Meet Our Supporters

Meet Our Supporters

“Since my first visit to Monell in 1990, your scientists have provided me with great insight that informs my work at the Umami Information Center. I give to Monell because I value our strong partnership.”

-KUMIKO NINOMIYA

Kumiko Ninomiya
Sherrie Vernekoff

“After attending Monell’s conference on smell and taste disorders, it became clear that there is not yet widespread appreciation of and funding for this area of research, and I decided I wanted to step forward and make a contribution.”

-SHERRIE VERNEKOFF, THE VERNEKOFF FOUNDATION

“I spent a year at Monell but the greatest impact Monell has had on me, and the reason I am a firm supporter, is because of the opportunity I’ve been afforded to collaborate with Monell scientists over the last 30 years.”

-ANDREW SPIELMAN

Andrew Spielman
Steve Manheimer and Laure Moutet

“Our long-standing commitment to Monell began with my family’s essential oils and vanilla company and has grown over the years, primarily because I firmly believe in Monell’s research and its impact on healthy aging.”

-STEVE MANHEIMER and LAURE MOUTET

“One of the Monell Foundation’s boldest decisions was to award a grant back in 1967 to establish the Monell Center. It was a gamble, we literally were underwriting something that had never been done before. Fifty years later, the gamble has paid off. Monell’s basic discoveries in taste and smell are enriching health outcomes in ways we could not have imagined. The Foundation is proud of its longtime and ongoing support of the Center.”

-AMBROSE K. MONELL, MONELL FOUNDATION PRESIDENT

Ambrose Monell
Face Fragment and the Kinds

“Our mother, Patricia van Ameringen Kind, was a long-time supporter and board member of the Monell Center. One of her many contributions to the Center was choosing Arlene Love’s iconic public sculpture, Face Fragment. Supporting the 2017 restoration of the sculpture was an important way to give back in our mother’s memory.”

-CHRISTINA KIND, KENNETH KIND, ANDREW KINDFULLER, VALERIE KIND-RUBIN, and LAURA KIND McKENNA

“I give back to the Monell Apprenticeship Program in appreciation of my mentor, Gisela Epple, and in hopes that another 16-year-old will benefit from the same internship experience I had at Monell.”

-DONNA ANTONUCCI

Donna Antonucci