Meet the team!
Lucy is our company’s Founder and Chief Integrity Officer, who ensures we stay focused on our true north when it comes to brand, customers and product ethics. She’s a companion animal nutritionist who started The Honest Kitchen in her kitchen in 2002. She’s passionate about nutrition and holistic health. Considered an expert in her field, Lucy frequently writes articles, conducts radio and television interviews, and occasionally holds educational seminars for pet owners. She also recently authored Dog Obsessed, a guide to a happier, healthier life for the pup you love.
Company co-founder Charlie only joined the team on a full-time basis in 2007. Prior to joining the team Charlie was a Design Sculptor at Nissan Design America for 10 years, where he sculpted the original design model for the 2004 350Z among many other projects. When Charlie is not cleaning up after the ever growing family (as listed by Lucy) he likes to find time to surf, golf and play soccer among other sporting interests.
Laurette is Procurement Director and THK's first employee! A Massachusetts transplant and guardian to Charlie the Dalmatian and Millie, Laurette and the pups share their lives with husband Mike, and a little boy- Dylan (who’s first word was Dog). Laurette has a strong interest in the healing powers of herbs on our four footed ones, as well as people.
Carmen is our Marketing Director and friend to Abba Zaba, the office jester and wannabe-lapdog. She’s responsible for social media, marketing, and PR. When she's not baking the office goodies like her famous 'Abba Zaba' cheesecake, she's plotting road trips with her two-legged and four-legged friends in her trusty Jeep.
Liana is our Operations and Logistics specialist and is originally from Boise, ID. Liana enjoys cooking with her husband and playing Tennis. She's also friend to Alo the cat and Molly, a Retriever, Collie rescue.
San Diego native & customer service specialist, Liz has quite the pack with Felix, the adventure pug, Padfoot, long-legged Pointer mix & Draco Beetlejuice, the slightly evil long-hair kitty. When Liz isn’t hiking with her pups or shopping for the newest pet toys, she’s traveling to far off destinations in search of the perfect beach. When home she enjoys taking in the culture of San Diego, exploring one of our many beautiful parks or checking out the best venues for live music, local craft beer and food!
Michael is our fearless Chief Executive Officer, who manages overall operations, strategy and business development, along with his rescued Golden Retriever, Nala. When Nala's not hunting for toys under cabinets, she's climbing on laps and pawing for your attention. Michael & Nala both love the San Diego beaches where Michael surfs and kayaks, while Nala rides the waves to fetch just about anything.
Raquel, our Field Marketing Manager, is a SoCal native who loves the outdoors, spending time at the dog beach with her four legged kiddos and playing in a good game of kickball. Her and her husband share a house with their three pups: Ernie, a Miniature Schnauzer who enjoys anything squeaky, Kylie, a JRT/Chihuahua with quite the attitude and Mister Moe Moe, a Chihuahua with a never ending appetite!
Chris joins us as part of our Customer Service team and is another San Diego local. With 3 cats at home, he hopes he isn't considered a 'crazy cat guy'. He recently went back to school for a certification in Nutritional Therapy after graduating from UCSD. Chris is a music enthusiast, aspiring blogger and a huge sports fan, especially to our hometown Padres and Chargers. Last but surely not least, he is a proud new daddy!
Kate, a Wisconsin native, is our Digital & Ecommerce Manager and frisbee-tosser extraordinaire to Blue, her boxer mix rescue. After a couple of years in Washington DC, Kate and Blue now enjoy exploring the San Diego beaches armed with her camera and Blue's frisbee. In addition to digital media, Kate has also tried her hand at dolphin training in Hawaii and sheep herding in New Zealand.
Jerry joins the team as director of production and is based in Chicago, Il. He is pictured here with Ollie, but is daddy to Gracie an 8 year old rare breed Glen of Imaal Terrier. With extensive manufacturing background and limited free time, he enjoys walking, biking, and cooking and not necessarily in that order.
