Loren D. Israelsen
Mr. Israelsen has been deeply involved in the commercial, political and regulatory issues facing the global dietary supplement industry since 1980. On the commercial side, he served as general counsel and president of Nature’s Way Products Inc. Much of his career has involved creating and supporting efforts to allow broad access to dietary supplements, together with the systems to assure product quality, safety and benefit.
He has authored more than 150 articles and/or book chapters and has lectured in over 30 countries on dietary supplement and functional food issues. Currently, his greatest areas of interest are the growing presence of synthetic biology in the natural products industry, personalized nutrition, preservation of the cultural knowledge on which the natural products industry is founded and securing seat upgrades on Delta Airlines.
Kira Olsen - Director, Member Services & Events
Kira Olsen serves as UNPA's Director of Member Services & Events and has been with the organization since 2006. She manages the daily functions at UNPA, including member support, new client screening, and facilities, finance and office administration. Kira is also in charge of the planning and production of all UNPA events and educational offerings. Ms. Olsen comes to UNPA with a background in advertising and marketing. She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech communications and minored in sociology. When Kira is not working, she loves to do anything "fun, challenging and exciting," such as training for marathons and other athletic events, snowboarding, wakeboarding, scuba diving, and most of all, spending time with her husband and three beautiful children.
Mika Israelsen - Director, Operations
Mika Israelsen serves as UNPA’s director of operations. Mika manages UNPA's daily operations along with finances and accounting. As part of her responsibilities, she maintains close relationships with UNPA’s customers and vendors, in addition to the extensive support she provides the rest of the UNPA staff and its members. She has deep experience with all aspects of office management through her previous tenures with GOED, the omega-3 trade association, and essential oil manufacturer Almarome. She studied business management at Salt Lake Community College and when not at the office, Mika enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking the Wasatch Mountains. She lives in Littleton, Colo., with her husband and beautiful son.
Larisa Pavlick - VP, Global Regulatory & Compliance
Larisa Pavlick has more than 20 years of combined experience working within the dietary supplement industry, including nearly eight years as an investigator at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
She has a passion for the dietary supplements and natural products industry and for helping others. Larisa has worked in the development of botanical products, utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine, ethnomedicinal plants and Ayurveda. Through robust scientific research and collaboration with her mentors, she has assisted in the formulation of products designed to support the negative effects of nutritional deficiencies, stress, aging and more. With a strong background, education and training in U.S. regulations and quality, she has spent much of her career evaluating the quality and integrity of ingredients and the manufacturing controls used to produce these finished products. During her career, Larisa has dedicated herself to helping ensure consumers receive the benefits of safe and ethical vitamins, minerals, botanicals and other dietary supplement products.
Larisa graduated from the University of Colorado-Denver, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Outside of work and spending time with her family, some of her favorite activities include riding motorcycles, gardening, reading and enjoying the great outdoors, including kayaking, hiking, biking, boating and water sports and camping.
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Daniel Mabey - President - Asia Region
Based in Beijing, China, Daniel Mabey serves as UNPA's President - Asia Region. He primarily coordinates the association’s relationship with its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Partner, the China Nutrition and Health Food Association (CNHFA), and works with China-based UNPA members. Daniel also provides UNPA members with market research, regulatory support and other services. He has more than 10 years of experience working in China and also speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Daniel earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and also studied abroad at Peking University. When not working, Daniel likes to ski, run, read, cook and travel.
Heidi Calder - Executive Assistant
Heidi Calder brings 20 years of experience in the sports medicine and natural health fields. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education with an emphasis in exercise physiology. She has also served as an instructor for the Utah Heart Association and worked at the LDS Hospital Fitness Institute in Salt Lake City. Since 1987, she has been the executive assistant to UNPA President Loren Israelsen during her tenure at Nature's Way, the LDI Group, and UNPA. She is a skilled gardener and chef and the mother of three awesome boys.