Advisory Board

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Lily Chan

Founder, Asian Focus Corporation

Lily Chan is a forward-thinking service leader who has started popular programs both nationally and locally. She brings more than 30 years of non-profit and management experience to the AF organization.

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Tim Flood

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tim Flood consults with organizations—from charities and small startups to Fortune 100 companies—looking to streamline their communication processes and enhance their messaging efforts in nearly any context.

Steve Greene

Vice President, Wacom

Steve Greene is currently Vice President of North America Geo Marketing for Wacom, the Japanese manufacturer of digital design devices for creative hobbyists and professionals around the world.

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Hayden J. Silver III

Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson, Raleigh NC

Jay Silver has more than 25 years of litigation experience serving clients as legal counsel in federal and state courts across the country. His experience includes a wide range of technology, licensing, trade secret and software development cases.

Jenny Chen

CEO, Grand Asia Market

Jenny treats everyone from business contacts to employees as a friend, and is reputable for treating everything as an opportunity to do more together, including helping local Asians achieve their American dream.

Gerald Fralick

Chief Security Officer, Lenovo

Gerald Fralick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field and public sector management and operations. He is a sought after speaker at numerous colleges including Harvard and many cyber security conferences.

Bill Opal

Founder/CEO, Sails-Up

Bill Opal started Sails-Up in 2010 after 15 years of experience in Corporate Recruitment leadership positions. Bill has experience building recruitment teams for a variety of successful projects, including.

Board of Directors

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Benjamin Uysmith

President

Benjamin UySmith is a passionate, big hearted, critical thinker. He joined Asian Focus in 2013 as a project manager and day-of-operations for Asia Fest. Over the last seven years, he mentored under Lily Chan (founder) and Yun-Lieh Chuu (Vice President) to prepare for being the leader of Asian Focus. He has an extensive background in project management and a deep understanding of personal and business finance and taxes.

He calls Durham his home with his wife and their two daughters. His family doesn’t stop there! They also have quite the “menagerie” of animals including dogs, fish and several chickens. A partner in Prestige Financial Group, he enjoys working in our local community. When he isn’t volunteering or working, he enjoys traveling with his family and rolling up his sleeves on DIY home and old car projects.

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Christin Lai

Co-treasurer | Director, Program Management & Performing Arts

Christin joined Asian Focus as the program coordinator in 2016, primarily organizing the performance program for the Annual Dragon Boat Festival. She enjoys working with local artists and performers, and promoting all types of culture.Over the years, Christin has been involved in a variety of community service organizations in the Triangle area including Raleigh Chinese School, TACAS, Food bank and Habitat for Humanity.

Gregoria Smith, PhD

Secretary General

Gregoria Smith was a professor at the University of Guam (UOG) and appointed Chair of the Commission on Status of Women. Following her passion for peacemaking, she founded the International Women’s Club of Guam.

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Tho Nguyen

Director of Marketing

Tho Nguyen grew up in Greensboro, NC and is an avid foodie, traveler and blogger. Tho holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA in International Business from England as an Ambassadorial Scholar from the Rotary Club. Tho works in the in data and analytics industry for over 18 years and has recently published a book Leaders and Innovators: How Data-Driven Organizations Are Winning with Analytics with all proceeds going to charity. Tho and his wife live in Raleigh for over 20 years and have been very active in the community to preserve the Asian culture and values for their daughter and the future generation.

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Yun-Lieh Chuu

Vice President

Yun is a Taiwanese immigrant. From young age, she developed a deep passion for charitable work which she continued while pursuing both a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering. Yun worked at IBM for 20 years before switching her career path to dedicate her personal and professional life to helping people and servicing the community. She became a well trusted LPL independent financial consultant who always places clients’ interests first.

Yun has served on the Asian Focus core team with Lily since its founding in 2009. Together they worked hard to create a great team to further the goals and mission of Asian Focus. The core team members each contribute their special talents, and through mentorship and collaboration, they create an even more sustainable future for Asian Focus

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YuPei Chooi

Co-treasurer | Director, Program & Project Management

YuPei is originally from Penang, Malaysia. She was an associate member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (ARICS) and worked as a quantity surveyor in Singapore and Malaysia on multi millions residential projecs. YuPei currently owns a real estate practice and continues helping others navigate the unpredictable tides of a real estate transaction. Her international work experience and multilingual skill has further earned her a certification from NAR as an international property specialist.  Currently residing in Cary, YuPei and her family  have been actively advocating the community in Asian identity and culture.

Angela Hicks, Ed.D.

Outreach Liaison & Grant Writer

Angela Hicks, Ed.D. is a grant writer and trainer. She is CEO of Grant Professional, a $500K national Grant Technical Assistance company providing business development services to Nonprofit and Emerging Community Healthcare Centers. She has written successful grants with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), Housing Urban Development (HUD), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and National Science Foundation (NSF) securing over $20 million in grant funding.

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Rajesh Yarlagadda

Director of Corporate and Community Relations

I am originally from India but moved to US with family in 2013 from Singapore. Has more than 15 years of experience in information technology field. Currently works in Swiss financial organization. Beside regular technology job, I am an active volunteer in local community organizations. Currently live in Cary, NC with family. During my spare time I like to spend more time with my family, friends & gardening.

Education: Master of computer Applications, India.

Team Officers

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Eileen Culliney, CPA

Treasurer

Graduate from UNC Greensboro, Eileen Culliney is a financial auditor with concentration in non-profit organizations and insurance industry. She also prepares tax returns for individual, corporate and partnership

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Marko Fong

Director, Publication & Elections

Marko Fong is a writer, teacher, and attorney who moved to Durham in 2014 with his wife June and their two dogs and a cat.  For the last three years, he has been helping students to improve their writing and working with adult English language learners on sharpening their interview skills. Prior to that, he represented Northern California Public School Districts in Special Education matters and election matters, worked as a national advocate for urban high school reform, worked as a researcher/writer for the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and taught middle school and high school.

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Gowri Goli

Film and Video Production

Gowri Goli is a resident of RTP Area for about 20 years and contributing to the community through video and photography. For living Gowri is an IT consultant helping organizations to establish self-organizing teams consisting of motivated people to take ownership and deliver.

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Michael Huang

Race Team Manager

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Fernando Guevarra

Project Management & Community Relations
 

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