Lisa Ping-Hui Tsao Lin, L.Ac., E.M.B.A.
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
E.M.B.A., Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China
Ming Chuan University, Taiwan
President Lin, along with her husband Paul Lin, are the founders of Texas Health and Science University, in 1990 – the first acupuncture school in Texas. After graduating from Taiwan’s Ming Chuan University, majoring in accounting and statistics, Ms. Lin studied traditional Chinese medicine with Dr. P. R. Sun, a renowned doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Taiwan. Ms. Lin has distinguished herself as a pioneer in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine by her successful efforts to pass acupuncture legislation in the State of Texas; in her position as the first Chair of the Education Committee of the Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners; and in her work to set high standards for the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine throughout the United States. In 1993, then-governor Ann Richards appointed Lisa Lin to serve on the newly established first Texas State Board of Acupuncture Examiners, on which she served until 1999. Ms. Lin is a Licensed Acupuncturist and has practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine in Texas for more than 30 years. She is the President of the Texas Association of Acupuncturists since 1999.
David G. Vequist IV, Ph.D.
VICE PRESIDENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, ASSESSMENT, AND RESEARCH
Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
B.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology/Management, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Teaching Specialization: Strategy, Management, Business Statistics, Organizational Behavior and Organizational Development
Dr. Vequist has served as Associate Professor of Management at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. He worked as project manager for Ernst & Young in the areas of competency modeling, organizational development, and customer relations manager. He also served as Director of Human Resources, Planning and Systems for Methodist Healthcare System. Dr. Vequist’s research interests include training technologies, management of technology, business strategy, project management, competency modeling, data warehousing, and knowledge management, organization behavior and effectiveness and quality improvement.
Paul C. K. Lin, L.Ac., M.A.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, FACILITIES, AND OPERATIONS
M.A., Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
B.A., Taiwan National University, Taiwan
Mr. Lin, along with his wife President Lisa Lin are the proud founders of Texas Health and Science University, established in 1990. Mr. Lin received his early education in Taiwan where he served as a fellow of the Research Institute of Acupuncture at China Academy, Taipei, and as an instructor and fellow of research at the Chinese Culture University. He traveled to the United States through a teacher exchange program and lectured at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Following the historic trip to China in 1971 by President Richard Nixon, which introduced acupuncture to the American audience, Mr. Lin was able to apply his knowledge through clinical practice in the United States and ultimately led him to pursue the establishment of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a professional career path in the U.S. Mr. Lin has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Texas since 1974, and was a pioneer in the successful efforts to pass acupuncture practice legislation in the State of Texas. He was the founding Academic Dean of Texas Health and Science University and served in that position until 2005. He currently serves as Director of Development, Facilities, and Operations.
Ronald W. Meyer, C.P.A.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
B.B.A., Accounting, University of Texas at San Antonio
Mr. Meyer, a native of San Antonio, is a Certified Public Accountant who passed all four parts of the CPA examination on his first attempt in 1991. He joined a local public accounting firm the following summer. He is a member of the Austin Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a frequent speaker for such groups as the Austin Young Lawyers Association, Southwest Region of the National Society of Professional Engineers, South Texas Youth Soccer Association, Texas Association of Builders, and the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He is the founder and Managing Member of Ronald W. Meyer, P.L.L.C., based in Austin, Texas. His areas of responsibility include preparation or review for individual, corporate, partnership, estate, trust, homeowner association, and non-profit organization tax returns.
Marty Calliham, L.Ac., M.S.O.M., LMT
DEAN OF STUDENTS/ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, DAOM
Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Texas Health and Science University
B.A., Music, Milton College, Milton, Wisconsin
Ms. Calliham has been a licensed acupuncturist since 1999, working in a variety of practice settings including her own clinics as entrepreneur, in chiropractic offices, and in an athletic club. She has worked in the administration of THSU for six years, assisting the school in accreditation and re-accreditation processes, as Dean of Students, school representative to annual meetings, and in support of legislative initiatives. Ms. Calliham is proud to support student success at THSU.
Wai Lan Kuo, M.S.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR / REGISTRAR
Master of Science in Special Education, University of Kansas
B.S., English, Tamkang University,Taiwan
Ms. Kuo has 25 years professional experience in industry in the fields of material planning and customer service. She joined THSU in 2005 and brought her wealth of customer service experience to the school’s administrative offices. She served as College Registrar/Administrator since 2005 and assisted the school in the accreditation and re-accreditation processes of Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Ms. Kuo manages the administrative main offices and services.
Maoyi Cai, M.D., Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM)
ACADEMIC DEAN/BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE DIRECTOR (Austin Campus)
M.D., Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), U.S.A.
Medical Council of Canada (MCC), Canada
M.S. Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Medicine, Clinical Sciences, Fu Dan University (formerly Shanghai Medical
Dr. Cai’s professional career in biomedical sciences spans nearly 30 years, and includes distinguished service in China, Canada, and the United States. After completing his Bachelor of Medicine degree he practiced as a physician in the Shanghai Medical University Hospital before migrating to North America. Dr. Cai has served as a board member of the Acupuncture Committee of Alberta, Canada, and also as the Dean of Academic Affairs at Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has taught a variety of biomedical science courses at colleges and universities in New Mexico and Texas. He is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has advised the committee on the construction of the national board examination. He has served as Academic Dean at Texas Health and Science University since 2008.
Roberto Guerrero, Lic.Ac., M.S.A.O.M.
