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Simi Valley, Calif.-based derma e Natural Bodycare appointed Jeff Carducci to the newly created position of national sales director. Carducci was previously the national sales director at Neutrogena.

John Marulli, vice president of marketing for Raisin Rack Natural Foods Market in Canton, Ohio, was named president of the board of trustees for Friends of Stark Parks, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to development of Stark County Park District parks and trails, in Stark County, Ohio.

Trumbull, Conn.-based NutriScience Innovations hired Rose Hawthorne as marketing and sales coordinator. Hawthorne has experience in the medical research industry and has worked for a Japanese manufacturer.

San Francisco-based water company Metromint appointed Kevin McClafferty as senior director of sales for the Metromint brand, a part of Soma Beverage Co. McClafferty has more than 22 years of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry.

Eagan, Minn.-based pharmaceutical company Biothera hired John Vasilakos as vice president of immunology, with responsibility for biology/immunology research, including management of the company's research collaborations. Vasilakos was previously an advanced research specialist at 3M Pharmaceuticals and has held research positions at Parke-Davis Pharmaceutical Research Co. and Eli Lilly and Co.

Dayville, Conn.-based distributor United Natural Foods Inc. promoted Thomas Dziki to the newly created position of vice president of sustainable development. Dziki has been with UNFI since May 2002, most recently as national vice president of real estate and construction, which will be incorporated into his new position.

San Francisco-based LightFull Foods hired Victoria Hartman as vice president of sales. Hartman has worked with Charter Baking Co., Rudi's Organic Bakery, Horizon Organic Dairy and Celestial Seasonings.

Corazonas Foods, based in Los Angeles, appointed Bob Gandert as vice president of sales. Gandert has more than 15 years of experience in the natural, grocery and health products industry.

Joseph Zhou, Ph.D., Bloomingdale, Ill.-based NOW Foods' senior scientist, was named to the faculty of the University of Pharmacognosy at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in the Department of Medical Chemistry and Pharmacognosy. Zhou will teach a graduate-level course on standardization of herbal remedies.

As the American Herbal Products Association, based in Silver Spring, Md., celebrated its 25th anniversary this spring, its board of trustees elected new officers. The AHPA officers for 2007 are: Edward Fletcher of Strategic Sourcing as board chair; Susan Trimbo of General Nutrition Centers as vice chair; Katie Huggins of Traditional Medicinals as secretary; and Mitch Coven of Vitality Works as Treasurer. The AHPA board of trustees for 2007 includes: Monzur Ahmed of Neways International; Lee Carroll of Standard Process/MediHerb; Jon Cassista of NOW Foods; Mitchell Coven of Vitality Works; Edward Croom, Ph.D., of Indena USA; Staci Eisner of PlusPharma Inc.; Katie Huggins of Traditional Medicinals; Sara Katz of Herb Pharm; William Keller, Ph.D., of Nature's Sunshine Products; James Kinsinger of the Hain-Celestial Group; Beth Lambert of Herbalist and Alchemist; David Litell of The Chemins Co.; Matt Redd, of A. M. Todd Co.; Greg Tilford of Animal Essentials Inc.; Susan Trimbo of GNC; Gordon Walker of Nature's Way Products; Stefan Wypyszyk of MB North America; and Michael Yatcilla of Natrol Inc.

The organization also gave out awards during Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. AHPA awarded Beth Lambert, chief executive officer of Herbalist & Alchemist in Washington, N.J., the Hero award. Joseph Betz, director of the Dietary Supplement Methods and Reference Materials Program in the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., received the Herbal Insight Award. Traditional Medicinals, based in Sebastopol, Calif., received the Herbal Industry Leader award. AHPA also honored four individual Founding Friends in the industry: Mark Blumenthal, Loren Israelsen, Lynda LeMole and Rob McCaleb.

Asheville, N.C.-based naturals retailer Earth Fare Market and Caf? hired Bart Coleman as vice president of real estate and development. Coleman spent 15 years with Bi-Lo supermarkets, the last 11 as vice president of real estate. He has also worked for Fleming Companies and The Kroger Co.

Mike O'Brien, vice president of produce for Schnuck Markets, was elected chair of the Produce for Better Health Foundation's board of trustees. O'Brien recently served as PBG vice chair. Mark Munger, of Anderson Williamson Sales Co., was elected vice chairman, and Paul Klutes, of C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., was elected secretary/treasurer. Mary DeGroat, director of public relations for the California Strawberry Commission, was elected chair of PBH's consumer marketing and communications committee. John Corsaro, senior vice president of Giumarra Companies, is chair of the development committee. The following people were elected as at-large members of PBH's executive committee: John Aune of W. Newell & Co.; Jennifer Armen-Bolen of Nunhems USA; Terry Humfeld of the Produce Marketing Association; Melissa Murphy Brown of Del Monte Foods; Roger Pepperl of Stemilt Growers Inc.; Blair Richardson of FreshSense; and Tom Stenzel of the United Fresh Produce Association.

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