Shawn Donnille CEO and Co-Owner At Mountain Rose Herbs since 1999
Shawn first became involved with Mountain Rose Herbs as a passionate young idealist with a fervent desire to change the world. He was the town’s notorious rabble rouser, always petitioning for mandatory labeling on genetically modified food crops, encouraging people to support a strong conservation ethic, fighting for the protection of endangered or threatened species, and the protection and enhancement of our riparian areas. When Mountain Rose Herbs came into his life, Shawn saw it as an opportunity to change the way business is conducted on this planet. To this day, the revolutionary business principles that Shawn initiated have been used as a successful model by countless other organizations around the world.
Shawn became co-owner of the company in 2001 and since then he has initiated several bold and daring changes, most notably the eradication of all conventionally grown products from our product line, introducing the first line of fair trade certified medicinal herbs in the United States, implementing the design and deployment of our web presence, launching our zero waste program, our charitable giving program, and so much more!
As CEO Shawn currently oversees every aspect of Mountain Rose Herbs along with all of the directors and managers at the company to be sure they are leading the business in a direction we can all be proud of. In addition to this he is intimately connected with developing all of our sustainability initiatives to further enhance and propel bold ideas that are being shared with numerous other corporations, non-profits, state agencies, and civic groups as a working model for success.
In his spare time, Shawn can be found deep within Oregon’s wilderness system, or lost in the pages of any book about ecology and the environment. He currently retains one of the nation’s largest collections of rare and antiquarian books that deal exclusively with nature writing and outdoor literature. With Thoreau, Abbey, and Muir being his favorites, of course!
“All of our environmental issues can be connected to the embarrassing way that business abuses this planet. My objective is to stop this destructive pattern by offering an alternative modality and sharing that modality with others so we can all lead the change necessary to heal the planet”
Julie Bailey President, Co-Owner and Herbalist At Mountain Rose Herbs since 1991
2020 is Julie’s 30th year of Mountain Rose Herbs leadership, and it is with gratitude and deep satisfaction that she looks back over the decades. Fascinated by herbs and healing since childhood, her life has been guided by her passion for nature and wildlife. During the 1980’s she managed herb departments in stores and co-ops, ran vegetarian restaurants, worked at a local health clinic, attended herb classes and studied nutrition, anatomy, physiology and CPR/first aid. In her spare time, Julie led wilderness backpack trips for women and ran a native and medicinal plant nursery.
In the autumn of 1990 Julie began working at Mountain Rose Herbs and within a few months, Julie purchased the tiny company. She spent the next ten years building the foundation and fundamental principles from which Mountain Rose Herbs has grown and flourished.
“Right livelihood, ethical choices, integrity, putting the earth, wildlife and plants first.” Julie strove to create an honorable business that would provide excellent and friendly customer service, high quality herbs and products sourced from reputable and trustworthy farmers, wild-harvesters and vendors. Mountain Rose maintains excellent relationships with many of these farmers and vendors to this day. Recycling, re-use, minimal waste and support of environmental and conservation groups were always part of the mix and continue so today. “I did every job imaginable at Mountain Rose Herbs in those first years: from tech to janitor, shipping to answering phones, and everything in between. My favorites were growing and harvesting the herbs, creating the catalog, and creating new teas and herbal care products.” Julie formulated many of the teas, herbal oils and body care products we offer to this day.
Julie is proud that the company she built has provided livelihoods and careers for many, including Shawn Donnille, who led the launch of our first real website and became part owner in 2001. Thus began many years of Julie and Shawn’s shared leadership, with the vision of plants, planet and people before profit. Their energetic and complementary partnership created the Mountain Rose Herbs we know today.
Renewed by being out of doors, Julie loves to create gardens, take hikes, and observe nature and wildlife. When the weather forces her inside, she reads some of her wonderful collection of books and has stimulating discussions with friends.
