Divine Chocolate is a company driven by a social mission.

Our mission is to grow a successful global farmer-owned chocolate company using the amazing power of chocolate to delight and engage, and bring people together to create dignified trading relations, thereby empowering producers and consumers.
 
In 2015, Divine Chocolate merged its UK and USA businesses, with Kuapa Kokoo owning 44% of the merged company. Divine Chocolate Ltd’s Managing Director Sophi Tranchell MBE took the role of CEO, and she continues to operate out of the UK office with frequent visits to the US office.
 
“The new structure strengthens the group," explains Tranchell. "It makes us more resilient and gives us a wider consumer reach.  In doing so, Divine has more power to deliver our mission fairly and sustainably to remunerate smallholder cocoa farmers in West Africa, as well as empowering them to take their future into their own hands.”
 

Meet Our USA Team:

 

Molly Skelly, Chief Financial Officer

Molly

Denkyem

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Denkyem - Adaptability -  I love the symbolism of the turtle to show adaptability.  I also love turtles.

Favorite Divine Chocolate product: Dark Chocolate with Whole Almonds -- I love the perfect blend of our dark chocolate with the whole almonds.  It's delicious!

What do you like most about working at Divine?  I like the amazing group of co-workers, the mission of our company, and working for a small company during a tremendous growth period.

Most memorable place you've ever visited:  Skellig Islands in Ireland

Something someone would be surprised to know about you​: I once took first place in a mountain bike race in my age group.

 

Troy

Troy Pearley, Vice President of Sales

Nkyinkme

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Nkyinkime - Balance in Life - For me that means there is time to laugh, cry, relax, love, work, worship God, play and enjoy whatever you like.  It's about balance.  Too much of anything is not good.

Favorite Divine Chocolate product: White Chocolate with Strawberries -- it tastes like a milkshake!

What do you like most about working at Divine? I love the diverse team and the business model with farmer ownership.  I love that it’s a fair trade brand that cares about the welfare of folks.  I love what Kuapa Kokoo represents.

Most memorable place you've ever visited: Cape Town, South Africa and Kumasi, Ghana

Something someone would be surprised to know about you​: I'm a mama's boy.

 

Julie PryorNkrumakeseJulie Pryor, Director of Marketing

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Nkrumakese - Greatness, Quality - Aspiring to be my best self, both personally and professionally, is a core mantra of mine that I try and practice each day. I am passionate about creating and building connection in this world, in an authentic and meaningful way, that allows myself and others to show up as our best selves. 
 
Favorite Divine Chocolate product: This is a tough one. My current favorite is the Dark Chocolate with Mint bar. It's smooth and decadent without being bitter, and complemented by a wonderful mint crisp. A delicious and satisfying mouthful in each bite!
 
What do you like most about working at Divine?  I enjoy being part of a small, passionate yet mighty team working to change the way business is done, and providing communities in Ghana the opportunity to cultivate skills and have a quality of life that otherwise wouldn't be possible. 
 
Most memorable place you've ever visited: The Napali Coast of Kaua'i, Hawaii (which I kayaked back in 2006!)
 
Something someone would be surprised to know about you​: I played field hockey and tennis competitively in high school and in college!

 

SteveSteve Barrella, Eastern Regional Manager

Adinkra

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Funtunfunefu - Denkyemfunefu - Democracy and Shared Destiny - It means that to live in conflict is harmful to all who engage in it, and to truly prosper we need to get along with all living beings and learn to live in harmony just as the "Siamese Crocodiles" Funtunfunefu & Denkyemfunefu did.

Favorite Divine Chocolate product: 70% Dark Chocolate with Mango & Coconut -- the tropical flavor of the Mango combined with the texture and sweetness of the coconut is divine.

What do you like most about working at Divine? Giving back is a priority in my life, and as a social enterprise business providing a better means for the people and the planet is at the heart of what we do. In addition my co-workers at Divine all share the same vision which makes it a stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas, strategies, and problem solving.

​Most memorable place you've ever visited: The Grand Canyon -- the enormity of it was overwhelming, and to be exposed to something so vast in nature was humbling.

Something someone would be surprised to know about you: I am one of 65,000+ amateur musicians who enjoy making music as a hobby.

 

Reno Yanes

Reno Yanes, Natural Sales Manager

Adinkra

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Funtunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu - Democracy & Shared Destiny - Divine has helped build a democracy system which has given our farmers a voice when it comes to managing our business, not only do they get to elect leaders in their villages, but they elect leaders to sit on our board who are involved in the day to day operations of our business. 
 
Favorite Divine Chocolate product: My favorite Divine Chocolate product is the Dark Chocolate with Mint. Growing up in a small town in Texas the only chocolate available to me was Milk Chocolate so it was all I would ever eat. The first time I got my hands on our Dark Chocolate with Mint bar I ate the entire thing and it has been my go to ever since. 
 
