Meet the Team

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Bringing together talented individuals across dietary science and artificial intelligence


Ian Brady
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Ian is AVA's chief evangelist, and leads corporate strategy and development. Before AVA, Ian Co-Founded and was Vice President at SoFi, the largest marketplace lender valued at over $4 billion. Before SoFi, Ian held executive roles at Kensho Technologies and Fidelity Investments where he was responsible for emerging technology and innovation.

Ian holds an M.S., Management degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a Sloan Fellow. 

Ihsan Ecemis
Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Ihsan leads engineering and software development for AVA. Prior to AVA, Ihsan was VP of Technology at Fiksu, a leading mobile user acquisition company. At Fiksu he developed the company's core systems and functions, and grew the efficiency and capacity of key technologies to enable exponential revenue growth. Before Fiksu, Ihsan served as VP of Technology at Plectix.

Ihsan holds an M.S. degree in Physics from Bilkent University and PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University.

 

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, CPT
Head of Wellness

Stacy leads AVA’s nutritional experience, developing a top tier coaching team and programs designed around customers’ needs. She is a senior clinical nutritionist and certified specialist in oncology nutrition associated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Stacy regularly appears in TV, radio, print, and social media and is featured in award-winning documentary films such as Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. She has over 20 years of experience, including in her own private practice, and as an adjunct professor at Simmons College and William James College.

Stacy has a BS in Nutrition Science and Dietetics from Indiana University and a Master’s in Public Health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

David Brock, PhD
Head of Artificial Intelligence

David leads AVA's intelligence division, the backbone for AVA's platform. Prior to AVA, David was Principal Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Founder and Director of the MIT Data Center, focused on interoperable modeling and data systems. Before MIT, Dave co-founded and served as a Director at the Auto-ID Center (now Auto-ID Labs and EPCglobal). David was also Assistant Research Professor of Surgery at Tufts University Medical School and Founder and Chief Technology Officer of endoVia Medical, Inc., a manufacturer of computer controlled medical devices.

David holds bachelors’ degrees in theoretical mathematics and mechanical engineering, and master and Ph.D. Degrees from MIT. 

Chris Baker
Head of Operations

Chris is responsible for overseeing AVA’s operations and finance divisions. Prior to AVA, Chris was VP of Products at Santander where he designed, developed, and launched key programs that helped shape the Santander brand and drive large increases in customer acquisition and retention. Prior to Santander, Chris held executive roles at Bank of America and Atlantic Coast Developers, where he ran finance, development, and operations for a large portfolio of real estate projects.

Chris holds degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Emory University and an MBA from University of Virginia.

 

Engineering & Intelligence


 

Ed Slavich
Software Engineer, AI

Nathaniel Lim
Software Engineer, AI

Cem Sazara
Software Engineer, AI

George Bissias
Software Engineer, Data Science

 

Tayfun Yugruk
Software Engineer

Erdem Caygor
Software Engineer

Semir Turgay
Software Engineer

Yasemin Cidem
Software Engineer

Adil Atilgan
Software Engineer

Asim Olmez
Software Engineer

Burak Yilmaz
Software Engineer

 

 

Dietary Science & Nutrition


 

Anastasia Arena, RD, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Samantha Alessi, RDN, LDN, ATC
Nutrition Coach

Graham Bastian, DI
Nutrition Coach

Jennifer Baum, MS, RD, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Emilie Burgess, MS, RD
Nutrition Coach

Karen Chaska, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Sandra Chavez, BS
Nutrition Coach

Anthony Chiu, DI
Nutrition Coach

Cori Cohen, RDN
Nutrition Coach

Emma D'Arpino, DI
Nutrition Coach

Chloe Davis, MS, RD, LDN, CSN
Nutrition Coach

Dana Dragone, MS, RDE
Nutrition Coach

Shannon Evins, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Sophia Flesch, RDN
Nutrition Coach

Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN, RYT
Nutrition Coach

Michelle Garvie, MS, DI
Nutrition Coach

Jennifer Germano, BSD, CPT, CYI
Nutrition Coach

Jenna Gorham, RD
Nutrition Coach

Jenna Griffin, MS, RD, LD
Nutrition Coach

Emily Holdorf, RD, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Gail Kaplan, DI
Nutrition Coach

Katie Lienhard, BS
Nutrition Coach

Jessica Long, DI
Nutrition Coach

Julia Luksha, RD, LDN, CNSC
Nutrition Coach

Kelly Meier, RD, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Eliza Mellion, MS, RDN
Nutrition Coach

Katherine Miele, RD, CDN, MS
Nutrition Coach

Melissa, Mouton, MS, RDN
Nutrition Coach

Kaitlyn, Nemunaitis, BS, DI
Nutrition Coach

Candace O'Neill, RD
Nutrition Coach

Reneé Ortolani, RDN, CDN
Nutrition Coach

Kristin Otto, BS    
Nutrition Coach

Jason Park, MS, RD, CD
Nutrition Coach

Louisa Paine, RD, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Debra Pierce, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Nutrition Coach

Matt Priven, MS RD LDN
Nutrition Coach

Nichole Reed, RD, CPT
Nutrition Coach

Lehana Rodriguez, RD
Nutrition Coach

Jaime Savitz, BS
Nutrition Coach

Julie Shimko, MA
Nutrition Coach

Tava Sternberg, RD
Nutrition Coach

Laura Jay, MS, RDN, LDN
Nutrition Coach

Marissa Wilkinson, DI
Nutrition Coach

Jose Yarzebski, CrossFit L1, MS
Nutrition Coach

Jamie Zwirn, BS, DI
Nutrition Coach

 

Product & Growth Team


 

Natalie Lowell
Director of Product

James Keamy
Special Projects Manager

 

AVA Investors

We are fortunate to have the confidence of some of the best investors in the world, including industry leading venture capital firms and a small group of visionary angels.


David Chao
DCM Ventures

Vinod Khosla
Khosla Ventures

Eric Schmidt
Innovation Endeavors, Google