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
As President and Chief Operating Officer, Joe Cannon brings to Young Living the experience of a long, distinguished career in law, business, and policy.
Joe graduated with honors from Brigham Young University Law School and began practicing law in 1978. Within a few short years of joining the Washington, D.C. practice of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, he began to make a name for himself in public policy. In 1981 he began work for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Reagan administration. He served until 1985. During that time, he was a presidential appointee with Senate confirmation. His responsibilities ranged from enforcing air-quality standards to developing economic incentives for companies to cut down on pollution. While at the EPA, Joe played an instrumental role in removing lead from gasoline. During this time, Joe also became a partner at the prestigious D.C. law firm Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, specializing in environment, natural resources, energy, and administrative law.
In his native home of Utah, Joe has also left an indelible footprint. As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Geneva Steel, he oversaw the reopening of this major Utah employer and its operations from 1987 through 2001. In the local cultural and political sphere, he served as the editor of the Deseret News, a major daily newspaper in Salt Lake City, as well as serving on the board of directors, the Utah Symphony, the Utah Opera, and the Utah Transit Authority. He has also served on the board of trustees for the Salt Lake Olympic Organizing Committee and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Joe has served as a member of the United States Holocaust Council and as a trustee of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Now as Young Living’s COO, Joe is making a mark locally and globally by optimizing Young Living operations to better serve our community around the world. Joe’s favorite products are NingXia Red® and Stress Away™ for the office and Lavender and Frankincense for his diffuser at home.
While Joe has maintained an extraordinarily active career, he has always prioritized his family first, which includes his wife, Jane; seven children; and 23 grandchildren.
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.
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.
With over 15 years of experience working on program design and curriculum development, long-term impact evaluation, youth empowerment models, and fundraising with underserved communities in the nonprofit sector and the U.S. government, Jackie Skinner brings deep knowledge and passion to the Young Living Foundation. Her professional background includes working in conflict zones, informal settlements, tribal areas, and townships in various parts of the world.
“I’m thrilled to join the Young Living Foundation, and it’s an honor to step into this role for an organization that has incredible visionary leadership, starting with Co-Founder and CEO Mary Young. I’m looking forward to working with our projects and partners and the amazing Young Living members worldwide to continue to grow the mission of the Foundation.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Jackie served as the director of operations at Goals for Girls, which conducts leadership development programs for young women around the world. During Jackie’s 10 years at this Washington D.C.-based nonprofit, she founded the Goals for Girls Leadership Summit, a platform for teaching young women how to create change in their communities. This summit is now running on an annual basis in India, South Africa, and the United States.
Additionally, Jackie served as a grant specialist on a USAID contract in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Office of Food for Peace and she’s led sports diplomacy exchanges with the U.S. Department of State. She has also lived and worked in Uganda with HELP International, leading and supporting a team of U.S.-based volunteers focused on creating community impact projects with local partners.
Jackie has an incredible passion for mentoring youth. She is a teacher at heart and studied social science teaching and international development at Brigham Young University. In Jackie’s free time, she enjoys being in nature. She’s trained in wilderness survival, loves to white-water kayak, and can be regularly found in the Utah mountains hiking with her dog, Rosie.
Carol and Ben, who spend most of their home time in a small town on Vancouver Island, say their favorite part about working with Young Living is being able to help improve the quality of life for someone else. Carol goes on to say, “I love seeing when people have that ‘light bulb moment’ as they advance in their personal development.”
Young Living products aren’t the only change that this business brought to the Howdens. Carol says that in the past she was a shy, introverted person. “Then I discovered that when you care more than you fear, you speak up,” she says. “I have no doubts about what I’m sharing, and the reward is always far greater than any fear.”
Carol and Ben agree that Young Living has provided them with a wonderful, fulfilling life. “We love to travel, experience other cultures, and spend time with family.” Because of their experiences with this business and its people, Carol says, “Our lives will be forever changed, and we remain forever grateful.”
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