What’s Up, USANA? is written by a team of regular bloggers and frequent contributors from within USANA and beyond. Daily content keeps readers in tune with the latest and greatest USANA happenings.
Here’s a list of our current contributors — click on any name to find out more about them and see what they’ve been up to lately!
Learn more about all our contributors below.
As a PR specialist, Allie works closely with USANA's 1,000+ elite and Olympic athletes, developing content for Team USANA's social media channels. She's also a devoted Portland Trail Blazer fan, mother to the cutest little boy and a cookie connoisseur, who will, without a doubt, survive the zombie apocalypse.
Amanda Tutty is network development coordinator in New Zealand.
Amy Haran is USANA's executive director of communications.
Angie Larsen is the new Senior Manager of Corporate Relations at USANA Health Sciences. She spent the past 14 years working as a News Anchor, Reporter and TV Talk Show Host at ABC 4 News in Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She lives in Herriman, Utah with her two energetic, entertaining boys.
Ashley is USANA's executive director of public relations and social media.
Aubrie is an associate wellness coordinator at USANA.
Austin is a USANA Assistant Marketing Manager. He is a family man, lifelong learner, and always striving for life-balance. He loves staying active through tennis, snowboarding, and chasing his kids. "Dream it. Do it!"
Ben Raskin is a communications writer for USANA Health Science. He enjoys fishing, hiking, tacos and rooting for the San Diego Padres.
Brian Dixon is the Executive Director of Health and Science Education. Brian earned a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Oregon State University, where he focused his research on the underlying biochemical mechanisms of the aging process and the therapeutic potential of lipoic acid. “Nutrition has always been close to my heart,” Dr. Dixon says. “I joined the USANA scientific team for their unyielding and uncompromising edict to produce the highest quality science-based health products in the industry."
Brian is the executive director of communications for the USANA True Health Foundation. He spent his first ten years working with USANA Studios and looks forward to his next ten or twenty making amazing happen with the Foundation.
Cameron is a writer, editor, translator, dreamer, and gentleman lover. He is the accomplished writer of “That One Blog You’ve Never Really Heard Of” as well as The Lament of Poppin’ Fresh and roughly 15 other unfinished novels. He likes to do a lot of crazy things around the office in the name of his art. He interprets the term “art” very loosely.
Camille is a USANA senior marketing manager. She oversees USANA's line of Nutritionals.
As a graduate of Public Health and Economics, Cindy is passionate about finding ways to do business while preserving the integrity of the environment. She loves life and enjoys the outdoors, but isn't fond of the winter as she is a "tropical soul" originally from a city along the equator.
As chief communications officer, Dan Macuga is in charge of USANA’s award-winning PR and social media department. He has helped expand USANA’s global marketing reach and helped the company achieve record growth in sales.
As USANA’s CEO, Dave Wentz directs and maintains the vision and integrity of USANA as it continues to grow. He manages the company’s executive team, works closely with the board of directors, and oversees the corporate governance required of a publicly traded company.
Dave Baker is a communications writer at USANA Health Sciences.
Doug Braun is USANA's chief marketing officer.
Dr. Heather Tick
Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of Americans revitalize their health. A leader in integrative medicine, Dr. Tick combines both modern science and research-backed traditions of complementary medicine to help patients reach the peak of health. Author of Holistic Pain Relief and an integrative pain practitioner for over 30 years, Dr. Tick serves at the forefront of research and teaching as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, as well as a USANA nutrition expert.
Elysia is the Communications Traffic Coordinator for the USANA.
Emily is a writer for USANA's creative services department. She is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Erica is a Social Media Content Specialist for USANA Health Sciences. She recently graduated college with a degree in Health, Society & Policy. She loves puzzles, Legos, watching Star Wars, and studying epidemiology and infectious diseases for fun (really).
Jeff Robertson is a & member of USANA's Quality department and of USANA Green. He believes in making sure that there is "room for all at the table".
Jen Groover, business expert and inventor of the popular Butler Bag, helps new entrepreneurs on the path to success. Her name has become synonymous with innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2012 she became a spokesperson for USANA Health Sciences (http://www.usana.com), a worldwide leader in customized nutrition.
A WNBA all-star and Olympic gold medalist, Jennifer Azzi won an NCAA basketball championship at Stanford University and was honored with both the Naismith and Wade trophies for athletic excellence. She was well known at the collegiate and professional levels for her athleticism, leadership, and skill. Off the court, Jennifer has applied her knowledge of health and wellness to create Azzi Training, a program focused on total health and life balance. She is a successful USANA Associate and a strong supporter of the RESET™ weight-management program developed by USANA.
