AnhDao Bui immigrated from Vietnam as a refugee to NM in 1990. Ms. Bui experienced first-hand how hard it is being an immigrant. Growing up and seeing the struggles that her parents went through raising six children in poverty and with very limited English proficiency. Ms. Bui started working on different projects with NM Asian Family Center (NMAFC) when she was in 10th grade and started working for NMAFC in 2008. She moved into the position of Social Services Director in Mid-2015, working to advocate for services for the Pan-Asian community in New Mexico – a community that is often discriminated against because of their limited English proficiency. She also works to provide direct services to victims/survivors of crime and their families to improve quality of life, help individuals realize their power, and maintaining the highest possible ability to be self-sufficient within the community. In addition to providing such services, Ms. Bui also supervises the service work done by other case managers and oversees the counseling and legal programs of NMAFC.
Ms. Diana Bui serves as the Programs Manager at the Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS). Ms. Bui’s involvement at CPACS started as a high school youth member of the CPACS’ Community Action for Teens (CAT) Program. After receiving her bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia, Ms. Bui joined AmeriCorps VISTA. As a VISTA, she helped establish a skills-based volunteer program at Hands on Atlanta. In 2012, Ms. Bui returned to CPACS as a member of the Refugee Department and has been instrumental in implementing, coordinating, and evaluating the CPACS federally funded Refugee and Employment Services. In addition, she oversees the agencies’ SNAP Outreach Program, Refugee Career Pathways Program, and leads advocacy activities for the Georgia Immigrant Alliance for Civic Empowerment Coalition. In 2014, she was nominated to serve as the Georgia World Refugee Day Event Co-Chair. In 2016 and 2017, she served as the CPACS’ Annual TEA (Together Empowering Asian Americans) Walk Event Co-Chair. In 2019, she was nominated to serve as the Co-Chair of the Georgia’s SNAP Limited English Proficient Work Group Committee.
Anjuli Mishra Cameron
Anjuli Mishra Cameron serves as Research Director at the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, an executive branch agency for the state of Minnesota. In her capacity at the Council, Ms. Cameron provides original research and reporting to inform the legislature and governor’s office about the economic, social, legal, and health status of Asians and Pacific Islanders residing in Minnesota. Prior to her work at the Council, Ms. Cameron conducted medical research at the University of Minnesota and the University of Chicago. She also served as the Health Initiatives Director for Sewa-A.I.F.W., where she co-founded Minnesota’s first South Asian free health clinic. Ms. Cameron holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Carleton College and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medical Sciences.
My name is Lucy Capelle. I was born and raise in the Marshall Islands. I graduated with a B.A in Biblical Studies at South Pacific Bible in Suva, Fiji Islands in 2004. I am married with four children. My husband is Pastoring a local Church here in Springdale for about two years now.
In 2006, I started working at the Ministry of Education at the Marshall Islands as a classroom teacher for 3 years.
In 2008 to mid-2014 I worked at Youth to Youth in Health at the Marshall Islands as a Program Manager for Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program.
I moved to Springdale, Arkansas on July 2014. In 2016 of September I was hired to work with ACOM as their Program Coordinator. I am still with ACOM, I am passionate about the work that I do for my community.
Lata D’Mello is an assistant director at Monsoon Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity, an organization serving victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Iowa. She works as an advocate, providing direct services to API victims of gender-based violence; trains and supervises advocates; edits Monsoon’s communication materials; and does community outreach and education. She has also led an oral history project on older Asian women in Iowa who have been victims of sexual assault. Lata hails from Mumbai, India. She has had about 22 years of experience as a journalist in newspapers in India, Singapore and the United States. Her interests are social and economic justice, gender studies, community health, and arts and culture.
Angela is Micronesian-American and is passionate about humanity and social justice. Angela loves to laugh and travel. She received her Master of Social Work from Missouri State University and has experience as a Micronesian Ambassador with One Young World, an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow, an Adjunct Professor, a Youth Facilitator, and a Social Worker. She volunteers in her community as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and as a Coach with Girls On the Run at one of the elementary schools. She is a City Commissioner for her local government in Jackson, Michigan actively working with other Commissioners to stride towards a better community. Angela’s favorite things in life include her family, her dogs, and her faith.
Raniah Saad El-Gendi
Raniah currently serves as the Florida Programs Director for Emgage. As such, her primary role is managing and facilitating the chapter’s state-wide, grant funded programs centered on community education and voter engagement. Additionally, a core component of Raniah’s work entails developing outreach and stakeholder relations including with elected officials to facilitate programs throughout the year. Raniah comes from a background of working with domestic and international nonprofits and NGOS focused on community development policy and programs, with a particular focus on youth development. Her experience ranges from working with Unicef to the NYC Department of Education, as well as multiple advocacy and direct service nonprofits. She received her M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy (with an international specialization) from New York University and her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from SUNY Stony Brook University. Raniah is committed to strengthening civic engagement throughout the U.S. for the betterment of our communities.
