Shawn Donnille - CEO

Shawn Donnille

CEO AND 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"

Cameron Stearns - Executive Vice President

Cameron Stearns

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND CFO

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2014

As a young adult, Cameron developed an appreciation of diverse cultures and approaches to nutrition and health as she traveled to distant countries while earning her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. These travels were driven by a curiosity for new experiences and tastes. Often when returning from her travels, she would experiment with recreating meals and crafts that were not readily found at home. Deciding that food and belongings possessed higher quality when built up from scratch, she felt drawn to explore her surroundings down to their foundation. Scratch cooking, home fermentation, natural fiber dyeing and spinning, herbal remedies, and home-grown vegetables became her daily routine as a young mother setting up her home. With two boys running amok, she certainly had her hands full and plenty of opportunities to make and use herbal salves, elixirs, and tonics to keep her littles ones healthy. As her children grew, so did a desire to set out on new adventures. Her love for Eugene led her to search for a career that was both nourishing and local. She went back to school and learned the foundations of accounting, working her way up through the ranks of public accounting and finally earning her CPA license. This journey brought her to Mountain Rose Herbs in 2014 where she now serves as both Executive Vice President and CFO. More than just a bean counter, she oversees the general workings of the entire 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. 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

Carol Reed - Directory of Human Resources

Carol Reed

Director of Human Resources

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2007

When Carol joined Mountain Rose Herbs as a member of our Customer Service team, she brought along eight years of work in social services, and this experience immediately proved invaluable to her coworkers and every customer she assisted. She soon moved up to become the Office Manager, and later on, her ability to connect with staff and get to the heart of any problem made her the perfect candidate for our Director of Human Resources.

Carol’s role goes beyond simply screening applicants and conducting interviews. She stays intimately involved with each of our departments to ensure that we meet the needs of our bustling organization while always striving to better serve our staff and customers. She spends time looking at the “bigger picture” issues that our growing business faces, including keeping up with ever-changing legal and labor compliance regulations while overseeing the overall well-being of the organization.

Carol's good humor and her lighthearted command of common sense are influenced by sharing a home with a very demanding geriatric cat. 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 stepped into the role of Elder herself, connecting with both her Celtic and Native American heritages. She also has a weakness for bad puns and triple shot lattes.

Carol’s Favorite Picks:

Ceylon and Mango Ceylon Teas, Oakmoss Absolute, Shea Nut Oil, Sweet Orange Essential Oil and Soap Nuts.

Kim Christensen - Director of Warehouse Operations

Kim Christensen

DIRECTOR OF WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 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.

Steven Yeager - Directory of Quality

Steven Yeager

Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 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 an employee of Mountain Rose Herbs since 2007. Steven Yeager has been exploring Oregon’s wild places and studying the Pacific Northwest’s native flora since 1995, botanizing, wildcrafting, and preparing herbal preparations for himself and his family. Steven is also an herbal educator and co-owner of the Columbines School of Botanical Studies. His years of working in herbal world has contributed enormously in Steven's ability to direct the quality control, laboratory procedures, and GMP, and FSMA compliance at Mountain Rose Herbs, where a thorough knowledge of plant identification, government regulations, and herbalism is essential. 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, United Plant Savers, and the Native Plant Society of Oregon. When not at work or volunteering with various non-profits Steven enjoys spending time cooking, hiking, camping, wildcrafting, and botanizing in the Cascade Mountains.

Steven’s Favorite Picks:

Oregon Grape Root, Herbal Extracts, Sichuan pepper

Thomas Dick - Brand Director

Thomas Dick

Brand Director

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2008

Thomas is the Marketing and Creative Director here at Mountain Rose Herbs and controls and creates the look and feel of the company. He has been in the field of graphic design and marketing for more than 20 years and has spent the last 10 years building the MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS brand. Born and raised in the Appalachia, Thomas’ appreciation of the natural world was cultivated during his childhood spent outdoors, roaming the creeks and hills of Kentucky and Ohio. While pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Thomas discovered his passion for Design and Marketing, eventually earning dual degrees from The Ohio State University. It’s his love for the environment and for visual communications that makes working at Mountain Rose Herbs the perfect fit for him. When he is not designing beautiful packaging or mapping out our next marketing campaign, you will most likely find him in his machine shop pursuing his other passion, restoring vintage racing motorcycles.

Thomas’s Favorite Picks:

Ginseng, Smoked Paprika, Smoked Peppercorns, Matcha Tea

Azra Besic - Customer Service Director

Azra Besic

Customer Service Director

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2013

Azra oversees the ever-friendly and helpful Customer Service Department at Mountain Rose Herbs. She grew up as a child in the mountains of Bosnia and Herzegovina and her love for nature and all things herbal was ingrained in her from a very early age. Raised on a self-sustaining farm, she was instilled with the practices of sustainable organics as a lifelong pursuit. Her passions grow from strong roots in the traditions of her family and their land. When she is not in the wilds of Oregon mushrooming, fishing, or gardening, you will find her in her kitchen cooking amazing food from her home country or baking another decadent dessert from scratch. Her devotion to her family and friends is as obvious as it is deep, as is her love of travel and chasing after the next adventure. Her favorite saying is “Never Enough!” meaning that there is always more life to be lived and she will give it her all to make this time on earth count!