Amanda, our NorCal and Oregon territory sales rep, hails from the beautiful San Francisco bay area. A lifelong animal lover and advocate, she currently caters to the whims of Crockett, a senior citizen German Shepherd, Desmond, a pointer-comedian mix, and Phoebe, the cat that keeps them both in line. In her free time, she prefers to be outside, exploring the rugged beaches or hiking in the coastal woods with her two and four legged family.
Wendy is our NYC and NJ territory sales rep. She is married with two teenagers and also mom to Boo, an 8 year old Shih Tzu. Wendy is a cancer survivor who believes in playing it forward and volunteers with: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Humane Society, Athletic Coach and Football Booster Club. In her free time, she loves to travel, play tennis and yoga.
Steve Donzelli is the Vice President of Sales and joins us with his 4 year old Goldendoodle, Mulligan and 6 year old rescue Cockapoo/Terrier, Salty. Steve is originally from Chicago (Go Bears!) but resides in Parker, Colorado. He is the extremely proud father of 2 amazing boys; Peter and Michael. Steve enjoys exercising, reading, golfing and doing anything with his kids!
Demetria is our Director of Sales - central and she loves living in Chicago. She also loves all things Chicago Bears, sci-fi, and music. When not working to help pets eat healthy goodness, Demetria prefers to work on writing music with her husband, and enjoys play time with her preschool daughter.
Chris joins the team as the Director of Product Management. In addition to his amazing wife, he has two beautiful little girls who like to chase Amelia, the family cat of 17 years, around the house. Chris and his family love the outdoors & all that San Diego has to offer but on the side he enjoys his summer garden, cooking, craft beer, taking in the latest films at the Ken, and the San Diego Chargers.
Sara is our Marketing & Content Specialist. As a dog lover, she is so excited to work for a company that is passionate about producing healthy pet food. Originally from Florida, she and her husband are new parents to a baby girl and love to enjoy the beautiful weather and all that San Diego and the West Coast has to offer. Their rescue pup Kona often joins them on their hiking, camping and beach adventures.
As our Territory Sales Manager- Central Gulf, Roxy joined THK in 2014 and is mom to Almond(Pomeranian) and Lentil (Chihuahua). She has worked in the natural foods industry for the last fifteen years and has recently received certification as a master herbalist. Roxy has a passion for music , southern cooking and traveling. She spends her spare time joking around with her husband and her two fur kids.
Stephanie, a Dallas native and current resident of Austin, joins us as our Territory Sales Rep for Texas. She and her husband have an adopted family including boxer/beagle mix Wrigley, terrier/whippet mix Landry, and parking lot cat Penguin. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys hiking and kayaking the Texas hill country with her pups, taking in Austin's culture, and cooking for family and friends.
Cara Nordin joins us from San Francisco as Head of Natural Channel Sales with her 2 rescued felines - Sophie, a 5 1/2 year old Tabby and Luna, a 3 year old Calico who often gets called "Tuna" for her love of food. Cara is an avid foodie who enjoys traveling to tropical destinations, is a beach buff and loves being outdoors with her 12 year old son, Camden.
Southern California Sales Manager, Ashley followed the sunshine to California from the Midwest after receiving her degree in Nutrition Education & Community Health from KU. She is a loving mom to Brooklyn, a bright spirited brown Boston Terrier. When not working with stores and representing THK in the community, she loves to spend quality time with her boys biking, hiking, or cooking.
Mike is our Chief Marketing Officer - a veteran of the outdoor, bike and sporting goods industries who has a big love for pets, especially dogs. Mike and his wife Cara are proud parents of their 5 year old daughter Camilla and their one year old pooch Cosmo. Steck loves to ski, mountain bike, trail run, and surf. He always finds time to raise a pint glass with friends in the craft beer mecca’s of San Diego and his hometown Portland, OR.
Missy is one of the amazing Customer Service Representatives. She and her soul-mutt Waylin have been a family since 2008 when she found him in college. They love to hang out at coffee shops, go to dog beaches, and hike in their spare time. Missy was born and raised in Chicago, but is a huge San Francisco Giants fan...go figure! She has always been an animal lover and is living her dream working for a great company that employs human and their dogs!
