Quang H. Mac - Chairman
Quang H. Mac was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to serve as member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs ( GACAAA) on May 3, 2012. Quang Mac was also appointed by Attorney General Tom Corbett to serve as Chairman of the Asian American & Pacific Advisory Committee for the Attorney General (AAPAC/AG) on April 4th, 2006. He went to the military academy and graduated as first Lieutenant . He was commissioned honorary discharge from the South Viet Nam Army in 1968 where he received many medals such as Purple Heart, Gold, Silver, Bronze Stars, etc. Quang Mac attended Temple University where he graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a Vietnamese Community Leader in Philadelphia and established The Vietnamese United National Association of Greater Philadelphia (VUNA).
In 1992 he became the owner and editor of a Vietnamese Newspaper, Rang Dong Magazine. He then changed it to a bi-lingual newspaper in 2005, Rang Dong Sunrise Magazine. In 1995, Quang Mac was elected Co-Chairman of the Vietnamese American Community of the USA and Chairman of Vietnamese American Community of USA in 2006. Then in 1996, he was the founder and Editor in Chief of a Vietnamese Yellow Pages connecting business people in the Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania). Quang Mac was elected Chairman of the Pan Asian Association of Greater Philadelphia for two terms in 2002. In 2008, he was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to serve as Commissioner of the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs. In 2011, Quang Mac was appointed by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey to serve as member of the Philadelphia Police Commissioner Advisory Council (PPCAC) and later elected as Chairman of the Philadelphia Police Asian American Advisory Committee ( PPAAAC ) in January 2011. Quang Mac was also appointed to serve as member of the FBI Multicultural Advisory Committee.
Quang Mac also received many awards and appreciation certificates from the United Nation for Refugees, US Federal, State, and Local government, as well as non-profit organizations through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Muhammad Rizwan Mallick, Vice Chair
Mohammad Rizwan Mallick has been a US citizen since 2001 and has been a self-employed businessman since that time. He has been very active in community relations. Over the years he has served many different posts within the Pakistani-American Society and the Asian Federation. He has been a long serving member of the Police Commissioner Advisory Council and is currently very active within the Asian Community serving through the Philadelphia Police Asian American Advisory Committee.
Randy Duque, Secretary
Aida Navidad Rivera. MD, Treasurer
President and Co-Founder of Philippine Folk Arts Society, Inc., a 501( c)3 corporation to promote, showcase and educate the general public of the traditions and cultures of the Philippines. She is also the State Chairman of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), Pennsylvania Chapter. She is deeply involved in various local and national community advocacy and empowerment initiatives.
Dr. Rivera is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.
Brad Baldia received his BA in English and Biology from Bucknell University and a Masters in Public Health from Temple University. In 1995, Brad served as a White House Intern in the Office of Presidential Personnel. He currently works as the Executive Director of Upward Synergy, which is an initiative of the Center for Research on Employment and the Workforce (CREW) at California State University Fullerton. In addition, he works extensively with Asian community organizations on a local and national level, such as the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (Brad was Founding-President of the Philadelphia chapter. He was elected in August, 2006 as Executive Vice President of NAAAP National; National President & Chairman in August, 2008 and was re-elected as National President & CEO in 2010).
Brad serves on various boards including the Multicultural Affairs Congress (Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau), Power Shift and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. He is also member of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Advisory Committee; Philadelphia Police Asian American Advisory Committee, the FBI Philadelphia’s Multi-Cultural Advisory Committee and serves as faculty for the Center for Progressive Leadership.
Mr. Baldia has received numerous awards for his efforts, including the"Unsung Heroes Award" by Keystone Mercy Health Plan and "National Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award" by the National Conference for Community and Justice. In 2002, he was recognized as one of the "Top 30 Most Influential Asians in America Under the Age of 30". In 2007, Brad was one of fifty individuals citywide that was nominated for the “Spirit of Philadelphia” award by Greater Philadelphia Cares. In July, 2008, Mr. Baldia was named one of Philadelphia’s 101 Top Connectors by LEADERSHIP Philadelphia.
Daniel P. Thomas
Daniel P. Thomas Immigrated to USA 36 years ago and became a US citizen , He has served the Indian Community as President of Malayalee Association of Greater Philadelphia(MAP), and served as Vice President at Ascension Mar Thoma Church, Philadelphia, PA. Thomas also stays active in his community and was involved in several charities. He is a businessman. He and his wife, Rachel, have two children.
Allan Wong worked on blood protein research for several years before receiving his Ph.D. in Environmental Biochemistry from the University of Guelph in Canada in1982. After his retirement from the pharmaceutical industry he moved to Philadelphia and became involved in the Chinatown community in 2008. In Philadelphia he has acted as liaison officers of several associations in Chinatown. He is committed to social justice and has assisted his fellow community members in dealing with social, economic and paralegal issues. Allan was involved in helping Asian student victims of assault in high schools and was a vocal advocate against the violence against Asian students at the South Philadelphia High School in 2009. He also sits on the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs and is on the Board of Trustees of Center City Crime Victim Services.
Vincent Emmanuel Poovan
Vincent Emmanuel is US citizen and active in city politics. He was a 48th GOP Ward Leader; TV program producer (Malayalam); journalist; Seven Eleven franchisee; Church Trustee Secretary for Advisory board; Secretary for Tristate Kerala forum; Regional Manager for Asia Net Television; Pennsylvania Attorney General Advisory Board; member of Housing board ; Seven Eleven Board of Trustee.
