NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Gina was born and raised in Northern California. Her deep respect for nature started early on, coming from a family of avid campers and outdoor enthusiasts. Her first experience in the natural foods business was working in a small community market in the Lake Tahoe area. Inspired by the owner who wanted to make a difference and live sustainably, she discovered a passion for the same.

Studying everything from massage therapy and herbal healing, to better ways to grow and eat food, Gina’s love of nature and natural healing brought her to Nugget Markets. There she worked as a Healthy Living Specialist/Buyer for 6 years. Educating herself and others on Natural Living in an ever changing industry has been her focus and passion.

 

She brings this experience to Yin Yang Naturals as a territory manager covering the Sacramento, Davis, Chico and Fresno areas.  In her personal life, Gina’s most rewarding endeavor is being a mom. She enjoys gardening, yoga and cooking with friends. She loves being outdoors, kayaking and disc golfing as well.

Alison Carrington

Human Resources Manager

Amy Clark

Senior Territory Manager

Ashley Rose

Territory Manager - Wellness

Brittony Queen

Territory Manager

Christina Boyd

Senior Territory Manager - Wellness

Derek Finn

Territory Manager

Erin Grant

Western Regional Director

Gina Monderen

Senior Territory Manager - Wellness

Jen Jones

Territory Manager

Jen Smith

Key Account Coordinator

Marci Ramirez

Territory Manager

Michael Nguyen

Territory Manager

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Growing up in Sonoma County and working as a culinary professional in the Bay Area, Alison has always been surrounded by some of the best farmers, produce, and products in the world. She got her start in the natural products industry shortly after graduating from the California Culinary Academy in 2007. She worked on the retail side for several years at Good Earth Natural Foods in Fairfax, CA, before joining Yin Yang in 2013.  Alison is passionate about working with healthy, environmentally responsible products, and she is incredibly grateful to support the exceptional YYN team in their mission to “do business and do good at the same time.” 

When Alison isn’t working or playing with her kids, you can find her on a local wildflower hike, cooking for friends and family, painting, or tending to her collection of carnivorous plants. 

Marci was born and raised in Truckee, Ca. She grew up skiing and enjoying the fresh mountain air. She has 

had a passion for the natural products industry since high school. She moved to San Diego and went to 

school for massage therapy. She then continued her education at the University of Natural Medicine and she

is currently working on her Bachelors of Natural Health Science’s.

 

She started her journey at Henrys Farmer Market in San Diego as an Assistant Service Manager for three years. Then she Transferred to Whole Foods Market in Reno, NV. She started buying for the lifestyles sub team and was promoted to vitamin buyer shortly after.

She lives in Truckee, CA with her daughter, Larissa, who is seven years old. She enjoys spending time 

with her family and friends. Her true passion lies with the beautiful mountains that she gets to spend most 

of her time.

Erin first fell in love with organic and natural foods while earning her Bachelors of Science in Animal Science & Management at UC Davis. She hopped on the Yin Yang Naturals bus to combine two of her greatest passions: food with a purpose, and the sharing of that food with others! After working at an independent grocery store in the East Bay (Diablo Foods) and hands on with locally raised, high quality eats at the UC Davis Meat Department, she learned that great food has integrity, and natural, wholesome foods are important not only as palate pleasers, but also for our well-being.

Erin enjoys diving deeper into her love for the outdoors, sustainability, and playing music. When she’s not out on the road with Yin Yang she’ll be out on road trips, hikes, her yoga mat, or playing saxophone in her jazz-funk band.

Ashley grew up in small town in Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University. She moved to the Big Apple for nationwide work projects, while enjoying living life in Manhattan.  With a portfolio of marketing and brand spokes-modeling experience, initially built in the specialty auto industry, Ashley has expertise in brand promotions, press events, brand launch tours, product education, and auto and trade shows. 

Moving to the Bay Area in 2013 inspired her dream of incorporating her marketing experience with her passion for natural wellness products. Ashley worked with leading wellness brands such as Amazing Grass, Alaffia, derma-e, and Santevia. It provided the platform to grow in the industry and to share her passion with others.

Aside from learning about cutting edge natural wellness trends, Ashley can be found hiking or in a yoga or Pilates studio, and she'll soon start teaching Pilates Reformer classes in Marin County.

Michael was born in Vietnam and raised in the natural landscapes of Marin County, CA. At an early age, the connection to nature and its preservation sparked his curiosity to pursue a life of mindful well-being. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Pacific, Michael lived all across the United States as a Regional Consultant implementing Healthcare IT to non-profit community clinics. After 12 years in the Healthcare IT industry, he pivoted his life into a deeper commitment to mindful living by studying Yoga. 

Michael is RYT500 Certified Yoga Teacher for YogaWorks and YogaTree. His classes are noted to come from the heart, sweet, grounded, precise and powerful.  

Michael embodies all his life experience into Yin Yang Naturals as a Territory Manager. With the pursuit to bring continuous improvement in representing our brands, developing relationships with our partners and leaving the world a better place. 

Michael is a devoted father and lover of animals, nature, adventure, sports, arts, and music.

