Our Team

Caroline Macdougall

World renowned herbal tea designer and nutrition expert who started her career in the early ‘70s, studying, growing, importing, blending, and selling herbs. Caroline’s inspiration for creating her most innovative product line, Teeccino® Caffeine-free Herbal Coffee, came to her in a dream in the mid 1990s when she was deeply involved in rainforest preservation work in Central America. The result is a healthy line of caffeine free coffee alternatives and delicious roasted herbal teas.


I was introduced to Teeccino by Caroline on our first date in 2003. A week later I had given up coffee (cold turkey because I didn’t even know yet about the Teeccino Kick the Caffeine Habit program). Today, Caroline is my life partner. I am still coffee free and an investor in Teeccino as well as its CFO. Thirty-five years in the entertainment business as a producer, director and executive was a walk in the park compared to launching a truly healthy alternative up against America’s great addiction to stimulants. Yet Teeccino is expanding its reach and its customer base and I am inspired by the challenges.


Dar Ringling came to the Teeccino Cafe with an extensive career in the financial field. He has been a Chief Financial Officer for multiple companies. Dar holds his Master's in Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. He is a licensed Certified Management Accountant and a licensed Certified Financial Manager. He loves working at Teeccino and being part of a team that helps people obtain optimal health. He has been married to his wife Darla for over 35 years. Together they have two adult children that live in their hometown of Colorado Springs.


I was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, then attended the University of Wisconsin where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry. I then attended graduate school at UCSB, pursuing a Master’s in Molecular Biology. I left graduate school to work in stocks and bonds for a short period of time. I have been with Teeccino for nine years, watching the company grow from the ground, up. When I am not at work, I enjoy petting my three cats and one dog, and experimenting with making homemade flavored simple syrups. I am also an avid follower of professional and college sports.


My role at Teeccino has been a developing one ever since my mom, Caroline, formulated the product in 1994. While growing up I helped at many Natural Product Expos (officially selling my first can of Teeccino at age 10) and have watched closely as Teeccino has grown from a kitchen experiment to what is now the #1 selling coffee alternative and premier line of roasted herbal teas. Since graduating from UCLA in 2010, I’m honored to have become an integral part of this company, and love witnessing first-hand the happiness and health Teeccino brings to our customers.  Outside of the office I am also an avid home-brewer and rock climber, cherishing any opportunity to spend time in nature. Favorite Teeccino Flavor: Maca Chocolate


I was fortunate enough to have traveled at an early age to satisfy my curiosity and interest in culture and language and travel continues to be a focus in my life with frequent family trips. Despite all of the travel, I have always called California home. I discovered the natural foods industry while working in a farmers market during high school and experiencing what good fresh food and impassioned smaller business owners could bring to the community to make food exciting and better for us. My retail career continued through college where I managed independent stores in Southern California. I enjoyed focusing on differentiating our stores and products from conventional grocery with the latest trends. My career moved into sales where I worked for a natural foods distributor and since then have represented key manufacturers in the natural foods industry. My passion has always been collaborating with customers and colleagues and experiencing the innovation and forward thinking that drives our industry as it continues to thrive. I am also an avid soccer fan having coached at the competitive club level while my kids were growing up. While not traveling I can be found planning our next trip, spending time with family, walking the dog or enjoying the latest soccer game. I live in Clayton California with my wife Kathryn, our cat Dash and our dogs Sparky and Snick. I look forward to weekend visits now and then from our twin girls Kaitlyn and Karina who are off at college or our son Ben who is a paramedic/firefighter in Colorado. 

I am thrilled to be part of the Teeccino team!


I’m originally from Bulgaria. I came to the States 22 years ago and fell in love with beautiful Santa Barbara. I got a degree in bookkeeping and became a legal citizen after many years of applying. I hope to complete my BA in economics someday. I love the outdoors, spending time hiking, biking, and fishing with my twin boys. I love to cook and travel, explore new places and new recipes. There is an abundance of Teeccino blends that I drink regularly, but two of my favorites are Mango Lemon Balm and Maca Chocolate. What is yours?


Originally from a rural town in NH, I first moved to Santa Barbara in 2014 to escape the cold weather! I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a dual degree in Anthropology and International Affairs and was fortunate to live in numerous Latin America countries while conducting social scientific research between2014 and 2019. I began working for Teeccino in 2019 upon returning from a year-long Fulbright research fellowship in Colombia and Bolivia where I worked with Indigenous communities in water stressed regions. In my free time, I continue to organize projects that support Indigenous families in Colombia via a social enterprise I cofounded named One Thread Collective. I am grateful for the opportunity to work for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, and health-focused company that is making a difference in so many people’s lives. My favorite Teeccino blend? I have four! Maca Chocolate, Chaga Ashwagandha, Dandelion Mocha Mint, and Mango Lemon Balm.

