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Board of Directors
NCH is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, which, since its inception, has traditionally maintained a balance of consumers, health care professionals, and industry representatives. The term of directorship is three years, renewable for up to three terms.
- Abby Beale, CCH, RSHom(NA)
- Sharlene Goldfischer, MEd, ACC, CPC, ELI-MP
- Lauri Grossman, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA)
- Glenna Tinney, MSW, ACSW, DCSW
- Loretta Butehorn PhD, CCH, RSHom(NA)
- Fabrice Figliolini
- Lauren Hubele, MEd
- Jonci Jensen, ND
- Andrew Kaufmann, ND
- Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH, RSHom(NA)
- Edward Conway, MBA
- John (Jay) P Borneman, PhD, MS, MBA
Director Emeritus (non-voting
Abby Beale, CCH, RSHom(NA) became interested in homeopathy over 20 years ago when her nine-month old son had repeated ear infections with no relief after many antibiotics. One trip to a homeopath and the infections were resolved. This amazingly curious event got her interested in learning more and began reading about homeopathy. Along with the expert guidance of qualified homeopath, she treated her family and eventually studied to become a nationally certified classical homeopath.
Abby has been on the NCH board since 2011. She is passionate about educating people about homeopathy and is excited about the organization’s growth and consumer outreach. She served as JAHC conference chair for 2015 and 2016 and is currently President-Elect for 2017.
In addition to her homeopathic practice and board work, Abby also runs two training businesses, The Corporate Educator and Rev It Up Reading, which offer in-person and online educational programs on various business productivity topics and speed reading. She has authored several speed reading books and one on study skills. She is also a board member for her local library where she is the current president.
Abby is happily married to Chris and has two college-aged sons. She also manages the care and affairs of her mother and step-father. She enjoys Master’s swimming, walking, yoga and reading as time allows.
Sharlene Goldfischer, M.Ed., ACC, CPC, ELI-MP, a member of the Board of Directors since 2015, is the NCH Representative to the Homeopathic Action Alliance and chair of the board fundraising committee. Sharlene also was the very proud project lead for the Pennsylvania State Historical Marker honoring the life and work of Dr. Constantine Hering, which was installed and dedicated in November of 2015 at the site of his former home and office in Philadelphia, not far from where Sharlene hails in suburban Philadelphia.
Sharlene and her family have been finding solutions through homeopathy for twenty-two years. She proudly represents the consumer voice on the NCH board.
An International Coach Federation certified professional coach, she is owner and principal of Quintessence Coaching, specializing in executive coaching and leadership development for organizations and individuals and life and wellness coaching. Sharlene is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
Sharlene has gratefully been able to live out her passion for four decades through educating, training, consulting and coaching. She has found her professional home in public, private, corporate, nonprofit and grassroots settings. Prior to leadership development coaching, her professional roles included classroom teacher, state department of education level consultant, corporate trainer and marketing support staff and regional leader and consultant in the field of alternative education. In her leadership roles, she has advocated for the needs of students and families; trained administrators, educators and teams; developed and implemented statewide, regional and individual educational programming and educated business users on new technology to ensure successful new IT system implementation
Sharlene’s professional training includes a B.A. in psychology, a Master’s Degree in Education, Professional Coach Certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and the International Coach Federation and a professional certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research
When not coaching or teaching, she can be found voluntarily leading craft activities with formerly homeless individuals, hiking, bicycling, reading, practicing yoga and being in the out-of-doors. As a proud life-long lap swimmer, she can also regularly be found at the pool. Most frequently, however, you will find her honoring her number one value..being with her amazing family!
Laurie Grossman, DC, CCH, RSHom(NA) – When my infant son spiked a 105 degree fever and lay like a rag doll in my arms, it was Belladonna 30C that opened the door to homeopathy for me. And from that day, I searched to learn more and to find ways to share my knowledge with others. I attended the New England School of Homeopathy and Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in California. I also studied with George Vithoulkas, Jeremy Sher, Lou Klein and Rajan Sankaran. Eventually I set up a private practice in New York City and went on to teach at most of the major hospitals in New York: Columbia Presbyterian, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Hospital for Special Surgeries and Lenox Hill Hospital. When NYU established its Holistic Nursing program, my classes in homeopathy became a requirement for the advanced practice degree. I also taught at homeopathic colleges: Teleosis and the American Medical College of Homeopathy For all my work in the US, some of my most rewarding work has been in other countries- with Homeopaths Without Borders in Trinidad and in Haiti and with medical doctors who are working to establish homeopathy in Afghanistan.
