What is Clean Label Project™?

We are a nonprofit focused on health and transparency in consumer product labeling.

WHAT WE DO


Inform Consumers

  • Use state of the art laboratory testing to expose the best and worst performers through our 5-star rating system
  • Provide certification and on-package seal of approval so consumers can see past flashy marketing
  • Create an online marketplace for consumers to buy the highest performing products

Raise Industry and Regulatory Awareness

  • Bring regulatory attention to industrial and environmental contaminant issues in consumer products
  • Reward top performers with increased visibility on our website
  • Create a forum for consumer calls to action to the industry about correcting misleading label claims

WHO WE ARE


 

Our Vision

Reduce contamination across all consumer products.

 

Our Mission

Educate the public so they can make informed choices on cleaner options every time they shop.

 

Our Values

We value the power of unbiased science and data-based decisions.

We value the power of knowledge and imparting that knowledge in a straightforward and useful way to the public for the greater good.

We value every consumer’s right to know what is in the products they purchase.

OUR TEAM


Clean Label Project is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by a small staff and assisted by a board of directors and a Medical Advisory Board. We are also mothers, fathers, pet lovers, consumers and agents of change concerned about the industrial and environmental contaminants in consumer products.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Kantha Shelke | Ph.D, Director

Kantha Shelke, Ph.D is best described as the Swiss Army knife of food science. Dr. Shelke has been involved directly and indirectly with the design and launch of more than 100 food and supplement products that have seen long-term success in the marketplace. She serves on the medical advisory board for Clean Label Project and is an editor-at-large for her food science expertise.

Dr. Shelke is the principal at Corvus Blue, a contract food science and research firm specializing in the expedited development of new product and technology in food and nutrition. She chairs the scientific advisory board of a global food brand and advises the director of the Illinois Global Partnerships (a private/government partnership). She has served as a consulting and testifying expert witness in patent infringement, product recall and FDA/ FTC compliance litigations. Her employment history includes senior positions at ACNielsen, Ben & Jerry’s, Continental Baking Corporation and Grand Metropolitan Food Sector (Pillsbury, Haagen-Dazs, Alpo, etc.). A certified food scientist, she has been a spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologies since 1981 and is an adjunct/visiting professor teaching food safety regulations at Johns Hopkins University, and food law and bio-resource technology at the MCI Management Center in Innsbruck, Austria.

Dr. Shelke is the science and technology editor of the Private Label Manufacturing Association’s PLMA Live! video magazine, advisory board member of New Hope Network’s Nutrition Business Journal, contributing editor for Prepared Foods magazine and the editor at large and a board member of Clean Label Project. She is often called to provide engagingly candid insights into the health, wellness, and business aspects of food and supplements.

David Richardson | Director

With more than 25 years strategic, commercial and technical involvement in the food safety and consumer assurance industry, David has extensive experience of new business start-ups and of both leading and supporting the growth of new and established businesses.

David now heads up his own agri-food assurance and innovation business and has several exciting projects including providing food technology & innovation support to Windhorse Aerospace Ltd in the development of POUNCER™, the world’s first UAV/Drone, designed to address the need for an effective first-response aid delivery vehicle in areas affected by natural disasters or conflict.

Previously, David was NSF Global Food Division Vice President, EMEA, responsible for an international network of offices offering certification, risk management, consultancy and technical services to the agri-food supply chain.

After an early career in livestock genetics, he moved into food safety and quality assurance in 1990s, around the inception of the UK Food Safety Act and was then instrumental in developing and launching the European Food Safety Inspection Service (EFSIS) to become UK and international market leader in food certification.

Tisha Deeghan | MSW MPH, Director

Tisha Deeghan, MSW MPH is a public health professional who has dedicated her life to changing the conversation on mental health. She has worked in the field of mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention for 36 years, and has spearheaded many programs aimed at improving the total health of people in the community, body and mind. She received her Master of Social Work from Michigan State University, and her Master of Health Services Administration/Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Ms. Deeghan was recently appointed by the Fairfax County (VA) Board of Supervisors as Deputy County Executive for Health and Human Services, a broad network of agencies serving more than 120,000 residents. She had served for the past three years as the Executive Director of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board, a public mental health entity that serves over 21,000 people each year. Prior to that, she served for thirteen years as the Senior Vice President of Genesee Health System in Flint, Michigan. In addition, she has served as a national healthcare consultant for over 18 years, during which time she has assisted hundreds of public and private healthcare companies better focus on the health and welfare of the consumers they serve. She is a recognized community leader in the drive to reduce the risk of preventable deaths from treatable illness. In pursuit of this goal, Ms. Deeghan personally expanded the mission of GHS, transforming the mental-health focused agency into a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center that served the total health needs of Flint area consumers who could not otherwise access basic medical services. She has presented on these topics at numerous state and national conferences including the American Public Health Association, National Council for Behavioral Health, and NIMH.

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD


Hannah Gardener | ScD

Hannah Gardener, ScD, is the founder of A Green Slate, a consulting company that helps families choose safe and healthy products for their homes. A Green Slate is all about making it easy and affordable to go green. She works with people to identify small, simple, gradual and inexpensive changes they can make to their living environment to reduce their exposure to toxic chemicals. Dr. Gardener’s doctorate in epidemiology from Harvard’s School of Public Health and her nine years as an epidemiologist at the University of Miami Medical School are key assets to Clean Label Project’s algorithm and methodology for assessing contaminants in consumer goods.

