ELIZABETH R. OUYANG is a four year Board member and is currently President of OCA-New York. With 23 years experience as a civil rights attorney, Liz’s expertise is in immigration, voter rights protection and combating hate crimes. She teaches a pre-law course on the Constitution and Communities of Color at Columbia University and NYU. She created and oversees OCA-NY’s Hate Crimes Prevention Art Project. With OCA-New York, she advocates for victims of hate crimes and fair media representation of Asian Americans and has served as Editor-in-Chief of OCA-New York’s newsletter, The Big Apple. Since the 1990’s, Liz has worked with OCA National on the passage of Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act that requires voting materials be translated into Asian languages, hate crime prevention and as a consultant on OCA’s 2003 publication of Voices of Healing, Spirit and Unity after 9/11 in the API Community.
DAVID L. FUNG is a native New Yorker and is currently the Director of Corporate Strategic Planning at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., located in Allentown, PA. He recently returned to the metro area after living in Shanghai, China and Singapore for the past 8 years. David took the opportunity that his employer provided and went overseas to manage and grow the company’s business portfolio. The time spent in China was exciting, witnessing China’s booming economy grow by leaps and bounds. David is not a newcomer to OCA. He has been involved with OCA for many, many years in different capacities. His first involvement was with the Lehigh Valley Chapter of OCA some 20 years ago, where he held a variety of organizational positions. In the mid-1990’s, David was elected to the OCA National Board where he served as VP of Chapter Development and Secretary. David has intimate knowledge of OCA and advocacy work and would bring a wealth of experience to the OCA-NY Chapter.
BETTY CHAN has been an OCA-NY board member since 2000. She's served as chair of membership, Executive Vice-President and currently as treasurer of the Board. She is a former recipient of OCA-National's Unsung Hero Award. A graduate of Baruch College with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Ms. Chan works in the human resources administration area for an international firm in midtown Manhattan. She resides in Queens.
SUSIE YUEN has been on the OCA-NY Board since 2005 and currently is the Co-Treasurer. Susie has also served as OCA-NY's Vice President of Programs. In addition, Susie is a former President of the Chinese American Association of the City of New York, former Vice President of the Asian American Youth Center, and has served as a DC37 Delegate. Currently Susie is on the Board of Directors of CAACNY, a union activist and executive board member in local 2627, and co-chair for the DC-37 Asian Heritage Committee. She is employed by the NYC Department of Finance as a Computer Software Specialist. Susie graduated from Barnard College and is a resident of Brooklyn.
STELLA KUI has been involved with OCA since 1995. Over the years, she has served in many different capacities such as Executive VP, VP of Membership, and Treasurer. Currently, she is the co-Treasurer and is responsible for preparing monthly financial statements and treasury reports. The reason she has stayed with OCA for so many years is because OCA has made and continue to make an impact on the Asian American communities with its advocacy work. She is proud of being an OCA member and feel privileged to serve on the Board of Directors. Under the leadership of Vicki Shu-Smolin, Jerry Cheng, Leo Lee and the rest of Board Members, OCA-NY has become one of the important organizations that not only has the influence and support, but also the respect from different communities and politicians. She looks forward to being part of the family again and it continuance in making a difference. Professionally, she is a Senior Program Manager of Communication, Technology, and Media industry under Large Business Division in the Internal Revenue Services. She has been working with the IRS for twenty-two years. My responsibility is to supervise nine front line managers and 100 IRS agents who are in charge of auditing and examination of the large communications, technology and media companies’ business tax returns to ensure tax compliance. Her territory covers New York, Long Island and White Plain area.
WAH LEE recognizes that Americans of Asian descent deserve more than they have been getting, he would like to lend his energy to OCA-New York in order to advocate for social justice and equal opportunity as a Board member. Recognizing that the latter is in fact an effort by the people for the people to help America live up to its ideal of equal pursuit of happiness, he would like to help OCA-New York build coalitions and reach across communities. Recognizing that our descendants need role models and intellectual tools to be the best they can be in an environment sometimes hostile to their growth, he would like to help OCA-New York foster cultural education and identity. His history in these endeavors include learning to speak fluent Cantonese and Mandarin, being a founder and first President of the Boston University Kung Fu Club (still extant), a founder and first Co-President of the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association at my medical college, assistance to the John Liu campaign, sponsorship of community/philanthropic activities, etc. His expertise includes the facets of his successful entrepreneurial experiences as well as a better than amateur knowledge of Asian & American history necessary for his arts and antique appreciation.
JERRY CHENG has served on the Board since 2001, serving as Treasurer, Executive Vice President and President. Jerry is very active in the Chinese American community, having been the founding board director of the Chinese American Voters Association, Past President & Chairman of the Board of the Chinese American Academic and Professional Society and Past President of the International Chinese Transportation Professional Association. During his 37 years of experience in transportation planning, Jerry has worked with the City and the Chinese American community to implement various transportation projects in the Chinatown area. A resident of Queens, Jerry was a Principal City Planner with the NYC Department of City Planning when he retired in May.
