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, EVP General Manager

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.

 

 

SteveSteve Barrella, Director of Sales

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.

 

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, Senior 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, Finance & Operations Analyst

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, Trade Marketing Associate

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. 
 

Michelle Hyden

Michelle Hyden, Natural Sales Manager

Adinkra

Favorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Fi-Hankra - Family & Solidarity - Nothing on earth is as important to me as family and the value of family unity. I come from a very large and strongly connected family, and it is my favorite thing in the whole world.
 
Favorite Divine Chocolate product: White Chocolate with Strawberries. It’s unique and tastes amazing. Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt is a very close second!
 
What do you like most about working at Divine?  I love that I get to tell the powerful story of Divine over and over again. I love that Divine is so much more than just another chocolate company. We care about our farmers, sustainability, and the planet as a whole. Divine truly is trying to make a difference and make this world a better and sweeter place. (pun intended!)
 
Most memorable place you've ever visited:  St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. It is where my
beautiful wife and I spent our honeymoon and it was the best week of my life!
 
Something someone would be surprised to know about you​: I have a twin sister and I am a
preacher’s daughter.
 

Aurora Haydostian, West Coast Regional Manager

Aurora
KoKrobotieFavorite Adinkra symbol & what it means to you: Kokrobotie - Co-operation - which I believe is key in all relationships.
 
Favorite Divine Chocolate product:  Dark with Hazelnut Truffle -- a perfect blend of flavors!
 
What do you like most about working at Divine? I'm surrounded by a group of talented, passionate leaders who truly value each individuals strengths and insight.  Working for a cause keeps me centered on how our business impacts our farmers and co-op.  At the end of the day this is a company that I am very proud to be a part of because it's making a difference in people's lives.
 
Most memorable place you've ever visted: Ireland.  The people, the culture, and scenery were unforgettable.
 
Something people would be surprised to know about you: I sang in Choir for over 10 years.  I love Choral music and all kinds of acapella groups.