The Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation is overseen by a Board of Directors.

The Officers and Board Members are:

President: Kirk Bashaw, ND
President Emeritus: Joan Vandergriff, ND
Vice President: James D. Jenks, ND
Treasurer: Jackie Pinkham, ND

Additional Board Members:

About our Board Members


Kirk Bashaw, N.D.


(585) 421-0751

Kirk Bashaw has been involved in natural health for much of his adult life. Kirk is a Senior National Manager with Nature’s Sunshine Products due to his partnership in Bashaw Life Center. Kirks calls Fairport, New York home, but travels often to work in the Richmond, Virginia Office his parents opened some 30 years ago.Through many years of study Kirk has attained his certificate in Nutritional Counseling and his Doctor of Naturopathy from Trinity College of Natural Health. Kirk is also a Voice Bio Sound Therapist.


Joan Vandergriff, N.D.
President Emeritus

Joan Vandergriff N. D. has been in the health field for 35 years and has lectured nationally and internationally. She spoke at the 4th World Congress of Traditional Medicine in Peru in 2002. She is a Certified Natural Health Professional, Master Herbalist and Naturopathic Doctor. Joan has many certificates including the Academy of Bio/Energetic and Integrative Medicine.She is a Senior National Manager with Nature Sunshine. She is known throughout Nature’s Sunshine as the author of Nature’s Treasure Chest as well as her pH balancing tape and brochure- pH Balancing Simplified. She has worked with integration of the medical community and alternative health for many years and was involved in a medical research for Lyme’s Disease in 2002.

In 2005 Joan was motivated to get involved with the Health Freedom movement. This became a real passion and she actively pursued the goal of preserving and blazing the trail to health freedom in our country. Her concern, passion and total involvement was the driving force that soon led to her nomination of President of the Health Freedom. She is following in the footsteps of a well worn path blazed by freedom fighter Jack Ritchason.


Jim Jenks, N.D.
Vice President

James D Jenks is not a licensed M.D. He is a health trained Naturopath, Herbalist, Homeopath, Iridologist and Hypnotherapist.Jim is the author of a number of health related books and participated in a number of educational videos. They include:


  • Back to Basics with Herbs
  • The Eyes Have It
  • Think and Be Healthy
  • Body Health Awareness


  • The Story The Eyes Can Tell
  • Basic Muscle Testing
  • Why Herbs Always Work
  • Client Demos

Jim has appeared on regional television and radio programs and frequently lectures across the United States, Canada and Australia about the healing power of herbs.


Jackie Pinkham, N.D.

Jackie Pinkham is a Senior National Manager with Nature’s Sunshine. She has been in the natural health field for over 40 years. Jackie is a certified iridologist, herbalist and traditional naturopath.With her years of dedication to the concept of freedom of choice in health care, she gladly accepted her position with Sunshine Health Freedom Foundation.


Dr. Inge Wetzel

Dr. Inge Wetzel is a Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor. Born on the Dutch/German border, natural medicine was a way of life in her family. Her training and education in natural health comes from Germany and The Netherlands. She was honored to receive “Consultant of the Year Award” in 2013 and has received other recognitions: Million Dollar Club Member, Leadership Award, President’s Trophies etc. She is an educator at heart and holds numerous certifications.

Dr. Inge Wetzel has traveled nationally and internationally, and speaks at churches and many other groups and schools, to educate people all over and give hope where there was none.
She has been a volunteer for the “Black Health Care Coalition” for approximately ten years, providing inner-city health screenings and education for this non-profit, faith based organization.
She also travels and does missionary work with an orphanage in Mexico, helping to provide for the needs of the local Tarahumara people.

She founded: “Cedars of Lebanon, School of Natural Health” in 2001. The people who have taken her classes are spreading the knowledge and touching lives of their own, and so continuing her vision. Local training is ongoing by her and people of her team.

To learn more about her mission statements and view testimonials please visit her website: