The BEA Team


Board Members

Travis Lowin Board Member At Congress







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 Botanical Education Alliance
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

Pascal Tanguay BEA
Pascal Tanguay
A current associate of the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC) and previous program director with Thailand offices of PSI, a Washington DC-based global health organization that promotes harm reduction among drug users.

Throughout his career, Pascal has written extensively on a number of issues related to harm reduction, drug use and kratom decriminalisation. Pascal has a particular interest in drug policy reform, especially in regards to improving collaboration with law enforcement.


Gregg Scharf BEA Advisory Board
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.


Jesse Mancini
Jesse Mancini
Dr. Jesse Mancini is a registered pharmacist and Clinical Trial Leader for CPH Biotech, a company that carries out clinical, toxicological and pharmacological research to study the relationship between various plants and humans. A few of the plants being researched are kratom, St. Johns Wort and Kava Kava.

Jesse is a graduate from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and while there, he completed an accelerated 6 year doctorate program, which piqued his interest in natural healing methods. He is a proponent for healthy living through the cultivation of lifestyle and the careful use natural medicines.

He most enjoys interacting one on one with patients to help them find solutions to their healthcare needs and is eager to provide his extensive knowledge on kratom to the BEA.


Kendra Jowers
Kendra Jowers is an in-house counsel for a multi-state substance abuse treatment provider as well as the sole partner of her own civil law firm in Florida. She also conducts grant reviews for the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Having spent the past four years working on addiction and mental health policy from a provider perspective, she has observed the impact of the growing opioid epidemic and the advantages and shortcomings of currently-available treatments.

Before receiving a juris doctorate from the Florida State University College of Law, Kendra Jowers graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a BA in Philosophy. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2010 and is active in the Orange County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She is an avid runner and yoga enthusiast and enjoys devoting time to providing pro bono legal services to underserved communities in central Florida.


Dr. Jamie Kunkle Naturopath Acupuncturist and Herbalist
Dr. Jamie Kunkle
Jamie is a practicing Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist/Traditional Chinese Herbalist at an integrative family medicine practice in Seattle, WA. He has extensive training and experience in the utilization of modern and traditional herbal therapeutics from across the globe. His specialties include but are not limited to: pain management, chronic disease/infection, autoimmunity and gastrointestinal health.

Jamie was first introduced to Mitragyna speciosa (Kratom) 10 years ago while completing his premedical BS in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. Jamie’s fascination with pharmacognosy (plant and nature derived drugs) drove him into the field of natural medicine. At Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA Jamie simultaneously completed his doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese/East Asian Herbal medicine in an intensive 5.5 year program. At the end of this program, Jamie spent 6 weeks in hospital rotations at integrative medical centers in China. He has been in continual medical practice since January of 2013.


Social Media Manager

Ryan Leung BEA
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.