3510 Shallowford Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30341

Executive Board

Eleanor Pascual

Eleanor Pascual

President

Eleanor Mae Pascual is a native of the Philippines and has been a Georgia resident for more than thirty-eight years.  A familiar face in the Asian American community, Eleanor has served on the Board of Directors of the Asian/Pacific-American Council of Georgia (APAC) for several years, including as Vice President and Secretary.  She is a longtime active member of the Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta (Fil-Am), having served in various leadership roles, including as Fil-Am President.  She shares much of her time, talent, and resources in activities that promote and celebrate Filipino culture and is an active and tireless volunteer for AAPI causes. Eleanor is on the Board of Directors of the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, and served as PACCGA president in 2014 and 2015.  She is also Community Affairs Director of Makabayan Georgia, Inc., a non-profit Filipino-American foundation, and a board member of the Philippine American Center of Georgia, Inc.  Eleanor relishes the role of “bridge-builder” between the Fil-Am community and the larger AAPI community in Georgia.

Besides her involvement with APAC, she serves as Corporate Advisory Board Member of the WWAAC Alliance Foundation, Inc. and as Philippine Team Captain with the Organizing Committee of the Asian Cultural Experience in Georgia.  A musician by avocation, Eleanor has served for many years in music ministry – as a soloist, choir member, organist/pianist, and music director.

Eleanor is currently employed as a paralegal with the Corporate Law Department of State Farm Insurance Companies.  She was recognized by State Farm with a Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016, in recognition of her various volunteer efforts in the community.

She was also honored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Atlanta with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and by the Georgia Asian Times as one of 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia in 2015 and 2016.  Married to Alex Pascual, a structural engineer, Eleanor enjoys spending time with family, especially with her ten young grandchildren.

Sopheap Lam (CAAG)

Sopheap Lam (CAAG)

Vice President

sopheap.lam@gmail.com

She was born in Battambang, Cambodia and emigrated to the United States with her family as a refugee.

Sopheap graduated from Montclair State University in New Jersey with double-majors: Bachelors in Accounting and Finance.

She appreciates that her father taught her to study hard but also never lose sight of her roots – her heritage, culture and language.

Thankfully, through her father’s teachings, she is able to continue to preserve and promote the Cambodian culture to mainstream America.

She and her husband (Bora Lam) know how important it is to raise their three sons with strong foundation of culture and education.

CAAG helps their children and along with many other Cambodian-Americans; it helps the next generation to continue the roots and have sense of belonging.

Currently, she continues to volunteer as a Public Relations on CAAG’s board.

Sopheap is active in the Asian-American community.  As a representative of CAAG, she collaborated with APAC in 2014 and participated in monthly meetings.

She was elected as a Vice President of APAC in 2016 and 2017.  She was a Co-Chair for the APAC 30th Unity Gala (2015).

She is also a community board member of Who’s Who in the Asian AmericanCommunity (WWAAC).

She was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia by the Georgia Asian Times (GAT) in 2016.

Varinee Sangmalee (TAWC USA)

Varinee Sangmalee (TAWC USA)

Communications Director

varinees@yahoo.com

From Thailand to the US in 1969 Varinee Sangmalee, a native of Bangkok, Thailand, was a news reporter, a radio announcer and an actress; and was actively involved in the entertainment industry. With a vision to build a community of inclusion, she found the Thai American Chamber of Commerce and Thai Association – World Center, USA. She also serves as the President of the Thai American Chamber of Commerce, Thai American – World Center, USA and Asian Cultural Exchange, Inc. and continues to attention to and advocate for cultural understanding within our diverse community. She was President of Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia in 2007 – 2008, 2012.

Alumna of Georgia State University BBA and Post-Graduation from Germany, Finance/Personnel/International Management Current

President of Thai Association-World Center, USA (TAWC USA) & founder in 2000, Asian Cultural Exchange, Inc. (ACE), & Thai American Chamber of Commerce (TACC)& founder in 2007;

Communication Director at Asian/Pacific American Council of GA (APAC) Since 2013 Advisory Board Member at Who’s Who in Asian American Community (WWAAC) Director Board Member at US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC-SE) Liaison to the Department of International Trade & Promotion of Thai Trade Center-Miami, FL

Victoria Huynh (CPACS)

Victoria Huynh (CPACS)

Secretary

Victoria Huynh

Victoria Huynh is a millennial professional with an interest in cultural competency, community

building, strategic planning, and event planning within the immigrant and refugee communities.

Ms. Huynh has been affiliated with Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. (CPACS) for

more than 16 years and is currently the Vice President of the Center for Pan Asian Community

Services, Inc. (CPACS), the first largest and longest standing Asian American and Pacific

Islander organization serving the immigrant, refugee, and unprivileged communities in the

South. Born to Vietnamese refugee parents, Ms. Huynh’s has a passion in decreasing barriers to

accessing health and vital services and ensuring that immigrant and refugee families are afforded

equitable rights and access to vital programs.

