Board of Directors
Monica Lam - Board Member
Monica Lam is the Dean of School of Business Administration in Thomas Jefferson University. She was the Associate Dean for Graduate and External Programs in the College of Business Administration, California State University, Sacramento in 2009-2015. She has a BS in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an MS in Business Computing Science from Texas A&M University, and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her major career achievements include US News and World Reports rankings for the MBA program and online MS Accountancy program at CSUS, international MBA program in Singapore, international MBA program on Campus at CSUS, interdisciplinary MBA concentrations in Healthcare Management, Business Analytics, Design and Strategic Thinking, and Global Entrepreneurship, book publications, and research publications. Her research interests include business ethics, management strategies, accounting information systems, business analytics, higher education leadership, and global project management.
Tom Fung - Board Member
Tom is an Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management at the Fox School of Business, Temple University. Prior to his appointment at Temple, Tom served as Director of the M.S. Global Fashion Enterprise Program for 3 years at Philadelphia University.
Tom developed a plethora of eclectic interests over 29 years working in the consumer packaged goods industry. Travel is perhaps part of his DNA, as international assignments with Campbell Soup Company had taken him to Europe and Asia. Formerly, as Director of Operations for North American Foodservice Division, Tom managed all aspects of the supply chain, with direct impact to profit and loss. His corporate experience ranged from engineering, packaging, and operations management to strategic planning. He was a key liaison between product development and marketing, overseeing 30 manufacturing plants, supporting commercialization, business continuity planning, capital budgeting, technology assessment, and lean manufacturing practices.
Tom has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; MBA from Temple Fox School of Business, and MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served on the Temple University CIBER (Center for International Business Education & Research) Advisory Board, and was formerly the President of the Institute of Industrial Engineers of the Delaware Valley South Jersey Professional Chapter
Tom’s vision for NAAAP Philadelphia is promoting inclusion and innovation. Inclusion is not the mother of invention, but rather the catalyst for innovations; diversity is a fundamental business strategy. Innovation is a process that involves teamwork and continuous collaboration through social interactions. The more diverse of a team being built, the higher the probability of success. NAAAP Philadelphia can provide such a platform for all us to grow, both professionally and interpersonally. “None of us is as smart as all of us.”
Peggy Kelly - Board Member
Peggy Kelly joined Spectrum, A Certified Herman Miller Dealer, in March 2013 as President. Spectrum takes an innovative approach that transforms office workspaces. Before Spectrum, she came from Herman Miller, a leading furniture design firm based in Michigan where she spent three years, most recently as Vice President, Global Seating. Here she obtained experience setting direction for the seating division from inception of products globally to design and development to sales launch, marketing and sell through strategies for seating portfolio. Peggy has a proven track record building new organizations, achieving bottom-line results and developing talent. Peggy currently resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
Lori Chen - Board Member and Co-Founder
Lori Chen is a Vice President, Private Client Advisor at JPMorgan. She holds Series 7 & 66, and completed Certified Financial Planner program. She is fluent in Mandarin, and conversant with 3 Chinese dialects.
Lori Co-founded National Association of Asian American Professionals Philadelphia Chapter in 2004 (NAAAP Philadelphia), now the largest Asian Professional Organization in Philadelphia. She plays an instrumental role since the inaugural of the chapter and serves as President from 2010 to 2014. Currently, she serves as Board of Director of NAAAP Philadelphia & NAAAP New York.
Lori has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Marketing from DeSales University and a Master’s of Business Administration Degree in Marketing from La Salle University. Prior to relocating to New York City, she devotes tremendous amount of energy to non-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area. She is on the Advisory Board of the Asian American Women’s Coalition, promoting the advancement of Asian American women through leadership and mutual support. In addition, she is on the Asian advisory committee of the American Cancer Society (PA Division Southeast Region), and a member of the Community Advisory Council at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Lastly, she co-founded Asian Mosaic Fund Giving Circle in 2010, a diverse group of multi-generational donors committed to advancing the well-beings of the Greater Philadelphia Asian Community.
Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Lori moved to the US in 1995. She travels frequently between the US and Taiwan to spend time with family and friends. Lori’s hobbies include playing a variety of sports such as volleyball, Pilates, archery, swimming, and working out at the gym. She also enjoys reading, dining out, traveling, and simply spending quality time with loved ones.
