Natural Products Foundation

Board of Directors

Jane Drinkwalter

After a degree in nutrition from San Diego State University, Jane Drinkwalter began her career in the natural products industry in 1973 as a manager of a natural foods store.  She expanded her sales career as a broker, manufacturer and eventually sales executive.  She helped establish Vitamer Labs as the industry leader of private label supplements for the natural products industry.  Jane has been with Vitamer Labs since 1988 and helped found VitaCeutical Labs in 1996 and is currently Vice President, Sales.  She has served as Treasurer and Supply Chair on the National Board for the Natural Products Association.


Daniel Fabricant

Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D. is Executive Director and CEO of the Natural Products Association. Most recently, Dr. Fabricant served as the Director of the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he directed agency policy, public affairs and regulatory action regarding regulation of the dietary supplement industry for more than three years. Prior to the FDA, Dr. Fabricant was vice president, global government and scientific affairs, for NPA, responsible for establishing and leading industry coalitions dealing with a range of legislative, regulatory and scientific matters. Dr. Fabricant carried his interest in natural products into the classroom, earning a Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy since 2009. He has also published extensively and is internationally recognized for his regulatory and governmental public health expertise and natural products research.

Corey Hilmas

Executive Director (non-voting member)

Dr. Hilmas is NPA’s Senior VP for scientific and regulatory affairs. He oversees the development and implementation of all educational, scientific and compliance programs (cGMP, Natural Seal, TruLabel) at the Natural Products Association (NPA); provides guidance on clinical issues, public health, ingredient safety, regulatory compliance, and dietary supplement education; and drafts comments, content, and scientific white papers on behalf of NPA in conjunction with Dr. Daniel Fabricant, CEO and Executive Director. Dr. Hilmas came to NPA in June 2014 after having served as Chief of the Dietary Supplement Regulation Implementation Branch within the Division of Dietary Supplement Programs at the FDA.



James D. Weir

President and CEO of Primus Pharmaceuticals, Weir led various prescription and OTC drug and medical device businesses for Procter & Gamble (P&G) and later The Kendall Company’s former home healthcare subsidiary, Kendall-Futuro. At Kendall-Futuro, Mr. Weir was the Vice President of Marketing & Product Development. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurial management, marketing, sales, and product development.  He graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and from Augustana College with a BS in Business and Accounting.


Carilyn Anderson

Carilyn Anderson has played a crucial role in her family’s business, Carlson Laboratories, for many years. She now holds a more important role as the President of the company, since her father, John Carlson (founder of Carlson Laboratories), retired last year. Anderson received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Michigan State University in 1991, with minors in psychology and education. She is an active member of the Natural Products Association and currently serves as Supply Committee Chair.


Mark Ledoux

CEO and founder of Natural Alternatives International (NAI) in 1980. With 40 years of experience since joining the nutritional supplements industry in 1975, LeDoux is considered a highly regarded leader and spokesperson for our industry - making him one of the longest serving active executives in the nutritional supplements industry. As a NPA and NPF board member, Mr. LeDoux represents NAI's ongoing commitment to industry and government affairs, adherence to a strong code of ethics, and continuing support in the legislative, regulatory and public affairs arenas. 






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