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. The following is a list of current NCCAOM Commissioners. Click a Commissioner’s name to see his or her bio. (Not Pictured: Afua Bromley and Iman Majd)
Eugene London, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)®, is a graduate of the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences. He attended post-graduate studies at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Yue Yang Hospital of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine) and earned his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), where he has served in both faculty and administrative capacities since 1998.
Dr. London is a California Licensed Acupuncturist and an NCCAOM Diplomate since 1987. Active for many years in community healthcare, promoting accessibility and cultural competency, his Chinese medicine clinical experience encompasses private practice, community acupuncture clinics, hospitals, and integrative medicine offices. He has served as a member of the San Francisco HIV Health Services Council, 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.
Dr. London began volunteering for the NCCAOM in the mid-1990s (initially as a point location examiner and later as a subject matter expert) and joined the Board of Commissioners in 2011. He has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners, Chair of the Council of Examination Committee Chairs, Chair of the Foundations of Oriental Medicine Examination Development Committee, Chair of the PDA Advisory Panel, and as a member of the Eligibility Committee, the Research Committee, and the 2012-2013 Job Analysis Blue Ribbon Panel. He currently serves as Chair of the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners.
David Canzone, DOM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, Dipl. NBAO earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute in 1981. He completed his Asian Medicine studies at Southwest Acupuncture College in 1988 and became licensed in New Mexico in 1989 where he has practiced Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine full time in Santa Fe. In 1996 he was appointed by the Governor of New Mexico to the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He served until the year 2002 finishing his last year as Chair of the Board.
Dr. Canzone’s passion is Integrative Medicine and he has continually worked to advance the integration of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine into his community’s healthcare system. In 1996 he convinced Santa Fe’s St. Vincent’s Regional Hospital to allow DOM’s hospital privileges so that patients could have access to Acupuncture. To accomplish this goal he assisted the staff in writing standards for credentialing, wrote clinical pathways and defined a scope of practice for Oriental medicine appropriate for a hospital setting. Together with his wife, Sandra Canzone, he has worked with local Oncologists to provide access for cancer patients to Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine services in various clinical settings.
Dr. Canzone has been directly involved in successful legislative efforts in New Mexico to help create one of the broadest scopes of practice for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners in the United States. He was a founding member of the Federation of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Regulatory Agencies (FAOMRA) and served on their Board from 1997-2001. He was a participant of ACAOM’s Doctoral Task Force from 2004 – 2005 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners.
Susan A. Chapman, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, joined the NCCAOM® Board in 2007. She is currently Associate Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Nursing, Director of the Masters program in Health Policy Nursing, and a member of the Research faculty at the Center for the Health Professions.
Chapman received her Bachelors of Science in nursing from the University of Iowa, a Master’s of Science in nursing from Boston College, a Master’s of Science in public health from Boston University, and Doctorate in Health Services and Policy Analysis from U.C. Berkeley.
Susan currently chairs the Finance /Audit Committee and is a member of the Research Committee.
Jan Ste Germaine Dipl. Ac., C.H., A.B.T. (NCCAOM)®, an NCCAOM® triple Diplomate, has been in an Oriental Medicine (OM) private practice for 22 years. In that time, she sat as a director on a national board; created, administrated, and taught OM programs in the Kansas City metroplex, in massage schools and community colleges; participated in Missouri and Kansas legislative initiatives to secure the profession; and presented lectures and seminars in local businesses building bridges with the community. Privileged to study with Shiatsu Master Shizuko Yamamoto, she transitioned from a 14-year career teaching in the public schools to Shiatsu practitioner. Further studies in Boston included instruction from Cindy Banker and Barbara Blanchard at the New England Shiatsu Center.
In October, 1992 she traveled to Beijing, China to study at Guan-an-men Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1994-1995 she attended a two-year course in Chinese Herbal Medicine with Ted J. Kaptchuk, OMD. Ste Germaine graduated in 1999 with a master’s of science in Oriental medicine from the Midwest College in Chicago, Illinois.
Member of AAAOM, AOBTA®, and the AAM (Acupuncture Association of Missouri), she serves as chair of AAM’s Fundraising Committee. In 2007 she was nationally elected to NCCAOM®’s Board of Commissioners and now serves on NCCAOM®’s Eligibility Committee, Finance/Audit Committee, Recertification Committee and the Foundations of Oriental Medicine Exam Development Committee.
Ste Germaine has been honored with the AOBTA President’s Award, an Outstanding Service award in 1998, and Continued Service award in 2005.
Kory Ward-Cook Ph.D., MT(ASCP), CAE has over 35 years of experience as a medical laboratory professional, educator, and executive in association management. She is certified as a medical technologist, MT(ASCP) and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE). From 1999 to 2004, Dr. Ward-Cook served as the Executive Director for the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) Board of Registry and Senior Vice President for the ASCP.