Azra’s Favorite Picks:

Turmeric Chai, Rose Hydrosol, and "Every herb and spice I can use in my kitchen!"

Julie Debord - Production Manager

Julie Debord

Production Manager

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 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

Peggy Hall Donahue - Purchasing Manager

Peggy Hall Donahue

Senior Purchasing Officer

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 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

Christine Rice

Director of Product Development & Management, Aromatherapist

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 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

Mike Lasco

Director of Facilities

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 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. He is also a Certified Sustainable Building Advisor and our repurposing expert. Mike recently earned the designation “Chartered Facilities Management Surveyor” from RICS, The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The combination of these credentials shows his peers that Mike maintains the gold standard in Facilities Management.

A devoted world traveler with a deep passion for pre-Columbian South American history, Mike has explored 19 countries, studying the political, social, cultural, and natural beauty of each region, always with a camera in hand. When not planning an upcoming adventure, he’ll be found editing photos from previous excursions or hiking in preparation for his next Andean trek. 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

Meghan Bar - Procurement Manager

Meghan Barr

Senior Procurement Officer

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS 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

Mary Applebaum - Controller

Mary Appelbaum

Controller

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2016

Mary is our Controller and supervises all of accounting. She wears many hats for this role and does it all with excellence and a keen eye for detail. She has been with Mountain Rose Herbs since 2016, with a career in accounting that spans 25 years. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in the mountains and on the coast, trying out new recipes, and practicing self-care. She is also an avid reader, even started a book club that has met monthly for seven years. Mary has three grown children and loves cooking holiday meals for them. She also parents two energetic and loving dogs, Suki and Ruby, who keep her entertained. Mary is glad to be part of the Mountain Rose Herbs family.

Mary's Favorite Picks:

Green Sunrise Tea, Coconut Rooibos Tea, Ylang ylang Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil

Sheena November - Retail Store Manager

Sheena November

Retail Store Director

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2016

Sheena is our Retail Store Director and oversees the Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile, as well as future retail endeavors of the company. With nearly two decades of customer service experience, she loves cultivating strong relationships, especially with fellow herb enthusiasts. 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 worked with our native flora at the Mt. Pisgah Plant Nursery and spent over six years co-managing SeQuential Biofuels Retail. An Oregonian for most of her life, she quickly fell in love with the beauty and wonderment of the Pacific Northwest. She is passionate about handcrafting her own herbal body care products, folk medicine, and candlemaking. Her interests lie in botany, ecology, photography, mushroom foraging, herbal wildcrafting, gardening, and playing in the forests and rivers with her two sweet pups Juniper and Tulsi.

Sheena's Favorite Picks:

Cardamom and ginger everything, cultivated white sage, beeswax pastilles, epsom salts, and our extensive line of oils.

Aaron Dietrich - Director of Information Technology

Aaron Dietrich

Director of Information Technology

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2019

Aaron brings over 23 years of web development and IT experience to Mountain Rose Herbs and has been here since September 2019. When not doing IT work, Aaron love immersing himself in the live music scene, both as an active partipant and as a concert promoter. Sometimes he'll even pick up the guitar and attempt to play a few songs himself around the campfire. Also being a lover of the great Oregon outdoors, Aaron often spends time along the Oregon coast, in the Cascade Mountains, or in the vast rivers throughout the state. Hiking, biking, skiing (old school, refused to snowboard), kayaking, camping, and generally taking big breathes of fresh Oregon air are additional past times that he participates in!

Aaron's Favorite Picks:

Osha Root, Coconut Oil, Oregano Oil and essential oils.

Chloe Marvel - Wholesale Department Director

Chloe Marvel

Wholesale Department Director

MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS EMPLOYEE SINCE 2015

Chloe came to Mountain Rose Herbs’ Customer Service Team in 2015. Raised in California, she spent a great deal of time in the wilderness of Trinity County, where her symbiotic relationship with nature began. Her early passion for caring for the environment grew over the next 15 years as she worked in customer service and the wellness industry. Chloe fell in love with Oregon during trips around the Pacific Northwest with her child and was especially drawn to the sense of community in Eugene. As Chloe’s business experience developed, she realized she wanted to be part of providing access to the Wellness industry in a broader way and brought her well-honed skills to the forefront as our Wholesale Accounts Director. When Chloe is not at work, she will always be doing her best to get lost in nature: barefoot and camping in the wild. Otherwise, you’ll find her front row dancing at any outdoor festival she can find.

Chloe's Favorite Picks:

Mint Chocolate Maté, all of our Extracts, and our Sweetgrass Hydrosol.