Jennifer Gerrity Director of Operations MRH Employee since 2004
Jennifer’s herbal path began during her youth. Inspired by a blossoming interest in gardening and botanical study, she started collecting wild teas and medicines at a young age. She eventually accrued a bachelor’s degree in Plant Science from Rutgers University specializing in plant propagation and agro-business management. During her study there, she focused on tropical agriculture, bioremediation, and tissue culture and continued doing research for the university and the EPA after graduation. Jennifer managed large-scale plant nurseries and propagation centers until settling down in the enchanting state of Oregon, which she now calls her permanent home.
Jennifer remains committed to nurturing her passion for the plant world. Her devotion to learning about new and old world practices through time spent in nature, self-study, and plant cultivation remains deeply ingrained in her lifestyle. Jennifer is a seasoned employee at Mountain Rose Herbs, having served as Director of Human Resources, Operations Manager, and growing into the role of Executive Director of Operations. She assures the overall inner workings of Mountain Rose Herbs by overseeing the staff and production of this vibrant ever-expanding company. In addition, Jennifer oversees and takes special interest in procuring high quality organic herbs, spices, and teas for our customers. Through local, national, and international travel, Jennifer is able to oversee our farms worldwide and build relationships with farmers across the globe. She is also committed to farm development and outreach in the form of special projects such as our Fair For Life projects in Karnataka, and building a domestic market for ethically cultivated American Ginseng.
Jennifer maintains a big-picture overview of the company’s needs and future growth. She relies on her ability to solve problems, multitask, bridge international and interoffice connections, and strengthen efficiency to accomplish this responsibility. In her free time she seeks solace walking amongst the wild Oregon countryside, antiquing in small towns, and delving into the vast and ancient art of distillation and spagyrics. Jennifer’s interests include viticulture, antique collecting, longbow, and shaolin Kung Fu. She is an avid reader and enjoys the comforts of her hand-built home in the woods surrounded by cats, gardens, ponds, and wildlife.
Jennifer’s Favorite Picks:
Krishna Tulsi, American Ginseng, Cypress Salt, Bay Laurel Hydrosol
Cameron Stearns Chief Financial Officer MRH Employee since 2014
Cameron acts as Executive Director of Finance here at Mountain Rose Herbs. More than just a bean counter, she oversees the financial transactions of the company and provides the expert guidance needed to help steer our ship towards a productive, sustainable future. At her core, she is guided by the belief that the nature of business is to serve. To this end, she embraces deeply and happily one of the key tenets upheld by Mountain Rose Herbs, “people and planet before profit” and sets this up as her North Star for navigating the waters of business. Cameron found her way to us through a love for herbal medicine and a compulsion for homecrafting. On her days off, you will most likely find her with her husband, boys, and dogs scrambling across the lava beds in the Cascades or taking a dip in one of Oregon’s fabulous swimming holes.
Cameron’s Favorite Picks:
Tulsi Delight Tea, Lemon Pepper, Himalyan Pink Salt, Aphrodite Aroma Spray, Heart Aroma Oil
Julie DeBord Production Manager MRH Employee since 2001
Julie is a revered veteran at Mountain Rose Herbs and the longest serving staff member at the company. Julie oversees the extraordinarily difficult task of managing the production and packaging of nearly all the products we produce. From our capsules and bottled seasonings, to our clays and herbal teas, many of our products are managed under her astute and dedicated eye. She also oversees our tea and spice formulation, and she is the proud creator of our beloved Herbal Coffee and Firefly Chai. Julie grew up in Ohio and traveled out west to Oregon. She immediately fell in love with the natural beauty, flora, and fauna found here. When she is not hurriedly managing production schedules at our facilities, she can be found hiking our state's numerous wild areas while capturing its majesty on film.
