ILaaom Board Elections: Nominee Bios

April 26, 2016

Attention ILaaom Professional Members!  We have two nominees, Olivia Hsu Friedman and Amanda J. Kreiss, for two open ILaaom board positions.  For instructions on voting, please click here.  Please click here to download your ballot.

Olivia Hsu Friedman Bio:
Olivia received a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (Dipl.OM) from the National Certification Commission of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 2016 and is a licensed Illinois acupuncturist. She earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from National University of Health Sciences where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded the Joseph Janse Outstanding Graduate Award. While in school, she completed a two-year clinical internship at the National University Whole Health Center, as well as a one-year internship in the National University Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Acupuncture Clinic. Olivia also completed a one-year residency at The John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County’s Acupuncture Pain Clinic.
After taking a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dermatology class and learning how emotional and psychological issues directly impact the skin, Olivia felt a calling to specialize in dermatology and the mind-body connection. Olivia became certified in Cosmetic Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation. She then spent two years working on certification in Gold Standard Constitutional Facial AcupunctureTM.  She is currently working on another diploma in TCM Dermatology studying under Mazin Al-Khafaji.
Prior to her Oriental Medicine studies, Olivia built a career in advertising, media and sales for nearly twenty-five years.  She worked for three of the top ten worldwide advertising agencies serving primarily Fortune 500 companies. She also worked at two prominent magazine/online publishing companies.  Her responsibilities included leading multiple teams both internally and externally to develop, coordinate and manage advertising campaigns and marketing partnerships.  In her last position, she supervised the activities of seventeen states and managed the U.S. News & World Report Chicago office.  Besides developing a deep understanding of marketing, advertising and sales techniques; each of her management roles has garnered valuable general business experience with budgets, employee management, project management, networking, customer service, decision making/problem-solving, planning/organizing, conflict resolution and flexibility.
Olivia would like to utilize her unique combination of business experience and passion for Oriental Medicine to help ILaaom further the practice of Oriental Medicine in Illinois.  As an OM student representative, Olivia worked on the fundraising committee and helped ILaaom develop the structure of the annual 5K walk.  As an elected Board member, she’ll have the opportunity to share her organizational experience and knowledge to help propel ILaaom in other important areas such as legislation, education and membership. It is her hope that her skills and energy can be used to build an even stronger, more profitable and more valuable association for its constituents as well as the public at large.  The time is ripe for great things to happen.  Olivia would like to help ILaaom position itself for the best possible future.
Amanda J. Kreiss Bio:

Dear Colleagues,

I write today to ask for the privilege of serving you and our profession as a member-at-large of the ILaaom board of directors.

My current professional roles are twofold: 1) with my husband, I have co-ownd Inner Architecture – a Lakeview-neighborhood practice in Chicago – for fifteen years; and 2) I direct Inner Ecology, our profession’s first Benefit Corporation, an experiment in social entrepreneurship that provides patients nationwide with traditional East Asian herbal medicinals, custom-mixed to their clinicians’ specifications.  In addition to applying impeccable sourcing standards for the hundreds of imported herbs we carry, we cooperate with key nonprofit organizations to facilitate the safe, smart, and sustainable re-rooting of our ages-old medicine into North American soils via farming training in specialty crop production, student and clinician educational support, and our role as the active link from farm to (herbal) pharmacy – to you and your patients!

Additional past professional experience I have that may strengthen my ability to contribute effectively to the ILaaom board includes: Amigos de las Américas Urban Chicago Chapter Founding President (2003-2005); Rolf Institute of Structural Integration (RISI) Standards of Practice Committee (2007-2010); RISI’s Faculty Development & Review Board (2008-2009); and High Falls Foundation Board of Directors (2014-2016).

This past year, I have had the pleasure of serving on ILaaom’s Legislative Committee.  It has been a richly rewarding collegial experience to participate in dynamic conversation and collaboration with thoughtful, articulate, and dedicated colleagues during this pivotal time for our profession.  Over the years, I have enjoyed being an ILaaom member, a donor and sponsor, a contributing newsletter author, a volunteer, and a committee member.  I have a strong commitment to honoring the wisdom of our medicine, gathered over centuries, while co-stewarding its continued evolution, as it adapts – through all of us – to this new continent and in this new era.

I have admired the steadfast commitment of the colleagues who serve all of us through the ILaaom Board; some of the brightest and most heartfelt amongst us have made their way to it.  It will be my true honor if you elect me to join them.

Amanda J. Kreiss, LAc, Dipl.OM

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