The Board

 

John Huang (President 2016-2017)

John Z. Huang currently serves as the Director of Account Management & Counsel at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).  In this capacity, he leads a team that drafts and administers over 1,700 business incentive contracts that Indiana has with companies from around the world that do business in our state.  John acts as counsel for contract negotiations, compliance, litigation, policy, and regulatory matters.  Prior to joining the IEDC, John practiced civil litigation at the law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans, where he represented businesses, municipalities, and individuals in matters ranging from corporate law to constitutional law.  John has also served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis and Staff Attorney for the Indiana Department of Education.  After graduating from Notre Dame Law School, John worked for two years as a Judicial Law Clerk for Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. on the Indiana Supreme Court.  John is licensed to practice law in Indiana and the District of Columbia (inactive).

John is also passionate about education and youth development.  He is a Teach for America alumnus, where he taught third grade in inner-city Los Angeles, and has served as a charter school administrator.  Since moving to Indianapolis in 2007, his involvement in the community has included serving on the advisory board of the Asian American Alliance of Indianapolis, providing one-on-one tutoring at Jireh Sports, and serving as an assistant youth group leader for the Chinese Community Church of Indianapolis.  John earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Rupal Thanawala 

Rupal is from Mumbai (Bombay) India and she immigrated to the US in 1996 with her family. She is fluent in four Indian languages and English. She is a Strategic Planning Committee Member of India Association of Indianapolis and serves in Community Service Committee. She serves on multiple committee of United Way of Central Indiana and  volunteers in various youth activities for the Indianapolis Hindu Temple where she spearheaded mentoring program for Asian American youth. She was previliged to be AAAI Board President for 2014 -15. 

Rupal is an Account Executive with Accenture . She has over 20 years of experience in the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industry. She is serves as Diversity Leader for Accenture Indiana and Market Leader for Indiana Chapter of ASUG (America's SAP User Group). She is a Bio Medical Engineer from Mumbai University and MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Rupal has lived in Indianapolis for 16 years with her husband Amit and their two sons, Ninad and Rahil.

Glen Kwok

Glen KwokA native of Washington, D.C., violinist Glen Kwok is the Executive Director of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Mr. Kwok was Director of the D'Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.

 Mr. Kwok was recently elected President of the World Federation of International Music Competitions, based in Geneva, becoming the first non European to serve in that position in its 53 year history. Locally, he serves as President of the Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators and serves on the boards of Indianapolis Economic Development, Inc. and the Asian American Alliance.

Mr. Kwok has performed extensively throughout the United States and Canada. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University. He continues to remain active as a violinist outside of his administrative duties by performing as a substitute violinist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and teaching at the University of Indianapolis.

Mr. Kwok was a member of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series Class XXIX and a recipient of the "Forty Under 40" award by the Indianapolis Business Journal. He also was awarded the Best and Brightest award by Junior Achievement in the education and non-profit category in 2006.

Raymond W. Mark

Raymond W. Mark is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified financial plannerTM   professional.  Raymond joined the financial planning firm Financial Plans & Strategies, Inc. in 2007, and shortly after started a consulting firm Mark Consulting, LLC and an accounting firm Mark & Grevel Consulting, LLC.  Raymond concentrates on helping clients with investments strategies and tax planning.   

Prior to starting his own businesses, Raymond worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Crowe, advising them in accounting, finance, and operations.   His clients ranged from Fortune 500 companies to privately owned businesses.  He has been serving clients in the Central Indiana community for almost 15 years.  Raymond received his B.A. from Indiana University.   

An Indiana native, Raymond grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   He currently lives in Noblesville with his wife and two children.   

Kanwal Prakash (KP) Singh

Kanwal Prakash (KP) Singh is owner and founder of KP Singh Designs, since 1972, which specializes in fine architectural drawings. KP was educated in India and at the University of Michigan in Liberal Arts, Architecture, and City Planning.

KP has been a resident of Indianapolis since 1967. He is one of the founding members and past President of the International Center of Indianapolis. He actively supports many international, cultural, interfaith, and race relations activities in Indiana.

KP is the author of a recently published book, The Art and Spirit of KP Singh~ Selected Drawings & Writings (2003 Guild Press- Emmis Publishing). KP is a regular contributing writer for The Indianapolis Star and other ethnic national publications.

KP's APA VISION: To see Indianapolis become a world-class city: "Where all cultures, faiths, and diverse spectrums of thought, offerings, and programs are encouraged and prosper. Where new immigrants step forward and build their communities with all their talents, gifts, and spirit and help dispel some of the stereotype perceptions about their ethnic origin, cultures, traditions, and their commitments to the new nation: United States of America."

Ralph Taylor

Ralph Taylor is an International Advisor, partnering with local organizations as well as newcomer communities in Indianapolis to create a more welcoming environment for Indianapolis’ growing international community. By connecting newcomer communities to the various resources in Indianapolis and through educating the broader community to the changing demographics locally and statewide, he hopes to accomplish his goal of helping to create a more welcoming environment.  Ralph is also the radio color analyst for Purdue Men's Basketball.  He is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Purdue University.

 

Current community and civic engagement includes Immigrant Welcome Center Board, Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Purdue University College of Health & Human Sciences Alumni Board, IUPUI Board of Advisors, Purdue Representative on the Big 10 Advisory Commission, American Indian Center of Indiana Board, IPS Education Foundation Board, Partners of the Americas and Indiana Sports Corporation CHAMPS Grant Committee.

