AOMA’s five-member governing board is the legal body granted specific authority over the institution’s governance. This authority is delegated to the board of governors by the shareholders of the institution through the corporate bylaws. The governing board of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine consists of five members—prominent Texas citizens who are nominated by the board of directors and elected by the governing board in accordance with the corporate bylaws. The members of AOMA’s governing board are elected based upon their ability, skills, and experience to set the strategic plan and policies that ensure the institution will achieve its mission.
- Kenneth H. Beck - Chair
Mayor of the Village of Volente, Texas
Member, Volente Neighborhood Association
Chairman of the Board of Directors, AOMA
Board of Directors, Conspirare
Member of Citizens Advisory Committee for the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve
Co-founder, Retired – The Crossings - Austin, Texas
Former Senior Vice-President, Dell Computer Corporation
BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Graduating from college in 1967, Ken spent 33 years working in the data processing industry. The success of Dell Computer allowed he and his wife, Joyce, to pursue a dream. From 1998 through 2010, they designed, built and operated The Crossings, a learning center, wellness spa, and meeting space just West of Austin. With the sale of the Crossings in 2010, they have both taken on opportunities to give back to their community, and to spend time with their family, friends, and each other.
- Glenda J. Flanagan
Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice-President, Whole Foods Market - Austin, Texas
BBA, University of Texas at Austin
Glenda Flanagan is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Whole Foods Market, a publicly-traded company which is ranked #214 of the Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, FORTUNE magazine has ranked the Company on its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 17 consecutive years – from the list’s inception in 1998 through today. Since Glenda joined Whole Foods as CFO in 1988, she has played a major role in the development of the Company as it has grown from six stores in the late 1980’s and going public in 1992, to 450 stores and more than $15 billion in sales today. In February 2015, Fortune Magazine cited Ms. Flanagan as the longest-sitting CFO among the then 58 women CFOs at Fortune 500 companies. She is a member of the boards of directors of the three foundations sponsored by Whole Foods Market: Whole Planet Foundation, Whole Cities Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation. Additionally she is a member of the Board of Directors of two publicly-traded companies: since 2004, Credit Acceptance Corporation based in Detroit, MI, and since 2016 Fit Bit, Inc. based in San Francisco, CA.
- Betty Edmond, MD
AOMA, President Emeritus
MD, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
BS, University of Texas El Paso
Dr. Edmond brings strong leadership skills and experience to the organization as a physician, a senior healthcare executive, and an advocate for the advancement of acupuncture. Her background includes 19 years of experience as vice-president of medical affairs at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin and medical director of Seton’s Children’s Hospital, as well as more than 20 years of academic and clinical experience as a faculty member and specialist in pediatric infectious diseases. As a former president of AOMA (2016-18) and as a member of the Board of Governors at AOMA (2008-2014, 2019-), Dr. Edmond has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by alternative health practitioners seeking integration within the greater healthcare system.
- Leslie Lynn Myers, JD, MSOM, LAc
Consultant – Texas Institute of Continuing Legal Education (former Program Director, State Bar of Texas, Professional Development) - Austin, Texas
- MS, Oriental Medicine, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
- JD, St. Mary’s University
Leslie has been involved in one capacity or another with AOMA since its creation in 1993. She was a member of the first graduating class of 1996, as well as the first Board of Advisors (later to become the Board of Governors) where she has proudly served since 1994. She has also been involved with the Texas Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine as President and Board Member since 1995. In addition, Leslie was a program attorney for the State Bar of Texas in their continuing legal education department and has carried her love of education to help develop continuing acupuncture programs in Texas and Costa Rica.
- Richard D. Pomp, Esq.
Alva P. Loiselle Professor of Law – University of Connecticut, School of Law
- JD, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
- BS, summa cum laude, University of Michigan