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 has been 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 and joined the Board of Commissioners in 2011.
Susan A. Chapman, Ph.D., MPH, R.N., FAAN, 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 Master’s 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 and joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in 2007.
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. Ste Germaine has been honored with the AOBTA President’s Award, an Outstanding Service award in 1998, and Continued Service award in 2005. She joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in 2008.
Zonglan Xu, MD(China), Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)®, L. Ac., is a graduate of Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Jinan, Shandong, China. She began volunteering for the NCCAOM in the mid-1990s, initially as a point location examiner and item writer for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (she was a part of a team that developed the first Chinese Herbology exam for NCCAOM) and later as a subject matter expert on the Acupuncture and Point Location Exam Development Committee (EDC).
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.
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 her service as Commissioner on the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners began in February, 2014.
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 joined the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners in 2008.
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 has served on the NCCAOM Board of Commissioners since 2009.
Carl Jew, M.A., A.B., is on the faculty of City College of San Francisco and currently serves as the Dean of two of the College’s seven centers including Civic Center and John Adams Center, the College’s healthcare training campus.
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.
In his first year of service as a Public Member, Jew joined the NCCAOM Board in 2015.
Steven Kazmierczak, Ph.D., DABCC, is Professor of Pathology at Oregon Health &Science University where he serves as laboratory director of Clinical Chemistry, Toxicology and Immunology.
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.
Iman Majd, MD, MS, EAMP, Dip. ABFM, ABoIM, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)®, DABMA, 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 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.
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
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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
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.