Meet Our Leaders
Our leadership team combines experience, innovation, and deep knowledge in health, wellness, technology, and behavior modification from both the corporate and consumer worlds. That combination drives our ability to deliver comprehensive solutions across multiple platforms for the best results.
Jordan Taradash - CEO
Jordan holds a BS in finance from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. His primary role is to drive a positively disruptive vision that meets the needs and goals of all of Spark360's stakeholders. "There is a deep and rapidly transforming relationship between organizations and the people who power those organizations. We are here to maximize the value both parties realize in that relationship."
Chris "SparkGuy" Downie - CEO
Chris is the founder and CEO of SparkPeople, where he and his team "spark" millions of people to reach their goals and lead healthier lives. After earning a BA degree from the University of Cincinnati, Downie went to work for Procter and Gamble, where he used proven health, goal-setting and motivation techniques to get fit, manage stress and create the fuel he needed to reach his goals. Inspired by his success, Downie left P&G to co-found an Internet company that became eBay's only pre-IPO acquisition. With the freedom and capital to do whatever he wanted, Downie founded SparkPeople in 2001. Today, SparkPeople has more than 14 million members around the world, and operates eight websites. His innovations include SparkCoach, a personalized virtual coaching program that helps people reach their goals, and SparkAmerica, a national campaign to help people get more exercise, eat healthier foods, and enjoy active, healthy lives.
M. Kaye Kramer - Chief Science Officer
Kaye Kramer, DrPh, MPH, RN is the Chief Science Officer of Spark360, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Previously, as the Director of the Diabetes Prevention Support Center at the University of Pittsburgh for more than a decade, Dr. Kramer's work focused on translational research in the community; specifically implementing and evaluating an adaptation of the lifestyle intervention shown to be effective in a large National Institutes of Health funded clinical research trial, the Diabetes Prevention Program. In her current role with Spark360, Dr. Kramer's focus is on evidence-based population health promotion and disease prevention, with a specific emphasis on diabetes and cardiovascular risk reduction, as well as leading training efforts for health providers in delivery of the adapted DPP lifestyle curriculum for providers across the US. Dr. Kramer has multiple publications in the field of diabetes prevention, lifestyle intervention and community translation.
Dave Heilmann - COO/CTO
Dave worked with Chris at eBay, and was a founding employee of SparkPeople in 2001. While at SparkPeople, Dave's biggest contribution was leading the creation of the tools, content, and community that led to getting 20 million people to join SparkPeople. In addition to leading digital product development at SparkPeople, Dave also led the editorial, support, and marketing teams. At Spark360 his primary role is to craft and execute our Technology, and to support and drive our Coaching, Coordinating, and Consulting. Dave holds a BBA in Information Systems and Finance, an MBA, and also has experience working around the world for General Electric.
Amanda Kanaga - Chief Revenue Officer
Amanda is a strategic business development and revenue focused leader with a deep understanding of user engagement and digital platforms. Amanda has been leading partnerships and strategic growth at SparkPeople for 10 years. Prior to joining Spark360, Amanda launched the digital practice for Stella Rising, formerly Women's Marketing, Inc. with a focus on brands with purpose in the health, fitness nutrition and beauty categories. Amanda was also a leading digital media pioneer having spent a decade at Time Inc., a division of Time Warner, leading the company's digital and mobile partnerships with the largest global brands and managing over 70MM in revenue. She worked across the divisions to collaborate on building customized programs and campaigns that focused on connecting with consumers and business leaders and driving measurable business results. Amanda graduated from Fairfield University with a BA and MSE.
Kelly Camps - Executive Vice President of Operations
Kelly Camps is the Vice President of Operations in Western Pennsylvania for Spark360. She holds a BS in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and an MS in Exercise Physiology from The University of Pittsburgh. Kelly worked at Innovative Wellness Solutions starting in 2014. When IWS and SparkPeople merged to form Spark360, Kelly assumed the role of VP of Operations. She has dedicated much of her time and energy to developing the POD structure within our company. In her current role, Kelly leads the strategy for Spark360's clientele in Western Pennsylvania, as well as the team of employees who support these clients.