She currently serves and advocates for the immigrant and refugee communities on various local

and state community Boards/Coalitions/Committees including the Immigrant Hope-Atlanta

(Board), Asian Pacific American Council (APAC Board), Delta Phi Lambda Asian Interest

Sorority (Alumni), Gwinnett Multicultural Advisory Committee (Co-Chair), Gwinnett

Neighborhood Leadership Institute (Board), Georgia AAPI Community Coalition (Former

Chair), Georgia SNAP Steering and LEP Subcommittee (Co-Chair), National AIM for Equity

Coalition (Advocacy Co-Chair), ARC Millennial Advisory Panel, etc. Through her work with

the grassroots community, Ms. Huynh was selected as the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans

in Georgia in 2015. In 2015, Ms. Huynh was also selected as one of the 5 Georgia member of

the Region IV Regional Health Equity Council and serves as their current Cultural Competency

Committee Co-Chair.

Victoria Huynh served as a APAC Board of Directors At-Large in 2016 and currently serves tas

the APAC Sercretary.

C.P. Huang (ATAA)

C.P. Huang (ATAA)

Immediate Past President

C.P.  is the CEO and president of Sensitin Research Ventures, a venture company to capitalize on medical discoveries in basic science that are lesser known in the bio-medical industry.  He was one of the founding members and twice its president of Atlanta Taiwanese American Association (ATAA) .  Prior to Sensitin, he worked for Lockheed Martin.  He also worked for IBM, Unisys and its predecessor Sperry Univac on major accounts, including federal and state government agencies, Bell Lab, and AT&T, as tech advisor.  He served as an industry representative on U. S. Department of Commerce Committee of Communication and Information Technology Administration,  and participated in the development of policy guidelines for software and systems architecture common standards.  He earned an honorary Navy rank of Admiral on the success of rescuing and managing a worldwide military infrastructure upgrade program.
 
He is an Elder in a Presbyterian church and serves in its governing bodies.  He also serves in a number of boards of nonprofit  organizations.  He is married.  His wife, Betty is a research physician and an associate professor in a medical school.
 
C.P. attended National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan, and Armstrong State College in Savannah, Georgia.  With corporate sponsorship, he also attended Princeton University in New Jersey and New York University in New York City, and earned MS, MBA and PhD.  He played and coached rugby and soccer in schools and YMCA.  His past time is in classical music, reading and hiking.  
Alex Wu (OCA-GA)

Alex Wu (OCA-GA)

Board Advisor

Alex Wu is one of the founders and past president of Asian American council of Georgia (APAC); Asian American Senior Citizens of Atlanta (AASCA); Chinese American Lions Club of Atlanta; OCA-GA Chapter; Monte Lade Science and Technology Association and Kwong Tung Association of Atlanta.

He currently services as an advisor of APAC and is the Chairman of AASCA and a director of Chinese American lions Club as well as Kwong Tung Association of Atlanta.

Professionally, he is the president of Global Engineering Company. He is a member of the Executive committee and was a Past Chairman of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Pulp, Paper and Forest Industry Committee. He is also a member of numerous IEEE national technical committees.

Elsie Vidanes (FilAm)

Elsie Vidanes (FilAm)

Treasurer

elsievidanes@yahoo.com

 

A two time recipient of the 25 most Outstanding Asian American in Georgia, Elsie Medina Vidanes served for 2
consecutive years in 2012 and 2013 as the President of the Filipino-American Association of Greater Atlanta.
A dedicated community leader, Elsie was appointed to serve as Kalayaan’s Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee to chair the 2014 event. She has been an active member of the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC) representing the Filipino-American Community since 2011.  She served as the APAC Board Secretary in 2014 & 2015, Treasurer in 2016 and had recently been re-elected as Treasurer for 2017. Besides her civic and social involvement in the Asian community, including but not limited to the Atlanta Asian Film Festival (AAFF), Asian Cultural Experience (ACE)  and the former AALAC,  Elsie dedicates her time with volunteer work for her Church where she served a 3 year term in the Finance Council of St. John Neumann Catholic Church from 2013 to 2015 and is the ongoing fundraising organizing committee chair from 2012 – present.
 
 A retiree from Emory University, Elsie worked a combined total of 24 years service with the Emory Clinic and Emory Alliance Credit Union as the main office Branch Manager..
 
Elsie graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service. Married to Fred Vidanes, together they have 2 well accomplished children.

Board Directors (At-Large)

Sudhir Agarwal

Sudhir Agarwal

Board Director

Sudhir Agarwal completed his bachelors in Computer Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),Varanasi, India and MBA in Finance and Strategy from Indian Institute of Management(IIM),Lucknow, India.
He is currently working as Principal Business Consultant with Hewlett Packard Enterprise and providing strategy solutions to Fortune 100 companies like Walmart, FedEx, GM, Disney, and CVS Caremark. He also serves on various advisory board of startup companies in US and India.
He is also the co-founder of SIMSAM LLC which helps in providing IT and Strategy consulting solutions to companies across USA.
The company has launched multiple products in the past including globalschoolrank.com, globalprofessorrank.com, globalbusinessrank.com, xpertmoms.com, readingera.com, spreadsmiles.org, eventsdetail.com.
Sudhir Agarwal is one of the three leaders (permanent positions) of Indian Professionals Network (IPN) that meets on a monthly basis. IPN Was founded by Late Dr. Narsi Narasimhan and helps to bring the Professionals from all walk of life together and create a networking platform. IPN has a membership of around 10,000 members. The monthly meeting organized invites CEOs, Community leaders, State Representatives, Entrepreneurs to interact with the IPN members.

