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 Board of Directors 

Julie Woessner
President
jwoessner@casaa.org

Julie Woessner graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1986.  She left private practice
after a decade in order to spend more time raising her family. Julie has been an active member of
CASAA since its inception, and was appointed to the Board in 2012. She helps with the writing
and editing, as well as providing organizational assistance. Julie also invests many hours each
week researching and interpreting proposed legislation and ordinances across the country
and issuing the CASAA Calls to Action, which alert members of activity in their area.
   
 
Kristin Noll-Marsh
Vice President
knoll-marsh@casaa.org
Kristin Noll-Marsh is a Tobacco Harm Reduction activist and advocacy leader in Wisconsin.  
She is a founding director of CASAA; elected by popular vote to the first board of directors
in 2009 and has served as vice president since 2011. Her ongoing efforts on behalf of CASAA
include member outreach; public service announcements; designing t-shirts, graphics and other
promotional materials; setting up and administrating CASAA's website, web store, email
system, phone app and social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter;  and creating RSS
feeds and newsletters. She also writes and edits the many of the posts for the official CASAA
news blog and Calls to Action, and assists with writing and sending official press releases.


 
Karen Carey
Treasurer/Secretary 
kcarey@casaa.org

Karen Carey is a professional accountant.  She has worked as Senior Accounting Specialist
for a college in New England since 2001.  She joined the Board in December 2011, and currently
serves as Treasurer. She has organized and maintains our financial information.  She prepares
monthly financial updates for both board and member meetings. She has also appeared at board
of health meetings to oppose local bans.




Michael Cozzi
mcozzi@casaa.org

Michael Cozzi is a former Non Profit Executive and Tobacco Harm Reduction Advocate. His
presence in the e-cigarette enthusiast community has been a constant for over two years through
inspecting and critiquing e-cigarette products from a consumer standpoint. He brings a significant
knowledge of the industry to CASAA and previously held the position of board secretary.

   
 
Jan Johnson
Director
jjohnson@casaa.org

Jan Johnson has been an activist, advocate, and consumer of smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes
for 5 years. As a board member she brings her unique perspective as an advocate and activist to
the CASAA corporate structure. As an activist, she has worked in grass roots movements to effect
positive change related to freedom and personal responsibility. She is perhaps the most
encyclopedic chronicler of news on Tobacco Harm Reduction topics and for years this has been a
valuable resource for CASAA. She brings a unique personal perspective to the the board, and a
critical voice to our advocacy.

   
 
Elaine Keller
Director
ekeller@casaa.org
Elaine Keller is retired from Battelle Memorial Institute where she served as a requirements analyst
and technical writer. Prior to that, she worked in the field of instructional design and training
development for over 20 years. She is a founding director; elected by popular vote in 2009 to serve
on the original board of directors. Elaine served as CASAA president from 2011 - 2014.
She has developed presentations and testified at numerous FDA public hearings and contributed
to the content of the CASAA website. She has written press releases, brochures, handouts and other
promotional and educational materials for CASAA. 

   

Ron Ward
Director
rward@casaa.org
Ron Ward is a practicing attorney in the State of Maryland and in 2013, he started an electronic
cigarette company. 
He was appointed to the board in July of 2010 and played a seminal role in
CASAA’s formation as a Not-For-Profit Corporation. Mr. Ward is active in CASAA’s legislative efforts. 

   

Brian Carter, PhD
Director of 
Scientific Communications
bcarter@casaa.org
 
Dr. Brian Carter's field of study is addictive behaviors with a focus on the pharmacological,
psychological, and behavioral foundations of tobacco and nicotine use, dependance, and motivation.
As a former faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, he conducted multiple National Cancer Institute funded laboratory studies on the emotional, genetic, physiological, and behavioral aspects of nicotine use in cigarette smokers. His work has been published in the journals Addiction, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and other national and international outlets. He lends his expertise to the review of current research on smoke-free alternatives, collaborates on research projects with other tobacco harm reduction scientists, and assists with the preparation of CASAA's science-based reports to government agencies and the public at large.

   
 
Bruce Nye, RN
Director
bnye@casaa.org
Bruce Nye, RN made the switch to electronic cigarettes on September 27, 2012, immediately
ending a 43-year smoking habit he had failed numerous times by all other means to stop. He retired
in 2003 from his first career of 25+ years engineering software and hardware solutions as a
consultant to become an award-winning nurse specializing in acute care of trauma / surgical
patients at a Level I Trauma Center in the Midwest for over 10 years. He joined CASAA as a
member within months of discovering vapor products and quickly became an active and passionate
advocate for THR. Bruce brings to CASAA’s leadership a strong ability to strategize and craft
communications in the legislative, regulatory, and public arenas.

   
Staff 
 
Alex Clark
Legislative Coordinator
aclark@casaa.org

 Alex Clark comes from a background in customer service and logistics. Shortly after discovering
the value of Tobacco Harm Reduction, he began volunteering his time for CASAA. His daily hard
work has been an asset to creating and broadcasting Legislative Calls to Action. Additionally, he
brings his copy writing experience from an effective social media campaign for THR advocacy, the
Fight for Your Right to Vape - Daily Action Plan.

   
 
                                             In Memoriam

Drew Gliem
2009-2014
Drew Gliem was an original founding member, voted onto the Board by popular vote in 2009. Drew passed away in August 2014.  As the owner/operator of a successful and reputable electronic cigarette company in New Jersey, he provided a unique and knowledgeable insight to the board from an industry viewpoint. He helped make CASAA what it is today, and he served us well, providing wise and honest counsel for nearly 5 years. We feel his loss keenly, not only as a valued board member, but as a dear friend.