M. Carson, President & Founder
Amy has been in healthcare for over two decades specializing in Cardiac procedures. She served as a Sergeant, E-5, Military Police, in the US Army Reserve and was the 1987 Recipient of Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, 77th US Army Reserve Command, New York. Because of her efforts, she was awarded her first Army Achievement Medal at West Point, NY.
Amy has been an advocate for safer vaccines for several years after her son became injured from them. She has organized and moderated numerous Congressional, State, and Rally Press Conferences, to bring attention to the urgent need to remove all forms of mercury from pharmaceuticals. She has worked side by side with Members of Congress, State Leaders, and world renowned researchers and scientists. She received the Carlton Lee Award in 2005 from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine for her exemplary efforts in furthering the principles of environmental medicine. She has led many marches in the name of vaccine injured children to raise awareness while working on state and federal legislation for vaccine research and safety. She has testified at EPA hearings to further her dedication to eliminate unnecessary mercury exposures.
E. Haley, PhD, Board Member
Dr. Boyd Haley received a doctorate in Chemistry/Biochemistry at Washington State University. He was an NIH Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Physiology, Yale University Medical School from 1971 to 1974. He has been a professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky since 1996. Recently, Dr. Haley has testified before numerous government agencies on the effects of mercury toxicity from dental amalgams and vaccines. He was one of the first researchers to propose that the preservative Thimerosal in infant vaccines was the most likely toxic agent involved in Gulf War Syndrome and autism related disorders. He has shown using mercury analysis of birth-hair that autistics represent a subset of the population that cannot excrete mercury effectively. Dr. Haley is also co-founder and scientific advisor of Affinity Labeling Technologies, Inc., a biotech company that synthesizes and markets to major research institutes nucleotide photo-affinity analogs for biomedical research. The company was expanded to ALT Biosciences, Inc. which also developed tests for oral toxicity detection. Dr Haley is also the Founder of CTI Science, a bio-technology firm that specializes in products designed to improve quality of life.
Over the past few years Dr. Haley has testified before numerous government agencies at the federal and state levels on the effects of mercury toxicity from dental amalgams and vaccines. This list includes two times before the Congressional Committee on Government Reform, the Pentagon to Surgeon Generals, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has testified before, and supplied affidavits to, numerous legislative committees at the State level that were considering bills to remove thimerosal and mercury from dental and vaccines products. In several situations states have enacted legislation placing restrictions on the use of mercury in dental and vaccine products. In the recent past he has testified before the FDA committee for Review and Analysis of the Literature on the Health Effects of Dental Amalgams and before the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences regarding vaccines and autism. He has been invited to present lectures on the subject of mercury toxicity and neurological diseases at international conferences in England, Scotland, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Sweden, France, Germany, New Zealand, Mexico and Denmark.
Lucier, BA, MS, PhD, Board Member
Dr. George W. Lucier is a consultant in toxicology and an Adjunct Senior Scientist for Environmental Defense. Dr. Lucier retired from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in 2000 where he was Director of the Environmental Toxicology Program, and Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program. In that capacity Dr. Lucier was responsible for coordinating toxicology research and testing across Federal agencies including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Lucier was head of a research group in molecular epidemiology and risk assessment and has authored approximately 250 scientific publications. His research focused on the use of basic biology to reduce uncertainty in human risk assessments and to improve the tools used in exposure assessment. His work has made major contributions to risk assessments for dioxins endocrine disrupters and methyl mercury, and he has been asked by Federal agencies to assist them in high visibility risk assessments. Dr. Lucier chairs the Science Advisory Board for hazardous air pollutants for the State of North Carolina, which makes recommendations on safe exposure levels on air pollutants of interest to North Carolina. Dr. Lucier was editor of the Scientific Journal Environmental Health Perspectives for 28 years. Dr. Lucier has researched and published data on ethyl vs. methyl mercury and the toxicity of thimerosal, a mecury based preservative still used in vaccines and medical products. Dr. Lucier has been key in NC legislation to reduce mercury exposure to infants, children, and pregnant women. He also served as Chair of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners.
