About NPA East

The National Products Association (NPA East) was established in 1970 in Washington, D.C., as a non-profit corporation, U.S. Internal Revenue Code Section 501-C (6). We promote optimum health by preserving access to, and facilitating markets for natural products, including natural and organic foods, vitamins, supplements and cosmetics. NPA East serves members in 12 states including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

NPA East is the leading political voice in the region, with a committed network of members and advocacy officials who monitor state legislation that may be damaging to our industry.

We scrutinize pending legislation in all 12 states and take appropriate action whenever necessary. On any given day, there are several bills being promoted by legislators looking to make a name for themselves at the expense of natural products retailers. And even when the proposed bills are clearly frivolous, just a hint of them can send the press and others into a feeding frenzy of unsubstantiated claims about our industry that reach consumers and affect their perception of all natural products.

These bills have a wide range of negative effects from restricting sales to minors (which might require that dietary supplements be merchandised behind the counter) to unique state-level labeling requirements that would severely disrupt continuity of supply and increase the cost of goods for consumers. NPA East is working hard to stop these harmful bills from becoming law.

NPA East invests thousands of dollars in successful lobbying efforts to thwart the passage of these bills before they can become laws so onerous to our industry that they could affect our very livelihoods. We ask you to take an active role in protecting your future by joining NNFA today.

Mission Statement

The mission of the NPA East is to support and sustain the rights of the natural products industry to do business in the 12 states that comprise the East region. As the leading voice for the profession, our primary purpose is to advocate for the rights of consumers to have access to products that will maximize and maintain their health, and for the rights of retailers and suppliers to sell these products.


NPA East unites a diverse membership, from the small health food store owner to the largest natural foods suppliers and manufacturers. We champion consumers’ freedom of choice in our marketplace as well as strengthening and safeguarding the rights of retailers, suppliers, and others who support our industry. NPA East creates an environment that stimulates strong markets, which in turn, fuel growth for our constituency. We act together with uncompromising integrity, and we encourage all to reach even higher standards of quality.


National NPA

Regional NPAs

Each region is governed by its own board of directors and the president of each region also sits on the national NPA Board of Directors to ensure that local members’ voices are heard.  Each region sets its own dues amount and provides unique benefits and services. For more information on joining a region, please contact the appropriate regional NPA below.

(Natural Products Assn. East)
Exec. Dir: Paul Kushner
29 Pickwick Drive
Marlton, NJ 08053
email:  pkushner@comcast.net
(856) 985-5446
President:  Stephen Distefano
Phone: 631-486-6835
E-mail : info@strictlyglutenfree.com
NPA Midwest
Exec. Dir.:  Marcy Kraft /Diane Gaughn
6939 Sparrow Lane
Columbus, OH 43235
(800) 795-6246
(614) 798-1117 (marcy)
614-766-9054 Diane home
614-783-4442 ( cell )
email:  npamidwest@columbus.rr.com
President:  Judy Stamper
Judy Stamper, Midwest President (BROKER)
Health Works12850 West Rd.
Zionsville, IN 46077
Phone:  317/818-0096
FAX:  317/848-2011
Email: Jmstamper8@gmail.comClaudia David-Roscoe, Midwest Vice President & voting member/representative to the national Board
Health Foods by Claudia
3904 Secor Rd.
Toledo, OH  43623
Phone:  419/474-1400
FAX:  419/474-5184
Email:  healthfoodclaudia@gmail.com
NPA (South East)
Exec.:  Debra Short
5946 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 846-0320
(800) 828-7250
(727) 848-7654
faxemail:  Debra [dshort@southeastnpa.org]President
Michelle DuFresne Southeast President
Manna Grocery & Deli
2300 McFarland Blvd. E., Suite 12
Tuscaloosa, AL  35404
Phone:  205/752-9955
Email:  fsdrennen@gmail.com
NPA (Southwest)
(Natural Products Assn. Southwest)
Carrol Wells – Executive Director
909 N. Fisk
Brownwood, TX  76801
PH. 325.998.6761
FAX 325.646.1597
(Natural Products Assn. Northwest)
Exec. Dir.: Stephanie Juhl
2442 NW Market St. #634
Seattle, WA 98107
(360) 379.2805
(360) 385.3200
fax (360) 385.1186
trade showemail director@npanw.orgLorraine Hoffman, Northwest President
Healthy Me Health Foods
1735 E. Skyline Drive, Suite 2
South Ogden, UT 84405
Phone: 801-479-9474
Email: HMHealthFoods@hotmail.com