Christina Boyd was born and raised in Northern California. She comes to us with 12 years of natural products industry experience. She began her career at ShiKai, a natural body care manufacturer, doing everything from customer service, accounting, broker webinar trainings, and inside sales. She performed marketing functions, including product demos, and created social media sites to facilitate interaction with customers. 

She went on to work as a personal care and supplements broker, establishing strong relationships with the retailers in her territory. Most recently she worked as Northern California Territory Manager for Orgain. 

Christina is passionate about the natural products industry: the brands, the products, the retailers, and the people. She excels at building loyal, long-term relationships with customers.

  

Christina is a self-proclaimed “voracious reader,” mostly of fiction. On the weekends she spends time hiking, floating around the Russian River, relaxing out at the Sonoma Coast, and trying new restaurants. She also enjoys cooking up new recipes and entertaining friends and family at her home.

Jen is a native Californian and was basically raised in a health food store! At age 9, her family opened "Richard's Natural Foods” which they ran for 17 years. During that time, she obtained much knowledge as a buyer, trainer, and manager, while attending college for nutrition and massage therapy.

 

She started her journey in the broker industry as South Bay Territory Representative at New Connections Brokerage. Jen has spent the past 14 years at Natural Specialty Sales where she worked her way up to Senior Unit Manager, calling on New Leaf Markets HQ and numerous independent retailers in the South and East Bay. She has gained trust and wonderful relationships with her accounts.

 

In her free time, Jen enjoys hiking and kayaking with Charlie (her mini Labradoodle), mountain biking, healthy eating, wine tasting, and teaching spin classes.

Brittony Queen began her journey in the Natural Health Industry managing The Beach Health Tree, a small health food store in Long Beach with an Acupuncture office in the back. She fell in love with the natural lifestyle and further educated herself by reading the works of the great pioneers of Natural Health.

After moving to Northern California, Brittony became a Grocery Buyer and Nutritional Consultant for Elliott’s Natural Foods in Folsom. She later relocated to the Bay Area where she was a manager and a supplement buyer for several independent stores and Sprouts Farmers Market. A self proclaimed Retail Goddess and Product Geek, she is not afraid to get her hands dirty and feet wet taking apart a pallet or building displays. She brings with her a vast product knowledge in both Wellness and Natural Grocery. Brittony is absolutely delighted to bring her years of experience to the Yin Yang Naturals team, and contribute to the company mission of doing good business with good people!

When not working, you can find her beaming from the audience like a proud mama bear while watching her daughter, Arabella, act in plays and musicals. She also enjoys rereading the classics, cooking healthy comfort food, singing show tunes to her plants and animals, and exploring the Bay Area’s many nature trails, and restaurants with her husband. 

Derek was born in Wichita, Kansas, and got his start in the natural foods industry in the mid ‘90s while attending Wichita State University. He worked at two small, local natural foods stores in Wichita before moving to Lawrence, KS, where he worked at the Community Merc Co+op for several years. 

In late 2001, Derek migrated west and ended up in Sonoma County, where he’s been ever since. Not long after moving to Santa Rosa, he stumbled upon Community Market, a worker-run, not-for-profit natural foods store. He knew right away that he had found his next job. He spent the next 17 years there, quickly working his way up to grocery buyer and then manager. He spent six years on the board of directors, and helped design and build Community Market’s second store in Sebastopol, which opened in 2013.


Derek is very passionate about natural and organic foods and products, and genuinely loves working in the industry. When he’s not working with food, cooking, or eating, he’s usually out on his bike somewhere, hanging out at the beach, or home playing music.

After graduating with a degree in Writing from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Jen spent a few seasons in the NYC publishing scene before trekking back to California. She has spent the last 9 years leading and growing teams for Mother’s Market & Kitchen, Bristol Farms and Lazy Acres, all while continuing her education in Ayurvedic Medicine and Nutrition. Jen pursues a healthy lifestyle, viewing food as medicine and every experience as an opportunity for adventure.


Always needing a creative outlet, Jen's hobbies range from gardening to writing to metal fabrication and back around to cooking homegrown food with a good glass of wine in her hand. Native to California, Jen is committed to seeing the state thrive, starting with her new community in Sacramento where she shares a home with her husband and her cat, Professor Seamus.

Amy grew up in Seattle then moved to Spokane with her family in high school. She got her start in the organic industry in Spokane when friends started a tiny but mighty organic food store with $2,000 they had earned on the ski slopes. Her experience running the retail store strengthened her passion for organic foods.  

When Rosauers launched their first Huckleberry’s in 1996, Amy ended up working there for over 10 years in various positions. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs from EWU and moved to Portland where she took a position with Kettle Foods.  That cemented her commitment to a career in organics and over the next years she found herself back in retail, then a broker for five years, calling on new INFRA and NCG accounts. When KeHE opened in the Pacific Northwest, she took on the position of Senior Account Manager to handle the New Seasons Market business and later was promoted to Sales Director - West to launch KeHE Fresh. 

Amy loves learning new parts of the industry as a whole and is always looking for opportunities to deepen her understanding of the business. Amy's passions are travel, live music, spending time outside near water and reading.  She's happiest in New Orleans or on any kind of boat, and she will always celebrate Mardi Gras! 

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