program.

Julie previously served as adjunct faculty at a local college and has brought her expertise to companies such as Mrs. Fields, Nature’s Sunshine, and Synergy Worldwide, supporting legal departments with compliance, conflict resolution, and complex legal transactions. Julie’s work experience includes editing, writing, educating, and enforcing company policies, laws, and agreements. At Young Living, Julie has come to love the relationships she has built with a uniquely inspiring and caring community of employees and Young Living members, and she is passionate about serving them as well.

Julie has been married for 30 years and is the mother of five adult children and grandmother of three young grandchildren. She enjoys exploring the world, developing relationships, and finding time for hiking, camping, boating, and four-wheeling with her family. Her favourite essential oils are Peppermint, Deep Relief, Stress Away and Lavender.

Aubrey Bates

Vice President of People

Aubrey Bates brings an extensive background in human resources to her role as Young Living’s vice president of people. Growth-oriented, forward-thinking, and committed to diversity and inclusion, Aubrey’s passion for people and building world-class workplaces makes her the perfect fit for YL.

Aubrey recently served as president and co-owner of Spherion Staffing in Idaho and as vice president of Spherion Staffing in Utah. She has also worked on various projects with local organizations, including the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Aubrey is a proud partner in the League of Allies and serves on the board of advisors for the Women’s Leadership Institute, organizations dedicated to gender equality and inclusion. She combines data-driven work practices with a keen awareness of cultural and societal undercurrents to stay in tune with economic, educational, and employment trends.

When she’s not educating on strategies to improve inclusivity, Aubrey vice-chairs an agricultural-based charter school for at-risk youth, holds an executive advisory role in a sustainable agriculture company, and organizes DisruptHR events. Utah Business magazine has recognized Aubrey as one of Utah’s most successful and influential women.
Aubrey is married with one daughter and enjoys reenergizing herself on her family ranch in the nearby mountains. She grew up on essential oils, and her current go-to oil is Thieves®.

Gabriel Sanchez

Regional President, Latin America

Gabriel Sanchez was born in southern Mexico, where he lived throughout college and law school. He came to the United States in 2001 to further his legal education and went on to practice international law for 12 years. Gabriel joined Young Living in 2015 and has been a great contributor to the company’s Latin America and new market expansion. He is passionate about the unique opportunity to support Young Living’s continuing growth abroad. Gabriel has worked with international markets for more than a decade and provides vast experience in the international field.

Young Living’s commitment to the world to provide a life full of abundance and wellness is Gabriel’s main objective as he participates directly in the strategic growth of the company. He finds great satisfaction in helping others grow and realize their goals in planning a global prominence for Young Living.

Gabriel enjoys good food, meeting new people, traveling, watching soccer, and spending time with his family. Thieves is Gabriel’s favourite oil, and he loves NingXia Red.

Tai Tolman

Regional President, Asia-Pacific

With a 16-year background in direct sales and global market management, Tai has made his career and his mark in successfully opening and developing more than 32 international markets across Asia and Europe. Since 2005, Tai has lived and worked professionally in five different countries, and for the last 10 years, he has served in Asia as a Vice President with Melaleuca.

With a thirst for continual education, Tai graduated with a degree in global economics at BYU and has earned MBA degrees from both UCLA and the National University of Singapore. Tai, his wife, Tanya, and their four children currently reside in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they are devoted members of the community, proud fitness enthusiasts and gym owners, and enjoy chasing and coaching their children’s rugby teams on weekends.

What drew Tai to Young Living is the opportunity to be part of a selfless endeavor that links world-class products with the opportunity to change lives and communities.

Peter Foss

Regional President, EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa)

European by birth and in heart, Peter is a great asset to Young Living’s work in Europe. Peter grew up in Denmark and studied at the University of Odense, Denmark, where he received an MBA with an emphasis in sales and marketing. Peter also has global experience, thanks to his positions as GM of USANA Korea and USANA Japan, as well as GM of Melaleuca Australia/New Zealand.

In addition to his time with direct sales companies, Peter has worked with many Fortune 500 companies—including General Motors, 3M, Honda, and Ford—and has taught business as an adjunct professor at Odense University, Westminster College, and Utah State University.

Peter has a passion for developing and executing growth strategies using his strategic and tactical expertise, and he loves working to get the right people engaged in the exact right things.

Jeffrey Pearson

Vice President, U.S. Sales

Kristen Tod

General Manager, Australia

Kristen has more than 18 years of experience in the direct sales industry, both as a distributor and a successful corporate business development and sales leader. She has been with Young Living since 2014 and has directed the company’s growth and transition to a new headquarters in Sydney. She leads with her passion to help others build their own businesses and achieve their goals.

People are drawn to Kristen’s charismatic approach and are empowered by her hands-on mentoring and management. Under her leadership, Young Living has risen to become the largest network marketing company in Australia.

Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband and her son. She is also a passionate jewelry designer in her spare time, purchasing many pieces at auctions and redesigning them. For years, even before she joined the Young Living team, Kristen has been using Young Living’s Lavender essential oil to unwind before bed.

