CRN expands staff and adds voting member

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CRN expands staff and adds voting member

WASHINGTON —The Council for Responsible Nutrition has promoted four employees – Maya English, Danny Garza, Elise Hall and Craig Muckle – and hired Angelo Schildhauer as membership associate.

Steve Mister

Steve Mister


“I am pleased to announce the promotions of these four employees as recognition for their contributions to CRN,” said president and CEO Steve Mister. “Maya’s work coordinating the logistics for all of our meetings, webinars and conferences is invaluable so these activities occur flawlessly. The work achieved by Danny, Elise and Craig is, in various ways, critical to our overall communications with and to our members, media or elected officials. We look forward to their continued excellent work during the next year.”

“It is also my pleasure to welcome Angelo to CRN,” Mister continued.  “Our membership team is always very busy during the first part of the new year so Angelo is coming on board at a key time for us. We look forward to having him as part of the association for many years.”

English was promoted to senior director, membership, education and events from director, membership, education and events. She will continue to manage the logistics of CRN’s educational events including conferences and webinars. She joined the organization in August 2016.

Garza, who joined CRN in 2022, was promoted to government affairs and legal associate from government affairs and legal assistant and will continue to support the association’s Government Relations and Legal departments.

Hall earned a promotion to communications associate from communications assistant and will continue to support CRN’s digital communications work including its daily member newsletter. She has been with the organization for nearly one year.

Muckle has been promoted to senior director of communications from director of communications. He will continue to oversee the association’s blog and serve as CRN’s primary media contact among other duties.

Schildhauer has joined CRN after spending the past six years at America Rising, a research and communications firm in the Washington, D.C. metro region, working in various roles during his tenure. His duties will include managing CRN’s membership database, along with providing support and assistance to members and the department.

CRN also accepted Vitaquest International, a product development and commercialization partner in nutraceuticals and functional foods, as a voting member.

Patrick Brueggman

Patrick Brueggman


According to Vitaquest CEO Patrick Brueggman, the move to join CRN reinforces recognition by the company of the impact and value the trade association has on advancing the scientific, quality and ethical standards of the nutraceuticals and functional foods industries. “The Council for Responsible Nutrition is a leader in focusing attention and supporting the issues that are critical to the advancement of our industry. Over their 50-year history, they have advocated for best practices in clinical science, manufacturing, marketing, quality control and safety,” he said. “We are delighted to become a voting member of CRN as we share its commitment to advancing all these best practices and to building trust with consumers as we provide finished products that support their health. We’re looking forward to engaging with other member companies of CRN and adding Vitaquest’s voice to a dialogue that looks to move our industry ahead,” he said. Brueggman has been appointed to the Council for Responsible Nutrition Board of Directors.

Vitaquest has been delivering innovation in consumer products since 1977. Over the last 45-plus years the company has established itself as one of the premier product development and manufacturing companies in the nutraceutical and functional foods business. It has grown as a result of successful collaborations with customers, its continual investment in the facilities and capabilities needed to support customers, and the company’s ability to anticipate the requirements of their markets. This is a full-service offering that includes formulation assistance, manufacturing, packaging, warehousing and fulfillment. Today, the company produces more than 4,000 custom formulas each year, serving more than 500 brands in 40 countries.

On the quality front, Vitaquest offers its TotalQ Commitment to Quality, an initiative that draws on the company’s activities in a broad range of functions and disciplines including raw material sourcing, ingredient integrity testing, product design, internal QA systems and final product Assurance. The company also offers VQ Solutions, a turnkey warehousing and fulfillment option for customers that starts from our manufacturing floor and ends at their customer’s location – getting products faster to market, reducing shipping costs and providing storage in a fully-certified storage facility.

Says Brueggman, “At Vitaquest, we like to say that we can help our customers deliver what’s next in the health and well-being market. We feel that CRN has their eye on the future of our industry and we look forward to working closely with them to improve what comes next”.



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