Elisa Choi, Chairperson
Nick Chau, Vice Chairperson
Nick have been a community activist for many years, always aware of his background and believing that he should contribute in any way to help those who are underserved. He was a Board member of the South Cove Community Health Center (SCCHC) for over 26 years, on the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) for various terms. He currently serves on the Boards of the Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) and the Chinatown/South Cove Neighborhood Council ( CNC). Also, because of his family’s history with diabetes, he is a committee member of the Asian American Diabetic Initiative (AADI) of the Joslin’s Diabetes Center’s Spoonful of Ginger event for the past 8 years, co-chairing the event for 2 years.
He lives in Newton and have two children, son Derek of San Francisco and daughter Sabrina of Sudbury, MA.
WingKay Leung, Treasurer
Vira Douangmany-Cage, Secretary
Vira’s commitment to education and organizing for community empowerment and advancement, led her to run and win a seat on the Amherst School Committee. She is a member of Town Meeting, and was the former Western Massachusetts coordinator for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. She and her husband Edward live in Amherst with their three children who all attend public schools. Vira is a graduate of Boston Latin Academy and is a University of Massachusetts at Amherst alumna. Her activism spanning two decades long, has been recognized by the Asian American Resource Workshop in Boston, Center for Women and Community at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Spring of Hope Church in Springfield and the Prison Birth Project in Holyoke.
Bora Chiemruom, Executive Director
Bora and her family support many charities here in the US as well as in Cambodia. She is currently on the Community Advisory Board of the Institute for Asian American Studies at UMASS Boston. Bora wishes to continue to advocate on behalf of Asian American, particularly Cambodian Americans, and hopes to inspire the next generation of young people to be leaders and active members in their communities.
Jonjy hosts his radio show titled “Community Matters” every Thursday 12.30 to 1.00pm at WCUW 91.3FM streaming worldwide online at www.wcuw.org and archived at www.wcuw.org/communitymatters. His show brings community-participation forum interviews with physicians, lawyers, CEOs, community leaders, and elected officials on all issues that impact the community.
Jonjy has been volunteering hundreds of hours in service providing culturally sensitive support to survivors of Asian American origin with his training in Trauma Informed Care. He is engaged with several non-profit organizations, among them include Saheli Inc., India Society of Worcester (ISW), Community Legal Aid (CLA), YWCA, South Asian Bar Association (SABA), Jane Doe Inc., and ADVISE [co-Chair]. He is a White Ribbon Ambassador for Jane Doe Inc., promoting initiatives to prevent intimate partner violence.
As a domestic violence advocate, Jonjy assists survivors for court proceedings, accessing shelter, social security, child care, free legal assistance benefits, and maintaining liaisons with local police. As a community volunteer, he works closely with town, county and state officials to help them connect with the South Asian community. Jonjy is an elected Town member for Shrewsbury, Deputy Sheriff [Reserve] for Worcester County, Shrewsbury Constable, and a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jonjy has provided volunteer healthcare services at Free Clinics in Ohio and Massachusetts. He has research publications in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine [as first author] and International Journal of Radiation Oncology.Biology.Physics. He is a member of the Mass Medical Society (MMS), World Medical Association (WMA), American Society of Microbiology (ASM), American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and TIE-Boston.
Jonjy is certified extensively in emergency medical skills, including Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support, and Fundamental Critical Care Support. He received the presidential merit scholarship from his medical school, was an honoree of the Dean’s list, and was elected President of the student council.
Jonjy enjoys playing chess, tennis, badminton and table tennis with his friends and family.
Jonjy Ananth’s dedication for enhancing others’ lives in the fast growing South Asian community in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pursues John Quincy Adams quote “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Yan Jennifer Cao
Yan currently lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband. She also speaks Mandarin.
Loan Thi Dao
Kay Lee Dong
A board member of Korean Society of NE, Boston Chorus Group and NE Korean School, a member of RI Commerce and Trade Association. Lee Associates, business brokerage and commercial real estate, principal with husband. Fluent in Korean.
Professionally, Gilbert is an IT Business Analyst at the Massachusetts State Treasury IT Department, prior transfer to IT from Massachusetts Clean Water Trust (MCWT) he was the System Compliance Officer and Auditor (formerly the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust (MWPAT), an agency under the Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General. Before joining the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Treasury, worked in the private sector for 30 years, as a Senior Network Support and Application Analyst in the Information Technology Department at a prestige Boston based Law firm Goodwin Procter, LLP.
