CAPA Board of Directors
Ryan Rosario, President
Mr. Rosario past awards include:
In addition, Ryan has chaired numerous events including the following:
Mr. Rosario holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Detroit-Mercy.
Pina Vyas, Vice President
Pina joined DTE Energy as the program owner for the Outdoor Protective Lighting business, a part of DTE’s Community Lighting organization and has held various roles of increasing responsibility throughout the enterprise. She has been one of the architects behind DTE’s annual strategic planning process. She has held positions of Chief of Staff to the Vice President of Marketing, to the Senior Vice President of Distribution Operations, and to the Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer of DTE Energy and most recently, was the Manager of Strategy at Fermi 2, DTE’s nuclear generation power plant in Monroe County.
Prior to joining DTE Energy, Vyas was a professor at an MBA institute in India, where she taught most of the marketing and advertising courses. Her international experience also includes working as a product manager for an engineering firm in Singapore.
Vyas holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science degree. She is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She has significant experience in strategic planning, change management, event planning, project management and designing and implementing highly successful marketing strategies and promotional campaigns. Vyas is consistently recognized for an exceptional organization and planning abilities balanced with interpersonal and talent-development skills.
Pina has served on the boards of the Energetic Women Conference (affiliated with the Midwest Energy Association) and the Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA) as the Executive Director and the Marketing & Public Relations committee chair. She currently serves as the Vice President of CAPA and is a consultant to the Freedom House, Detroit Gala Committee.
Kappu Raghunathan, Director
Salee Salim is a Financial Analyst at DTE Energy. She has been working for the company for five years. She has supported various organization within DTE, including DTE Gas, Energy Trading, and she is currently supporting the Corporate Services organization. She holds a Bachelor of Accountancy degree as well as a CPA license. Salee is originally from Iraq and she came to the United States with her family at the age of 10. She has a passion for serving people in her workplace, community, and this beautiful country in any way she can. Her passion for CAPA is to use her skills to serve and add value to the organization as an Assistant Treasurer.
Salee enjoys reading, writing, swimming, and traveling. There are two quotes that fuel her lifestyle:
“In You, Lord my God, I put my trust.” – Psalm 25:1
Eleonor Jenks, Director
Eleonor Madiclum Jenks, is a civil engineer by profession. I’m also a community and political organizer and a health worker from the Philippines. I came to the US three years ago. I’m currently a Manager of Travel is Fun travel agency.
I am involved in numerous civic and humanitarian community projects here and abroad especially through Kiwanis, a global civic organization serving children and communities worldwide. A self starter, I get along outstandingly well with others and have natural leadership skills. I enjoy taking charge and independently solving important problems. I love to do community outreach and event planning.
I am the immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Detroit (KCCD) for two years, Lt. Governor-elect of Division 1, Michigan District of Kiwanis International, Board member of Ang Bisaya of Michigan, current Board member and club administrator of KCCD, and a member of the PACCM.
I’m a member of the Huntington Woods Women’s League, and involved in Voices for Earth Justice in the city of Detroit. I believe you must give back, to the community and region where you live.
I participated in the 2015 CAPA Splendor of the East and CAPAs Leadership training workshops for the past three years.
I’m married to Jeff Jenks, an Advisory Board member.
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Lavinia Mateo, Community Services
Lavinia O.V. Mateo is currently serving as President of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan (UPAAM). An active member of both the local and national Filipino community, she is also serving on the Advisory Counsel of the Auxiliary to the Philippine Medical Association of Michigan (PMAM), as the Presidential Advisor for the Auxiliary to the Association of Philippine Physicians in America (APPA), and is the President Elect for the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists-Michigan. In addition to her work with the organizations that she serves, Lavinia is a property manager in Ann Arbor for Gralni Group. Although she closed her designer boutique in Pontiac during the mid 1990’s, she continues to custom design and sew women’s couture evening wear. Lavinia travels home to the Philippines each year to participate in several medical missions over a 6-8 week period.
Graduating from the University of the Philippines in 1961 with a bachelor’s of science degree in hygiene, she immigrated to the United States and studied medical technology at Carney Hospital School of Medical Technology in Boston. She then received her board certification as a medical technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Lavinia met her husband, the late Dr. Rolando Mateo, in 1964 while working as a medical technologist at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio. After marrying and having her first two children there, they moved to Michigan and settled down just north of Detroit in Troy. She continued to work as a medical technologist at Alexander Blain Hospital then at her husband’s private practice while raising her four children and continuing to build and develop relationships throughout her community. Together with her husband, Lavinia worked hard to give her children a strong foundation on which to build their own lives and growing families. She is often regarded by her 14 grandchildren as their “amazing Lola.
Charlie Cao, Ph.D., Senior Projector Engineer, Business Owner, certified wellness consultant and lifestyle coach.
Toni Martinez, Cultural Chair
Toni Martinez, born in the Philippines and U.S. immigrant at the age of 17 years old, has been a volunteer for Splendor of the East since 2006. She became the production manager in 2008 until 2015. Toni has been passionate in scripting and directing Splendor of the East production. While growing up in the Philippines with polio, she persevered in managing to live a normal life fulfilling her love for the arts. Professionally, Toni is an insurance agent for 25+ years currently with Farmers insurance. She also devotes her free time as a community volunteer, organize and facilitate performances for non-profit organization like the Philippine American Community Center, NANAY and FILAMCCO. She is also a board member of the Philippine Chamber of Michigan. She manages an entertainment production organization called Asian Pacific Cultural Movement & Entertainment LLC with bookings for special events and private companies e.g. Campus Martinus, Arts, Beats & Eats, Army Reserves, Great Outdoor Campgrounds, PMAC, Frederik Meijer Japanese Gardens and many more. She hopes to engage more (especially young) gifted artists in the years to come.