Jim Bramble is USANA's chief legal officer and general counsel.
Dr. John Cuomo is USANA's Executive Director of Product Development and Technology. He holds over 20 United States and European patents and is the author of numerous scientific papers.
For more than two decades, USANA Influencer Kathy Kaehler has been a trusted expert in the national media spotlight, helping everyone from the soccer mom to the celebrity superstar get in shape and adopt a healthy lifestyle. For more tips from Kathy, go to www.kathykaehler.net.
Katie is currently a cat-less cat lover who enjoys camping, hiking, exploring and naps. She also has a strange interest in animal attacks, green juice and Skittles. When not writing for The Hub, USANA newsletter or the blog, she can be found at the zoo or curled up with a good book.
As President of USANA, Kevin oversees all of the operations, marketing, and recognition for the company worldwide.
Lisa frequently brings (healthy) baked goods to the office to make meetings better. She is a Fringe addict and rates USANA International Convention as one of her top 5 annual events.
As vice president of U.S. field development, Lori Truman is responsible for developing strategies to grow sales within the assigned territories, and coaching and developing new entrepreneurs.
Mallory has been a valuable member of the Public Relations team for six years, working to build strong, long-lasting relationships with a variety of USANA’s incredible influencers. Away from the office, she finds immense joy playing with her dog Shakespeare (she loves that pooch), watching sappy romantic movies and reading crime novels.
As a writer at USANA, Matt enjoys crafting words and sharing the USANA vision. When he isn't busy writing, he spends his spare time by his mailbox eagerly awaiting his Hogwarts acceptance letter. He knows he'll make a glorious Hufflepuff one day.
Melissa is a writer in USANA's creative department.
Melissa Fields is the former manager of USANA's Diet and Energy lines and the Fueling Fit blog on What's Up, USANA?
Missy Bird is USANA's internal communications coordinator and is obsessed with her two miniature Dachshunds.
Misty Dangel is a poet by day and a rockstar by night. She is a hard-working single mom of two wild and crazy kids who frantically try keeping up with her. She has been publicly relating for close to twelve years and loves her amazing job at USANA. Misty firmly believes that monkeys will take over the world at any given moment.
As a copywriter in USANA's creative department, Nick loves the opportunity to flex his creative writing skills by regularly contributing to What's Up USANA — even if that means researching science- and health-related topics he might otherwise be completely unfamiliar with. He totally gets that there's no place on the blog for random pop culture and reality television facts … for now, that is.
Russ Barton MS, CNS, CISSN
Joining USANA in 1997, Russ Barton is a member of the USANA Health and Science Education team, and the man behind Ask the Scientist. He earned a Master's Degree in nutritional science from BYU in 1993. He is a Certified Nutrition Specialist with the American College of Nutrition and a Certified Sports Nutritionist with the International Society of Sports Nutrition.
Samantha is the Online Outreach and Education Specialist for USANA Health Sciences.
I have worked for USANA for just over 20 years now in many departments, including Creative Services, Marketing, and Communications. I moved to the Communications team two years ago to focus on improving our employee communications. Since then, we have launched global employee newsletters and USANAverse, our employee intranet. My responsibilities expanded in 2014 to include managing communications for our field. I also stay busy as a wife and a mother of three beautiful children. I love USANA and all that it has allowed me to do.
As copywriter in USANA’s creative department, Scott writes things. When he’s not writing things, he’s either reading or watching things. He is an avid consumer of all sorts of media. He is also an ardent fan of the Utah Jazz and the Denver Broncos and an unwilling fan of the Colorado Rockies. He tries not to get his hopes up, but he’s still disappointed every single season.
As vice president of media and events, Shawn McLelland is responsible for USANA’s award-winning media products and events.
Steve is a PR Specialist at USANA who is in charge of all the many awards and accolades the company receives, as well as writing press releases and product pitches. Steve also won the Gold Medal for writing at the totally real Blog-lympics, so naturally, he occasionally contributes to the universe's greatest blog, What's Up USANA. During his spare time, Steve likes to spend his weekends at his lake house where he sends love letters to Sandra Bullock (who is two years in the past) through a mailbox. Steve also has two cats that are way better than your cats and loves writing in the third person.
Advancement Writer at USANA Health Sciences. Love interviewing Associates and having the opportunity to tell their success stories.
Tim oversees operations of USANA’s award-winning social media department, focusing on increasing community engagement and working to ensure the company’s social media efforts are in line with overall corporate objectives. He is a former sports journalist and current Cubs fan.
Toni McKinnon is an RN, CCRP, R&D Research Nurse, and Director of the Health and Science Education Department at USANA.
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