Meet the 2012 Gateway to Asia emcees
You’ve met the Main Stage and Band Stage emcees; now meet the Gateway to Asia emcees!
Jennifer Lampman has been a volunteer for the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival at Gateway to Asia for seven of the past 12 years. “It is a highlight of my summer and I always look forward to working alongside such extraordinary performers and outstanding volunteers,” she says. Jennifer works in low income housing where she serves to improve the operations of affordable housing communities across the country. She is a recent MBA graduate from the University of Colorado-Denver and holds a BSBA degree in Real Estate/Finance from the University of Denver. She enjoys playing tennis and is an active member of the American Pool Players Association. Jennifer has lived in both San Francisco and Seattle but always finds her way back home to Denver. Her festival tip: Drink lots of water and enjoy the cultural experience of Gateway to Asia!
As a distinguished community leader, Mary Monzon can be found all around town donating her time to a multitude of non-profits, in both fundraising and community awareness capacities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Asian Chamber of Commerce and is an active volunteer for Veterans’ Passport to Hope Benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Additionally, she is one of the founding members of AT&T’s Asian Pacific Americans for Advancement. Her past involvement includes Denver Center for International Studies Foundation, Filipino American Community of Colorado, and the Polynesia-Pacifica Foundation of Colorado. Mary believes it’s important to have good relationships between local businesses and the communities they serve. Mary is originally from San Francisco Bay Area and moved to Denver 15 years ago.
Mike Ninomiya, 32, is a Denver resident and active in the Asian American community. A full time martial artist who has been training his whole life, his recent achievements have been winning the world Sabaki challenge four times in two divisions. The most rewarding experience he claims for himself is sharing his knowledge and energy with his students, especially young children.