CRN Board of Directors

CRN’s Board of Directors provides leadership, guidance and oversight for the association, working closely with CRN’s staff to develop the association’s strategic priorities. See CRN's Board Officers, Executive Committee and Board Members below.

In addition to CRN's Board of Directors, member company representatives also participate in CRN's Standing Committees and Working Groups. Find out more.

CRN Board Officers

CHAIR
David Campbell
Bayer Healthcare

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Jim Hyde 
Balchem Human Nutrition & Pharma

CHAIR ELECT
Barry Ritz
Atrium Innovations, Inc.

CHAIR EMERITUS
Harvey Kamil 
The Nature’s Bounty Co.

TREASURER
Laura Harkness
Church and Dwight Co. Inc.   

SECRETARY
Jim Watson
Watson Inc. 

PRESIDENT & CEO
Steve Mister
Council for Responsible Nutrition

CRN Executive Committee

CHAIR
David Campbell
Bayer Healthcare

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Jim Hyde 
Balchem Human Nutrition & Pharma

CHAIR ELECT
Barry Ritz
Atrium Innovations, Inc.

CHAIR EMERITUS
Harvey Kamil 
The Nature’s Bounty Co.

TREASURER
Laura Harkness
Church and Dwight Co. Inc.   

SECRETARY
Jim Watson
Watson Inc. 

PRESIDENT & CEO
Steve Mister
Council for Responsible Nutrition

 

OTHER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

David Blackwood
DSM Nutritional Products

Kristen Blanchard
Nutramax Laboratories

Chad Clawson
Nutraceutical Corporation

Mike Devereux
Nature’s Way Brands

Mark Gelbert
The Nature's Bounty Co.

Kirk Jowers
doTERRA International

Randy King
Procter & Gamble/New Chapter Inc.

Micah Osborne 
Stratum Nutrition

Scott Ravech
Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes

Robert Uccardi
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

CRN Board of Directors

Manufacturers

Susanne Andersen-Baekgaard
Bifodan A/S

Aaron Bartz
Ortho Molecular Products

Kristen Blanchard
Nutramax Laboratories

Paul Bolar
Pharmavite LLC

David Campbell
Bayer Healthcare

Greg Chabidon
RB Health US, LLC

Chad Clawson
Nutraceutical Corporation

Michael Costello
The Clorox Company/Nutranext

Mike Devereux
Nature’s Way Brands

Mike Finamore
Gemini Pharmaceuticals

Bill Frankos
Herbalife, Ltd.

Mark Gelbert
The Nature's Bounty Co.

Laura Harkness
Church and Dwight Co. Inc.

Daniel Hassan
Physician’s Seal

David Hilton
Natrol, LLC

Mark Hornick
Jamieson Wellness Inc.

Kirk Jowers
doTERRA International

Randy King
Procter & Gamble/New Chapter Inc.

Tara Martin
Nutrawise Health and Beauty Corporation

Lauren Medoff
AdvoCare International, LP

Ken Myers
Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.

Scott Ravech
Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes

Barry Ritz
Atrium Innovations, Inc.

Craig Sheehan
Activ Nutritional, LLC

Michelle Stout
Amway/Nutrilite

Ben Teicher
Healthy Directions, LLC

Robert Uccardi
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Danielle Virant
Abbott Nutrition

Mark Walsh
MeriCal, LLC

Suppliers

David Blackwood
DSM Nutritional Products

Bruce Brown
Natreon Inc.

Sandy Chien
IMCD US

Leo Cullen
Kyowa Hakko U.S.A, Inc.

Sherry Duff
Innophos, Inc.

Jim Hamilton
Neptune Wellness Solutions

Jim Hyde
Balchem Human Nutrition & Pharma

James Komorowski
Nutrition 21

Micah Osborne
Stratum Nutrition

Beth Tormey
Lonza, Inc.

Jim Watson
Watson Inc.

