Miriam L. Yeung, Chair
(2-year term 2017-2019)
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Miriam L. Yeung is the Chair of the Asian Pacific Coalition (APAC) of CT.  She has been involved with APAC for the past 10+ years as the
Events Chair and organizing the Lunar New Year Reception at the Legislative Office Building, the annual APAC Gala held during Asian American Heritage Month in May and the annual Dragon Boat Festival in August.

Miriam is serving her 9th year on the Executive Council of the national OCA-Asian Advocates and is currently the Vice President of
Communications based in Washington DC.  OCA is a national non-profit organization devoted to serving the social, economic and political needs of the Asian population in the United States with over 100 chapters and affiliates.  She was the chapter president of OCA-Fairfield County (OCA-FC) chapter and still serves on the OCA-FC

Miriam is serves on the ConnTESOL Board which is the Connecticut chapter of the national non-profit organization, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.  She assists in the annual November convention. Professionally, Miriam is currently the Dean of Students at Global Communications Academy, Hartford Public Schools and will be completing her 6th year as a school administrator.



Mui Mui Hin-McCormick
Mui Mui Hin-McCormick

Mui Mui Hin-McCormick
Vice Chair
(2-year term 2017-2019)
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Mui Mui Hin-McCormick is the Director of Programs and Services for the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.  Mui Mui attained her B.A. degree from Fairfield University and her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University; and eventually pursued her license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in CT.  As the Director of Programs and Services, Mui Mui develops and oversees the Council’s programming, trainings, and services. In her previous position as the Senior Special Projects Coordinator at the Commission on Equity and Opportunity, Mui Mui planned, implemented, managed, and evaluated programs and projects for the Commission.  During her time with the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission as the Executive Director, Mui Mui completed the state’s first Southeast Asian Needs Assessment; resulting in valuable information on a growing Asian population with unique needs.  Furthermore, Mui Mui led a language access campaign that expanded locally and was highlighted by the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  In Mui Mui’s former position as a Clinical Director of a behavioral health outpatient clinic, her work allowed her to concentrate on specific underserved populations such as the homeless, HIV, Department of Correction, and Asian American & Pacific Islander population; emphasizing the importance of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.   Mui Mui has conducted multiple trainings in diverse communities for professionals and community members on an array of topics such as mental health issues, addiction, outreach work, and cultural awareness. She continues to serve on various commissions, committees, and councils to assist providers and others in including marginalized and underserved groups in activities and initiatives; stressing cultural sensitivity, collaboration, and partnership.


Kevin Chiang

(3-year term 2017-2020)
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Kevin Chiang currently serves as the On-Site Behavioral Health Director for Community Health Center (CHC1) in Connecticut (CT) which is an integrated care medical center include Primary Care, Behavioral Health, and Dental Care. In his previous position as a Lead Clinician at an outpatient clinic in Hartford, Mr. Chiang managed a contract made with Federal Probation Office, District of CT. In his current role at CHC1, Mr. Chiang provides direct supervision and management to Behavioral Health Departments, which included psychotherapists, psychiatrists, interns, residents, and students, in both New Britain and Enfield site. In addition to management, he also provides direct psychotherapy to clients with diverse background and complexity which include mental health, substance abuse, criminology, HIV, homelessness, people of color, and LGBTQIA.  Mr. Chiang had also worked as a University Specialist at University of Connecticut School of Social Work that he was designated to provide supervision and support to a group of international students.

Mr. Chiang earned his B.A. degree in Social Work from Soochow University in Taiwan and his Master Degree in Social Work from UCONN. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Connecticut. Further, he is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration at UCONN. Mr. Chiang had always enjoyed to participate in both school and community activities. During his undergraduate years, he helped to organize summer and winter camp for children in underserved community. While studied at UCONN School of Social Work, he served as a co-chair for Asian and Asian American Student Organization, and he had the opportunity to learn and conduct many activities which focused on cultural competence related issues.


Committee Chair: Legislative

Alok Bhatt
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(3-year term 2017-2020)

Alok is a first-generation South Asian American, born in Hartford, CT.
Shortly after graduating from the Syracuse University College of Law, he joined a group of advocates seeking to dismantle the operation of Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Secure Communities program. This small circle would ultimately evolve into the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance (CIRA), a statewide coalition of diverse groups that work towards social justice and equality for immigrants and people of color in Connecticut.
As an organizer of CIRA, Alok participates in and coordinates grassroots action, special events, legislative advocacy, and public education around immigrants rights. His activism primarily focuses on disentangling federal immigration enforcement from state and local systems.





Committee Chair: Publicity

Bill Howe
Multicultural Dimensions

Dr. William (Bill) A. Howe has been an educator for over 35 years in both Canada and the United States. His area of expertise and research is in multicultural education. He provides training and consultation on multicultural education, culturally responsive education, diversity awareness and gender equity (Title IX). He has given over 500 workshops, lectures and keynotes on diversity, multicultural education and organizational development. He is a regular presenter at state and national conferences, has appeared on both radio and television on diversity issues. Over the years, he has trained almost 20,000 educators.

