OCA-Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter

Embracing the Hopes and Aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans

Founded in 1973, the OCA is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to securing the rights of Asian Pacific Americans through initiatives at all levels of the government. OCA-Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter (OCA-WHV) is one of over 80 chapters and affiliates across the United States that strives to develop leadership, community involvement, and civil participation for all APIAs.

The mission of our organization is to advance the social, political and economic status of Asian Pacific Americans in Westchester and Hudson Valley communities and the U.S. Visit www.oca-whv.org for more information.

The OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley (OCA-WHV) is one of the 100 chapters and affiliates of OCA Advocates. It is an award winning advocacy organization and one of the oldest in the tristate region. Our core mission is social advocacy on behalf of all Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA), local and nationwide.

We are proud to have played a major part in influencing national opinion in landmark cases such as that of Private Danny Chen and former NYC police officer Peter Liang. We work tirelessly to eliminate hate speech, to lobby for criminal justice reform and to support national legislation regarding immigration reform and anti-hazing in the military.

We are constantly at work to develop new outreach programs in the large and growing APIA immigrant population in the region and APIA seniors. Our thriving youth program recognizes gifted student leaders as well as talented youth facing hardship or need. Our advocacy-based events address the needs of the APIA population in the Hudson Valley and we continue to build strong coalitions to sister organizations such as Families with Children from China (FCC) and other advocacy organizations.

We, the Executive Board, are your voice for actions that count. We come from business, science, medicine, academia, the arts, human services and range in age from young professionals to active retirees.

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2018 Board of Directors

Li Lin

President

Li is a Director, Exposure Management & Hedging Advisor at General Electric Capital where she manages the interest rate and FX risks for GE's $500 billion debt and derivative portfolio. Li also serves on GE's Asian Pacific American Forum where she assisted in raising disaster relief and reconstruction aid for recent natural disasters. She also served as Vice Principal and PTA Vice Chairperson at Huaxia General School. Li and her husband have two children and reside in Stamford Connecticut .

Li Lin

Peggy Chen

Immediate Past President

CPA, has over 30 years of experience in financial services, including national and international assignments. At Citigroup, she was a Financial Controller for Citicorp Technology Infrastructure of Citigroup North America.  Now retired, she continues to serve in the community.

Peggy currently serves as President of OCA-Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter. She is the OCA-WHV coordinator for the Westchester Livable Communities for seniors. Peggy is a founding member of the Chinese Alliance Church of Westchester (CACW) and a member of the Scarsdale Woman’s Club. She leads the Audit team and completes the annual financial audit for CACW.  She and her husband, David, have resided in Scarsdale, NY since 1985.  They have two grown children and two grandsons.

Peggy Chen

Gary Guo, MD, PhD

Co-Vice President of Programs

An attending physician, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College . He, currently, serves as Board Director and Executive Vice President of OCA/WHV , and Vice President of Fudan University Alumni Association USA. Dr. Guo is also a past president of the Chinese Physicians Association. He is currently an immediate past president .

Gary Guo

Grace Pan

Co-Exec Vice President & Treasurer

Grace Pan has over 10 years experience in Banking and Mortgage industries, specializ ing in pricing and strategic planning. She was VP of Citi Home Equity for Citibank. She is a PTA member for her children's school and actively involves in school's fund-raising events and many other activities . She also served as PTA's Vice Chairperson at New York Huaxia Chinese School and helps organize many events for the schoo l. She is currently teaching Olympic Math at HXNY Chinese School. She has been volunteering for the Asian American Festivals for the past two years, in charging of programs and performances as a stage manager.

Grace Pan

David Y . Chen

Co-Vice President of Community Outreach

Dr. David Chen retired from New York Presbyterian Hospital, Westchester Division in 2010. He received his Ed.D. degree in Gerontology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1981.

He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient clinics for medical and psychiatric patients at various hospitals. He was an assistant professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine from 1991 to 2009. He is currently a Senior Council member at the Westchester County Department of Senior Program & Services .

