Board of Directors
Tom Kazutomi, Chair
Director of Performance Improvement, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado
Tom has been part of our organization since 2002 in various capacities, including paramedic, first aid liaison, co-chair of the Operations Committee, and member of the Board of Directors. He currently serves as the Chair of our Board of Directors. He was born in Japan and came to Colorado in his teenage years. Tom loves to try new food and is always searching for new restaurants to try. He is married and has two adult twin daughters. You can see Tom’s entire family volunteering at our festival. He has a Masters Degree in Management with a concentration in Public Administration.
Elaine Yang, PharmD, Vice Chair
Pharmacist and Community Volunteer
Dr. Elaine Yang moved to Colorado with her family in 2012 from North Carolina. She received the Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and held positions with Winston-Salem Health Care and the Duke University Cancer Center. Dr. Yang was active in the North Carolina community with groups such as the Big Brother/Big Sisters and the Carolina Association of Pharmacy Students. Since arriving in Colorado, she has focused her time on raising her two young daughters, who both attend the International School of Denver in the Mandarin Chinese program, and has volunteered with non-profit organizations such as Operation Walk Denver, Dolls for Daughters, Kenzi’s Kids and the International School of Denver.
E. Bing Walker, PhD, Secretary
Bing has been volunteering for the festival since 2002 in a variety of roles including volunteer coordinator, public safety, VIP chair, and currently as a member of the Board of Directors. Bing was born in the Philippines but raised in Hawaii. Having a deep sense of community, she is a strong advocate for education, persons with disabilities, cultural awareness, and volunteerism. She has worked at Easter Seals Colorado and for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. She currently serves on the State Rehabilitation Council. She earned a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration, Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling, and Bachelor’s in Secondary Education. Bing feels very fortunate to be part of such as prominent organization that promotes cultural education and leadership development.
Director, SRS Acquiom LLC
Ray is a Denver lawyer. In addition to his work with CDBF, he serves on the board of the Korean Academy of Colorado, the region’s oldest independent Korean language and cultural institution. Ray previously lived in San Francisco, where he was active with the Asian American Bar Association and Legal Services for Children (LSC). He is a recipient of the Wiley W. Manuel Public Service Award from the California Bar as well as the LSC Child Advocacy Award. Ray has law and masters degrees from Columbia University in New York, and an undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College in California.
Assistant Store Manager, Wal-Mart
Kirk began his involvement with CDBF with the Emerging Leaders Program in 2011 and has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. He is active in the Asian American Pacific Islander community and is on the executive committee of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, Colorado Chapter. He is currently an assistant store manager with Wal-mart. He has a passion for cultural/diversity education and leadership development. Kirk is a proud father of a 1 year old girl.
Tim Higashide, Treasurer
Business Operations Manager, Sakura Square LLC
Tim is the Business Operations Manager for Sakura Square LLC. In addition to supervising the daily operations under the CEO, Tim also provides leadership and direction to the Board of Managers to assist in developing and implementing the overall strategic business plan. He is a board director for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, Japan America Society of Colorado, and the Japanese Firms Association of Colorado. He also serves on the Denver Asian Pacific American Commission and was a participant in the 2014 Tomodachi Emerging Leaders Program with U.S. Japan Council. Tim holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned his MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship and MS in Finance from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Judy is a lawyer in Denver specializing in health care law. She and her family moved to Denver from the East Coast four year ago. She previously worked for The Legal Aid Society of New York City and continued to provide pro bono legal services while at a law firm practicing corporate and commercial litigation. Judy received her law degree and bachelor of arts in East Asian Studies from Columbia University. She is excited to be part of this dynamic organization.
Janet Shih Hajek
Corporate Counsel, Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Janet is an in-house trademark and copyright attorney with Agilent Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining CDBF, Janet served on the board of directors for the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC) in Washington, D.C. as well as the boards of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area (APABA-DC, where she was president from 2005 – 2006). Janet is also an active volunteer at the Polaris at Ebert Elementary School in Denver. Janet has a law degree from The George Washington University Law School and an undergraduate degree from The American University in Washington, D.C.
Title Clinical Instructor, Section of Hospitalist Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado SOM
David grew up in the Midwest but after graduating from the University of Chicago with a bachelors degree in fine arts he moved to South Korea where he lived and worked for about 15 years. He moved back to the United Stated in 2011 and ended up in Colorado in 2014 where he currently works for the Children’s Hospital Colorado and a pediatric hospitalist. Because of his passion to increase multicultural awareness, in particular Asian culture, David was naturally drawn to the Dragon Boat Festival with its mission to build bridges of awareness, knowledge and understanding between the diverse Asian American Pacific Islander communities and the general public. In addition to his work with CDBF, he serves on the board of the Korean Academy of Colorado, the region’s oldest independent Korean language and cultural institution. David is married with two young children.
The Board of Directors meets on the third Tuesday of each month.