Jake is our VP of Operations and his goal is to optimize our supply chain and keep our products moving safely and timely. Jake is friend to Clara, his family’s lovable and high energy puggle (named after Santa Clara University, where he and his wife met). When not in the office, Jake tries to keep up with his two children while enjoying the warm San Diego weather and everything the area has to offer.
Nicole joins us as our Controller and head bean counter. On the weekends, Nicole enjoys walking Lake Murray with both her friends and pups, Zero and Mika. She loves yoga, soaking in the Southern California sunshine, spending time with her husband and their fur kids, and the occasional glass of sangria with a good meal!
Katie is Director of Sales for Strategic Accounts and lives in Denver with her pals, Lola & Gordo. While Gordo is more of an indoorsy guy, Lola & Katie love playing in the mountains. Lola's freestyle frisbee moves rival those of the top snowboarders in the state. Katie also enjoys running, yoga, and gardening.
Brandy, our administrative extraordinaire, is a dog mom to four pint sized dogs: Donnatella the Maltese, Ernie the Yorkie-Maltese mix, Trixie the Yorkie and Rico the Chihuahua. When she’s not defending her personal space from four dogs who know no boundaries, Brandy enjoys anything fitness related and being outdoors in the San Diego sunshine.
Christine Bussewitz, a North Carolinian transplant residing in Boston, is our Northeastern Territory Manager. When Christine isn’t spoiling her fur-niece Benny or perusing dog parks with friends, she can be found at the local Candlepin bowling alley. Christine also loves college football, Zumba, shopping for home décor, and making grand travel plans.
Michelle joins The Honest Kitchen team as Customer Service Lead. In addition to most excellent wife of the universe, she is momma to Cornelius the adorable (a 78% cacao pittie) and Nigel the beautiful (a polydactyl orange tabby) and 3 chooks. In her spare time, she reads animal behavior books, bakes up a storm and gardens like the wolf. A woooo!
Collin joins The Honest Kitchen as the Mid Atlantic Territory Sales Manager. He enjoys cooking, golfing, friends and family as well as anything on water. While his pup Henry loves playing with (and destroying) tennis balls, frisbees, and testing toys that claim to be indestructible.
Our Midwest Territory Manager Sara is married with a son, Pierce, and two furry members of the family, adopted kitty Egypt and Maltese mix Sherlock. When not serving up THK, she is a lover of all things vintage and can be caught restoring a '61 Comet or helping with fundraisers for Peace for Pits, where she was featured in their 2015 calendar.
Elwin pictured with Peach, joins The Honest Kitchen as the Internal Sales Support Analyst. In his free time you can find him hitting the gym, reading star wars blogs or performing improv.
Katie joined The Honest Kitchen as Staff Accountant in 2015. As a graduate from The University of Kansas, she recently moved to San Diego from Aspen, CO. She enjoys going to the beach, hiking, camping and traveling.
Drew has been in the pet product industry for over 14 years, and would never leave! She attended Columbia College in Chicago where she received a B.A. in Fashion Design, but soon after relocated to Michigan where her career in the pet industry began. As Director of Sales and Marketing for a grooming product manufacturer she realized this is where her heart, and passion lied. She loves boating, football, being outdoors, making jewelry, having dinner with friends and hanging out with her two Yorkies Charlie Bones and Duffy Killer.
Ashley is our mountain territory sales manager. A bay area native, she's called Colorado home for the past 12 years and represents THK from Evergreen, CO. She is best friend and proud mama to Nuke the handsome rescue golden/Pyrenees and Angus (aka Lord Pussington) the bossy Persian feline. Ashley is also a co-founder and active member of an animal rescue organization specializing in providing superior end of life care for homeless senior dogs and cats. You'll always find her playing in the mountains on skis, trail running, or training for triathlons.
