Colorado Staff

Heather Lang, Campus Director
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Heather started working at SWAC in 2008.  She loves meeting the students for the first time and walking with them through their education at SWAC.  She is passionate about the medicine and excited to make each students’ experience at SWAC the best possible.  She is also passionate about golf and family time.

Joanne Neville, Clinic Director
Joanne originally hails from the east coast, mainly New York and New Jersey, coming to Boulder for the first time in the early 80s and knowing it was home. She is a SWAC alumni, graduating from the Boulder campus in 2002. Since graduating she has been in private practice and has come through the ranks at SWAC, first as a TA, then teaching and supervising clinics and has been the Clinic Director since August 2007. She is on campus to help with any clinical questions and keeps things running smoothly in clinic. In her off time she loves to participate in Yoga Fit & Jazzercise classes, hiking and riding her motorcycle in the fabulous Colorado sunshine.

Corine Danchik, Academic Dean
Corine Danchik is a licensed acupuncturist and has received her Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been with SWAC for 2 wonderful years. In her roll as the Academic Dean, Corine helps students navigate through the Masters program by creating individual degree plans for each student, hires qualified and amazing faculty to teach the students and supports students as they experience “life” while in school. Corine loves to see her students grow on their journey through the program. It amazes her every semester as the students graduate and seeing how far they have come. It gives her great pleasure to be able to address her former students as colleagues. In her free time, she enjoys raising her 3 beautiful girls, playing outside as much as possible and competing in a race or two when time allows.

Rhonda Cooper, Clinic Manager, Recruitment Coordinator and Administrative Director
Rhonda began working at SWAC in 2014. The second she walked through the doors, she knew this was the place she was suppose to be.  After working in the clinic for a year, Rhonda expanded her role to include recruitment. In the clinic setting, her favorite thing is watching students grow into confident practitioners, while recruitment brings her joy by meeting people who are excited to start their path in this medicine. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys playing with her little people, hiking, and dark chocolate.

Cindy Bedell, Disability Coordinator
Cindy has been enjoying the sunshine and outdoor activities of Colorado since moving here from Ohio after graduate school. She has worked at SWAC since November of 2013. Cindy has previously worked as a community mental health counselor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, and Disability Coordinator at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She recently completed a certificate in teaching English as a Second Language and tutors  English.

Addie Hargett, Administrative Assistant
Addie is a Colorado native. She went to school for ASL and fell in love with community and the history of the deaf. She loves working with kids and spending time with her family. Hiking, snowshoeing, and exploring the mountains are some of her favorite activities. She also enjoys crafting and traveling. Right now she is working on a 100 things challenge, so she is painting 100 mini canvases. She is so excited to be in this new community of the SWAC and is looking forward to learning more and more.



Karry Jones, Chief Librarian
Lauren Zimmerman, Clinic Receptionist
Beth Brotherton, Clinic 

Angela DeLeon, Clinic Manager



New Mexico Staff

Paul Rossignol, Campus Director
Paul Rossignol received his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in East Asian Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2000. His passion for Classical Chinese philosophy lead him to attend the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and later Southwest Acupuncture College where he graduated with his M.S.O.M in 2005. He has practiced as a D.O.M. privately  and as a contracting physician for the University of New Mexico Student Health Center. Paul holds black belt ranking in Aikido as well as master instructors certification in Yang Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing I Chuan. He has instructed Tai Chi Chuan for the University of New Mexico and New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics as well as Southwest Acupuncture College. He currently serves as the President of the Acupuncture Alumni Association of New Mexico and as a board member for the U.S. I Chuan Qigong Association.

Melanie Richardson, Clinic Director
Melanie Richardson has been a practicing Doctor of Oriental Medicine since 2002 in the state of New Mexico. A long time advocate of natural health care, she began her career as a geologist. During the journey she also picked up her degrees in University Studies (Fine Arts and Anthropology focus) and Biology (Mammalia and Biochemical Systems). Her earliest experiences in school, of being the teacher’s helper and helping other students in class, came to fruition in tutoring, seminars/workshops, and the classroom. Melanie is an enthusiastic teacher eager to share her knowledge. She currently is on the board for ARPS, a non-profit organization serving the disabled, and works with the Midwives of New Mexico promoting pregnancy safety for both mother and child.