Jenny Wong - Board Member
Jenny Wong has been a NAAAP Philly Board Member for several years. She is currently on the board of the Asian American Women’s Coalition (also past President) and is the Secretary for the OCA-GP chapter. She is currently employed with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP in Wilmington, DE and is a World Wide Group Auditor for the Americas. Jenny has her BS in Microbiology from Douglass College (Rutgers University) and her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Pharmaceutical Marketing. Jenny resides in PA with her husband and has three grown sons, plus a dog named Gizmo.
Jenny is passionate about promoting young professional Asian Americans into management positions in leading companies for further consideration as potential Board members or in political nominations.
David Chan - Chairman of the Board
David’s career has primarily been in the healthcare industry in such roles as new business development, account management, customer relationship management and most recently both talent acquisition and career development. Graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, he was initially recruited to join Marion Laboratories, one of Fortune Magazine’s “America’s most admired companies” in a professional pharmaceutical sales career. After winning numerous regional and national sales awards, being selected as a regional trainer and management development candidate, he continued his career selling surgical implants and capital equipment for Allergan and Picker Medical to some of our nation’s most prestigious academic institutions and surgeons in the Philadelphia region. He transitioned his career to an executive recruiter over a decade ago joining ECA Recruiters, a firm with nearly four decades of history of placing sales people and sales managers nationwide. In this role, David has developed dozens of Fortune 500 and start up clients, placed hundreds of individuals in new careers throughout the nation and is often a confidant and resource to those individuals seeking career guidance. David is also a very active community leader. He’s a current board member of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, Philadelphia Chapter.
For over a decade, he’s also been a volunteer leader with the Boy Scouts of America – Cradle of Liberty Council holding many roles, including an executive board member, Council Advancement Committee Chairman and an Assistant Scoutmaster. David also volunteers his time coaching community based baseball and football youth programs.
Danthu Thai - Board Member
Clem Cheng - Board Member
Clem leads the Human Resources function for the Sales & Marketing organization of Comcast Cable which is an organization that includes a workforce of 10,000 across multiple sales channels. Clem joined Comcast as the VP HR of Comcast Spotlight, which is the $2B+ advertising sales business of Comcast Cable. As an HR executive, Clem is focused on delivering the spectrum of HR services including sales force effectiveness, talent acquisition, talent management, employee development and HR consulting. Prior to joining Comcast, Clem worked in various senior level HR or Operations leadership roles with CIGNA, W.L. Gore & Associates and Citigroup. Clem, his wife and three children reside in the suburban Philadelphia region. He is active in the community, serving on the Board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Association of American Asian Professionals (NAAAP), is a former Board member of the March of Dimes and is co-founder of the Run For Babies 5K/10K which benefits the March of Dimes. Clem’s other passion is physical fitness and he is an avid recreational triathlete. Clem earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics from the College of William & Mary, and his MBA from the University of Delaware.
Carol Wong - Board Member
Carol Wong has been a board member since NAAAP Philadelphia was founded in 2004. Carol is the Director and owner of the Chinatown Learning Center, a bilingual preschool and after school program that she founded 22 years ago. As a Board Member for the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), Carol addresses affordable housing and community development issues in Chinatown. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian American Women’s Coalition (AAWC), which promotes the advancement of Asian American women through leadership and mutual support. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia SUNS, a youth basketball and Lion Dance organization, and On Lok House, a senior housing and community center. Carol proudly serves on the Board for the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC). Carol has a Bachelor's & a Master's Degree in Elem. Education from Penn State University and a Master's Degree from West Chester University in Early Childhood in Education. She enjoys time with family, friends, and traveling.
Vu Trieu - President
Vu is a Manager, Workforce Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast. He has been a recruiter since 2002 when he owned a sales company in San Diego, CA. Vu loves his current job because it allows him to expand his network and meet many different types of talent. His involvement with NAAAP started in 2013 and he is excited to give back to the Asian community.
Kristy Leong - Executive Vice President
A 7 year member with the organization who has served in Marketing and Collegiate Relations, Kristy Leong is currently the Executive Vice President for NAAAP Philadelphia. In this role, she will ensure that all events will deliver on NAAAP Philadelphia’s promise to offer quality programming focused on professional development.
Kristy Leong received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Biological Basis of Behavior from Penn and her Masters in Business Administration in Operations and Entrepreneurship from Wharton. Her background is in digital media, analytics, marketing, sales, and entrepreneurship. Her industry experience spans CPG, health care, and gaming.