Dr. Su McKeithen-Polish
Dr. Suchiraphon McKeithen-Polish, Education Chair
Dr. Suchiraphon (Su) McKeithen-Polish
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Gongju Zoe Baek
Gongju "Zoe" Baek, Community Services (Co-Chair)
Zoe began her career with New York Life in 2012 as an agent in the Kalamazoo office in Michigan. She immediately knew she loved the career and what it can do for people, and achieved council agent status for her first 3 consecutive years in addition to earning her Series 6 and 63 designations. In March of 2016, she was promoted to Partner. Her passion is developing quality financial professionals from all backgrounds, while educating and helping people in local communities to achieve their financial goals. In January 2017, Zoe joined the Greater Detroit General office as a part of the management team. She actively serves her community as Vice President for The Korean American Women’s Association, and volunteers for the events in the Korean community.
Her passion for CAPA is connecting all the Asian communities together for better understanding and helping each other. Also she would like to provide opportunities for younger generations to build a strong self esteem and pride and to become great leaders in the communities.
Zoe has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Daegu National University of Education in South Korea. Before she came to US, she worked as a public Elementary school teacher in South Korea. Zoe has lived in Michigan for 15 years, currently residing in Okemos with her husband Matthew and their two sons. She enjoys outdoor activities, nature, and watching her sons’ hockey games.
Trisha Nguyen migrated to the United States in 1975 during the time Saigon fell. She’s a mother of three children. Her main career was in IT Project Management for about 16 years. She’s currently making a career move into the Real Estate and Insurance business as an independent agent.
Trisha is active with her Vietnamese church community and currently a member with VAAM (VIetnamese American Association of Michigan), volunteering for various events within the community and helping wherever she can. She participated in the 2017 CAPA Splendor of the East as a performer.
Angela Wang Beasinger
Angela Wang Beasinger, Nominations
Currently Angela Wang Beasinger serves as president of WeAct Inc., a creative service provider, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with partners throughout the United States and China. Founded and managed by a special team who are well connected and versed in both U.S. and China cultures and business environments, WeAct is specialized in serving U.S. and China business development initiatives, and in promoting US-China business, culture and education exchanges and collaborations. Staffed by professionals and industry experts with decades of operational experiences, WeAct provides customized services to meet your short-term and long-term cross-Pacific business development needs in PR marketing and branding, business contact development, event planning, translation, cultural and business etiquette training, and much more…WeAct strives to provide affirmative, effective, productive and innovative services to our clients; and build a multiculture work environment for professionals to achieve their personal and professional goals, and reach their fullest potential. WeAct is your first resource and your best alliance, and WeAct delivers beyond your expectation!
Utilizing her knowledge, experience and passion to foster global innovative collaborations and to build a multi-culture work environment for professionals to achieve their personal and professional goals, and reach their fullest potential, she made significant contribution in bringing together people with different backgrounds and in promoting businesses collaborations among different cultures.
Angela Wang Beasinger holds a Master degree in Computer Information System and a MBA degree.
Joseph Paul Pacis Javier
Joseph Paul Pacis Javier, Publicity Chair
Joseph Paul Pacis Javier is Filipino-American who is passionate about diversity and strengthening the community. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Joseph has also lived in the Philippines and Canada. During his time as a journalist, he has traveled extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region and brings his global perspective to support the Council of Asian Pacific Americans.
Joseph has over 15 years of experience working in the media in the Philippines. He was an award-winning radio broadcaster at 89.9 DWTM as well as a travel and lifestyle show presenter on Studio 23 Television. Joseph has also worked as a columnist for the Manila Bulletin, editor for the Manila Times, and writer for several other publications. Aside from his experience in the media, Joseph has worked in the fields of public relations, strategic brand management, and event production.
Currently, Joseph is finishing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Oakland University where he will be graduating with honors. He has competed additional studies in Integrated Marketing Communication at the University of Asia and the Pacific as well as Neurobiology and Genetics at Harvard University. Joseph will be pursuing his doctoral degree this fall.
Joseph has served as president of the Alpha Omicron Rho chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and president of Spectrum LGBTQ Alliance. He is currently an active member of Theta Chi Fraternity at Oakland University where he serves as Co-Marshal and Philanthropy Co-Chair. Given Joseph’s diverse background and passion for building partnerships, he offers these talents to bolster CAPA’s presence in the Asian-Pacific community and inform the public about the many resources and events that CAPA has to offer.
Al-Azhar Pacha, Webmaster
Al Pacha is owner and President of ALPAC, Inc., minority owned software development and IT consulting company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Technology) from India.
He is an innovative Information Technology leader with a proven track record managing technology development teams along with conceptualizing and directing development of business-driven technology solutions. Proficient in formulating strategies for technology acquisition, integration, migration and implementation. Provides vision and dedicated leadership for key technologies including application solutions, network infrastructure, database management systems, quality assurance testing, and internet solutions.
Co-founded two startup companies in the areas of vendor management and home-garden management software.
Serves as an Advisory Board member for Wayne County Community College District, Detroit.
Awarded ‘2012 Emerging Leader Award’ by Leadership Detroit/Detroit Regional Chambers – recognizing individuals who have shown unrelenting commitment to making a difference and positively impacting those around them and the community.
Ngoc Do, Director