David Chen

Sinforosa Tan Kaung, Ph. D

VP of Public Relations & Communications

Sinforosa Tan Kaung is an educator born in the Philippines. She is a graduate of the University of San Carlos and Cornell University and earned a Ph. D. from Syracuse University. Rose has received many awards; has published and presented papers /lead workshops for mathematics teachers locally, nationally and internationally. Now retired, she is Professor Emerita of Mathematics and a former holder of the Sophia & Joseph Abeles Endowed Chair for Mathematics at the Westchester Community College.

Rose has been involved with OCA-WHV for twenty years, is a lifetime member and has served on the Board in various positions including past president. She currently serves as the Co-Vice President of Communications and Public Relations. Among her many volunteer work includes serving on the Syracuse University School of Education Board of Visitors.

Rose Tan Kaung

William H.P. Kaung

Co-VP of Programs & Co- VP of Advocacy

Bill is a lifetime member of the Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter of The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) and President of the chapter for three years, from 1999 to 2001. He is currently the Vice President - Programs and a member of the chapter's board. He also served as the past OCA National Treasurer and Executive Council member from 2002 to 2008 .

Bill served on the Executive Committee of both the Hudson Valley Community Coalition (HVCC), a coalition of the Not-for-Profit Advocacy groups in the lower Hudson Valley and We Are Westchester, a coalition of the Not-for-Profit Advocacy groups in Westchester County . He studied accounting at Pace University, New York City, AAS, and continued his studies at Syracuse University, B.S. in Finance, and graduate studies at Iona College, MBA.

William Kaung

Jenny Kho

Co-Executive Vice President

Jenny Kho* plays a very active part in her community. She is the Past President of the Philippines Chinese Association of America (Northeast) and the Philippines Chiang Kai Shek Alumni Association of America (Northeast). She is committed to helping her clients achieve their financial goals for themselves, their families and their businesses by providing effective strategies for assets accumulation, preservation and transfer.

Jenny is a member of the New York Life’s Chairman’s Council, which is the highest level of achievement for a New York Life representative. In addition, she has further demonstrated her dedication to serving the needs of her community by attaining Life Membership status in the industry’s prestigious Million Dollar Round Table.

Jenny Kho

Tammy Huang

Co-Vice President Of Membership

Tammy Huang, joined Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. in 1977. She is currently a Senior Director in Regeneron. She directs therapeutic protein R&D and leads the collaborative effort in the early discovery and development of therapeutic antibodies.

She built therapeutic antibody pipelines and successfully led the antibody discovery and development team to identify many therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. She is also a devoted wife and mother of two children. She is also actively involved in several communities. She has taught Sunday school for pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students for more than fifteen years collectively for two Christian organizations, CACW and WCCC.

She graduated from Peking University with a bachelor’s degree in science. She did a two-year tenure in environment engineering in Beijing. She has a PhD degree in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

David Yan

Albert Chua

Secretary

Albert Chua, working in the financial services business for about 5 years, joining my aunts and uncle in their practice. I was born and raised here in the US, spending my younger years in rural Sturbridge, Massachusetts. I moved to Yonkers, New York around 2012 for the sole purpose of getting introduced to the financial services industry and the rest is history. Since then, I have embraced New York's uniqueness and am slowly becoming what is known as an official "New Yorker." I am currently an active member of OCA and was introduced to the organization by my aunt, Jenny Kho.

Albert Chua

Daniel Lewis

Co-Vice President Of Community Outreach

Daniel Lewis currently serves as Vice President of Community Outreach of OCA-WHV. He is also the Families with Children from China of greater New York (FCCNY) Liaison to Chinese American Community Organizations. Prior to that he was FCC Westchester liaison to OCA WHV from 2007, when the two organizations began collaborating.

Dan and his wife Helen are the parents of two children adopted from China. His interests are in bringing the adoptive Chinese American community closer together with the traditional Chinese American community so that both may mutually benefit as well as introducing Chinese culture to non-Chinese audiences.

