Advisory Board

Jenny Chen
  


Jenny Chen

CEO, Grand Asia Market

Jenny treats everyone from business contacts to employees as a friend, and is reputable for treating everything as an opportunity to do more together, including helping local Asians achieve their American dream.

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Jenny Chen moved to the US from Taiwan after graduating from Soo Chow University with a degree in Chinese culture.  She proceeded to earn another degree in computer science and spent the first 14 years of her career in computer programming at NC State and the US Post Office in Raleigh, NC before encouragement from her father to start an Asian grocery 20 years ago.  After a few expansions and successful real estate investments, her now full-fledged supermarket chain, Grand Asia Market, has enabled her to promote positive Asian community and economic growth in North Carolina.

Jenny treats everyone from business contacts to employees as a friend, and is reputable for treating everything as an opportunity to do more together, including helping local Asians achieve their American dream.  She is the founding president of the North Carolina Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce and organizes and promotes local events, including the annual Dragon Boat festival.  Grateful for so many active members and supporters, Jenny makes sure that the Asian community in North Carolina stays strong.
Tim Flood




Tim Flood 

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Tim Flood consults with organizations—from charities and small startups to Fortune 100 companies—looking to streamline their communication processes and enhance their messaging efforts in nearly any context ...

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Tim Flood teaches several courses on presentation skills, global communication, business writing, U.S. language and culture for international and exchange students, and segments of the Communication, Leadership and Career Management series.


Dr. Flood is the author of MBA Fundamentals: Business Writing (Kaplan Press, 2008). He also edited The Rhetorical Dimensions of Cyberspace with Beth Baldwin (1997). His research interests include the roles of media and technology in both interpersonal and corporate communication, cross-cultural communication and global business leadership fluency.


He has consulted with the World Bank/IFC and Egyptian Institute of Directors on issues of corporate governance and educational outreach, and has led study trips to businesses in Egypt, Turkey Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.


Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, Dr. Flood worked as a solutions consultant for Vanguard Cellular Systems (now part of AT&T Wireless).


Dr. Flood received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, his MA from Texas A&M University and his BA from the University of Maryland.

Gerald Fralick



Gerald Fralick
Chief Security Officer, Lenovo

Gerald Fralick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field and public sector management and operations. He is a sought after speaker at numerous colleges including Harvard and many cyber security conferences ...

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Gerald (Jerry) Fralick has more than 40 years of experience in the information technology field and public sector management and operations. As Lenovo’s Chief Security Officer (CSO) for the Research & Technology Group, and a member of the Product Security Office, Mr. Fralick has a multi-faceted role actively engaging with Federal/State agencies and commercial companies to further understand their IT security and procurement requirements. As CSO, Mr. Fralick works closely with Lenovo development and product engineers throughout the development life cycle of software and products. He provides assistance and oversight ensuring that appropriate product development security controls are met in accordance with new US Federal Government regulations, and that all Lenovo products meet the security control requirements for all low, moderate and high risk information systems.


Prior to joining Lenovo, Jerry was appointed by North Carolina’s Governor Beverly Perdue in late September 2009 to be the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State. In this role, he oversaw the 600 person Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) that provided all infrastructure IT services and support to the Executive Branch agencies as well as all state agencies. Mr. Fralick also served on numerous statewide boards, commissions, and non-profit organizations. As the CIO for the State of North Carolina, from October 2009 – March 2012, with Mr. Fralick’s leadership, ITS realized significant savings by reducing yearly IT expenditures by 25% (from $246M to $184M), implementing a PC/laptop bulk purchase saving the State $7.4 M; established an enterprise license agreement with a geographic mapping software company saving the State $3.5M and allowed the opportunity for city, county and regional governments to reduce their software costs by 17%.


Before his post as CIO of NC, Mr. Fralick served 15 years with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), retiring as Chief Information Officer for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP). During his 15 years of service at the Justice Department, Jerry held senior executive IT management positions in the Antitrust Division, the FBI and the Justice Management Division. While at DOJ, Jerry served as the first Chairperson for Office of Management and Budget's Grants Executive Board, which oversaw all grant making activities for the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The board established grant policy and operating direction for the agencies. Jerry also was instrumental in developing the Antitrust Caseload and Evaluation System (ACES) for the Antitrust Division, was in charge of payroll and administrative systems for the FBI and was awarded the Attorney General's Special Commendation Award for his work on the Interpol Case Tracking System at the Justice Management Division.


