Our experienced and dedicated board members come from a wide range of backgrounds, each one providing a unique perspective based on their area of expertise. Our board oversees the Young Living Foundation’s work and ensures we are making progress toward our mission by helping guide our strategic vision and advocating for our growth as we look to increase our impact across the world.
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 members 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 Young Living Foundation. She embodies Young Living’s commitment to supporting individuals and communities as they strive to live healthy lifestyles
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.
Tyler was introduced to Young Living in 2018 and started working for the Young Living Foundation as the Impact Analyst. Bringing with him international business and non-profit experience, he quickly moved to managing the partners and programs of the Foundation and is now proud to be serving on the Board of Directors
Having grown up in Utah, Tyler found enjoyment in the mountains and spent much of his free time adventuring in the wild. While in school, he loved leaving behind his boring finance job to connect with the outdoors. This helped instill in him a connection to the natural world and a desire to protect all that it offered. Upon completing his undergraduate in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from the University of Utah, Tyler worked on utility-scale renewable energy projects with the local utility, and in renewable energy markets at the household level.
During this time, he dedicated himself to travel and service where he developed a love of connecting with other people to learn of their cultures, beliefs, languages, and ways of life. After many international internships and volunteering, Tyler decided to continue his career with a master’s degree in International Policy & Development as well as an MBA, both from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. There he rounded out his international experience with consulting for social ventures and non-profit organizations, both in the US and abroad.
When not at work, (and even sometimes when he should be) Tyler enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially his wife and son, who to him are the greatest adventure.
To say that Ben grew up with Young Living would not be an overstatement.
Ben began his career with Young Living in 1998 and put himself through college working the graveyard shift in the Shipping department at the Payson middle school, which at that time was Young Living’s warehouse and headquarters.
After graduating with a business degree from Utah State University, Ben embarked on a more than 20-year journey of direct sales management in markets across the globe. During that time, he was a General Manager in several international markets, including South Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. He also completed his MBA studies at Duke University during this time. 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 our Chief Sales Officer. After a brief stint away, Ben returned in March 2022 as acting President of Young Living.
Ben is happily married. He and his wife share five children, whose ages range from three months to 17 years. Ben is a devoted family man and loves activities with his family.
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.
Susana Armstrong was born and raised in Mexico, where her grandparents taught her about local plants and their properties, helping her to understand nature and be in tune with it.
Susana was a kindergarten teacher for more than 20 happy years, and she has brought that same excitement to empowering the Latino community through her work all over the globe. She channels her passion as a teacher in her new role of helping people to achieve their dreams and reach new heights of personal empowerment.
Susana began her journey with Young Living in 2014 with her starter kit, but it wasn’t until 2017 that she began to share Young Living in earnest. Once she got started, she decided it was time to go all in and pursue Young Living as a career and help others do the same. Three years later, Susana achieved the rank of Royal Crown Diamond. This past March she had her own special Royal Carpet Day at Young Living Headquarters in Utah. She is regularly a guest lecturer at leadership conferences, the last one being the Joy Convention México, 2022. She also organized the first “Armonía” Conference with high-energy keynote presentations that challenge audiences to leverage their focus and pay attention to what matters most in this industry and in life.
Susana recently participated as a speaker at Gold retreat and loves the opportunity to enjoy and grow in our community in every event. Speaking of her YL journey, Susana says, “It has been quite a ride in which I have learned that everyone is meant to achieve what their heart intends.” Susana says, “I adore living in Austin, Texas, with my husband, Pedro, and our two wonderful kids, and creating a community around those we love and meet. We love to be outdoors and to travel.”
Speaking of Young Living, Susana says that “the people you meet through Young Living are the biggest blessing. We have the best corporate team and family at Young Living.”
Danette Goodyear joined Young Living over 15 years ago after hearing Gary Young speak in Dallas, Texas. Upon hearing about Young Living’s commitment to high-quality essential oils and products, she experienced the Young Living farm in France in 2003. There she spent time working the land and watching the Seed to Seal® story unfold with Gary and subsequently became dedicated to the company.
Danette’s husband, Jim, left his role as vice president of sales for a tech company in 2014. Although he intended to go back to work with a startup company, Jim attended the Diamond Retreat later that summer in France and there declared “Diamond is the lifestyle for me!” Now they work together with their YL team and Jim helps educate men on the wellness benefits of all Young Living products. Because of the healthy support products, time, and financial freedom YL has produced, Jim was able to train, start, and finish a 2,700-mile independent mountain bike race from Canada to Mexico!
Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find our gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Danette and Jim wrote: “Young Living has afforded us the opportunity to live a life of wellness, purpose, and abundance. It has been a gift that has changed our lives in amazing ways we could not have anticipated. With this gift comes the responsibility to pay it forward. From the very beginning of the Foundation in 2009, we have supported the mission and vision of the Youngs and The D. Gary Young, Young Living Foundation. It’s a vehicle that allows us the opportunity to share our blessings with individuals around the world and empower them to live lives of freedom, so they can take care of their families and give back to others. It is our great privilege to serve on the board of an organization we love and appreciate so much.”
Crystal and Verick Burchfields’ path took an incredible purpose-filled turn when they began sharing about Young Living with others in 2012. Since then, their “why” has been to not only help others build a healthy home and tap into their callings, but also to provide help to those in need.
Over the years, the Burchfields have put their hearts to work by helping orphaned children, single mothers, inner-city families, and those enslaved in the horrific cycle of human trafficking. After hosting numerous fundraisers and Verick running a marathon to raise awareness for human trafficking, the Burchfields’ dream to facilitate a partnership between the Young Living Foundation and Hope for Justice became a reality. After a trip to Cambodia to see what Hope for Justice is doing to support survivors of modern slavery, they fell in love with the organization’s multifaceted approach and realized that the Foundation may be able to help accelerate its efforts. To their absolute joy, the Foundation welcomed Hope for Justice as a partner organization in 2016, a collaboration that has helped bring awareness to the perils of trafficking to hundreds of thousands of Young Living members.
The Burchfields have servant hearts and they look to help in areas that need hope and light; they feel very humbled to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Our life should be a mentorship. How we live and offer hope through our own daily example and generosity speaks volumes. The Foundation is the heart of Young Living and being partnered with something so dear to the Young’s vision and legacy is a gift each of the members can participate in and give back.” Crystal and Verick look forward to serving Young Living and others around the world in this role.
D. Gary Young, the leader of the essential oil movement, cared deeply about making a difference around the world. Gary was the founder of Young Living Essential Oils and is now the emeritus chairman of the Young Living Foundation.
His love for health, nutrition, and essential oils led to the creation of Young Living Essential Oils; and after 20 years, it has grown into the largest, privately–owned essential oil company in the world. Spreading the message of helping others worldwide to live a healthy lifestyle and be successful is also what led to the creation of the Young Living Foundation in 2009.
Gary passed away on May 12, 2018, but his timeless example and vision continue to guide the Foundation as we look to serve and empower individuals far beyond their present circumstances. Gary has said, "This is what Young Living is about—changing the world one person at a time."
Marcella Vonn Harting & Jim Harting