Cam joins The Honest Kitchen as the Central Northeast Territory Sales Manager. Cam is an Ohio State Buckeye that loves traveling to ski and scuba dive. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, grilling-out with friends, and jogging with his buddy Muskie. Muskie is a 5-year-old Golden Retriever who has two favorite things: jogging through the woods and The Honest Kitchen.
Joey joins the team as Logistics Manager after spending a decade attending/working at the University of San Diego. Aside from a love of efficient operating procedures, he enjoys exercising, watching baseball, and eating too much Mexican food. You can also find him playing on one of San Diego’s many beautiful golf courses. He and his fiancée are planning on welcoming a kitten to the family after they get married in September 2016.
Jordan joins the Honest Kitchen team as Marketing Coordinator. She is a Bay Area native, but moved down to San Diego in 2012. In her spare time, you'll find her hiking San Diego's trails, baking cookies for the office or hanging out with her rescue pup, Lil' Bean. She is a big fan of the San Jose Sharks, sushi and traveling to new places.
Erin joins The Honest Kitchen team as the Accounts Specialist. She is mom to Lola, a spaniel dachshund mix she rescued as a college graduation gift to herself. In her free time, you can find Erin at the gym or on a softball field. She also loves soaking in the beautiful San Diego weather by catching a San Diego Padres game or sitting on restaurant patios for brunch.
Ruth joins The Honest Kitchen as a Chicago Area Field Coordinator. She is pet Mom to Archie the French Bulldog, Ivann the adopted wheelchair rolln' Chiweenie, Swarley the Pugshund, Yoshi the cat, and Ka the Ball Python. In her free time, Ruth enjoys working as a freelance makeup artist and hunting for industrial pieces for her home. The "boys" love to help her in their garden, explore dog friendly bars/restaurants, attend local Frenchie meet-ups and help raise money for other differently-abled dogs.
Bonnie joins the team as our Canadian Sales person. She has been in the pet industry for over 13 years and loves it! She lives just outside Toronto with her husband Jermaine and two amazing and active kids. In her free time she enjoys yoga, volleyball and watching her kids participating in basketball and track & field.
Emily comes to The Honest Kitchen as the Pacific Northwest Territory Manager. In addition to having a tremendous familiarity with the region, stores and sales processes, Emily has been feeding The Honest Kitchen to her own fur family for quite some time. She is a proud mom of two teenagers (Ian and Thane) and two dogs (Ruby and Oreo). When Emily’s not chasing them around, she can be found doing yoga, practicing headstands or walking around parks trying to find Pokémon stops.
Sarah is a Chicago native and a long time dog enthusiast who recently discovered she is also a cat person. She's claimed by 2 dogs and 2 cats, and her daughter Anna. When she's not teaching her daughter how to ride horses or training her young dog to be a PTSD emotional support dog for her significant other, Sarah enjoys creative writing and taking the boat out on the lake. She's also a huge fan of bacon.
Dale is originally from Ohio but resides in North Carolina. He is a Veteran of the United States Army in which he served as a Infantry Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. During this time, he completed multiple combat tours to Afghanistan. He has his bachelors degree from Methodist University and has been in the pet industry for 6 years. Dale enjoys working out, spending time with his wife and son, and doing endless projects around his home. He has a Rescue Boxer, Swagger and a French bulldog named Winston.
Dr. Mahaney VMD, CVA, CVJ is one of our veterinary consultants. He's proud to partner with The Honest Kitchen to help educate canine and feline owners about the health merits of feeding human-grade, whole-food based diets and treats in replacement of most commercially available, processed pet foods made with feed-grade ingredients. You can read more about Dr. Mahaney here.
Dr. Alvarez DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCHM is an independent veterinary consultant for The Honest Kitchen. She is an integrative veterinarian, utilizing both conventional and holistic modalities and is employed at the renowned Animal Medical Center* in New York City. Dr Alvarez’ work with The Honest Kitchen includes contributing content for educational materials and assisting with vet communications. You can read more about Dr. Alvarez here.