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 previously served as the Vice President of Texas Health and Science University from 2007 to 2009 (formerly Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine). He is Founder and Director of the Center for Medical Tourism Research, affiliated with University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. He has previously 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 brings to Texas Health and Science University his expertise in training technologies, management of technology, business strategy, project management, competency modeling, data warehousing, and knowledge management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher Atkins, B.A.
FINANCIAL AID OFFICER / DEAN OF STUDENTS
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.
Julia Dang, B.B.A
ADMINISTRATOR / REGISTRAR (Austin Campus)
Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Texas State University
Ms. Dang has extensive experience in fields as diverse as real estate and high technology, in areas ranging from customer service to training and instructional design. Her experience in business enterprise and administration bring an entrepreneurial perspective to her work for the University, integrating all operations and functions with a view to organizational excellence and value-creation and delivery.
Ryan Haecker, M.L.I.S.
Master of Library and Information Science, University of Texas
Bachelor of Arts, History, University of Texas
Mr. Haecker graduated from School of Liberal Arts of the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Philosophy, and from the School of Information of the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a Masters Degree of Library and Information Science. He has formerly worked for many years as a retail caricature artist and website manager. In the course of his education, Mr. Haecker has presented guest lectures on history, philosophy and literature. He has formerly managed the St. Thomas Aquinas Library of the Notre Dame de La Salette Boys Academy. Ryan Haecker brings his liberal education, his background in design and technology, and his library management experience to the service of the General Shu-Ping Tsao Library.
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.
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. Guerro, 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.
Kai-Chang Chan, L. Ac., M.S.A.O.M.
ADMINISTRATOR (San Antonio Campus)
M.S. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Texas Health and Science University
B.S Physical Therapy, Chang Gung University, Taiwan
Mr. Chan comes to the faculty of Texas Health and Science University with a rich heritage in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Born in Taiwan and raised in a family culture committed to the business of Chinese herbs, Kai developed an early interest in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in Physical Therapy with a specialty in sport medicine and pain management. After receiving his Physical Therapy License, he has complemented these skills with his interest in the special techniques of cupping and Asian Body Work. Kai is a graduate of Texas Health and Science University. He was Valedictorian of his class with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average and Academic Honor. Kai teaches at the Texas Health and Science University San Antonio Branch Campus and works as a Licensed Acupuncturist practitioner in the Clinic.
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.