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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 business owner, entrepreneur and THR blogger.  She is a founding director; elected by popular vote to the first board of directors in 2009. She has served as vice-president since 2011. Her efforts on behalf of CASAA include setting up and administrating CASAA's website and web store; email system; social media outlets, such as Facebook, Twitter, RSS feeds, CASAA Newsletter; and Constant Contact email correspondence to members. She administers the CASAA member forum and Google Plus. She also writes the posts for the official CASAA news blog, posts Calls to Action, assists with writing and sending official press releases and administrates CASAA's volunteer Regional Representative group.

 
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.






Dr. Igor Burstyn
Director
ibursyn@casaa.org
Igor Burstyn is Associate Professor Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University School of Public Health. He is an accomplished educator and researcher in the field of environmental and occupational health, with training in both epidemiology and occupational hygiene. His research primarily focuses on the identification of sources and the health impacts of occupational and environmental exposures.  Dr. Burstyn has been following developments in tobacco harm reduction research for the last 10 years, culminating in the 2014 Peering through the mist: systematic review of what the chemistry of contaminants in electronic cigarettes tells us about health risks, his work on comparison of exposures from e-cigs to workplace standards. Dr. Burstyn received his PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, his Master of Science degree in Occupational Hygiene from the University of British Columbia, and his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia. As a doctoral student, Dr Burstyn held Special Training Award from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.


Alex Clark
 
Director
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 to Vape D.A.p.  (Daily Action Plan.)




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. 

   

Dr. Brad Rodu
Director
brodu@casaa.org
Brad Rodu is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville, holds an endowed chair in tobacco harm reduction research, and is a member of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at U of L.  For the past twenty years Dr. Rodu has published research on tobacco harm reduction, involving permanent nicotine maintenance with safer tobacco products by smokers who are unable or unwilling to achieve abstinence.  Dr. Rodu earned his dental degree from the Ohio State University.  After an oral pathology residency program at Emory University, Dr. Rodu completed fellowships at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.  He was on the UAB faculty from 1981 to 2005, with appointments in several departments in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Dentistry. 
   

Ron Ward
Director
rward@casaa.org

Ron Ward is a practicing attorney in the State of Maryland and i
n 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.  He also envisioned, spearheaded, organizes and co-chairs the bi-weekly CASAA member meetings.  Mr. Ward is active in CASAA’s legislative efforts. 
   
 Officers 
   
 
Carl Phillips
Chief Scientific Officer
cphillips@casaa.org
Dr. Carl V. Phillips spent most of his career as a professor of public health science -- real public health and real science -- and now works as an epidemiologic and economic consultant and as Chief Economist for the Humane Society of the United States.  He joined the board in 2012, in the role of Scientific Director, merging his public health research and education organization, TobaccoHarmReduction.org into CASAA.  In 2014, he became Chief Scientific Officer, handling most of CASAA's scientific communications.  He is the primary author of the anti-THR Lies blog. Carl is also planning to create updated content for the CASAA website under TobaccoHarmReduction.org.

 

  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.

Drew's family asked that memorial donations be made to CASAA. CASAA has set up a special donation fund, the proceeds of which will go towards a future project in Drew's name.

Donations may be made here.