We provide individuals a scientific path to wellness.
We created Arivale to invent the future of wellness. Health care should be about optimizing your health and wellness, not treating you when you’re already sick. We’re committed to giving you an intimate and unprecedented view of your wellbeing and empowering you to act on that knowledge so you can get the most out of life.
Chief Executive Officer and
A competitive triathlete with a passion for health and wellness, Clayton Lewis loves to win and push the boundaries of what’s possible. In 2013, he partnered with biotech pioneer Dr. Lee Hood to execute Hood’s bold vision to launch a new industry – scientific wellness. That collaboration resulted in the formation of Arivale, which Clayton leads as CEO. Arivale uses cutting-edge science, personalized data, and tailored coaching to deliver prioritized, actionable recommendations that inspire its clients to achieve and sustain their wellness potential.
Clayton brings more than two decades of startup, growth, operating, management and leadership experience in fast-growth companies.
Recruited in 2007 as CEO of Kinetix Living, a Maveron portfolio company in the wellness sector, Clayton’s leadership resulted in the successful acquisition of the company — and his recruitment to Maveron as partner, leading the health and wellness practice. Since that time, Clayton has regularly leveraged his extensive operating expertise to help accelerate the performance of Maveron’s high-value portfolio companies. In addition to his role as Arivale CEO, Clayton continues to contribute Maveron’s evaluation of prospective new investments and serves on the boards of two Maveron Fund IV companies: Koru and NextFoods.
Before joining Maveron, Clayton served on the executive teams that grew Onvia and HouseValues from early stage ventures to publicly traded companies. Early in his career, Clayton served as one of the youngest chiefs of staff on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY), Congress’ only microbiologist, who is credited for championing the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). Clayton is president of the Seattle-based Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees, where he has served for more than a decade. He also serves as an ex officio member of the University of Washington Medicine Board. Outside of work, Clayton competes in endurance sports including Ironman triathlons.
Lee Hood, MD, PhD
Lee Hood, MD, PhD, is a pioneer in the systems approach to biology and medicine. His research has focused on molecular immunology, biotechnology, and genomics. Dr. Hood began his career at Caltech, where he and his colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer and the protein synthesizer and sequencer, which paved the way for mapping the human genome. A pillar in the biotechnology field, Dr. Hood has played a role in founding more than fourteen biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Darwin, and Integrated Diagnostics.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. He is also a member of the American Philosophical Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has coauthored numerous textbooks in biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics, as well as a popular book on the Human Genome Project, The Code of Codes. Dr. Hood is the recipient of the Lasker Award for Studies of Immune Diversity, the Kyoto Prize in advanced technology, the Heinz Award for pioneering work in Systems Biology, and the coveted NAE 2011 Fritz J. and Delores H. Russ Prize. He has received 17 honorary degrees, has published more than 700 peer-reviewed articles, and currently holds 36 patents. In 2011, he received the National Medal of Science.
Nathan Price, PhD
Nathan is a leading computational biologist who is passionate about harnessing data to advance individual wellness and drive forward the future of healthcare. He is Professor & Associate Director of the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and is also Affiliate Faculty in the Departments of Bioengineering, Computer Science & Engineering, and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Washington. Nathan has won numerous awards for his scientific work, including a Howard Temin Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a young investigator award from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, and he was named as one of the inaugural “Tomorrow’s PIs” by Genome Technology and as a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar.
Nathan serves on editorial boards for many leading scientific journals including Science Translational Medicine and Cell Systems, and was previously a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Computational Biology. Nathan also serves on advisory boards for a number of companies and institutes including Cleveland Clinic’s Institute for Functional Medicine, the P4 Medicine Institute, the Channing Division for Network Medicine at Harvard Medical School (NIH Training Grant), Trelys, Inc., and the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.
Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD
Chief Translational Science Officer
Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, has over 20 years of experience as a clinical researcher focused on obesity and type 2 diabetes. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Clinical and Quality Support at Alere Wellbeing, where she was responsible for clinical protocol development and implementation, as well as quality oversight for wellness, weight management, and tobacco cessation programs. Prior to joining Alere, Jennifer spent 12 years as a faculty member at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University, where she served as a co-investigator on the Diabetes Prevention Program and LookAHEAD clinical trials. She served four years as Dean of the School of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University, and she is the past President of the Obesity Society and a founding member of the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Nutrition Advisory Board.
Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and an MS degree and a PhD degree in Biological Psychology from Emory University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Emory University School of Medicine. She has published over 50 articles on obesity and nutrition and is a frequent speaker at conferences.
Chief Business Officer
Sean has spent the past twelve years working in companies that help people achieve better health. Prior to joining Arivale, Sean was the Executive Vice President at Free & Clear, the nation’s leading health coaching company for tobacco cessation and healthy nutrition and activity, where he helped build a business that assisted over 400,000 people per year in living healthier, more productive lives. He was responsible for marketing, product management, information technology, software development, clinical affairs, research, evaluation and training services. Sean’s previous positions include Director of Product Development at Applied Discovery, a venture capital-based legal technology company (sold to LexisNexis in 2003) and product manager at a digital media company, Loudeye.
Sean acts as advisor to several start ups in the health and wellness space, and is an active runner and cyclist. Sean was an Asian Studies major at Bowdoin College, later earning a Masters in Business with Honors from the University of Washington.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Jill joins Arivale as our Chief Human Resources Officer. Jill has twenty years of experience heading up the Human Capital function in fast growth startups including General Assembly, Zulily, MarketLeader and Trupanion. Her B2B and B2C experience spans education, technology/software, e-commerce, and a variety of consumer and enterprise services. Jill’s experience includes overseeing HR for the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific. She loves the puzzle of helping put the right people into the right roles at the right time for the phases high growth startups evolve through at lightening pace. Jill really enjoys the nuances in culture from one model to another and how best to structure people support functions to nurture and develop talent along the journey. Prior to joining Arivale, Jill spent four years leading Human Resources for General Assembly, a global education company as it grew from a small team in New York, to a global B2C and B2B brand with employees in 16 locations and 5 countries. Prior to joining General Assembly, Jill spent four years working with Maveron, a venture capital company, where she worked directly with fifteen of the startups they had invested in. Jill was compelled that Arivale is breaking ground in a new category; scientific wellness and very much looks forward to helping us achieve our mission and vision.
Sandi Kaplan, MS, RD
Director, Coaching Services
Sandi Kaplan and her husband and children all have celiac disease, so she knows firsthand how to help people with nutritional challenges. Sandi has worked as a registered dietitian for the Dean Ornish program at Swedish Medical Center and co-founded a private practice, NutritionWorks, where she spent ten years specializing in eating disorders, weight management, and diabetes care. She also worked as an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2009, Sandi joined Alere Wellbeing (formerly Free & Clear) as the Clinical Director of the weight management and wellness programs. She is also the cofounder of Zing bars (www.zingbars.com).
Sandi completed her undergraduate degree in English literature and applied linguistics at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and earned a graduate degree in education from the University of Sydney in Australia and a master’s degree in nutritional science from Bastyr University.
Director, Client Experience
Eight years ago, Stewart Meyer was on the wrong path—not exercising or eating right, stressed about work, and unhappy. He made his health a priority, and two years later was in the best shape of his life. This personal transformation fuels his passion for empowering others to thrive and building world-class teams that have fun while delivering results. Stewart joined Arivale from Amazon, where he led marketing for Amazon Payments. Before that, he served as a digital thought leader for clients as Strategy Director at Razorfish. Prior to Razorfish, Stewart was Vice President of Product and Marketing at Kinetix Living, where he successfully commercialized a revolutionary fitness product resulting in the acquisition by Regence BlueCross BlueShield.
His early experience includes marketing at Microsoft and MicroStrategy and management consulting at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Stewart holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Andrew Magis, PhD
Senior Bioinformatics Scientist
Andrew Magis leads Arivale’s team of bioinformatics scientists. This group of computational biologists is responsible for developing and implementing cutting-edge approaches to large-scale data analytics and systems modeling with the goal of quantifying wellness. Andrew was recruited from the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, where he served as a key member of biotech pioneer Dr. Lee Hood’s pilot study team on the 2014 Hundred Person Wellness Project. The pilot focused on optimizing wellness through longitudinal data collection and analysis, generating billions of data points for each participant. As a result, ISB spun out Arivale, a company focused on combining personalized data and coaching to bring scientific wellness to consumers.
