Karen Howard, President
Prior to her selection as President of NASC in May 2012, Karen Howard served as Executive Director of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians for 9 years. She successfully created a presence for naturopathic doctors on Capitol Hill earning them a respected position in the healthcare system. Ms. Howard started her career on Capitol Hill and has worked successfully with regulators to achieve positive outcomes for diverse groups of stakeholders. Many of her achievements are a result of working productively with Congress to implement legislation that positively impacts health and wellness industries. She earned a bachelor's degree in education sciences from the University of Missouri.
Dale Metz, Vice President
Dale Metz is a founding member of NASC and was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2002, currently serving as Vice President. From 1998 to 2013, Mr. Metz was the Chief Executive Officer of FoodScience Corporation, a market leader in the human and animal supplement industries for more than 30 years. The company's three animal product divisions are Pet Naturals of Vermont, U.S. Animal Nutritionals of Vermont and Vetri-Science Laboratories of Vermont. The four human supplement divisions include DaVinci Laboratories of Vermont, FoodScience of Vermont, Mountain Naturals of Vermont and Competitive Edge of Vermont. Under his leadership, FoodScience set new standards for quality and product innovation by providing superior nutritional supplements for humans and animals. The company was originally one of Mr. Metz' clients at the accounting firm of KPMG (previously known as Peat Marwick) where he was a partner for 20 years prior to joining FoodScience. Mr. Metz earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Bentley College.
Bill Bookout, Chair, Board of Directors
Bill Bookout is a founding member of the National Animal Supplement Council, serving as President from 2002 to May 2012 and continuing as chariman of Board of Directors of the nonprofit organization. Mr. Bookout was President of Genesis Limited, a company he founded in 1999 that provides both feed and health products for companion animals. In March of 2012, Geneis was acquired by Kemin Industries Inc., privately held, family-owned company that has nearly 1500 employees and operates in more than 90 countries. He has been selected by Health Canada to serve on the Expert Advisory Committee for Veterinary Natural Health Products. Prior to founding Genesis, he spent 15 years in the human medical device and animal health industries, including executive positions with Medex Medical, the All-Care Animal Referral Center (a specialty referral veterinary hospital) and AnaMed International, and was Director of Sales & Marketing for Marquest Medical Products. Mr. Bookout received his bachelor's degree in physical sciences from the University of Wyoming and an MBA from Pepperdine University, Presidents and Key Executive Program.
Lorri Chavez, Board Member
Named to the NASC Board of Directors in January 2003, Lorri Chavez currently is Director, Regulatory Affairs for Central Garden & Pet (Farnam/Central Life Sciences). Prior to joining Farnam, Ms. Chavez served as Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs, at Alliance Medical Corporation and as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Specialist at IMPRA, Inc., a division of C.R. Bard. From 1991 to 1998, she was a Project Manager at Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Chavez earned a bachelor's in liberal arts from Xavier University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix with an emphasis in health care management. She also earned her regulatory affairs certification from the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society.
Nick Hartog, Board Member
Nick Hartog is a founding member of the NASC Board of Directors. Prior to his involvement with NASC, Mr. Hartog was the founder and President of the National Association of Equine Supplement Manufacturers, a nonprofit group founded in 1999 with the goal of raising standards in the equine supplement industry. The NAESM combined with NASC in 2003. Currently, he is President and co-owner of Grand Meadows Nutritional Supplements, Inc., a company he joined in 1997. A fierce advocate of improving standards, Mr. Hartog is a frequent source for articles about the equine supplement industry and has written for magazines such as Equus, North West Horse Source and The Horse. Prior to joining Grand Meadows, he was a distributor for Rio Vista Equine Products on the east coast. Born in London, he earned a degree in economics at Balliol College in Oxford, England.
