All Volunteer Board of Directors

The WAEMA Board of Directors meet monthly to advance the work of the organization. To learn more about board leadership, or to request an issue to add to an upcoming agenda, please contact Christine Opiela at

Charis Wolf, Dipl. Ac., MSTCM, PhD-S

Charis Wolf, MSTCM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., is a Nationally licensed acupuncturist practicing in WA state, a clinical herbalist with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been in practice for over 11 years and previously had 4 years of Chemistry including laboratory experience doing biomedical research.

Dr. JianFeng Yang LAc, MAc, EAMP

Dr. Yang graduated from the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine since 1970. He has taught acupuncture and TCM for more than 27 years both in China and the United States.

To date, Jianfeng Yang has received his master degree of medicine in China in 1983 and has held the position of visiting professor at the Chengdu University of TCM. He served as the president of the Acupuncture College at the Chengdu University of TCM, one of five members of the standing council, Sichuan Branch of the China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, as well as the Director of the Clinic Branch at the Chengdu Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

Carly Samish, LAc

Carly is an acupuncturist with a clinical practice in Olympia serving people of all ages. She provide treatments for hospice patients and works with hospice organizations to integrate acupuncture services into their programs. She teaches and writes about bodywork, Chinese medicine, and business practices.

Maria Hunter, LAc, AEMP, Dipl OM

Maria was pre-med at the University of Washington and graduated with a degree is Public Health. Years later, while seeking care for a life long health concern, she found acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. It has since become her mission to share this medicine with as many people as possible, to provide her patients with the natural and safe tools they need for better health and happiness, and to assist in creating attainable solutions for life long wellness.

WAEMA Past Presidents

Dr. JianFeng Yang 2018 - 2019
Curt Eschels 2018 - 2018
Ash Goodard 2016 - 2017
Andy McIntyre 2015 - 2016
Curt Eschels 2011 - 2015
Lisa Van Haagen 2010 - 2011
George Whiteside 2005 - 2010
Jeff Spring 2005
Mercy Yule 2004 - 2005
Eliahu Stahl 2004
Monica Legatt 2003 - 2004
John Frostad 2000 - 2003
Christopher Huson 1997 - 2000
Patricia Flood 1996 - 1997
Lori King 1994 - 1996
Karen Boyd 1990 - 1994
Mark Imlay 1987 - 1990
Jim Blair 1985 - 1987
David Kailin 1983 - 1985
Richard Kitaeff
1978 - 1983