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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 Nov. 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 university’s commencement ceremony.

Executive Committee (Voting Members)

Christoph Kind, NDBoard ChairChair – Strategic Planning Committee (SPC)

Dr. Kind received his BSc in Biochemistry and Microbiology from the University of Victoria in 1982, and graduated from NUNM 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.

Adina MatasaruBoard Vice Chair and SecretaryChair – Board Development Committee (BDC)

Adina Matasaru is an experienced Portland attorney who divides her time between litigating on behalf of her clients and counseling them on creative solutions to complex business matters. She has extensive experience in representing clients in complex contractual settlement negotiations, consumer fraud, and Fair Trade Practices investigations and lawsuits, as well as consumer class action lawsuit defense. In addition, Ms. Matasaru has over a decade of experience in malpractice defense and prevention, medical ethics, and professional license defense at the board level. In addition to the NUNM Board, she serves on the Multnomah Bar Association Board of Directors.

Ms. Matasaru received her J.D. degree from Willamette University College of Law. During her third year, she attended Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany, where she studied international law and transactions. She also holds a B.A. degree in Philosophy, Theology and Political Science from University of Portland.

Winston Cardwell, ND, LAcBoard TreasurerChair – Finance and Administrative Affairs Committee (FAAC)

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.

Executive Committee (Non-Voting Members)

Christine Girard, ND, MPHPresident and CEO

Dr. Christine Girard returned to lead her alma mater in 2019 after more than two decades of practice, teaching, research and leadership. She brings to NUNM significant experience and a deep understanding of natural medicine within the rapidly changing field of health care. Her career has focused on integrative medicine and undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Previously, Dr. Girard served as executive vice president at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Tempe, Arizona, for more than 10 years. Prior to SCNM, she was the director of naturopathic medicine at Southwestern Regional Medical Center, a Cancer Treatment Centers of America Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1999, Dr. Girard co-founded and co-directed with David L. Katz, MD, MPH, the Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital, a Yale-affiliated acute care community hospital in Derby, Connecticut.

In addition to her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from NUNM (1997), Dr. Girard received a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Services Administration from the University of Arizona. Dr. Girard is a former board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education. She was named Physician of the Year by AANP in 2010, the highest honor a naturopathic physician can receive; it is awarded in recognition of an individual’s dedicated leadership and achievement on behalf of the naturopathic profession.

Directors (Voting Members)

Carrie Louise Daenell, ND, MBA

With over 25 years of volunteer servant leadership in natural medicine education, policy and community, Dr. Daenell is a lifelong learner. Graduating from Bastyr University with a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, she went on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Colorado with concentrations in both Executive Leadership and Global Business Management. She has expressed her passion for advancing access to natural medicine as the president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Medicine, on the board of directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Medicine, and as vice chair of the Board of Trustees for Bastyr University. As a PBS guest and co-author, with over 20 years of clinical practice, and 16 years in scientific and technical advising to the nutraceutical industry, Dr. Daenell has served aptly as a continuing medical educator, and as a natural medicine advocate in print, radio and television media. Personally dedicated to social justice, she is a deeply invested work-in-progress as an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Sonia de Quateli Doi, MD, MA, PhD
Dr. Sonia de Quateli Doi is a research associate professor and director of the Nephrology Research Laboratory in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Dr. Doi holds dual Brazilian and United States citizenship. She earned her MD degree in 1976, a Master of Medical Sciences in 1987 from the University of São Paulo, School of Medicine, and a doctorate in 2000 from the University of São Paulo, School of Pharmaceutical Studies. Board certified in endocrinology and metabolism, she is the recipient of many research awards and grants.

After serving as an attending physician at the University of Sao Paulo Medical Center, Dr. Doi became the founder and director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Outpatient Care Program at the medical center. She was also a research associate at John Hopkins University in Baltimore and a guest researcher in the Renal Cell Biology Section, Metabolic Diseases Branch, at the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Don Drake
Mr. Drake is currently vice president of Melvin Mark Brokerage Company and has over 25 years experience in real estate, and 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, a private middle and secondary school, with a focus on 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.

