Beth Clay serves as the ICA Executive Director/CEO and Director of Government Relations. A globally recognized expert in complementary and alternative (integrative) health policy, and a long time advocate for health freedom, Beth brings to the ICA a unique background of government, private sector and life experience. Beth has been a lifelong patient of chiropractic. Her first experience with chiropractic was with an ICA State Representative Assembly Member and her exposure to ICA’s mission and philosophy on health and healing helped set the stage for her life’s path. Beth has extensive experience internationally, living for three years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and with business development consulting in the Middle East, North Africa, and the Caribbean in particular.
Beth began her US federal service at the National Institutes of Health, working administratively in the international, rare disease and alternative medicine activities of the Institute. She served as the first Committee Management Officer of the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Committee. In 1998, she was invited by then Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the US House of Representatives (Congressman Dan Burton) to join the staff and lead an investigation looking at the role of complementary and alternative therapies in the U.S. health system. Her responsibilities as Senior Professional Staff would be expanded to lead investigations of high priority matters ranging from autism spectrum disorders, dietary supplement regulation, to racial disparities in health care.
Beth is the primary author of two Committee staff reports – Mercury in Medicine and FACA: Conflicts of Interest in Vaccine Development. In her official capacity, Beth traveled to Russia, Germany, Canada and across the United States to represent and speak on behalf of the Chairman and conduct health related investigations. During her federal service, Beth served as a delegate on a WTO level Committee of the CODEX Alimentarius.
After leaving federal service, Beth re-entered the private sector as a government relations consultant focused on integrative health policy and business development in the Middle East. Beth has always been philanthropically minded with years of service as a hospice volunteer, scouting, advocating on children’s health and human rights in mental health. On behalf of the ICA, Beth co-Chaired the Integrative Health Policy Consortium (IHPC) Federal Policy Committee in 2018 and currently co-Chairs the IHPC Committee on Bioenergy and Health.
Sondra Thomas serves as the ICA’s Membership Coordinator. Accomplished and results-driven professional with 18 years of experience in corporate banking, marketing communications, member and community engagement. Sondra joins the Membership Department focused on developing and implementing strategies that will help increase membership, and more importantly, providing a direct avenue of communications between the ICA and its’ members.
Sondra is a pillar for volunteerism and community outreach. Her award-winning support include both local and national organizations.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Stephanie Becker grew up in Baltimore, Maryland with her 4 sisters and brother in a home of laughter and music before racing out of the nest to New York City for college at 17. Over 10 years, she graduated from St. John’s University with her Bachelor’s in Hospitality, worked for Marriott in Queens, volunteered for a summer in construction, nannied full time for a family with twins and found the best cupcakes in the 5 boroughs (Sprinkles) !
In Spring of 2018, Stephanie and her partner Andrew, were looking to explore a new city and to be in closer proximity to family, so they moved to Foggy Bottom in Washington DC. The great work life balance here has allowed for Stephanie to get her 200 hour yoga teaching certification, host many dinner parties and enjoy building relationships!
Stephanie started with the ICA Events department in February of 2019 and feels passionately about her work here and bringing quality, drug free chiropractic to people all over the world. In February 2021, Stephanie was promoted to Director of Programs and oversees ICA Councils, Events and Programs.
Michael Griesmer is a long time ICA employee whose focus is now Special Projects. Michael previously administered the ICA membership database.
Prior coming to the ICA, he served in several administrative and management positions, two of which were bi-lingual English/Spanish. He holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from The Catholic University in Washington, DC and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.