Board of Directors

Chair
Elizabeth H. Marks, CEBS

Elizabeth Marks is a Principal and senior consultant in the Los Angeles office of Mercer Health & Benefits. She is responsible for leading client teams and managing projects involving different areas of expertise within Mercer, including health and productivity management, absence management, and communications. She consults to a number of clients in higher education and is a national resource on student health insurance. Ms. Marks attended Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, where she majored in English. She received the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation, sponsored jointly by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Vice Chair
Patricia Fitzgerald, DAOM, LAc, DHM, CCN
Patricia Fitzgerald is the Founder and Director of the Santa Monica Wellness Center. She holds doctorate degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as homeopathic medicine. She is a certified clinical nutritionist, has lectured internationally, and has authored the best-selling award-winning The Detox Solution: The Missing Link to Radiant Health, Abundant Energy, Ideal Weight, and Peace of Mind. As the Wellness Editor of The Huffington Post, Dr. Fitzgerald has been instrumental in providing cutting-edge health and wellness information to the global audience. She is a graduate of both the master’s and doctorate programs at Emperor’s College.

Treasurer
Jorn Teutloff, MBA
Jorn Teutloff is President at JV-Global, a Los Angeles-based internet marketing and strategy consulting firm. His primary focus includes strategic planning, business process reengineering and venture capital for new media, internet, and mobile/wireless companies. Previously, Mr. Teutloff was Engagement Manager with the High Growth consulting practice at Capgemini / Ernst & Young where he led IT Strategy & Transformation engagements at Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries. Mr. Teutloff holds an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Secretary
Michele Pearson, BA
Michele Pearson is an educator and health care administrator who completed a 32 year career at the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center. Her roles as the Chief of Administrative Services and an instructor for Life Skills courses have given her a broad range of experience from oversight of a multi-million dollar budget to strategic planning to direct interactions with students and their needs. In 2000, Ms. Pearson was instrumental in making possible Emperor’s College’s externship program at UCLA, when it became the first UC campus to offer acupuncture services to its student body. Ms. Pearson received a BA in English from UCLA and holds lifetime high school teaching credentials.

Mark Ackerman, MD
Mark Ackerman is Staff Physician at the University of California Los Angeles. He previously worked as Staff Physician at On Lok Senior Health which provides ongoing comprehensive quality health care to frail elderly using a multidisciplinary team approach in the outpatient as well as inpatient and skilled nursing facility settings. Dr. Ackerman has served as Clinic Instructor at St. Mary’s Medical Center and as Assistant Clinic Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He received his Medical Doctorate with Distinction in Research at State University at Stony Brook.

Mel Barracliffe, MSc
Mel Barracliffe is Executive Director, Advisory Services, at Ernst & Young LLP. He was formerly a Senior Vice President with AVCOR Consulting, a Management Consulting Partner with E&Y, Director of the E&Y Center for Business Transformation, and VP of Knowledge, Learning & Methods for CapGemini, Americas. Mr. Barracliffe received a BSc in Human Physiology from University College, London and an MSc in Management Science from Imperial College, London.

Alice G. Langit-Cole, RPT, LAc
Alice G. Langit-Cole is a Senior Clinical Specialist, Physical Therapist, and Licensed Acupuncturist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. She performs physical therapy for a variety of clients with neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions in the outpatient and inpatient /hospital setting and performs acupuncture evaluation and implements acupuncture treatment plans for a variety of clients in the outpatient Integrated Pain Management Program and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department. Ms. Langit-Cole also develops patient education programs and serves as Clinical Instructor at Kaiser. Ms. Langit-Cole, who is a graduate of Emperor’s College, has a private practice in Torrance, CA.

Margaret E. Phillips, PhD
Margaret E. Phillips, Associate Professor of International Business at Pepperdine University’s George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management, holds a B.A. in psychology from UCLA, an M.S. in administration from the Graduate School of Management at UC Irvine, and a Ph.D. in management from the Anderson School at UCLA. She has taught in the Pepperdine Executive, FEMBA, and FTMBA programs, and in both the MBA and Ph.D. programs at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Dr. Phillips has worked with multi-institutional consortia in California and New York, within the federal government, and in both line and staff positions in various public sector organizations.

Robert Winn, JD
Robert Winn is an award-winning producer, director, and editor of documentaries, with a background as a lawyer in international trade, immigration, and human rights. He received his JD from Yale University and has worked at Steptoe & Johnson, a Washington DC law firm. He has also received a MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television and has produced, directed, and edited documentaries for public television about social issues, Asia, and Asian Americans. His credits include “Grassroots Rising,” about the Asian American working class in LA and “Saigon, USA,” about the Vietnamese American community. He is a recipient of grants from Corporation for Public Broadcasting, California Council for the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation, and Annie E. Casey Foundation.

John Young, MBA
John Young is a Senior Advisor at Sperry Van Ness. He has also worked at NAI Capital specializing in investment and leasing for retail and office properties. In addition, he has also served as vice president of Sanwa Bank Limited in Los Angeles overseeing real estate advisory and financing functions for international corporations. He is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration program of New York University and is member to various real estate professional organizations in Southern California.

Eugene Kim, PhD
Director Emeritus
Eugene P. Kim earned his PhD in Comparative Education from UCLA and serves as Dean of Asia Programs at Concordia University Irvine (CUI). He currently works in Shanghai, China where he leads the university’s effort to develop programs, initiatives and partnerships in the P.R.C. Dr. Kim oversees an MA in International Studies program which allows students to study, travel and work in China for one year and earn a Masters degree. In addition, he is developing programs in areas of TESOL, TCSOL, Sports Leadership, International Teaching Credentialing, and International Lab Schools. Dr. Kim is the founder of the Foundation for Transformative Leadership (FTL), a non-profit that provides scholarships for under-resourced Chinese students to attend integrated and holistic schools in China. He served as Emperor’s College Chairman of the Board from 2006-2008.