2012 Health and Wellness Conference


Marc Braman, MD, MPH 

Dr. Braman is a founding member of ACLM, and has served as Chair of the Committee on Practice and in the office of Secretary. His passion is building better healthcare that will get better treatment to those who need it.  To accomplish this Dr. Braman has focused on building the infrastructure of ACLM for long term success as well as building collaborative relationships with other organizations and key individuals in healthcare.  Dr. Braman has developed and implemented Lifestyle Medicine services in private practice, group practice, and hospital affiliated settings, and is currently in private practice in Oregon.  He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University and is board certified in Preventive Medicine/Public Health and Occupational Medicine. 

Connecting The Dots for an Insanely Great Health Experience

Steve Jobs, and Apple, reinvented at least six entire industries by thinking differently and connecting the dots to create a seamless user experience so that "it just works."   It is time for the reinvention of healthcare, health, and wellness.  The pieces necessary for a seamless health experience have been broken and disconnected.  The American College of Lifestyle Medicine is thinking differently and bringing the pieces together so that "it just works."  It is time to connect the dots.

Becky Frankiewicz

Becky FrankiewiczBecky is responsible for leading Global Nutrition Group innovation around creating new consumer touchpoints for our health and wellness portfolio.  This includes working with key retail and foodservice partners, schools, and creating brand new points of interaction where we can better serve consumers in and out of home.  

Prior to this role, Becky was VP, Innovation and Strategy for Quaker Foods and Snacks.  She also served as VP, Women’s Portfolio Marketing leading Frito Lay’s efforts in creating and marketing products for women.  She also led the marketing for Frito-Lay for the first portfolio efforts based on “farm grown” ingredients.

Becky joined Frito-Lay in 2006 as Director of Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions. In this role, she worked with senior leadership in crafting Frito-Lay's revenue strategy.

Before joining Frito-Lay, Becky worked in strategic consulting with CPG and retail companies and also spent several years with Procter & Gamble.  Becky holds a BBA and MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Fast Company named Becky one of The Ten Most Creative People in Food in 2009.

Becky and her husband Marek have three daughters: Parker (11), Payton (9) and Piper (7).

Thomas Goetz 

 Thomas Goetz is author of The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine. Former FDA commissioner Dr. David Kessler calls The Decision Tree “a game changer,” and Dr. Dean Ornish says that Goetz “writes more clearly and presciently about the future of health care than anyone on the planet.” The executive editor of WIRED Magazine, Goetz writes frequently on the confluence of medicine, health and technology. His cover stories at WIRED have covered the early detection of cancer, the advent of personal genomics, and the controversial diagnosis of metabolic syndrome. His work has been selected for both the Best American Science Writing and the Best Technology Writing anthologies. Since Goetz joined WIRED in 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 12 National Magazine Awards and has won six times, including the top award for general excellence three times. Prior to joining WIRED, Goetz was a staff reporter at The Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times op-ed page, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He has been a commentator for BBC Radio and appeared many times on CNN, CNBC, ABC, and other television outlets. Goetz earned a Master of Public Health degree at University of California, Berkeley. An English major at Bates College, he also holds a Master's degree in American literature from the University of Virginia

The Decision Tree: Taking Control of Your Health in the New Era of Personalized Medicine

In The Decision Tree, Thomas Goetz proposes a new strategy for thinking about health, one that applies cutting-edge technology and sound science to put us at the center of the equation. An individual’s Decision Tree begins with genomics, where $400 and a test tube of spit provides a peek at how your DNA influences your health. It taps self-monitoring and collaborative health tools, where iPhone applications and next-generation monitoring gadgets can help individuals successfully change their behavior, once and for all. And it turns to new screening techniques that detect diseases like cancer and diabetes far earlier and with far better prospects for our long-term health. Full of thoughtful, groundbreaking reporting on the impact personalized medicine will have on the average patient, The Decision Tree shows how you can take advantage of this new frontier in health care.

