Our Leadership Team

Ginger Taylor, Director
Ginger Taylor is an author, speaker, digital media producer and activist. She writes on the politics of health freedom, vaccination, autism, informed consent, and both corporate and government corruption.

Founding member of the Canary Party and a member of the Executive Leadership Team of HealthChoice.org, Ginger is a former Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in adolescent and family therapy and hold a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She began her work on childrens health and parental rights after her son Chandler regressed into autism following his 18 month vaccinations. In 2009 she served on the steering committee of the first Maine CDC Autism Conference to educate medical professionals on the current state of research and treatment of autism.  Ginger is a co-author and contributing editor of the book Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed Biased Science and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights Our Health and Our Children, and was awarded the Health Freedom Hero Award in 2014 by the National Health Federation.


Dr. Meryl Nass, Medical Advisor

Meryl Nass is a board-certified internist with a BS from MIT and MD from the University of Mississippi.  She practices in Ellsworth, Maine.

Dr.Nass’ areas of expertise include anthrax, biodefense and Gulf War syndrome, as well as vaccine safety and efficacy.

Dr. Nass has given 7 Congressional testimonies on anthrax vaccine, bioterrorism mitigation, and Gulf War syndrome (3 oral, 4 written).  She has consulted for the Director of National Intelligence, for the Interamerican Development Bank, a World Bank affiliate, for Microsoft Research Lab and for the Cuban Ministry of Health.  Dr. Nass identified the first modern use of anthrax in biological warfare, which occurred in Zimbabwe in 1978.

She has testified before several Maine legislative committees, and served as member and chair of the Commission to Protect the Lives and Health of members of the Maine National Guard, which was unanimously established by the Maine legislature in 2007. She is a board member of the Alliance for Human Research Protection. She has published over 30 articles and been mentioned in 25 books.

Dr. Nass is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World


Dr. Toni Bark, Medical Advisor

Toni Bark, M.D. (LEED AP) graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois in 1986. She then went on to New York University and the University of Illinois for residency programs.

Dr. Bark has been medical director for various departments and hospitals and has extensive post residency training in aesthetic medicine, nutritional medicine, and classical homeopathy with the top trainers in the various fields.

She is certified in Lipodissolve and Mesotherapy, and has created the “ultimate facial” -a combination of ultrasonic dermabrasion, ultrasonic and electrical stimulation, and transdermal delivery of anti-oxidants and vitamins through electroporation.

Dr. Bark has had a successful private practice in preventative medicine and anti-aging medicine, including aesthetics, since 1994. In addition to the aesthetic procedures, Dr Bark performs metabolic profiling, involving looking at insulin resistance, thyroid function and hormonal assessments for men and women. She has been using bio-identical hormones since the early 90’s with great results. Dr. Bark is an athlete, dancer, and is active in the circus arts.

In 2005, Dr. Bark graced the annual list of “Top Doctors” in Chicago Magazine. Her research and practice have been covered extensively in both local and national media.


Mary Holland, Legal Advisor

Mary Holland, Esq. is Research Scholar and Director of the Graduate Legal Skills Program at New York University School of Law.  She is a founding board member of EBCALA.

Educated at Harvard and Columbia Universities, Mary has been an advocate in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NYU, she worked for six years at major U.S. law firms, with three years based in Moscow, Russia. Before that, she directed the European Program of the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). After graduating law school, she clerked for a federal district court judge in New York City. She is a co-editor of the book Vaccine Epidemic, and her research and writing on legal issues related to autism and vaccines has been published in such journals as the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law and Ethics.


Mark Blaxill, Research Analyst

Mark Blaxill is the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism,Co-Chair of HealthChoice.org, Chairman and co-founder of the Canary Party, Editor-at-Large for Age of Autism, a former director of SafeMinds and a frequent speaker at autism conferences.

He writes often on autism, science and public policy issues for Age of Autism and has published a number of articles, letters and commentaries on autism in journals such as Public Health Reports, the International Journal of Toxicology, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Neurotoxicology and Medical Hypotheses. He has also been invited to peer review articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Epidemiology, Pediatrics and the International Journal of Toxicology. As part of his advocacy work, he has testified before the Immunization Safety Review of the Institute of Medicine (2001), served on a Blue Ribbon Panel on Vaccine Safety (2004), initiated a symposium sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences entitled  “Environmental Factors in Neurodevelopmental Disorders” (2005) and a workshop sponsored by the Institute of Medicine entitled “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research” (2007). He was a panelist at a “Meeting on Evaluating Reasons for ASD Trends” co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Autism Speaks (2011) and at a hearing “1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism” called by the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee (2012).

He received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School. In his professional career, he spent 25 years at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Senior Vice President. Recently, he co-founded 3LP Advisors, an advisory firm focused on intellectual property transactions, where he is a Managing Partner. He recently co-authored a book on autism, called The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-made Epidemic, (Thomas Dunne, September 2010).


Becky Grant-Widen, State Policy Analyst


Wayne Rohde, Federal Programs Analyst

Wayne Rohde is a co-founder of Vaccine Safety Council of Minnesota, Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota, and national advisory member of Health Choice.

Wayne has twin sons, age 16, Nicholas and Austin.  Nicholas was vaccine injured and later diagnosed with regressive autism.  Mr. Rohde has advocated extensively in Minnesota, Oklahoma and nationally for autism health insurance reform, vaccination choice and improved educational, employment and residential services for people with autism.

Wayne is the author of “The Vaccine Court: The Dark Truth of America’s Vaccine Injury Compensation Program”, that will be released in September 2014.

Wayne lives in Woodbury, Minnesota with his wife and twin sons.


Louis Conte, Federal Programs Analyst

Lou Conte is the father of triplet boys, two with autism. He is the Director of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Justice Project and a founding advocate member of EBCALA.

He serves on the boards of the Autism Action Network and Health Choice. Mr. Conte has advocated extensively in New York for autism health insurance reform, vaccination choice and improved educational services for people with autism. In his professional life, Mr. Conte is an Assistant Commissioner in the Westchester County Department of Probation where he has administered investigation and supervision programs that focus on sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators. He is proud to have been part of a team that established the nation’s first Sex Offense Court. Mr. Conte graduated from Iona College in 1982. He is an instructor in the Japanese Martial Art of Ju Jitsu.


Elizabeth Shardlow, Outreach Coordinator

Elizabeth Shardlow left a busy career in emergency medicine and public safety when she became a mother. She currently manages her husband’s chiropractic office, usually with one or more of her children by her side. Elizabeth is crafty and creative, and an advocate of natural birth and holistic parenting. Formerly a home educator, she is very active in her children’s education and also serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the city of Auburn.






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