Gilbert has volunteered in many Boston Chinatown community organizations, serving on the Board of as Director of Chinatown Main Street. Community elected to serve a two-year term as Treasurer and later as the President of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England. Serving as the Advisor of the Chinatown Residents Association focused to the Chinatown residents and senior’s affair. Volunteer and served as co-captain of Chinatown Crime Watch program over 10 years, assisted our neighbor of Chinatown – the Leather District, to establish their Leather District Crime Watch program, they are in their third years to keep Leather District a safer place to live, continue to engage in many organizations to promote cultural awareness, education, and local business development.
Dr. Lam serves on numerous boards of community non-profits, such as Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and co-founded the Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circle, which fundraises to provide programming grants for Asian women and girls in Massachusetts. Dr. Lam is the first ethnic minority to be elected as President of the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and Chair to the American Psychological Association’s Committee on State Leaders. As a member of MPA, she has provided testimonies for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Health Disparity Bill, especially advocating for culturally appropriate services. Along with the MPA delegations, she has also advocated numerous times at the U.S. Capitol Hill.
Nguyen’s breadth of research spans from prenatal care to geriatrics, including studies of minority women’s health and infant care, childhood obesity, and issues of aging. She currently conducts research on pain, physical function, mental health, and disparity in access to care in relation to arthritis and joint replacement. She has presented at many regional, national, and international forums and scientific conferences, and have authored or co-authored many peer-reviewed journal articles.
Aside from her research, Nguyen cares deeply about education and service. Some of the most fulfilling experiences has been working as a volunteer, teaching Vietnamese Language to Vietnamese-American children so that they may communicate with older family members, and teaching English as a Second Language to recent immigrants of Asian descent. She is also committed to mentoring high school girls and college students from immigrant families. Nguyen understands the many struggles growing up as an immigrant and having to overcome the many social-economic, gender, and racial barriers along the way. Thus, Nguyen’s personal experience underlies her deep commitment to help identify and address the important issues affecting the Asian American community.
Dimple J. Rana
Dimple volunteers as the Executive Director for Revere Youth in Action (RYiA), a youth leadership program, which she co-founded. Revere Youth in Action is a youth led group organizing for a youth center since 2012. RYiA envisions a city where young people have opportunities to grow, lead, and build a safe and inclusive community.
She serves on the board of directors for Women Encouraging Empowerment, Inc. and The Neighborhood Developers. In March 2016, she was appointed as a Commissioner and serves with the Commonwealth’s Asian American Commission. Originally from Revere, Dimple is a first generation Gujarati Indian American. Dimple’s leadership and organizing roots began in Revere as a teenager with her involvement with Roca as a peer leader. Over the past 15 years she has had extensive experience organizing and work in youth development, immigrant, and LGBTQ rights. In 2009, she was named “Top 30 Under 30 Asian Americans” in the United States by the Angry Asian Man blog.
Prior to returning to her hometown in 2012, she worked as an immigrants’ rights organizer and advocate for families and communities facing the injustices of the US deportation system in both Cambodia and the United States. A 2002 graduate of Hofstra University in Community Health and Education, she is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy at Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program as a Neighborhood Fellow, focusing on the economic empowerment of gateway cities through a social justice and health equity lens.
She enjoys the company of family and friends, especially in combination with delicious food, laughter, and memorable times. She looks up to the older and younger people around her who continue to push, ask questions, challenge the status quo, and are the change we want to see more of in our world.
Ms. Sophy Theam was appointed to the Massachusetts Asian American Commission in 2011 and has served as the Commission’s Treasurer and Vice-Chair. She is now in her last year of service on the Commission. Sophy is a Learning and Development Manager, Vice President, of Enterprise Bank which is headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts. She has been employed with this company since 2005. After being involved in various capacities for the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation since 2001, in 2010, Sophy was elected as a Trustee for the foundation, which reviews funding proposals by non-profits that serve the residents of Greater Lowell. She has been the foundation’s Clerk since 2014. In addition, Sophy is an Incorporator for the Lowell General Hospital.
Ms. Theam arrived to the United States in 1984 as a refugee and grew up in Bristol, CT with her family. She is a 1999 Boston College graduate with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in International Relations. After graduation, she worked as a counselor for Lynn’s Khmer Youth and Family Center, an Assistant for the Executive Director of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, a Company Manager for dancers and musicians from Cambodia’s Royal University of Fine Arts, and a Program Technician for the USDA Farm Service Agency in Westford. She has been involved with the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL), Girls, Inc., Lowell Women’s Week, Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell Cultural Council, Lowell Southeast Asian Water Festival, American Textile History Museum, and Lowell Community Health Center.