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President's Executive Council

The President's Executive Council at Maryland University of Integrative Health unites the administrative and academic leaders in a transparent and inclusive shared governance model. This group creates strategic initiatives and manages the University’s financial and human capital to advance the University’s mission and vision.


Steven C. Combs, Ph.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Steven Combs, Ph.D., was appointed to serve as President and CEO of MUIH and began his service on April 1, 2017.

Dr. Combs most recently served as the Executive Vice President and Provost at Drury University (Springfield, MO).  During his tenure, he oversaw a significant enrollment increase, the implementation of six new academic programs, the acquisition of over $3.5 million in grants and donations, the building and refurbishing of key academic spaces, created an office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Teaching and Learning Center, and revitalized the Honors Program and Debate Team.   Prior to Drury, Dr. Combs was the founding Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, and the founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University.  Read more



Chad Egresi, M.P.A.

Interim Vice President, Enrollment Management

Chad Egresi, M.P.A., currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He is responsible for the strategic planning and leadership of Graduate Admissions, Registrar, Academic Advising, and Disability Services. His team works to build lasting, engaging relationships that endure with people from initial prospective student status through graduation. The offices are critical to the student experience, and thus his teams strive to identify areas of opportunity and foster inclusive action at every level of the organization. Mr. Egresi has contributed enormously to the development of MUIH by initiating and leading process and policy updates since his arrival. Read more


Marc Levin

Marc Levin, M.B.A., M.A., CPA

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Marc Levin joined Maryland University of Integrative Health in March 2008 as Associate Vice President for Financial Services, was promoted to Vice President for Business and Financial Services in September 2008, and to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in September 2012. Read more



Christina Sax, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs

Christina Sax, Ph.D., is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Dr. Sax serves as the chief academic officer and provides leadership for academic and clinical quality, assessment, and accreditation; research and scholarship; continuing education; faculty professional development; digital learning; and external academic and clinical outreach. She provides leadership for all academic programs and faculty, the Natural Care Center; the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Sherman Cohn Library. Read more



Susan Testa, M.S., RD, LDN

Associate Vice President, Clinical Services

Susan Testa, M.S., RD, LDN, currently serves as Associate Vice President of Clinical Services at Maryland University of Integrative Health, developing and delivering strategic initiatives and the overseeing the student teaching clinics and individual faculty provider care services in the Universities integrative health center, the Natural Care Center. Read more



Deneb Falabella, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)

Assistant Provost, Academic Assessment and Accreditation

Deneb Falabella, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), serves as the Assistant Provost for Academic Assessment and Accreditation at Maryland University of Integrative Health. In this role, Ms. Falabella supports the University’s academic departments with continuing development and implementation of academic assessment and accreditation initiatives to improve student learning outcomes and program quality in an ongoing manner. Read more


Mary Ellen Hrutka, Ph.D.

Associate Provost, Digital Learning and Faculty Engagement

Dr. Mary Ellen Hrutka spent 15 years at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), including nine years as Vice Provost and Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies.  UMUC is the largest university in Maryland and the leading public online university in the world.  Dr. Hrutka led the university’s efforts to overhaul the undergraduate curriculum and build a robust inventory of academic majors, minors, and certificates worldwide in a system that served more than 29,000 students in both on campus and online programs. She managed a staff of more than 80 full-time employees and 1,500 faculty members, and participated in university governance and management at the cabinet level. Read more

Jeff Millison

Jeff Millison, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)

Academic Director, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Jeff Millison is the Director of the Master of Acupuncture program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. A faculty member of MUIH (formerly Tai Sophia Institute )since 1992, he currently serves as a clinical supervisor and teaches multiple courses. Mr. Millison served on the board of the Maryland Acupuncture Society from 1992 to 1996 and is certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Read more


Elizabeth Pimentel, N.D.

Dean, School of Naturopathic Medicine

Elizabeth (Beth) Wotton Pimentel, N.D., will be the Dean of MUIH’s planned School of Naturopathic Medicine. She brings decades of experience in the fields medicine and integrative health to MUIH. With dozens of publications and presentations on naturopathy and higher education to her name, Dr. Pimentel presently works as a consultant for issues related to accreditation, standards of practice, integrative medical education, curriculum development, outcomes and competencies, and health and wellness for individuals and in the workplace. Most recently, she developed the introductory course “Visionary Health and Medicine” for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine Fellowship. Read more


Cheryl Walker Shapero

Cheryl Walker Shapero, M.L., MCC

Associate Provost for Values, Diversity and Inclusion

Cheryl Shapero is Associate Provost for Values, Diversity, and Inclusion at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She previously served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chief Values Officer,  Academic Director of Health Philosophy and Promotion programs, and Program Manager for the University’s health coaching and wellness coaching programs. She also previously served as director of at Tai Sophia Institute’s (now MUIH) Transformative Leadership and Social Change (TLSC) program, was a faculty member in the TLSC program for 10 years, and served as Dean of Students from 2000-2005. Read more

James Snow

James Snow, M.A., RH(AHG)

Assistant Provost for Academic Research and Academic Director, Integrative Health Sciences

James Snow is the Assistant Provost for Academic Research and Academic Director of the Integrative Health Sciences Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has more than 25 years of experience merging modern scientific perspectives with traditional explanatory models of healing. Read more

 Michael Tims  

Michael Tims, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Herbal Programs

Michael Tims is Academic Director of Herbal Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has taught at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, and has had broad experience in the herbal supplement industry as a managing partner of Cash Grocer Natural Foods, as a clinical herbalist, and as an academic researcher focused on the chemical ecology of endangered medicinal plant species. Read more


 Kathy Warner

Kathy Warner, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Nutrition and Integrative Health

Kathy Warner brings to her position a rich background in higher education leadership, research, and administration as well as comprehensive experience in online learning, program design, curriculum delivery and teaching. Her academic and research areas of focus have been in the sciences. Read more