Presson, R.N., M.Ed.
Janet Presson, R.N., M.Ed. is the owner and president of A Small Miracle, Inc., an agency that provides services for almost 500 children and adults with special needs in North Carolina. She has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, an M.Ed. in Counseling from Springfield College, and a B.S. in Nursing from Hawaii Pacific University.
Janet has attended many Defeat Autism Now (DAN) biomedical conferences and numerous other conferences and seminars on topics such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Verbal Behavior (VB), TEACCH, Auditory Integration Training (AIT), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), diet and nutrition, and environmental toxins. She has appeared as a guest lecturer at autism conferences, local colleges, parent support groups, and for groups of nursing students and law enforcement interns. Janet is also active in lobbying at both the federal and state levels for the removal of thimerosal (mercury) from immunizations, particularly those given to children and pregnant women.
Janet is the founder and past president of the Wayne County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC), a past president and member of the Board of Directors of Autism Treatment Options (ATO), and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics North Carolina. She divides her time between Goldsboro and Waynesville, NC with her husband Rusty, their son Rob (19 years old and vaccine-injured), and their three dogs.
Henkel, Board Member
Leann attended UNC-G where she studied Fashion Merchandising. Her skills have led her to be owner and Vice President of Precision Fabrication, Inc. She is Mom to Blake, who became neurologically injured after receiving vaccines. Leann is a dedicated advocate and is tireless in her efforts to help others. She has assisted in organizing numerous rallies and marches to help raise awareness to the dangers of mercury, especially in vaccines.
Leann has been instrumental in gaining support for state and federal legislation to ensure vaccine safety. Her artistic abilities have been a huge asset for designing posters and banners for rallies and marches. She is very active in her community and is a member of the Sandhills Center Consumer Family Advisory Committee and Human Rights Committee, as well as, a member of the Lindley Habilitation LLC Human Rights Committee.
Karey Williams is the former executive operating officer of Wolfe & Hurst Bond Brokers a municipal bond broker for dealer and dealer banks. She opened the Chicago branch of Wolfe & Hurst BBI in 1994 and helped the company grow by opening the Scottsdale Arizona office and the Minneapolis, MN office. Karey has been in the bond broker business since 1985. Prior to that she was a co-owner of a 7-11 convenience store and held many management positions in various fast food restaurants.
Karey holds an Associates of Business Management from New York University school of continuing education. Volunteer work included Higgins halfway house, as a literacy coordinator in Chicago Illinois, Ravenswood Hospital Chicago as an advocate for senior patients, and is currently pursuing a lay chaplain position with her church, St. Davids's episcopal church in Glenview Illinois. Currently at St. David's.
Karey is a volunteer on the Church's finance committee, St.Anne's Guild, lay reader and Sunday school teacher. Karey is an active force in vaccine safety and research. She has lectured and provided education to many families in the Chicago and surrounding areas. She has been a driving force supporting all legislation to provide safer healthcare for children. She has assisted in organizing numerous rallies and marches supporting the vaccine injured.
Gary M. McCown, DDS, MAGD, Board Member
Dr. McCown is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and has been practicing dentistry since 1969 and receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1973. He holds many society memberships including the International Association of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. He has held many faculty appointments at the University of Tennessee, as well as, many dental society and association appointments.
Dr. McCown has received numerous awards including Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and has been nominated for TNAGD “Dentist of the Year” Award by the TDA Second District Dental Society. He has authored many published papers and lectures on all areas of dental health. He has a private practice in Knoxville, TN, and is well known for his expertise in dental health.
Dr. McCown has been instrumental in helping patients regain their health through proper mercury amalgam removal. He is dedicated to the health of his patients and their education to lower the risks of toxicity from mercury exposure through the use of old dentistry practices.