Honorary Advisory Board
Scholarly Advisory Board
COMMUNITY OUTREACH ADVISORY BOARD
In addition to being the founder of AXIANTA Financial Partners, John Shin is also the Founder of a non-profit organization called “ALL FOR ONE” which provides child prosperity centers for children around the world. Together with the organization, they have built and created 9 orphanages in 6 countries like Uganda, Philippines, Nicaragua, Vietnam, China, and India and have helped over 1,000 kids live within their orphanages.
John’s latest accomplishment includes his role as an Executive Producer of the movie, THINK: The Legacy of Think and Grow Rich. John holds a B.A. in Business Administration from University of Southern California, an M.B.A., and earned a Juris Doctorate Degree in Law.
As part of Wells Fargo’s Government and Community Relations team, Jack Toan is responsible for managing the Wells Fargo Foundation’s charitable giving and volunteerism programs in Orange, San Diego, Imperial, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Jack is committed to the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Union of Pan Asian Communities, Team Kids, Inc., Illumination Foundation, UC Irvine Vietnamese American Community Ambassadors and the community partners advisory board for the OC Human Relations Council. He is a member of the Orange County Funders Roundtable, San Diego Grantmakers, and also is the founder and program consultant for a children’s self-defense and safety awareness program in partnership with the Saint Anselm’s Cross Cultural Community Center.
Emily Letran is a general dentist who owns two multi-specialty group practices in Southern California. She is known as a High Performance Coach, Author, Dentist, Philanthropist, Mentor and International Speaker.
Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from UC Riverside (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She is a graduate of UCLA School of Dentistry (Dean’s Apollonian Scholarship) and received her Master of Science in Oral Biology from UCLA at the same time. She continuously takes courses in clinical dentistry, practice management and marketing, attending multiple business forums every year, striving to improve her skills to better serve patients. For more information visit www.dremilyletran.com
Mr. McKinney is a veteran in Domestic and International Global Supply Chain management/operations in the Aerospace and Defense Industry. He is a multidimensional leader with a proven track record in leading high performance teams. His skills include special projects management, proposal planning and preparation, administrative and financial management and project planning and control.
Mr. McKinney is a Global Supply Chain Program Manager for Northrop Grumman Corporation Mission Systems Airborne Communications Division Center of Excellence. Career highlights include Global Supply Chain Leadership for the X-47B Program where he developed acquisition strategies and proactively managed surveillance over subcontractor affordability, risk/opportunity management, quality, cost, and schedule performance. His X-47B achievements include the teams 2013 Collier Trophy Award and a 2014 Aerospace Systems Presidents Award for Program Excellence.
Mr. McKinney currently serves on the following boards where he advises on strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, operations and program development: University of Southern California (USC) Board of Governors; USC Black Alumni Association Advisory Council; Wilson Global Consulting, Washington, D.C.; and the New Designs Charter Management Organization Board President.
MEDIA ADVISORY BOARD
Alicia worked as a host at KOCT-TV, in 2006. She gained a lot of experience by working there and then worked at KYMA-TV, Yuma, as an Anchor/Reporter and Producer for 2 years.
Alicia also served as a weekend anchor at KGPE, Fresno, CA for 3 years. She later produced her own news report at KGPE.
Currently, Alicia is working as a reporter/anchor at a KFMB-TV in San Diego. She brings riveting breaking news from all over the states. A native of California’s Bay Area, Alicia was determined to pursue a career in journalism following the events of 9/11.
Beginning her broadcasting career at KYMA-TV in Yuma, Arizona, Alicia learned nearly every aspect of broadcast news. She handled producing and reporting duties as well as anchoring the morning newscast and weather. Heading back to California, Alicia fine-tuned her craft as a reporter and anchor/producer of KGPE-TV’s weekend newscast in Fresno, California.
Iris Yamashita was nominated for an Academy Award for her screenplay, “Letters from Iwo Jima.” Directed by Clint Eastwood, “Letters” received a Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for four Academy Awards. She has optioned or written on assignment for various production companies, and is currently developing an action film to be directed by Takashi Miike (“13 Assassins,” “Audition”).
Iris has also been commissioned to work on an original resort show for Disney Imagineering. In the past, Iris has acted as a panel judge for contests and festivals sponsored by various organizations including the Writers Guild of America, Film Independent, the Korean Film Council and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
A former TV news anchor/reporter, Angela Chee is now on a mission to help others find their voice, master their message and share their vision with the world.
Angela has worked in top TV markets from KCBS/KCAL-TV and KNBC-TV in Los Angeles to Fox 6 and KNSD in San Diego. She has hosted shows for networks like E! Entertainment, HGTV (Home and Garden Television), Channel One News and helped launch Entertainment Tonight China. Angela is also founder of The Zen Mom, an inspirational and informative website for moms.
With over 20 years of tv/film and video production experience including producing, directing, writing and editing, Eric Michelson‘s experience includes corporate training programs, commercial spots, music videos, live fashion and music events to short films and documentaries.
Eric currently co-owns Carma Media Productions and has co-produced 4 seasons of Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen including Top Chef Korean Food Challenge and Hansik Stories for tvK24, ArirangTV and PBS. Since 2014, Eric had co-produced, directed and edited 2 seasons of Asian Voices show. Since 2016, he has been instrumental in mentoring and providing hands-on media workshop to API youths through Take One Youth Internship program.
In addition to being a business entrepreneur, Angela Sheng is a Producer, Director, Composer, Writer and TV show host. She currently owns ZSMT Group which include International Education, K-12 school, and Arts Programs for kids and Adults. In 2015, she founded Global Cultural and Creative Industries Foundation for helping more young artists and musician for pursuing their dreams.
Angela was the composer and producer for the original musical show <Happy Father’s Day>, she also performed in the show in June, 2017. Angela is also the producer and host for the TV show <People’s Talk> and the documentary <Flying over the Pacific oceans>.
Author of ’88 ways to happiness’, Marissa Pei is best known as ‘The Asian Oprah’. In addition to being a RadioTalk Show host, Pei is also a TV commentator featured on a variety of human dynamics topics, including “Why People Do Weird Things at Work,” “Totally Out of Control People,” and her latest, “Conspiracy Theory.” Pei’s private Life Balance Coaching practice in Seal Beach and Sedona, AZ, is supported by sets of daily inspirational cards, “52 Card Pick (Me) Ups: Stacking the Deck for Life Balance with Dr. Marissa” just launched last year.
In her not-so-spare time, she teaches Balance Tai Qi Qong (DVD in production), a moving meditation that promotes inner peace one breath at a time, runs a “21 Day Fast from Complaining” event on Facebook with more than 800 followers and has three original songs now available at Amazon.com and iTunes.
Susanne Bennett is an internationally recognized natural and integrative medicine expert with over 27 years of clinical experience in the fields of allergies, clinical nutrition, methylgenetics and anti-aging medicine. She is the author of #1 International Best Seller, Mighty Mito- Power Up Your Mitochondria for Boundless Energy, Laser Sharp Mental Focus and a Powerful Vibrant Body, and The 7-Day Allergy Makeover.
Susanne is the talk show host of “Wellness For Life” on RadioMD and iHeart Radio, and is devoted to sharing the best health strategies and providing easy to implement tips to improve your life and start feeling better today, the all-natural way.
She is also the CEO and Founder of PURIGENEX, a skin care company dedicated to creating non-invasive products and cutting edge formulations to help prevent premature skin aging, rejuvenate and restore optimal skin health. Her philosophy is that “healthy skin leads to better health.”