 


CRN Committees and Working Groups

CRN Committees provide a platform for representatives within CRN member companies to discuss issues most relevant to their companies and to the supplement industry as a whole. Committee participation is the best way for members to be active within CRN and  receive the most value from their membership.

CRN Committees provide a platform for representatives within CRN member companies to discuss issues most relevant to their companies and to the supplement industry as a whole.  Participation in a committee is the best way for members to be active within CRN and get the most value from their membership. The following are standing committees which communicate on a regular basis.  CRN Members interested in joining a particular committee or working group should contact CRN’s Vice President of Membership Development, Carl Hyland (chyland@crnusa.org / 202-204-7674), or the designated CRN staff liaison.

 

In addition to committees, CRN forms working groups, task forces and subcommittees to respond to emerging issues or to proactively address an area of importance to CRN members and the dietary supplement industry.  As they typically tackle a specific issue, they remain separate from CRN’s long-standing committees.

CRN members, if you are interested in joining a particular committee or working group, please contact CRN’s Vice President of Membership Development, Carl Hyland (chyland@crnusa.org / 202-204-7674), or the designated CRN staff liaison. CRN Members can visit My CRN to access committee pages with members-only updates.


CRN Committees

Communications and Media Outreach Committee | CMOC PAGE AND ROSTER

The Communications and Media Outreach Committee (CMOC) is comprised of member company in-house representatives with an expertise in communications, public relations, media relations (traditional and new/social), marketing and market research and an interest in helping shape CRN’s communications and outreach programs. The CMOC discusses issues of importance to the industry, with a particular focus on the communications strategies and tactics.  In addition, committee members are actively apprised of scientific studies before they are released, are involved in handling potential crisis communication situations as they unfold, and work cooperatively as colleagues to promote and defend the industry to a variety of audiences, including media and consumers. The committee typically meets by conference call on an as-needed basis and holds an annual in-person meeting in New York City.

CRN staff liaison: Brian Wommack, Senior Vice President, Communications, 202-204-7680, bwommack@crnusa.org


Government Relations Committee GRC PAGE AND ROSTER

The Government Relations Committee (GRC) is composed of CRN members interested in legislative and government affairs.  The committee is a must for those who have or want a lobbying presence in Washington, D.C. and the states; wish to be involved with federal, state policy and politics. The GRC’s prime directive is to promote and protect DSHEA, but it is also a forum for the exchange of timely and useful legislative information, as well as discussions on coordinated efforts with external industry groups and like-minded coalitions. The group engages with elected officials, key staff, and Congressional committees. In addition, CRN’s GRC steers the Dietary Supplement Caucus, the primary educational venue for legislators and staff on Capitol Hill, and plans CRN’s annual advocacy effort—Day on the Hill.  The Committee convenes monthly via conference calls.

CRN staff liaison: Steve Mister, President & CEO, 202-204-7676, smister@crnusa.org


International Trade and Market Development Committee | ITMDC PAGE AND ROSTER

The International Trade and Market Development Committee (ITMDC) is comprised of member-company representatives with an interest in how international affairs shape the dietary supplement market.  The group both initiates and directs CRN activities in the international regulatory arena, including the Codex Alimentarius Commission and its various committees, the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Commission’s (EC) directives and major international initiatives relevant to dietary supplements and activities of the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA). The ITMDC focuses on lists of approved ingredients, setting rational, science-based maximum limits for vitamins and minerals, and protection of the food-drug borderline issue. The Committee holds conference calls as needed and an annual in-person meeting at The Conference: CRN’s Annual Symposium on Dietary Supplements.

CRN staff liaison: Jim Griffiths, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, International & Scientific Affairs, 202-204-7662, jgriffiths@crnusa.org


Legal Committee | LEGAL PAGE AND ROSTER

The Legal Committee is comprised of attorneys who are either in-house counsel for CRN’s voting member companies, or CRN associate members (i.e., outside counsel who are not CRN members may not participate in this committee). The Legal Committee discusses legal issues of interest to the dietary supplement and functional food industry, such as class-action lawsuits; FTC and FDA regulatory and enforcement actions; opportunities to join amicus briefs; significant legal cases impacting the industry; and, related topics raised by CRN members or CRN staff. The committee primarily meets by conference call on an as-needed basis. 