Scott Garmon, Board Member
Scott Garmon, President and CEO of The Garmon Corporation/NaturVet, was named to the NASC Board of Directors in 2003. His company was the first manufacturer to pass the comprehensive NASC Quality Control audit. After earning his degree at Cal Poly Pomona, Mr. Garmon founded The Garmon Corporation and has successfully grown it into a premium manufacturer of natural dietary supplements for dogs, cats and horses. With the acquisition of GreenTree Laboratories, Pet Organics and Overby Farms, he has expanded the product lines and evolved The Garmon Corporation into a diverse, multi-functional company. The corporation also provides extensive private labeling for other well-known pet supplement firms.
Paal Gisholt, Board Member
Paal Gisholt was named to the NASC Board of Directors in 2002. He is responsible for the NASC Adverse Event Reporting System (NAERS), a proprietary application developed by NASC that provides FDA/CVM with unprecedented visibility on the safe use of animal supplements by NASC members. Mr. Gisholt was part of the founding team of NASC and a principal author of Compliance Plus, NASC's comprehensive program to promote fair and consistent regulation of the animal supplement industry. He serves as President and CEO of SmartPak Equine, the leading supplement retailer in the equestrian market. Through partnerships with 35 leading supplement manufacturers, SmartPak sells custom-packed supplement packs directly to consumers, simplifying supplement administration and ensuring compliance with label instructions. Prior to forming SmartPak in 1999, Mr. Gisholt was a general partner of Spray Venture Partners, a venture capital firm focused on medical technology. He got his start in the venture capital business with Advent International where he focused on plastics and packaging, and later drug discovery, health care services, medical information technology and medical devices. Mr Gisholt began his career as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Dartmouth College and earned an MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.
Rebecca Rose, Board Member
Rebecca Rose, president and CEO of In Clover, Inc., was elected to the NASC Board of Directors in 2010 and 2013. She founded In Clover in 1996 after 15 years in the areas of human and animal drug and supplement development, regulatory protocol and commercialization. She worked with CDC, NIH and FDA to successfully commericalize four novel technology-based products. Ms. Rose is the author of three patents on the composition and method for the treatment of joint disorder in vertebrates. Her previous entrepreneurial experience includes start-up positions with Coors Biotechnology, The Harris Group and GyneLogix. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Northern Colorado and received an MBA from the University of Denver.
Mike Uckele, Board MemberMike Uckele is a certified nutritionist, President, CEO and third-generation owner of Uckele Health & Nutrition, a company with 50 years experience worldwide using proven advances in science in the manufacturing of animal and human nutritional supplements. He has worked extensively in the area of nutrition for over 20 years researching and developing unique formulations that address basic and specific nutritional needs for animals and people, including customized protocols for hundreds of professional and Olympic athletes worldwide. A founding member of NASC, Mr. Uckele was elected to the NASC Board of Directors in 2010 and 2013. He is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Oil Chemist Society, the International Society of Sports Nutrition, the American College for Advancement in Medicine, the Institute of Functional Medicine and the American Association of Integrative Medicine. He was recently recognized as the 2011 Michigan Small Business Person of the Year. Mr. Uckele is a frequent resource for feature articles in national and regional nutrition publications. He earned a diploma as a certified nutritionist as well as a bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State University.
Scott McCunn, Board Member
Scott McCunn was elected to the NASC Board of Directors in 2013. He has been with 21st Century since 2000 and is currently Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for 21st Century HealthCare, Inc. where he is responsible for overseeing and contributing to all aspects of regulatory issues for both human and companion pet health and dietary products. While in the regulatory role at 21st Century, Mr. McCunn has applied his regulatory understanding of DSHEA to lift the company to full cGMP compliance for human dietary supplements and has applied these principals to the manufacturing of the 21st Century pet products as well. Prior to his regulatory position, he was the Vice President of Research & Development for 21st Century where he formulated or worked on formulation improvements for over 400 manufactured products including a highly palatable flavor profile for pet supplements. Mr. McCunn has been working in the dietary supplement industry since 1988 and, in that time, has gained functional knowledge of all aspects of dietary supplement manufacturing that supports and adds value to his current position.