Julie’s Favorite Picks:
Holy Basil Chai, Tulsi Delight, Mint Chocolate Mate, Aloe Vera Gel, Neroli Hydrosol, Lavender Essential Oil, Tea-to-Go Glass Infuser
Kim Christensen Director of Warehouse Operations MRH Employee since 2002
Kim’s role is a true balancing act. She has complete supervisory control over the fulfillment of our customers’ orders, freight receiving, in-house production of herbal products, inventory management, and warehouse logistics and procedures. These daily duties are crucial to keeping Mountain Rose Herbs running smoothly, and she handles them with laser-focused attention to detail and solution-oriented thinking. Surely her master’s degree in professional modern dance and 15 years of teaching contemporary technique and performance has informed her ability to choreograph the complexities of our warehouse workflow. When not swiftly dashing around Mountain Rose Herbs, Kim can be found growing flowers, solving crossword puzzles, and collecting Fire King Jadeite.
Kim’s Favorite Picks:
Dill, Garlic Pepper, Grains of Paradise.
Peggy Hall Donahue Purchasing Manager MRH Employee since 2002
This cherished member of our team has the most magnificent caterwaul of a laugh imaginable! Peggy came to Mountain Rose Herbs with a rich background in herbalism and experience sourcing the finest products. Originally from the Oregon Coast, she manages our Purchasing Department where she oversees the ordering and delivery of containers, oils, extracts, essential oils, books, and so much more. Peggy says, “I just love sharing all the herbal knowledge I have acquired with other people. The best part is when people realize how well it works!” When Peggy is not negotiating contracts, she can be found digging her hands in the garden, making and sharing handcrafted herbal remedies, garage sale hopping for great deals, making art from found objects, hiking, camping, movies, kayaking, gardening, photography, canning, travel, antiques, and being the coolest Nana to her grandkids.
Peggy’s Favorite Picks:
Essential Oils, Culinary Salts, Grateful Heart Tea
Christine Rice Product Manager MRH Employee since 2004
Christine is our Product Manager and our Certified Aromatherapist. A longtime employee with over a decade under her belt, Christine collaborates with almost every department at Mountain Rose Herbs on a daily basis and knows the intimate details of every product that we offer. Christine researches and selects new and exciting herbal products to offer in addition to managing all of our current products. With more than 3,000 product offerings, this is no small task! She also oversees the quality and approval of the essential oils and hydrosols that Mountain Rose Herbs offers. Born and raised in the Midwest, Christine has considered Oregon a home since 2000. When away from the office, she enjoys gardening, running around with her energetic little one, canning and food preservation, homebrewing beer and wine, and spending time outdoors.
Christine’s Favorite Picks:
Essential Oils, Chai Teas, Skullcap Extract
Mike Lasco Facilities Manager MRH Employee since 2006
Mike is everyone’s go-to “Mr. Build-It” hero around Mountain Rose Herbs. As a Certified Facility Manager and member of the International Facility Management Association, Mike oversees the upkeep and maintenance of our buildings, equipment and vehicles, manages our Zero Waste staff and leads our renovation and construction projects. Mike is also a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and our repurposing expert. Growing up in the Chicago area, Mike fell in love with the blues, catching live performances by great artists of our time and always with a camera in hand. A devoted world adventurer with a deep passion for South America, Mike has explored 19 countries, studying the political, social, cultural, and natural beauty of each region. We’re always excited to ogle the gorgeous pictures and hear the fascinating stories he brings back from these grand journeys abroad.
Mike’s Favorite Picks:
Red Rooibos Tea, Chai Tea, Ginseng, Kava Kava, White Sage, Cardamom Pods
Carol Reed Director of Human Resources MRH Employee since 2007
Carol started out in our Customer Service office after more than eight years in the social services field, making her the perfect candidate for our Director of Human Resources at Mountain Rose Herbs. Her role goes beyond simply screening applicants and conducting interviews. Carol stays intimately involved with each of our departments to ensure that we meet the needs of our bustling organization while better serving our staff and customers. Carol's good humor and her lighthearted command of common sense are influenced by sharing a home with five geriatric cats. As an herbalist, Ceremonialist, ordained minister, and gardener she has fostered a profound appreciation of the "Old Ways" through her work with her Elders and has developed a closer connection with her Celtic and Native American heritage. She also has a weakness for neurotic kitties, bad puns, triple shot lattes, and chocolate.
