Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors brings together a unique and diverse mix of professionals from all over British Columbia. The Board is responsible for all major decision making within the society, and some of our board members are also involved in the Society's day-to-day operations. Board members are elected in November and serve for a one-year term. After this term, they may run for re-election.

Lorna Hancock- Secretary & Executive Director

Lorna is a founding member and director of the Health Action Network Society. Since 1979, and with the encouragement and support of her husband, Lorna created the first office of Health Action Network Society in the basement suite of their home. Since these early times, Lorna has devoted her energies into building a consumer health organization, a consumer bridge to a new paradigm, now known as Health Action Network Society.

Health Action Network Society was born out of Lorna’s deep commitment to alternative and complementary medicine. She has served this network for 33 years as a volunteer, even while in her role as Executive Director. To many, Health Action Network Society is synonymous with Lorna Hancock – her passion, vision and financial commitment are intrinsic to the entire organization. Although started 33 years ago, Health Action Network is currently celebrating its 30th year as a registered charitable society.


Lorne Brown, B.Sc, CA, Dr. TCM, FABORM, CHt

Dr. Lorne Brown is the founder and clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre, the first Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic in British Columbia dedicated to reproductive health and fertility.  Dr. Brown has appeared as a fertility expert on TV, Radio, magazines and newspapers including the Globe and Mail and Macleans Magazine.

After receiving his Dr. of Chinese Medicine at Vancouver’s International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lorne received extensive postgraduate training in gynecology, obstetrics, and reproductive medicine.  Dr. Brown published the Acubalance Fertility Diet which is made available for free from the Acubalance website.

Internationally known for his pioneering work as an educator and advocate for integrated fertility care, Lorne was one of the first board certified fellows of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). He also contributed greatly to the advancement of Reproductive Chinese Medicine in North America by founding and Together, these two sites constitute the largest online source for continuing education and seminars on Chinese medicine for reproductive health.  Lorne has a long-standing special interest in women’s health and fertility and is the Acupuncture expert advisor to : Canada’s premier online fertility community. 


Shiv Nat- Treasurer

Shiv completed his BCom from UBC in 2003 and received his Chartered Accountant designation in 2004. He is currently a Senior Manager at Smythe Ratcliffe, LLP in Vancouver, providing accounting, assurance and tax services to private companies, focusing in the technology, manufacturing and real estate sectors. He also provides due diligence services for corporate transactions. Additional accomplishments include being a mentor of New Ventures BC Competition (2008). He has also volunteered for Health Action Network Society since 1999, and is a valued asset on the Board of Directors.


Jane Shaak- President

Currently serving as president, Jane has been enthusiastically involved with HANS, since it’s beginning.  She currently chairs the Fluoride Free BC Committee at HANS. Jane is the Executive Director of the Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford Centre in Penticton, which is a creativity and conference centre. Currently, Jane is working on several projects, the Shatford Learning Kitchen Project, which will provide a wellness kitchen to serve the South Okanagan Similkameen and the Shatford Commons, which will include a demonstration food forest and community gardens. Jane's life focus is on creativity, community and celebrating.


Sharon Pendlington

Sharon is an Ecologist, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Yoga Instructor, Birth Doula and Group Facilitator/Educator. She is passionate about helping women contribute their fullest selves to the world by supporting their unique health and wellness goals. As a new director with HANS, she is excited to promote the vision of its members, and facilitate connections between members to grow the community. Sharon is mindful of maintaining balance in her own life and living on purpose, and she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends, practicing yoga, supporting her clients and growing her practice, and offering educational seminars and volunteering in the community.


Barbara Jean Buckley


Dr. Barbara Jean Buckley, PhD, is a nurse educator and health researcher with a specialty in ethics. Barbara Jean is an Assistant Professor at the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) School of Nursing and a member of the Canadian Bioethics Society. Barbara Jean's research and publication focus is on the moral climate of health care delivery and ethical policy making with a particular interest in the health impact on marginalized populations due to increasing health care inequities in rural and remote Canada. She is engaged in a program of research that is aimed at improving the moral climate of rural health care delivery and toward a more socially just, equitable, and ethical health care policy development.


Milt Bowling

For over a decade, Milt has served as the President and CEO of the non-profit Clean Energy Foundation, helping over 100 communities across North America balance the risks and benefits of wireless technology. He is recognized world-wide for his expansive knowledge on the environmental health effects of electro-magnetic radiation, and his ability to move governments to take action to protect citizens and wildlife from those radiation dangers. Milt is a speaker, writer and advocate with 'bull-dogged' determination who has developed an international network of experts to work at solving serious environmental hazards. Milt has volunteered and assisted HANS during the last 15 years.


Klaus Ferlow

Klaus has over 61 years experience in business in Europe and North America, the greatest majority of that in the organic herbal business as founder (1975) of the family business of Vancouver based Ferlow Botanicals. In 2013 he retired and is son Peter is now in charge as operations manager. He has been a HANS member since 1996 celebrating his 20th anniversary in 2016!

He is well known as speaker at public health shows, lecturer at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Toronto, Ontario; the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, B.C.; National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, USA; Institute of Holistic Nutrition, Vancouver, B.C.; and the Canadian Herbalist's Association of B.C. Furthermore he has done lectures and seminars inclusive at HANS advocating with passion herbal medicinal and personal care products without harmful ingredients and in honour of his work, he received an Honorary Master Herbalist Diploma from the Dominion Herbal College, Burnaby, B.C. est. 1926, at the HANS 2008 AGM. He was the fourth recipient of this prestigious Award in the 88-year history of the College. He has authored a large variety of educational articles that have been published in Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, United States, South Africa, Europe, and numerous websites around the world. He was interviewed twice by Peter Mayhew, host of the weekly program "Human Nature", CHUM radio, Toronto in 2004 and 2006. Topic: "The miraculous healing power of the Neem tree of India."

On March 15, 2014 Harpreet Singh, host of the Harpreet Singh Show from Joytv10 studio, Surrey, B.C. interviewed him about the miraculous Neem tree from India.

In he same year Scott Tips, President of the National Health Federation, Monrovia, interviewed him as host of the TSN radio station, Dublin, Ireland about the healing power of the Neem tree and the benefits for mankind.

He has been a long-time member & volunteer of the Health Action Network Society. Health Freedom has always been a part of Klaus's life! He is an intelligent, enthusiastic advocate for personal health freedom and believes in the power of the individual in their own wellness process. He has educational videos, DVD's and an extensive library of natural healing books.

In 2013 Klaus founded the Neem Research organization to protect and and promote this precious gift to humanity and is publishing the book: "Neem: Nature's Healing Gift to Humanity" next month, see


Ted Kuntz

Ted is a psychotherapist in private practice, an author and a keynote speaker. Ted has been a member of HANS for many years and is one of the speakers on our speakers' series.  His book, Peace Begins With Me, captures his journey of making peace with his son's disabilities after the child was damaged by a vaccine at five months.  After Children's Hospital informed him that there were no treatment options for his son, Ted embarked on an intensive journey to understand alternative health care.  Over the past twenty years, Ted has experimented with a wide range of alternative health interventions. He is actively involved in his community and has served on numerous community boards.  We appreciate Ted's continued participation on the board of directors and look forward to working with him in 2017.  Ted is the Vice President of Vaccine Choice Canada, a national not-for-profit educational society that works to protect the rights of all people to make fully informed and voluntary vaccine decisions.