Melanie Stack
Melanie Stack
President & CEO
Melanie Stack’s professional story is one of brand building and leading great teams to achieve their full potential. She is a seasoned business leader who has run a number of international and US-based businesses across various Retail and Consumer Goods sectors and most importantly in weight management.
She is a passionate advocate of leadership development & coaching and has mentored women in international businesses as well as supporting a number of start-up social enterprises. She has also worked with Young Enterprise in schools and the Working Options charity helping people to make effective career choices.
Her goal as she leads Ideal Protein is to continue to put forward the power and efficacy of the Ideal Protein Protocol and seize every opportunity for growth as healthcare providers and payors gain greater recognition of the impact and cost of obesity to our society.

Dr. Tran Tien Chanh M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Tran Tien Chanh M.D., Ph.D.
Founder | Executive Medical Board Member
Dr. Tran Tien Chanh is a co-founder of the Ideal Protein Protocol. He started his career as a general practitioner and sports physician, but quickly became interested in nutrition and obesity-related issues. Having concluded that weight loss was essential for treating illnesses such as hypertension and dyslipidemia, Dr. Tran was a driving force in the development of the Ideal Protein Protocol.
An award-winning graduate of the Faculty of Medicine in Paris, Dr. Tran has published several books on diet and weight loss, lectures on weight loss across North America, and is a member of Ideal Protein’s Executive Medical Advisory Board.

michael ciell
michael ciell
Executive Medical Board Member, Senior Science Advisor and Director of the Scientific Support Center
A registered pharmacist for more than 30 years Mr. Ciell joined Ideal Protein's start-up team in 2006 and helped launch the company. In addition to this establishing role, Mr. Ciell serves as both the Senior Science Advisor and Director of the Scientific Support Center for Ideal Protein. Offering online support services for Ideal Protein Clinic Partners, the Scientific Support Center specializes in addressing Patient or Client concerns regarding concurrent disease states and/or any implications to the Protocol with the use of certain prescription medications or OTC supplements.

Frank Douglis M.D.
Frank Douglis M.D.
Executive Medical Board Member | Obesity and Sleep Medicine Specialist
Dr. Douglis is an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist (ENT) and is currently board-certified in Otolaryngology, Sleep medicine, and Obesity medicine. Dr. Douglis has been interested in healthy weight and nutrition and his wife, Julie, has offered the Ideal Protein Protocol in his practice since 2008. His statistical analysis of body composition data for patients on the Ideal Protein Protocol demonstrated significant fat loss while preserving lean body mass.

Cheryl Callan
Cheryl Callan
Chief Customer Officer
Cheryl is a transformational leader with a relentless focus on delivering results. She has over 30 years of experience and in health, wellness, retail, fashion, consumer & pharmaceutical products.
Most recently, Cheryl served as Chief Marketing Officer for two major retailers in the apparel and home décor arena. Notably, she was head of Marketing for Weight Watchers North America for 8 years, where she oversaw the digital transformation of the business and completely reinvented the brand to drive relevance, acquisition and retention.
She is currently Ideal Protein’s Chief Customer Officer (CCO) and loving every minute of it.
Cheryl lives in NYC with her 13-year-old daughter.

Julie Peller
Julie Peller
Chief Operating Officer
Julie is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Ideal Protein and manages Field and Sales Operations in the US and Canada. Julie joined IP in the beginning of 2019 to develop a training and work on other projects to improve the Ideal Protein Customer Experience.
Before joining the IP team, she led sales and operations teams at two other NYC-based companies, FreshDirect and Dia&Co. And before working at FreshDIrect, Julie held several different positions within the field management organization at Weight Watchers. Over her 10 years with the company, she ran retail operations for their more than 3000 locations, developed and delivered training for ~200 field managers and designed and implemented tools and processes for more than 20K front-line service providers.
She lives in Manhattan with her husband Brian and two daughters, Josie and Lila. She has a keen interest in Retail, Weight loss, Consumer and Hospitality Businesses and loves to read and travel.

Maureen Pay
Maureen Pay
presenter
Once described by a client as a, “five-foot force of nature,” Maureen sees herself as a rebel with a cause, an agitator, and a business collaborator. Her passion is to help businesses reach high and get what they want, while navigating with their moral compass.
With over 20 years as a founding Director, and more than 25 years in the industry, she has a proven track record in leadership development and helping companies to deliver real change.
Her goal is to shake up thinking and ensure that the outcome of that change is a robust system of values and mutual respect.

