Senior Vice President, Product Management and Product Marketing
As Young Living’s Senior Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing, Kristen Knight brings a wealth of divers experience and education to the position. Kristen has a bachelor’s degree in fashion and a specialized MBA in organizational leadership and strategy.
Kristen has over 25 years of experience driving product management and marketing for several direct selling health and beauty companies, as well as a variety of ecommerce companies. Most recently, she comes from NuSkin Enterprises, where she headed up global marketing communications and content strategy, as well as global customer experience and loyalty. She has also owned her own consulting company where she’s worked with direct selling clients on everything from product strategy to compensation plan to branding.
In addition to serving as a senior vice president, Kristen has been a long-time customer of Young Living and has always admired the company’s mission and products. In particular, she loves White Angelica™ whenever she needs a lift and uses any of the evergreen essential oils when she wants to pamper herself. Kristen loves the great outdoors, especially hiking in the red rocks and wilds of Southern Utah.
Kristen is also a prolific writer, with four novels and a screenplay to her name. From her education in fashion and marketing to her extensive experience in product management, ecommerce, and direct selling to her wide range of personal talents, she’s uniquely well suited to lead Young Living’s efforts in Product Management and Product Marketing.
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 color. 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.
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®.
Vice President of Brand Marketing
As Young Living’s Vice President of Brand Marketing, Shanté Schroeder oversees brand storytelling as well as growing affinity and preference for Young Living’s mission and movement on a mass scale.
Shanté is a former broadcast journalist and brand marketing and communications specialist with a master’s degree in public relations from The Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her innovative way of analyzing problems and solving them with unconventional solutions has earned her numerous awards, including Newhouse’s Top 25 Young Alumni to Watch, Woman of the Year at the 2015 and 2017 American Business Awards, and Utah Business magazine's “30 Women to Watch.”
Shanté has worked for International Sports Broadcasting and as a host broadcaster for the Olympics. She has built brands for Fortune 500 companies and launched award-winning campaigns for clients like Adobe, Citrix, Dell, ESPN, and Time Warner Cable.
She’s lived as an expatriate in Israel, walked the red carpet at the Academy Awards and Emmys, and volunteered in the favelas of Brazil. Shanté enjoys clothing construction and sewing, as well as travel by plane, train, or in her Sprinter van. Her favorite YL products are Peppermint for daytime and Lavenderfor the evening.
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 favorite Young Living product is Jade Lemon Vitality™ because of its unique flavor and because it originates from his home country of Taiwan.
Country Manager, Malaysia
With 15 solid years of experience in advertising and design, Adeline practically lives and breathes branding and brand-building. She made her mark in several 4As agencies, establishing brand leadership and branding strategies for a roster of clients that included distinguished names such as Glaxo SmithKline, Maxis Communications, CIMB Group, Nivea, and Resorts World Genting. Not wanting to constrict herself to only the tried and tested, Adeline left the agency life and took on the role of Regional Category Manager for nutritional supplement for Amway Malaysia. Her 9 years with Amway included a stint where she lent her expertise to the team at the company’s headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Her love for essential oils, especially quality essential oils, led her to Young Living – first as a member, before she was talent-hunted to join the company’s APAC team as Regional Sales and Marketing Director. After only a year in, Adeline was entrusted to lead Young Living Malaysia as its Country Manager – a challenge she relishes and is confident of rising to meet with a big enough heart and with the help of her favorite oils, Thieves®, Purification and R.C. She is a self-confessed cooking show junkie who is still trying to spend more time in the kitchen than in front of the television. When she is not 'cooking by proxy’, Adeline actively pursues her passion in charitable and cause-related works.
Carla Molina Rey
Costa Rica Country Manager
Carla Molina has over 15 years of professional experience in the Direct Selling and Network Marketing industry. With studies in Public Relations and Business Administration and an emphasis in Human Resources, she has focused her management on sales growth in international markets.
Carla and her husband Giovanny have three children; Eric, Adrián and Mónica. In her free time, she loves to cook for her friends and family. Her favorite Young Living essential oil is Abundance.
“I can see a bright and unprecedented future for Young Living in Latin America,” says Carla, “this is a company with heart, conscience and vision. Being an instrument for our essential oils to become an integral part of every Costa Rican household is not only a challenge, but a privilege.”
Country Manager - Africa, Young Living
Kemble is a qualified and registered pharmacist with qualifications in Business that include an IBM (admin) and an MBA. He has 16 years of Direct Selling (Network Marketing/ MLM), product marketing, sales management, strategy and executive decision-making experience throughout the African continent in various industries such as FMCG, Medical and Financial Services. As an entrepreneur, he has managed, marketed and grown market share in all the enterprises he has to date been involved in.
Kemble prides his ability to learn fast and grasp the core focus of any group to truly become an asset in attaining their objectives. His roles have allowed him the freedom to take businesses from startup and incubation phases to fully fledged global companies. With excellent communication, networking and well-developed interpersonal skills, he integrates well within a team and can form trusted relationships.
His strong belief in integrity and team effort has helped him make the right business decisions. Whilst focusing on the job at hand, he can keep an eye on the horizon – growing and adapting organically to the environment that he is placed in.
Kemble is married, has three sons and resides in the greater Johannesburg area of South Africa. His favorite Young Living essential oil is Peppermint.
General Manager, Australia and New Zealand
Young Living welcomes Rick Arnold as the new general manager of Australia and New Zealand. Rick has an outstanding 30-year record in the direct sales industry. He has spent 16 years in corporate management and a further 10 years as a leading distributor with a top-tier industry leader.
Rick holds a Diploma of Education, majoring in science, music, psychology, and English. He also has a Certificate IV in frontline management and holds a graduate certificate in business management from Adelaide University. As GM of Australia and New Zealand, Rick is passionate about Young Living, its unique products, and company philosophy and has a personal connection to its mission.
General Manager, Brazil
Young Living welcomes Carla Marco as the new general manager of Brazil. Carla has 20 years of experience in consumer goods and network marketing, as well as a track record of accomplishments and awards in the beauty and cosmetics industry.
As a leader, Carla is dedicated to transparent management, building others’ potential, and always orienting every effort toward finding solutions. “In my business trajectory,” she said, “I’ve learned that many times the solution is not the path previously designed. You’ve got to read the scenarios at hand and find your own approach to the overall situation before you can discover any real solutions.”
Carla is married and has one son, Vitor. She has a degree in communication, specializing in public relations, and an MBA in business management.
Carla highly recommends using Young Living’s Stress Away™and Highest Potential™essential oil blends.