Dan Lewis

Jean Li

Co-Vice President of Advocacy & Community Outreach

Jane Li, Ma

Jean Li

Jin Li, MD, PhD, FAANEM

Co-Exec Vice President

Jin Li is an Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology, New York Medical College and is the chief of Neuromuscular Section, Westchester Medical Center. She is the program director of Neurology residency program and committee member of Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center. Dr. Li serves as workshop committee member of American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. She is a board member of the Chinese American Neurological Association, USA. She serves as Westchester chapter director of the Association of Chinese American Physician.

Dr. Li is board member of the OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley chapter since 2012 and currently serves as Co-Vice President of Programs/Advocacy. She serves as board member of Beiyi Alumni Association and vice president of the Peking University Alumni Association of Greater New York. Dr. Li is also a founding board member of the Chinese University Alumni Alliance. She is co-chair of Chinese Family Network at Horace Mann School.

Jin Li

Jacyln Liu

Web Master & VP Membership & VP of Mentor YOCAA

Jaclyn is a self-employed business owner. She has served as a member of the Board of Director and secretary at HXGNY for four years, before she became a Vice Principal at HXGNY. She is also an active member at her school district's Board of Nomination Committee. Jaclyn managed multiple international and US teams as QA Manager when she worked at WWE.

Jacyln Liu

Eric G. Cheng

Co-Vice President of Advocacy

Eric G. Cheng, J.D., Currently with Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman and Dicker of White plains. Partner in the Insurance Coverage and Architect and Engineer Liability litigation. Pro Bono Work: Counseled indigent families through the immigration court system as part of the Safe Passage Project, Monitored local election process through the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Assisted elderly clients in preparation of wills as part of the Volunteers of Legal Service Elderly Project. Volunteer work: Board member of the Chinese School of Southern Westchester, Member of the Citizens Nominating Committee in the Village of Scarsdale and Member of the Westchester Association of Chinese Americans

J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1997. B.A. From University of Pennsylvania.

Eric G. Cheng

Meow Yee

Co-Vice President Development

Meow Yee is Program Director, Business Development & Acquisitions , System z at IBM's mainframe division . She leads the division's M&A strategy and projects,with responsibility for driving acquisitions and investments for the unit. She also has marketing responsibility for growing its mainframe business in emerging countries . In a prior position as the Program Executive for Asian Initiatives, she managed a ground breaking project to share best practices across several global companies on Asian talent and growing businesses in Asian marketplaces. Her prior positions at IBM included managing a software business with an annual revenue of $300m, development of IBM's corporate information architecture , software development and research at the IBM T.J . Watson Research Center. Ms. Yee has managed teams in several countries to successfully deliver applications and products for IBM.

Ms. Yee is president and co-founder of the Asian Women Leadership Network and a past president of this chapter . Ms. Yee is a recipient of the National Women of Color Technology All Star, YWCA Salute to Women and the President's Volunteer Service awards . Ms. Yee graduated with a Master of Science degree from Imperial College, London, England.

Meow Yee

Vincent Young

Co-Vice President of Development

Vincent Young* is the pastt president of OCA-WHV and had served in various positions on the board including finance, outreach and membership. Vincent has been involved in OCA-WHV for more than two decades and currently serves as Co-Vice President of Membership. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from NYU Polytechnic and an MBA in Finance from Stern School at New York University.

He retired as a Director in the Public Policy and External Affairs Department at Verizon Communications. Vincent had served as a member of the Business Advisory Committee of OCA National representing Verizon. Currently he is part of a private company focusing on real estate investment and management. He and his wife, Grace, reside in White Plains. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.

Vincent Young

Christine Zhao

Assiatant Treasurer & Co-VP of Development

Christine Zhao

Eric Cheng

Legal Counsel

Jason Bobadilla

Jean Chang

At Large

Jean served as a past president of this chapter . She has also served as Executive VP at OCA National in addition to serving as VP of Finance and Education. She holds an MBA from NYU. Jean has also served on the schola rship committee and a generous contributor to OCA. Jean and her husband Dr. Stanley Chang are life time members.

