Lanvin is a 1st generation immigrant from the Philippines who came to Seattle when he was 17 together with his parents and one sibling. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2009 and is currently the Executive Assistant and Programs Manager for the IDIC Filipino Senior & Family Services, a nonprofit organization based in Seattle, WA and a Community Liaison for the City of Seattle serving the community’s Filipino elderly, veterans and their families. Lanvin is also an aviation enthusiast and a foodie.
Samira Ghosh is the Director of Special Projects at Asian Family Support Services in Austin, TX. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and of Calcutta University. An immigrant herself, she has provided long-term case management to survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Asian and other immigrant communities for almost a decade.
Ms. Ghosh also has done community education and training on behalf of AFSSA during numerous community events and stakeholder meetings as well as for other agencies and statewide organizations. She has also been involved in systems advocacy and in seeking social justice for all marginalized communities.
Rebeka Islam emigrated from Bangladesh to United States with her family when she was 6 years old. After moving to the US, she and her family settled down in Hamtramck a tiny city located on the outskirts of Detroit. Growing up in a community that is consisted mostly of immigrants, Rebeka experienced first-hand how lack of opportunities and lack of awareness coupled with apathetic attitude from leaders was leaving her community behind. That experience helped her grow a strong desire to involve herself in community service, so that she can help bring positive changes in communities of immigrants, and minorities.
Rebeka attended schools in Detroit for her early educations, and completed her undergraduate studies from Wayne State University. She has previously worked for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Skillman Foundation.
For the past 9 years Rebeka has worked with Asian Pacific Islander American Vote MI (APIA VOTE MI), in varying capacities from youth intern to serving as current Executive Director.
In her leisure time, she finds pleasure in volunteering with different local campaigns and interfaith organizations. Rebeka also loves to travel and enjoys time with family.
Maya is the Practice Manager for APIAHF’s Capacity for Health project. In her role, Maya manages project planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and delivers training and one-on-one consulting engagements. As a natural connector and optimizer, Maya is methodical and compassionate. She creates collaborative learning opportunities, in which she facilitates partnerships and connects clients to the resources and tools they need to strengthen their programs, processes, and teams.
Before APIAHF, Maya supported a range of non-profit organizations, including a public radio broadcasting program, a social justice-focused youth performing arts center, an alternative healing school, and a small family farm. Maya’s conversations and inner thoughts typically revolve somewhere along the intersections of identity, food, gender, and health. On the weekends, she can be found hiking in the redwoods, walking the beach with her dog, and caring for her sourdough starter.
Christina Killion is from the tiny island of Chuuk in Micronesia. She migrated to Hawaii 16 years ago to bring an ailing grandmother to seek better healthcare. The experience of trying to get health coverage, shelter, and financial stability was a challenged for them. She had to look for entry level job because she feels that her educational back ground and job experiences were too low to get her anything but entry level job. She worked her way up from being a parking attendant to managerial position.
Today, Christina Killion is the Manager of the Kokua Program at We Are Oceania. She manages this program which help people enrolled in health coverage thru the Marketplace for Affordable Care Act coverage and thru MedQuest to get Medicaid coverage. She knows the struggle of trying to navigate the healthcare system because she’s been there. So, she is very passionate about what she does and she helps people get thru this struggle.
(Ed Tepporn Dare to Be Brave Fellowship Recipient)
Fressana Lawin works for the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese. Advocating for others is Fressana’s key responsibility. She is also a Life Coach Trainer for the Pacific Islander Diabetic Prevention Program in Springdale Arkansas.
Lynne Le, a child of Vietnamese and Chinese refugees, serves in both analyst and project coordinator capacities at CityMatCH. CityMatCH is a national Maternal and Child Health organization based in Omaha, Nebraska, which is on the ancestral home of the Omaha and Sioux tribes. In her role at CityMatCH, she manages the Racial Healing Revival project, provides technical assistance and facilitation to local health departments, and conducts trainings on racial equity to audiences across the country, all in the context of improving maternal and child health outcomes. After earning her MPH from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, she worked with both the Douglas County (Omaha) Health Department and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, where she focused on health disparities faced by Nebraskans of color. In her current role, she draws upon prior experience from working with local- and state-level populations, her education and research, and her passion for racial equity. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, and playing board games.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Leung. Jackie is a NACHW Ambassador from Oregon. She speaks some Chinese and Spanish and is learning to speak Chuukese. She is a certified Community Health Worker, currently training to be a doula, with an educational background in law and public health. She is a PhD student studying Global Health at Oregon State University. Jackie’s background is in traditional health worker models, a violence prevention and survivor advocate, with experience in policy decision making through her role within local government. Jackie is passionate about ensuring that the voices and experiences of the Asian, Pacific Islander, and Micronesian communities are heard. Jackie is the Project Manager of the Oregon COFA Program and works as a Community Health Worker Supervisor for the Micronesian Islander Community.
Dr. Jackie Ng-Osorio is a mother of two keiki, Petra and Tobias. She was born and raised in Kuliouou Valley and currently lives in Kalama Valley in the ahupua’a of Maunalua on the island of Oahu with her family. Since high school she has been committed to work with and for Native Hawaiians with a focus on health and well-being including education. She received her Bachelors in Communication from Creighton University, her Master of Public Health from Emory University and her DrPH from the University of Hawaii. She feels that to improve the health of Native Hawaiians, we must look to our ancestral knowledge, and again be connected to our place. She has experience working with community organizations, community health centers, and across professions to help improve health equity. She likes to start her days off reading the comics and she has a love for books and baking.
Hieu Pham is an Assistant Director for Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity. She oversees victim services for Central Iowa, and administers the Violence Prevention and Campus program. Hieu is a former journalist who worked as a government reporter for Iowa City Press-Citizen and covered presidential campaigns for Agence France-Presse. Hieu immigrated to the United States as a child and refugee from Vietnam, and is passionate about issues such as Asian American identity, community health and the immigrant diasporic experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Iowa. A mother of two toddlers, Hieu loves to read, journal, and seek culinary adventures whenever she manages to get away.
Arronoel Rosellon is the Digital Communications Specialist at the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. In his role, he implements strategies and engages current and new audiences through our online platforms under the supervision of the Senior Communications Manager.
Arronoel has a background in Communications and Legal Studies and has worked on local campaigns that include Asian Americans for Black Lives Matter and food insecurity. He is very passionate about social justice and has learned a great deal about policy, racial equity, board and partner relationships working with the Executive Development Office.
Philippine-born Edelweiss Elizabeth R. Solano graduated from De La Salle University with a Master of Science degree in Entrepreneurship and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Major in Computer Applications from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. She thrives on being of service to the AAPI community and newly-arrived immigrants through ACDC’s Family services such as Health Navigator, Citizenship and Tax-Aide programs. She loves to explore new places and glide on the ice. Fun fact: She is a bemedalled international figure skater of the Philippine team.