Ronnie 'Tsunami' Gandiza - Chief Executive Officer
Ronnie is the CEO and co-founder of the Plant-Based Network, the #1 lifestyle and entertainment TV network in the world focused on promoting the plant-based lifestyle and its benefits for improving people's health, creating a more sustainable planet, and encouraging compassion for others.
Prior to his career in marketing, Ronnie was in the training and education space for over 25 years, and his learning solutions have been implemented in thousands of academic institutions, non-profits and enterprise organizations including Microsoft, the US Air Force, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) and PlantPure. In addition, he has helped to build online and local support communities with millions of members in over 400 cities around the world in the fields of information technology, business, and health and wellness.
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Ronnie started his career in Information Technology serving in the US Air Force, as well as a Network Engineer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He was then selected as Director of Information Services for the Congressional Commission on Veterans Affairs.
In addition to attaining multiple certifications in IT and project management, Ronnie earned a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University.
Steven A. Littlefield - VP of Business Development
Steven brings a solid financial background to every endeavor. With more than 25 years in executive level positions within the banking industry, his expertise lies in identifying people’s talents and capitalizing on them to create mutually beneficial relationships while expanding the strength and value of the team. Steven believes his successes are based on more than just finding out what people are capable of doing, but identifying what they love to do.
In the late 1980’s Steven successfully grew a mortgage brokerage company from $3 million in monthly production to $35 million in 18 months. He was instrumental in developing a reproducible marketing campaign and referral program as well as formal loan officer training school. His consistent improvements lead to increasing annual sales from $50 million to $600 million in two years. Steven has proven himself an authority in researching new opportunities and methods to increase productivity while reducing operational expenses.
In 2002, Steven founded Absolute Results as a consulting firm and continues to develop new business initiatives utilizing innovative approaches to fill the needs of his clients.
In 2017, Steven’s first book The Business of Gratitude was published. He continues to serve the mortgage industry as the founder of Infinite Fundings where he teaches mortgage loan originators how to grow their businesses by showing exemplary manners, gratitude and appreciation by following up.
Paul DeBellis - TV Producer
Paul DeBellis has over 30 years of experience in marketing, technology, and video production both behind and in front of the camera. He has helped to launch several successful companies in multiple industries such as food & beverage and digital marketing.
Paul is also a motivational speaker and author, and his book, Brain Transfusion, deals with removing roadblocks in your subconscious mind preventing you from living your best life now. Brain Transfusion is captivating readers and changing lives for the better allowing people to realize their full potential in life.
Paul now focuses his extensive background and skills in digital marketing, including search engine optimization, search engine marketing, web development, and video marketing, to help plant-based businesses succeed by bringing forth their message to the world through the Plant-Based Network.
Robyn Rolfes - Editor and Art Director
For the past three decades, Robyn has been assisting a variety of customers, from small startups to Fortune 500 corporations, as a visually strategic educator and designer. Her eye for detail and organization helps complete a cohesive brand for her clients. By blending copy with visuals and creating a memorable identity, Robyn has helped companies grow by integrating all facets of Graphic Design. From logos and visual system development, to direct mail, social media and brochures, she loves to analyze and work as a team to find solutions.
As former VP of Creative Services for a retail store, she has expertise in branding consultation, identity concept and design, marketing, graphics, POP and product displays, signage, campaigns, private labeling, packaging, event planning, promotional items, merchandising and buying, photography, structural organization and internal /external forms & proposals. From small projects to long-term strategies, Robyn’s overarching philosophy is to make beautiful and simplistic work – uniquely varied to match the individual needs of each client.
Robyn graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Art in Multi-Media, from Arizona State University. She is based in the Phoenix metro area, where she resides with her husband, two sons and her dog. When she isn’t designing or “playing” on the computer, Robyn enjoys spending time hiking, boating, geocaching, adventuring and discovering new places to explore. She is passionate about living a plant-based lifestyle and continues to inspire others to work towards their optimum health and wellness goals.
