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Current Board Members

Mary Tom – Chapter President

Mary Tom is the current 2017 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.

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.

Evelyn Lee – Secretary

Vera Zheng - Communications VP

Stan Lou - Education and Cultural Affairs VP

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.

Adam Lee - Membership VP

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.


Stan Tsai - Public Affairs VP

George Men - Economic Development VP

Paul Tiao - General Counsel

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.

 

Patricia Smith - Member-at-large

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, and 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.

Darryl Tom - Member-at-large

 

Kelvin Xu - Member-at-large