Ms. Irene Li is the President and CEO of Acellent Technologies, Inc., a world-wide leader in providing Real-time Structural Health Monitoring and Management (SHM) solutions. Acellent is a spin-off from Stanford University and has close customer relationship with global companies such as Airbus, Boeing, COMAC, Chevron, Embraer, Lockheed, Sikorsky Aircraft and Bell Helicopters. Ms. Li has over 25 years of computer engineering and management experience in high-tech industries. Ms. Li’s former engagements included 7 years at Hewlett-Packard where she was a global program manager of Internet security and monitoring. Before HP, she was with British Telecom for 8 years, where she was Senior IT consultant and BT-MCI global data network manager. She has a B.A in Land Economics and Urban Planning from National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, and a M.S in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, California, USA
Monica Yeung Arima
Monica Yeung Arima, Board Member
Monica Yeung Arima is a realtor for the mid-peninsula area for more than 20 years and was a system engineer for IBM for more than 10 years. She is married to Adrian Arima and her son, Aaron Arima, is attending Washington University at St Louis. Mrs. Arima immigrated to the SF Bay Area close to 40 years ago from Hong Kong and has lived in Palo Alto for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Arima has a rivalry family with her graduating from CAL and her husband from Stanford University. They both involve at their community in different areas. Mrs. Arima was on the board of OCA SF Chapter, OCA San Mateo Chapter, KCSM Community Advisory Board and UBC, United for a Better Community. And Mr. Arima was on the board for the Red Cross, Stanford Credit Union, Stanford Asian Staff Forum, Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club and many more.
Mrs. Arima was an advisor for the Youth of OCA San Mateo Chapter and the Kiwanis Key Club for Paly, Palo Alto High School. She volunteered for the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club and at different fundraisers for various organizations and various campaigns at times. Mrs. Arima currently runs a small Palo Alto parenting book club. She just finished an Emergency Preparedness Awareness Fair on October 18th sponsored by PAUSD (Palo Alto Unified School District), Palo Alto OES (Office of Emergency Services), Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club and the Palo Alto Know Your Neighbor's grant.
Mrs. Arima’s hope is to educate our young generation not just to be a 4.0 student but someone that care and get involve. Only when you participate, your voice can be heard. Also, she would like to see our Chinese American community united together despite of all our various backgrounds and differences. United together is the strength. Mrs. Arima remembered a speech that was given by Dr An Wang at an IEEE conference. How wonderful it could be to see all three entities to be united together! Unfortunately, he lived a short life and would not be able to see that happen.
Monica Yeung Arima loves people and is proud to be part of APAPA to help make our community a better place to be.
Grace Li Babian
Grace Li Babian, Board Member
Grace Li Babian has more than 20 years software/manager experience. Worked at Computer manufacturer, Semiconductor industry, satellite telecommunication company, and IBM. After retired for 5 years, she returned back to workforce and is now serving as part time HR director. Mrs. Babian has M.S. In Computer Science and B.S. in Applied Mathematics. She has a passion to teach and has been teaching ever since she was 17 years old.
Some of her volunteer work: Volunteer for a family crisis center as a hotline counselor. Served as Board Director in her condo complex home association. Served in United Way as a member of cost evaluation committee for all the groups in the organization. Volunteered in Menlo Park Library project read. Volunteer tutor for new immigrant students.Chairperson in the Young Professional Fellowship for 5 years. School PTA treasurer and different functions lead. School Noon Science enrichment program chair and fund raising chair. Teaching in Chinese School and Elementary School World Language program. Taught senior new immigrants Citizenship in community center.
Grant J. Chang, Board Member
Grant Chang was born and raised in Palo Alto, California and is a final year student at Santa Clara University. Since 2015, Grant continues interning at Apple conducting cloud localization research and collaborating with developers & product managers. He is a founding father and President of Alpha Gamma Omega Fraternity, a national and social Christian fraternity dedicating philanthropy as a top priority to San Francisco Peninsula’s community. He also spends his time advocating many political issues Asian Americans face in society today.
Samantha J. Chang, Board Member
Samantha J. Chang is a recent Stanford grad and future Georgetown law student who is taking a year off in Los Angeles to pursue her interest in entertainment, which ultimately supports her goals of increasing Asian and minority faces and voices in mainstream media. She is also working with previously incarcerated youth and adults to reintegrate into society through addiction rehabilitation and career counseling. Although seemingly varied, the common theme of uplifting minorities and marginalized populations runs through her work. Samantha seeks to become the next Judge Judy, but for social justice instead of mindless daytime TV.
June Chen, Board Member
Ms. June Chen is a software engineer, after many years of private sector experience; she is now working for the City of Mountain View.
Ms. Chen would like to help the community get more involved with local affairs so we can have our voices heard.
Peter Chen, Board Member
Entrepreneur and investor in high tech industry for 21 years
Melanie Hsu, Board Member
Adviser at Overseas Chinese Affairs Council, R.O.C.(Taiwan)Commissioner, County of Santa Clara, Hsinchu Taiwan Sister County Commission Vice chair of Taiwanese and Chinese American Athletic Tournament of San Francisco Bay AreaBOD of Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America (TCCNA)President in Honor of Chung-Hsing Alumni Association in Northern California 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award -National Chung Hsing University2010 President of Joint Alumni Association of Chinese Universities & Colleges in Northern California
Diana Li, Board Member
Communication Consultant, Simultaneous Interpreter, MA in Public Administration
Xiaowen Wang, Board Member
Ms. Xiaowen Wang has been working at the East Asia Library of Stanford University since 2004, after cataloging Chinese materials for 8 years, she is currently doing administrative work at the Stanford EAL; she had served on the board of Parent Teacher Association of Hoover Elementary School in Palo Alto; and is a board member of Stanford Chinese Faculty and Family Club (SCFFC) since 2011.
Ms. Wang believes that by having a mindset to contribute to our society at large, we can help and support each other, form good relationship with each other, regardless ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Together, we can build a better future.
By supporting and empowering the young generation of people with wisdom and compassion, we can make great achievements, as young people are the future of our country.
Henry Yen, Board Member
Henry Yen, a veteran in RF-Microwave System Design, Applications and Sales/Marketing in the Defense and High Tech industry. Retired from Broadcom in March 2015, after 15 years of service. Now focus on helping and encouraging Chinese parents to balance their child education in academic and sports activities.
Mr. Yen has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University.
Lisa Yen, Board Member
Lisa Yen has been working as an Allstate Insurance Agent for 26 years. Mrs. Yen has a B.S degree from Tai-Da University in Taiwan.
Jackie Yu, Board Member
Ms. Jackie Yu graduated from Nanjing University and received her Ph.D from MIT. She worked in high tech industry and was a product-marketing manager before she decided to focus her time on family a few years ago. She enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with family.
Qidong Zhang (Kelly)
Qidong Zhang (Kelly), Board Member
Born in Shanghai, Qidong Zhang (Kelly) was a news reporter/editor for Xinhua News Agency in Beijing before she came to the U.S. in 1987. A veteran and senior executive in corporate sales, marketing and media, she holds B.A in English Literature from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, M.A in Political Science from Arkansas State University (ASU), and M.A in Broadcast Journalism from Annernberg School for Communications at University of Southern California (USC).
Our mission is to empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Americans through education and active participation in civic and public affairs. The organization educates the public about public policy and provides opportunities for our youth to gain firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs.