Stephen Barrett, MD
Stephen Barrett is a retired psychiatrist, author, co-founder of the National Council Against Health Fraud (NCAHF), and the webmaster of Quackwatch. He focuses on consumer protection, medical ethics, and scientific skepticism. In 2020, Quackwatch became part of the Center for Inquiry; CFI will maintain its various websites and collections.
Roberta Blevins (she/her)
Roberta Blevins is a former “Hun”, who left the MLM world in 2017 and began publicly educating and speaking out against it. Since leaving, she has educated herself on the dangers associated with these organizations, from the financial to the psychological. She educates on social media, has been featured in multiple news and media including Amazon’s LuLaRich and hosts the podcast Life After MLM, talking to the survivors and victims of commercial cults disguised as the quickest route to the American Dream. www.robertablevins.com
Danielle Bolster, LMHC (she/they)
Danielle Bolster, LMHC is a therapist who left Multilevel Marketing in 2021 after 10 years of being in the industry. Danielle now dedicates their free time to uplifting voices of those affected by MLMs on their podcast From Huns to Humans. Danielle uses empathy to connect with her guests about different mental health topics that they have experienced while in and exiting MLM.
Stacie Bosley, PhD
Stacie Bosley is an economist with a PhD. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. She is the Kahlert Professor of Economics at Hamline University, Minnesota. She has served as an expert witness for the FTC in pyramid scheme cases. Her work on MLMs has been published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, the Journal of Financial Crime, the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics and Economic Inquiry.
John Breyault, a nationally-recognized public interest advocate and consumer fraud expert, leads the National Consumers League’s (NLC) public interest advocacy. He has testified before Congress and federal agencies dozens of times on a range of consumer issues. His work has been cited in a large number of national publications (e.g., Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New York Times, POLITICO, NPR, etc.). Prior to joining NCL John served as director of research at Amplify Public Affairs, helping launch the Internet public affairs practice. John also worked as a financial analyst at Sprint and at the American Center for Polish Culture. A graduate of George Mason University, he currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, two daughters and two mischievous cats.
Douglas M Brooks, Esq
Douglas M. Brooks is an attorney who has litigated class actions against MLM schemes, including Webster v. Omnitrition International, Inc., 779 F.3d 776 (9th Cir. 1996), cert. den., 519 U.S. 865 (1996), as well as cases against Herbalife, Nu Skin, Melaleuca and Consumers Buyline and others. He has also represented, pro bono, consumer advocates who have been sued by MLM companies and cults, including NXIVM v. Ross Institute, 364 F.3d 471 (2nd Cir. 2004), cert. den., 543 U.S. 1000 (2004). He was featured in the award winning documentary “Betting on Zero” in which he represented victims of the MLM Herbalife.
Michelle Carpenter (she/her)
Michelle Carpenter is a Technology Business Liaison for a major retail company and a small business owner who uses social media, website administration, organic marketing, and a loud mouth to advocate for change on behalf of victims of multi-level marketing scams like herself. After leaving her MLM, Michelle volunteered to house, develop, and organize a general public hub for information, resources, and tools pertaining to the FTC’s 2022 ANPR on Unfair and Deceptive Earnings Claims and their ongoing review of the Business Opportunity Rule. She plans to continue to use her platforms for this advocacy work; for more information visit www.OutOfMLM.info.
Alanda Carter is an Instructional Design professional with a proven ability to design and develop innovative learning solutions supporting business objectives. After surviving breast cancer, Alanda faced professional uncertainty and was drawn to the multilevel marketing industry. Today, Alanda continues to support learning solutions by day and by night she analyzes multilevel marketing opportunities, interviews former distributors, and interviews a variety of experts on her popular YouTube channel.
Kathleen ‘Kati’ Daffan
Kati Daffan is an Assistant Director in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Marketing Practices. Prior to stepping into this role, she litigated fraud cases in the division and advised former Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on consumer protection matters. Kati has also worked at a civil rights law firm, at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York.
Mallory Grantz (she/her)
Mallory Grantz is a music educator and performer who has used her performance background to create comedy and educational content about the effects of Multilevel Marketing on her YouTube channel, TheShakedown412. She is currently pursuing a Masters in School Counseling and Clinical Mental health and intends on focusing her work with cult survivors.
Paul Hanna has thirty years investigative experience between the London Metropolitan Police Service, the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and more recently Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission which he joined in 2016 as its Deputy Director of Criminal Enforcement. He heads up the consumer crime unit where his role includes the management of criminal investigations into breaches of consumer protection legislation and leads a team of investigators engaged in proactive enforcement work.
Jason Jones is an attorney and advocate for the victims of manipulation fraud. Jason wrote a popular website that exposed and discussed manipulative online scams, and was counsel on a multi year nationwide putative class action against Herbalife and forty of its top distributors for the deceptive manner in which they operated their live event system. Jason is currently an Assistant Attorney General at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia where he works on anti-fraud and workers’ rights cases.
William Keep, PhD
William W. Keep, PhD is a professor of marketing and former dean of business and interim provost at The College of New Jersey. He has assisted state and federal prosecutors in the prosecution of pyramid schemes and has been quoted in the press (The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg/ BusinessWeek, Financial Times, New York Times, Forbes, etc.) as an expert on multilevel marketing. With Dr. Peter Vander Nat (senior economics, FTC, retired), Dr. Keep published academic articles on multilevel marketing, pyramid schemes, and the evolution of direct selling in the United States.
Marco Moukhaiber is a social media activist for the Anti-MLM movement with 60k subscribers on YouTube. His first exposure to MLM was through his high school best friend, who unsuccessfully attempted to recruit Marco to his downline, leading to the breakdown of their friendship. Marco routinely attends the virtual and in-person meetings of MLM companies anonymously, using hidden cameras to record the true nature of what happens on the inside. His series “Infiltrating A Pyramid Scheme” examines MLM companies from every conceivable angle and his interview series “Multi-Level Misery” offers a platform to victims of MLM companies to share their stories. His YouTube channel is Always Marco.
Peter Vander Nat, PhD
Peter J. Vander Nat, PhD (University of Notre Dame) served for 15+ years as senior economic expert at the FTC regarding pyramid schemes and has submitted numerous declarations to federal courts. Along with co-author Dr. Bill Keep, he has published articles on pyramid schemes vs. legitimate multilevel marketing. Upon retiring from the FTC in 2014, he remains an active expert witness for government prosecution of pyramid schemes.
Claire Wack is a staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Marketing Practices, where she has worked on a breadth of topics over the last seven years, including multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes. Claire began her legal career as an honors attorney at the Federal Communications Commission prior to joining the FTC.
Jenni Wild (she/her)
Jenni Wild is a social media marketing content creator with her BFA from the University of Nebraska. She performed for stage and film productions before transitioning to Marketing & Communications full time, including 10 years as a Global Brand Manager at Western Union. Jenni was inspired to be active in the anti-MLM movement after a decade of participating in three companies and experiencing first-hand the unethical strategies, harmful tactics and deceptive health and wealth claims. She is committed to being an informed, compassionate advocate, using her skills in marketing and performance to further the cause of protecting consumers and contractors from being negatively impacted by MLMs.