CRN staff liaison: Megan Olsen, Assistant General Counsel, 202-204-7672, molsen@crnusa.org


Membership Committee | MEMBERSHIP PAGE AND ROSTER

By appointment only

The Membership Committee is a small group of dedicated representatives from CRN member companies who seek to strengthen the industry by strengthening CRN. Committee members seek out other responsible company colleagues to encourage membership in CRN. By building CRN’s membership, committee members have an opportunity to make a contribution to the association, thereby positively impacting the industry as a whole. The committee meets by conference call several times a year.

CRN staff liaison: Carl Hyland, Vice President, Membership Development, 202-204-7674, chyland@crnusa.org


NAD Committee
By appointment only

The NAD Committee reviews dietary supplement and functional food advertising and selects ads for challenges to be filed with the National Advertising Division (NAD), as part of CRN’s Dietary Supplement Advertising Review Program with NAD. The five-member committee meets by teleconference four times per year. Members serve two-year terms and are appointed by the CRN Board Chair. Membership is open to all CRN voting members.

CRN staff liaison: Megan Olsen, Assistant General Counsel, 202-204-7672, molsen@crnusa.org


Regulatory Affairs Committee | RAC PAGE AND ROSTER

The Regulatory Affairs Committee (RAC) includes CRN members with shared expertise in quality control, product development and regulatory knowledge, and provides input and oversight of CRN’s regulatory activities, including developing comments for—and liaising with—regulatory agencies. For example, the RAC coordinated the industry’s interpretation of and compliance with FDA’s implementation of the Good Manufacturing Practices regulation, and response to the New Dietary Ingredient Draft Guidance.  The committee accomplishes its work primarily through conference calls, subcommittee work and on-going communications

CRN staff liaison: Andrea Wong, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7660, awong@crnusa.org


Senior Scientific Advisory Council | SSAC PAGE AND ROSTER

The Senior Scientific Advisory Council (SSAC) is comprised of scientific officers in member companies who have volunteered to advise the CRN staff and the Board of Directors on major scientific issues. The main role for the SSAC is to assist with the development and implementation of CRN’s scientific strategy. The SSAC also advises CRN on issues such as the program for The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science, proposals for other scientific meetings, ongoing staff scientific projects, and effective responses to new challenges presented by scientific publications, scientific policies and programs by government agencies. Participation is recommended for senior science executives who direct the science agenda in their companies. Conference calls are held bimonthly and the SSAC meets in person once per year in conjunction with The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science.

CRN staff liaison: Andrea Wong, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7660, awong@crnusa.org


CRN Working Groups, Task Forces & Subcommittees

CRN forms working groups, task forces and subcommittees to respond to emerging issues or to proactively address an area of importance to CRN members and the dietary supplement industry.  As they typically tackle a specific issue, they remain separate from CRN’s long-standing committees, and may depend on separate participation and funding levels.  If you are interested in joining a particular working group, task force or subcommittee, please contact CRN’s Vice President of Membership Development, Carl Hyland (chyland@crnusa.org / 202-204-7674), or the designated CRN staff liaison.

CBD Task Force

Staff Liaisons: Andrea Wong, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7660, awong@crnusa.org
Megan Olsen, Assistant General Counsel, 202-204-7672, molsen@crnusa.org

The CBD Task Force follows the evolving hemp-derived CBD marketplace and keeps members informed of the rapidly changing scientific, legal, and regulatory landscapes for hemp-derived ingredients. The task force provides guidance to CRN staff on engagement with FDA and other stakeholders as CRN works to clarify how companies can market compliant hemp-derived CBD foods and dietary ingredients. All CRN members are welcome to participate in the CBD Task Force.
                       