As OJP’s CIO, Mr. Fralick reduced the IT operating budget in his initial year resulting in a cost savings of over $450,000 a month for the agency. He was responsible for the entire operations of the IT staff at OJP, including IT procurement, IT security, Customer Relations and oversaw a staff of more than 250 people including federal and contractor staff. He effected OMB’s decision to change the DOJ President Management Agenda scorecard from “red” to “green” for e-government initiatives specifically relating to DOJ grants. During his tenure at OJP, Mr. Fralick oversaw the improvements to the IT security and financial operations that allowed OJP to successfully “Pass” the Federal Government’s audit review.


Mr. Fralick holds a BS degree in Economics from Le Moyne College and a MS in Computers & Management of Technology from American University. Mr. Fralick is the recipient of numerous Federal awards, a recipient of the “Old State” award from North Carolina, and the recipient of the Triangle Business Journal’s/North Carolina Technology Association’s 2014 CIO Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Fralick is a sought after speaker and recently spoke at LeMoyne College, the Eisenhower Institute at Gettysburg College, Harvard University and many cyber security conferences. Mr. Fralick is a Combat Vietnam Veteran having served in a 155mm Artillery Unit, MACV from May 1969 to July 1970.

Steve Green



Steve Greene
Vice President, Wacom

Steve Greene is currently Vice President of North America Geo Marketing for Wacom, the Japanese manufacturer of digital design devices for creative hobbyists and professionals around the world ...

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Steve Greene is currently Vice President of North America Geo Marketing for Wacom, the Japanese manufacturer of digital design devices for creative hobbyists and professionals around the world.  Steve’s global channel marketing responsibilities for Wacom throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia has brought him to China seven times and Japan three times.


Before joining Wacom, Steve was founder and CEO of ALPHA Marketing, the #3 Triangle Business Journal Top Graphic Design firm in 2012, which made the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies three times, was the 2014 Morrisville Chamber of Commerce James Pugh Small Business of the Year and the 2014 Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Forever First Pinnacle Award Winner.  Steve participated in former Governor Beverly Perdue’s 2011 trade mission to China to help represent North Carolina business (this was not supported by local taxpayers – he paid his own way!).

Bill Opal



Bill Opal
Founder/CEO, Sails-Up

Bill Opal started Sails-Up in 2010 after 15 years of experience in Corporate Recruitment leadership positions. Bill has experience building recruitment teams for a variety of successful projects, including ...

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Bill Opal started Sails-Up in 2010 after 15 years of experience in Corporate Recruitment leadership positions. He has led recruitment teams at Nortel, Aimco and Sony Mobile. Bill has experience building recruitment teams for a variety of successful projects. Sails-Up has worked with the some of top employers in the country such as Sony Mobile, Lenovo, Sage, Brinks, Dimension Data and First Citizens Bank.
Hayden J. Silver III



Hayden J. Silver III
Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson, Raleigh NC

Jay Silver has more than 25 years of litigation experience serving clients as legal counsel in federal and state courts across the country. His experience includes a wide range of technology, licensing, trade secret and software development cases ...

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Jay Silver has more than 25 years of litigation experience serving clients as legal counsel in federal and state courts across the country. His experience includes a wide range of technology, licensing, trade secret and software development cases. Jay also has a deep background as a crisis manager for clients confronting theft or infringement of their intellectual property and in leading internal investigations in complex technology and financial matters.


