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Our Team

The American Botanical Council (ABC) was founded by Mark Blumenthal and incorporated in November 1988 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education organization. ABC's staff and boards work together to provide education using science-based and traditional information to promote the responsible use of herbal medicine. Use these links to access the list of our Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, staff, and staff contact information.


Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director

Mark is the founder and executive director of the American Botanical Council (ABC), the editor/publisher of HerbalGram, and the senior editor of three of ABC’s books. He represents ABC in the media, to ABC stakeholders, and in dozens of appearances at conventions, conferences, and other appearances. He has guided ABC strategically since its founding. The links below provide additional information about Mark Blumenthal.

Staff Photo - Fall 2013
ABC employees Fall, 2013. Photo © 2013 ABC

ABC Staff 

Brian Armstrong, Executive Assistant to Mark Blumenthal
Brian coordinates Mark’s calendar and correspondence, including travel plans, speaking engagements and interviews. He also provides support for the Development department.

Hannah Bauman
, HerbalGram Assistant Editor
Hannah writes articles for HerbalGram and HerbalEGram, and facilitates communication between contributors, editors, and peer reviewers. She also fosters the HerbalGram book review process.

A. Toby Bernal, Gardener
Toby maintains ABC's 30 medicinal theme gardens and grounds, rainwater harvesting system, and greenhouse. He also coordinates garden volunteers and assists with facilities maintenance. Read more about Toby.

Janie Carter, Membership Coordinator
Janie coordinates the fulfillment of ABC Member benefits and answers questions about becoming a Member of ABC. She also provides support for ABC’s overall fundraising activities. Read more about Janie.

Gayle Engels, Special Projects Director
Gayle coordinates the development and maintenance of ABC’s Web site, manages special projects, writes for ABC's publications, and supervizes the organzation's educational efforts and garden development.

Lori Glenn, HerbClip Managing Editor
Lori is the managing editor of HerbClip and oversees all aspects of HerbClip editorial development and production. Read more about Lori.

Lance Lawhon, Sales Representative
Lance is the sales representative for advertisting in HerbalGram. Read more about Lance.

Ashley Lindstrom, HerbalGram Managing Editor
Ashley works with Mark to develop the content of HerbalGram and writes articles for both HerbalGram and ABC’s monthly e-publication HerbalEGram. She coordinates efforts among contributors and peer reviewers, and she edits staff-written and contributed articles and communications. Read more about Ashley.

Matthew Magruder, Art Director
Matt is responsible for all design and production aspects of HerbalGram, advertising, marketing and collateral materials, print catalog, trade show graphics, and website graphics. Read more about Matt.

Denise Meikel, Development Director
Denise develops and coordinates the fundraising strategies for ABC. She is the contact for Corporate or Sponsor Membership, donations, special events, planned giving or other philanthropic efforts. Read more about Denise.

Sara O'Connor, Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Sara coordinates ABC's communication and marketing efforts including: Herbal News & Events, social media, public relations, press releases, and update to ABC members and other supporters. Sara also assists with Web site development and maintenance. Read more about Sara.

Jenny Perez, Education Coordinator 
Jenny coordinates ABC’s education efforts, including the internship program, community relations, and makes educational presentations on- and off-site. Read more about Jenny.

Tamarind Reaves, Assistant Editor, HerbClip/Administrative Assistant
Tamarind provides administrative support to all areas of the organization, and assists in the editing of HerbClip. Read more about Tamarind.

Perry Sauls, Customer Service Coordinator/Shipping & Receiving
Perry coordinates all aspects of educational product sales, including customer service and purchasing. He also assists with bulk mailings, maintenance, purchasing, and equipment. Read more about Perry.

Tyler Smith, HerbalEGram Managing Editor and HerbalGram Associate Editor
Tyler writes and edits articles for HerbalGram and HerbalEGram, in addition to facilitating communication between contributors, editors, and peer reviewers. He also shepherds the Research Reviews section of HerbalGram. Read more about Tyler.

Cecelia Thompson, Finance Coordinator
Cecelia coordinates the Finance and Human Resources departments. Read more about Cecelia.

Margaret Wright, Accounting Coordinator
Margaret manages accounts receivable and employee benefits. Read more about Margaret.