Board of Directors
Founder & President
Lily Chan is a forward-thinking service leader who has started popular programs both nationally and locally. Lily has a strong background in sales and business development. Lily’s previous experience includes: work at ILGWU as business agent and worker’s advocacy representative, overseeing more than 140 manufacture and contract firms and over 3,000 workers. Her responsibility includes negotiation, conflict and dispute settlements, contract, OHSA and fair labor practice enforcement. Lily’s experience also includes ownership and executive management of a high volume sportswear production company.
As the founder of the Asian Focus Corporation, Lily brings more than 30 years of non-profit and management experience to the AF organization. She has served in numerous community programs; including service as the Vice President and President of the Triangle Area Chinese American Society.
Scott W. Lee
Scott Lee is originally from Dallas, TX. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and holds an MBA from West Texas A&M University. He worked in the IT industry for over 20 years from small businesses to large corporations including IBM, Lenovo, and Gulfstream Aerospace. Currently, he is a Senior IT Consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Since 2013, Scott has been helping Asian Focus with marketing, technology, and web design and development.
Aboli is a dual licensed attorney in India and the USA. She has held in house counsel/corporate counsel positions with multinational technology companies and currently works as Assistant General Counsel at Lenovo. Aboli works closely with her global business clients on a variety of matters including outsourcing contracts, Managed services, Sales, global compliance matters, M&A projects. Aboli has led/managed global projects spanning multiple jurisdictions with private and public sector entities. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Law.
She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, and gardening. She lives in Cary with her husband and 2 kids.
Project & Operation Management
Benjamin UySmith (formerly Benjamin Smith) is originally from Edenton, NC. He is a 2002 graduate from NCSSM and a 2006 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate with a B.S. in Applied Sciences – Bio-medical Engineering. A fun fact, while at UNC, he rowed for Carolina’s Men’s Club Rowing team. As boat leader, his boat earned first place in lightweight novice 8 and third place at nationals in two different novice categories.
After college, he worked at Lenovo for seven years. His first two years was in ThinkPad sales and then transitioned to project management within the ThinkPad business for his remaining five years. He currently works for AXA-Advisors as a Financial Consultant providing financial advice for small business owners and individuals. He works across the state, localized within the Greater Triangle community, to provide financial ideas, efficiency, and security to the community. He is also Operations Manager for the Triangle Dragon Boat festival since 2013.. He lives in Durham with his wife, Cassie UySmith (Class of 2003 and formerly Cassie Woods) and their two daughters, Nazomi (age 6) and Roxana (age 4). His family doesn’t stop there they also have quite the “menagerie” of animals three great danes, one king charles cavalier, one half irish setter half brittany spaniel, six australorps, and two fish :).
Christin joined Asian Focus as the program coordinator in 2016, primarily organizing the performance program for the Annual Dragon Boat Festival. She enjoys working with local artists and performers, and promoting all types of culture.Over the years, Christin has been involved in a variety of community service organizations in the Triangle area including Raleigh Chinese School, TACAS, Food bank and Habitat for Humanity.
Christin graduated from State University of New York at Binghamton with a M.S. degree
in Systems Science. She later joined IBM at RTP working as a Software Engineer for 18 years. She currently works at Coldwell Banker Advantage team as a sales agent to pursue her passion in real estate. She lives in Durham with her husband , two grown children and a cute doggy. During her spare time, she likes hiking, reading and painting.
Yu-Pei Chooi is originally from Penang, Malaysia. She is a 1993 graduate from University of Sciences, Malaysia (USM) with B.S. Hons. in Housing, Building and Planning. Prior to relocation to USA, she worked as a quantity surveyor in Singapore on multi millions residential projects for both public and private sectors. Her portfolios include several BCA awards winning development such as The Pinnacle @ Duxton and Trellis Towers in Singapore.
Growing up in multicultural society in Malaysia, she was privileged to formally learn
to read and write three major languages, English, Chinese and Malay besides being able to communicate in several local Asian dialects such as Cantonese and Hokkien.
Yu-Pei’s passion for real estate continues even after relocation. She started her real estate practice in 2014 and continues helping others navigate the unpredictable tides of a real estate transaction. Her international work experience and multilingual skill has further earned her a certification from NAR as an international property specialist. She served the board of the Triangle International Council (TIC) of REALTORS in 2015-16, during which TIC was recognized by NAR with “GOLD” Global Business Council Achievement Award.
Beside real estates, she is an active volunteer in local communities and schools. She was past executive committee of DDMS PTA (2012-14) and DDES PTA (2014-15), she led the PTA membership chair and helped the PTA being recognized by NCPTA for Membership Record Awards. She is currently project manager for the Triangle Area Dragon Boat Festival and Kiwanis Advisor for Keyclub. Currently resides in Cary, NC with her family, she strives to continue providing services and pay it forward.
Marko Fong is a writer, teacher, and attorney who moved to Durham in 2014 with his wife June and their two dogs and a cat. For the last three years, he has been helping students to improve their writing and working with adult English language learners on sharpening their interview skills. Prior to that, he represented Northern California Public School Districts in Special Education matters and election matters, worked as a national advocate for urban high school reform, worked as a researcher/writer for the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and taught middle school and high school.
His family came to California from China’s Guangdong province around 1900.
M.A. Stanford University School of Educational
J.D. University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law
B.A. Stanford University
attended Rice University
IT support/ Webmaster – Susie Chen
Social Media Mgmnt – Connie Chege-Bryant
Outreach Liaison & Grant Writer
Angela Hicks, Ed.D. is a grant writer and trainer. She is CEO of Grant Professional, a $500K national Grant Technical Assistance company providing business development services to Nonprofit and Emerging Community Healthcare Centers. She has written successful grants with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), Housing Urban Development (HUD), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and National Science Foundation (NSF) securing over $20 million in grant funding. She has
served as an assistant professor of higher education, most recently at North Carolina A&T State University, and adjunct professor at North Carolina State University. A wealth of knowledge, she is a pre- awards grant specialist and advisor, well versed in identifying funding sources, providing eligibility guidelines and technical assistance for grant proposals.
Education: Angela Hicks received her Doctoral Degree in Adult Continuing Education from North Carolina State University, specializing in adult education strategies, program evaluation and community-based innovations. Her Master’s degree is in HRD and Organizational Change from Bowie State University in Bowie Maryland. In 2006-2007, she worked in Beijing China, teaching English and advising NGOs on English curriculum. Annually she and her adult son, who is fluent in Mandarin, introduce youth to global awareness by hosting one trip to China. She enjoys dragon boat racing, a healthy eating lifestyle and lives in North Carolina with her family.
Fund Raising – Sherry Rodriquez
Race Team coordination – Maggie Quan
Special Program – Moyin Zhao
Data Research – Kevin Orro
Newsletter – Davida Walker
Asian outreach Liaison – Wayne Hui
Culture – Filipino Liaison – Maria Romp
Culture- Indian Liaison – Gowri Goli
Culture-Latino Liaison – Mirella Ledesma
APISU President – Shania Khoo
APISU co-president – Lu, Cao
Tech Support – Frank Chan
Tech Support – Jose Orro
Editing – Ryan Chan
Event Operation – Michelle Orro
Graphic Design – Darren Wheeling
Graphic Design – Jack Paus
DB Race Team – Tony Lai
Outreach – Peter Alldredge
Volunteer Appr – Jessica Best
Fundraising Support – Philip Tan
Fundraising / Prog – Winnie Tong
Graphic Design – ALPHA MARKETING
WeChat-outreach – Tony Zhang