Meet the Board
Our experienced and dedicated board members oversee the foundation’s work and ensure we are making progress toward our mission. They are leading us every step of the way as we increase our impact across the world.
D. Gary Young
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN
Perhaps no one understands the concept of making a difference more than D. Gary Young, founder and president of Young Living Essential Oils and 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 guides the foundation with his lifelong passion for serving and empowering individuals far beyond their present circumstances. Following his lead, the Young Living Foundation is dedicated to improving lives with more impact than ever before. In March 2011, Gary was quoted in the Utah Valley Business Quarterly: “The most rewarding part of our success has been the people we’ve helped. No question. And the more successful we are, the better we can spread our message worldwide.”
Gary's personal experiences have made him who he is today, added to his empathetic, loving, and kind nature, and left him with a true commitment to help those in need.
CEO, YOUNG LIVING
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.
Nikki Davis joined us on April 14, 2014, as the Executive Director of the Young Living Foundation. Nikki has a long history of involvement with nonprofit organizations. She spent five years as an international attorney working in the largest law firm in Utah, Kirton McConkie, where she practiced as an international law attorney. Her legal career has been spent helping nonprofit organizations establish themselves and operate internationally. Nikki has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations. She has spent time in South Africa, India, Ghana, and Japan working with nonprofit organizations and possesses a deep passion for improving the lives and easing the burdens of those who are less fortunate.
Originally from Davis, California, Nikki received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Yale University in 2001, where she was a Yale Scholar and a member of the Varsity Field Hockey team. She received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2009, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the International Law and Management Review and President of the Women’s Law Forum. Nikki is fluent in both Japanese and French.
COO, YOUNG LIVING
Jared began at Young Living as International Associate General Counsel. With his passion for the company’s growth, he quickly rose through the ranks, holding positions as Vice President of International and Chief Global Sales Officer. Most recently, Turner served as Young Living’s Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, where he was responsible for strategically identifying and executing the company’s global vision for growth and managing 1,000-plus global sales and marketing employees.
Jared is a results-driven leader, with a hands-on approach. He passionately empowers and inspires field sales leadership. He is a genuine example of Young Living’s mission, as he shares the vision with people around the world.
Some of Jared’s passions are snowboarding, traveling, scuba diving, playing basketball, hiking, and spending time with his son, Campbell.
Janay joined Young Living in 2012 as controller and most recently held the role of Senior Vice President, Global Controller and Finance, where she oversaw all global accounting for the company. In her role, she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s financial condition, as well as for overseeing the Accounting, Tax, Finance, Commission Services, and Human Resources departments. Her financial leadership is key in protecting the company’s assets and in aligning business and finance strategies.
Janay has almost two decades of business and leadership experience as a Certified Public Accountant, and she spent her early career in public accounting before coming to the direct selling industry. She has unparalleled experience in global financial systems and internal controls, global finance and business strategies, building world-class teams, and risk mitigation. In addition to her technical and business competence, Standifird is a sought-after mentor who loves working with individuals and teams. She graduated summa cum laude from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Janay loves spending time with her husband and three boys. She enjoys watching her boys play sports, reading, traveling, and hiking. With an active family, Janay carries Deep Relief™ Roll-On wherever she goes. She also diffuses Peace & Calming® when life gets hectic and loves diffusing Christmas Spirit™ all year long.
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 company, including the Young Living Foundation. 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.
Marcella Vonn Harting and Jim Harting
Royal Crown Diamonds, Young Living
Marcella Vonn Harting’s journey to the wellness, purpose, and abundance that she enjoys today has its roots in personal challenge: the near death of her infant daughter Kortni more than 20 years ago. After the newborn Kortni survived a traumatic birth and a stint in the intensive care unit, as well as challenges as she continued to grow, Mary Young recommended to Marcella that she try some Young Living products to support the family’s well-being during this difficult time. After seeing the support the oils offered, Marcella became a lifelong believer in the power of essential oils.
“Young Living is who I am,” she declares. “It’s who my family is. We live Young Living and we live it every day. Being able to enjoy and share essential oils with my family is absolutely my biggest joy.”