Tyler Williams

General Manager, Hong Kong and Taiwan

Tyler has been with Young Living since 2009, and he currently manages operations for the Greater China regions, including customer service, logistics and supply chain, and sales and marketing. With more than 13 years of experience in the network marketing industry and a strong background in international development, Tyler was instrumental in opening and growing new markets in the region. He has expanded sales in the region, rapidly making it one of the top three markets for Young Living.

In addition to his industry experience, he has an extensive background in international business, particularly Asian operations management, product development and marketing, sales, strategic planning, and implementation.

Tyler and his wife have two daughters, and he loves to spend time with them. He also enjoys basketball, wakeboarding, hiking, and rock climbing. He supplements his healthy lifestyle with Thieves Vitality.

Yu Ohki

General Manager, Japan

As a native of Japan, Yu brings a global perspective to any role, which has made him a valuable asset to many companies with an international focus. Yu joined the Young Living team in 2014, and prior to his role as Country Manager of Japan, he held the titles of Director of Online Marketing and Director of Global Sales and Business Innovation. In these roles, Yu’s work focused on enabling and incentivizing members to help them build their best businesses.

Yu’s previous work within the direct sales world has included not only responsibilities as a manager but as a distributor as well. With this real-world experience, Yu retains a hands-on approach and down-to-earth attitude to offer empowering solutions to members and executives.

Some of Yu’s favourite Young Living products include Peppermint essential oil and any citrus oil—especially Citrus Fresh and Lemon. He also likes to use Deep Relief and Frankincense for their grounding aromas, which allow him to reset and recharge.

Tente Alday

General Manager, Philippines

Tente boasts an impressive track record of more than 30 years of management experience leading top insurance and direct sales companies in the Philippines. He has a penchant and passion for spearheading business turnarounds and driving consistent growth by perfecting the basics and inspiring high-performance teams. During his seven-year tenure as the general of Mary Kay Philippines, Tente led a market turnaround that resulted in 154 percent growth in sales, 184 percent growth in enrollment, and 128 percent growth in leadership development. Moreover, Tente is a leader who prides himself on servant leadership and allows ethics, values, and principles to drive his success. He is ready to thrive in his new Young Living leadership position, with the help of his favourite essential oils: Lavender and Peppermint.

Travis Miller

Country Manager, Ecuador
Travis Miller began at Young Living in 2015. During that time he has served in various roles at the company, including Brand Ambassador manager and NFR manager. In his time at Young Living, Travis has established himself as a proven and capable leader with a background in international business. His background, skills, and drive will greatly benefit our members in Ecuador as he takes on his new role serving our Latin America members.

Travis graduated with a degree in international business from Utah Valley University and an MBA from Westminster College. This ambitious educational background, combined with more than seven years of experience as a financial and direct marketing entrepreneur, will serve him as he seeks to further the mission of Young Living in Ecuador. He’s particularly passionate about the role he’ll play in mentoring and empowering other employees and members to achieve their potential.
When he isn’t working to help bring essential oils to the world, Travis can be found spending time with his family; his wife, Jacey; and two sons, Julian and Roman. To kick back and relax, he enjoys playing sports or attending sporting events. Not surprisingly, his favourite oil is R.C.—it’s the perfect companion to his daily workout sessions; and he never travels without Life 9 as he explores different cuisines around the world.

Manuel Ramirez

General Manager, Mexico

Manuel Ramirez’s journey with Young Living has been a unique one. He was first introduced to Young Living in 1997 when meeting Young Living’s late founder D. Gary Young to explore a business partnership. While that partnership did not come to fruition, Manuel is excited to now be a contributing member of the Young Living team.

With more than 24 years of experience, Manuel is no stranger to the direct sales industry. After receiving degrees in both chemistry and pharmacology, his career path led him to sales and marketing. He worked for numerous companies, including Morinda Inc., 4Life Research, Market America, and Jeunesse Global, holding positions that allowed him to manage sales and marketing teams and to serve as a general manager.

Manuel loves working for Young Living because he gets to pursue his passion while spending time with his family. He’s been happily married for 23 years and has two beautiful daughters. When he’s not working hard creating strategies for the market in Mexico, he likes to row, attend the theater, and surround himself with friends and family.

His favorite Young Living products include mint and citrus oils. He also likes Deep Relief, Breathe Again and Lavender Mint Daily Shampoo.

Vance Yuan

Country Manager, Taiwan

Vance has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, FMCG, and direct sales industries. He graduated from Taipei Medical University with a Bachelor of Science in June of 2000 before attending the Graduate Institute of Taipei Medical University to earn a Master of Science in pharmaceutics.

In 2003, Vance joined MSD Taiwan, a subsidiary of Merck, as a sales representative. In 2006, he stepped up to product manager. Then in 2009, he signed on with health and life sciences organization Sanofi as senior product manager. In May of 2014, he began working as Nu Skin’s education director for Greater China. Within a year, he was overseeing the marketing departments for both Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Vance joined Young Living in July of 2016, bringing with him a deep understanding of health products and global markets. He is devoted to leading Young Living Taiwan to greater success.

Vance is married, has a two-year-old son, and loves reading and traveling with his family and friends. His favourite Young Living product is Jade Lemon Vitality because of its unique flavor and because it originates from his home country of Taiwan.