Tina Rosenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winner, Tina Rosenberg, has been the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and is the author of two previous books: Children of Cain, about Latin America, and The Haunted Land, about post-Communist Eastern Europe, which was awarded both The Pulitzer Prize and The National Book Award. She writes "Fixes," an online column on solutions to social problems, at The New York Times. Commenting on why she started writing about peer pressure, Rosenberg says, "Problems were in endless supply. But it was starting to seem more interesting and valuable to write about solutions--to find the places where these problems were being solved." Her speeches challenge audiences to question their ingrained perceptions that peer pressure--the intense influence of a group you wish to belong to--can only lead to negative outcomes. She offers, instead, a bright new way of changing the world for the better through carefully applied peer pressure--call it "The Social Cure."

Peer Pressure:  The Secret Weapon for Saving Americans' Health

Health in America is becoming a self-inflicted catastrophe. Poor patient adherence--failure to take prescribed medicine and to do things like quit smoking, exercise and eat healthy foods—is responsible for much of the disease in America. When health systems pay attention to the issue of adherence at all, it is usually by applying ineffective measures. In this eye-opening talk, Tina Rosenberg looks at the powerful ways that peer pressure can be the solution to the problem. Offering a way to cut health care costs and help Americans live more healthfully, this is a must-see talk.

Breakout Session Speakers

Anne L. Burns, R.Ph.

Anne L. Burns, RPhAnne L. Burns, RPh, is Senior Vice President, Professional Affairs at the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Ms. Burns is responsible for new strategic initiatives and advancing the Association’s professional practice and science agendas. She directs APhA’s practice, science, and student pharmacist Academies and new practitioner program, the Association’s medication therapy management initiative, and activities related to community pharmacy residency programs, health information technology, medication safety, credentialing, and quality. Ms. Burns joined APhA in 1997 as the Association’s Associate Director of Education, and she has served as Director, Practice Development and Research, Group Director, Practice Development and Research, and Vice President, Professional Affairs. Prior to joining APhA, she was clinical assistant professor and manager of the professional practice laboratory at The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. Her background includes practice in the community and ambulatory care pharmacy settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy. She is active in pharmacy professional organizations and serves on several medication therapy management and quality-related advisory councils.

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD, ACSM HFS

Wendy Bazilian, DrPH, MA, RD, ACSM HFSAs a writer, educator, and food enthusiast Dr. Bazilian brings experience in nutrition science, public health and counseling to her work. Dr. Bazilian graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University, and received her Master’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego. She completed her Doctoral Degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Loma Linda University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the highest academic honor, the prestigious Chancellor’s Award. She is a registered dietitian and American College of Sports Medicine–certified Health and Fitness Specialist. She is Nutrition Advisor at the renowned Golden Door fitness resort and spa in Escondido, California since 2003 and co-owns Bazilian’s Health Clinic in San Diego with her husband, Dr. Jason Bazilian. She has been a guest on Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America Health, ABC News, ABC’s View from the Bay, Fox Business’ Money for Breakfast, NBC’s Telemundo, Univision and a variety of other local and national programs. Dr. Bazilian is a consultant to corporations and healthcare providers providing strategic planning, writing, clinical editing in English and Spanish. Dr. Bazilian has written for and her advice has been featured in numerous national magazines including Martha Stewart Living, USA Today, Healing Lifestyles & Spas, Town & Country, Natural Health, Spa Magazine, FIRST for Women, Allure among others, and as a professional writer on nutrition and exercise, has published over 200 articles for corporate and other media.. She is author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet: Lose Weight with the Power of SuperNutrients (Rodale). She has also contributed to a number of books including the New York Times bestselling SuperFoodsRx, and the James Beard and IACP-nominated Golden Door Cooks at Home.

John M. Coster, Ph.D., R.Ph.

