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)
Ellen Goldsmith, MSOM, Board Chair
Chair – Compensation & Evaluation Committee
Ms. Goldsmith graduated from NCNM in 1999 with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, and is in private practice in Portland, Ore. 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.
Willow Moore, DC, ND, Board Vice Chair
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 NCNM. She is licensed as a chiropractic and naturopathic physician in Oregon, Washington and Montana. Dr. Moore is a past board member of AANP, the American College of Naturopathic Obstetricians and the Montana Board of Alternative Medicine. In addition to her service to NCNM’s board, she presently serves on the board of Phoenix Rising Transitions, facilitating the transition from prison to community. Dr. Moore volunteers with CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates for foster children and she is a certified instructor for equine facilitated learning.
Brian Camastral, MBA, Board Secretary
Chair – Board Development Committee (BDC)
Brian Camastral has served in executive management roles within the food industry for 25 years. Recently retired, Brian was the global president of Mars Food, responsible for the global food operations of this $30 billion family-owned company. While at Mars, he spent the last five years leading the “creation of a model sustainability, health and nutrition food business.”
Currently, he is continuing this journey by creating a more pure form of his vision as an entrepreneur. In October 2012, he and his wife purchased the Riversong Organic Farm & Forest Sanctuary located just outside Hood River, Ore. The Camastrals are working to create a sanctuary where people discover nature in life-changing ways. Mr. Camastral received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Don Drake, Board Treasurer, Chair – Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee (FAAC), Chair – Strategic Pathways Committee (SPC)
Mr. Drake is currently vice president of Melvin Mark Brokerage Company and has over 25 years experience in the real estate, in general commercial real estate brokerage and advisory services. Mr. Drake’s public service includes 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 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 Ore, 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.
Executive Committee (Non-Voting Members)
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.
Directors (Voting Members)
Dr. Blankinship received most of her clinical training in under-served communities, including rotations at the Outside In clinic, focusing on women’s reproductive health, and providing low-cost medical care to the homeless and disadvantaged of Portland, Ore. She is currently CEO of Village Medicine, a company specializing in health and 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 has served on the Fibromyalgia Coalition International board. Dr. Blankinship received a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s, Ladder to Leadership Initiative, which is co-sponsored by the 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.
Winston Cardwell, ND, LAc
Dr. Winston Cardwell, a native of Georgia, graduated from NCNM in 2005 with degrees in naturopathic and Chinese medicine. He completed a fellowship from the Medical Academy for Pediatric Needs in Irvine, Calif., and has advanced training in integrative cardiology and oncology. After graduation, he was accepted into a postdoctoral clinical internship at the distinguished Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China, where he trained in pediatrics, neurology and gynecology. Dr. Cardwell is the founder of Atlanta Integrative Medicine in Roswell, Ga., where he practices primary care medicine. He is president of the Georgia Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs.
Dr. Cardwell comes from a family of illustrious physicians: Phinizy Calhoun Sr, MD, the first to perform surgery at Emory University where he served on the medical faculty for 20 years, and his son, Phinizy Calhoun Jr, MD Chairman of Emory University’s Department of Ophthalmology and founder of Emory’s Orthoptic Services, credited with bringing modern ophthalmology to Emory University and the state of Georgia.
Christoph Kind, ND
Dr. Kind received his BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Victoria in 1982, and graduated from NCNM in1986 with a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree. He began his family practice in Victoria, Canada, and in 1988 moved his practice to Courtenay, Canada. He has received training in homeopathic medicine from the New England School of Homeopathy and is board certified in ozone therapy; bi-oxidative medicine and chelation therapy; and prolotherapy and neural therapy. Dr. Kind is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and a past president of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association. He has served on the Board of Naturopathic Examiners for the Association of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia as well as the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia. Dr. Kind is a past member of the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examination Committee for North America.
Patricia Kramer, PhD, Chair Academic Affairs Committee (AAC)
Dr. Patricia Kramer is a professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She completed graduate training in Physical Anthropology, followed by post–graduate training in Genetic Epidemiology. Over the past 30 years she has 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.
Mohan Nair, MS
Mohan Nair is chief innovation officer at Cambia Health Solutions. Cambia is a family of companies that provide a wide range of products and services, including healthcare IT and software development, retail health care, health insurance plans that carry the Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand, life insurance, pharmacy benefit management, consumer engagement and wellness. Mr. Nair joined Cambia in 2004 as executive vice president and chief marketing executive, accountable for product development, brand management, consumer-directed health systems and e-business. As chief innovation officer, Nair directs Cambia’s approach to healthcare transformation as it explores innovation, incubation and the creation of new businesses.
