Management Team

D. Gary Young (1949–2018)

Founder of Young Living Essential Oils and father of the modern-day essential oils movement

Part inventor and part historian, D. Gary Young understood the untapped potential of nature. His research took him to the farthest corners of the earth, where he pursued the healing wisdom and extracted the natural properties of flowers, herbs, trees, and plants—bottling them into the world’s largest line of essential oils, blends, and oil-infused products.

Raised in a one-bedroom cabin in the mountains of Idaho, Gary understood the value in simplicity, and he developed his essential oil solutions with complete and total purity as the goal. After learning about varying distillation techniques, he worked to develop the Seed to Seal® quality commitment—a philosophy ensuring all oils maintain their natural integrity and potency, connecting people to plants like never before.

Gary built Young Living out of his deep conviction that essential oils have power and that through proper advocacy, we can act as the bridge that connects people back to nature.

Mary Young

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mary Young plays an active role in Young Living’s day-to-day business, providing direction to the Executive team and employees. She also plays a vital role in mentoring and empowering customers as they share the mission and benefits of Young Living with the world.

Mary was introduced to the direct-selling industry in 1985, and within two years she had cultivated and built a successful multimillion-dollar organization. Since the inception of Young Living, Mary has combined her expansive knowledge and experience in the direct-selling industry and hands-on approach to help Young Living become—and remain—the world leader in essential oils.

Mary is also instrumental in Young Living’s philanthropic endeavors, and she leads global outreach efforts through the D. Gary Young Foundation. She embodies Young Living’s commitment to supporting individuals and communities as they strive to live healthy lifestyles.

Ben Riley


Ben Riley has more than 20 years of experience in the direct selling industry and a long history with Young Living. He began his career with Young Living in 1998 and put himself through college working the graveyard shift in the shipping department at Young Living's warehouse and headquarters.

After graduating with a business degree from Utah State University, and earning an MBA from Duke University, Riley embarked on a 15-year journey of direct sales management in markets across the globe. Ben has served as VP of leadership at Visi, VP of sales at Avon in Australia and New Zealand, managing director for 4Life ANZ, and general manager for Melaleuca ANZ.

Ben also worked as an expatriate in Taiwan and South Korea and speaks fluent Korean and some Mandarin. In total, he has spent more than 10 years building businesses internationally.

He returned to Young Living in 2016 as the regional president of North America. In 2017, he was named executive vice president of global sales, and in 2018 he became Young Living's chief sales officer. Most recently, Riley was a management consultant for Strategic Leadership Partners, and prior to that he served as chief sales officer at Younique where he helped the company grow and expand its direct selling sales force.

Ben is married with five children and enjoys hiking and camping with his family. His personal interests include golf, road and mountain cycling, reading, and traveling. Ben’s favorite Young Living products rotate regularly, but his current go-to is Young Living’s Believe essential oil blend.

Prasad Gankanda

Chief Operating Officer

Prasad Gankanda was born in Sri Lanka. He learned English while attending Trinity College, a Sri Lankan British boarding school, and began pursuing a pilot’s license while still in high school. At the age of 19, he packed two suitcases and left his home to travel to Logan, Utah, where he earned a degree at Utah State University in mechanical and aerospace engineering. He continues to call Utah home.

Prasad’s thorough understanding of engineering has equipped him to successfully troubleshoot a wide variety of business challenges spanning operations, new market development, and global sales. His signature highly energy translates into high efficiency and productivity throughout his team—a team recognized for producing world-class results. His current team spans the globe at Young Living, where he oversees all revenue and sales operations.

Prasad’s go-to products include Valor® and Highest Potential™ essential oil blends.

Kelly Case

Chief of Staff

Kelly has been a valued member of the Young Living team for more than 15 years. 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 before being promoted to executive assistant to the company’s founders, D. Gary and Mary Young, 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, provided advice, and bridged communications across disciplines to create a cohesive environment.

Kelly continues to serve as a strategic advisor, trusted voice, and sounding board to the executive team and CEO Mary Young, though now she plays a more visible role among the corporate staff and in the company’s strategic day-to-day decisions.

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.

