Jeannie Dunn, NCNPA President
Jeannie Dunn is the owner of Red Moon Herbs, a manufacturer of natural tinctures and herbal medicines. Started in 1994 by Corinna Wood and Jessica Godino, Red Moon Herbs has seen many changes over the past 20 years, including a fourfold in growth, two apothecaries, compliance with FDA regulation. Throughout these changes, the focus and mission of the business has remained strong and true: to create herbal products from local, abundant plants.As an herbalist and NC native, Jeannie has been wildcrafting and making herbal extracts, oils and salves for about a decade. She studied at the NC School of Natural Healing and One World Healing Arts, but her herbal roots go much further back, to the back-to-basics lifestyle infused in her as a child. She picked strawberries, canned vegetables and pulled weeds from row crops with her parents and three siblings on their multi-generational family farm in Efland, NC. Today, knowing the powerful healing properties of those “weeds”, Jeannie happily uses them in her fermentations, herbal extracts and fun elixirs.Jeannie oversees both the art and the science of this earth-based, Wise Woman herbal business and apothecary.Jeannie has been an NCNPA Board member March 2013.
Hope Huskey, NCNPA Treasurer
Hope Huskey is Director of Program Development for Sequoyah Fund, Inc. Hope joined Sequoyah Fund in 2012. Prior to her current position she worked for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Enterprise Development Office for 8 years assisting in small business development. For the Sequoyah Fund, Hope is responsible for developing programs to grow the small business community in Cherokee and Western North Carolina and promote financial education throughout the region. Current programs include the Financial Wellness Program which works to educate loan clients and community members in credit building and budgeting and savings; the Youth Entrepreneurship program which works with area students to promote entrepreneurship and financial literacy through business plan competitions, a summer youth camp, and one-on-one activities in the area school systems; and working with Sequoyah Fund staff to develop training and business related programs to grow the regional small business community. Hope has extensive knowledge in small business development. She serves on the Board of Directors for WNC Minority Enterprise Development Week and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.Hope is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She holds a B.A in Literature from UNC-Asheville and a Masters of Project Management from Western Carolina University.
Arthur Salido, NCNPA Secretary
Arthur has formed a solid working network with diagnostic, environmental, and chemical companies, research institutions, and colleges throughout NC. He is an accomplished public speaker who effectively connects with clients on an individual basis. As a business consultant, he routinely assists with technical problems, funding opportunities, strategic planning, and product development. He has a deep desire to accelerate the growing, globally-competitive, natural products industry in WNC. He is currently Graduate Program Director and Professional Science MS Natural Products Director for the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Western Carolina University.
Edward J. Fletcher, NCNPA Board Member
Edward J. Fletcher is the Chief Operating Officer of Strategic Sourcing, Inc’s Botanical Division. SSI specializes in the supply of cultivated and sustainably harvested Medicinal Botanicals for phytopharmaceutical applications. He learned this business from the roots up, propagating and growing Native American Wildflowers in his family’s ornamental nursery business, Gardens of The Blue Ridge. As Cultivation Manager for Wilcox Natural Products, he developed and managed the cultivation program overseeing the production of plants on nearly 2,000 hectares in 6 different countries. He develops complete production protocols from the seed selection and cultural techniques to the harvest and primary processing to meet each projects specifications. He currently serves American Herbal Products Associations (AHPA) on the Board of Trustees and is Chair of the Botanical Raw Materials Committee and sits on the Dietary Supplement General Chapters Expert Committee of the United States Pharmacopeia.
charles leonard, ncnpa board member
Charles C. Leonard, in partnership with his wife, Pamela, owns and operates Gentle Harmony Farm in Lexington, N.C. Gentle Harmony Farm is a USDA certified organic farm growing medicinal herbs and specializing in an artisan approach to their propagation and handling. Charles holds a MA in Art History from Georgia State University and A Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Prior to starting Gentle Harmony Farm in 2010 he spent over 35 years as a graphic designer and professor of design and design history.
Amanda Vickers, NCNPA Board Member
Amanda Vickers is an academically trained ethnobotanist and the Research and Laboratory Manager for the US Botanical Safety Laboratory. Started in April 2012, USBSL is an FDA-registered nautral products formulation and botanical ingredient analytical laboratory operated by Bent Creek Institute and affiliated with The North Carolina Arboretum Germplasm Repository in Asheville, North Carolina (USA). USBSL offers routine botanical identity, microbial, heavy metal, pesticide, and phytochemical testing services, as well as product development and manufacturing assistance in cosmetics, personal and home care products, and dietary supplements.
Diana Gwaltney, NCNPA Board Member
Diana W. Gwaltney, CPA, joined the board in June 2015. She has 18 years of experience as a certified public accountant, and has been employed by the public accounting firm Johnson Price Sprinkle, PA since January 2006. Her primary focus is small business and individual accounting and taxation. She aspires to lend her financial expertise to helping NC NPA accomplish their mission of promoting the use of North Carolina sustainably grown natural products.
sandra dennison, ncnpa board member
Sandra S. Dennison, is the Regional Director for WNC with the SBTDC. Prior to working at the SBTDC Sandra was a Community Outreach Manager with the American Cancer Society. She was awarded in 2014 and 2015 for exceeding community fundraising involvement and chosen to represent the Southeast in leading social media and communication efforts. Sandra has spent most of her life around entrepreneurship, being the third generation of her family to pursue owning their own business. Collectively from 2002-2012 in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Sandra had the great experience of owning and operating two small businesses. In 2012 she was recognized as the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year”, awarded by Western Carolina Universities College of Business. Sandra has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Entrepreneurship and Communications and a Masters of Project Management, both from WCU. She is a volunteer with the Asheville Downtown Association and is excited to be back to working with entrepreneurship and economic development in her community of WNC.
Jonathan Snover, NCNPA Board Member
Jonathan Snover assumed responsibilities for the Western Office of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in January of 2016. In this position, he will be working with regional stakeholders to expand opportunities for biotechnology-based business growth. Snover will serve as the contact to the Biotechnology Center’s grant and loan programs as well as the many support services available from the central office. He will be coordinating activities between the regional universities, entrepreneurs, industry and the Center to achieve regional goals prioritized by the Advisory Committee. Snover has extensive experience bringing new technologies to market in corporate, small business and start up environments. He started his career in corporate research and development and worked alongside new product development, manufacturing and marketing and sales to complete commercialization projects. In western North Carolina, he has He completed a BA in Chemistry from Middlebury College, a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University and a postdoctoral fellowship from North Carolina State University.