Who We Are

James S. Turner, Esq.

President and Chairman of the Board

A principal in the firm Swankin & Turner, represents businesses as well as individuals and consumer groups in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. Mr. Turner has served as special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research.

Recently Mr. Turner was the lead attorney on a successful petition to the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles from Class III to Class II medical devices, permitting their legal importation and distribution. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University School of Law.


James J. Gormley

Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor

Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor of Citizens for Health and a principal of Gormley NPI Consulting, James Gormley served as the Editor-in-Chief of Better Nutrition magazine and Editorial Director of the Vitamin Retailer Magazine group.

He also served as the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs officer for Nutrition 21 and attended Codex Alimentarius meetings in Paris and Rome. An award-winning blogger and author of six books, including Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, Gormley has been a leading consumer health advocate for nearly 20 years.

Michael McCormack

Board Member at Large

Practicing law as a commercial litigation attorney for more than 20 years, for many years Micheal has been a holistic legal and organizational counselor focusing on emerging health law matters, including regulation and advocacy.

Michael is also an ordained minister, as well as founder and president of the Tahoma Youth Basketball Association in his hometown of Maple Valley, Washington, where he lives with his wife, Melissa and their five children. He graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1984.

Joe Bassett

Founding Member & Former Chairman

A certified Touch for Health Instructor and massage therapist trained in Reiki. A founding member of the NINE and Citizens for Health, the former president of the NNFA and the Mid-American Health Association, he served on the boards of Citizens for Health (former chairman), Dr. Jensen’s Iridology Board, the National Food Merchandiser Advisory Board and the National Health Federation. On June 6, Joe Bassett died of complications of a bladder and kidney infection. His legacy is indisputable, and the void he leaves behind, incalculable. He is sorely missed.

Janice C. Lipsen (Born 1929, Died 2017)

Past Board Member

Janice served as President of Counselors for Management, a privately held government relations firm. She also served as assistant to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives during Watergate, Carl Albert, and was a registered lobbyist for the National Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She was also the Director of the Governor of Samoa’s Washington office and worked closely with the governor’s representatives in Washington. Janice passed away on April 17, 2017, but we at CFH are eternally grateful for the impact she has had on our organization, and we work hard to honor her legacy every day.


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Rustum Roy (Born 1924, Died 2010)

Former Board of Advisors

He was Founder and Chairman of Friends of Health – an association of world-class scientists who believe strongly, on the basis of their own research, that the biological orthodoxies that dominate current medical and health thinking are significantly limited in their scope and promise. They see significant promise for improved individual and social well being in the breaking down of artificial barriers between body, mind and spirit and point to powerful scientific research that supports this view. Citizens has joined with Friends to promote the findings and insights of scientists establishing the health implication of body, mind, spirit integration. In this collaboration the two groups have co-sponsored three scientific conferences that presented and reviewed new, frontier expanding, research. This research highlights the significant promise that body, mind spirit, integration offers as an approach to public policy about health promotion, disease prevention, wellness and social improvement. The Citizens/Friends collaboration has given both groups an opportunity to create an broadened local, national and global dialogue about expanded, integrated wellness and its impact on effective cost saving health policy.

The Citizens/Friends collaboration has given both groups an opportunity to create an broadened local, national and global dialogue about expanded, integrated wellness and its impact on effective cost saving health policy.
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