Experts : Subject Experts

Doug Bell

Senior Global Coordinator of Beverage

Doug has acquired a rarefied view of the world of buying and selling wine from living in California wine country, traveling to every major wine region of the world, attending wine expositions, blending wines with winemakers, designing wine labels, sitting on wine panels, speaking at wine and beverage conferences, doing media interviews and connecting with our customers via social media and in stores.

Devon Broglie, MS

Master Sommelier and Global Beverage Buyer

Devon became a Master Sommelier in 2011.

Carrie Brownstein

Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator

In the big picture, Carrie’s work as the Global Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator for Whole Foods Market focuses on creating a model for the seafood industry that supports healthier oceans and communities.

Jason Buechel

Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Jason Buechel, executive vice president and chief information officer, is responsible for all aspects of information technology at Whole Foods Market. A member of the company’s executive leadership team, he oversees the global technology team in Austin, Texas and the company’s twelve regional offices located across the United States and in the United Kingdom.

Don J. Clark

Global Vice President for Non-Perishables

Don Clark is global vice president of purchasing for non-perishables at Whole Foods Market. He joined Whole Foods Market in November 2015 and in this role, Clark is responsible for all functions of Whole Foods Market’s non-perishable business, including growth through strong supplier relationships, inventory and category management initiatives and the management and expansion of the grocer’s robust exclusive brands program, which generated approximately $1.8 billion in sales in fiscal year 2014 from approximately 4,400 SKUs led by the company’s 365 Everyday Value® line.

Joe Dickson

Global Quality Standards Coordinator

Joe is responsible for developing and maintaining standards for natural food, body care and food policy issues, including organic agriculture and genetically engineered crops.

Mark Ehrnstein

Global Vice President of Team Member Services

Mark Ehrnstein has served as global vice president of team member services (HR) at Whole Foods Market since 2009.

Allison Sloma

Registered Dietitian, Exclusive Brands

Allison, a Registered Dietitian for 10+ years, is a passionate advocate for healthy, high quality, accurately-labeled food products.

Nona Evans

Whole Kids Foundation President & Executive Director

Nona has a longstanding passion for improving the experience of children’s education, which she has married with the importance of nutrition and access to healthy food choices through Whole Kids Foundation, the newest philanthropic endeavor of Whole Foods Market.

Maren Giuliano

Executive Global Whole Body Coordinator

Maren oversees the purchasing of personal care products and supplements for the company’s beauty and wellness programs.

Tien Ho

Global Vice President of Culinary and Hospitality

Tien Ho has been appointed global vice president of culinary and hospitality at Whole Foods Market and will officially join the company in January 2016.

Edmund LaMacchia

Vice President of Procurement – Perishables

Edmund LaMacchia joined Whole Foods Market in 1990, bringing a personal commitment to environmental change through the progress of organic agriculture.

Kathy Loftus

Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering and Energy Management

Kathy Loftus coordinates sustainability and leads engineering, green building, and facilities management (including energy management and strategic energy procurement) for Whole Foods Market.  She has been in this role for ten years.

Mitch Madoff

Global Private Label Coordinator

A 15-year veteran at Whole Foods Market, Mitch Madoff oversees the company’s private label brands, including Whole Foods Market™, 365 Everyday Value®, Engine 2 Plant-Strong®, Whole Paws® and Whole Catch®.

James Parker

Global associate perishables coordinator

His more than 25 years at Whole Foods Market in the produce department make him a walking produce encyclopedia.

David Pilat

Global Seafood Buyer

David Pilat has accumulated a wealth of seafood knowledge and experience having worked in several stores, four regions, and Whole Foods Market’s own seafood processing facility in Pigeon Cove based in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Matt Rogers

Global Produce Coordinator

Matt works on standards and sourcing for the Whole Foods Market produce team supporting policy and compliance on social, environmental and food safety issues.

Philip Sansone

President and Executive Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Philip is the President and Executive Director of Whole Planet Foundation, overseeing operations, programmatic direction and financial management.

Molly Siegler

Food Editor

As a classically trained chef with a political science degree, Molly puts her food fascination to work as the Food Editor for Whole Foods Market, coordinating the creation and curation of editorial culinary content — primarily recipes — for the website, videos, email newsletter campaigns, social media channels and more.

Cathy Strange

Global Cheese Buyer

Cathy Strange joined Whole Foods Market in 1990 and has a wealth of food industry experience and expertise.

Joy Stoddard

Executive Partnership Development and Internal Programs Director, Whole Planet Foundation

Joy joined Whole Foods Market in 2000 and Whole Planet Foundation in 2006. She develops strategic partnerships, fundraises for microcredit, and connects Whole Foods Market shoppers, suppliers and team members to Whole Planet Foundation.

Jeanne Tamayo

Global Lifestyle Buyer

Jeanne has a wealth of knowledge about beauty and lifestyle, and oversees the purchasing of lifestyle items for the department.

Jody Villecco

Global Quality Standards Coordinator

Jody Villecco is responsible for researching, coordinating and maintaining the Quality Standards at Whole Foods Market.

Theo Weening

Global Meat Buyer

Theo’s passion for quality meats; intricate knowledge of raising practices, cuts and preparation techniques; and his dedication to the art of a centuries-old craft has made him a highly-sought national expert.

Roberta Lang

Global Vice President and General Counsel

Roberta Lang is Global Vice President and General Counsel of Whole Foods Market, a Fortune 200 company and the most respected natural and organic food retailer in America.

Alona Pulde, MD

Global Medical Executive of Health and Wellness

Alona is a board-certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and Family Medicine Physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. She serves as one of the health and wellness medical experts for the company’s Wellness Clubs.

Matthew Lederman, MD

Global Medical Executive of Health and Wellness

Matt is a board-certified, Internal Medicine physician specializing in nutrition and lifestyle medicine. He serves as one of the health and wellness medical experts for the company’s Wellness Clubs.

Margaret Wittenberg

Global Vice President of Quality Standards

Margaret is one of the Company’s original team members, joining Whole Foods Market in 1981, and has worked closely with key domestic and international organizations including the USDA, the EPA, Organic Trade Association, and the Marine Stewardship Council.

Steven Benoit

Global Whole Body Buyer

As a global Whole Body Buyer at Whole Foods Market, Steven Benoit purchases supplements and personal care products for the company’s stores.

Jenna Gelgand

Local Producer Loan Program Sr. Administrator

Jenna Gelgand oversees the Local Producer Loan Program, which provides low-interest loans to small producers, farmers and artisans. Through the LPLP, Jenna works with Regional purchasing teams to discover and grow a diverse roster of budding businesses.