Jasper Wilkins - Director of Plant-Based Fans
Jasper Wilkins is passionate about creating sustainable change and has a proven track record in diverse positions internationally.
While at University in London, Jasper founded a new society and was the student activity coordinator leading environmental projects and winning competitions. He completed online courses about sustainability and altruism from some of the best universities in the United States.
He has been chosen to be an advisor for multiple organizations to offer his innovative input within marketing, sustainability and business development.
Jasper founded In Focus, an organization that collaborates with organisations and companies to create content surrounding issues of climate change.
Helene Greenberg - Director of Plant-Based Learning
Helene Greenberg has a Masters of Education from American Public University with a specialization in school counseling, and she has a passion for helping animals and people. She has also gone into classrooms to teach high school students about the environment, health, and animal welfare.
Helene is also a social media expert who specializes in developing innovative marketing management solutions. She enjoys developing and implementing creative strategies to increase online engagement and brand awareness.
In addition to her social media work, Helene is the Founder and Executive Director of Triangle Vegfest, as well as the co-founder of Virtual VegFest.
Jo Gustafson, M.S., M.Ed., CHC - Content Manager
Joanna is a wellness consultant, health writer, and health and fitness program creator with over 30 years’ experience. Joanna worked as an earth scientist and engineer until her husband died from a heart attack at a young age, at which point she became passionate to try to help others get healthier. She earned a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion (summa cum laude) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as numerous health and fitness certifications including personal trainer and certified health coach, and became the wellness director for a large corporation. She was also AOL’s first online health and fitness instructor, a community college instructor, meditation instructor, and the author/co-author of a number of health publications. She co-founded several wellness companies and developed a number of unique wellness programs for nutrition, exercise and relaxation.
Her interests and specialties include weight loss, plant-based nutrition, stress reduction techniques, sleep hygiene, shiftworker health, office ergonomics, heart health, and immune system health.
Susan Francis - Solution Architect
Susan has experience in multiple industries from restaurant and retail management, customer service and sales, to artist and entrepreneur. As a young child, she began drawing animals, which led to a position as the first staff artist for the State of Ohio, Division of Wildlife. While there, she designed the first non-game Wildlife Collector’s Stamp. Proceeds from the sales of those stamps were used for habitat protection of song birds and other small animals.
As a free-lance artist, she has painted many commissioned animal portraits, as well as wildlife and landscapes, and her work has been featured in numerous national and regional art shows, including the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO, and the Nature Art Festival in Jamestown, NY.
In 2013, she watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” and realized that there could be
better ways to help protect wildlife and the environment, besides painting them and hoping people would get the message. She also realized she had been unaware of the huge impact of factory farming on animals and the Earth. She decided to remove all animal products from her diet and become vegan. She received her Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from eCornell in 2016, to be able to help other people to transition to a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Her position as a Solution Architect with the Plant-Based Network aligns with her mission to help plant-based entrepreneurs grow their businesses, and help make the world a healthier place.
Eunice Reyes - Solution Architect
Are you Rated V for Vegan? Eunice is a passionate plant-based foodie who wants to excite people about plant-based eating. In 2018 Eunice started her YouTube channel Rated V Food to share where to eat plant-based food in different cities around the world and some of her favorite recipes that can encourage people on their plant-based journey.
Eunice joins us from 9 years of fashion retail experience at Nordstrom in product development, sales and administrative work. As a former Product Developer, her expertise lies in creating relationships with vendors, products and people. Her role allowed her to be resourceful and search for materials and manufacturers to create fashion accessories. Fast-forwarding to today, she now uses her experience to creatively assist businesses in creating plant-based products. When a dessert cafe In Valencia, Spain wanted to add a savory brunch menu, Eunice had the opportunity to consult with them and assist them in developing a carrot lox bagel that was a major hit!
Eunice now focuses her experience on helping plant-based businesses and individuals achieve their goals by connecting with them, discussing their business goals and how to bring forth their message via the Plant-Based Network.