KWONG ENG was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and resides in Flushing, N.Y. He has been involved with OCA for over 10 years. Locally, he served five years as President and Chairman of the OCA Long Island Chapter. Nationally, he served two consecutive terms as OCA National VP of Public Affairs. Currently, he is on the Board of OCA New York as VP of Membership. Over the years, he has served his community in many capacities including fighting for immigrant rights, social justice and equal opportunities. Kwong served five years as Vice President of New Immigrant Community Empowerment, a non-profit organization that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power in their communities. As an individual, he fought for justice as an active member of several committees, the David Wong Support Committee, Justice for Chaplain James Yee Committee, and Committee United for Lt. Watada. All of his efforts resulted in a successful outcome.
ROSE ENG is a native New Yorker and currently works as a travel consultant for Austin Travel. She is a former New York City public school educator for decades. Rose has been an OCA member since 1980 and has served on the board in various capacities, including Executive V.P, Secretary, and Treasurer. In addition to OCA, she is also active with various non-profit organizations and serves on the Board of Director of the The City College Alumni Association of New York, The CCNY Asian Alumni Association, and Pan Asian Repertory Theatre. She was a former board member of Asian Americans for Equality and the Chancellor's Asian Pacific American Advisory Council of the New York City Board of Education. She was the Founder, Chairwoman, and member of the United Federation of Teachers Asian American Committee.
JUNE JEE is currently Director of Government and External Affairs at Verizon. She is involved in government affairs and legislative activities in NYC. She is also responsible for philanthropic strategy, grant-making, and initiatives in the foundation’s priority areas. June is an active member in the community and serves on various Boards, including MoCA, APAICS, UEAA, and WNET’s Advisory Board. She was the National President of Verizon Asian Employee Network (APEX). June received her BA in Art from City College of New York and received her Corporate Community Relations Certification from Boston College.
ED LIN is a second-generation American of Taiwanese and Chinese descent. Currently the managing editor of Barrons.com, a financial-news web site, Ed is also the author of three novels -- "Waylaid," "This Is a Bust" and "Snakes Can't Run" -- the latest of which was published in April 2010. He currently serves as the Vice President-Print for the New York chapter of the Asian American Journalists' Association and has been a longtime member of the Asian American Writers' Workshop. A native New Yorker (born in Howard Beach, Queens), Ed holds degrees in mining engineering and journalism from Columbia University. As someone involved in media and entertainment he has consistently pushed for Asian American issues along with those of social justice for all people.
CHI LOEK currently works as a commercial real estate consultant for Bergson Strategies, LLC in Manhattan. For over 20 years, he was an executive in the workforce development division at a major social service organization in NYC. Chi has been an OCA member since 1997 and has served on the Board since 2007. In the past, Chi has served in the capacity of Community Board member District #3 in Manhattan and District #14 in Brooklyn as well as on the Advisory Board of the New York State Division of Youth Services.
VICKI SHU served as President of OCA-New York for three years and has served on the Board for five years. Vicki's involvement with OCA started in 1990 when she served as an intern in the National Office in Washington DC. She was also the Legislative and Special Projects Manager for OCA National from 1993 – 1996. Born in Michigan and raised in Maryland, Minnesota and New Jersey, Vicki is resident of Brooklyn, Vicki has her own event planning and project management company, VS Planning.
MICHAEL WU is a venture capitalist at Chart Venture Partners. Prior to that, he founded Blue Angel Ventures, a Research Triangle Park, NC-based seed funding and venture advisory firm and had also held engineering and product management roles at Nortel Networks, Ericsson, Siemens, and Nextel Communications. On the non-profit side, Michael was a Founding Board Member of North Carolina Chinese Business Association and is currently a Board Member of ENACT and a Founding Board Member of Long Island Angel Network. Michael earned his MBA from Duke University and M.S. in both Electrical Engineering and Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.
YU SING YEE has served on the OCA-NY Board since 2004 and currently is the Vice President of Public Affairs. Raised and educated in New York City, Sing pursued an accounting degree, worked a variety jobs and even had his own business before he realized his true calling and joined the New York Police Department in 1980, spending 24 years in law enforcement, 22 of which with the NYPD and 7 of those years as the Sergeant of the Fifth Precinct in the heart of New York Manhattan Chinatown. Committed to civil rights, Sing is the former President of the Asian Jade Society (1987-1990), a fraternal organization of Asian American police officers. A resident of Brooklyn, Sing is currently semi-retired. In 2010, Sing was awarded with OCA National's GM Unsung Hero Award for his untiring dedication to OCA and the New York Chapter