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Board Members

APIDC: Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California

Board of Directors

Patricia Kinaga, Chair and Co-Founder, is an attorney at Frandzel Robins Bloom & Csato, L.C., where she specializes in employment law. In addition to representing employers in litigation, she provides advice and training on numerous topics in the workplace, including disability accommodation.  A former member on the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, she is a past president of the Japanese American Bar Association, and is an appointed member of the American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights.

Johnna Cho, Vice Chair, is Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc. She handles and provides advice on a broad range of legal matters relating to the home video, digital distribution and game businesses of Warner Bros. in the Asia-Pacific region.  Prior to joining Warner Bros., Ms. Cho developed an expertise in corporate transactions as an attorney with Graham & James. Ms. Cho serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Network for Asian Pacific Americans, the business resource group for Asian American and Pacific Islander employees at Warner Bros. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from UCLA.

Akiko Koh, Treasurer, is Director, Quality Center of Excellence at MUFG Union Bank.  Previously, she spent over 22 years at GE in various leadership positions including Managing Director, Global Asset Management at GE Equipment Services and Executive Operating Officer at GE Edison Life Insurance, Japan.  She was co-chair of the GE Women’s Network in Japan and a leader of the GE Asian Pacific American Forum in NY.

Anne Haga, Secretary, is an Adjunct Professor in the Rehabilitation Services Program at California State University, Los Angeles. She previously served as Director of Counseling Services at Southwestern Law School, where she assisted law students with disabilities and advised the law school on the Americans with Disabilities Act and reasonable accommodations.  Ms. Haga has presented at various conferences including the Association of Higher Education and Disabilities and the California Association for Post-secondary Education and Disability.

Mario Galdamez is the Deputy Director at Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL), a nonprofit organization that assists individuals with disabilities with a wide-range of services. Mr. Galdamez has 10 years of experience providing training, advocacy, and placement services of qualified individuals with disabilities into competitive employment. SCRS-IL Employment Program has been successfully preparing, placing, and matching individuals with disabilities with employers for over 15 years in Southern California.

Louis Herrera, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Master’s degree in Assistive Technology from CSU Northridge. He worked for over 20 years in the aerospace industry and is now working as a Customer Programs Specialist for SoCal Gas. He has served as Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles Commission on Disabilities and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the FCC’s 21st Century Communications Committee to develop standards and recommendations that will make TV and multimedia universally accessible.

Jennifer Kumiyama, was born with Arthrogryposis and uses a wheelchair daily.  She is a vocalist/performer and was cast in Disney’s “Aladdin; a Musical Spectacular” at Disney California Adventure Theme Park, where she was the first performer in a wheelchair to ever be on any Disney stage in the world. In 2010, Jennifer was crowned Ms. Wheelchair California and Ms. Wheelchair America 2011, 1st Runner Up. During her reign she spread the message of hope through her platform “Empowering Children with Disabilities to Make Their Own Dreams Come True”. Jennifer was cast in a major role as ‘Carmen’ in Sundance Film Festival hit and Academy Award Nominated film “The Sessions”, MTV’s teen sensation “Awkward” and became the founder and owner of The Ms. Wheelchair California Foundation in 2011 and has since retired as the State Coordinator in 2016.

Mark Matsui is the Director of Disabled Students Programs and Services at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. He worked in programs serving students with disabilities in the California Community Colleges and the California State University system for over 35 years. He established the “GO Project” and co-created the “College to Career” program at Long Beach City College. Mr. Matsui is also a Past-President of the California Association for Post-secondary Education and Disability (CAPED), the oldest professional organization of post-secondary educators of students with disabilities in the nation.

Advisory Board

Stewart Kwoh is founding President and Executive Director of the legal and civil rights organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles, and served on APIDC’s Board of Directors from its inception. Stewart is a nationally recognized leader on civil rights, race relations, human relations, and legal services. Stewart has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors and as Chair of the California Endowment. Through his leadership, Advancing Justice acts a fiscal sponsor and provides capacity training for nonprofit organizations.

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta has embraced the inclusion of people with disabilities from his earliest years as a public servant. During 1971 he spent his first day as Mayor of San Jose in a wheelchair, accepting the challenge from a colleague that the new mayor might better understand the perspectives of a person with disabilities. As a member of Congress, Mr. Mineta played a key role in the passage of the transportation provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Mineta has been a long-standing supporter of APIDC and received APIDC’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the first Asian American to hold a post in a Presidential cabinet as Secretary of Commerce for President Clinton, and as Secretary of Transportation for President George W. Bush.

Alice Wong, a research associate at the Community Living Policy Center at the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, has received numerous prestigious awards, including the American Association of People with Dsabilities Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, for her pioneering advocacy work. Alice created and manages the Disability Visibility Project, an on line community research dedicated to documenting stories of people with disabilities. A former board member of APIDC, Alice was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Council on Disability.


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