Turning a passion into a profession is a dream for many. But for Young Living Founder and Chairman of the Board D. Gary Young, it’s a vibrant reality. Over two decades ago, Gary discovered the profound power of essential oils. Through Young Living, he is able to share his matchless knowledge with millions around the world, supporting their health and transforming their lives. Gary’s unrivaled expertise on the therapeutic power of plants has led to the creation of the world’s largest line of essential oils and blends.
In his travels to study essential oil distillation techniques around the world, Gary discovered wide discrepancies in quality. He learned that in order to ensure purity and potency, rigorous, expert analysis of finished oils is critical. With a newfound commitment to essential oil science, Gary established the standard now known as Therapeutic Grade™, a standard and a guarantee that Young Living will offer only 100 percent pure, natural, uncut oils that maintain their vital therapeutic potency. To produce essential oils of this quality, Gary created the Seed to Seal® process, a philosophy ensuring that from the seeds we plant in pristine soil to the moment we seal our bottles in cutting-edge facilities, our full focus is on providing a final product that represents the best of nature without compromise.
Along with the responsibilities of running a growing international company, Gary oversees operations on Young Living’s many global farms, where he directs the growth, harvest, and distillation processes of the highest quality essential oils in the world. As the leading authority on essential oils, he also frequently publishes and speaks on their benefits and remarkable properties.
With a deep conviction of the power of essential oils, Gary embodies the spirit of Young Living as he continues to build a company that advocates total well-being for everyone, everywhere.
Jared is a results-driven leader, with a hands-on approach. He passionately empowers and inspires field sales leadership. He is a genuine example of Young Living’s mission, as he shares the vision with people around the world.
Some of Jared’s passions are snowboarding, traveling, scuba diving, playing basketball, hiking, and spending time with his son, Campbell.
Janay joined Young Living in 2012 as controller and most recently held the role of Senior Vice President, Global Controller and Finance, where she oversaw all global accounting for the company. In her role, she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial condition, as well as for overseeing the Accounting, Tax, Finance, Commission Services, and Human Resources departments. Her financial leadership is key in aligning business and finance strategies to grow the business and in protecting the company’s assets.
Janay has almost two decades of business and leadership experience as a Certified Public Accountant and in the direct selling industry. She has unparalleled experience in global financial systems and internal controls, global finance and business strategies, building world class teams to execute on the strategies, and risk mitigation. In addition to her technical and business competence, Standifird is a sought-after mentor and loves working with individuals and teams. She graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Janay loves spending time with her husband and three boys. She enjoys watching her boys play sports, reading, traveling, and hiking. With an active family, Janay carries Deep Relief™ Roll-On wherever she goes. She also diffuses Peace & Calming® when life gets hectic and loves diffusing Christmas Spirit™ all year long.
As a part of Young Living’s Executive Management team, Matthew provides strategic counsel in legal and compliance matters, including corporate governance, regulatory compliance, litigation, contract management, and employment law. Prior to joining the company, he worked for a private boutique firm, where he specialized in civil litigation and criminal defense matters, and as a deputy county prosecutor with the Maricopa County (Arizona) Attorney’s Office.
Young Living’s mission to inspire individuals to wellness, purpose, and abundance drew Matthew to Young Living. He quickly embraced the Young Living culture and developed a passion to serve its members. Matthew’s philosophy is to uplift the employees he works with while supporting members as they strive to achieve their goals.
Matthew enjoys sports, especially Lakers basketball, music, colorful socks, and spending time with his family.
R. Michael Buch, PhD
Chief Science Officer
As Young Living’s first-ever Chief Science Officer, Dr. Buch’s work includes scientific research and development on new and established products, new applications and claims, and product strategy and stewardship.
Dr. Buch brings with him more than 25 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. He earned a BA in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and MS and PhD degrees in analytical chemistry from the University of Delaware. Dr. Buch has led global organizations at some of the world’s leading companies, and his success has resulted in more than a dozen patents in the health care field, several books, and a number of published articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is personally responsible for developing health care products with annual sales of nearly $3 billion, and his products have been marketed in more than 100 countries. Dr. Buch is also a member of several prestigious associations, including the Institute on Science for Global Policy and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Buch enjoys fresh and saltwater fishing and has a passion for photography. He loves the crisp, outdoorsy scent of Young Living’s R.C.™ , and he often diffuses it during the winter months to add a fresh scent to the air.
Kelly has been a valued member of the Young Living team for more than 15 years, and during this time she has gained invaluable insight into many areas of the business. Kelly joined Young Living as a member of the marketing department and was then promoted to executive assistant to the founders, where she also supported various areas of the business.
Her role quickly evolved to that of a trusted advisor, where she has played a key role through many challenges and company growth.
Most of Kelly’s role has taken place behind the scenes, where she has mediated issues, advised, and bridged communication across disciplines to create a cohesive environment.
Kelly continues to be a strategic advisor, trusted voice, and sounding board to the executive team, CEO Mary Young, and Founder Gary Young but now plays a more visible role to the corporate staff and the strategic day-to-day business.
Kelly has a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and loves traveling, spending time at the beach, reading, and attending the theatre.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Lauren joined Young Living with over 25 years of experience in project management, supply chain, and manufacturing. She pioneered innovative supply and production strategies in roles from engineer to Vice President of Manufacturing while working for multiple high-profile international companies.
Lauren brings an exceptional level of experience and passion to her position. Her role entails overseeing Young Living’s entire global supply chain and ensuring that it runs smoothly from start to finish. Her impressive work in globally aligned systems will help Young Living implement operations across all markets, which will ultimately ensure a constant supply of high-quality products for our members.
In addition to her extensive experience, Lauren serves on several boards of directors, including the Salt Lake Chamber. Lauren has been a keynote speaker for the American Manufacturing Strategies Summit and Front End Innovations Conference. She is a Lean Six Sigma Project Champion and is Green Belt Certified. Lauren holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College in New York.
Lauren and her husband, Todd, love the natural beauty of Utah and the opportunity for outdoor adventure that it offers. She has two adult children who both followed in her footsteps and pursued careers in engineering.