John M. Coster, Ph.D., R.Ph.John M. Coster, Ph.D., R.Ph., is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Director of the Center for Community Pharmacy Advocacy, National Community Pharmacists Association. Prior, from 2007 to 2009 he served as Vice President, Federal Affairs and Public Policy, Rite Aid Corporation, the nation’s third largest drug chain with 5,100 pharmacies in 37 states and the District of Columbia. He was responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with policymakers, members of Congress, and regulatory agencies and identifying and impacting Federal health program legislation and trends that impacted Rite Aid's business objectives and operations. He was also responsible for developing and executing policy and strategy relating to Federal and state health care issues. From January 2000 until July 2007 he served as Vice President, Policy & Programs, with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) in Alexandria, VA. At NACDS he was responsible for policy issues relating to Federal health care programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, and Federal regulatory issues, such as FDA and CMS. From April 1990 through April 1994, he served as a professional staff member of the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging. In his capacity, he was responsible for all issues relating to pharmaceutical coverage and cost containment. He was involved in the drafting of the Medicaid pharmaceutical rebate provisions of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1990, the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992, and the Medicaid pharmaceutical and vaccine-related provision of OBRA 93. He served as a member of the President’s Task Force on Health Care Reform, and helped to draft the pharmaceutical-related provisions of the President’s Health Security Act, including the Medicare outpatient prescription drug benefit. Ph.D. (1989) in Health Policy from the University of Maryland Graduate School in Baltimore.

Julie Craven

Julie CravenAs vice president of corporate communications for Hormel Foods Corporation, Julie H. Craven oversees all communications and community relations activities, serves as the company’s chief spokesperson and is responsible for Studio H—the company’s creative and graphic services group. In this capacity, Craven has overall responsibility for media relations, employee communications, the company's digital presence, issues management, corporate social responsibility initiatives, the consumer response group and SPAM® Museum and SPAM™ Shop operations. She serves as administrator to the Hormel Foods Charitable Trust, which supports the company’s scholarship and matching gift programs. During her 21-year career with the company, Craven has developed her vision for the strategic consumer affairs in 1988, transferred to foodservice as a product manager in 1995, and was promoted to senior product manager three years later. She was promoted to director of corporate communications in 2001 and to vice president in 2005. Prior to joining Hormel Foods, Craven gained operations and marketing services experience at Kraft Foods and was a food editor at Meredith Corporation for Better Homes & Gardens special interest publications. Craven holds a bachelor of science degree in nutrition and dietetics from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in food science and nutrition from the University of Missouri. She is a native of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Craven is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the Arthur W. Page Society, Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, American Dietetic Association, Minnesota Dietetic Association, Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. In addition, she serves as a Trustee for the Institute for Public Relations and is the Grocery Manufacturers of America Communications Committee chairman.

David De Souza

David DeSouza is the General Manager at Kashi Company where he has worked for the past seven years. Prior to being at Kashi, he has worked in multiple countries in varied roles with Kashi's parent organization, Kellogg Company. He is passionate about enabling the right partnerships between natural brands and retailers to delight shoppers and improve their shopping experience


Craig Foster

Craig FosterCraig Foster is Founder and President of Quantum Services Group; a Retail Industry Store Solutions consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA. For 25 years, Craig has served the Retail industry providing strategic improvements in Store Operations, Information Technology, POS, Human Resources, Supply Chain Management, Finance and Logistics. His experience includes the mid market as well as Fortune 500 clients such as Home Depot, Best Buy, Target, Kroger and Ahold, USA. From his earliest days as an Enterprise Solutions Sales consultant to becoming President and COO of a National Retail Communications firm; Craig has developed a breadth of knowledge that brings Clarity, Confidence and Capability. Through Quantum Services Group, LLC, Mr. Foster provides strategic support to the Retail, CPG and Healthcare industries. His specialty is the development of Store technologies aligning with industry knowledge, culture and vision. Craig earned a BBA in Marketing and Management from Texas Tech University. He is involved with numerous civic and social organizations such as the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, National Retail Federation, Food Marketing Institute, Worldwide Employee Benefits and the Boy Scouts of America.

Sharon Glass

As Group Vice President, Health, Beauty and Wellness, Sharon Glass leads the health, beauty and wellness business for Catalina Marketing, the global leader in behavior-based marketing solutions that intelligently connect CPG, healthcare and retailer marketers with specific audiences. Sharon advocates personalized communication programs that help shoppers make healthier food choices, manage chronic health concerns and lower their risk of adverse conditions. Working collaboratively with CPG marketers, retailers and health associations, Sharon creates marketing campaigns that motivate shoppers to make positive choices in nutrition, disease management and self-care. Sharon directs the development of Catalina Marketing's proprietary analytic techniques for the health, beauty and wellness industry. Sharon’s expertise in shopper marketing, analytics and retail operations reflects twenty years of CPG industry experience. She held positions in marketing, category development and business strategy at leading companies in direct marketing and the healthcare sector. Sharon frequently speaks at industry conferences, sharing her expertise in loyalty marketing, shopper segmentation and how consumers choose products in every aisle of the store.