Jean Chang

Dr.Howard Chen

At Large

received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. From 1987 to 2013, Dr. Chen worked at the IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, New York, where he had been involved in the design and implementation of many IBM eServer products. As a prolific inventor holding 37 U.S. patents, Dr. Chen has received numerous IBM Invention Achievement Awards. He has also received the IBM Outstanding Contribution Award, the IBM Research Division Award, and the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award at IBM’s Corporate Technical Recognition Event. Dr. Chen served as the president of Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE), Greater New York Chapter in 2013, and received the dynamic achiever award from OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter in 2015. Currently, he is a board member of OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley Chapter, CIE National Council representative, and chair of the CIE-USA Centennial Planning Committee.

Dr. Howard Chen received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University in 1979, and Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. From 1987 to 2013, Dr. Chen worked at the IBM Research Division, Thomas J. Watson Research Center, in Yorktown Heights, New York, where he had been involved in the design and implementation of many IBM eServer products, including S/390, AS/400, PowerPC, pSeries, and zSeries. He also worked with IBM clients and participated in the design of Apple Power Mac, Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft Xbox, and Sony PlayStation processors. As a prolific inventor holding 37 U.S. patents, Dr. Chen has received numerous IBM Invention Achievement Awards for his creative contributions to IBM progress. He also received the IBM Outstanding Contribution Award for design and realization of the Alliance G5 microprocessor, the IBM Research Division Award for design and implementation of Freeway G7 microprocessor, and the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award at IBM’s Corporate Technical Recognition Event.

Best known for his pioneering work on chip and package power supply noise analysis, Dr. Chen has published over 60 technical papers in professional journals and the proceedings of international conferences. He has also given tutorials and workshops at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), the Asia and South Pacific Design Automation Conference (ASP-DAC), the European Solid-State Circuits Conference (ESSIRC), and the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Chen served as a member of the board of directors of the Chinese Institute of Engineers, Greater New York Chapter (CIE-GNYC). He was the program chair of CIE-GNYC convention in 2010, the treasurer of CIE-GNYC in 2011 and 2012, and the president of CIE-GNYC in 2013. Currently, Dr. Chen is a CIE National Council representative, a co-organizer for the 2016 Asian American Engineer of the Year (AAEOY) award, and chair of the 2017 CIE-USA Centennial Planning Committee.

Howard Chen

Linda Ching Sledge, Ph. D.

At Large

Linda Ching Sledge* Ph. D. is an author and educator born in Honolulu, Hawaii to a seven-generation huaqiao family. A graduate of Punahou School and U.C. California at Berkeley, she earned a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from the CUNY Graduate Center. Now retired, she is Professor Emerita of English and a former holder of the Abeles Endowed Chair for Global Literature at the Westchester Community College.

She is also a writer of fiction, having written two award winning historical novels set in China and Hawaii published by Bantam Books. Currently, she teaches courses in Modern Chinese Literature at local retirement institutes and lives in Pleasantville with her husband Gary, a retired editor at Readers Digest.

Linda Ching Sledge

Xin Zheng, Ph. D

At Large

Xin Zheng*Ph. D. graduated from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA/ISAS) Trieste, Italy in 1991. He has been a biomedical researcher for over 20 years, with experience in both academic and industrial environments. Currently he serves as the Associate professor of Pathology, Senior Director, Research data and informatics Icahn school of medicine at Mount Sinai.

In addition to his professional interests, Dr. Zheng is an active volunteer in the Asian American community for the past twelve years, has served two terms as PTA chair and one term as board member at Huaxia Chinese School, New York. He joined OCA Westchester and the Hudson Valley Chapter eight years ago, has served in various positions on the board and is the Immediate Past President. He has been a mentor for many Asian American children and young OCA members in the Westchester and Hudson Valley area. He enjoys working with his fellow dedicated board members to build a better and stronger Asian American Community.

Xin Zheng