Jorge Cano

I originally picked up my first camera in 2013, inspired by amazing photographers on Instagram. Since then, I was fortunate enough to have worked with some of my favorite organizations and to have traveled to over 14 different countries while touring and creating content for Grammy Award-winning artist Jay Rock. In my free time, I enjoy traveling to new places, eating delicious food, going to sporting events, playing golf, and relaxing at the beach. My favorite Teeccino flavors are Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, and Dandelion Caramel Nut.

Veronica Chavez

Prior to joining Teeccino, I worked in the commercial furniture world fulfilling wholesale orders for companies like Disney, Football Stadiums, hospitals, and colleges/ universities. My search for a more meaningful position led me to Teeccino where I am now a sales administrator. Working at Teeccino has given me an opportunity to apply my customer service skills on a more personal basis. My favorite part of the job is getting to know our fellow tea drinkers and feeling like I resolved a customer issue to their satisfaction. I love learning about our customers and where they are from, their favorite teas, and how we can improve our Teeccino product. In my free time, I enjoy hiking in one of our great national parks, experimenting with new recipes, and visiting new countries. When traveling, I always remember to pack my favorite Teeccino blend, Dandelion Caramel Nut. Nothing beats waking up in the crisp mountain air with a hot cup of my favorite tea!

Jeff Watters

I happily joined the Teeccino team in April of 2021 bringing 20+ years of logistics experience, coming from one of the largest online retailers . I was born and raised in Southern California, moved to Utah after high school for further education and ended up staying for 22 years. I came back to the sunshine state a few years ago to be closer with family. In my free time I enjoy concerts, motorcycles, volunteering, surfing and fishing, most anything outdoors. My favorite flavors of Teeccino are French Roast and Maca Chocolate.

Dalia Aguilar

I have lived in Ventura most of my life, but I am not a home body by any means. I am finishing my Associates degree in Business Administration in December. I have loved gathering experience in accounting and will be continuing my education at Cal State Channel Islands University. When I am not studying or working, I love to take road trips. Some of my favorite places to visit are San Diego, Monterrey California, The Sequoias, and Big Bear. It is a pleasure to be working for a company that is environmentally conscious, socially responsible and health focused. My all-time favorite flavor is Dark Chocolate.

Isabella Baca

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, COVID-19 was the nudge I needed to step out of my comfort zone. I quickly decided to continue the remainder of my education online and make the move to California. In May of 2022, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Sociology. During my time as a student, I was a journalist for a local online newspaper. In my free time, I enjoy days at the beach, going to concerts, and traveling to new places. My favorite Teeccino flavor is Candy Cane. I can't even handle how good Candy Cane is.

Tracy Croshaw
Production Manager

I joined the Teeccino team in July of 2021, just in time to help move the company to our new location. I’m a California native, but spent the first half of my life in Idaho, until returning to California for the second half. I’ve spent most of my adult life managing food production operations with various companies including Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream, Nestle Ice Cream, Coffeebean & Tea Leaf. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology which has been a great help to me working with people. I have three lovely daughters and two handsome grandsons with whom I would love to spend more time. When not at work I can usually be found on a racquetball court or a golf course enjoying time with friends. My favorite Teeccino flavors are Dark Chocolate.

Melissa Gomez
Customer Service Manager

Proudly born & raised in Oxnard. A Resident of Sunny California for 40 years. 15 years of those years i have spent in E-commerce Customer Service. I have found my true passion in my carrier here at Teeccino. I work closely with this family owned business amongst amazing colleagues and customers dedicated to share a true passion for optimal health . I am a blessed mother who enjoys spending all my free time with my children and family along the coast line at our favorite beaches. We Bike ride, chase sunsets and make memories every chance we get. My favorite Teeccino Blends are mango lemon balm, dandelion mocha mint and dandelion Carmel nut.

Justin Adler
ecommerce manager

Hailing from Boston, I moved to California looking for an opportunity to work with like-minded individuals who had a passion for running a good sustainable business.  I started working for Teeccino in January 2023 and have been happy to find myself working alongside a team brimming with professionalism and passion for creating an amazing product that has a positive impact on the world.  My experience in Ecommerce ranges from building my own successful online stores to overseeing the Ecommerce operations of large powersports companies. When I'm not working, I am happy to explore any of my other passions; playing soccer, making music, restoring vintage motorcycles, and going for long motorcycle rides.  My newest passion, however, is simply to be an amazing husband and father to my incredible wife and baby boy.  My favorite Teeccino Blend?  Well I'm working hard to try them all first but right now my favorites are Maya Chai and Dandelion Red Chai!