Founding Sisters

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Notable Profiles of Some Founding Sisters

Sono Aibe foundingsisters_sonoaibe

Sono Aibe has worked in the international family planning and reproductive health field for the last 20 years, and is Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives at Pathfinder International. Before that, she was with the Population and Reproductive Health Program at the David and  Lucile Packard Foundation for 13 years. There, she developed grant-making strategies for Philippines and Myanmar, and worked on
global advocacy and technologies for reproductive health as well as grant-making for Ethiopia. From 1988 to 1994, she was project officer at the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), Inc. in Tokyo, Japan. There, she co-managed family planning projects in Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Sono served as the Executive Director of Asians and Pacific Islanders for Reproductive Health (now Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice) in Oakland from January to October 1996. She has an A.B. from Harvard University in History of Science, and a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is fluent in Japanese and Chinese.

Gail Chang Bohrfoundingsisters_GailChangBohr

As the first executive director of Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC), Gail has been a leader in advocating for foster children through legal representation and system reform. She received the Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Advocate Award in 2004. She was named an attorney of the year for 2000 by Minnesota Lawyer, and in 2000, was profiled in William Mitchell 100 Who Made a Difference, on the occasion of its centenary. She was on Law and Politics Super Lawyer list in 1999, 2000, 2003. Gail also received the Minnesota Council of Child Caring Agencies Distinguished Service Award in 1997. Under Gail’s leadership, Children’s Law Center of Minnesota was awarded the 2003 Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Mission Advocacy Award for successful advocacy for children and was a founding member of the National Children’s Law Network.

Gail serves on the Advisory Council of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Policy; the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee; the Board of Ombudspersons for Asian Pacific Minnesotans; the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Children’s Rights Litigation Committee Working Group; the Minnesota Supreme Court Children’s Justice Initiative and the Minnesota Supreme Court CHIPS Working Group. She is a founding member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), a progressive national Asian Pacific American women’s organization. She is a member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Minnesota Women Lawyers, Minnesota State Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, and Hennepin County Bar Association.

Lisa Hasegawafoundingsisters_lisahasegawa

Lisa Hasegawa is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD).National CAPACD is the first national advocacy organization dedicated to meeting the housing and community development needs of AAPI communities. In 2003, Lisa was a Fellow in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Program. Prior to joining National CAPACD, Ms. Hasegawa was the Community Liaison for the White House Initiative on AAPIs where she was responsible for ensuring that AAPI community groups from across the country were involved and informed about Initiative activities. She also worked for the U.S. DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration and the Office of Minority Health. Previously, she worked at two community health centers serving low-income AAPIs in Los Angeles and Oakland, California. Lisa is a fourth generation Japanese American from California, and is a graduate of UCLA and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Aileen Almeria Louie

Aileen Almeria Louie is the Leadership Development Strategy Director at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. She currently oversees the work of the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) Program, a growing body of youth and parent leadership development programs focused on the Asian Pacific American community, as well as APALC’s anti-Asian violence project. She has been at APALC since 1989 and has served as Development Director and Vice President of Program Administration. In addition to her work at APALC, Aileen has been involved with groups such as Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, a Los Angeles organizations focused on Pilipino American youth and culture, and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, where she was primarily involved with the organization’s initial founding. Now the mother of three young children, she continues her work at APALC on a part-time basis.

Dawn-Thanh Nguyenfoundingsisters_dawnnguyen

Dawn-Thanh Nguyen became involved with NAPAWF in 1996 after attending the gathering in Los Angeles. At the time, she was working at the New York Asian Women’s Center, a domestic violence service agency in NYC and attending the New School for Social Research for her Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management degree. Since then, she returned to the pacific northwest where she worked with other Asian American women advocates to build the NAPAWF Seattle Chapter after attending the 1998 gathering in Minnesota. Dawn-Thanh Nguyen currently works as a workforce data and program analyst in Seattle, WA. Previously, she worked as a Manager at New Beginnings for Battered Women and Children and as a Policy Analyst the Seattle Municipal Court. Dawn-Thanh currently volunteers as a Legislative Committee member with the Northwest Women’s Law Center and formerly served as a Commissioner on the Seattle Women’s Commission and the Seattle Commission on Children and Youth. In her spare time, Dawn-Thanh enjoys snowboarding, running, swimming, strolling through Pike Place Market, reading historical fiction, and taking her nephews on outings around the Puget Sound.

Christina M. Regaladofoundingsisters_cristinaregalado

Cristina M. Regalado is vice president of programs at The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). In this capacity, she directs and manages the Foundation’s grantmaking program and supervises all program directors. She joined the Foundation in 2000 as program director for special projects, where she identified projects and programs that address emerging and pressing issues outside of the Foundation’s prioritized health issues. Before joining TCWF, Regalado was vice president for administration and programs at the Los Angeles Women’s Foundation where she directed various programs including an economic literacy initiative for girls and a women’s health initiative. She also mobilized activists and scholars to examine the impact of globalization in poor women’s lives in Los Angeles. Consistent with her interest in immigrant and refugee issues, Christina was a delegate to the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Forum of the United Nations’ Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She serves on the boards of Grantmakers In Health, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and Southern California Grantmakers. She was formerly on the board of the Women’s Funding Network, an international membership association of women’s funds. She emigrated from the Philippines in the early eighties with her husband, Jess and daughter, Nicole.

Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPHfoundingsisters_soratanjasiri

Dr. Sora Park Tanjasiri is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University, Fullerton. Her work focuses on the community health needs of diverse populations, particularly Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Dr. Tanjasiri’s research involves participatory action research principles and techniques, and health issues of interest include tobacco prevention, cancer early detection and cancer control. She is the Principal Investigator of WINCART: Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training, which is a five year, NCI funded collaborative with 8 community-based non profit organizations and 4 other universities. Dr. Tanjasiri is also the Co-PI on a two year NIH funded study to increase cervical cancer screening among Thais, a three year study to map pro- and anti-tobacco influences in Cambodian and Chamorro communities, a four year project to decrease breast, cervical, colon, prostate and liver cancers among Chinese and Koreans, and a five year CDC-funded effort to increase breast and cervical cancer screening among Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women.

In addition to her professional work, Dr. Tanjasiri also serves as an advisory to numerous non-profit organizations and coalitions, including the Board of Directors of the Orange County Asian Pacific Islander Community Alliance, the Advisory Committee of the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment and Leadership (a national Asian American and Pacific Islander tobacco control network), and the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Asian American/Pacific Islander National Advisory Committee. Dr. Tanjasiri received her masters and doctoral degrees in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA School of Public Health.

List of Founding Sisters
Sono Aibe
Aileen Almeria
Elahe Amani
Kahil S. Apuzen
Ray Lynn Aquino
Nikki Fortunato Bas
Shirley Haruka Bekins
Gail Chang Bohr
Stella Carlos
Alice Yun Chai
Esther Chang
Joannie C. Chang
Maichew Chao
Samnang Chea
Emily Chen
Louisa Chiang
Maisie Chin
Cynthia Choi
Meela Chon
June Chong
Marcia Choo
June Chou
Shen Chow
Penelope Choy
Janet Co
Christy Cupino
Que Dang
Milagros A. de Guzman
Mallika Dutt
Phoebe Eng
Therese Factora
Kathay Feng
Lora Jo Foo
Mary Anne Foo
Heng Lam Foong
Francesca Frey
Miki Fujimoto
Antonia Garcia
Appollonia Dee Grey-Uhila
Ju Hui Judy Han
Venus Herbito
Irene Hirano
Janet Hironaka
JoLani Hironaka
Laura Ho
Alice Hom
Susan Hong
Leila Horibata
Rosemarie Ibanez
Sharon Im
Kathy Imahara
Cynthia Iwanaga
Chizu Iiyama
Patti Iiyama
Deeana Jang
Pauline Kamiyama
Annice Kim
Grace Kim
L.S. Kim
Karen Kimura
Lori Kodama
Chi Kue
Wenny Kusuma
Elaine Kwei
Marian Kwon
Debbie Lee
Erica Lee
Feelie Lee
Mimi Lee
See Lee
Sun Hyung Lee
Tracy Lee
Carolyn Leung
Yin Ling Leung
Pamila Lew
Wei Li
Linda Li
Margaretta Lin
Angela Liu
Mansan Luc
Donna Maeda
Leni Marin
Jackie Maruhashi
Helene McCarthy
Michelle McMillan
Nerissa Mojica
Mai Neug Moua
Melody Moua
Shikari Nakagawa
Lisa Nakamura
Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto
Karen Narasaki
N.T. Ngan
Caprice Nguyen
Dawn-Thanh Nguyen
Hanh Nguyen
Quynh Nguyen
Tran Nguyen
Angela Oh
Angie Pairen
Lina Paredes
Sora Park Tanjasiri
Elena Paul
Luella Penserga
Mylinh Pham
Thi Pham
Pearl Piatt
Sharon Ramirez
Rhonda Ramiro
Cristina Regalado
Donnalynn Rubiano
Lola Sablan-Santos
Chio Saetern
Peggy Saika
Juana Sanchez
Sharon Tomiko Santos
Carolina Sealao
Toko Serita
Christina Shigemura
Mony Sing
Angela Sonico
Irene Suico Soriano
Jessica Su
Lucia Su
Diane Tan
Bonnie Tang
Sunera Thobani
Mila Thomas
Bouapha Toommaly
Diep Tran
N.T. Tran
Kimberly Tso
Caroline Uhm
Apurva Uniyal
Ge Vang
Nongyao Varanond
Amy Vongthanady
Ann Webb
Angie Wei
Connie Wong
Doreena Wong
Jai Lee Wong
Karen Wong
Katherine Wong
Sachiyo Yamamura
Bila M. Yang
Maithong Yang
Josephine Yeh
Lissa Yuen
Helen Zia