Dennis Barley
Dennis Barley
VP of Healthcare Strategy
An experienced and passionate healthcare leader of business development consultants focused on helping physicians, pharmacists, and healthcare professionals have a meaningful impact on the global epidemic of obesity. Dennis is an experienced Development Consultant with a leading weight management protocol that provides repeatable, predictable and measurable health outcomes.

Deb Buchanan
Deb Buchanan
Regional Vice President (RVP)
Deb Buchanan has been with Ideal Protein since 2009. She has successfully supported 100+ clinics as an RDC and now as a Regional Vice President for South Central and part of the Midwest where she helps support 22 RDCs and 642 clinics.
Deb has been a business leader in the medical industry for 20+ years. She is a Dale Carnegie-trained coach. She is a passionate speaker and dedicated to Ideal Protein’s mission of making an impact on the obesity epidemic through education and inspiration.

Andrew Leikvoll
Andrew Leikvoll
Regional Vice President - Midwest/Northwest
Andrew has been with Ideal Protein since 2010. He currently serves as a Regional Vice President for the Midwest and is privileged to lead a diverse & talented field team…all committed to impacting the obesity epidemic through inspiration and education.
Andrew has worked alongside a number of our largest health system partners, including Aspirus & Prevea Health, who are also represented on our Medical Advisory Board.
Most rewarding to Andrew is assisting others, whether it be Ideal Protein employees or clinic partners, in helping effect positive change & outcomes in their clinics, patients, and communities.
Andrew, his wife, Jasmine, and two young children reside in MN where he can be found starting most days at Starbucks with a venti royal english breakfast tea.

Shawn McManus
Shawn McManus
Regional Vice President
As a Regional Vice President, Shawn oversees the Western Region of the US and is celebrating his tenth year with Ideal Protein. Shawn has a passion for educating and presenting consistent material that delivers quantifiable results with simple implementation. He is best known for delivering nationally recognized programs like the Provider Communication Workbook (PCW), Self-Assessment BMI patient boards, Collaborative Wellness physician referral program and the architect behind the ideal Protein Coaches Manual.

Dolores Zumbado
Dolores Zumbado
RVP
Known for her leadership and passion, Dr. Dolores Zumbado has been involved with Ideal Protein for over 10 years.
Dr. Zumbado is Regional Vice President and provides educational and training support for over 350 clinics in the Southeast Region of the US. As an owner of Dr. Zumbado’s Lifestyle Community since 2008, she leads one of the most experienced Ideal Protein coaching staffs in the Washington DC area.
“Dr. Z” as she often called, is a Doctor of Chiropractic, holds an undergraduate degree in Nutrition, and has owned multiple successful businesses for over 30 years.

James Asher
James Asher
National Business Advisor
James Asher joined Ideal Protein 8 years ago as a Senior National Development Consultant, after 19 years in the Pharmacy industry.
He uses his extensive knowledge to contribute to the success of numerous clinics and consultants across North America!

Isabelle Carriere
Isabelle Carriere
National Business Advisor
Isabelle Carrière has been with the company for the past 12 years and was the first National Business Advisor overseeing the Quebec province, where Ideal Protein first established. With more than 30 years of experience in business entrepreneurship and coaching, Isabelle is dedicated to have each individual flourish and succeed through their business. Graduated in Neuroscience she goes in life with the following quote: "The solution is in the person in front of me, I’m only their reflection."
Her family, kids and grand-kids is what is most important; through them she finds her true authenticity and creativity.

Carol Schmick
Carol Schmick
Regional Vice President
It’s been 12 years since Carol Schmick came on-board with Ideal Protein. She currently is National Advisor for Western Canada and leads a Team of dedicated Regional Development Consultants who, with Carol, have built a strong three-province, two-territory region.

Carol is driven by the opportunities she has every day to make positive differences in others’ lives, especially through education and Team building. It continues to be her privilege to be of service working with the deeply committed members of her Ideal Protein Team, the many Centers throughout the Western region and Ideal Protein’s Home Office.