Officers

Board for 2015-2017

President | Vice-President | Secretary | Treasurer | Board of Members | Past-President

Arisa Nakamori, President

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Current Job Title:
International Compensation Manager
Academic Background:
M.A. in International Development from George Washington University
B.A. in International Relations and East Asian Studies from University of California, Davis
Albany High School
Favorite Quote: 
一期一会 Ichigo Ichie (“Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur.” Meaning: Consider every encounter is the first and the last, we should treat each moment with sincerity.) – Zen Buddhism
Goals for GWADA: 
Offer great opportunities for people to mingle and socialize by sharing their unique cultural values to GWADA. Also, promote members to get involved and make a difference by volunteering to allow the Asian Deaf and Hard of Hearing community to expand.

Dae-Kun Kim, Vice President

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Current Job Title:
Assistant ELI Instructor
Academic Background:
Ph.D. (Expected) in Critical Studies in the Education of Deaf Learners at Gallaudet University
M.S. in Secondary Education for the Deaf and HoH from Rochester Institute of Technology
B.S. in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology
California School for the Deaf, Fremont
Favorite Quote: 
“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” – Confucius
Goals for GWADA: 
Evolve into a truly collaborative effort-based organization by recognizing and preparing individuals into a fine individual to contribute to the community

Jonathon Chanin, Secretary

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Academic Background:
B.A. in Government from Gallaudet University
Mid-Pacific Institute High School
Favorite Quotes:
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddhism
Goals for GWADA:
Gain more members to GWADA and be able to provide more fun and interesting activities.

John Grannan, Treasurer

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Current Job Title:
Financial Analysis at Government Accountability Office
Academic Background:
B.A. from Gallaudet University
Indiana School for the Deaf
Favorite Quote: 
Coming Soon!
Goals for GWADA: 

Coming Soon!

Richard Lin, Board Member

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Current Job Title:
Product Interior Designer
Academic Background:
B.F.A. in Interior Design from Rochester Institute of Technology
Katzenbach School for the Deaf at New Jersey
Favorite Quote: 
“You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.”
Goals for GWADA: 
To Be An Outstanding Organization

Younghae Park-Palabrica, Board Member

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Current Job Title:
Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Gallaudet University
Academic Background:
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
John F..Kennedy High School, Bronx NY
Favorite Quote: 
“Difficult roads often leads to beautiful destinations.” Author Unknown
Goals for GWADA: 
To reach out as many Asian Deaf population across Greater Washinton area. To empower, educate and value Asian heritage.

Chi Ming Pun, Board Member

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Current Job Title:
Software Engineer
Academic Background:
B.A. from Gallaudet University
Lexington School for the Deaf
Favorite Quote: 
“It doesn’t make senses to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” –Steve Job
Goals for GWADA: 
To foster cultural heritage and promote communal participation, education, and leadership
Interesting Tidbit – he is the first Deaf Asian American basketball player in the U.S Deaflympics history.

Hua Yang, Past President

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Current Job Title:
Information Technology
Academic Background:
B.S. from Rochester Institute of Technology
Favorite Quote: 
“A Picture is worth thousand words.” – Confucius
Goals for GWADA: 
Continue to recruit more members, collaborate with large organizations in hoping of getting donations so we can continue to serve the Deaf community.