Prior to joining ISB, Andrew‘s work focused on disease classification algorithms, next-generation sequencing applications, software development, and applied high-performance computing in computational drug discovery. He received his PhD in biophysics and computational biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Director, Software Development
Bryan Wheeler leads Arivale’s efforts to create products that guide our clients on their individual paths to scientific wellness. Bryan oversees software development, technical architecture, and information security for our IT platforms. He is passionate about creating delightful user experiences that lead to long-term client engagement. He and his team of engineers thrive on owning end-to-end solutions and are establishing a collaborative and energetic technical culture at Arivale. Bryan works closely with Arivale data scientists to ensure a deeply symbiotic relationship where data driveninsights strengthen software development and vice versa.
Before joining Arivale, Bryan led software and data engineering teams at Amazon, where he was a Senior Manager of Software Developer for Amazon Instant Video, an on demand video service in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. At MSNBC.com, he led a division charged with designing, building and implementing software platforms, features, and sites managed by msnbc.com. Bryan also led a team of developers at Microsoft creating a platform that enabled leading global news publishers to create compelling desktop applications. Bryan received his Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. There, he was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and developed algorithms for medical image analysis. He earned his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Computer Engineering from Brigham Young University where he was awarded the Hinckley Scholarship and performed undergraduate research in multi-spectral image processing.
Peer-to-peer is here. In a career spanning more than two decades, Alicia Nakamoto has always worked in companies at the forefront of linking the physical and digital worlds. And she has been passionate about building community both offline and online — for as long as she can remember. As director of Arivale’s community, Alicia oversees building and creating a sense of community amongst the pioneers. Alicia first appreciated the power of harnessing an online community while working at Amazon — customers were giving honest and thoughtful feedback on products they had purchased. Alicia realized that relevant and authentic peer-to-peer feedback is just as valuable as feedback from friends and family. She joined the RealSelf team in 2011 where she built, grew and energized the largest global community of people interested in cosmetic procedures.
Alicia and her identical twin participated in the Institute for Systems Biology’s 2014 Hundred Person Wellness Project, a nine-month wellness study of 107 individuals. Her personal experience in the study was so impactful that she joined Arivale to take the lead on building the first online community in the scientific wellness space.
Director, Finance and Accounting
Kern Maresca, our Director of Finance and Accounting, has been a competitive athlete for over 40 years. Having ridden his bicycle solo across the United States and typically logging around 10,000 miles a year, he has a unique passion for fitness and nutrition. Kern brings with him over 28 years of experience in financial and operation management, largely in the high technology and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining Arivale, Kern was the Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Alere Wellbeing, a nationally recognized tobacco cessation and Wellness Company. Kern has also held positions as the Chief Operating Officer of POP! Multimedia (an interactive agency), Vice President of Finance & Operations for the Atrieva Corporation (an early pioneer of online data storage), and Corporate Controller for Virtual I-O (a virtual reality headset developer). Kern holds a BA in Political Science from Whitman College and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
Strategic Advisor, External Affairs
With twenty-five years of global multi-sector experience, Gretchen Sorensen’s problem-solving and organizational development skills have helped catalyze innovative businesses. Gretchen has served as a member of biotech visionary Dr. Lee Hood’s team at the Institute for Systems Biology; a technology company executive; in senior legislative and policy positions on Capitol Hill; and as an advisor for two Presidential campaigns. She served as Regional Administrator at the U.S. Small Business Administration and as a White House Liaison for the Pacific Northwest region during the Clinton Administration.
At Turner Broadcasting, she led the corporate communications efforts throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Gretchen currently serves as senior strategic advisor to organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that are engaged in life sciences, global health, and environmental sustainability.
Megan heads up marketing for Arivale. She’s passionate about her own health and wellness and is on a continual search for science-backed workouts and nutrition. One year ago she participated in the Institute for Systems Biology’s 100 Person Wellness Study and had such a transformative, compelling experience she decided to join the Arivale team. Megan has 20+ years’ experience managing multimillion-dollar marketing budgets and launching local and international marketing campaigns for leading brands, including Pepsi, McDonald’s, and Microsoft, and start-ups including, Jenu Biosciences, Onvia, and HouseValues
She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Washington.
Scientific Advisory Board
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