Meet the Lighter Team

Anuj Patel

CEO

Patel is a seasoned healthcare executive and entrepreneur passionate about creating amazing products designed to improve people’s health and wellness. Patel was previously Vice President at iCarbonX, a digital health company focused on providing personalized health and wellness recommendations based on artificial intelligence and a combination of an individual’s biological, behavioral and psychological data. Patel holds a BS in Economics from Boston University and a Masters in Business Administration from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Alexis Fox

Co-Founder

Fox has dedicated her life to fixing our broken food system. With 20 years experience under her belt, she has worked to usher in the future of food as attorney, political leader and entrepreneur. Fox has been featured in Forbes, the Boston Globe, and other national media. She is recognized as an international expert and speaker on the Future of Food. Fox also spent three years as an adjunct Professor of Leadership at Emerson College.

Micah Risk

Co-Founder

As a mom, athlete, and Co-Founder of Lighter, Risk personally and professionally dedicates her life to helping people eat better. She is a graduate of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, sits on the advisory board of the Friedman Entrepreneurship program, and has a rich background in behavior health and chronic disease research, including work with the World Health Organization.

Jonathan Wohl

CTO

Wohl is a creative technologist committed to building socially responsible software. With years of experience at organizations such as the New York Federal Reserve Bank and Columbia University’s Earth Institute, he has built critical interfaces for large institutions and created open-source tools designed to improve energy and healthcare access in remote parts of the world.

Angelique Rivard

COO

As a founding member at Lighter, Rivard is committed to building a more sustainable & healthier food system through science & technology. She uses her background in business, finance, & law to manage operations throughout the company. With a particular focus on efficiency & tracking, Rivard collaborates with the executive team to strategize, optimize, & achieve company goals. Rivard holds a JD from Pace Law and Masters in Ethics & BS in Business Administration from Fordham University.

Kay Sheils

Advisor

Sheils was previously Director of Business Development at CircleUp, a firm focused on early-stage entrepreneurs. Before CircleUp, Sheils was a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Seaport Global, where over twelve years she led numerous financings and advisories for companies ranging from pre-revenue to $300 million and specialized in helping entrepreneurs build for growth and structuring complex capital. She spent the early part of her career in New York at Morgan Stanley and Jefferies. Sheils holds a BS in Economics from Duke University and a master’s degree from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Ron Pastore

Advisor

Pastore's mission is to put his award-winning tech expertise to work for our heroes in healthcare. He has a wealth of professional experience with companies such as HuffPost, AOL, Dell and Verizon Wireless.

Alex Shopov

Director of Engineering - LighterLabeled

An award-winning tech veteran with 20+ years of experience, Shopov devotes his tech skills to serving his passion for helping people live healthier lives. As an avid athlete, Alex also personally understands the importance of eating well.

Kayli Dice, R.D.

Kayli Dice, R.D.

Director of Nutrition & Healthcare

As a Registered Dietitian and former personal chef, Dice deeply understands the power of food-as-medicine. She holds a Masters in Nutrition & Physical Performance and has worked with hundreds of people to prevent and reverse chronic disease through changing their eating habits. Dice is on faculty for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and chairs their RD Working Group. She is nutrition consultant to the Plantrician Project and authored their Plant-Based Nutrition Quick Start Guide, a resource used by thousands of healthcare providers around the world. She also serves on the board of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. Dice is dedicated to enabling her fellow healthcare champions to do the work they set out to do - heal people.

Tyler Curry

Director of Healthcare Partnerships

Curry's mission to help improve people's health started through athletics. He studied exercise science and played Division I baseball. After college, Curry began working in tech and is now fired up to partner with nutrition experts at Lighter to bring his two passions together as Director of Healthcare Partnerships.

Julia Jensen-Wheat

Director of Customer & Partner Success

Jensen-Wheat has always been fascinated with the “why” behind what people choose to eat. And, the impact that those everyday choices have on the greater world. At Lighter she takes her background in nutrition science and psychology to help our members on their journey to a kinder kitchen each and every day.

Sahra Pak, R.D.

Sahra Pak, R.D.

Food & Nutrition Communication Lead

As a Registered Dietitian, Pak brings her extensive experience in healthcare and public health to Lighter to improve the health of the population through effective communication, sustainable behavior modification approaches and upstream intervention strategies. Through her work with Los Angeles and Solano County Department of Public Health, Kaiser Permanente, and partnering with health advocacy organizations such as CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest), Pak has helped create sustainable food systems, adapted public policy, implemented environmental change, and health education programs. Pak recognizes that true health is achieved at the intersection of technology, home cooking, and real food.

Craig Silva

Product Design Lead

Silva holds a degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is an experienced product designer with years of experience working with some of the world’s largest brands and most innovative startups, such as EF Education First, ASICS, Grubhub, Genospace, and Runkeeper among many others. He is passionate about crafting usable and delightful experiences for companies with a meaningful mission.

Don Naylor

Product Design Lead

Naylor has 15 years of experience in the design world and has always focused on making products that increase user satisfaction and make an impact in the world. He’s been instrumental in product creation from a startup idea to expanding a well established market leader, he continues to focus on making products that increase user satisfaction and make an impact in the world such as Vistaprint, Scipher Medicine, and Maxwell Health.

Natalie Hunter

Analytics Lead / Product Manager

As Analytics Lead and Product Manager at Lighter, Hunter empowers the team to strategically and efficiently turn ideas, research, and feedback into reality. Hunter holds Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Nutrition Communication degrees from Tufts University, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College.

Rachel Hangley

Customer Success Manager

Hangley has worked on the Lighter Customer Success Team since launch. She is passionate about helping people find their path to a wholesome lifestyle that minimizes impact on the planet.

Tim Wackenreuter

Tim Wackenreuter

Finance & Account Manager

Prior to Lighter, Wackenreuter worked as the sole operations person at NewStar Capital in Boston with over two billion under management. As a triathlete, Wackenreuter has experienced the power of healthy eating on performance and recovery. In his free time, he loves to surf the coasts of New England and volunteers with the Special Olympics.