Gretchen Goffe

Gretchen's passion is finding the Health Hero inside brands and seeing the results in the marketplace. She believes it begins with finding the key that changes consumers perspective on a brand from “Why?” to “Why Not?”. Gretchen has been a co-creator of two agency divisions within GSW that focus on marketing health and wellness. As the Director of Strategy for The Well@GSW, she brings Big Idea thinking when translating brands into inspired campaigns that get results. Gretchen has a degree in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University and long-standing interest in health and wellness. Her 20 years of experience includes senior positions on the agency and client side, from product development through launch campaigns. She has led brand development, strategy and launches for many cosmetic, food and wellness brands that established them in the hearts and minds of consumers.

June Jo Lee

As Senior Director of Strategic Insights, June is responsibility for global consumer insights based on ethnographic interpretations of the culture of everyday life in relation to health and wellness, sustainability, identity, tastes and desire. She is also instrumental in developing strategic frameworks that enable planning and innovation based on long-term cultural shifts rather than short-term trending. Her research in Brazil, India, Singapore, South Korea and China is focused consumer insights, packaging and product innovation, as well as global/localized communications strategies. Her clients include Nestle, Kraft, Pepsico, General Mills, Kashi, White Wave, Campbell's, Heinz, Johnson and Johnson, Seventh Generation, and Burt's Bees. June has a MA in East Asian Studies from Harvard and an MA in Korean Studies from Yonsei University.

Duffy MacKay

Duffy MacKay, N.D. is Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Dr. MacKay is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor and was a co-owner and practitioner in a family-owned New Hampshire complementary and alternative medicine private practice for seven years. In addition to his hands-on experience as a practitioner in the field of integrative medicine, he spent eight years working as a medical consultant for two companies in the dietary supplement industry, including four years as an executive with Nordic Naturals, where he was in charge of clinical research. He previously served as Technical Advisor for Thorne Research. Dr. MacKay has published articles in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the Editorial Board of two peer-reviewed publications: the clinical journal Alternative Medicine Review and the official publication of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Natural Medicine Journal. Dr. MacKay earned his degree in Marine Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz and his N.D. from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. Dr. MacKay is licensed in the state of New Hampshire. Currently, Dr. MacKay is the head of the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Department of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers. Dr. MacKay is active in dietary supplement industry expert committees including the NSF Joint Committee on Dietary Supplements, delegate to United States Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention, and chairs the Standardized Information on Dietary Ingredients (SIDI) Working Group.

Peter Meyers

As Associate Vice President, Product Development and Innovation, Peter is responsible for introducing new loyalty programs and services to the North American marketplace – building on LoyaltyOne’s unique expertise in operating the continent’s most successful loyalty coalition, the AIR MILES Reward Program. He has a particular focus on developing loyalty solutions for the health care sector. Prior to assuming his current position, Peter was Vice President, Marketing, with another Alliance Data business – ICOM Information & Communications L.P, a leading provider of targeted marketing solutions and operator of the largest permission-based consumer database in North America. Progressing from 1997 through a series of sales and new venture roles, he was ultimately responsible for marketing communications and product innovation at ICOM. He previously held brand management positions with Procter & Gamble and Novartis, and over the course of his career has acquired extensive sales and marketing experience in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical (prescription and over-the-counter) and tobacco sectors. A regular speaker at direct marketing conferences, Peter is an acknowledged expert in targeted promotion and lead generation; understanding and shifting consumer behavior; direct marketing strategy; and effective database mining and target selection. He is a frequent contributor to many industry publications, including Brandweek, Promo and DMNews. Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University.