What do you like most about working for Divine Chocolate? I chose to work at Divine not because of the chocolate, but for what Divine is doing to give our farmers a voice and to make their lives better. I am able to end every work day knowing that I am having a direct impact on the world. 
 
Most memorable place you've visited: Playitas beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica - This is where my wife and I were married and it will always hold a special place in my heart.
 
Something someone would be surprised to know about you: Throughout middle school and into high school I was heavily involved in martial arts, specifically Tae Kwon Do. I traveled all over the country competing and I have won many state and national championships. 

 

PaulaPaula Luxenberg, Business Development Manager

Adinkra

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Boa Me Na Mmoa - Interdependence - I think this Adinkra symbol sums up what Divine is all about.  We in the United States depend on the cocoa farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana to feed our chocolate habit. And the Kuapa Kokoo farmers depend on the Divine team to sell the fruits of their labor to consumers around the world.  Without each other, no one wins.  Working together, we all do!

Favorite Divine Chocolate product70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries.  I love that you can tell you're eating real raspberries -- the tartness, the crunch of raspberry seeds, a flavor and texture that artificial ingredients couldn't possibly replicate!

What do you like most about working at Divine? I feel like I've hit the jackpot with my job at Divine because I have found the most elusive of positions -- meaningful part-time work.  I get to do work that helps cocoa farmers in Ghana, puts more delicious chocolate into the hands of U.S. consumers, and fully utilizes my skills and talents as an MBA.  I'm also able to spend plenty of time with my young children and deal with the responsibilities of running a home.  I feel truly privileged to be on the Divine team.

​Most memorable place you've ever visited: A tie between Fair Trade coffee farms in Ethiopia and L. M. Montgomery's home in Prince Edward Island, Canada

Something someone would be surprised to know about you​: I've played drums in 3 rock bands.

 

MidasDenkyem

Ayomide "Midas" Meletoyitan, Operations Manager

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Denkyem - This symbol really resonates with me because I do not remember a time where I was ever comfortable. I have always had to adapt to my surroundings and the people around me, much like the tortoise. It takes me a while to come out of my shell, and it does not take much for me to retreat. However, over time I have learned to adapt and be at peace with whatever may come and wherever I find myself.

Favorite Divine Chocolate product: Milk Chocolate with Spiced Cookies

What do you like most about working at Divine? The culture, hands down. Senior management has done a good job of selecting all Divine employees. We all gel well and come together very easily. 

Most memorable place you've ever visited: Bangkok, Thailand 

Something someone would be surprised to know about you​: I can sing :)

 

Liz MillerLiz Miller, Marketing Manager

Adinkra

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to youl:  Dwennimmen - Humility & Inner Strength – Remaining humble is the only true way to cultivate empathy. I find inner strength in empathy because it enables me to constantly learn from others and grow as an individual. 

Favorite Divine Chocolate product: It’s a toss-up depending on my mood. The Dark Chocolate with Whole Almonds is my usual go-to because I love the satisfying crunch and flavor of the almonds. The 85% Dark Chocolate is perfect for a little pick-me-up in the afternoon with coffee. The 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries is reserved for days when I really feel like treating myself.

What do you like most about working at Divine? I like that I am able to work for a company made up of people who are genuine in their messages and sincere in their motivations. We are all working toward a vision of success that prioritizes human rights and sustainability in cocoa farming. At the end of the day, I know that even in the smallest of ways, I am contributing to something that matters.

​Most memorable place you've ever visited: Ghana! I traveled there in 2008 as part of a study abroad/service-learning trip in college.

Something someone would be surprised to know about you​:  I really wish that I was a morning person.

 

Deidre LeeAdinkra symbolDeidre Lee, Bookkeeping 

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: odo nnyew fie kwan - Love never loses its way home -  it's just a reminder of the power of love to overcome anything.
 
Favorite Divine Chocolate product: Milk Chocolate with Whole Almonds -- I have a sweet tooth and like a little crunch with my munch.
 
What do you like most about working at Divine?  I like working for a business whose profits are shared by all.
 
Most memorable place you've ever visited:  Capetown, South Africa
 
Something someone would be surprised to know about you​: I finished a marathon once and I can't even ride a bike!

 

MorganMorgan McKenna, Sales & Operations Assistant

Adinkra

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to youFuntunfunefu-Denkyemfunefu - Democracy & Shared Destiny -The entanglement between democracy and shared destiny is inseparable. Democracy is a system in which everyone gets an equal say and equal rights; with it, our shared destiny and future will flourish. I regard it is a powerful message to send and one that Divine Chocolate sends clearly.
 
Favorite Divine Chocolate product: 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries. I love the bittersweet dark chocolate coupled with the tangy raspberry flavor. 
 
What do you like most about working at Divine?   I believe in food justice, sustainability, female empowerment, and wage justice for all across our globe - especially for farmers. Being able to work at a company whose mission does just that, is a dream job.
 
Most memorable place you've ever visited:  Prague, Czech Republic and Priština, Kosovo
 
Something someone would be surprised to know about you​:  I am a political policy nerd.