Aida Morales-Almanzar, MBA
Chief Executive Officer / President
Aida Morales-Almanzar is the current Chief Executive Officer / President at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (ESATM) and has been with the college since 2006. Aida was asked to join ESATM as the Executive Assistant after graduating with her Bachelor of Science in finance from the State University of New York, College at Oswego. While completing her Masters of Business Administration in management and marketing at the New York Institute of Technology, Aida was promoted to Vice President and later appointed to CEO in 2009 by the Governing Board.
During her time as CEO, Aida has realized major milestones on behalf of the college. With her direct involvement in layout and design of the new facility in Bloomfield, Aida was presented with recognition of the Business Development Recognition Award from the Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Under Aida's direction, the institution was recognized for becoming a degree conferring institution by the State of New Jersey, Office of Higher Education, in 2016.
Aida continues her learning through programs in professional education, such as the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to assure that she continues to advance in the field of higher education and to maintain the highest quality offering for the students at ESATM.
Dr. Thomas Kouo, DAOM, L.Ac, Dipl. OM
Dr. Thomas Kouo served at Virginia University of Oriental Medicine (VUOM) as the Academic Dean and Chair of the Herbology department. While at VUOM, he led the university through the ACAOM accreditation process and the university was awarded the maximum five years initial accreditation in March 2015. Prior to VUOM, Dr. Kouo worked at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego, where he was the chair of the Herbal Department and taught in both the Master's and Doctoral programs while also serving as a Clinical Supervisor. A graduate of the Master's and Doctoral programs at Pacific College, Dr. Kouo founded and was the clinical director of Elemental Harmony Acupuncture in San Diego. Elemental Harmony Acupuncture served San Diego and was one of the foremost clinics for pediatrics, orthopedics, and women's health. He was also the creator of a special facial rejuvenation protocol named "Age-Reversal Therapy" (ART) that was featured at the renowned A & B Medical Spa in Hillcrest, California.
Dr. Kouo has treated athletes on the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Lakers, the US Winter Olympic Training team, and was the acupuncturist for the La Jolla Open Tennis Tournament at the La Jolla Tennis Center. Dr. Kouo was one of the original acupuncturists selected to pilot UCSD's Center for Integrative Medicine and was on staff in family medicine with hospital privileges working alongside UCSD's best physicians. He has also worked in the oncology department of Radys Children's Hospital in San Diego where he developed his love and compassion in working with children.
Dr. Kouo is honored to serve on the medical advisory board of Miracle Babies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of women and families with babies born prematurely. He has lectured both locally and nationally on topics such as Chinese Medicine and HIV/AIDS, Fatty Liver Disease, healthy pregnancy, pediatric care, sports injury care, and integrative medicine. He was also the Director of Wellness for a Fortune 500 company in Los Angeles and was the herbal consultant for the licensure review preparatory company, TCM Tests.
Joseph DelGiodice, C.H., L.Ac., ND
Dr. Joseph DelGiodice is an acupuncturist, Chinese and Western herbalist, and naturopath, with a tenure in the healing arts that stretches across four decades. With his great grandfather an herbalist and bone setter, great grandmother a midwife, and godfather a 1949 graduate of The Swedish Institute, the practice of healing stretches even further back in his family, to nineteenth century rural Sicily. His lifelong fascination with health and longevity began at age 7. That year at Christmas, he received his first book on nutrition, a gift from his brother-in-law. Joe didn't know what all the words meant, but eventually learned, and read that book so many times that it literally fell apart. Having studied extensively with herbalist priest Jeffrey Yuen, and having been a long time apprentice to Master Western Herbalist David Simon, Joe is a graduate of Rutgers College, the Somerset School of Massage Therapy, the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and the American Naturopathic Medical Institute. He has always modeled his practice after the 19th century physio-medicalist country doctors, when patients were like family and a physician would tend you when you're sick, but would also help raise a barn, harvest a crop, fix a roof, cook a meal, or preach in a frontier church.
