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NCNM Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meets three times each year: starting with the Annual Meeting, which is held in the fall, prior to November 15; the winter/spring meeting is held in February or March; and the final meeting for the year is the Board retreat held at the end of June, in conjunction with the College’s commencement ceremony.
Executive Committee (Voting Members)
Nancy W. Garbett, MEd, Board Chair, Chair Compensation & Evaluation Committee
For the past 20 years, Ms. Garbett has worked with a wide range of corporations, organizations, and individuals in planning, designing, and implementing effective change processes, which consistently result in higher levels of personal productivity and organizational profitability. She currently heads a company using tools and processes based on quantum theory to create more rapid and ecological alignment. Ms. Garbett received her undergraduate degree in history from Lake Forest College in Illinois. In 1984, she received a Master's degree from Brigham Young University. She completed a program in clinical pastoral education in 1986, and in 1994 she was certified as a master practitioner in neurolinguistic programming. She continues involvement in a multiyear program in the field of energy management.
Ellen Goldsmith, MSOM, LAc, LMT, Board Secretary, Chair Board Development Committee
Ms. Goldsmith graduated from NCNM in 1999 with a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine, and is in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Classical Chinese Medicine department at NCNM. Ms. Goldsmith served from 2001–2004 as a committee member for the Acupuncture Advisory Committee to the Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Oregon.
Steven P. Marsden, DVM, ND, MSOM, LAc, Dipl CH, AHG, Board Treasurer, Chair Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee
Dr. Steve Marsden earned his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from NCNM in 1999. He holds board certifications in acupuncture and Chinese herbology from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is an invited member of the American Herbalist Guild, and is a licensed veterinarian. He spends much of his time instructing other veterinarians worldwide on integrating complementary and alternative therapies into their conventional medical practices, and is co-author of the definitive textbook on the subject, Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Marsden founded and currently practices veterinary and naturopathic medicine in one of the only facilities in the world licensed to treat both humans and animals, The Natural Path Clinic, located in Edmonton, Canada. He is the developer of Cured Cases Inc., a central database of all veterinary patients in the world successfully treated with alternative medicine. Dr. Marsden founded the Natural Path Herb Company, selling Chinese and western herbal formulations to veterinarians throughout North America. He serves on the advisory board of the Holistic Health Program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, and plays a key role in licensure efforts for naturopathic physicians in Alberta, Canada.
Anupam Narayan, MBA, Chairman and CEO Rockwood Associates LLC, Strategic Business Advisors, Board Vice Chair
Mr. Narayan has 30 years of business experience and most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of Red Lion Hotels Corporation, a New York Stock Exchange company. Under his leadership, the company increased its focus on core business operations by divesting unrelated businesses, initiated a follow-on stock offering to raise equity, strengthened the balance sheet, improved its market position and profitability, and increased investor awareness. He has held leadership positions at both public and private hotel and real estate companies, including Doubletree Corporation, Red Lion Hotels, Inc. and Holiday Inns, Inc. He has significant accomplishments in franchising, business turnaround, finance, brand strategy, planning, international operations, IPOs, debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, and development. In 2003, he was nominated for Business Leader of the Year by the London based Hotel Reports publication. He is a frequent speaker at hotel industry and investment conferences worldwide and served on the Board of Directors for the International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IHRA) based in Paris, France and as the Chairman of its Chains Council. He has also served on the CEO Council and the Governmental Affairs Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Mr. Narayan is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India and he received his MBA at the University of Florida, USA.
David J. Schleich, PhD, President, Ex Officio to the Board
Dr. Schleich has been in the higher education and health fields for over 30 years. Formerly president of Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) for seven years, he was also vice-president academic of Niagara College and president of Truestar Health. He was a professor for many years and is a respected leader in the natural health field in Canada and the United States.
