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May 2016                                                                  Volume 12 Issue 5
  Director's Letter
Next month marks an important event in the life cycle of the BTER Foundation: the election of new Board Members. While those we serve give us our mission and our purpose, it is the Board of Directors that give an organization its energy, its direction, and its moral compass. The Board members are also key to the Foundation's ability to bring in the financial and political support that makes possible everything that the Foundation does.

New Board Members are typically added every year, as elder Board Members complete their term. However, due to a paucity of applicants and volunteers, some of our Board Members have served for over 10 years. I am excited to see that we have had several applicants each year for the past few years. This is truly a testament to the increasing participation of the biotherapy community at large, and to the generosity of these individuals, in particular.

So now I have to ask the question: What can YOU do to help us help you?
  • VOTE. All BTER Foundation members will receive a ballot via email (Survey Monkey) on June 1st in order to vote for new Board Members.
  • If you are not yet a BTER Foundation member, you still have time to join and be included in the vote!  Visit our membership page to join.
  • Would you like to join the Board next year?  You can let us know at any time that you are interested, and we will tell you more about it. 
  • Finally, it takes a whole lot of people besides the Board of Directors to make this organization productive. We need writers and article reviewers, clerks and teachers, conference organizers and fundraisers, grant-writers and videographers . . . and of course therapists, patients, researchers and students.   Let us know how you would like to get involved!
Check out our website to discover other ways that you can participate. But above all, join with us in thanking the three outstanding Board of Directors nominees featured below for volunteering to lead us into the next generation of biotherapy.   

R Sherman (signature)
Ron Sherman

BTER Foundation Board Elections
We are thrilled to announce the 2016 nominees for election to the BTER Foundation's Board of Directors. These nominees represent a diversity of biotherapy fields and come to us with many years of experience. Ballots will be sent to all members of the BTER Foundation via email on June 1st, 2016. If you would like to become a member of the BTER Foundation, and thus be eligible to vote within the BTER Foundation (among other wonderful benefits), please visit our membership webpage.

Each nominee has his own webpage where you can learn more about his work and his interest in sitting on the Board of the BTER Foundation. Please click on each nominee's name or photo in order to view more information.

  2016 Biotherapy Conferences
  * denotes BTER Foundation Presence
** denotes biotherapy lecture(s) by a BTER Foundation member or with teaching materials provided by the BTER Foundation.
     May 26-27;  Aging Active: Hirudo Revitalization Forum; Moscow, Russia
** August 31-September 1;  Wild on Wounds Conference ;
              Las Vegas, NV, USA
   *September 12-13;  International Conference on Wound Care ; San Antonio,                   TX, USA
  * September 26-28;  SAWC Fall; Las Vegas, NV, USA
     October 3-4;  4th Microbiome R&D and Business Collaboration Forum 
               USA (including Probiotics Congress) ;  San Diego, CA, USA 
     October 21-23; Charles Mraz Apitherapy Course & Conference; Redondo                   Beach, CA, USA
              Atlanta, GA, USA
     November 24-26; Innovative Veterinary Medicine Conference;  Veenendaal, the Netherlands

      View Past and Upcoming Conferences

Please let us know if you are aware of any other Biotherapy conferences!
Biotherapy Around the World
Innovative Veterinary Medicine Conference - November 24-26, 2016; Veenendaal - Van der Valk, the Netherlands
This conference, previously known as Complementary Veterinary Medicine, features seminars and lectures on topics including companion animals, hippotherapy, and farm animals.

View Conference Website
Here and Conference Brochure Here.
Photo: Hasmik Hovhannisia
Learn about "Armenia's Horse Whisperers" (Hippotherapists!)
We love hearing about Biotherapy efforts around the world.  This article highlights the amazing work being done at the Centaur Hippotherapy Center in Armenia, bringing healing to chronically ill children and adults.
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Publication Credits

THE BeTER LeTTER is published by:
BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation
36 Urey Court, Irvine, CA 92617
Phone: 949-246-1156 / Fax: 949-679-3001
Ronald A. Sherman

Assistant Editor:
Amy Lajiness

Contributing Writers:
Dr. Sagiv Ben-Yakir, Dr. Jose Contreras-Ruiz, Dr. Robert McKie, Dr. Jacques Oskam, Sheri Rosen, Dr. Pascal Steenvoorde, Dr. Tarek Tantawi, Catalina Wang,
Dr. Shou Yu Wang. Your name could be here!

Foundation Consultants:
Eve Iversen, Dr. Alana Jolley, Amy Mendez, Joanne Preston, Dr. Aletha Tippett

Foundation Board:
Ronald A Sherman (Chair);  Samuel G Kohn (Treasurer); Donna Beales; Sheri Rosen. Your name could be here, too! 

Past Board Members:
Randall Sullivan;  Sharon Mendez, RN, CWS; Pamela Mitchell

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Lajiness
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