Representative Matters as Lead Counsel

  • Internal investigations of IP theft and related misappropriation claims.
  • Lead trial counsel for independent research company regarding purported rescission of title to patent portfolio and inventorship issues.
  • Various internal and regulatory investigations representing limited partners of private equity partnerships with respect to conduct by fund managers.
  • Lead trial counsel in numerous cases on behalf of both software developers and software licensees prosecuting and defending against fraud, breach of contract, copyright and trade secrets claims.
  • Defended a large financial institution accused of fraud and misappropriation of trade secrets in connection with its procurement and bidding practices.
  • Lead trial counsel for major international broadcasting company in defeating a preliminary injunction alleging trademark infringement and seeking to forestall delayed client’s launch of a well-publicized Web site.
  • Defended an aerospace and automotive products manufacturer in licensing dispute and trade secrets dispute involving breach of contract and fraud claims stemming from a joint development agreement.
  • Represented a semiconductor manufacturer against a large research university in a breach of technology licensing agreement.
  • Lead counsel for a large office supplies distributor in successfully defending the award of a single-vendor, eight-figure contract from the State of North Carolina.
  • Successfully represented insurance plan holders and fiduciaries of the largest private guaranteed investment contract portfolio in North Carolina against an association’s claims of fiduciary breach. The clients also recovered significant damages from an insurance pool funded by North Carolina’s licensed insurance companies.
  • Defended various financial and real estate companies in a variety of consumer class actions or regulatory proceedings.



Publications & Presentations

  • Quoted, "Report Says Schools Must Pay More Attention Inside Classrooms," Triangle Business Journal
  • “Fighting Fire with Fire: IP Commission Says American Business Needs Better Weapons to Fight IP Thieves.”
  • “A Short Primer on Amending Patent Contentions in the EDNC,” The Compass
  • “Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: One Simple Weapon to Fight Economic Espionage in a Cyberspace World.”
  • Co-author, “Time to Accept That Information Drives Economy," Triangle Business Journal
  • Chapters on “Indemnification of Board Members,” “Legal Duties of Board Members,” “Directors and Officers’ Liability Insurance” and “Personal Liability of Board Members,” Building a Strong Board of Directors/Advisors & Board Best Practices Primer
  • “Winning in Litigation – Before the Suit is Filed,” Research Triangle Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Events
  • "A Crisis Handbook for In-House Counsel.” Lex Mundi Counsel Global Symposium
  • “New Rules of the Road: Recent Changes to the Federal Civil Rules.”
  • “Mitigating Risks of Cloud Computing,” Research Triangle Area Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel CLE Event, September 19, 2012.

Board of Directors

Lily Chan



Lily Chan
Founder & President

Lily Chan is a forward-thinking service leader who has started popular programs both nationally and locally. She brings more than 30 years of non-profit and management experience to the AF organization ...

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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.
Yun-Lieh Chuu



Yun-Lieh Chuu
Vice President

Yun Chuu has been with Lily since the founding of Asian Focus and shares both Lily’s views and vision. The core team works alongside each other, each contributing their special talents, striving towards continuing Asian Focus' goals and mission. ...

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Yun Chuu is originally from Taiwan and she moved with her family to the U.S. when she was a junior in high school. She went on to study at the University of Maryland where she received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and received a M.S. in Electric Engineering from Syracuse University. She started her career as an IBM engineer in the Memory Reliability Department. After working nearly 20 years in a large corporation, she switched her career path and became an independent financial consultant. She has been working under LPL Financial’s supervision for the past 11 years with a focus on personal retirement planning and family financial planning which entails investment, insurance, and estate planning.


Yun has been with Lily since the founding of Asian Focus and shares both Lily’s views and vision. The core team works alongside each other, each contributing their special talents, striving towards continuing Asian Focus' goals and mission. As VP she oversees all operations.


From a young age, Yun has been an active volunteer and leader in her school and community. She served as the president of Chinese Student Association, captain of the volleyball team, as well as host and organizer for various community events prior to settling in Cary, NC in 1995. She loved to volunteer at her children's schools and served in various positions such as Raleigh Chinese Language School PTA president, BLIA NC president, Fo Guang Shan Temple NC Youth Orchestra co-organizer and NC Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce Board Member.

Gregoria Smith



Gregoria Smith, PhD
Secretary General

Gregoria Smith was a professor at the University of Guam (UOG) and appointed Chair of the Commission on Status of Women. Following her passion for peacemaking, she founded the International Women’s Club of Guam, her goal is ...