Dr. David Nau

Dr. David NauDr. David Nau is Senior Director for Research & Performance Measurement at PQA (a pharmacy quality alliance). Prior to joining PQA, he held tenured faculty appointments at the University of Michigan and University of Kentucky, and also served as Manager of Research Strategies for Humana Pharmacy Solutions. Dr. Nau received his B.S. in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University and an M.S. in Pharmacy Administration from the University of Toledo. Dr. Nau completed a pharmacy residency program at The Toledo Hospital and a specialized residency in hospital pharmacy management at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. He also worked in community pharmacy and hospital pharmacy management before receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1997. Dr. Nau’s work has focused on the improvement of medication-use within the healthcare system, and he is one of the few pharmacists to hold the designation of Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). His work has included evaluating the quality and safety of medication-use for patients with chronic diseases, the establishment of pharmacy-based disease management programs, and the development of quality improvement systems for pharmacy services. He has conducted research on the causes and consequences of medication non-adherence and he helped to develop methodological standards for medication-adherence research for several organizations including PQA. Dr. Nau has authored over 50 publications and is a frequently invited speaker on issues related to quality assessment and research methods.

Jeremy Nobel

Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Adjunct Faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health, and Medical Director at the Northeast Business Group on Health is a noted health care innovator, designing and evaluating new approaches to delivering health and health care that focus on maximizing quality, value and patient experience. Nobel’s work is directed towards the enhancement of health at both the individual and the community level. This includes supporting patients in their engagement with improved nutrition and dietary habits, exercise and other lifestyle behaviors, while at the same time working with doctors, hospitals, pharmacists, nutritionists, health educators, retailers, employers, municipalities and other community stakeholders, to come together as effective members of the patient’s “Health Care Team”. Building on “lessons learned” in his own years of medical practice, Dr. Nobel’s work includes the use of technologies to better coordinate information flow between patients, providers, payers and purchasers. These powerful tools include web-based personal health records, interactive web-sites, remote physiologic monitoring, and mobile computing via cell phones. Dr. Nobel has consulted to major corporations, foundations, and governments both in the US and abroad about new directions in public health. He serves on several boards, including the Scientific Advisory Board of Guiding Stars. He has been on the faculty of the Harvard School of Public Health since 1988, where he teaches and does research on the health policy and management issues related to improving care delivery processes through better information management. Dr. Nobel is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine with Master’s Degrees in Epidemiology and Public Health Policy from the Harvard School of Public Health. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University within the Science and Human Affairs program and received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Charlie Oltman

Charlie Oltman, MBA, CHC is the currently the Government Programs and Standards Compliance Manager for Target Stores responsible for Federal Healthcare program regulations and Industry standards for over 1,600 pharmacies. He received his BS in finance at the University of Oregon and his MBA at Metropolitan State University and has 18 year’s experience in the pharmacy industry. He has been responsible for complying with HIPAA standards and government programs such as NCPDP D.0, 835, Medicaid, Medicare Part B & D, FWA, ePrescribing and FDA/REMS. Previously, he was responsible Managed Care Operation’s including managing payer audits. Oltman has been a member of NCPDP since 1996 serving as a Co-Chair for Payment Reconciliation, Provider/Member Enrollment, Maintenance and Control Co-Chair, and currently as Chair of the Telecommunications workgroup. He is serving his third term on the Board of Trustee currently as the Vice Chair and Annual Conference Chair. He lead an industry focus group on payer audits, is the Co-Task leader of the NCPDP Audit Task Group and is a Member of the AMCP Community Pharmacy Outreach Advisory Council Task Force on Model Audit Guidelines.

Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, R.D.

Elizabeth Pivonka is President and CEO of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation devoted to increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables. A passionate advocate of greater consumption of fruits and vegetables for America’s better health, Dr. Pivonka has been integrally involved with the Foundation’s efforts since it was incorporated in 1991. She served as Director of Nutrition and Science and then as Deputy Executive Director before she was selected as President in 1997. She guides the Foundation’s efforts to work through industry members and government partners to advance the overall effort of increasing fruit and vegetable consumption through past implementation of the 5 A Day Program and now through the new Fruits & Veggies More Matters health initiative. Dr. Pivonka also plays a critical role as co-chair, together with CDC, of the National Fruit & Vegetable Alliance’s Steering Committee. Dr. Pivonka was recognized in 2007 as one of the “Top Women in Grocery” by Progressive Grocer. She was recognized as one of the “Top 25” produce industry leaders in 2005 and as the 2001 Marketer of the Year, both by the produce industry’s leading publication, The Packer. Kansas State University selected her as their 2005 Alumni Fellow for the College of Human Ecology. Under Pivonka’s leadership, the Foundation has also received a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2009 Pioneering Innovation Award, Secretary Tommy Thompson’s Health & Human Services 2004 Innovation in Prevention Award and the 2003 Produce Industry Advocate of the Year Award from the United Fresh Produce Association. Dr. Pivonka is a Registered Dietitian and holds a doctorate in food and nutrition science from Kansas State University. She is married and has two children.