Mr. Nair brings a depth of business experience and acumen to NCNM’s board. A technology entrepreneur, educator, strategy consultant and healthcare innovator, he has played key roles in successful emerging businesses throughout this career, including Pro Tools, Inc. (sold to McAfee), and ABC Technologies (sold to SAS), Mentor Graphics and Intel. In addition to his role at Cambia, he was an adjunct professor of management at Kellogg School of Management for 10 years.
His most recent book, Strategic Business Transformation, is a unique exploration of the intersection of personal transformation and cause-driven servant leadership within the market aspects of business transformation. Mr. Nair holds a master’s degree in computer and information science from the University of Oregon and received accreditation in advanced management from Stanford University.
Jo Smith, CMC
Jo Smith is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), executive coach and speaker. She helps professional service firms develop leadership talent and acquire new business and coaches professionals to use their highest talents, make their greatest contributions and live their best lives.
Prior to returning to Portland OR in 2001, Ms. Smith served as Managing Consultant of the Los Angeles office of Drake Beam Morin (DBM), where she led a team of consultants and staff to become one of the global human resource firm’s top-performing offices. She served as a Global Project Director with DBM, directing the service delivery of multi-million dollar projects to clients with multiple sites across the United States.
The Institute of Management Consultants (IMC) USA recently named Ms. Smith Chair of its National Marketing Committee. Ms. Smith is a Past President of the Portland State University Alumni Association and the Oregon Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Andrea P. Wolcott, 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. 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 the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, where she chairs the Women’s Business Center Board. Previously, 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.
Constituency Representatives to the Board (Non-Voting Members)
Gaia Mather, ND, Faculty Representative
Dr. Gaia Mather is a native of Portland, and graduated from NCNM in 1990. Holistic medicine encompasses a philosophy that is of special importance to her — that all life is sacred and all life is connected. Gaia enjoys treating her ‘animal family,’ which consists of one small Boston terrier and three cats, with naturopathic remedies to keep them healthy and happy. Gaia is a long-time member of a local women spiritual circle, and she knows the magic that happens as women gather to share their gifts and wisdom.
Sarah Hammer, MaCOM, LAc, Staff Council Representative
Sarah Hammer, LAc has been NCNM’s TB Coordinator since 2014. She is a graduate of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and is in private practice in Portland, Ore. Sarah has served on the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine board of directors and is currently secretary on the board of directors of The Lund Report. Earlier, she was an account manager at a public relations and lobbying firm handling media relations, event management; her social media work was recognized in the Wall Street Journal. Sarah graduated with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism.
Dylan Shanahan, Junior Student Representative
Dylan is in his fourth year student in the naturopathic medicine and classical Chinese medicine programs. He grew up on Harstine Island, across the waters from Olympia, WA. He received his undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College with a double bachelor’s in art and science, focusing on pre-medicine. Since the fall of 2012 Dylan has been an active and involved student at NCNM. His has served as a SGA class representative, and as a student ambassador for NCNM admissions department, sharing his passion for natural medicine with prospective students. Most recently, he has been a member of the Program and Curriculum Review Committee. In his free time, he and his wife, Kyoko Kato and mother, Vikki Voss put on the Shanto Harmony Summer Camp for Japanese and American high school students. In its third year, the summer camp focuses on language, cultural exchange, and environmental awareness.
Brook Ahnemann, Senior Student Representative
Brook is a third-year student in the naturopathic medicine program. She grew up in rural Virginia but relocated to the Pacific Northwest several years ago. Brook received her undergraduate degree in 2004 from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with a BA in social theory and mixed media arts. Following her graduation, Brook spent time settling into the Northwest and exploring the globe. She decided to return to school when she found personal and professional interests intersecting within the field of naturopathic medicine. Brook has long held a belief in the healing power of nature and she loves working with and teaching others. These combined interests prompted her to pursue a childhood dream—helping others find and maintain health. She looks forward to being a primary care provider in underserved areas, perhaps returning to her Southern roots. In her free time, Brook enjoys Portland’s diverse food scene and proximity to both mountains and sea.
Emeritus (Non-Voting Members)
|John R. Campbell, PhD, DSc, DLitt, Emeritus|
|Nancy W. Garbett, MEd, Emeritus
|Michael G. Manes, DLitt, Emeritus|
|Steven P. Marsden, DVM, ND, MSOM, Emeritus
|Corey Resnick, ND, Emeritus|
1980 – 1999
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