Our staff includes veteran industry experts who offer personalized, concierge-level support to our members for support when needed. IBA goes the extra mile to help its members succeed. Please contact us with questions about IBA membership benefits, programming, or to get more involved in IBA.
Don has over 35 years of experience in the Personal Care and Cosmetics business. His professional experience has spanned many companies and brands, both large and small, including Procter & Gamble, Cover Girl, Gillette, Jafra Cosmetics, Avon, Method, and The Honest Company. Don has been active in industry nonprofit organizations, having served in volunteer leadership roles at IBA, Beauty Industry West, and Cradle2Cradle. Don has been leading the Independent Beauty Association since 2022.
Vice President of Technical-Regulatory Affairs
Meredith Petillo brings over 15 years of experience in cosmetic regulatory affairs, legal advertising claims, product testing and product development to support IBA member companies with regulatory and technical solutions to grow and thrive. She holds a BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and an MS in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics & Medical Devices. Meredith leads IBA’s Technical and Regulatory programming, education, and advocacy.
Vice President of Global Supply Chain & Sustainability Resources
Dr. Akemi Ooka has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and over 20 years in the CPG industry, from Fortune 500 companies to small startups. Akemi’s experience ranges from product development to sourcing and supply chain transformation at companies including J.R. Watkins, method, and The Clorox Company. Akemi now leads IBA’s Global Supply Chain and Sustainability Resources programming, education, and advocacy.
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Eber Bodmer, an immigrant from South Africa, believes in change leadership and celebrates diversity. With a background in the prestige cosmetic industries, she has worked for LVMH, L’Oreal, Estée Lauder, Shiseido, AmorePacific, L’Oreal, and Malin + Goetz in marketing, sales, events and communication capacities. Bodmer has a Graduate Degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Management and a Cosmetology License. She dreams of helping build great beauty brands and is passionate about anything consumer product goods-related!
Director, Strategic Operations
Caroline Santayana brings over 7 years of experience working with constituent-based charitable nonprofits and over a dozen trade associations. She holds a BA in International Development and now oversees IBA’s administrative needs.
Reema Patel’s regulatory affairs experience ranges from the global cosmetics-drug industry, human subjects research, and clinical investigation. Reema holds a Master’s in Public Health. She is now IBA’s Export Manager, overseeing the Certificate Program and supporting members with smooth international expansion.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Stormy Lyons brings five years of experience working with B2B marketing agencies and a passion for understanding how people communicate with one another. She holds a BA in Global Communications and now implements IBA’s marketing and communication activities.
Member Services Coordinator
Phil Meher’s background is in the healthcare industry and trade organizations, most recently at the New York American Nurses Association where he led member retention and membership growth. Phil is a volunteer with the Empire State Society of Association Executives. Phil manages IBA’s constituency and helps our members get the most out of their benefits.
Associate Program Coordinator
Neva holds an MBA and a BS in Journalism. Her experience has focused on smaller organizations, including entrepreneurial for-profits and a variety of nonprofits, including serving as a nonprofit board member. Neva supports the Export Program and communications.
Export Program Assistant
Stacie served in the United States Air Force for a decade. She brings a breadth of experience working in patient administration and on-boarding and is working toward a BA in Organizational Management. Stacie now helps administer IBA’s Export Program and communications.