David Pacheco is a first generation Mexican American raised in what is now called Silicon Valley. His forty-year career in education administration and legislative policy development has always strived for the betterment of all Californians. For more than a decade, he has been the Director of the California Senate Fellows (ret’d.) one of the oldest and most distinguished civic education programs in the country. He is the former Director of Communications and Intercultural Studies at UCSC Extension. He is the former Chairman of the Board for Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and was Vice-Chair (Edmond G, Brown was chair) of the U.S. Delegation to the International Congress on Traditional Medicine (Beijing 2000). David is the President of Pacheco Development Associates, providing strategic planning, outcome evaluation and technical assistance to emerging health and human service organizations serving minority communities.
Professor Oberman is board-certified in Acupuncture Orthopedics and appointed as a Qualified Medical Evaluator by California’s Industrial Medical Council. He earned his BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and his MA in International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He later studied Oriental Medicine at the California Acupuncture College and earned his Oriental Medicine Doctorate from Samra University of Oriental Medicine. Professor Oberman has served as a Director of the California State Oriental Medical Association, and currently practices privately in Berkeley. In addition to his many roles at AIMC Berkeley, Dr. Oberman oversees a specialty externship, providing acupuncture to athletes at the University of California, Berkeley.
As a long time patient of acupuncture, Nancy Starr brings patient representation and perspective. Nancy became interested in eastern medicine when she experienced her first acupuncture therapy which was very successful. In addition to her personal experience as a patient, she brings 32 years of professional experience in the healthcare industry. Her work as a nuclear medicine technologist led her to recognize the limitations of Western medicine due to its compartmentalization of care. She believes a unified approach to therapy is a better way to approach the health and well-being necessary for a healthy life. Nancy states that she has received excellent care at the AIMC clinic and is looking forward to serving on the AIMC board and offering whatever service she can.
Joyce practices traditional Chinese medical arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born and raised in Guangdong, China, where holistic medicine is part of daily life. When she was a teenager, she started assisting a master acupuncturist, learning by watching.
Later, Joyce attended AIMC Berkeley and its sister school in Tokyo, the Goto College of Medical Arts & Sciences. In Japan she trained in needling techniques that maximize comfort and relaxation for the patient, including treatments where needles only touch the skin.
In her spare time, Joyce aspires to eating her way through Southeast Asia and the American South.
Nina Jung is a Board-Certified Acupuncturist, Asian American Herbalist and Strength Coach. Nina’s passion for women’s health started in her twenties, when she experienced various hormonal imbalances – adult acne, amenorrhea, constipation and anxiety. Unable to find a treatment that worked, she dedicated the next 8 years to studying movement, nutrition and East Asian Medicine to change how women view their body- mind. She is extremely passionate about integrating East Asian medicine healing with evidence-based practices in movement and neurobiology to help women optimize their big transitions and goals – career, pregnancy, postpartum, relationships, loss and life.
David has more than 32 years’ experience working in the financial services industry. He retired from Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. where he was responsible for all aspects of Credit, Operational, and Compliance Risk for Wells Fargo Practice Finance, a $2 billion division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Prior to the acquisition of Greater Bay Bank by Wells Fargo & Company, David was Chief Credit Officer for the Specialty Finance Division of Greater Bay Bank, N.A. (which included Matsco, Greater Bay Capital, SBA Lending, Greater Bay Funding, Greater Bay International, and Greater Bay Residential Mortgage). Prior to joining Greater Bay Bank, N.A., David held various Credit and Risk positions with other banks and other Wells Fargo lines of business.
In 2022, he rejoined the Board of Lincoln, a 140-year agency serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, where he previously held the positions of Secretary, Vice Chair and Chair. David termed off the Board of Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc. in 2022 after serving as its Treasurer and then Vice Chair.
He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
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