Executive Team

Linda Kahler


Linda Kahler has served as president of Rainbow Light for more than 30 years. Under her leadership, the company introduced the food-based supplement category and has ascended to become one of the natural channel’s premier brands. Rainbow Light continues to be the category leading natural vitamin for every life stage—women, prenatal, men, teens and active adults. Other industry-firsts driven by Kahler include the development of 100 percent post-consumer-recycled Eco-Guard® bottles, an innovation that now keeps 10 million plastic bottles from entering the waste-stream every year. Under Kahler, Rainbow Light became the founding supporter of Vitamin Angels, a non-profit that donates vitamins to over 30 million families a year in food insecure areas around the world. In 2014, Kahler was inducted into the Hall of Legends, an award that honors leaders who have made important contributions to the development and evolution of the natural products industry.

Sharon Minski

Vice President Operations & Administration

Prior to her promotion to VP of Operations and Administration for Rainbow Light, Sharon Minski served as director of operations and Business Operations Manager. Before working with Rainbow Light, she was the customer service manager for Nature’s Products.

Jim Ford

Vice President, Global Sales

Prior to his role as VP of Sales for Rainbow Light, Ford served as chief operating officer for Q Research Solutions. Before that, he served as CEO for Explorers Bounty, and held executive sales positions in the natural channel for Tree of Life and Frontier. Ford also worked as director of natural products for Kellogg, and served as general manager for Borden. He attended Princeton University, and Kellogg School of Management, and holds a B.S. from Ohio State University.

Our Formulators

Dr. Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., L.Ac., A.H.G.

Director of Integrative Science

Dr. Hobbs has formulated exclusively with Rainbow Light since 1984. He holds a doctorate in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley. Hobbs has taught at universities and medical schools, including Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, Bastyr University and the National School of Naturopathic Medicine. For six years, Hobbs taught in the Integrative Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley as a Ph.D. candidate. His research involved phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, phytochemistry, and ethno pharmacology. Hobbs is a fourth-generation herbalist, licensed acupuncturist and botanist and the author of 25 books. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Natural Products Association’s Clinician Award.

Michele McRae

Senior Director of New Product Development

McRae has worked as a master formulator for Rainbow Light since 2002. Prior to that, she served as director of formulation, research and quality for Rainbow Light. Prior to her tenure at Rainbow Light, McRae worked as a nutritional counselor specializing in integrative therapies and supplement protocols. In addition to being a certified nutritionist, she holds a B.S. in Nutritional Science and Dietetics from U.C. Davis.