The Board of Advisors provides guidance to PAACH staff regarding PAACH's mission, priorities, programs, and practices; helps publicize PAACH events and services in the community; and acts as a conduit to the PAACH for significant community opinions and developments.
Fariha Khan, Ph.D. (Board Chair)
Fariha Khan is the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also teaches courses on South Asians in the U.S, Asian American Communities, as well as Muslim Identity in America. She received a Master's degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Yale University and a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on South Asian American Muslims and the Bangladeshi American community.
Dr. Ann Tiao
|Deven M. Patel, Ph.D.|
Asst. Professor, South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
As a professor of South Asia Studies who works on South Asian cultures in history, I am also committed to forging links with contemporary South Asians and contemporary South Asian-Americans with my work. I have also taught Asian history and religion (covering the cultures of China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia) and so I have a deep interest in working with students whose heritage is linked with these places. I hope to serve PAACH by providing support to students and alumni in terms of an academic perspective to Asian cultures' connections with contemporary America.
|Rashmi Kumar, Ed.D.|
STEM Learning Instructor
Weingarten Learning Resources Center
Lecturer, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
I specialize in STEM Learning and research learning environments anchored in emerging technologies. Currently, I am working on identifying the tools, technologies, and strategies that generate measurable impact in different fields of science, technology, and engineering across individual learning styles.
I am excited to join the advisory board of PAACH and hope to further its organizational goals by solidifying participation and success of Asian American students, particularly in STEM fields; supporting group initiatives with Penn colleagues and external networks; and raising attention to the contributions and efforts of PAACH.
|Hoa Duong Piyaka, C'01|
Program Officer, Southeast Asia
The Fund for Global Human Rights
Hoa Duong Piyaka (aka Hoa Tu Duong), graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001 with a double major in Urban Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE). She was one of the student founders of the Pan Asian American Community House (2000) and the first Asia Pacific Women's Leadership Initiative (2000-2001), Chair of the Asia Pacific Student Coalition (1999-2000), and Vice Chair of Community Affairs for APSC (1998-1999). During her senior year at Penn, Hoa was voted by the Class of 2001 and members of the Urban Studies faculty, respectively, to receive the R. Jean Brownlee Senior Honor Award and the Commitment to Social Change in the City Award. Hoa obtained her Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in International Political Economy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government where she received a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship and Public Interest Fellowship in 2008. She has extensive experience in the development, education, health, and human rights sectors in Southeast Asia - she currently works as an independent consultant and regional funding/strategic investment advisor.
|Eugena Oh, C'03|
Interim Executive Director
"I Have A Dream" Foundation
Eugena joined the "I Have A Dream" Foundation (IHDF) in November 2011 and currently serves as Interim Executive Director. IHDF's mission is to provide long-term support to help children living in under-resourced communities achieve their full potential by promoting personal empowerment, postsecondary success, and financial support for postsecondary education. Eugena also serves as IHDF's Legal Counsel. Prior to joining "I Have A Dream," Eugena practiced commercial and products liability law, and served in development, strategy, and operations roles within several non-profit organizations, including Teach For America - New York City, Rock The Vote, and Washington State Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Eugena received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Outside of work, Eugena serves as a Board Member of the Korean American League for Civic Action (KALCA), and is an active alumna of the University of Pennsylvania, serving on the Board of Advisers for PAACH (Pan-Asian American Community House) and on the alumni applicant interview committee.
Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos, C'03
Jamille is an Advanced Senior Lecturer and the Associate Director of the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing. As a lecturer and clinical instructor at Penn for the past 11 years, her roles have allowed her to educate undergraduate nursing students and graduate student nurse practitioners and midwives in the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program. As a Board Certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, she helped develop the Hospitalist Obstetric Nurse Practitioner role at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania upon graduation from Penn in 2003, and where she still currently practices one day a week. She is proud to be the faculty advisor of the Asian Pacific American Nursing Student Association (APANSA). She is currently a doctoral student in the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education Management at the Graduate School of Education at Penn researching the educational goals and professional aspirations of Filipino nurses in the U.S.
|Michael Mariano, W'00, MUSA'09|
Senior Economist & Director of Geospatial Analytics
Oxford Economics / Tourism Economics
I was a member of the original student coalition that helped start PAACH in 2000 and served on the PAACH Advisory Board as a grad student in 2007. I am serving on the current Board of Advisors because I believe it is a pivotal and exciting time for PAACH and hope that the Board of Advisors can help bring PAACH to whole new levels. I hope to be able to draw upon my past experience with non-profits, past involvement with Upenn (as an undergrad, grad student, and as an alum working on alumni programming & fundraising), professional experience, and alumni networking to bring a unique perspective to the Board of Advisors.
|Virgilio Aquino, CFA, C'07, WG'12|
Assistant Investment Manager
North American Equities
Aberdeen Asset Management
I have been deeply enmeshed within the PAACH community through various capacities for a good part of 10 years ever since arriving on campus as a freshman in 2003 and returning again in 2010 as a graduate student. As an undergraduate, I frequented PAACH for the amalgam of resources they provided, which included not only the basic academic necessities, but also the venue for mingling with other APAs on campus, and more importantly, for receiving parental-like guidance from Kusum while away from home. My interest in participating on the PAACH Board stems from my commitment to further its mission--that PAACH not only continue to provide the same resources I enjoyed as a young college student, but to also become a more prominent contributor to the broader network of resources that Penn offers to all constituents of the University's community.
Natasha Menon C'20
I am a freshman studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. I was introduced to PAACH through the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative and the South Asian community on campus. I am incredibly excited to delve deeper into the PAACH community, and I view my role on the Board of Advisors as the best way to achieve that goal. I look forward to helping PAACH grow throughout my four years at Penn and giving back to a community that has been so welcoming and supportive.
Juliann Zheng C'19
I'm a Junior in Wharton studying Operations & Marketing and OIDD. Ever since coming to Penn, I have received love and support from the PAACH community. I've been introduced to so many amazing people and organizations through PAACH and I see PAACH as a place to help me understand my API identity, a safe space, somewhere to meet new people, and last but not least, a home. Along with all the amazing people on board, I hope to help PAACH continue to grow and bring to others the same comfort that PAACH has given me.