Susan Chaney, Academic Dean
Originally from Montana, Susan has cultivated the interest in cultural expression into a life long passion of learning. After living in Tennessee, Georgia, Washington, California, and Arizona, she has found Santa Fe to be a place to call home. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology and Spirituality, and was later followed by a doctoral degree in Depth Psychology and Mythology, which allowed an exploration into the individual stories we choose to live by. She began working at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2015 and enjoys hearing the goals and triumphs of each student. In her free time you will find her in her garden, reading, or engaging in the active imagination with her son.

Angela Anaya, Financial Aid Director
Originally from Texas, Angela started working at SWAC in 2008, she moved to Albuquerque in 2003 after living on Phoenix, AZ for 3 1/2 years. She enjoys assisting prospective and current students to understand and apply for Financial Aid so that they can achieve their goal of pursuing a life in Oriental Medicine, Angela enjoys hiking and hanging with friends around Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Sophia Bungay,  Admissions & Alumni Director
Originally from Los Angeles, Sophia cultivated her creative talent into her passion for film and media. She received her Professional Certificate in Media and Film from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2015 and is developing her own production company Wickedly Driven Media. Sophia worked for 8 months as an Administrative Assistant for the Santa Fe campus before transitioning to this new role. She looks forward to helping prospective students make a life changing decision on their education, and staying connected with Alumni on their career paths.

Vanessa Tapia, Clinic Manager
Vanessa takes pride in our students and strives for great customer service.  Vanessa is always most willing to provide you with assistance and support. If she doesn’t have an answer she will find you someone who does.


Jim Kutsko, Chief Financial Officer Jim grew up in Denver and received his B.A. in Marketing from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Soon after graduating he moved down to Santa Fe with his wife and started working in the finance and accounting fields.  Jim assists a number of small businesses and non-profits in Santa Fe with their accounting and tax reporting needs.  He is also a certified Quickbooks advisor.  Jim loves living in the quiet and wide open areas of Northern New Mexico. 

Elizabeth Martinez, Librarian  Born and raised in Southern California, Elizabeth has many firsts   in her life being Chicano/Native and Mexican American;  first AFS exchange student (New Zealand), first director of Los Angeles Public Library, first Executive Director of the American Library Association. Three years ago, she returned from Monterey County to live here again.  She was appointed by the Governor to the NM State Library Commission, and is the new president of the State Library of NM Foundation. She has a son (psychology) and daughter (film FX). Her children were raised with TCM.

Judy Ucinski, Bookkeeper Judy is a native New Yorker who came to New Mexico in 2012 with detours in Miami, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee. She is an accounting and business professional who brings her career experience from an East Coast sensibility. She is also a jewelry designer, and fragrance and personal care product artist. Her interest in healing modalities has led her to the study and practice of Therapeutic Touch, Tai Ji, and herbalism. Judy loves the healing environment of the College for its positive contribution to the community and the world outside of it. 

Sandy Szabat, Administrative Assistant  One of the first faces you see at the Santa Fe Campus, Sandy works the reception desk with a smile.  A consummate people person, she enjoys welcoming all who come through the door.  Sandy has lived across the country, from Connecticut to California with a significant stop in Washington D.C. to attend university where she studied communications and Spanish language.  Her work experiences range from radio broadcasting and community-based social work to running a small yoga studio.  She is passionate about the wide open spaces of New Mexico and has lived here for over 20 years.  Gardening, reading, music and hanging out with her two grown children are her joys.  She says, “working in an environment where people are learning and promoting the ancient practices of holistic health is inspiring and educational.”  She is proud to be a member of the SW Acupuncture College staff.