We’re very proud to have such a thought-provoking and forward-thinking team contributing to The Gumbo Gang’s mission! I am truly humbled and excited to have this dedicated group of board members, advisors, creatives and children’s programming experts all on the same team!”
– John Darling Haynes, Creator of The Gumbo Gang

The Gumbo Gang Board Members and Advisors

John and Joanna Haynes, Creators

In addition to launching The Gumbo Gang, a transmedia experience aimed at fighting childhood obesity, Joanna and John Darling Haynes produce award-winning documentaries, television and motion picture projects. The team founded Wish Picture Shows...

Judith Stoia, Senior Producer

Judith Stoia is a New York and Boston media veteran with extensive experience as Executive Producer of documentaries, drama, presidential debates, children’s series and public affairs programming. She was Executive Producer of Between the Lions...

Russ Vernon, General Partner

Russ Vernon has had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. Prior to co-founding BVM Capital with Ross Barrett, he served as President of Commerce Capital Markets and Director of Investment Operations at Warburg Pincus...

Ross Barrett, General Partner

Mr. Ross Barrett is the managing General Partner of BVM Capital, which is the management company for venture funds: Louisiana Ventures, LP and Themelios Ventures, LP. He is a Co-founder of VC Experts, Inc. and is active in the strategic direction...

Dane C. Andreeff , General Partner

Mr. Andreeff is General Partner of Maple Leaf Partners, L.P. and the President of Andreeff Equity Advisors, L.L.C. Mr. Andreeff has managed investment portfolios since 1996 for Andreeff Equity, L.P., Andreeff Overseas Ltd and Clover Partners in...

Tim Church, M.D., M.P.H, P.h.D

Dr. Tim Church is a Professor, the John S. McIlhenny Endowed Chair and is the director of the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Church earned his Medical Degree and PhD...

Dr. Valeria O. Lovelace, Research and Curriculum

Dr. Lovelace is President and Founder of Media Transformations, an educational research and production company. She was Director of Research for Sesame Street for 14 years and is currently Research and Curriculum Development Consultant for...

Ginger Brown, Board Advisor

Ginger Brown is the Vice President of Business Development for Children’s and Family Media at Curious Pictures and President of Mermaid Media, a media production and development company that specializes in children’s entertainment...

Sarah Durkee, Author

Since her days of performing and writing comedy for National Lampoon shows and platinum-earning songs for Meat Loaf, Sarah has had a successful career writing scripts and songs for children’s television for over 25 years. With composer Paul...

Chris Funes, Pediatric Expert

Chris Funes is a pediatrician with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group since 2000.  He is a native of Baton Rouge, and attended LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans.  He completed his pediatric residency at the Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor...

The Gumbo Gang’s Supporting Staff and Crew

jonJumps250pxCurriculum Development Advisors

  • Shawn Brown Preschool and early elementary Edu-tainer
  • Timothy Church, M.D., M.P.H., PhD
  • John S. McIlHenny Endowed Chair in Health Wisdom
  • Preventative Medicine Laboratory
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Louise Lamm and Ellen Gould
  • Farmer Grows a Rainbow
  • North Carolina Agriculture in the Classroom
  • North Carolina Farm Bureau
  • Steve Sanders, PhD, Professor and Director of the School of Physical Education, Wellness and Sports Studies University of South Florida
  • Kathy Walsten, Developer of Book in a Bag Education for preschool children Kansas State University


Written by
Sarah Durkee

Edited by
Paul E. LeDoux

Music by
Mike Esneault
Sarah Durkee
John Darling Haynes

Gumbo Music Talent:
Mike Esneault – composer – piano, keyboards
Bobby Campo – trumpet
BJ McGibney – trombone
Chris Belleau – trombone
Clarence Johnson III – saxophones
Mike Foster – tuba
David Hinson – guitar
Don Vappie – guitar
Kenny Acosta – vocals
Judy Davis – vocals
Troy Davis – percussion
John Frishberg – accordian

Additional Music

Mac Powell – co-producer, singer on ‘Do the Gumbo track
Jason Hoardrecording and instrument performance by Black Cat Studios


Animation by
Clambake Animation

Animation Artists
Jordan Barney
Jeff Beckman
Chad Hanna
Chris Hsu
William Pitzer
Laney Wunderli

Animation Art Director
Laura Cheshire

Animation Producer
Erin M. Kennedy

Animation Creative Director
André Lyman

Animation Managing Director
Carrie Snyder

Original Art by
John Darling Haynes
Laura Cheshire
Clambake Animation

Movement Guru’s
Fred and Gil Newman

Executive Producers
Dane Andreeff
Russ Vernon
Ross Barrett

Senior Producer
Judy Stoia

Created and Produced by
Joanna Haynes
John Darling Haynes