Glenna Tinney, MSW, ACSW, DCSW brings a long history of interest in and passion for homeopathy to the National Center for Homeopathy (NCH) board. She was first introduced to homeopathy when she rescued a little Pomeranian and sought treatment from a holistic veterinarian who used homeopathy to treat him. She then sought homeopathic treatment for herself and has never looked back. Glenna has been a homeopathy consumer and advocate for over 20 years, attended NCH summer school and annual conferences, participated in a study group, used homeopathy for home care, and influenced friends and family to use homeopathy.
Glenna is a social worker with over 40 years of experience in activism, individual, system, and legislative advocacy, and community engagement and outreach. She retired from the Navy after 24 years where she worked much of that time in the Navy Medical Department focusing on policy development and implementation, program management, credentialing, scope of practice, standards of care, and shared decision making. Glenna is a published author and has extensive experience with providing training, public speaking, and writing a wide array of documents including reports, guidelines, manuals, e-learning courses, handbooks, articles, etc. She serves on local and national nonprofit boards and advisory councils and has set up and supported boards and advisory councils. She brings a passion for homeopathy and vast experience and skills that will be an asset to the NCH Board of Directors. She also brings a medical background and lifelong activism and advocacy skills to help spread awareness of homeopathy as a safe and cost effective healthcare alternative.
Glenna’s extensive experience and skills will enhance NCH efforts to make sure that homeopathy is a key player in the national dialogue regarding integrative healthcare and has a role in medical care nationwide. Glenna is currently the NCH Representative to the Integrated Health Policy Consortium Federal Policy Committee, and a member of the NCH Conference Committee and Fundraising Committee.
In recognition of her work, Glenna was selected by the White House as a Woman Veteran Champion of Change in March, 2013.
Loretta Butehorn, PhD, CCH, RSHom(NA) is a licensed psychologist , certified homeopath and a Fellow of the British Institute of Homeopathy who consults widely to programs in the substance abuse field in New England.
Loretta uses homeopathy with clients suffering from trauma, substance abuse and mental health issues. Since 2007, she has collected data demonstrating the use of homeopathic remedies to stabilize substance addicted clients and helping them complete treatment and not succumb to early relapse.
A former Board member of the Council for Homeopathic Certification and a current Board member for the National Center for Homeopathy, she is a co-founder of the Teleosis Homeopathic Collaborative in Boston; and teaches alternative medicine and psychology at Boston College. She is Director of The Sidewalk Clinic, a donation only clinic for clients with substance abuse and/or mental health issues..
She lives in Boston and Provincetown with her partner of 30 years, Susan, and her two standard poodles Finn and Blue 5 year old brothers
Fabrice Figliolini is currently the Vice President of Finance, Information Technology, Supply Chain and Human Resources at Boiron Inc. in Newtown Square, Pa. His responsibilities include overseeing most of the operations aspects of the company in the U.S., helping the company to be financially responsible, streamlining its IT systems and moving products throughout the company and the world. He enjoys working with a team driven to change our healthcare system by helping people view their health in a more holistic way.
“I’m passionate about homeopathic medicine since I have witnessed for many years its positive impact on myself, my family and many of my friends,” says Fabrice, who was raised on this therapeutic system since infancy. “At work, this personal experience is very motivating and I feel fortunate to be a part of a company and industry that is changing the habits of so many moms, health care practitioners and others across the country.”
Fabrice has been in living in the Philadelphia area for the past 20 years. He earned his BBA in International business, and his MBA in Management Information Systems from Temple University.
When he is not devoting his time to Boiron, Fabrice enjoys traveling with his wife and two young daughters, running, watching documentary films and cooking vegetarian meals.
Lauren Hubele, M.Ed. was introduced to Homeopathy when she was four months pregnant and received a diagnosis of melanoma cancer in 2001. Having lost her mother early in life to melanoma, Lauren chose to write a different story for herself and her growing family. Given the option of care with a Homeopath MD in Heidelberg she began down a path she still continues on today. Passionate about the healing power of the body and the importance of supporting the body’s ability to eliminate, Lauren eventually built her Austin, Tx. practice around what she learned through her personal experiences and the training she received from a variety of European mentors.
It was Lauren’s desire to support the greater mission of Homeopathy the led her to seek a position on the NCH board. She is determined to be a part of the push to move Homeopathy to its well deserved place in health care today and believes this will best be achieved by communicating as a unified force.