He is the President of Rajasthani Association of Georgia (RAJA) that helps in promoting the rich Rajasthani culture among the kids and youth of Georgia.
He also played a crucial role in organizing the International Day of Yoga since inception working with the Consul General of India.

Sushma Barakoti (NASeA)

Sushma Barakoti (NASeA)

Board Director

Sushma Barakoti is the founder and owner of Sunavworld, LLC an Atlanta based social enterprise that promotes fairly traded Nepali traditional art-based products. Her business provides socio-economic stability to artisans, locally and globally.  She is currently the Clarkston Coordinator for StartME Business Accelerator program of Emory University. Sushma has a masters in social work from Pennsylvania (PA) and she has worked to end gender based violence in US and Nepal. She has worked in the capacity of counselor advocate, Outreach Coordinator and administrator managing fundraising and development for non profit in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She has worked in the field of public health in HIV prevention and control, ending gender based violence, women’s rights, migrants and refugees resettlement and social enterprise development and acceleration. She is an accomplished project manager and a community organizer. She has a proven leadership qualities in program development, increased revenue and advocacy to yield results for multiple non- profit organizations in United States and Nepal. She believes in ensuring gender equity, inclusion and participatory approach to community development. She is skillful and effective in outreach and networking for socio-economic justice issues. She is the past president of Nepali Women’s Global Network (NWGN), current advisor to NWGN, representative for NASeA to APAC, served as a General Secretary for Asia Pacific American Council of  Georgia (APAC) and currently a Board of Director APAC Board 2017.

TraMy Nguyen (VAC-GA)

TraMy Nguyen (VAC-GA)

Board Director

Tramy Nguyen, President-Vietnamese-American Community of Georgian (VAC-GA), one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia (2016):

Tramy Nguyen came to US in1991 at the age of 17 through the Humanitarian Operation Program with her siblings and parents. She and her husband Nguyen Wayne Pha owns and operate an auto dealer, WT AutoMax in Morrow Georgia since 2004. Tramy is actively involved with the Union of Vietnamese Student Association from GA State University since 1995. She earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration at Clayton State University.

She is passionate in promoting and encouraging Vietnamese American citizens to register to vote. Participate with lobbying and election candidate activities. As a former refugee, Tramy is aware of the daily challenges and needs of immigrant communities – she has dedicated her time and effort in community outreach in Morrow, Forest Park, Clarkston, Gwinnett County, DeKalb County, and Clayton County. As President of VAC GA, she is passionate in promoting Vietnamese heritage and cultures.

Le Dam Doan (VAC-GA)

Le Dam Doan (VAC-GA)

Board Director

Ms. Le Dam Doan has served as the Chair for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Gala from 2010 to 2017 and Past President of the Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC-GA) 2013 to 2014. APAC Georgia is a federation of over 15 multicultural Asian organizations in metro Atlanta that was established to increase pride in the Asian culture, promote civic engagement of Asian Americans, and protect the interest of Asian Americans. In addition to her leadership at APAC Georgia, she currently holds the following positions:
·         Board Member of the Atlanta Regional Workforce Board (ARWB) Youth Council
·         Member of Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District (Gwinnett Place CID)
·         Board member of Advancing Justice-Atlanta Organization
·         Public Relations Director of the Vietnamese American Community of Georgia (VAC-GA)
·         Chair/Team Captain of the Asian Cultural Experience in Georgia (ACE)
·         Member of the Atlanta Asian Film Festival (AAFF)
·         Member of the International Association of Workforce Professionals (IAWP).
·         Board Member of Who’s Who in Asian American Communities (WWAAC) Alliance Foundation, Inc
·         Member of Asian Pacific American Historical Society-Georgia (APAHS)
 
Ms. Doan has dedicated a lifetime of service to the immigrant and refugee community. Prior to coming to Georgia, Ms. Doan provided assistance to immigration humanitarian programs for refugees throughout California for more than 30 years. She was part of a taskforce on hate crimes and affirmative action in California. When Vietnamese refugees arrived in California from 1975 to 1996, Ms. Doan volunteered for Red Cross and Food for the Hungry. Further, she volunteered at Camp Pendleton and Camp Weimar Medical Center “Hope Village,” relocation camps for Vietnamese refugees. Her service work in refugee camps extended internationally to countries throughout Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
 
Her years of community service earned her numerous awards including:
  • Outstanding Georgia Citizen Award from Georgia Secretary State Brian Kemp 2015
  • Outstanding Community Services Award from Vietnamese American Community-GA
  • (VAC-GA) 2015
  • Community Champions Lifetime Award from The Asian American Legal Advocacy Center, Inc. (AALAC) 2014
  • 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia from Georgia Asian Times (2008, 2013, 2014)

3510 Shallowford Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30341

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