Carol’s Favorite Picks:
Ceylon and Mango Ceylon Teas, Oakmoss and Jasmine Absolutes, Shea Nut Oil, Soapnuts, Cajun Spice Blend, Carribean Spice Blend, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Sweet Cinnamon
Ray Sammartano Terms Department Manager MRH Employee since 2007
Ray is responsible for overseeing our busy Terms Department, which services terms accounts and works with a diverse assortment of customers comprised of manufacturers, retailers, food and restaurant accounts, and buying clubs. A New Jersey native, Ray graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Akron in Ohio. In 2002, he journeyed further west to Oregon out of a desire to live in an environment particularly conducive to progressive values, which eventually led him to Mountain Rose Herbs. As a long-time vegan and animal lover, Ray is passionate about healthy, compassionate, and sustainable living. He co-authored the first of two books on vegan living in 2005. In his spare time, he can be found entertaining his cat Luna, playing guitar, producing electronic music, creating vegan culinary concoctions, riding his bike, and contemplating the future of the planet.
Ray’s Favorite Picks:
Yerba Mate, White Sage, Ancho Pepper powder, Chia Seed, Smoked Paprika, Himalayan Pink Salt, Epicurean Hemp Seed Oil, Lavender Essential Oil
Steven Yeager QA/QC Director MRH Employee since 2007
Originally from Philadelphia, Steven moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994 and has been rooted in Eugene ever since. He has been the QA/QC and Laboratory Manager at Mountain Rose Herbs since 2007. Steven Yeager has been exploring Oregon’s wild places and studying the Pacific Northwest’s native flora since 1995, wildcrafting and preparing herbal preparations for himself and the community. In 1997, Steven became partner at the Columbines School of Botanical Studies which at the time also manufactured herbal tinctures. The skills and knowledge he obtained from this position has contributed enormously in Steven's ability to manage the quality control and laboratory procedures at Mountain Rose Herbs, where a thorough knowledge of plant identification and medicine is essential. Steven continues to teach at Columbines School of Botanical Studies and enjoys spending time cooking, camping, wildcrafting, and botanizing in the Cascade Mountains. In 2011, Steven became an elected trustee of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and is currently participating with many of AHPA's committees. He also serves on the Board for the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (the AHPA-ERB Foundation). In addition, Steven serves as President for the Emerald Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Oregon and is on the Board of Directors for the United Plant Savers.
Steven’s Favorite Picks:
Oregon Grape Root, Herbal Extracts, Organic Olive Oil
Meghan Barr Procurement Manager MRH Employee since 2010
Born and raised in coastal Massachusetts, Meghan’s love of nature started with the sea and a desire to identify each thing she found in the tide pools. She had wonderful environmental science teachers throughout her schooling who expanded her education beyond the tide pools, and these days she can’t pass by a new tree without the urge to identify it. Meghan oversees our Procurement Department, which works closely with our farms and other vendors to ensure a steady supply of high-quality herbs, teas, and spices are available. Meghan enjoys learning something new every day about the growing and harvesting techniques of all the botanicals we work with. Outside of work, you can find her doing anything crafty, from glass bead making, to sewing, to knitting. If she can create something, she’s happy. She has traveled to 10 different countries, where she happily consumes all of the local favorite dishes, shops for the strangest things she can find, and seeks out local art.
