Federal Way, WA—The Institute for Functional Medicine(IFM) has named Gail Christopher, DN, David Harris, and Loren Israelsen to its Governing Board of Directors.

“The IFM Board of Directors is honored and delighted to welcome such accomplished community leaders to help advance our mission of health and healing for all,” said Board Chairman, Joseph E. Pizzorno, ND in a press release. “All three individuals bring strong commitment, substantial skills and important experience and insights into the health disparity issues that are top priorities for us at IFM.”

The new board members:

Dr. Gail Christopherhas over 30 years of experience in designing and managing national initiatives and nonprofit organizations, and is an award-winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of health and well-being and in related public policies. She was the Senior Advisor and VP at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and now chairs the Board of the Trust for America’s Health. She is also currently the Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity.

• David Harrishas designed custom leadership development programs for a variety of organizations. He is currently Chief Officer of Innovation and Human Performance for Formelife, and an Optimist for Simon Sinek, Inc. He had a 25-year career at Equinox before taking on a broader role as VP of Health and Human Performance and served as Chairman of the company's Health Advisory Board.

• Loren Israelsenhas 40 years of experience in addressing the commercial, political and regulatory issues facing the global dietary supplement industry. He served as General Counsel and President of Nature’s Way Products Inc., and is now the President of the United Natural Products Alliance. Much of his career has involved creating and supporting efforts to allow broad access to dietary supplements and to assure product quality, safety and benefit.
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“The depth and breadth of leadership and experience held by each of these individuals will be invaluable in guiding us into our next phase of strategic planning and development,” said Amy R. Mack, CEO of IFM. “In addition, it is critical to our work at IFM, as well as to the advancement of functional medicine, that the communities we wish to serve have representation on our board in the form of lived experience.”