AHHA Board
of Directors

Our amazing leaders

The first AHHA Board of Directors decided to make all AHHA materials available at no charge. This plan was based on running the organization with volunteer staff, donated office space, and small contributions from people nationwide. We are honored to introduce these hardworking volunteers currently serving on our AHHA Board of Directors:

Suzan V. Walter, MBA – President
Gena E. Kadar, DC, CNS – Secretary
Susan J. Negus, HHD – Treasurer
Connie Bjerk, CGIT, RM
Herbert L. Jacobs, MD, FACOG, ABHM
H. Garrett Thompson, DC, PhD


Suzan V. Walter, MBA is co-founder and current president of the American Holistic Health Association, and served as president of the American Holistic Medical Foundation from 1988 – 1990. In addition to volunteering 20 hours a week for AHHA, she has a private consulting practice and serves on the Education Committee for the Integrative Health Policy Consortium.
Gena Kadar, DC, CNS is an Associate Professor of Clinical Nutrition and Chair of the Division of Integrative Health Sciences at Southern California University of Health Sciences. A certified nutrition specialist and licensed doctor of chiropractic, she is also a nutrition blogger and author of A Manner of Living. She has served as a corporate wellness consultant, executive director of The Dick Butkus Center for Cardiovascular Wellness, and for nearly a decade led a successful clinical practice. She has received numerous accolades for her teaching, service, and scholarship including a 2012 teaching award from UCI School of Medicine’s Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine.
Susan J. Negus, HHD has a strong background and education in both business and holistic health. She has dedicated her life to educating and helping people live a healthier life. She has an acute understanding of the relationship and interaction of the body, mind and environment, how the body works and the effects of chemicals and nutrients on people. Dr. Negus is co-founder of Dreamous Corporation, U.S.A., a company offering all-natural, premium quality health and beauty products since 1994.
Connie Bjerk, CGIT, RM is co-owner of Awakened Living, an integrative private practice in Minneapolis, MN.  She is a certified guided imagery therapist trained to do counseling for relaxation, stress reduction, pain control, habit control, problem solving, and personal and spiritual empowerment. She received clinical training in Mind/Body Medicine from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. She is also a Reiki master in the Usui lineage. Connie is a guest lecturer on integrative medicine for the University of Dakota Psychology Department and Medical School. Her other educational endeavors with individuals and organizations include presentations, classes and programs, published articles, and a weekly blog.
Herbert L. Jacobs MD, FACOG, FACS, ABHM is an educator, author and lecturer on mid-life wellness research programs. Before retirement, his medical career included 35 years as an OB GYN. After retirement he became Board Certified in Holistic Medicine, then medical director of the Denver School of Nursing. Currently, he is on the University of Colorado Clinical Faculty, the spokesperson for the Colorado Medical Society’s Task Force on Holistic and Complementary Integrated Medicine, and assistant medical editor of Complementary Health Practice Review. He works to establish community programs for helping people improve their own health and staying well.
H. Garrett Thompson, DC, PhD, dean of instruction and professor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, earned his doctorate in biochemistry from Loma Linda University. He is also a licensed doctor of chiropractic. Dr. Thompson has researched a number of pathologies, including breast cancer, asthma and bone diseases. In addition to his other publications, he is the author of a textbook on biochemistry, as well as chapters in the textbook Introduction to Public Health for Chiropractors. He has received numerous accolades for his teaching and leadership.