Meghan’s Favorite Picks:
carrier oils, essential oils, and anything she can use to make soap or other body care products
Dana Chestnut Regulatory Compliance Manager MRH Employee since 2012
Dana is in charge of the important and complex world of regulatory compliance here at Mountain Rose, including all matters concerning the FDA, USDA Food Safety Division, Oregon Tilth Organic Certification, Earth Kosher inspections, Fair Trade auditing, Pest and Hygiene management, and more. Dana came to the company with intimate knowledge of the organic industry, as her small farm on the McKenzie River is certified organic by Oregon Tilth. When she is not enforcing the multitude of regulatory requirements at Mountain Rose Herbs, she may be found enjoying life at home in the idyllic surroundings of the McKenzie River. A portion of her five-acre parcel is dedicated to the sustainable management of woodland herbs such as ginseng, goldenseal, bloodroot, and black cohosh.
Dana’s Favorite Picks:
Pumpkin Seed Oil, Rose Skin Cream, Thai Curry Spice Blend, Shea Butter
Jamie Vojtech Claims and Returns Manager MRH Employee since 2013
Jamie and the hardworking team in the Claims Department are your go-to if you need a solution in a hurry. They take pride in helping and advocating for our customers, and they love to take on the challenges that they face every day. Jamie enjoys the outdoors, mushrooming, gardening, and tending to her chickens and rabbits. When not at work, you will most likely find her outside, possibly playing in some good, wholesome, organic mud. If the weather is just too rough for that, she would most likely be found in the kitchen working on a new pickle recipe, batch of home brew, or crafting by the fireplace.
Jamie’s Favorite Picks:
Garlic Granules, Pickling Spice, Kava Kava Powder, Unrefined Coconut Oil
Julia Findon Inventory Manager MRH Employee since 2016
Julia is originally from Boston and a proud Red Sox and Patriots fan. She is an avid reader, especially books about food, sustainability, and the ecological impact of agriculture. She has been car-free for more than five years and uses a bike as her main means of transportation – including to our offices every day. Her favorite places are the Farmer’s Market and lifting weights at the gym.
Julia’s Favorite Picks:
Julia loves the freshness of our spices and the astounding variety of our teas. She said, “Don’t ask me to pick just one!”
Sheena November Retail Store Manager MRH Employee Since 2016
Sheena is our Retail Store Manager for the Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile. An Oregonian since 1998, she quickly fell in love with the beauty and wonderment of the Pacific Northwest. Sheena earned her bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and her master's degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from the American College of Healthcare Sciences. She has volunteered for Mt. Pisgah's Native Plant Nursery as well as Working Class Acupuncture, a community clinic. She spent over six years co-managing SeQuential Biofuels Retail. She is passionate about botany, ecology, photography, mushroom foraging, wildcrafting, herbal and alternative medicine, and playing in the forests and rivers.
Sheena’s Favorite Picks:
Turmeric Chai and Mint Chocolate Mate, Ginger Root, Unrefined Coconut Oil, and essential oils.
Chris Baumgardt IT Manager MRH Employee since 2017
Chris is responsible for all things technology-related and leads a team of tech geeks who maintain our website, internal applications, and network. With almost 30 years of IT experience in a diverse set of industries, from the USAF, to computer security, to natural products, he brings a wide-ranging skill set to Mountain Rose Herbs. Chris has lived in California, Texas, Virginia, Panama, Japan, and Korea. He has settled in Oregon for the last 15 years and continues to love to travel and see the world. He is avidly involved in Historical Fencing and the recreation of the sword fighting styles of Medieval and Renaissance Europe. When not crossing blades with friends, he can be found playing and designing video games, home brewing, and playing ball with his dog Zorro.
Chris’s Favorite Picks:
Earl Grey, Honeybush, and Ancient Forest teas, Arnica Flowers, and essential oils
Tiffany Nash Marketing Director MRH Employee since 2019
Tiffany oversees all things marketing-related here at Mountain Rose Herbs. A Eugene native, she received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications studies, which sparked her passion for brand storytelling and creating creative content. When she’s not wrangling commas, crossing her T’s or dotting her I’s, you will find her spending time with her family and trying to master the perfect homemade body scrub recipe.
Tiffany’s Favorite Picks:
Unrefined Coconut Oil, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils, All things vanilla