Consumer Survey Task Force

Staff Liaison: Nancy Weindruch, Vice President, Communications, 202-204-7684, nweindruch@crnusa.org                           

The Consumer Survey Task Force, a Task Force of the Communications and Media Outreach Committee, is comprised of market research, marketing, and communications executives at member companies interested in funding research about U.S. consumers’ usage of dietary supplements. The Task Force, which is responsible for assembling the annual CRN survey questionnaire, ensures that the survey will uncover the most important information relevant to supplement consumers, including which supplements they take and how often, why they take supplements, where they purchase them, and more. The Task Force meets via a series of conference calls in June and July before the survey is fielded in August by a third-party market research firm. By joining the Task Force, companies agree to pay the pre-publication price of the survey, the results of which are delivered in the fall and comprise of thousands of pages of consumer data. The Consumer Survey Task Force is open to those companies that want to affordably obtain independent market research and/or supplement their existing body of consumer research. Companies who do not participate in the task force, however, are still eligible to purchase the survey at any time during the year.

                   

Dietary Guidelines Subcommittee

Staff Liaisons: Andrea Wong, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7660, awong@crnusa.org
Haiuyen Nguyen, Senior Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7669, hnguyen@crnusa.org   

The DGA Subcommittee develops a strategy for CRN to participate in the process and development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the national nutrition policy published every 5 years by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The Subcommittee also guides the development of CRN comments submitted throughout the Dietary Guidelines process.  Interested members should contact their Senior Scientific Advisory Council representative.


Day of Science (DOS) Planning Subcommittee

Staff Liaison: Haiuyen Nguyen, Senior Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7669, hnguyen@crnusa.org                            

The DOS Planning Subcommittee develops the program for The Workshop: CRN’s Day of Science, a one-day scientific symposium that is held annually in conjunction with CRN’s Annual Conference.  Interested members should contact their Senior Scientific Advisory Council representative.

                   

Government Relations State Subcommittee

Staff Liaison: Steve Mister

The Government Relations State Subcommittee (GRSS), a subcommittee of the GRC, increases CRN’s participation in state policy issues.  The subcommittee is focused on gathering and sharing information on key state issues with potential impact on the supplement industry, as well as any corresponding bills which may require industry participation/intervention. Because most of the subcommittee’s work is centered on preparedness for state activities, there is also a strong focus on developing methods for sharing legislative news with the CRN membership. The subcommittee meets quarterly by conference call and is vital for any CRN member company executive charged with tracking state legislation.


IA Guidance Task Force

Staff Liaison: Gisele Atkinson, Vice President, Quality & Technical Affairs, 202-204-7671, gatkinson@crnusa.org

The ad hoc IA Guidance Task Force specifically focuses on developing CRN’s strategy and position with regard to FDA’s Draft Guidance on Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration, the first of three installments was issued in June 2018.  The Task Force meets by teleconference to discuss CRN comments and recommendations to FDA on issues related to the Draft Guidance as the agency works toward a final guidance.  All CRN members are welcome to participate in the Task Force.

 

NDI Working Group

Staff Liaison: Andrea Wong, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7660, awong@crnusa.org                            

The ad hoc NDI Working Group is a part of the larger Regulatory Affairs Committee that specifically focuses on developing CRN’s strategy and position with regard to FDA’s Draft Guidance on New Dietary Ingredient Notification issued in July 2011.  The Working Group meets by teleconference to discuss CRN comments and recommendations to FDA on issues related to the Draft Guidance as the agency works toward a final guidance.  All CRN members are welcome to participate in the Working Group.  Interested members should contact their Regulatory Affairs Committee representative.

                   

Prop 65 Working Group

Staff Liaison: Megan Olsen, Assistant General Counsel, 202-204-7672, molsen@crnusa.org

The Prop 65 Working Group meets on an ad hoc basis by teleconference to discuss issues related to Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The group assists with comments and recommendations to the California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) on proposals related to Prop 65, including proposed regulations and chemical listings. Membership is open to all CRN members with an interest in Prop 65.