Hank Wang - Co-Director of Corporate Relations
Brian Hamilton - Co-Director of Corporate Relations
Brian’s experience in NAAAP dates back to 2013 starting with his involvement through Employee Resource Group Affinity dinners. After getting a better understanding of the impact NAAAP has to Asian American professionals, Brian decided to become more involved by attending networking events and seminars as a member. By networking through NAAAP, Brian was able to see the value and opportunity for personal and professional growth that it even pushed him to pursue a new career opportunity leading to his current job as an IT Project Manager at Comcast. This pushed him to get more involved within NAAAP as he recently joined the membership services team looking to continue to spread the awareness and benefits of the organization to others within the community.
Zilong Zhao - Director of Collegiate Relations
Zilong Zhao (aka “Z”) is an Actuarial Senior Analyst at Cigna, also serving as the PA Regional Lead for the Cigna Asian/South Asian Colleague Resource Group. He is a 2016 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Temple University with a BBA in actuarial science and computer science minor. Z was an active student leader on campus: he was an officer at five different student organizations, including serving as the president of Temple University Asian Students Association and president & co-founder of NAAAP Temple, a collegiate chapter of NAAAP Philadelphia. Has a huge passion for professional and personal development, he is always seeking opportunities to help himself and others to grow. He loves reading, traveling, working out, and making friends.
Kirthi Kothapalli - Co-Director of Women in NAAAP Program
Kirthi Kothapalli is a Manager at Customer Operations, PECO an electric utility company and a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation. She leverages a strong background in IT, Finance and management in leading the implementation of strategic objectives for her company. She is also actively engaged in the Asian Employee Resource Group at PECO. Outside work, Kirthi is a wife, a mother to two adorable daughters and a successful entrepreneur with a business in skincare. She is passionate about helping others achieve their goals through mentorship and connecting the right people with the right resources.
Kirthi is the co-lead the Women In NAAAP (WIN) program at NAAAP Philly. She looks forward to meeting all the talented professionals and working with you in growing together and building future leaders!!
Yayi Zhang - Co-Director of Women in NAAAP Program
Yayi is an actuary at Cigna, a global health insurance service company. While at Cigna, she enjoyed the opportunity to explore different parts of the business, including U.S. healthcare, global expat insurance, and group non-medical products, while continuing to develop professionally. Outside of work, Yayi likes staying active, such as going to her cross fit gym and golfing with her fiancé, traveling whenever she can, and spending time with family and friends. She is also passionate about leading her local Toastmasters club.
Yayi is excited to co-lead the Women In NAAAP (WIN!) program at NAAAP Philly. She looks forward to meeting many talented Asian women and helping each other to grow and reach their full potential.
Jay Liang - Director of Finance
Jay Liang is a quantitative analyst at TD Bank. He graduated from Temple University with a master degree of Financial Analysis and Risk Management. Previously he was an adjunct instructor in Finance master program in Temple University. In his spare time, he likes snowboarding, hiking, working out, reading, and watching movie. He is also passionate in exploring different culture and travelling with friends.
Erica Chen - Director of Marketing
Erica Chen has over 7 years of experience in the world of advertising in industries including banking, education, military, online gaming, e-commerce, and healthcare. She is currently working as an account executive at MOD Worldwide, a branding and digital agency in Philadelphia. Her past employers include LivingSocial, LMO Advertising, Chronicle of Higher Education, Masterminds Agency, Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and Bank of America. Erica had joined NAAAP Philadelphia in 2009 as the Director of Member Services and helped the chapter nationally win Membership Growth of the Year in 2010. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, rock climb, karaoke up a storm, cook, and cardio dance like no one is watching.
Samantha Lam - Co-Director of Membership
Shubham Garg - Co-Director of Membership
Shubham Garg is a Lead Software Quality Engineer at Comcast Cable (T&P), largest broadcasting and cable television company in the nation and in the world by revenue. Currently he is also leading events managing role for Asian Pacific American Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Comcast. He holds a BS in Electric Engineering from the Drexel University and presently pursuing MS in Information Systems from Drexel University too. Also, he completed Project Management Certification from Rutgers University. Before joining Comcast, he was working at Motorola as a Test Engineer. He is excited to join the role of Co-Director of Membership in NAAAP Leadership team and would like to spread awareness. In spare time he loves to travel, play squash and try diverse gastronomies.
Pak Lee - Director of IT