The program, which is partnered with and supported by the American Botanical Council, was founded with the help of 18 founding underwriting supporters. They included ingredient suppliers, herbal product manufacturers and an industry trade association.
Of the inaugural scientific board, SHP Director Ann Armbrecht, PhD, had this to say: “I am so grateful to have the support and guidance of these individuals, all of whom are leaders in creating conversations about sustainable practices for the botanical industry. We are greatly honored to have them join us to help guide the development of new programming and educational content…for the botanical community. We very much look forward to working with them to help us forward our educational and inspirational mission.”
The new board members are:
Josef Brinckmann, Traditional Medicinals; Bill Chioffi, Botanical Consulting International and formerly of Gaia Herbs; Bethany Davis, FoodState/Mega Food; Trish Flaster, Botanical Liaisons; Edward Fletcher, Native Botanicals; David Hircock, Estee Lauder Companies; Holly Johnson PhD, AHPA; Sarah Laird, People and Plants International; Danna J Leaman PhD, Medicinal Plants Specialist Group; Susan Leopold PhD, United Plant Savers; Sebastian Pole, Pukka Herbs; Anant Darshan Shankar, Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions; Erin Smith, WishGarden Herbs; Anastasiya Timoshyna, TRAFFIC; Anne Wedel-Klein, Martin Bauer Group; Steven Yeager, Mountain Rose Herbs.