Kong Ung graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in Computer Science. He worked within the IT industry for over two decade primary serving as a software engineering and related responsibilities. His experience spans several industries (Pharmaceutical, Telecom, Finance, E commerce, and Education), which provided exposure to diverse business processes and technologies. He currently is employed as a developer at GeoBlue.
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Mei Ren is the president of Greater Philadelphia Fujian Association, president of Greater Philadelphia Promoting Association-for China unification, Board Chairman of Pennsylvania Chinese American-Chamber of Commerce (PCACC), Board Chairman of First Philadelphia Chinese School INC. And running her own family's business which includes Arch Real Estate Group, Hua Da construction etc.
Graduated from college in early 80's at China, Mei went to the Rutgers school for her research work in criminology and criminal justice field. During that time she also participated in a science project which studies the living situation of Chinese who stays in United States.
In 1995, Mei moved and settled in Philadelphia, since then she made great contributions to the development of Chinese community. She worked closely with the Six District to help maintain the safety of Chinese community and helped to build up town watch to assist solving the criminal cases.
At the same time, Mrs. Ren takes efforts to support charity groups, raise funds for Chinese compatriots and many disaster areas around the world. For example, in December 2004 Indonesia suffered the tsunami, Mrs. Ren participate in donations for refugees; in August 2005 the hurricane ruined the New Orleans, Mrs. Ren donated 5000 us dollars to help shelter 3000 victims in Philadelphia area.
With great enthusiasm Mrs. Ren promotes the importance of learning Chinese under limited resources in Chinese school, started with mobilize parents from the school and expanded to the entire community. Under her leadership, Chinese school was able to add new content to teaching and improved the conditions.
As a reward of her great contributions to the safety of local community, Mei Ren not only gets awards from local mainstream media but also from Congress members and Pennsylvania State House of Representatives.
Her passion to the Chinese school has won her praises and encouragements from students, parents and other social groups.
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Tsiwen M. Law, Esq.
Currently, Mr. Law is a civil trial lawyer with his law firm, Law & Associates, L.L.C. He served two years as chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Assn (PBA) Civil and Equal Rights Committee and one year as co-chair of the 2008 Mid-year Meeting. He has been co-chair and chair of NAPABA’s Civil Rights Committee for thirteen years. He has lobbied the Pa General Assembly and Congress on behalf of the PBA and NAPABA. He is a past chairman of the Minority Bar Committee, past vice chair of the PBA’s Long Range Planning Committee, past at-large governor of the PBA Board, past member of the PBA House Credentials Committee, past House delegate for Zone One, past member of the PBA Task Force on Diversity, and a member of the Task Force on Needs of Middle Income Persons. He is the author of numerous resolutions which have been successfully approved by the House of Delegates, including the PA Court Interpreters Act which became law in November 2006. He chaired Mayor Wilson Goode’s Commission on Asian American Affairs for three years. In 2009, Mayor Michael Nutter appointed him to the reconstituted Commission on Asian American Affairs. Mr. Law is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Before being admitted to the bar, he worked as an industrial hygienist for the Philadelphia Health Department and as a health scientist for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor. For two years, he served on the Environmental Justice Working Group of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to design guidelines which would protect minority communities in the Commonwealth from environmental contamination. He has testified before Congress on census issues, before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on special education needs of APA students, before the Pennsylvania State Senate on court interpreters, before the Pa State Assembly opposing English-Only bills, before the Philadelphia City Council on the need for a police oversight board and before the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission on hate crimes against the Hmong Community. He is the recipient of the NAPABA Presidential Award 2009, the Pennsylvania Bar Assn 2009 Community Builders Award, the Philadelphia Bar Assn 2008 Wachovia Fidelity Award, NAPABA’s 2001 Trailblazer Award, the 1994 AABADV Conscience of the Bar Award, and the Asian American Educator’s 1991 Community Service Award. He is the author of “ An Asian American Looks at the Bill of Rights,” published in the Bill of Rights, A Bicentennial View, Stivison, David, Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1991
Tim T. Tran
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Leela Nath Kuikel
Leela N. Kuikel, born and brought up in Bhutan. Due to ethnic cleansing, he was made refugee at the age of 12. He did his middle school in refugee camp in Nepal, high school, college and University from Darjeeling, West Bengal India. He started his career as Developmental Officer at ICFAI University, India and after a year switched to Insurance Industry. In the year 2012 he left the job as a Branch manager to resettle in Philadelphia, PA. In the USA he started his journey as a Project Manager at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Around same time he started the community organization –Bhutanese American Organization-Philadelphia working as the founding Executive Director. He continues to be the Executive Director for the organization. Mr. Kuikel holds BA honors and MA in economics and is a Mental Health First Aid trainer.
Hani White was born and raised in Indonesia, immigrated to the United States in the year 2001. She graduated from the Academy of Environmental Health in Indonesia. Hani is also a licensed Real Estate Practitioner from Temple University Real Estate Institute, and a Pennsylvania Notary Public Officer. She currently serves as the President of the Indonesian Community of Greater Philadelphia (ICGP), and the Chair of the Indonesian Diaspora Network Chapter Greater Philadelphia, represents the Indonesian community within the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia. In addition to these positions, Hani White holds a managing career for the Women's Opportunities Resource Center, an organization that promotes social and economic self-suffiency for disadvantaged individuals, primarily women and their families. Here, she manages the Refugee Savings Account Department and the Refugee Child Care Program. Both these programs are funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a department of Human Services.