Melissa Bishop

Chief Financial Officer

Melissa Bishop joined Young Living with an extensive background in Finance and Accounting. Before accepting the position of CFO, she spent four years as the head of our Global Tax department ensuring that we remain compliant in all our markets and has been a key participant in launching 10 new markets over the past two years. Melissa is a collaborator and out of the box thinker who loves being part of a team and working to find creative solutions to problems.

Melissa received her Masters of Accountancy with an emphasis on Tax from Brigham Young University and is a Certified Public Accountant. She has 15 years of experience in the direct sales industry, as well as four years of experience working in public accounting for both Arthur Andersen and KPMG. Prior to joining Young Living, Melissa worked for another direct sales company as their Chief Financial Officer. She has also served as the past president of the Utah chapter of the American Women’s Society of CPAs.

Growing up, Melissa helped her father with everything from hanging drywall to changing the brakes on her car. Learning these skills allowed her to build trust in herself and her abilities and gave her the confidence she needed to succeed. Outside of work, Melissa is an avid reader and will read anything from sci-fi to fantasy to romance to mysteries. She is very musical and can often be found playing the piano or singing; the latter has led her across the world from San Diego to Budapest to Zagreb. She loves to travel, try new foods, garden, scuba dive, and work on DIY projects.

One of Melissa’s favorite Young Living products is Zyng for a burst of natural energy and a quick pick-me-up. At the end of the day, she loves to diffuse a blend of Cedarwood and Lavender for a warm and comforting scent, and never leaves home without a bottle of Peppermint oil paired with a roller top.

Colby Olds

Executive Vice President, Social Impact

Colby Olds joined Young Living with more than 25 years of experience working with a wide array of accomplished field leaders throughout the direct selling industry. Before starting at Young Living in 2018, Colby was instrumental in creating our Essential Oils magazine and developing the Premium Starter Kit.

Colby notes, “Young Living is full of healthy and happy stories that deserve to be shared. Young Living’s greatest asset is our brand partners. Their passion and energy combined with our Seed to Seal premium essential oils is what makes Young Living attractive to so many around the world. Improving our brand partners’ ability to be impactful ambassadors for our essential oils is my number one goal. It’s an honor to join Mary and the Young family on this important movement. I am humbled and thrilled to join with Joe, Prasad and the entire executive team on this endeavor, and look toward the blue oceans that lie ahead."

Outside of work, Colby loves to ice fish and spend time with his family; his wife of 26 years and their four children. He also lives, breathes, and bleeds blue for the Dallas Cowboys. Sacred Mountain essential oil blend grounds him with imagery of alpine vistas and majestic meadows. Peppermint is his go-to oil that he uses throughout the day when in need of clarity and focus.

Joe Walker

Executive Vice President, Infrastructure

Joe Walker was born and raised in both Utah and California on a military base and spent his summers in Woodland, Utah, working in his grandparents’ country store and learning the value of hard work. He attended Kearns High School in Salt Lake City and then attended Brigham Young University.

Before joining the corporate world, Joe had the entrepreneurial spirit and owned a successful printer business with sales averaging $500,000 a year. He then continued in the Information Technology field, working for Word Perfect, Novell, Nature’s Way, and now Young Living for nearly 12 years, giving him 28 years of experience in the IT field.

When he is not working, Joe enjoys outdoor activities, riding motorcycles, snowmobiling, and supporting the Utah Jazz

Kevin McMurray

General Counsel

As Young Living’s general counsel, Kevin holds 25 years of experience as a lawyer in the direct-selling industry, bringing to Young Living a deep understanding of the direct-selling model and the laws and regulations that impact it. He began his legal career as an assistant staff judge advocate in the United States Air Force and then as a special assistant U.S. attorney.

Over the years he’s served actively in the Lawyers Council and the Government Relations Committee of the U.S. Direct Selling Association (DSA). Kevin is a past president and former member of the board of directors of the Mountain West Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). He received his Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University School of Law and his LL.M. degree in international business transactions from the McGeorge School of Law (University of the Pacific).

Outside of work, Kevin spends time with his family, reads historical novels, and watches historical movies and documentaries. As an avid hockey fan, he can often be found playing competitive men’s league hockey. His favorite Young Living products include Peace & Calming®, Idaho Grand Fir, Manuka, Ylang Ylang, KidScents® KidPower™, Frankincense, and Helichrysum.