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, 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®). During her tenure at the NCCAOM® she has been instrumental in bringing computer based testing to the organization, and facilitated an 86% increase in the media and public awareness of the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession through press releases and pubic relations efforts. In 2007, Dr. Ward-Cook successfully orchestrated a successful relocation of the national headquarters from Alexandria, Virginia to Jacksonville, Florida. In 2008 she co-directed the organization’s most recent practice analysis resulting in the publication of the 2008 Job Task Analysis: A Report to the AOM Profession. Dr. Ward-Cook also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC).
Afua Bromley, MSOM, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac., is a 1998 graduate of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine (formerly the National College of Oriental Medicine) in Orlando, FL. After graduation, she also completed a summer internship at Yu Huang Ding Hospital in Yantai, China.
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 began volunteering on the NCCAOM Eligibility Committee in 2012. She currently serves on the Acupuncture with Point Location Exam Development Committee, the Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee (PEDC) and the Eligibility Committee. Her service as Commissioner on the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners began in February, 2014.
Tess Hahn, OMD, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac., currently practices Traditional Chinese Medicine near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Dr. Hahn earned her baccalaureate at California State University, and graduated from California Acupuncture College. After her clinical internship at the Institute of Traditional Medicine, Beijing, she practiced acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine in Germany until moving to California, where she practiced acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine for several years. Hahn earned her OMD at SAMRA University and completed her training in Acupuncture Orthopedics at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
She has been an active member of the Idaho Acupuncture Association since 1991. Hahn served as a Commissioner on the Idaho Board of Acupuncture between 1999 and 2005. In November 2005, she received a Commendation for Distinguished Public Service from Idaho’s Governor.
At the national level, Tess represented Idaho on the Federation of Acupuncture Regulatory Agencies (FAOMRA) and held the office of vice-president of that organization until 2005 when she was elected as a Commissioner on the Board of the NCCAOM.
Since January 2006, Tess has held various positions on the Commission, including Board Chair from 2009-2011. She currently serves on the Finance/Audit Committee, the Biomedicine Exam Development Committee (EDC) and recently served on the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on International Eligibility (BRAPIE).
One of her keenest interests at NCCAOM has been working as a subject matter expert and Board Liaison on the Foundations of Oriental Medicine and Biomedicine EDC’s. She was the first chair of the Council of Exam Committee Chairs (CECC) and devoted considerable time to the NCCAOM’s 2008 Job & Tasks Analysis, particularly in the compilation of the list of KSA’s (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities) which informs the current examinations’ content outlines. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of the 2012-13 Job Analysis Blue Ribbon Panel.
Denise Hsu, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, was born and educated in Shanghai, China. She received her medical degree from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been trained in both Western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. Hsu completed her internship and residency in the Teaching Hospital of Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Shanghai Second Medical University. There, she practiced in Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture and Western surgical technology in the Orthopedic Department.
Hsu has over twenty-eight years of expertise in practicing acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She is a certified acupuncturist with experience serving on both California association and national boards. These involvements included working as a Board Member at the California Certified Acupuncture Association between 1988 and 1993. She has been a teaching professor for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco since 1990, and has served as chair of the Chinese Medicine Department since 2000. Hsu has worked for Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara since 1998 and also maintains her private practice in Sunnyvale, California.
Hsu makes her contribution to the medical profession by using her solid education in Chinese medicine to serve the AOM community. She currently serves on the Board of Commissioners for NCCAOM® and is a member of the Governance Documents Committee, the Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee (PEDC), the Eligibility Committee, the Recertification Committee, Board Liaison to the Acupuncture and Point Location Examination Development Committee (EDC). Hsu also recently served on the Blue Ribbon Advisory Panel on International Eligibility (BRAPIE) and the Translation Subcommittee.
Iman Majd, MD, MS, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, L.Ac., Dipl. ABMA, Dipl. ABIHM, earned his medical degree at Tehran University of Medical Sciences and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Majd achieved his Master of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University and is board-certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (ABMA). In pursuit of his passion for integrative medicine, Dr. Majd became board-certified by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), and now combines complementary modalities into his clinical practice at the University of Washington Physicians Network. He also serves as the Acupuncture Specialist Consult for University of Washington Neighborhood Clinics. Dr. Majd’s clinical and research interests include an integrative approach to neurodegenerative disorders, pain management and immune system wellness.
Dr. Majd has served on the NCCAOM Biomedicine Exam Development Committee since 2010 and served on the Board of the Washington East Asian Medical Association since 2012. 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 and serves as Board Liaison to the Biomedicine Exam Development Committee, member of the Professional Development Activity Advisory Panel and the Research Committee.
Committees, Taskforces and Panels
PDA Advisory Panel and Recertification Committee Joint Meeting
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.
Finance/ Audit Committee
Governance Documents Committee
Board Development Committee
Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee
Facial Rejuvenation Certificate Program Panel
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Council of Examination Committee Chairs
Acupuncture and Point Location Exam Development Committee
Chinese Herbology Exam Development Committee
Foundation of Oriental Medicine Exam Development Committee
Biomedicine Exam Development Committee
PDA Advisory Panel
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.