As an epidemiologist, she conducts clinical research on risk factors for chronic diseases, with primary areas of focus in environmental and dietary predictors for neurological diseases and the long-term effects from exposures early in life. Dr. Gardener’s work has been featured on the Today Show, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Primer Impacto, National Public Radio and radio talk shows. Her research has been published in more than 60 medical journals and presented at major medical conferences in the U.S. and internationally.

Sharon Goldberg | MD

Dr. Goldberg is a Miami-based integrative medicine physician in private practice. She has practiced medicine for nearly 20 years and is board certified in internal medicine, integrative/holistic medicine, and has an advanced degree in tropical medicine and hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medicine (Lima, Peru). Her background includes 15 years as an academic internist/hospital medicine physician serving as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (both in New York City) and more recently at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Goldberg has a special interest in the links between environmental toxicity and chronic disease. She particularly enjoys working with patients suffering from multiple chemical sensitivity and associated conditions because treatment options are limited within the conventional medical model. Her practice is geared towards helping her patients learn how to actually do this in a toxic world by providing the hands-on, detailed advice that is needed in order to reclaim and maintain health.

Matt Hand | MD

Dr Hand is the kind of pediatrician every parent wishes they knew. His work in pediatric integrative medicine is a model for treating children’s chronic lifestyle health issues. Parents love his caring approach to teaching children about the value of making healthy choices in their daily life. He graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989, followed by his pediatric residency and chief residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr Hand then completed his fellowship in pediatric nephrology at Children’s Hospital in Boston. Subsequently he developed the pediatric nephrology division at the Barbara Bush Children’s hospital at Maine Medical Center.

In his most recent career journey, he graduated from Dr Andrew Weil’s fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona (2008) and created the pediatric integrative medicine division at Maine Medical Center. In 2011 Dr Hand was hired by New Hampshire’s Hospital for Children at the Elliot Hospital to develop the pediatric nephrology division and to create a children’s hospital with integrative medicine as its cornerstone. He has been featured in a number of international television shows including 20/20, the Discovery Channel and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Clean Label Project is honored to have his support in reducing children’s exposure to contaminants and additives in foods.

Dan Berman | DVM

In 1997, Dr. Dan Berman founded the Denver Animal Hospital. Dr. Berman is a 1983 graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, he also holds a Masters Degree in Animal Nutrition from Colorado State University and a Bachelor Degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to beginning Denver Animal Hospital, Dr. Berman owned and operated Homevet, an exclusive house call practice for the Denver community. As a resident of the Washington Park neighborhood, Dr. Berman’s goal when founding Denver Animal Hospital, was to establish a “neighborhood practice” which would provide him the ability to have solid long-term doctor/client relationships. This philosophy has paved the way for Denver Animal Hospital to be what we all know and love today.

Melody Cerra | DVM

Dr. Melody Cerra is a small animal emergency room veterinarian.  She graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and completed an Emergency Medicine Rotating Internship at the Pet Emergency & Specialty Center in La Mesa, California. She also worked at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital as well as completed the International Veterinary Medicine and Surgical Training Program with World Vets in Nicaragua. Currently, she is on staff at Seattle Veterinary Specialists, a busy 24-hour specialty hospital as an ER veterinarian serving hospitalized emergency and critical care patients. When she is not performing emergencies procedures, she loves to travel, ski, mountain bike, and hike.

STAFF


Jackie Bowen | Executive Director

Jackie Bowen is the Executive Director of Clean Label Project. Before coming to Clean Label Project, Jackie held numerous technical, standards development and leadership roles within the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, NSF International. Most recently, she served as the General Manager of Quality Assurance International, the largest domestic USDA organic certifier, the Director of NSF International’s Consumer Values Verified division focusing on bringing to market certification offerings including Non-GMO Project and Certified Gluten-free, and the Director of NSF Agriculture- North America focusing on farm food safety.

Jackie holds a B.S in environmental biology from Michigan State University, a Master of Public Health in management and policy from the University of Michigan, a Master of Science in quality engineering from Eastern Michigan University, and a post-graduate certificate in innovation and business strategy from MIT.

In her spare time, Jackie is an active volunteer for the Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California.

Karli Steffy | Marketing & Communications

New to Clean Label  Project, overseeing Marketing and Communications, Karli brings years of experience partnering with both non-profit and for-profit organizations, focusing on business strategy, brand/marketing management, PR and communications, graphic/web design, and overall operations.  In addition to her work managing the reach, relevance, and reputation of both individuals and organizations, Karli has spearheaded enterprise-wide strategic initiatives, focusing on brand and business development, social outreach, and client advocacy.  She has partnered with, supported, and held leadership roles within several socially innovative organizations like The B Team with Virgin Unite, and educational institutions like the Center for the Advancement of Well-being at George Mason University, all aiming to change the way we work and live for the better.

Karli holds a B.F.A. from Shepherd University, and presently works and volunteers as a Design and Business Consultant for startups, local small businesses, and growing non-profits nationally in her spare time.

Sarah Ignonin | Administrative Support

Sarah is a devoted mother of two that brings her appreciation for clean eating and living an active and healthy lifestyle to the Clean Label Project. Sarah supports Clean Label Project’s social media and website content research and development. Given Sarah’s unique skill set as a full-time special education instructor, Sarah ensures that the Clean Label Project toxicology, epidemiology, and statistics content is distilled in a manner that is understandable to scientists and non-scientists alike. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running half marathons, playing soccer, and working on her Masters in Educational Leadership.

Sarah holds a Masters in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelors in Language Arts from Miami University in Ohio.

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