Our Team

Our Founders

Clayton Lewis, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder
Clayton Lewis
Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder

A competitive Ironman triathlete with a passion for health and wellness, Clayton Lewis loves to win and push the boundaries of what’s possible. In 2014, he partnered with biotech pioneer Dr. Lee Hood to co-found Arivale, a company focused on helping individuals optimize wellness and avoid disease. Lewis’ track record coupled with Hood’s expertise in systems biology, creates a powerful leadership team. Arivale combines personalized data, coaching and action plans that are transforming thousands of lives.

Lewis brings more than three decades of transforming early stage startups into fast-growth companies and has earned a reputation as a focused, inspirational leader. In 2007, Lewis joined consumer-only venture capital firm, Maveron as General Partner. In addition, he served on the executive teams that took Onvia and HouseValues public. Early in his career, Lewis 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). Lewis is immediate past President of the Harborview Medical Center Board of Trustees, where he’s served for 14 years. He also served on the University of Washington Medicine Board.

Lee Hood, MD, PhD, Co-founder
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, Co-founder
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.

Our Leadership Team

Sean Bell, Chief Business Officer
Sean Bell
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.

Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, Chief Translational Science Officer
Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD
Chief Translational Science Officer

Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, has more than 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.

Mia Nease, Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Partnerships
Mia Nease
Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences Partnerships

Born in Australia and raised in Slovenia, Mia is a global citizen who has spent the last 20 years focused on taking scientific innovation and turning it into profitable revenue. She is a creative commercial leader with an international network in both technology and life sciences. Mia is passionate about nurturing diverse talent and building fun, high performing teams. Her entrepreneurial spirit has taken her from launching Dell Computer’s mining, oil and gas business, to pioneering a new health industries strategy for Hewlett Packard, to multiplying PwC’s Life Science consulting revenue. She is now part of Arivale’s senior leadership team, responsible for building partnerships that leverage the muti-omic data, created via Arivale’s consumer program. The goal is to use the data to accelerate research in areas of unmet medical need.

Mia graduated with a BA from Macquarie University in Sydney Australia and hopes to finish her MBA once her teenage children leave for college. She is an avid athlete, Ironman 140.6 and 70.3 finisher, marathon runner, mountaineer and snow skier. Since 2014, Mia has served in various Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association board roles.

Andrew Magis, PhD, Director, Research
Andrew Magis, PhD
Director, Research

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.

Ashley Wells, Chief Product Officer
Ashley Wells
Chief Product Officer

Ashley is a multi-disciplined product leader and experimentation enthusiast with more than 20 years of experience in design, development, content, and management. As Arivale’s Chief Product Officer, Ashley directs the company’s program vision from roadmap to execution. He leads a team responsible for the company’s digital experience, including our website, mobile app, client dashboard, registration process, and internal tools. He also drives key audience acquisition initiatives, connecting with consumers to shape our vision for disease prevention.

Before joining Arivale, Ashley spent nearly two decades producing content and developing industry-leading user experiences for NBC News and msnbc.com. Most recently, he served as NBC News’ VP of User Experience. Ashley is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where he studied journalism, beginning his career at his small hometown newspaper. He joined Arivale as a member before becoming an employee and credits the program with transforming his diet, shaping his exercise routine, and generally feeling 10 years younger.

Sandi Kaplan, MS, RD, Senior Director, Member Operations
Sandi Kaplan, MS, RD
Senior Director, Member Operations

Sandi Kaplan leads the coaching, member support, and training teams at Arivale. She is passionate about providing an exceptional member experience for every person who experiences the Arivale program. She has 20 years of experience as a registered dietitian in a wide variety of settings – including as the cofounder of NutritionWorks, where she specialized in eating disorders, weight management, and diabetes care. Prior to coming to Arivale in 2014, Sandi worked at Alere Wellbeing (formerly Free & Clear) as the clinical director of the weight management and wellness programs.

Sandi, her husband, and her children all have celiac disease, so she knows firsthand how vital nutrition and lifestyle choices are to good health. She 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. She is also the cofounder of Zing Bars (www.zingbars.com).

Jill Maguire, Chief Human Resources Officer
Jill Maguire
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.

Kirsten Duncan, PharmD, Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Partnerships
Kirsten Duncan, PharmD
Director, Healthcare and Life Sciences Partnerships

An avid yogi and international traveler, Kirsten Duncan has 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry and is passionate about improving patient outcomes. At Arivale, she is creating collaborative partnerships with healthcare systems, providers, and industry. Throughout her career, Kirsten has worked closely with healthcare practitioners to develop and implement innovative healthcare strategies and solutions. Prior to joining Arivale, Kirsten spent seven years leading a medical affairs team providing strategic medical communications. Her entrepreneurial spirit led her to found a consulting and communications firm providing services to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Kirsten earned her PharmD from University of California, San Francisco and her B.S. from University of California, Davis, where she graduated with honors. She is passionate about connecting to her community through volunteering at homeless shelters and food banks.

Alicia Nakamoto, Director, Marketing
Alicia Nakamoto
Director, Marketing

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. 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. She 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 Arivale brand and community of members focused on optimizing their wellness.

Our Partner

Institute For Systems Biology

The Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) is a nonprofit, biomedical research organization based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2000 by systems biologist Lee Hood, MD, PhD; immunologist Alan Aderem, PhD; and protein chemist Ruedi Aebersold, PhD. ISB was established on the belief that the conventional models for exploring and funding breakthrough science have not caught up with the real potential of what is possible. ISB serves as the ultimate environment where scientific collaboration stretches across disciplines, where researchers have the intellectual freedom to challenge the status quo, and where grand visions for breakthroughs in human health inspire a collective drive to achieve the seemingly impossible. ISB’s core values ensure that it maintains focus on the big ideas that will have the biggest impact on human health. ISB is supported by the National Institutes of Health and other federal government agencies, global strategic partnerships, private philanthropy, and foundations.