Joe has been a member of the ESATM community since summer 2012 and recounts his first day as an observing clinic supervisor as follows, “I stepped into the clinic, and watched, and listened, and absolutely loved every second of it. I literally counted the minutes for two weeks to pass and my own shift to begin.” Prior to that, Joe was a faculty member at PCOM NY and an acupuncture proctor for the NJ State Board of Medical Examiners. Since July of 1999, he has maintained a private practice in Hoboken, focusing on whole body wellness, geriatrics, musculoskeletal care, women's and men's health, and natural food education. He is also a volunteer gardener at the Community Church of Hoboken Organic Vegetable Garden.
When not in the kitchen preparing arugula salad, broccoli rabe, tabbouleh, or making a fresh green juice, Joe can be found cross country skiing, surfing a longboard, or singing and playing guitar as part of the popular acoustic combo, The Tribe of Uncles. If you don't see him in any of these places, stop in and say hello at the Eastern School Clinic.
Some of his favorite quotes:
"Let nothing disturb you, let nothing frighten you." "Love turns work into rest."
- St. Teresa of Avila (abbess and mystic)
"The mature man lives quietly, does good privately, assumes personal responsibility, treats others with friendliness and courtesy."
- Kenneth Rexroth (poet and essayist)
"Stay busy and get plenty of exercise."
- Jackrabbit Johannsen (supercentenarian and father of North American cross country skiing)
"Don't worry, wave come."
- Duke Kahanamoku (waterman and father of modern surfing)
"When the wave comes, best not to fight."
- Sal Librizzi (surfing barber and friend)
Kelly Williams, MS.Ed
Director of Admissions
Kelly Williams has been the Director of Admissions at the Eastern School since 2008. Initially hired in 2005 as a financial aid assistant, Kelly is the longest standing administrator at ESATM. Her first degree from William Paterson University was in fine art and art history and worked as a swimwear designer for Gramercy Mills and eventually as a reference librarian at the Montclair Art Museum. She also taught middle school art and seniors art appreciation courses. After receiving her Certification in Creative Arts Therapy at The New School University, Kelly interned at Sloane Kettering in New York, NY as an art therapist. While working at the Eastern School Kelly went on to get her Master’s in Education at Keiser University. She is an active member of the Middle States Association of Collegiate Registrars & Officers of Admission. In addition to her duties as the Director of Admissions, Kelly also assists with the schools marketing and social media presence. She also remains active in art therapy creating therapeutic crafts for those who suffer with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Director of Financial Aid
Jennifer Coppola has been employed in the broad area of finance for 25 years. Jennifer learned various accounting methods by working in a variety of industries over the years. Her career began in banking, and includes retail corporate accounting, real estate management, manufacturing, and general management experience. Her past experience has prepared her well for the services she provides to the school and to our students. Ms. Coppola has exceled in the position of bursar/bookkeeper and financial aid director at the ESATM.
Marilyn Kahn, MSL
Director of Library Services
Marilyn Kahn received her Masters of Library Science degree at the University of Michigan. She has worked as an information specialist in a variety of settings, from public libraries to health science, publishing, and business libraries. Marilyn enjoys research and teaching students about the resources available in the Eastern School Library.
Lynette Lopez has been with the school since September of 2014. Lynette graduated with honors from Caldwell University with a BA in Communication Arts and English. Prior to joining the Eastern School Lynette worked in management for three years. Miss Lopez is very active in her community. She volunteers her time by tutoring students at an after school program called CASPER. Lynette is also an advocate for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Noemi Saybe has been with Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine since September, 2016. Prior to joining the ESATM, Noemi has served at for profit and non-profit organizations as administrative assistant and office coordinator. For about five years, Noemi has also worked as a collections’ support clerk and a notary public at a local bank. Noemi graduated with honors from Thomas Edison State University with a dual degree: a BA in Religious Studies and non-profit Management, and an AS in Business Administration. In her spare time, Noemi and her family are devoted to save, foster and find adoptive families for stray dogs and cats – she is considered a 'regular' guest at People for Animals in Hillside, NJ and the Animal Hospital of East Orange, NJ since her motivation is to extend health and wellness to all living beings.