Andrea Smith, EdD, Provost, Ex Officio to the Board
Andrea's rich background in higher education gives her a unique set of skills and knowledge for her role at the college. She joined NCNM in 1991 as assistant dean of academic affairs. In her tenure at NCNM she has held a number of administrative roles including dean of institutional research and assessment, dean of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine, and dean of students.
Directors (Voting Members)
Lori Blankinship, ND
Dr. Blankinship, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, attended National College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Portland, Oregon, one of the world’s leading institutions in naturopathic medicine. She enjoyed an 18 year corporate career in the areas of human resource training & development and executive administration prior to pursuing her dream to become a medical doctor.
Dr. Blankinship received most of her clinical training in under-served communities, part of which included rotations at Outside-In Clinic (as featured on PBS), focusing on women’s reproductive health, and providing low-cost medical care to the homeless and disadvantaged of Portland, Oregon. She is currently CEO of Village Medicine, LLC, a company specializing in health & wellness education; and is the CEO and Medical Director for the Village Clinic and Wellness Center. She also serves on the Board for the Campaign to End AIDS, and the Fibromyalgia Coalition International. Dr. Blankinship received a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Ladder to Leadership which is co-sponsored by Center for Creative Leadership and Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (leadership training in community-based medicine). In her spare time Dr. Blankinship enjoys reading and traveling.
Don Drake, Chair Strategic Pathways Committee
Mr. Drake is currently Vice President of Melvin Mark Brokerage Company and has over 25 years experience in the real estate industry. He has been with Melvin Mark Brokerage Company the past 20 years and specializes in general commercial real estate brokerage and advisory services. Mr. Drake’s public service involvements include serving on an advisory board to Multnomah County in the disposition of a 100 acre county owned property. He has been on several advisory committees for the Portland Development Commission inputting on Portland’s Inner Eastside Industrial and Commercial Districts. He has been a supporter of the Japanese Garden and chaired a successful fundraiser for that organization. He was previously a 10-year board member of the Northwest Academy in Portland Oregon, a private middle and secondary school, whose focus is integrating art and technology with proficiency based academic programs. Mr. Drake is a founding member of the Commercial Association of Realtors and was its President in 1997; he is currently a member of the Portland Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
Richard Jones, PhD, Chair Academic Affairs Committee
Dr. Richard Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Sciences University and Research Scientist, US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Portland) received his graduate training in Microbiology and Immunology and post graduate training in Neuroimmunology. Dr. Jones conducts research sponsored by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies investigating mechanisms of disease progression and hematopoietic and immune determinants of central nervous system inflammation in diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Dr. Jones serves as project Principal Investigator within a collaborative NIH sponsored research program conducted at the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at OHSU, the Portland VA Medical Center and the Helfgott Research Institute at NCNM investigating behavioral neural-immune interactions involved in therapeutic responses. He has served on several federal and state grant review boards for NIH, the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer’s Research.
Patricia Kramer, PhD
Dr. Patricia Kramer is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Sciences University. She completed graduate training in Physical Anthropology, followed by post graduate training in Genetic Epidemiology. Over the past 30 years she has lead or participated in efforts to map genes for a number of neurodegenerative and eye-related disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, dystonia and adult-onset glaucoma. Her current efforts are focused on identifying genetic and environmental correlates of healthy brain aging. Dr. Kramer is also involved in a number of faculty development and mentoring activities within her department, as well as the larger School of Medicine at OHSU. In addition, over the past several years, she has been nurturing a growing passion for herbalism and Botanical Medicine.
Willow Moore, DC, ND
Dr. Willow Moore is a chiropractic and naturopathic physician. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Chemistry, Western States Chiropractic College (cum laude), and from National College of Natural Medicine. She is licensed as a chiropractic physician and as a naturopathic physician in Oregon, Washington and Montana. Dr. Moore is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. She has served on the board of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American College of Naturopathic Obstetricians and the Montana Board of Alternative Medicine, the licensing board for Naturopathic Physicians and Direct Entry Midwives.
