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Boulder, Colo.-based Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy appointed David Maher to its board of directors. Maher brings 35 years of experience in the retail and health care industries.

Santa Cruz, Calif.-based California Certified Organic Farmers appointed Claudia Reid as the first full-time policy director in the organization's 35-year history. Reid brings more than 25 years of policy expertise to CCOF. She previously served as policy director for the California Coalition for Food and Farming, and was also the legislative director for the University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Wilmington, Del.–based Produce for Better Health Foundation appointed Theresa Kaufmann as manager of development. Prior to joining the foundation two years ago, Kaufmann worked with Albert's Organics.

Rob Lessin purchased Robbie's Natural Products, a 25-year-old California-based manufacturer of low-sodium barbeque sauces and condiments. Lessin was formerly owner of the Select Herb Tea Co., based in Oxnard, Calif.

Coastline Produce, based in Salinas, Calif., hired Bill Vargas as a sales professional and product manager for broccoli and cauliflower. Vargas has more than 20 years of experience in the produce industry, having worked as a broker and salesman with Dole and Growers Express.

The Greenfield, Mass.-based Organic Trade Association's board of directors announced that the OTA's chief operating officer, David Gagnon, will be interim executive director after June 30, until a new executive director is hired.

UAS Laboratories, based in Eden Prairie, Minn., hired Dr. Phillip Kamps as director of sales and marketing. Kamps is a chiropractor with extensive knowledge of wellness and health care.

Marc de Grandpre, former managing director for Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, joined antioxidant drink maker Purple Beverage Co. as vice president of marketing.

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