AHPA Elects New Board Members, Officers

(March 25, 2008) — The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) welcomes eight new members to the association’s Board of Trustees and congratulates the officers elected at the Board’s March 13 meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

Edward J. Fletcher, president, Strategic Sourcing, was re-elected Board Chair. Neways International’s Monzur Ahmed was re-elected Vice Chair, and Traditional Medicinals’ Katie Huggins and Vitality Works’ Mitch Coven were re-elected as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively.

Joining in the vote for the officers were the eight members freshly elected by their AHPA peers: Cindy Angerhoffer (Aveda Corporation), Rupa Das (BI Nutraceuticals), Daniel Gagnon (Herbs, Etc.), Jackie Greenfield (Gaia Herbs), Richard Kaufman (Paragon Laboratories), Wilson Lau (Nuherbs Co.), Tom Newmark (New Chapter, Inc.) and Volker Wypyszyk (MB North America). The results of the election were announced at the annual member meeting also held March 13.

"The AHPA Board of Trustees is the largest it has ever been, and the diversity and depth of the association’s membership is well represented,” said AHPA President Michael McGuffin. "I look forward to working with this outstanding group of individuals as we continue the good work done under the leadership of these officers in 2007 and address problems old and new with the insight of the entire Board."

Following is the AHPA Board of Trustees for 2008:

Edward Fletcher, Chair, Strategic Sourcing

Monzur Ahmed, Neways International

Cindy Angerhoffer, Aveda Corporation

Henry Chin, The Coca-Cola Company

Mitchell Coven, Vitality Works

Edward Croom, PhD, Indena USA

Rupa Das, BI Nutraceuticals

Staci Eisner, PlusPharma, Inc.

Daniel Gagnon, Herbs, Etc.

Jackie Greenfield, Gaia Herbs

Lyra Heller, Metagenics, Inc.

Katie Huggins, Traditional Medicinals

Sara Katz, Herb Pharm

Richard Kaufman, Paragon Laboratories

William Keller, PhD, Nature’s Sunshine Products

Beth Lambert, Herbalist & Alchemist

Wilson Lau, Nuherbs Company

Michael Lelah, NOW Foods

Tom Newmark, New Chapter, Inc.

Matt Redd, A.M. Todd Company

Dave Sullivan, GNC

Greg Tilford, Animal Essentials, Inc.

Gordon Walker, Nature’s Way Products

Kay Wright, Hain Celestial

Volker Wypyszyk, MB North America, Inc.


The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) is the only national trade association devoted to herbal issues. Representing the core of the botanical trade—comprised of the finest growers, processors, manufacturers and marketers of herbal products—our 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 herbal products are manufactured, labeled, and sold. Website: www.ahpa.org.

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