First 1000 Days Initiative Members


Lynne Brick

President, Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc., United States

A former shock trauma nurse, Lynne Brick is the president and co-owner of three health club brands throughout the USA: Lynne Brick’s Women’s Health and Fitness, Brick Bodies and Planet Fitness. She’s an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Baltimore County Business Hall of Fame inductee, motivational speaker, author and a former IDEA Instructor of the Year. Lynne currently sits on Planet Fitness’s Franchise Advisory Council.

Victor Brick

CEO, Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc., United States

Victor Brick is the CEO of Planet Fitness Growth Partners, LLC, the largest franchisee of the Planet Fitness brand of health clubs. He is also the founder and chairman of the board for the John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, whose mission is to further learn how exercise benefits mental health.

Michael Bruggeman

CEO & Chief Formulation Officer, Om4 Organic Male, United States

Mike Bruggeman, CEO and chief formulation officer at OM4 Organic Male, is an expert in the men’s skin care category. Mike has grown OM4 to be the market leader and largest professional men’s spa brand in the US. Prior to OM4, Mike spent 22 years in hospital administration and has a deep appreciation of men’s health, wellness and green science organic formulation. Mike has owned and operated a boutique hotel and spa for 10 years and, today, also serves as chair of the GWI Beauty Meets Wellness Initiative.

Elissa Epel, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, United States

Elissa Epel, PhD, is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), with a research focus on how chronic psychological stress accelerates biological aging; the interconnections between emotions, eating, metabolism and weight; and the effects of mindfulness. A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has won many awards for her research. Elissa co-wrote The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger Longer, a 2017 New York Times bestseller.

Milana Knowles

Executive Director, Retail Stores & Spa Division, Clarins USA, United States

With more than 20 years of experience in the spa, beauty and wellness industries, Milana Knowles’s innovative business strategies have resulted in continuous revenue growth. She heads up the retail store and spa divisions, and is responsible for marketing and business development in the U.S. Through proprietary spa concepts and services, Milana communicates Clarins’s authentic spa heritage.

Erica Orange

Executive Vice President & COO, The Future Hunters, United States

Erica Orange is the executive vice president and COO of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consultancies. She evaluates emerging global trends and identifies the “So what?” of those trends for several of the most influential companies and organizations. Erica frequently speaks to a wide range of global audiences and is recognized in the industry as having a unique, innovative and fresh perspective.

Sergio Pecorelli, MD, PhD

Professor, University of Brescia, Italy

Sergio Percorelli, MD, PhD, is an OB/GYN, surgeon, previous Chancellor of the University of Brescia, adjunct professor at Yale, and the Italian EU representative for healthy aging . Also the President of the Lorenzini Medical Foundation (Houston), he is focused on prevention and female cancers and has published over 300 scientific papers. As propagator of the “First 1,000 Days” paradigm, he directs an international scientific board with Mount Sinai School of Medicine as well as the PECOS Program for real-life interventions and education on prevention.

Yamuna Zake

Owner & Creator, Yamuna, United States

Yamuna Zake is the co-owner and creator of the Yamuna® brand of education and wellness products. Yamuna’s original work ranges from hands-on therapeutics that focus on problem solving to self-help tools. Her essential oil therapeutic line includes anti-inflammatory, detox and relaxing formulations. Yamuna’s latest development is AnatomyU, an app that helps both the professional and the self-directed person learn their anatomies.