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LeAnn Hovdenes, R.D., joined the marketing department of Fargo, N.D.-based SK Food International Inc.

Dayville, Conn.-based distributor United Natural Foods Inc. appointed Randle E. Lindberg president of the Western region. Lindberg served as president and chief executive officer of Nature's Best for 26 years. UNFI also promoted Michael Beaudry to Eastern region president.

Rick Jahnke, cofounder of American BioSciences Inc., ran the New York Marathon for Cure Autism Now.

Todd Woloson, cofounder and CEO of IZZE Beverage Co., based in Boulder, Colo., was one of 10 entrepreneurs voted the nation's best and brightest of 2005 by Inc. magazine.

John Bello, former founder and CEO of SoBe, recently joined IZZE's board of directors.

Nature's Path Foods hired Maria Emmer-Aanes as marketing director.

Biothera of Eagan, Minn., hired Dr. Myra Patchen as executive vice president of pharmaceutical development, William Gacki as chief financial officer and Michele Gargano as vice president of clinical development.

CEO Don McLemore retired from Iowa City, Iowa-based National Cooperative Grocers Association. Robynn Shrader will replace him.

Sue Romei is the new national sales director for Rustic Crust of Pittsfield, N.H.

Tree of Life Inc. of St. Augustine, Fla., hired Ken Erickson as director of premium taste and Davis Tsang as senior category manager, Asian.

The Dietary Supplement Education Alliance of Sarasota, Fla., named Jon Benninger president, David Morrison vice president and Michael McGuffin secretary/treasurer.

Carmen Fernholz will be the new organic agriculture coordinator for research management and Jim Riddle will be the new organic agriculture coordinator for outreach at the University of Minnesota's Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn.

Glastonbury, Conn.-based BioSafe Systems LLC hired Matt Walas as senior designer in the marketing department.

Minneapolis-based Citizens for Health, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group, elected James Gormley to its board of directors. Gormley is the scientific and regulatory liaison for Purchase, N.Y.-based Nutrition 21 Inc. and has served as senior policy adviser to Citizens for Health.

Wareham, Mass.-based Decas Cranberry Products Co. hired John Wankewicz as director of sales and marketing.

Lindsay Viner will replace Andrea Tuma as an account executive at Creative Media Marketing in Los Angeles.

Kohnstamm Communications, a St. Paul, Minn.-based public relations firm, hired Dana Norsten as senior account executive and promoted Kristen Lunsford to assistant account executive.

NSF International of Ann Arbor, Mich., appointed Randy Francisco director of corporate sales.

Washington, D.C.-based The National Nutritional Foods Association hired Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., as its new vice president of scientific affairs.

The Zuellig Group of Long Beach, Calif., appointed George Pontiakos president and CEO of Zuellig Group North America.

Kathleen Bader retired from Minnetonka, Minn.-based NatureWorks LLC, and Dennis McGrew stepped in as president and CEO.

David Henstrom, general manager for Cargill Health & Food Technologies, recently spoke at Food Ingredients Europe in Paris.

Eric Hallstead will be the new account manager in the functional systems group of Main Street Ingredients, a La Crosse, Wis.-based food processing company.

Pedro DeJesús, Jr., vice president and corporate counsel of Information Resources Inc., has been selected as one of Chicago United's 2005 Business Leaders of Color.

Long Beach, Calif.-based Zuellig Group Nutrition and Ingredients appointed Bill Murphy as general manager of the Zuellig Functional Food Ingredients division.

NUMI Tea hired Massimo Vidoni as its Eastern regional foodservice sales manager.

Glanbia Nutritionals of Monroe, Wis., hired Jim Lees as vice president of sales, North America, Billie Tessendorf as technical sales manager and Max Maxwell as business development manager.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods and Oils of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, hired Robb Wagg as its Midwest and Eastern regional sales manager.

Dr. Alan Greene, founder and CEO of, won the Aesculapius Award for best health site on the Internet.

John DePaolis, head of marketing for Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Country Choice Organic, joined the Organic Advisory Task Force. Jocelyne Gregg will be CCO's new East Coast regional manager.

Once Again Nut Butter Inc. of Nunda, N.Y., hired Jerry J. Katz as its chief operating officer.

Rocky Palamara is now senior vice president of sales at supplements manufacturer Futurebiotics in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Mark Blumenthal, founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council, was interviewed for America Online's Thirty Mile Zone on the celebrity use and endorsement of complementary and alternative medicine.

Natural Foods Merchandiser volume XXVII/number 3/p. 167, 169

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