Ava Kamb (she/her) works at the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) in Portland, Oregon, an organization that unites Asians and Pacific Islanders to achieve social justice through empowering, organizing, and advocating with API communities. She grew up straddling two worlds, born in America to a white father and immigrant Chinese mother, and began working on health equity by supporting pediatric cancer patients and their families. She graduated with a B.A. in Religion from Reed College having studied the role of medical chaplains in U.S. hospitals. Currently, she oversees APANO’s health portfolio through civic engagement, policy advocacy, and grant writing.
Cathy hails from the leeward side of O’ahu, Hawai’i. She has worked with the transgender community since 2003, first starting off as a Peer Educator at Kulia Na Mamo, then eventually moving on to become the Transgender Service Manager at the Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center. Cathy is proud of her academic accomplishments in the University of Hawaii- West Oahu where she received a B.S. in Public Administration and continues to use these skills to help her Native Hawaiian community. She has been successful in advocating for transgender programming and providing culturally competency trainings throughout the nation but prides herself mainly on being a role model for young transgender women in Hawai`i.
Terry was born in Majuro, Marshall Islands. From a family of 14, same parents, 9 boys and 5 girls. Two years college graduate, 1996 Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Education from the College of The Marshall Islands. Certified Clinical Psychology from the University of Manoa, Hawaii. Working on his Bachelor on History and Organizational Leadership. Terry has worked as an Oral Traditional Transcriber and Interviewer for 4 years at the Marshall Islands National Museum, Alele Museum. 6 Years as a Museum Curator, Marshall Islands National Museum, Alele Museum. 2 Years as a Parent Involvement Manager and Site Manager, Marshall Islands Head Start Program. 2007, moved to Enid. He worked for the Enid Public Library as a Library Specialist for 1 year. Worked 6 years for the Enid Police Department as a Community Intervene Center Specialist, translator for the juvenile court. EHS Marshallese Liaison for 1 year. Started working as a translator for the Garfield County Health Department in 2014. Terry became a full time state employee in 2017 as a PIO(Public Information Officer). He is the founder of the Micronesian Coalition when first established in 2014. Terry is also a Tai Chi Certified Instructor. He has a passion for advocating for the Micronesian population on health disparities. Terry and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 19 years. They have four biological children and two step children and two grand children. Terry has been an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of The Latter day Saints all his life. His hobbies include watching the Thunder games, watching any karate and kung fu movies on Netflix, walking his dog, reading and cooking.
A transplant from New England, Jane has found herself calling the South home for 20 years. She graduated with a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi and currently returned to school to work on her Masters in Public Health. Currently, Jane is the Program Coordinator for Boat People SOS in Biloxi, MS. (One of the nation’s largest Vietnamese-American non-profit organization devoted to Vietnamese-American civic and political activism), Jane has been working directly with the Vietnamese community for the past 10 years leveraging her personal cultural and linguistic competencies to plan and implement a number of appropriate services, as well as, programs addressing the social and health disparities of the community.
Jacqueline Thanh is the Executive Director of VAYLA New Orleans, she is an agent of change and child of Chinese Vietnamese refugees with an extensive history in intersectional direct services and advocacy. Jacqueline is a first-generation college graduate, holding a B.A., in English from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master of Social Work and Global Health Administration and Policy Certification from the University of Chicago. Jacqueline is a clinically trained human rights advocate who brings expertise in survivor advocacy and trauma-oriented program development and management. She has dedicated the last decade of her career to championing comprehensive health equity by working intimately with communities across racial and cultural lines dealing with a myriad of intersecting issues like mental health, sexual assault, domestic violence, human and labor trafficking, substance abuse, incarceration as well as homelessness which disproportionately affects communities of color. She has served over 900 women, youth, families and community members through direct services and advocacy here in New Orleans over the last four years. Jacqueline is committed to leading and facilitating cross-cultural community healing and movement building through civic engagement, youth advocacy and empowerment, language access, community organization and mobilization, reproductive justice as well as social and emotional education in Greater New Orleans.
Kyle Kenji Tsukahira
Kyle Tsukahira (he/him) is a Program Manager for Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement (APIFM) which is an Los Angeles based non-profit that cultivates healthy, long-lasting, and vibrant Asian and Pacific Islander communities through grassroots organizing. Kyle’s passion for social justice began by learning about his Japanese American family’s forced removal and incarceration during WWII and later through his organizing work in college to defend ethnic studies programs from being suspended. Since then, Kyle has spent the last 6 years leading innovative programs focused on addressing the health equity, food accessibility, and environmental justice issues faced by API communities in L.A. Kyle is currently running the Food Roots program which connects local and sustainably grown Asian produce to communities, institutions, and businesses while supporting Asian American and other farmers of color in California. Kyle was born in Los Angeles and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian and Asian American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles.
‘Alisi Tulua is a program manager at the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA), an organization dedicated to building a healthier and stronger community. She oversees OCAPICA’s health, youth education, civic engagement, and policy programs. Her passion for serving her Pacific Islander community has taken her through a decade of non-profit work that includes service through Empowering Pacific Islander Communities, Tongan Community Service Center, Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance, and Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training. She received her M.S. in Biology and her B.S. in Biochemistry/Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. ‘Alisi was born and raised in Tonga and grew up in Monterey, California.