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Panelist Bios

Eun “Michelle” Cho (Financial Stability: Riding the Pandemic) is financial planner and special care planner affiliated with MassMutual. She provides comprehensive financial planning services to clients including retirement planning, investment management, protection planning, college tuition planning, cash flow optimization and tax efficient strategies. One of her specialties is working with families with special needs family member to help them create a holistic Life Care Plan to protect their loved ones with special needs.

She has over 10 years of experiences in financial industry and holds Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Special Needs Consultant designation, Series 7, 66 and life and health insurance licenses. She graduated from U.C.S.D. with bachelor’s degree in Physics.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading, traveling, snowboarding, music, hiking and spending time with her son. She is also actively involved in the community and volunteers for Global Children Foundation and for Junior Achievement as financial educator.

Jackie Dai (Addressing your Mental and Physical Health Needs During COVID-19) is an Associate Supervising Attorney with the Health Consumer Center, which is part of Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County.  Prior to this position, she served different roles within disability law including Administrative Law Judge, mediator, disability rights attorney, and advocate.  She is extremely passionate about working with people with disabilities and their families, which motivated her to join APIDC.

Vanessa Gallardo (Addressing your Mental and Physical Health Needs During COVID-19) received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine. A product of immigrant parents, Vanessa has made it her life’s work to service communities that are considered underprivileged and underrepresented.  

She has an extensive history in supporting others by serving 4+ years in the homeless sector of nonprofit agencies such as People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and Downtown Women’s Center (DWC). She also has a total of 2 years of experience at a skilled nursing facility where she led the social services department. 

In her spare time Vanessa also held classes with the Transitional Age Youth (TAY) population for about 10+ years, where higher education, learning to think for oneself, and holistic approaches to managing stress and anxiety were the topics of conversation.

Lily Lai, M.D., F.A.C.S., (Addressing your Mental and Physical Health Needs During COVID-19) earns high praise from both patients and peers as a surgical oncologist. The Harvard-educated Lai switched from Chinese art history to medicine in order to have a more direct, “hands-on” impact on people’s lives. Dr. Lai joined City of Hope in 1998, after medical training at University of California, San Diego.

Specializing in colorectal cancer, Dr. Lai makes a point of learning as much as possible about each patient’s lifestyle and needs to ensure the best possible outcome. “It’s a different discussion with every individual patient. I come up with a different answer depending on my interaction with them. And I think getting better at cancer care is being able to tell where a patient is in their life, what they value, what they need to do.”

Phuong Nguyen (Financial Stability: Riding the Pandemic) is a Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer at Bank of America. In this role, Phuong helps companies who want to leverage their assets to provide liquidity to operate and grow their businesses.

Phuong has over 28 years of experience in the financial industry in various capacities – underwriting, monitoring and relationship management. She holds the Series 7, and 63 registrations. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from U.C.S.D.

Phuong resides with her husband and 2 sons in Los Angeles, CA. In her free time, Phuong enjoys gardening, Zumba, kickboxing and traveling.

Angela E. Oh (Gift of Compassion) was born and raised in Los Angeles and she is a second generation Korean American. Currently, she both mediates and meditates.

Her work as a mediator is with California’s Department of Fair Employment & Housing where her she facilitates early resolution of charges of discrimination alleging violations of the state’s civil rights laws. Ms. Oh is also a practitioner of Zen meditation and has introduced Zazen, a silent meditation form, into a project called the Gift of Compassion. Partnering with artist Tu-2, the project brings a self-care practice that combines art and meditation to improve heath, well-being, and capacity for greater focus and clarity to face life’s challenges and  opportunities.

Ms. Oh has been a trial lawyer, a member of the Los Angeles Human Relations Commission, an appointee to the President’s Race Initiative, and an executive of a nonprofit dedicated to promoting mediation, and was ordained as a Zen priest in 2001. The trajectory of Ms. Oh’s life included events that led to the 1992 civil unrest in Los Angeles, and its aftermath. In the past five years, Ms. Oh has introduced the practices of meditation and mediation to foster youth, individuals returning home from prison, and social change activists. Most recently, through the Gift of Compassion, she has engaged in a developing a project with a sanctuary in Tijuana that shelters families migrating from Central and South America, Haiti, and Africa.

Daniel Oh (Strengthening Your Immune System: Keeping Active & Eating Right) is a personal trainer and owner of the gym Fast Lean Fit in Los Angeles. He has been training clients since 2009.  He specializes in functional, athletic training and believes in a balanced mind, body, and spirit to achieve the optimal health.

Regina Park (Strengthening Your Immune System: Keeping Active & Eating Right) is a Pilates instructor at Whole Body Method in Los Angeles, who is also a Russian trained ballerina. She began Pilates training as a means to cross-train with her ballet. From injury prevention to physical therapy to even fitness goals, Pilates encourages an individual to be in better tune with one’s body and mind. With her keen eye for detail and compassionate heart, this is there to safely spot you, challenge you, and motivate you until you achieve your personal fitness goals!

Jennie Wang (Strengthening Your Immune System: Keeping Active & Eating Right) came from Taiwan originally. She went to Vancouver, Canada, when she was in high school and attended Simon Fraser University in Canada, majored in biology and psychology. She became interested in nutrition when she realized she did not know much about human nutrition when her mother asked her if taking nutritional supplements was a good idea or not. She started her graduate study at Cal Poly Pomona to learn more about human nutrition not knowing this would turn into a career path. Her graduate advisor, Dr. Caudill, encouraged her to apply to the Cal Poly Pomona Dietetic Internship and become a Registered Dietitian (RD).

She completed her 9-month dietetic internship through Cal Poly Pomona and interned at Emanate Health (formally known as Citrus Valley Health Partners). After she passed her board exam she worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Emanate Health for 15 years. As a Clinical Dietitians, she was involved in outpatient nutrition classes and spoke at several community programs affiliated with the hospital. After her children are grown, she came back to work full-time and was promoted to the Clinical Nutrition Manager position.  She continues to work on nutrition related projects at work as she realize nutrition is fundamentally important and yet not very well understood by the public. She is fluent in Mandarin and Taiwanese. When she is not working, she enjoys watching movies, traveling and photography.