Kramer_PatriciaPatricia Kramer, PhD
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 postgraduate 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 NUNM’s board. A technology entrepreneur, educator, strategy consultant and healthcare innovator, he has played key roles in successful emerging businesses throughout this career. In addition to his role at Cambia, he was an adjunct professor of management at Kellogg School of Management for 10 years. He is the author of Strategic 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.

Anupam Narayan, MBA
Mr. Narayan is chairman and CEO of Rockwood Associates LLC, providing strategic and business advisory services with a focus on the global hospitality and tourism indus­try. With 30 years of business experience, he recently served as president and CEO and director of Red Lion Hotels Corporation. 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 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 & Lodging Association. Mr. Narayan is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, and he received his MBA at the University of Florida.

James A. Thommes, MD, MBA

A general internist and medical oncologist who fought in the front-lines of patient care during the first decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Dr. James (Jim) Thommes has a passion for informed, self-empowered patient-centered care. Having been a principal investigator on multiple clinical trials, Jim understands the importance of developing strong clinical evidence and values the integration of complementary care elements in a collaborative way to maximize patient benefit. He completed his oncology fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine and his internal medicine residency training at Michigan State University-affiliated hospitals in Grand Rapids, Michigan; earned a Doctor of Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine after completing his undergraduate education at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California Irvine before embarking on a career in the biotechnology industry. Most recently, he concluded 19 years at Roche/Genentech, which included drug development in multiple disease areas including HIV/AIDS, CMV, HBV/HCV disease, as well as metabolic liver disease and inflammatory bowel diseases where he led complex multi-disciplinary development teams, global health authority interactions, cross-company collaborations, and developed long-standing relationships with experts and thought leaders. Over the last 13 years, he and his husband (Marty) have been engaging their passion for Oregon by growing pinot noir and chardonnay in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, and contributing to the local wine-making industry in the Willamette Valley.

Constituency Representatives to the Board (Non-Voting Members)

Megan Golani, ND, Faculty Board Representative
Dr. Megan Golani is a licensed naturopathic physician and midwife. After graduating with honors and receiving a certificate in natural childbirth from National College of Natural Medicine (now NUNM), she completed three years of residency focusing on family and community medicine. During her studies, Dr. Golani completed a two-year clinical mentorship rotation in women’s health under the direction of Dr. Kimberly Windstar and a six–month internship focusing on chronic disease management and biotherapeutic drainage with Dr. Dickson Thom. Additionally, she completed a two-year apprenticeship in women’s health, midwifery and pediatrics with Dr. Catherine Schaefer in her private practice. She also has trained with Tami Kent in holistic pelvic care. Dr. Golani received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she focused on developmental and transpersonal psychology, with an emphasis on the mind-body connection. Dr. Golani believes strongly in the holistic approach to medicine; integrating nutritional and lifestyle counseling, IV therapy, herbal medicine, and homeopathy to provide individualized patient-centered care. She is passionate about supporting families through fertility counseling, prenatal and postpartum care, and pediatrics. When not working, Dr. Golani is a Providence Hospice volunteer and enjoys camping, meditating, practicing yoga, and traveling abroad with her husband.

Christine McClure, Student Board Representative
Christine is in her fourth year, concurrently studying for a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research. Her master’s degree thesis is a clinical trial titled, “The effects of Pau d’ Arco on primary dysmenorrhea.” Prior to NUNM, Christine obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in women’s studies from Kansas State University. Currently she serves as president-elect of the Portland Chapter of the Student Alliance for Integrative Medicine (SAIM), president of the NUNM Chapter of SAIM, co-president of the Physical Exam Club at NUNM, and vice-chair of Northwest Integrative Health Professionals (NWIHP). Her primary focus in medicine and research is reproductive illness, including premenstrual syndrome, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Combining clinical experience and a focus in research, Christine plans to pursue a residency and postdoctoral fellowship after graduation.

Emeriti (Non-Voting Members)

John R. Campbell, PhD, DSc, DLitt, Emeritus
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Michael G. Manes, DLitt, Emeritus
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Nancy W. Garbett, MEd, Emerita
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Steven P. Marsden, DVM, ND, MSOM, Emeritus
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Ellen Goldsmith, LAc, MSOM, Emerita
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Willow Moore, DC, ND, Emerita
Corey Resnick, ND, Emeritus
Years served:
1980 – 1999

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