                   

Retailer Relations Forum

By appointment only

Staff Liaison: Steve Mister, President & CEO, 202-204-7676, smister@crnusa.org

CRN’s Retailer Relations Forum is open (by invitation only) to the senior sales and customer officers from CRN member companies that market finished dietary supplements and functional food to mass retailers in the chain drug, grocery, box store, and club venues. Forum members may include both marketers of branded products and contract manufacturers who manufacture store brand products for these customers.

The Retailer Relations Forum provides opportunities for their senior sales executives of member companies to stay up-to-date on regulatory and sector developments that will impact their business. Forum members keep abreast of retailer priorities, upcoming retailer initiatives, and requirements and expectations retailers have for the supplement and functional food categories. It also encourages these executives to become CRN brand ambassadors to the retail trade by helping to promote CRN’s initiatives to retailers in the context of their own brand image and alignment with our activities.

The Forum hosts at least one “engagement” experience a year providing a selected retailer the opportunity to host the Forum at its facilities, discuss its initiatives and expectations for the dietary supplement category—perhaps offer a tour of a model store or offer insights into its planograms for the future of the supplement “aisle”—and to network with our member executives.

                   

SIDI Work Group

Staff Liaison: Haiuyen Nguyen, Senior Director, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7669, hnguyen@crnusa.org 

The SIDI Work Group is a coalition of three industry trade associations—CRN, the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, the United Natural Products Alliance—and its member representatives.  The Work Group’s expert volunteers develop guidelines as tools to assist dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient or component suppliers with the process of supplier qualification.  Each guideline focuses on different aspects of qualifying a vendor and is intended to help companies develop their own supplier qualification programs for compliance with the dietary supplement cGMP regulation (21 CFR Part 111.75).   The SIDI Work Group is open to all CRN members with an interest in supplement regulation.

                   

Sports Nutrition Working Group

Staff Liaison: Megan Olsen, Assistant General Counsel, 202-204-7672, molsen@crnusa.org

The Sports Nutrition Working Group meets on a monthly basis by teleconference to discuss issues related to legislative, scientific, regulatory and stakeholder issues surrounding the role of dietary supplements in sports nutrition. The Sports Nutrition Working Group is open to all member companies with sports nutrition products.


Toxicology Subcommittee

Staff Liaisons: Andrea Wong, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, 202-204-7660, awong@crnusa.org
Jim Griffiths, Ph.D., Vice President, International & Scientific Affairs, 202-204-7662, jgriffiths@crnusa.org                    

The Toxicology Subcommittee is part of the larger Senior Scientific Advisory Council that addresses scientific and regulatory issues related to the safety of dietary ingredients, dietary supplements, and functional foods.  The initial focus of the group was to respond to FDA’s request for input on updating the Guidance for Industry “Toxicological Principles for the Safety Assessment of Food Ingredients,” also known as the “Redbook.” The group also explores topics such as assessing the safety of multi-ingredient formulations, drug-herb interactions, and other emerging toxicological issues.  Interested members should contact their Senior Scientific Advisory Council representative.

                   

USP/AOAC Subcommittee

Staff Liaisons: Jim Griffiths, Ph.D., Vice President, International & Scientific Affairs, 202-204-7662, jgriffiths@crnusa.org 
Gisele Atkinson, Vice President, Quality & Technical Affairs, 202-204-7671, gatkinson@crnusa.org


The USP/AOAC Subcommittee is a part of the larger Senior Scientific Advisory Council that specifically focuses on US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) General Chapters and ingredient/product monographs that appear in the USP, National Formulary (NF) and Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). The Subcommittee also monitors analytical methods development for dietary ingredients by AOAC International. Understanding the issues, from both the industry perspective, as well as how USP and AOAC processes work, allows CRN to more effectively communicate and seek industry resolutions to analytical methods and acceptance criteria for dietary ingredients as well as non-dietary (food) ingredients. Interested members should contact their Senior Scientific Advisory Council representative.