He is Past President of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME). In 2006 he was named the G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year at the Annual NAME Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Howe was the founder of the New England Conference on Multicultural Education (NECME). He has made seven trips to China to study multicultural education. In addition, he has also made educational tours to South Africa, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam and Cambodia. In 2007 he made his first trip to Israel to study the Holocaust at Yad Vashem.

Dr. Howe is the co-author of a textbook on multicultural education – “Becoming a multicultural educator: Developing awareness, gaining skills, and taking action” (2016,2e SAGE) which won the 2013 Philip C. Chinn Multicultural Book Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education. This text is also published in Chinese. A third edition is undeway.

He is also a co-author of Multicultural Education: From Ethnic Studies to NCLB to Common Core—a PK-12 Perspective in Multicultural Education: A Renewed Paradigm of Transformation and Call to Action (2015, San Francisco, CA: Caddo Gap Press). He is a coauthor of the Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education, 2nd Edition (2007). He is on the Editorial Boards of Multicultural Perspectives, the official journal of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME); the Journal of Family Diversity in Education, and SAGE Publications Video Education.

He is Past-Chair of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission and a founding member of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Coalition. He was an Honoree at the 11th Annual “Immigrant Day” at the State Capitol in 2008, a day to honor immigrants from throughout Connecticut who have made valuable contributions to their communities and/or professions. In 2012 he was recognized with an award from the Pakistani American Association of Connecticut (PAACT) for his service to the community. On May 2, 2015 Dr. Howe received an  Official Citation from the Connecticut General Assembly in recognition of a Commitment and Leadership to the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Community in Higher Education and Public Service. He was also honored with the Higher Education & Public Service Award from the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Coalition

In 2015 he has was named by Teachers College/Columbia University as a 2015 Distinguished Alumni Honoree.



Committee Chair: Events

Shirley S. Ma

Shirley S. Ma is an attorney at Edgewell Personal Care Company practicing in the area of patents, technology transfer, and commercial contracts.  She is licensed to practice in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, and Ohio, and is a registered patent attorney.  Her practice includes representing clients big and small in private practice and as in-house counsel.  Shirley has been active in the Asian Pacific American community here in Connecticut since 2003 when she joined the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association (CAPABA) as a board member.  She has held various officer positions, eventually becoming President, and is currently a member of CAPABA’s Advisory Board.  She was also a Northeast Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). Shirley and her family are longtime residents of Glastonbury.

Committee Chair: Education

Angela Rola

Angela Rola is the founding Director of the Asian American Cultural Center at the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. She has developed a variety of programs focusing on the diverse Asian American community in both the State of Connecticut and across the nation. Angela has developed two mentoring programs, Asiantation Mentoring Program– a program for entering UConn students and K.U.B.E. (Kids & UConn, Bridging Education) – a community-based program for middle school students. In addition to directing the center, she also teaches a First Year Experience course, a course on Asian American Mentoring and Leadership, and lectures extensively in undergraduate and graduate courses on campus as well as other public and private schools, and for profit and non-profit companies nationwide. She is a diversity trainer for state mandated training and also develops site appropriate training programs.

Angela serves on the Advisory Boards of UConn’s Asian American Studies Institute and the Center for Academic Programs. She also serves on numerous committees and task forces throughout the University. From 1991-93 she was President of the UConn Asian Faculty & Staff Association and now holds an Executive Board position. In the state Angela is the Chair of the Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut, a committee of Connecticut residents who have successful worked towards the creation of the Asian Pacific American Commission.

In 2007, the University recognized Angela with the Outstanding Student Advisement and Advocacy Award. Her leadership in the community earned her an award in 2004 from SNEHA, Inc., a network of South Asian women in Connecticut, and recognition at the 13th Annual Ball of the Federation Filipino Associations in CT. She was named the 2002 Higher Education Multicultural Faculty of the Year at the 7th Annual CT Conference on Multicultural Education.


Committee Co-Chair: Fund Raising

Umesh Vig
Assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs
Manchester Community College
Manchester, CT







Committee Co-Chair: Fund Raising


Arnie has been actively involved in the Filipino-Americans communities for 27 years since his migration into the Unted States in 1990. He was the chairman emeritus of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations in Eastern Region 1; Member, Board of Directors of Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. and member of American Society for Quality. Prior to his present posts, he has held various positions of non-profit organizations

in CT State such as: President of the Federation of Filipino Associations in CT;Founding president.of the Samahang Pilipino-Amerikano sa CT.; Founding president of the Association of theFilipino Engineers in CT; President of the Ilokano Organizations of America-CT State; Board of Directors, Asian Pacific American Coalition of CT.(APAC) and past commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal – CT chapter.




Committee Chair: Membership

Sounthaly Thammavong