Current Board Members
Mary Tom – President
Mary Tom is the current 2016 President of the OCA-Greater Washington, D.C. (OCA-DC) Chapter. She has served in previous years as President, Co-President, Executive VP, VP of Community Outreach and Community Health Outreach in the Chapter, has mentored in OCA National’s MAAP mentoring program and is currently a Director of the National OCA Board. She brings to OCA a diverse background from both private sector and the public sector Federal Government.
Mary spent the first part of her career in private sector serving as a Regional Personnel Administrator for a computer company supporting the HR needs of over 500 employees. She has also had experience in Marketing and Account Executive work as well.
Ms. Tom joined the Federal Government in 1993 in a variety of roles, i.e., HR Employee Relations Specialist, Program/Management Analyst, Public Health Analyst, and she now serves in the Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion, as a Special Emphasis Program Manager, Veterans Employment Program Manager and Liaison to the AAPI and Veterans Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in a Federal Agency. She had also served as Senior Project Officer overseeing community health centers in CA as well as a Program Manager for the Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems in Hawaii.
Emma Wong – Executive Vice President (Past President in 2014)
Emma is currently the Executive Vice President of the OCA - Greater Washington DC Chapter. She has also worked on the Membership subcommittee, Programming subcommittee, been President and Executive Vice President of the Chapter, and was Co-chair of the OCA National Convention in 2013. She has also participated as a mentor in the OCA Mentoring Asian Americans Program and chosen to participate in the OCA/JACL Leadership Summit.
In addition to OCA participation, at her current job as a Chemical Engineer at the Federal Government, she has worked on Asian and Pacific Islander American Advisory Committee, which is one of the Equal Employment Opportunity Committees, and is on the Diversity and Inclusion Management Council. She received her BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan and MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of California San Diego.
Annette Cheng - Treasurer
Annette is currently a representative of the County’s Limited English Proficiency (LEP) committee and serves on its advisory board to develop a County-wide policies and regulations. She has also served as the Treasurer for the Montgomery County Asian Pacific American Employees Association (APAEA) for the past 4 years.
In August 2006, Annette was invited by the OCA-DC to participate in the annual convention in Philadelphia and was extremely fascinated with the contributions that OCA has made on behalf of Asian communities. Impressed by the success of this organization and its involvement in community and educational programs, Annette joined OCA-DC shortly afterwards.
Yuqi Wang - Vice President for Communications
Yuqi graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013 with degrees in Chinese Language and Culture, Economics, and Public Health. After graduation Yuqi was a fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center in the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program. She moved to D.C. in early 2014 for the second half of her fellowship and has fallen in love with the city ever since. Yuqi is currently working as a Policy Analyst at National Council of La Raza.
The Emerson National Hunger Fellowship is a one-year social justice program that trains leaders to work toward eliminating hunger, poverty, social inequality, and particularly racism through field and policy work experiences. As a fellow in the Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, Yuqi’s field placement was in San Diego, CA where she worked with childcare providers on a pilot program that incorporated Farm to Preschool activities into home-based childcare sites. She was also a facilitator for the YEAH! Initiative. The project worked with youth to identify barriers to healthy eating and physical activity in their neighborhood and helped them share their vision for change with decision makers. Her policy placement in Washington, DC was with the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) where Yuqi was the lead editor for HAC’s magazine Rural Voices, wrote and developed articles, and engaged affordable housing experts.
Stan Lou - Vice President for Community Outreach
Stan was born in Greenville, Mississippi, of immigrant parents from China. Growing up in the Deep South in the time of severe segregation was an ordeal for all minority races and made many lasting impressions. The family was strong enough to survive mainly because of a strong-willed mother, and Stan eventually earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan. That led to a long and successful career with the Federal Aviation Administration at various locations throughout the United States, culminating with retirement in Washington, DC, after being Manager of the national multi-billion dollar airports grants program.
He is most proud of his three accomplished children, who all reside in California now. Upon retirement, Stan went to China in 2003 to teach English to university students and to learn about himself there for almost three years. He returned to the Washington, DC, area where he has committed himself to become busily engaged with understanding more about his heritage as a Chinese American.With that as his motivation, he has worked with the Asian Pacific American community to improve the quality of life for its members. Most of his focus has been with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, where he has served as co-president of the Greater Washington DC Chapter and is currently the Vice-President for Education & Culture on the OCA National Board. He worked with the 1882 Project and is active with a group that created the Talk Story series that engages the DC community in sharing the storie of their experiences living as APAs.
Lin L. Krause - Vice President for Membership Services
As a first generation immigrant, Lin came to the U.S. in 1999 for a job opportunity with Walt Disney World in Florida. The “magical kingdom” had a profound impact and changed her life forever. Over the last 16 years, she has accomplished both a BS degree in the International Business from American University and a MBA from Johns Hopkins. She also worked at multiple companies/organizations in the various capacities from marketing and public relations to membership and business development. She currently is the Director of Business Development at ITalkBB Media, the largest Chinese American media company in the North America that markets to 220,000 Chinese American households on a daily basis.Lin has reconnected to the OCA-DC chapter this year after serving as a Director of Membership and Chapter Relations for the OCA National Center in 2011 and 2012. With her previous experience in membership and community outreach, she is determined to boost the number of DC chapter’s members and enhance the member’s network.
