Gail Mukaihata Hannemann oversees a consulting practice that advances causes such as STEAM* education, health care and youth leadership that result in bettering the quality of life of individuals and communities. She resumed her practice after serving twelve years as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i, a statewide membership organization that focuses on the leadership development of girls.
Walter Tsou, MD, MPH is a nationally known consultant on public health and health care reform. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches health policy at their Center for Public Health Initiatives.
Diane Paloma is the Director of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at The Queen’s Health Systems. She is a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, received her BS in Physiological Science, MBA, and most recently completed her PhD in Healthcare Administration.
Gayle Tang is an independent consultant and health equity leader, working with organizations to transform care delivery, achieving the spirit and intent of the Affordable Care Act. Her work has been pivotal to setting industry standards and influencing public policy across the nation.
As Vice President of Policy & Communications, Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause provides vision and strategy for the Connecticut Health Foundation’s (CT Health) public policy and strategic communications activities.
Debbie I. Chang, M.P.H, is Enterprise Vice President of Policy and Prevention and a Corporate Officer for Nemours Children’s Health System. Ms. Chang works to leverage Nemours’ expertise and experience to spread what works through national policy and practice changes to improve the health and well-being of children nationwide.
Jacob Fitisemanu, Jr. was born in Wellington, New Zealand to Karen Dang (Kaimuki, O'ahu, Hawai'i) and Jacob Fitisemanu (Falefa, 'Upolu, Samoa). The eldest of four brothers, Jake was raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i and Salt Lake City, Utah with a love of his vibrant Samoan, Chinese and Korean heritage. He graduated in Social Science with honors from Westminster College, where he also obtained a Master's degree in Public Health.
Dianne Yamashiro-Omi is a recognized leader in California, with more than 30 years of community health experience. As a knowledgeable grant maker, she is currently with the San Francisco Foundation and continues to assist foundations in grant development. She is an appointed member of the California State Commission on Asian Pacific Islander Affairs.
Lori Villarosa is the Executive Director for Philanthropic Initiatives for Racial Equity (PRE). Prior to launching PRE, Lori was a program officer with the C. S. Mott Foundation, where she worked closely with numerous organizations operating at local, regional, national and international levels from a diverse range of approaches.
Matt Shiraki is Senior Manager, Policy, at McKesson, the largest and oldest health care services company in the United States. McKesson delivers vital medicines, medical supplies and health care information technology solutions that touch the lives of patients in every health care setting. Previously, Matt was a Manager, Public Policy, at Lilly, a global biopharmaceutical company.
As the founder of VAYLA New Orleans, Minh T. Nguyen promotes youth and community empowerment and capacity building for multi-racial efforts throughout the city. He is active in local initiatives, including serving as second vice chair of the Asian Pacific American Society of New Orleans and as a board member of Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadian.
Oliver Kim is a health policy consultant with nearly fifteen years of experience at the state and federal level. He is also co-founder of the Cross-Border Health Dialogue, an organization which fosters policy exchanges between the US and other industrialized nations and held its inaugural health summit with Canada.
Payal Shah is a health care attorney and works on compliance and contract issues at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. She has experience and knowledge in policy analysis, regulatory compliance, contract drafting and government relations. Prior to joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Payal worked as Assistant Counsel at the Illinois Office of Senate President, John J. Cullerton, in Springfield, Illinois where she researched, drafted and analyzed health care bills and collaborated with legislators at the Statehouse. She also clerked at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Health Care Bureau and at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.
Sook Wilkinson, Ph.D. holds the highest level of license to practice psychology in the State of Michigan and has been in clinical practice for over 30 years. A leading expert in the field of international adoption, she authored Birth is More than Once: The Inner World of Adopted Korean Children (1985) and co-edited After the Morning Calm: Reflections of Korean Adoptees (2002). Currently she is working on another book, Asian Americans in Michigan, to be published by Wayne State University Press.