ACADEMIC DEAN (San Antonio Campus)
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.A., Psychology, The University of Texas in San Antonio
Associate of Arts, San Antonio College
Mr. Guerrero, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, is Owner of Alamo Acucare, a practice located in San Antonio, Texas, which specializes in pain management, chronic conditions, martial arts, and sport related injuries. He received his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, now known as Texas Health and Science University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas in San Antonio. He is also Senior Instructor at the Mu Sool Won of San Antonio, Martial Arts Center. His love and involvement in the martial arts was the main catalyst for his initial interest, and later pursuit, of a career in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He holds a Third degree black belt in Ku Sool Won, and is a Fifth Degree candidate in Mu Sool Won, a Traditional Korean Martial Art. Mr. Guerrero joined the faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2014.
Dan Puhl, MBA
SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR / MBA DIRECTOR
M.Acct Liberty University
MBA Metropolitan State University
M.A. in Strategic Studies, Army War College
Mr. Dan Puhl has worked in not for profit, for profit, and federal government positions for 25 years, culminating as a Plant Manager for Sodexho Marriott Services. After completing his MBA, he continued accounting studies and passed all four sections of the CPA examination on the first attempt in 2002. He worked as financial controller for small businesses until being called to Active Duty to command the mobilization and demobilization activities at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin for two years. After returning to Minnesota, he managed Fairview Health Services $2 billion annual cash flow and $1.6 billion of investments until being selected as Chief Financial Officer for the 2008 Republican National Convention. Following the Convention, he started Cardinals FEC Compliance Services, PLC to provide contribution processing, recordkeeping, and FEC reporting for federal committees. In 2011, he accepted the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Republican National Committee. In 2012, he resumed his work with Cardinals FEC Compliance Services as they added national, state, PAC, and candidate client committees. Dan holds master’s degrees in Business from Metropolitan State University, and Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
Roxanne Mayorga, M.S.
SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR / REGISTRAR (San Antonio Campus)
Master of Science in General Psychology, Capella University
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of the Incarnate Word
Associate of Arts, Teacher Education, San Antonio College
Ms. Mayorga graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in English. Upon entering Capella University to obtain a Master’s Degree in general psychology, she began working as an administrator for a local university in San Antonio. After graduating in 2013 with a Master’s Degree, she continued her studies as a doctoral student for Capella University in hopes of obtaining a Doctoral Degree in General Psychology with a specialization in teaching and instruction. She has several years of previous experience working in customer service and primary, secondary, and higher levels of education. Ms. Mayorga is also an adjunct faculty member teaching undergraduate psychology courses at the University of the Incarnate Word for the Adult Completion Program (ADCaP) and San Antonio College.
Kanok Li, M.S.A.O.M (Austin Campus)
MARKETING AND ADMISSIONS OFFICER
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.S., University of Texas at Austin
Mr. Li holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, in addition to his MSAOM from THSU. Fluent in three languages, and active in the greater Austin community, he is a valuable resource in building bridges between THSU and a broadly diversified public; his TCM education and training permits him to explain the programs of study from the perspective of a student and alumnus.
Christopher Atkins, B.A.
FINANCIAL AID OFFICER/INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVISOR
Bachelor of Arts, Boston University
Mr. Atkins has served in a variety of roles in higher education administration, primarily in the state of Texas. He served THSU from 2003 to 2010, assisting with Title IV programs, accreditation and regulatory compliance matters, international student advising, and library and learning resources coordination.
Sha-Lene Pung, M.A.
REGISTRAR (Austin Campus)
Master of Arts in Strategic Public Relations, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication, Monash University, Australia
Ms. Pung, a digital media and public relations specialist, joins the THSU family with seven years of experience as a successful social media entrepreneur and two years of experience as a teaching associate in USA and Australia. She received the Outstanding Strategic Public Relations Service Award upon graduation from USC after leading the university’s on-campus public relations agency. An avid blogger and traveler, she is passionate about higher education and helping students reach their goals.
Leissa Kimball, M.L.S.
Master of Library Science, Texas Woman’s University
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, University of Texas at San Antonio
Ms. Kimball has worked for over twelve years as a professional librarian. She has spent most of her life working in and around academic libraries. Ms. Kimball earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2003, and aMaster of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University in 2007. She has worked at the St. Mary’s University Sarita Kenedy East Law Library and Brown Mackie College, and has also spent many years teaching subjects ranging from Language Arts and Mathematics to Microsoft Office Applications. Her professional interests focus on keeping abreast of the latest trends in educational technology, and digital libraries. As a member of the Texas Library Association, she has participated in the Digital Libraries Roundtable and served as the DLRT chair for 2014.
Rachel Chow, M. Ac.
BOOKKEEPER (Austin and San Antonio Campuses)
Master of Accountancy, Texas State University, San Marcos
B.B.A., Texas State University, San Marcos
Ms. Chow has held a previous position as an audit assistant for Ernst & Young in Malaysia, and as a general manager at a restaurant in Austin, Texas. She has received honors from McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State University and is proficient in five languages. Ms. Chow began working for Texas Health and Science University in 2015.
Christanne Spell, M.S.A.O.M. (San Antonio Campus)
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
B.A., Louisiana State University
Ms. Spell brings extensive education, sales, and media experience to the admissions and recruiting department of THSU San Antonio. Herself a THSU alum, Ms. Spell extends the reach of University recruiting efforts by sharing her perspective on the institution and its programs of study.
Maria B. Duran, M.Ed.
ESL DIRECTOR (Austin Campus)
M. Ed., Concordia University, Austin
B.A., University of Texas, Austin
Teaching Specialization: English as a Second Language
Ms. Duran holds an ESL Certificate through Cambridge University (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – CELTA) and a Master of Education degree in Differentiated Instruction. She is proficient in several languages and has over six years’ teaching experience both abroad and in the U.S. Mrs. Duran has taught all skill areas and all English levels, from beginner to advanced. She has been serving as the ESL Director and Instructor at THSU since 2014.