Governing Board & Committee Chairs
The purpose of the AOMAM Governing Board is to provide governance for the good of the Association. The Board and/or its members shall:
- Provide the source for officer candidates and elect the Officers.
- May serve as a member liaison of each standing committee.
- Make policy decisions, which shall bind the Association, subject to ratification at the annual membership meeting unless voted down by membership.
- Ratify Executive Committee decisions made between Board meetings.
- Implement policy decisions.
Current Board goals are to:
- Increase active, satisfied and committed membership.
- Create and pass proactive legislation.
- Produce and develop effective, consistent, professional PR/Marketing.
- Develop effective administration and governance.
- Create positive professional networks.
2014 Board of Directors:
Deah Kinion, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
Bylaws Committee Chair
A 1988 graduate of Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Deah maintains a private practice in Rochester. She enjoys country living and being close to nature with her husband and 3 cats. Besides acupuncture, her passions are to share the wellness promoting practices of traditional Chinese medicine, and living in the present moment with mindfulness.
Elena Pekuroskvy, DC, M.Om., L.Ac.
Continuing Education Chair
Elena Pekuroskvy, D.C., L.Ac received her Master of Oriental Medicine from NWHSU/MCAOM in 2010. Her health career started in Russia 25 years ago. She worked in a variety of hospital settings and also went to medical school. Due to immigration to the U.S., she decided to pursue studies in chiropractic and acupuncture. She wanted to know more about traditional medical practices of the world since her ancestors had practiced it successfully and her mentors encouraged this pursuit of knowledge.
Dr. Elena has been in practice in the Twin Cities since 1998. Her primary focus of clinical work is pain management, female health, and family care. Dr. Elena uses a combination of Western medical training, the holistic care philosophy of chiropractic and Chinese medicine and manual skills which were polished and perfected with the help of numerous teachers in Russia and the U.S.
Outside of busy professional life, Elena likes reading, watching movies, gardening, painting and spending time with her husband, two children, a dog and two cats.
Jean Twomey is a third year student of AOM at NWHSU. Prior to starting a career in Oriental Medicine, she served as an officer and pilot in the active duty and reserve Air Force for twenty years. In addition to flying worldwide missions in the C-5 Galaxy, Jean worked in several Pentagon staff positions, to include Executive Officer to the 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review Staff, and the Executive Assistant to the Air Force Inspector General. Jean received her Bachelor of Science from the US Air Force Academy in Operations Research and Economics, and Master of Science from the University of California Berkeley in Operations Research.
Jean's interest in a healing career has been fueled by her experiences in stydying with spiritual teachers in both Ireland and India. When her nose is not in a book, she enjoys gardening, hiking, Scrabble, yoga, watching movies, cross-country skiing on 40 year old skis, and spending time with her husband and extended family.
Finance Committee Chair
Michelle LaCroix, L.Ac., M.Ac. Dipl.Ac., RN, BSN
Michelle has been in private practice in Fairbault since January of 2003. She is also a registered nurse with 20 years of hospital experience and some Public Health Nursing.
The majority of her acupuncture work involves pain management with utilizing acupuncture, micro-current stimulation, nutrition, whole foods supplements, and some herbal formulations. Michelle also does much work with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks and bi-polar syndromes, and additionally works with digestive disorders, reproductive concerns and pre- and post-surgival therapies.
Michael is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Minnesota and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He graduated summa cum laude with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (at NWHSU), where he interned at Woodwinds HealthEast Hospital and Courage Center. During the srping of 2009, Michael completed a Certificate of Study at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.
Michael is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University College of Acupuncture and Oriental medicine and was a credentialed acupuncturist at Woodwinds-HealthEast Hospital.
He has been studying and practicing martial arts for over 20 years and currently teaches taiji and qigong.
Public Relations Chair
Brian Grosam, PhD., L.Ac.
Legislative Committee Chair
Brian completed his Ph.D in acupuncture in 2009 at the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China. He is a licensed acupuncturist in Minnesota and holds a Diplomate of Chinese Medicine from the NCCAOM. He received his Master's degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, where he is currently a professor and teaches classes in acupuncture.
Brian resides in Minnetonka with his wife and two boys. He owns a private practice, Sun Acupuncture in Hopkins, working with his wife, Pam, who is a tuina and shaitsu specialist. He continues to work on clinical research and explores classical and modern acupuncture, along with investigations into the various mechanisms that cause or induce hot flashes. He also loves treating pediatrics, Lyme disease, neurological disorders and acute and chronic injuries. He enjoys travelling, practicing chen-style taichi, running, painting and drawing, gardening, movies and has been a practicing buddist member of the Soka Gakkai for over 17 years.
Kimberly Fritz, M.Om, L.Ac. Dipl Ac., Dipl CH
Communications Committee Chair
Kimberly graduated from MCAOM/NWHSU in 2003 with a Master of Oriental medicine and has since owned and operated Green Dragon Acupuncture, currently operating in Blaine. She also serves as a Commissioner to the ACAOM (The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and is a part time certified CPR Instructor contracting with CPR Professionals. Kimberly is a wife, and mother of 4 children and one cat. Her other interests are fitness (running, yoga and qigong), gardening, reading, being in the outdoors, and promoting traditional Chinese medicine. She has a special interest in integrating Western and Eastern medicines in the treatment of Autism.
Membership Committee Chair
Administrative Assistant to the Board
Bonnie Bolash, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl Ac.
Bonnie is a graduate of MIAHS who went on to complete her Master of Acupuncture in 2001at NWHSU. She also has a degree in Small Business Management and was a Certified Massage Therapist. Bonnie is former Chair of the AOMAM Legislative Committee and was a vital participant in the Equal Access to Acupuncture Bill. Her private practice is in Crystal and she is a wife and mother of three children.