 

 

Sonia Chen

Sonia S. Chen is an attorney with Eli Lilly & Co. Prior to that, she practiced at the law firm of Bingham McHale, LLP. An Indiana native who graduated from Carmel High School, Sonia attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate degree, where she double majored in Violin Musical Arts and Human and Organizational Development. Sonia earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana in 2001.

Committed to the Asian American Alliance's mission to inspire Asian Americans to serve and lead, Sonia has taken an active role in the community. In addition to her role as President of AAAI, Sonia also serves on the Board for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She is active with the American Cancer Society, serving on the Coaches Huddle organizing committee for the past 2 years and as Entertainment and Activities Chair for the Washington Township Relay for Life prior to Coaches Huddle. After graduating from IU, Sonia joined her law school classmates in helping to establish a new organization, Teb's Troops, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed raising funds for the treatment, prevention and research of cancer, including melanoma. Sonia is a graduate of Class XXXIII of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. Sonia is also a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series and currently serves on the IBA's Professionalism Committee and Bar Foundation's Impact Fund Committee. Sonia was also recognized in 2010 and 2011 on the Indiana Rising Stars list, featuring outstanding young lawyers in the state. In her spare time, Sonia enjoys running and golf. She is a member of Indy Runners and Indy Women's Golf League.

As a first-generation immigrant from Taiwan, Sonia is committed to helping other immigrants succeed in the community. She was selected to be the Master of Ceremonies in the 2006 Taiwanese American Heritage Week celebration. She has also served as a representative of the Indianapolis Bar Association at regular naturalization ceremonies to welcome new citizens of the United States and the State of Indiana.

Young-Hee Yedinak


As Community Affairs Manager, Young-Hee Yedinak spearheads community campaigns and outreach projects for WTHR-TV Channel 13 (NBC) in Indianapolis. 

She helps to address critical issues facing Central Indiana through community service campaigns such as "Shattering the Silence", the station's signature annual campaign on domestic abuse, "Coats for Kids" which provides free winter coats to children in need, the "Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration", one of the largest one-day job fairs in Indiana, the "Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure", one of the biggest charity walk/run events in the country to fight breast cancer, and "United Christmas Service" which brings holiday assistance to families in need...just to name a few. 

She won a number of awards including Emmy Awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences/Lower Great Lakes Chapter; Spectrum Awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association; and Community Impact Awards from the Indiana Associated Press.

Young-Hee was born in Seoul, South Korea and has lived in Indonesia and Vietnam before immigrating to the United States.  She resides in Indianapolis with her husband Jim. 

Terence T. Yen

Terence T. Yen, Ph.D. is a research scientist retired from Eli Lilly and Company. He is an Adjunct Professor teaching at Indiana University School of Medicine and is also a Consultant on pharmaceutical research and development. Terry is one of the founding members of the Alliance, serving on the Board since its inception in 1999.  He strives to encourage other Asian Americans to make contributions to the community through the strength of diversity and inclusion. He and his wife Margaret have lived in Indianapolis for 48 years. He enjoys traveling, arts, music, and ballroom dancing. He was a board member of  the Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Indiana Association of Chinese Americans.  In addition to the Alliance, he is also a current Board member of the United Way of Central Indiana. 

Mari Yamaguchi

Mari is an award winning television journalist recognized by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting and producing in the areas of Education and Minority Issues. She is the recipient of the 2009 Governor’s Award For Tomorrow’s Leaders.

 

A former competitive figure skater, Mari has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and the world for competitions and was invited to train with World and Olympic coaches. She was honored to be a 2002 Winter Olympic Torchbearer and to make a part of the Olympic tradition.

 

Active in her community, Mari serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance Kaleidoscope, Co-Chair for the Associate Council of Ambassadors, the young professional’s group for the American Cancer Society, Event Logistics Chair for Stepping Out In Style. Her commitment to Central Indiana also extends to the various executive committees she serves for organizations that include Dress For Success Indianapolis, the National Conference of State Societies in Washington, D.C., the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program, and the 500 Festival Princess Program. She also holds distinction as the first Japanese to be selected as an Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess.

 

Mari was a 3-time Miss Indiana for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Co-Chair for the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Princess program in Washington, D.C. Mari is also fluent in three languages: English, Japanese, and Spanish. She hopes to continue to build upon her “pageant” platform of: Communication, cultural understanding, respect, and education are the cornerstones for leading a stronger community.

 

David Wong 

 

David A. W. Wong is a partner at the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP where serves a member of the Intellectual Property department and Chair of the Internet & Technology Group.  David regularly advises a range of clients from start-ups to multinational corporations, including Internet businesses, software developers, computer hardware and device manufacturers, toy manufacturers, media and publishing companies, automotive companies, clothing retailers, and financial institutions. David enjoys providing seminars and workshops, both locally and around the country, to attorneys and non-attorneys alike on the topics of intellectual property and Internet law.

 

Before becoming an attorney, he earned an undergraduate degree in music and then received a Juris Doctor Degree from Indiana University School of Law. His civic and community involvement includes serving as a Board Member for Classical Music Indy f/k/a Fine Arts Society, Heartland Film, and Techpoint Foundation.

  

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