2013 CACCC Board
Jean Yih, MBA has served as Respite Coordinator for the American Cancer Society, California Chinese Unit since 2006 and has volunteered as a driver for ACS since 2008. Since 2011, she has also been an interpreter for Vitas. Jean completed the Health Care Interpreter certification program in December of 2011. As if this were not enough, Jean volunteered to do accounting for the Shinshin Education Foundation in 2004, and is still doing that.
Sandy Chen Stokes, RN, MSN, a geriatric nurse specialist, is the founder of the CACCC. Sandy currently works in the Older Adult Transitions program at El Camino Hospital in MountainView. Sandy has focused much of her career and volunteer activities on end of life (EOL) care, elder care, and mental health issues in the Chinese American community. For her work with the CACCC, in 2008 Sandy was one of 15 nationally to receive the American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams Award. Three years later, she was one of 10 in the nation to receive the 2011 AARP Inspire Award.
Cindy Chen is a Myocardial Perfusion Study technologist in the Nuclear medicine Department at Kaiser-Permanente in Santa Clara. Prior to coming to true U.S., Cindy was a nurse in Taiwan. She is happy when she is helping people around her.
Paul Chow has been employed by the State of California for more than 25 years and currently works for the California Franchise Tax Board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of APAPA, 1st Vice President of the Capital Lions Club, Secretary of the Gee Tuck Sam Tuck Association, Sacramento Chinese Cultural Foundation committee member, and a member of the Sacramento Chinese Confucius School committee.
Angela Hamilton is currently working at UC Davis assisting international students and scholars with visa and immigration issues. She has served as a medical interpreter at Sutter, Kaiser, and UC Medical Center. Angela is a CACCC-trained hospice volunteer and also volunteers with ACSCCU and with Tzu Chi, where she has served for more than seven years.
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Bernie Kwan has been working as an accountant for more than 20 years. In 1994, Bernie was one of three founders of the Joy Club, an organization focused on helping Chinese cancer patients, particularly breast cancer patients. Bernie is a breast cancer survivor herself. The Joy Club now has over 600 members. Bernie is also a trained respite volunteer serving in the ACSCCU respite program.
Geoffrey Lee, JD, a member of the Dayton Law Firm in San Jose, earned his BS in International Business from the University of the Pacific and his JD from Concord Law School. In addition to his work in probate and trust at the Dayton Law Firm, Geoff is responsible for the firm's business management. Geoff has extensive international experience and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Shanghainese.
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Esther Luo, MD received her B.A. in Biology and Piano Performance at Scripps College in Southern California. She earned her MD at UC Davis School of Medicine, where she also volunteered her time as Co-Director of the Paul Hom Asian Clinic, a free student run clinic that serves the Asian community in Sacramento. During her residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she founded “Doctoring to Heal”, a resident and physician reflection group that focused on physician-patient communications. Later, she completed a Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Currently, she is working as a palliative care physician at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, where she is in charge of outpatient palliative care program development.
Pauline Nee, RN, MSN, OCN received her Master's degree in Nursing from UCSF in 1984 and an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2012. She is currently working in the Medical Oncology Department at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, CA. Pauline served on CACCC's initial advisory committee in 2005 and on its first board in 2007 and has been volunteering with CACCC ever since. She has also volunteered with the ACSCCU for many years.
Janice Tsai, BS is the Mainframe Systems Software Specialist Supervisor for the State of California Franchise Tax Board. Janice has been an active volunteer in the Sacramento area since 1997 for organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association, American Cancer Society, First Call Home Care & Hospice, the Asian Community Center and Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist Association.
Alex Tsao, earned his PhD in electrical engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Chanpaign. He has spent more than 20 years in the aerospace and telecom industries in the Bay Area and is currently the managing director at a software company in Santa Clara. Alex has been an active volunteer in the community for more than 10 years. He is on the leadership council of the American Cancer Society California Chinese Unit, serving as president in 2008-2009, and is a member of the advisory board for the Chinese Health Initiative Project at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Alex is also a volunteer for the Tzu Chi Foundation and is currently the charity program director at Tzu Chi USA, Northwest Region Office.
Cindy Wang is Accounting Manager at a Palo Alto consulting firm, where she has worked for more than 12 years. She has been the CACCC's South Bay Volunteer Support Group Coordinator since its formation in 2011 and has volunteered with the ACSCCU for more than 16 years.
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Ai-Chung Wu, RN MSN is currently Charge Nurse in the Oak outpatient dialysis program at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, where she has worked since 1987. She received her Masters degree in Medical surgical Nursing from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and her B.S. in nursing from National Taiwan University. Ai-Chung has been a CACCC volunteer since 2005.
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Jennifer Yang, RN has been working as a primary nurse since 2009. Jennifer has held various nursing positions, including Director of Nursing at SNF, Nurse Manager at Kaiser in San Leandro, Charge Nurse at Peninsula Hospital, Clinical instructor in a CNA training program, and RN program reviewer.
Shaowen Zhu, BSN, RN-BC, OCN, CHPN, is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is currently a staff nurse at the Kaiser Medical Center in Santa Clara, where she has been working in the medical oncology unit for over 10 years. After joining CACCC, she received her hospice and palliative care training from Hospice of the Valley and three hospitals in Taiwan. Over the last year, she has been involved in curriculum development and teaching in CACCC's 30-hour Chinese hospice palliative volunteer training program. She is also a trainer for the American Cancer Society's annual patient support training.
Betty Chiang, Administrative Assistant is a paralegal from the Sacramento area who has recently been certified as a hospice volunteer. She enjoys painting and crocheting in her free time.
Tina Tai, BA. Tina has been appointed CACCC's new
Program Director, after serving as volunteer coordinator for the past year. Until recently, Tina worked as an Outreach Specialist at Chinese Health Initiative at El Camino Hospital. She volunteers at Dharma Drum Mountain SF Chapter and for the American Cancer Society.
Phil Stokes, MA, volunteer Consultant, is a retired English Professor who taught at De Anza College for 33 years, and at Foothill College for three years before that. Phil writes and/or edits CACCC's English publications and serves as CACCC's webmaster.