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Dr. Walter Tsou

Chair

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. He was President of the American Public Health Association in…

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Diane Paloma

Vice Chair/​Secretary

Diane S.L. Paloma, PhD, MBA Diane Paloma is the CEO of The King Lunalilo Trust and Home. Its mission is to perpetuate the legacy of King William Charles Lunalilo to honor, tent to, and protect the well-being of kupuna (elders). The Trust includes the Adult residential care home, and Adult day care center and a…

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Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause

Treasurer

Elizabeth Myung Sook Krause is a senior program officer with St. David’s Foundation (SDF) in Austin, TX. Elizabeth leads SDF’s healthy food access, opportunities to be active, health insurance, dental health, and women’s health portfolios. Previously, she spent 11 years with the Connecticut Health Foundation as a program officer and as VP of policy and…

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Gail Mukaihata Hannemann

Immediate Past Chair

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…

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Gayle Tang

At-large

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. Gayle is the principal architect of award-winning programs addressing language access, cultural…

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Dianne Yamashiro-Omi

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.

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Debbie I. Chang, MPH

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. She co-directs Moving Health Care Upstream,…

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Jake Fitisemanu Jr.

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…

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Kealoha Fox

Dr. Kealoha Fox is Ka Pou Kākoʻo Nui of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, charged with supporting the Executive Offices of its CEO. She directs agency initiatives for Mauli Ola (Native Hawaiian Health) that address the social determinants of well-being among the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi. Dr. Fox also serves as academic faculty at the…

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Sohini Gupta, Esq.

Sohini Gupta is a principal at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas who has about 20 years of health policy experience including the Affordable Care Act, the creation of the Medicare Part D drug benefit and expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Her corporate experience includes serving as Director of Government Affairs for Baxter International,…

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Mark L. Keam

Mark L. Keam is an independent business consultant with three decades of leadership experiences in the private and public sectors. Mark has managed startups, worked in a Fortune 15, and led a national Asian American business group. Mark served in both executive and legislative branches of national and local governments, and has held elected office.…

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Misun Kim

Misun C. Kim is a senior business program manager for the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. She received her MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and previously served as the Director of School-Linked Services in Santa Clara County Health and Hospital Systems.

Oliver Kim

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. Oliver was the deputy director for…

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Minh T. Nguyen

As the founder of VAYLA New Orleans, Nguyen promotes youth and community empowerment and capacity building for multi-racial efforts throughout the city. He is active in local initiatives, including serving on the board of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, previously serving as second vice chair for the Asian Pacific American Society of New…

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Payal Shah, Esq.

Payal Shah is a health care attorney and is Corporate Counsel at Excelerate Healthcare Services. Before joining Excelerate, she worked on regulatory compliance and contract issues at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois for four years. Payal started her legal career as Assistant Counsel at the Illinois Office of Senate President, John J. Cullerton, in…

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Chuen L. Yee, MD

Chuen L. Yee, M.D. is an internist who has broad experience in the US healthcare system, having worked in a variety of health care settings including academic hospitals, city clinics, community based health centers and pharmaceutical research centers. Her areas of expertise include analyzing large datasets to detect new trends, provide support for informed decision…