Dragon 5280 Board of Directors meet on the third Tuesday of each month.
Janet Shih Hajek, Board 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.
Andrew Ho, Board Secretary
Criminal Defense Attorney, Recht Kornfeld, P.C.
Andrew is a criminal defense attorney at Recht Kornfeld P.C. Upon leaving the Public Defender's Office, Andrew wanted to find ways to contribute to the diverse communities in the metro Denver area. Andrew recently graduated from Dragon 5280's AAPI Emerging Leader Program in April 2018. After learning about the organization's mission from this program, he decided to help serve the AAPI community and promote cultural diversity in Colorado by joining the Board of Directors. Dragon 5280 is important to Andrew because they provide a forum and voice for smaller communities, as well as opportunities to individuals who may have been overlooked in the past. This is his first year on the Dragon 5280 board and he serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary.
Pediatrician, Children's Hospital Colorado
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.
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.
Casino-Resort Hospitality Business Developer, Ameristar
Nam is focused on outstanding customer service and supervision of the Asian Marketing Host team. After being born and raised in Vietnam, Nam came to the US with his parents and sister. He enjoys the community and environment that the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival has created over the last 18 years. Nam joined to board to better serve and support this great organization, and to show his three daughters how important it is to carry on the cultures from their ancestors.
Jennifer McPhie, Dragon 5280 Marketing Co-Chair;
Brand Marketing Partner, High Form Group
Jennifer McPhie is currently a Brand Marketing Partner at High Form Group. She is Taiwanese-American and grew up in Northern California. Her educational and professional career has given her the opportunity to live in diverse cities including SF, NY, CHI, and ATL. Most recently, Jennifer moved to Denver with her family in 2017, and the first event they attended was the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival.
Prior to joining the Dragon 5280 Board in 2018, Jennifer has been committed to volunteering and supporting causes including student leadership, underserved community outreach, admissions interviewing, recruiting, career mentoring, and school volunteering. She is excited to use her experience managing brands like Visa’s NFL Sponsorship, Yahoo!, Coca-Cola’s Dasani, Jose Cuervo tequila, and E & J Gallo to help Dragon 5280. Jennifer believes Dragon 5280 provides a chance to not only support a group that shares her cultural interests, but also allows her to contribute to the greater Denver community. Jennifer received an MBA from The Kellogg School of Management - Northwestern University and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Elaine Yang, Board Vice Chair
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.
Nicholas Cheong, Board Treasurer
Nicholas has been volunteering with the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival since 2013. He is a business specialist with an international bank and has 16 years of experience in business, education, the military and politics. He graduated from Singapore Management University (SMU) with a Bachelor in Business Management and earned a Master of Science in Communication and Media Technologies from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Nicholas has spent most of his career in the banking and finance industry, in roles such as branch management, business development, consumer and commercial loan underwriting, and origination. He is a veteran of the Singapore Army, and is bilingual in English and Mandarin Chinese. An active member of the community, Nicholas serves or has served on many non-profit boards and committees. He represents Singapore informally in Colorado.
Title Clinical Instructor, Section of Hospitalist Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado SOM
David grew up in the Midwest. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor's 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 as a pediatric hospitalist. Because of his passion for increasing multicultural awareness -in particular, of 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.
Digital Marketing, Western Union
Erin is currently in digital marketing for Western Union. She also runs her own events company and specializes 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.
Global C-level Executive & Business Leader
Asha comes from a family with a long history of successful business, and is currently part of a third-generation business house. After completing her studies in India and gaining significant work experience, she moved to Colorado. 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 of bringing 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.
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