Joseph Choi - Vice President for Programs
Joseph joined OCA-DC back in 2015 after making his move from California. He was impressed by the history and the impact of the organization, and spent little time before filling out the membership form. As a member-at-large last year, he took charge in planning for the annual Gala. With taking up the role of VP of Programs, he will provide administrative support to the signature programs of OCA-DC (Talk Story, MAAP, etc.), as well as organize community events throughout the year. During the day, Joseph works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as a post-baccalaureate fellow, where he conducts research on neurological disorders.
Jenny Cho - Vice President for Programs
Jenny is an Asian American historian and author of Chinatown in Los Angeles and Chinese in Hollywood, both published by Arcadia Publishing.
Paul Tiao - Legal Counsel and Vice President for Public Policy
Paul is a partner in the Washington office of Hunton & Williams, and a member of the Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Group. He is co-chair and co-founder of the firm’s Energy Sector Security Team. Prior to joining Hunton & Williams, Paul served as Senior Counselor for Cybersecurity and Technology to the Director of the FBI, Robert S. Mueller, and Judiciary Committee Counsel to the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Richard J. Durbin. He was formerly an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Maryland. Paul is an adjunct professor of cybersecurity law and policy at George Washington University and an instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is an appointed member of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission and the Maryland Cybersecurity Council, and serves as Chair of the Montgomery County Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission.
Stan Tsai - Vice President for Public Affairs
Patricia Smith - Vice President of Educational/Cultural Affairs
Wilbur H. Friedman - Member-at-large
Wilbur is a retired government lawyer, now a grandfather of four. He was a PTA president in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
Wilbur was a political campaign treasurer for Blair Ewing (1980-2003), Alan Cheung (1990-1995) and Judy Docca (now). He has been a Board member of OCADC since 1996, at times its treasurer and its secretary. He is the OCADC representative on the Montgomery County Asian American Health Initiative Steering Committee; the secretary-treasurer of the Huayuan Chinese Academy; the secretary of the Association of Vietnamese Americans (formerly the Maryland Vietnamese Mutual Association); the treasurer of the Bethesda Chevy Chase Jewish Community Group; the secretary of the Montgomery County Green Democrats; a life member of the NAACP; and a member of various other groups including the Potomac Valley Irish Wolfhound Club.
Aryani Ong - Member-at-large
Aryani Ong is a writer and civil rights advocate. Currently, she is working with national leaders to raise concerns regarding the pattern of targeting of Chinese Americans who faced espionage charges, and incurred significant losses during and after those charges were dropped.
Aryani has been involved for the past 26 years in issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans as a lawyer, consultant, and volunteer.
In the local community, Aryani has served as board chair of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL); a board member on the Conflict Resolution Center for Montgomery County (CRCMC); a facilitator for Study Circles, which address the achievement gap in schools; a community advisor with the Montgomery County Partnership For Community Empowerment Grants Program; and, a cultural sensitivity trainer, D.C. Metro Police Department.
A longtime member of OCA-Asian American Advocates, Aryani also worked at its national headquarters as Deputy Director and Program Administrator. Also, Aryani has worked at the nonprofits Asian American Justice Center and the National Women's Law Center; a congressional office; several federal and local government agencies; and, in media including Newsweek. She has spoken publicly to a broad range of audiences, from colleges, government and law agencies, and nonprofits, to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Aryani holds a law degree from George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has graduated from or participated in nonprofit programs sponsored by the Georgetown University's Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, ChevronTexaco Management Institute, BoardSource, Learning as Leadership, Strozzi Institute and Leadership Montgomery.
Adam Lee - Member-at-large
Dr. Woei-jyh (Adam) Lee received BSE degree from the National Taiwan University, MS degree from the Courant Institute at New York University, and PhD degree from the University of Maryland at College Park (UMD). He worked on distributed objects and fault tolerance at the AT&T Labs - Research in 1997. He focused on network software and management at the Bell Laboratories Research from 1998 to 2000. He visited the University of Southern California specializing in continuous media streaming and multimedia networking from 2002 to 2003.
He contributed in protein domain parsing and boundary prediction at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 2004 to 2005. He was a fellow focusing on human genetics and genomics at the National Center for Biotechnology Information, National Library of Medicine, NIH from 2009 to 2012. He became a special volunteer working on computational modeling for cancer progression and metastatic at the NCI, NIH from 2012 to 2013. He was also affiliated with the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at UMD.
He is currently a faculty of Information Systems at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at UMD since 2012. His research interests include big data and data sciences, bioinformatics and computational biology, human genomics and genetics. He has two US Patents and is a member of the IAENG, the CAPA, and the OCA.
Darryl Tom - Member-at-large
Jennifer Japp - Member-at-large