Our Team

Kaibae - Luc Maes

Dr. Luc Maes

Chief Health Visionary

Luc is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Doctor of Chiropractic and a Board Certified Classical Homeopath as well as the Director of the Maes Center for Natural Health Care, an integrative health care center in Santa Barbara, California. Fascinated with nature, Luc has been fortunate to blend his knowledge for plants with his profession as a doctor. Luc’s quest for knowledge in traditional uses of plants as medicine have taken him to Europe, Central America and Africa. He is focused on making simple and pure products with exceptional nutrient-rich properties. His goal is to make a difference in the prevention of disease and inspire good health.

Kaibae - Barbara Maes

Barbara Maes

New Business + Cultural Minister

As the Co-Founder of Kaibae, Barb gets up everyday with a mission to make this world a better place – raising a healthy family and building a social-conscious enterprise. All else in her life has been a prelude to that – working for one of the big advertising firms in Chicago to becoming an Art Curator, and then spreading her wings at the City of Chicago’s Public Art Program. Her appreciation for the arts and passion for living an active and healthy life led her to managing the Maes Center for Natural Health Care.

Kaibae - Thomas Cole

Thomas Cole

VP, Sourcing and Development

Thomas is a farmer and humanitarian at heart. He has worked for 18 years in sustainable agriculture, livelihoods and community development work, food production system design, organic horticulture, agricultural extension, permaculture and natural resource management.

Thomas has extensive experience working in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa working with USAID’s Urban Gardens Program in Ethiopia, where he lends technical support to one of the world’s largest urban agriculture projects. He has also worked on Africa Region Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor for Save the Children US, the Coordinator for Save the Children International’s Africa Pastoral Initiative and Save the Children in Uganda’s (SCiUG) Program Development Director. His California nursery is devoted to the genus aloe. He is also a 5-time world Frisbee champion!

Kaibae - Christopher Jenkins

Christopher Jenkins

Senior Lenser

Chris is a documentary filmmaker & lecturer in the Film & Media Studies department at UC Santa Barbara.  He has been behind the lens of award-winning films such as The Matador (2008), Riverwebs (2007) and Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars (2005).  His work has aired on PBS, A&E, History Channel, Travel Channel and The Sundance Channel. His recent work has been focused on organizations that create positive change in Africa, like CAFWA, narrated by Oprah Winfrey. Prior to receiving his Masters degree in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University, Chris worked as a UN volunteer in Kenya where he  helped create a sign language class for deaf Sudanese refugees.






Kaibae - Tami Snow

Tami Snow

Story Teller

Tami brings almost 20 years experience in marketing and brand development to Kaibae. She jumps for joy with excitement over building brands and growing new businesses. In her past life, she jumped a lot as she helped to successfully build lifestyle brands such as Horny Toad and Nau Clothing, Haiku Bags and the Santa Barbara International Marathon. Her focus is building lifestyle brands with a unique hybrid model of social entrepreneurship to create a catalyst for change.