Bill Schneider

Bill Schneider is the Director of Marketing for Aisle7, a leader in wellness-driven shopper marketing. He is responsible for creating health and wellness products that help people make healthy decisions, where it counts most: at retail. Eight of the top ten supermarket retailers use Aisle7 technology products to influence decisions through all aspects of the consumer buying cycle with online, in-store, mobile and social apps. An avid runner, climber and all around fitness enthusiast, Bill is passionate about educating consumers about health and wellness through technology. Prior to Aisle7, Bill held senior positions with web analytics leader WebTrends, where he helped Fortune 500 organizations optimize their online business through analytics. He also served as an account supervisor with Waggener Edstrom, the PR agency of record for Microsoft, contributing to major product launches such as Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. When Bill’s not creating new products or climbing mountains, he’s spending time with his wife and two daughters in the Oregon outdoors.

Nick Vlahos

Nick Vlahos joined leading natural personal care products company, Burt’s Bees®, as Vice President – General Manager in March, 2011. He oversees the Burt’s Bees business unit worldwide, driving growth in over 30 countries where Burt’s Bees is present, as well as spearheading further expansion. Representative of the principles and values of the brand’s founders, Vlahos continues to promote The Greater Good™ business model. He embraces the notion of servant leadership and works to empower continued success of the team at Burt’s Bees. Previously, Vlahos served as Vice President – General Manager for The Clorox Company’s Laundry, Brita® and Green Works® businesses, where he managed and developed a $1 billion dollar portfolio of brands. He also held the role of Vice President of Customer Capability and Development in addition to numerous roles within the sales organization during his tenure at The Clorox Company. Vlahos launched his career at Helene Curtis working on leading personal care brands such as Suave and Degree. Vlahos is a graduate of Indiana University. Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Natural Products Association, a leading North American industry group supporting the interests of the natural products industry and consumers. He lends his support to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, an organization that assists those who have served in the U.S. Military, and he has also been newly selected to join the Executive Committee for the American Heart Association, North Carolina Chapter. He and his wife, Angela, live in North Carolina with their four children – two sets of boy/girl twins.

Dave Wendland

Dave WendlandDave Wendland is responsible for establishing and coordinating marketing, business development and industry relations efforts for Hamacher Resource Group. In addition, he is recognized for his thought leadership within the industry and for helping retail healthcare organizations in the identification of new products and enhancements to existing retail practices. A frequent industry speaker, Dave's engaging delivery style will leave participants motivated to action and equipped to begin making an immediate difference in their operation. He is also a regular contributor to various industry trade publications: Drug Store News; Chain Drug Review; and Healthcare Distributor; as well as serving as a BrainTrust member of RetailWire.com. In addition, Dave serves on the Board of Directors for CHPA and participates as a member of HDMA’s Health, Beauty and Wellness Executive Committee. Hamacher Resource Group (HRG) shapes the consumer experience at retail with strategic business development expertise that enhances the profitability of health, beauty and wellness product manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and affiliated companies. Pioneers in category management and offering solutions including category management, research and analytics, marketing services, product images and data, and more, HRG is a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

Alyssa Williamson

Alyssa Williamson is Chief Operating Officer, US Wellness, Inc. Alyssa is instrumental in strategic development of in-store health and wellness program operations and service delivery, serving retailers nationwide. Alyssa has extensive analytical and management skills and a proven track record for innovation in health and wellness service delivery. She has been with US Wellness, leading the organization’s operations since 2004. Prior to joining US Wellness, Alyssa was Senior Analyst with Ernst & Young, LLP, tracking and reporting on leading indicators important to the healthcare and life sciences fields for clients. She also served as a consultant with the Ernst & Young's healthcare strategic planning practice. Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and her MBA from Ohio University.

View Mobile Site