NCCAOM Board of Commissioners
The NCCAOM is governed by the Chief Executive Officer and ten Commissioners. In approving nominations, the Board Development Committee considers diversity in ethnicity, gender, geographic distribution, professional experience, education and school of thought within the profession.
Afua Bromley, Board Chair
MSOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac.
Zonglan Xu, Board Vice Chair
MD(China), Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®
Carl Jew, Board Secretary
Steven Kazmierczak, Board Treasurer
Eugene London, Board Commissioner
DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)®
Daniel Jiao, Board Commissioner
Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®
Matthew Stanley, Board Commissioner
Janet Zand, L.Ac., Board Commissioner
O.M.D., Dipl. Ac., C.H., O.M. (NCCAOM)®
Iman Majd, Board Commissioner
MD, MS, EAMP, Dip. ABFM,
ABoIM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®
Kory Ward-Cook, CEO
Ph.D., MT(ASCP), CAE
Committees, Taskforces and Panels
NCCAOM committees, taskforces and panels are appointed by the Board of Commissioners to assist them in governing more efficiently by investigating, deliberating, and analyzing special issues on behalf of the Board. Committee initiatives allow for the majority of the Board’s work to take place between meetings which allows the Commissioners to focus on the strategic goals and critical decisions of the organization.
- Executive Committee
- Finance/ Audit Committee
- Governance Committee
- Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
- Eligibility Committee
- Research Committee
- Council of Examination Development Committees
- Acupuncture and Point Location Exam Development Committee
- Chinese Herbology Exam Development Committee
- Foundation of Oriental Medicine Exam Development Committee
- Biomedicine Exam Development Committee
- Safe Chinese Herbal Compounding and Dispensing COQ Taskforce
- PDA Advisory Panel
- Research Advisory Panel
- Recertification Advisory Panel
- Hospital Based Practice Advisory Panel
Volunteering for the NCCAOM
NCCAOM® is continually seeking high profile experts and broad thinking people in the fields of Acupuncture, Oriental medicine, Chinese herbology, and Asian bodywork therapy to serve on committees. Normally the NCCAOM looks to its volunteer base when considering potential new Board members.
Committees, Taskforces and Panels are established by the BOC (Board of Commissioners) to assist them in governing more efficiently. The Board establishes standing committees. Committees assist the Board by investigating, deliberating, and analyzing special issues on behalf of the Board. Committee initiatives allow for the majority of the Board’s work to take place between meetings which further allows the Commissioners to focus on the strategic goals and critical decisions of the organization. Occasionally taskforces or panels are created for a very specific time-limited purpose. A Taskforce is an ad hoc committee assigned by the Board of Commissioners to research a specific initiative. A special advisory group assigned by the Board of Commissioners to research/discuss a specific topic is considered a panel.
Examination Development Committees (EDCs) are established to provide exam development services and examination standard setting. Members of the NCCAOM EDCs serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who offer their professional expertise in developing the NCCAOM Examination Item Banks, and assist with determining the minimum passing score for all examinations the NCCAOM offers.
For information on the NCCAOM volunteer policies, committee charges and responsibilities, as well as position descriptions the following volunteer resources are available:
Please contact the NCCAOM Executive Office for more information on becoming an NCCAOM volunteer.
Eugene London, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)®
Dr. London’s clinical experience encompasses private practice, community acupuncture clinics, hospitals, and integrative medicine practices, and he has coordinated wellness services for major national health conferences. He previously served as clinical director of the Immune Enhancement Project and director of acupuncture services at St. James Infirmary. His publications include ANAC Core Curriculum for HIV Nursing (co-author, Chinese medicine modules) and Chinese Medicine: A Guide for People with HIV.
He has served on numerous healthcare boards and panels, including the San Francisco HIV Health Services Council and the Magnet Health Community Advisory Board, and for decades has actively promoted cultural competency and accessibility to high quality healthcare, including acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
Dr. London has volunteered with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in many capacities since the mid-1990s. He joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in 2011.
Steven Kazmierczak, Ph.D., DABCC
He also serves as Vice President and Laboratory Director for DiabetOmics, Inc. Dr. Kazmierczak completed his undergraduate education at Youngstown State University, received his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University and completed a 2 year fellowship in biochemistry at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. He served on the boards of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry and the American Board for Clinical Chemistry.
Dr. Kazmierczak joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners as a Public Member in February, 2015.
Matthew P. Stanley
Previously, he was Government Affairs Associate at Advantus Strategies, LLC, a Richmond lobbying and association management firm, and Legislative Analyst for a senior member of the Virginia House of Delegates. In 2007, he graduated with dual degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University: a Bachelor of the Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of the Arts in French Language. In addition to his studies at VCU, he studied at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques, a school for political science in Aix-en-Provence, France.
Matthew has served the Richmond, Virginia community in a number of leadership roles, including as President of the Fan District Association, a charitable civic association representing the City of Richmond’s largest neighborhood of more than 13,000 residents.