Lauren is the mother of three children, Meghan 31, Kate 29, and Sebastian 14, who all reside in Austin and are big fans of Homeopathy and embrace plant based eating. She met her husband Joachim in Germany and the family moved to America together in 2008, returning for visits one-two months out of each year.
Prior to stepping into the world of Homeopathy, Lauren was an accomplished educator for over twenty years. She taught high school in Heidelberg, Germany for 10 years and before that served in a variety of administrative positions in the public and private sector. During that time she gained considerable experience working with boards and enjoys sharing the skills she acquired with the NCH board today.
Jonci Jensen, ND has dedicated her life to working towards a more naturally healthy future for all Americans. She believes access to reliable and quality healthcare of your preference is a civil liberty of every person and each of us should be empowered towards health.
Dr. Jensen was fortunate to study the art and science of homeopathy at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine during her naturopathic doctorate program as well as the Standard Homeopathics Residency, one of the country’s only accredited post-doctoral residencies in homeopathy. As a former professor of medical philosophy and homeopathy at Bastyr University - California, she fell in love with reading classical philosophers and studying the nature of healing.
An undergraduate degree in BioPsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan primed her approach to homeopathy and subsequently gave birth to one of her favorite lectures that she titled “Practicing the Art of Homeopathy Using the Scientific Method.” This provides the basis for her small private practice in Southern California where she provides homeopathic and naturopathic care to those suffering from auto-immune and stress-related disorders.
With palpable passion about homeopathy, Dr. Jensen also integrates prior experiences as a business process and technology integration consultant to serve on the board of NCH with strategic intent to increase access to quality homeopathic care. In her spare time, you will find her on the beach, in her garden, or cooking delicious plant-based foods.
Andrew Kaufmann, ND received his BS Degree in Biology and Chemistry, graduating cum laude from Southampton College, Long Island University in N.Y. After relocating to Arizona, Dr. Kaufmann graduated with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in 2003. Upon receiving his medical degree in 2003, Dr. Kaufmann joined a naturopathic group practice as an associate physician practicing family medicine at Scottsdale Natural Medicine and Healing Clinic before relocating to San Carlos, AZ in 2004 to become Medical Director for the San Carlos Apache Tribe Diabetes Prevention Program. In addition to Medical Director, Dr. Kaufmann was also interim Community Outreach and Education Manager and Project Coordinator for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, a federally funded community directed grant. In 2011 Dr. Kaufmann and his wife Sandra Kaufmann founded Tree of Life Natural Medicine, a Family Medicine clinic focusing on Naturopathic Mental Health using classical homeopathy.
Dr. Kaufmann is board licensed in Family Medicine by the Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board. Memberships include the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association, Naturopathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians, and Homeopathic Academy of Naturopathic Physicians. In addition, Dr. Kaufmann is past Vice-President of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine Alumni Association, currently serves on the medical advisory board of Naturopathic Economics, LLC and has been a NCH Board Member since 2015.
Tina Quirk, RN, MS, CCH, RSHom(NA) is a homeopathic practitioner, teacher and writer, with a background as an advanced practice nurse and nursing consultant. She is the Director of Academic Affairs and Quality Assurance at the Academy of Homeopathy Education (AHE) NYC/WORLD. Besides her own practice in New York City, she has been a long-time collaborator with Jeremy Sherr and the Dynamis School on many projects, books and articles.
Tina is a Project Manager for Homoeopathy for Health in Africa, a treatment center for AIDS patients in Tanzania and has done volunteer work in the clinics. She received her homeopathy education from the Devon School of Homeopathy and the Dynamis School for Advanced Homeopathy and interned with Jeremy Sherr.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Homeopathy and is Chair of the Public Advocacy Committee. She serves as the NCH representative to the Board of Directors of the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.
Her special interests are homeopathy research and the growth and recognition of homeopathy within the integrative health field.
Edward Conway, MBA has served on the National Center for Homeopathy board since 2008.
He is currently the Senior Director of Digital for Hyland's Inc., the leading manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in the United States. In his role at Hyland's, he provides leadership and direction on E-business, Digital Marketing, Direct to Consumer Marketing, internet application development and platform management.
"I became passionate about homeopathy in the early 1990's after launching a natural products catalog and homeopathic pharmacy. It was there that I personally witnessed the profound health impacts homeopathy had on sick individuals who were transformed by the work of dedicated homeopathic practitioners. I knew then I wanted to support this healing any way I could; I attended my first NCH conference in Chicago in the mid 1990's and the rest is history!"
Edward has a specialty MBA focusing on Technology and Ecommerce and Executive Education in Digital Marketing from Harvard Business School.