Trish Lichau Shields, PhD
Dr. Lichau Shields has more than 30 years of experience in education and child advocacy. Currently the Director of Online Education at Concordia University, Dr. Lichau Shields has not forgotten the formative experiences that prepared her for higher education. From medevacing multiple trauma patients and critically ill children as an EMT/Community Health Aide on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska to being a licensed pilot, certified scuba diver and king salmon fisherman, she quite naturally transitioned to a career as a high school math and Spanish teacher, and, later, a high school administrator. As an adjunct instructor at MHCC (10 years) she combined research-based strategies with nature-focused outdoor activities and developed successful after-school programs that earned national attention by providing unique, self-efficacy oriented remediation for underprivileged children. A professor of educational psychology, her interests include neuropsychosocial studies, neuroscience, cell biology, naturopathic medicine, transformative education, intentionally inviting classroom practices and the thrilling advancements in online teaching and learning. She especially enjoys snorkeling and exploring reef life with her grandsons and husband.
Andrea P. Wolcott, BSFS, MSHRM
Andrea (Andy) Wolcott served as the group vice president and senior officer of the Salt Lake City Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 1991 until 2010. In this capacity, Ms. Wolcott was responsible for branch strategic and tactical planning, product and service delivery, and policy development. In addition, Ms. Wolcott worked extensively on the development and marketing of a comprehensive set of electronic payment and information services and had responsibility for district-wide business development and marketing functions across five district offices. For the eight years prior to her retirement from the Fed, she was responsible for development and implementation of a comprehensive commercial bank relations initiative covering the nine western states and over 600 banks.
She serves on many boards and committees in the Salt Lake City area including, United Way Leadership Giving, Finance, Audit, Governance and Ethics Committees, chair of the Women’s Philanthropic Network Membership Committee, and serves on the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors where she chairs the Women’s Business Center Board. She was on the business advisory council for Utah Valley State College, the National Advisory board at the University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business, and the business school advisory board at Westminster College. Ms. Wolcott earned a bachelor's degree in foreign service at Georgetown University, a master's degree in human resource management from the University of Utah, and a master's-level equivalent degree from Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle, Washington.
Constituency Representatives to the Board (Non-Voting Members)
Steven Sandberg-Lewis, ND, Faculty Representative
Dr. Steven Sandberg-Lewis has been a practicing naturopathic physician for over 31 years, previously on Orcas Island in Washington state and now exclusively at the NCNM Clinic. In addition to supervising clinical rotations at the NCNM Clinic, as a full-time faculty member, Dr. Sandberg-Lewis teaches several academic courses such as pathology, gastroenterology and psychophysiology at NCNM. He is also an investigator at NCNM's Helfgott Research Institute.
Danielle Anderson, ND3/CCM2, Student Representative
Dani Anderson is a fourth year dual degree ND/MSOM student former student government president at NCNM, current student government board Liaison, and co-founder of Leaders by Choice a student founded and run leadership program that encourages personal and professional cultivation, community service and mentorship. Dani graduated from the University of Southern California in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene, was a dental hygienist in private practice and part time clinical faculty at USC for five years. She lives here in Portland with her husband Leon and her two dogs Sloan and Hamilton.
Kristin ten Broeck, Junior Student Representative
Kristin ten Broeck is a second year Chinese medicine student. She grew up on the east coast and in 2007 graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York city. During her time as an undergraduate, Kristin studied art and documentary film as mediums to communicate health and environmental issues to the greater public. Currently she works at the Helfgott Research Institute as a student research assistant studying cost-effectiveness and prevention in healthcare systems. Kristin also helps organize the activities of the Student Alliance for Integrative Medicine, a student collaborative between NCNM, OCOM, OHSU, and UWS. Her interests, along with classical Chinese medicine, include the history of medicine, permaculture, nutrition, pedagogy, whole systems research, nature cure, preventative and public health.
Gail Houghton, Staff Representative
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