Stanley began his first term on the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in February, 2017
Bromley served on the MO Governor’s Acupuncture Advisory Committee (Missouri’s acupuncture regulatory committee) from 1999-2006, helping write the rules and regulations for the State of Missouri after its licensing law was passed. She has also served as President of the Acupuncture Association of Missouri. In addition to her private practice, Bromley worked at CHIPS (Community Health-In-Partnership Services), a multi-specialty clinic for uninsured and underinsured individuals in north St. Louis from 2000-2012. Throughout her career, she has worked to promote equal access to quality integrative medical care to those in underserved communities, particularly African-American and Latino communities, as well as those living with HIV/AIDS. She is founder of Universal Holistic Healthcare Service, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), dedicated to providing acupuncture and integrative medicine through service and empowerment education, through such activities as STD/HIV prevention education, nutrition workshops and a women’s support group for those living with HIV/AIDS.
She has been an NCCAOM Diplomate since 1999 and her service as Commissioner on the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners began in February, 2014.
Dr. Zand is the author of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, A Parent’s Guide to Medical Emergencies, and Smart Medicine for Healthier Living (Avery Publishing, 1994, 1997, 1998, respectively).
She was the cofounder and Chairman of the Board of Zand Herbal Formulas, Inc. from 1978-2002.
In 2009, Dr. Zand joined forces with Dr. Nathan Bryan, in nitric oxide research and the co-formulation of NEO40, by Neogenis Labs. There have been more than one million doses of this ground breaking nitric oxide nutritional supplement sold.
In 2015, Zand was inducted into the Hall of Legends, and acknowledged by the National Nutritional Food Association and New Hope as a thought leader, innovator and leader in the natural products industry.
Zand began her first term on the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in February, 2017.
Zonglan Xu, MD(China)
After graduating in 1982 with training in the integrated medical environment in China with specialization in traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology, she has been an educator and practitioner of Oriental Medicine in China and the U.S. She has been an NCCAOM Diplomate and Florida Licensed Acupuncturist since 1990. Because of her decades of quality teaching, practical experiences and enthusiasm for the patients and profession, she was appointed to the Florida Board of Acupuncture by the Florida governor in 2002 and served eight years including Chair of the Board from 2004 to 2008.
Dr. Xu has numerous publications on Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in both China and the U.S. Her Pocket Handbooks on Chinese Herbology have received worldwide praise by practitioners and students alike. Besides dedicating herself to TCM education, she has been working in the Government sponsored Acupuncture Detoxification Program and maintains her active private practice in South Miami. She is also actively involved in the community to promote accessibility of Chinese culture and serves as Vice President for the Florida Acupuncture Association contributing countless hours to build and maintain the high standards for the profession as well as for the protection and benefit of public safety.
Dr. Xu joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in 2013.
Dr. Majd has served on the Board of the Washington East Asian Medical Association. Throughout his career, his true passion lay in teaching: he is a clinical instructor at the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine, and Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University where he supervises, trains and teaches in areas of clinical acupuncture, immune system wellness, pain management, pharmacology and western medicine.
Dr. Majd joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in 2014.
Carl Jew, M.A., A.B.
Jew completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University.
Prior to joining the NCCAOM Board, he served on the boards of Donaldina Cameron House, a multi-service agency in San Francisco’s Chinatown, and the Marinwood Swim Club.
Mr. Jew joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners as a Public Member in 2015.
Kory Ward-Cook, Ph.D., MT(ASCP), CAE
In the past, Dr. Ward-Cook has served as a faculty member and a program director for both a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program and a Medical Technology (MT) program. While serving as a faculty member and program director of the MT program in the School of Allied Health Professions at The Ohio State University, Dr. Ward-Cook also maintained a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Pathology. As a tenured Associate Professor, Dr. Ward-Cook instructed and served as an advisor for undergraduate students in medical technology, and graduate students in the School of Allied Health Professions and the Department of Pathology.
Currently, Dr. Ward-Cook serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) a 501c6 certification organization. During her tenure at NCCAOM® she has been instrumental in bringing computer-based testing to the organization, facilitated an 86% increase in the media and public awareness of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession through press releases and public relations efforts. In 2007, Dr. Ward-Cook successfully orchestrated a successful relocation of the national headquarters from Alexandria, Virginia to Jacksonville, Florida. In 2018, Ward-Cook oversaw another headquarter relocation from Jacksonville, FL to Washington DC. Since her tenure at the NCCAOM the organization’s budget has grown from an annual operating budget from 3.4 million to 4.6 million dollars, and under Ward-Cook’s tenure at NCCAOM all active certification programs have remained accredited by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence’s (ICE) National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
Ward-Cook also, a former member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH) Board of Directors, currently serves as a member of their Governance and Finance Committees. Currently, Ward-Cook also serves as a member of the Integrative Healthcare Policy Consortium’s (IHPC) Board of Directors.
She was selected in 2014 to serve as a member on the first ICE Assessment-Based Certificate Accreditation Program (ACAP) Committee; she continued to hold that position through 2016. In 2018, Ward-Cook was appointed to serve as a member of the Healthcare Leader Council’s National Dialogue Healthcare Innovation.