About AWB

About Our Team

Acupuncturists Without Borders is a community of passionate and determined individuals, including volunteers, sponsors, staff and board, who seek to make a difference in the world. We couldn’t do what we do without the help and support of literally thousands of people around the world.

Diana Fried with Palestinian women in the West Bank

Meet Our Staff

Diana Fried, Founder & Executive Director,
M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist

Diana founded AWB in 2005 and currently serves as the Executive Director. She is responsible for overall program administration and general management, World Healing Exchange program coordination, Nepal program, Level 2 Training, special programs, fundraising collaboration, national network development, and board management.

Carla Cassler doing treatment at Bay Area Veterans Acupuncture Clinic

Carla Cassler, Associate Director (part-time),

Carla oversees marketing, and outreach at AWB, as well as the Military Stress Recovery Program, the Community Service Clinic program, disaster relief, and the Israel-West Bank Program. She also works on fundraising and development.

Melanie Rubin doing training in Haiti

Melanie Rubin, Associate Director (part-time),
M.Ed., Acudetox Specialist, Certified Coach

Melanie is responsible for the national training and Haiti programs. She oversees the development and management of the online education program and AWB’s new website. Melanie also provides support for marketing, financial planning, staff management and training, and the Mexico program.

Margaret Magee, B.S., MLA, Administrative Coordinator

Margaret is responsible for the administration of the office and the logistical and administrative aspects of training program.

Lesley Long, Administrative Assistant (part-time)

Carol McGlauchlin, D.O.M, Accountant (part-time)

Yadira Ortiz, Bookkeeping (part-time)

Denise Weaver Ross, Webmaster for AWB’s  Website (part-time)

Mark Emery, IT Support (volunteer)

Terrie Harris, D.O.M., Female Veterans Clinic Coordinator (volunteer)

Healing Community Trauma Program Training staff:

Melanie Rubin, M.Ed., Acudetox Specialist, Program Director and Senior Trainer
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Program Marketing and Senior Trainer
Stacey Macfarlane, M.Ac., L.Ac., Lead Trainer
Steven Shomo, L.Ac., CSCS, E-RYT, Lead Trainer

Meet the Board

President: Diana Fried, M.Ac., L.Ac., M.A. NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.
Vice President: Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac.
Secretary: Ravyn (Gerri) Stanfield, L.Ac.
Treasurer: Celia Hildebrand, M.S., L.Ac., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.

Board Members:
Melanie Rubin, M.Ed.
Laurie Kleinman, M.D.
Cynthia Neipris, L.Ac.