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 The BEA Team


Board Members







Travis Lowin

Travis is the Executive Director of the Botanical Education Alliance. He has been involved in the natural products industry for more than a decade importing/exporting, manufacturing, analytically testing raw agricultural commodities and herbal supplements. His efforts along with the help of others have led to legal Kratom victories in AZ, OK, LA, KY, NC, NY, FL, GA, NH and IL.


Angela Watson
Angela is an entrepreneur with experience running and owning multiple companies. She’s become an expert in corporate restructuring, financial restructuring, funding, and leading companies to high growth.  Angela brings to the table a comprehensive knowledge of and experience in both GMP, NDI’s and is an ISO 9001 certified trainer (which can be used in implementing GMP).

She has been with the BEA since its inception and her efforts along with the help of others have led to legal Kratom victories in AZ, OK, LA, KY, NC, NY, FL, GA, NH and IL.



Advisory Board

John Shinholser
John is the co-founder and President of The McShin Foundation, a recovery resource foundation founded in 2004 by John and his wife Carol McDaid. Shinholser and his wife have dedicated their lives to helping individuals and families in seeking recovery from the disease of addiction.

John is also a United States Marine Corps veteran and has owned and managed a successful contracting business for over 30 years. He continuous to stay passionate about the cause of recovery and helping others as he is himself has had to overcome personal addiction battles. John has been clean and in successful long-term recovery since August 10th 1982.


Gregg Scharf
Gregg is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and currently practices in the medicated-assisted treatment field helping those who struggle with severe opiate addictions. Gregg is knowledgeable about all forms of addiction, however for the last three years he has focused his efforts on opiate addiction and the many emerging ways to treat this epidemic.

Gregg holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Viterbo University and hopes to attain his Licensed Professional Counselor accreditation in the near future. Gregg believes that addiction can best be treated from a multi-disciplinary approach which practices the latest in evidence-based treatment interventions. Gregg has also conducted research on ways to reach rural population where mental health services are often unavailable or treatment options are severely stigmatized. Gregg is pleased to be a member of the BEA advisory board and hopes to offer his support and guidance to those struggling with addiction.


Dr. Hugo Hanson
Dr. Hugo Hanson D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine), is a full-time emergency physician practicing in Kingston NY. Dr. Hanson has particular interest in clinical toxicology and addiction medicine. He has written multiple articles on the opioid epidemic in the US, including the emergence of Kratom and the limited access of medication assisted therapies for opioid abuse disorder.

Hugo graduated from NY College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine from Albany Medical Center. Currently he is focused on improving access to medication assisted therapies and studying alternative treatments for opioid addiction.


Social Media Manager

Ryan Leung
After graduating from UBC Sociology, Ryan worked for a few local startups before taking on his role  of Social Media Manager at the BEA. He is an avid reader, Redditor and enjoys travelling.


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