Our Team

 

Co-Founders

Michael Merchant was a Fortune 500 management consultant. He worked with huge egos, like senior executives at companies with more than 2 million employees and $100 billion in revenue. As a child, he would often spend all day watching TV & not eat until forced. Bad food habits followed him to college where he would skip meals or rely on his girlfriends’ cooking. He eventually found himself working a corporate job that kept him busy enough to regularly skip breakfast, lunch, and dinner with only chips to deal with hunger. One day, an injury made him unable to walk for weeks and his lifelong bad food habits delayed his recovery. Romeo offered him a nutritional lifeline, MealSquares. Michael has been hooked and working on MealSquares ever since. Currently, he’s the chief it's-probably-my-fault guy (operations, customer service, and CEO).

Romeo Stevens is an independent health researcher who has written and presented on increasing healthspan (the period of one's life where one is free of the harmful conditions brought on by old age). Drawing on knowledge gained from reading hundreds of nutrition papers, he started experimenting with creating an easy default meal for himself. As his creations progressed, others started asking him to share. Romeo is responsible for nutrition research, operations, and product development.

John Maxwell is a software developer who wanted to pay Romeo to make nutritionally complete foods for him. They then started thinking about scaling, because they are infected with Silicon Valley memes. John is responsible for infrastructure, both web based and real world, community outreach, and marketing campaigns.

 

Advisors

Kelly Scanlon is a Registered Dietitian who provides medical nutrition therapy at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Nutrition from California Polytechnic State University and completed her internship at Napa State Hospital. Kelly is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and trained in sports nutrition at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado.

Peter Wei, MD is a graduate from Duke Med and current resident at UT Houston. His interests in nutrition include ketogenic diets for treatment of diabetes and prediabetes. His published research includes "Obesity medicine Management of Type 2 Diabetes with Carbohydrate Restriction," presented at the American Society of Bariatric Medicine in 2013. He is also coauthor of Learning Medicine: An Evidence-Based Guide, a book on medical education.

Jeanne Calvert RN, CCN is a Registered Nurse and Certified Clinical Nutritionist. She received her BS in nursing from UT Health Science Center San Antonio and her postgraduate training and certification via CNCB in Clinical Nutrition. Jeanne has a variety of interests within nutrition. She runs an independent nutrition practice where she provides individualized nutrition advice to her clients.
 

Louie Helm is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He publishes Rockstar Research Magazine and runs Seventeen or Bust.

Julia Bossmann researches ways to predict the future. She holds a Master of Science degree in Brain & Behavioral Sciences. Besides research, Julia has been an entrepreneur and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Julia is a member of various organizations and advises start-ups with Ashoka.

Charlotte King began concocting delicious portable food for mountaineers, kayakers and travelers at her restaurant in the highlands of Tasmania in 1990. She caters for sports groups including the Olympic Rowing Team when they train in Tasmania. Her recipes are scrumptious, sustaining and nutritious. She is devious at leaving out common allergens while improving the texture and yumminess.