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 Board of Directors 

Julie Woessner

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
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

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
Igor Burstyn is an Associate Professor of 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 the Special Training Award from the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Alex Clark

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

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

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
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

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. Mr. Ward is active in CASAA’s legislative efforts. 

Brian Carter, PhD
Dr. Brian Carter earned a PhD in clinical psychology from Purdue University.  His principal field of study is addictive behaviors with a focus on the psychological and behavioral foundations of nicotine use, dependence, and motivation. As a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1999 to 2010, 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 extensively published in Addiction, Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and other scientific venues. With the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, he is now an independent consultant and scholar reviewing the scientific literature from a tobacco harm reduction perspective, including the potential public health benefits of smokeless tobacco and e-cigarette use.
Bruce Nye, RN
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.
Carl Phillips
Chief Scientific Officer
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, 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


  In Memoriam 

Drew Gliem
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.