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A professor at the University  of Guam (UOG) College of Arts & Sciences, Gregoria taught health & dance, did research on Coping with Illness, and directed Dance Theatre Guam, performing in  the South Pacific Festival of Arts held  in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Australia & New Zealand. Appointed Chair of the Commission on Status of Women, she gave papers on women’s health in Asia.
After UOG,  she managed QI at the Guam Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse. Following her  passion for peacemaking, she founded the International Women’s Club of Guam. In 1998, she moved to Houston where she  tracked and trended quality performance for  Blue Cross Blue Shield, working with Price Waterhouse Cooper Consultants in getting accreditation after merger & acquisition.
Education: Gregoria attended the University of the Philippines, came to the USA as an H2 Contract worker to teach on Guam in 1967. She  holds an MA in Behavioral Sciences, MA in Community Psychology (New York University) and a PhD in Human & Organizational Systems (Fielding). Her goal is to help improve the adaptive capacity of groups or individuals to cope  with internal & external  challenges. She also served as a Stephen Minister for 18 years in Houston. Gregoria is a member of  the  Midtown Rotary Club, the AAUW,  and a parishioner at the St Michael’s Episcopal Church of Raleigh.
Aboli Alurkar



Aboli Alurkar
Legal Advisor

Aboli is a dual licensed attorney in India and the USA. Graduated from Duke University School of Law, she has led/managed global projects spanning multiple jurisdictions with private and public sector entities ...

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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 children.

Scott W. Lee



Scott W. Lee
Marketing

Scott is currently Senior IT Consultant for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Since 2013, Scott has been helping Asian Focus with marketing, technology, and web administration and e-commerce development ...

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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,  web administration and e-commerce development.

Eileen Culliney



Eileen Culliney, CPA
Treasurer

Graduate from UNC Greensboro, Eileen Culliney is a financial auditor with concentration in non-profit organizations and insurance industry. She also prepares tax returns for individual, corporate and partnership ...

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Career: Financial auditor since 2007 with concentration in non-profit organizations and insurance industry; tax preparer since 2007 specialized in individual, corporate and partnership tax returns

Education: Master Degree in Accounting, UNC Greensboro, NC

Hobby: Reading, watching online soap operas, travel, spend time with family, friends and 2 cats
Angela Hicks, Ed.D.



Angela Hicks, Ed.D.
Outreach Liaison & Grant Writer

Angela Hicks 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 ...

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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.
Marko Fong



Marko Fong
Publication

Marko Fong is a writer, teacher, and attorney. He represented Northern California Public School Districts in Special Education matters and election matters, worked as a national advocate for urban high school reform, a researcher/writer for ...

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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.

Education:  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
Benjamin Uysmith



Benjamin Uysmith
Project & Operation Management

Benjamin Uysmith is a Financial Consultant at AXA-Advisors  providing financial advice for small business owners and individuals. He has served as project and operations manager for the Triangle Dragon Boat Festival since its inception in 2013 ...

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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 Lai



Christin Lai
Program Coordinator

Christin Lai is a sales agent at Coldwell Banker Advantage team pursuing her passion in real estate. She enjoys working with local artists and performers, while promoting diversity cultures with Asian Focus and Triangle Dragon Festival since 2016 ...

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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



YuPei Chooi
Program Coordinator

Formally a quantity surveyor and currently a realtor, Yu-Pei served Asian Focus and Triangle Dragon Boat Festival since 2016. She strives to continue providing services and pay it forward ...

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Yu-Pei is originally from Penang, Malaysia. She was a associate member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (ARICS) and worked as a quantity surveyor in Singapore on multi millions residential projects for both public and private sectors.

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 is currently program 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.

Team Officers

APISU Lead: Shania Khoo
Asian Outreach Liaison: Wayne Hui
Culture - Filipino Liaison: Maria Romp
Culture - Indian Liaison: Gowri Goli
Culture - Latino Liaison: Mirella Ledesma
Data Research: Kevin Orro
Editing: Ryan Chan
Event Operation: Michelle Orro
Fundraising: Sherry Rodriquez, Winnie Tong, Philip Tan

Graphic Design: Darren Wheeling, Alpha Marketing, Jack Paus
IT support: Susie Chen
Newsletter: Davida Walker
Outreach Liasion: Mike Liu, Peter Alldredge
Race Team Coordination: Tony Lai
Social Media Management: Wa Meng
Special Programs: Moyin Zhao
Tech Support: Frank Chan, Jose Orro
Volunteers outreach: Jessica Best
WeChat outreach: Tony Zhang