American Herbal Products Association Elects New Board Officers

(March 15, 2007) — The Board of Trustees of American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) elected new officers at its most recent meeting on March 9, 2007. Officers for 2007 are Edward J. Fletcher (Strategic Sourcing) as the Board Chair; Susan Trimbo (GNC), Vice-Chair; Katie Huggins (Traditional Medicinals), Secretary; and Mitch Coven (Vitality Works), Treasurer.

"The AHPA Board trustees and its 2007 officers reflect the membership as a whole: herbal companies of all sizes and from numerous trade channels, including suppliers, manufacturers and retailers," said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. "I look forward to working with these outstanding individuals in the coming year."

"AHPA's ongoing communication and work with the regulatory agencies and legislative bodies that affect this industry are vital to the continued growth and well-being of our industry and its loyal consumers," said Ed Fletcher, the newly elected Board Chair. “This association's efforts effectively and efficiently elevate the supply, manufacture, sale, and use of herbal products, and I am privileged to continue the work of my predecessors during AHPA’s first 25 years and appreciate the Board members' expression of confidence by electing me as their Chairperson."

The following is the AHPA Board of Trustees for 2007:

Monzur Ahmed, Neways International
Lee Carroll, Standard Process/MediHerb
Jon Cassista, NOW Foods
Mitchell Coven, Vitality Works
Edward Croom, PhD, Indena USA
Staci Eisner, PlusPharma, Inc.
Edward Fletcher, Strategic Sourcing
Bob Green, Novel Ingredient Services
Lyra Heller, Metagenics, Inc.
Katie Huggins, Traditional Medicinals
Sara Katz, Herb Pharm
William Keller, PhD, Nature’s Sunshine Products
James Kinsinger, The Hain Celestial Group
Beth Lambert, Herbalist & Alchemist
David Litell, The Chemins Company
Matt Redd, A. M. Todd Company
Greg Tilford, Animal Essentials, Inc.
Susan Trimbo, General Nutrition Centers
Gordon Walker, Nature’s Way Products
Stefan Wypyszyk, MB North America
Michael Yatcilla, Natrol, Inc.


The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is a trade association representing the core of the botanical trade — comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products. AHPA’s mission is to promote the responsible commerce of herbal products. AHPA committees generate self-regulations to ensure the highest level of quality with respect to the way herbs are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website:

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