Dragon 5280 Board of Directors meet on the third Tuesday of each month.
Tom Kazutomi, Co-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.
E. Bing Walker, Secretary
PhD & Community Volunteer
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.
PharmD 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.
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.
Dr. Debbie Chen-Becker grew up in Cleveland and Columbus, OH. During her 4 years in St. Louis at Washington University School of Medicine, she served as Co-President for the local chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association as well as overseeing mentorship in the local chapter of the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association. She and her husband moved to Denver in 2003, where she completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She is currently a community pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Debbie enjoys spending time with her three children and spends countless hours volunteering at their school. She is excited to be apart of the Dragon 5280 board to help promote increasing cultural awareness in the greater Denver area.
Janet Shih Hajek, Co-Chair
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.
Asha Vasant, Treasurer
Global C-level Executive & Business Leader
Asha comes from a family with a long history of being successful business people, which is currently a third-generation business house. She moved to Colorado after completing her studies in India and gaining significant work experience. Currently, Asha is as an advisor and aids clients over a broad range of business enterprises including start-ups. Asha is passionate about serving the community and society. Empowerment of women in the workplace is an issue close to her heart, and she works with several organizations who are active on this issue. She has been recently recognized by the Governor Hickenlooper for her contribution to bring the Colorado and Indian community together. Last year she was recognized by the International Women Leadership Association for her outstanding leadership. She is also a member of the American Society of Women Accountants and the Women’s Vision Foundation.
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.
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 2 year old girl.
Digital Marketing for Western Union
Erin is currently in digital marketing for Western Union. She also runs her own events company, specializing in cultural events. Erin was nominated for Working Women of America in 2016 and 2017. She is currently an active member and a Sunday school teacher at Logo's Central Chapel. Erin has two undergraduate degrees in International Business and Marketing from Johnson and Wales University and an MBA from The University of Colorado.
Erin is new to the board as of 2018. Erin saw an opportunity to use her skills and experiences to help grow Dragon 5280. She is excited to be a part of something that will not only impact the community close to her, but open up the doors for future generations.
Attorney at 3iLaw April Greene Apking is an attorney with 3i Law. She works in the firm’s immigration and corporate practice areas. Prior to joining CBDF, April served on the Board of Directors for Youth on Record in Denver, Colorado. April also was a member of the Executive Committee for the Minoru Yasui Inn of Court, as well as a past member of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association. Recently, April has devoted time to judging various law school moot court competitions and elementary and middle school science competitions. April currently is co-chair for the Pomona High School Marching Band Festival and mentor to an undergraduate student through the program Law School Yes We Can.