CAPA Board of Directors
Angela Wang Beasinger
Angela Wang Beasinger, President
As an active leader in the Asia-Pacific community and a highly skilled professional, Angela Wang Beasinger demonstrates her excellent leadership and interpersonal skills in IT industry, global business arena and community development. Angela has devoted her spare time to community related non-profit organizations such as Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Association of Chinese American, Michigan Council of Woman in Technology, Detroit Chinese Business Association, Council of Ethnic Chambers of Commerce and New Detroit over a decade. Being multilingual, she shows her deep understanding of Eastern & Western cultures.
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.
Peini Spinazzola, Communications (Co-Chair)
Peini Spinazzola is currently the Director of Marketing at Milliken Millwork, specializing in Marketing Strategic Management, New Product Development, E-Commerce, Innovation, and Sales Collaboration. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of Marketing for Plastpro and has won several marketing and product awards in that position. She was also part of overseas investment team for JM Eagle, focusing on sales and marketing development in China.
Peini Spinazzola earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Fu-Jen University, Taiwan in 2000. In 1999, she won first place in a national science contest by developing a Geographic Information System for Taipei City. She is passionate about volunteer work. In the past 10 years, she has volunteered for multiple no-profit organizations.
Peini lives in Shelby Michigan with her husband and two children.
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Kappu Raghunathan, Director
Kappu is a Physical Therapist from India. She has been in the US for over 20 years and has been very involved with the Indian Community. She would like to extend her interests to include the other Asian communities in Detroit and CAPA would just be a great way to do that.
Jeffrey A. Vedua, Treasurer
Jeffrey is, currently, the Deputy Auditor General for the Office of the Auditor General in the City of Detroit. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountant (MICPA), Association of Local Government Auditors (ALGA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Aside from being a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), he is also a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified Governmental Audit Professional (CGAP).
He is currently the Treasurer of both Philippine Chamber of Commerce Michigan (PCCM) and Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM).
Jeffrey earned his Accounting Degree (cum laude) at Colegio de San Juan de Letran Calamba, Philippines in March 1983. He is married to Arlene Vedua with two children Jezreel Anne and Jerahmeel Alvin.
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.
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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.
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.
Chunchun Tang, Education Chair
Chunchun Tang began her journey in the United States in 2007 when she came to Michigan for college education. Her profound appreciation for the English language and American culture drove not only her decision to study and live abroad, but also her commitment to majoring in English literature as a non-native speaker of the language. In addition to academic excellence, Chunchun was also highly involved as a student leader at Saginaw Valley State University. From serving as a Student Association representative to being a Resident Assistant, Chunchun found it her privilege and pleasure to help and advocate for her peers. On the other hand, a skilled public speaker and translator, Chunchun won the university-wide SIMS Public Speaking Competition twice in 2008 and 2009. From 2008-2012, Chunchun also acted as an interpreter for the Gerstacker Fellows during their annual educational exchange to East Asia. Through these positions, opportunities for professional growth arose as Chunchun navigated the transition from school to society. After graduating with honors in 2011, Chunchun worked for the University’s English Language Program as an English as a Second Language specialist before starting her master’s program at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) in fall 2012.
While at Penn, Chunchun’s area of focus resided in international educational development where she examined systems and practices benefiting learners of diverse and often modest backgrounds. Her advocacy for others continued as she led Penn’s Long-term Planning Committee under the International Student Advisory Board, which propelled a fostering of community and cross-cultural communications at the institution. In addition, she served as a Chinese House Director promoting Mandarin language and Chinese cultural immersion among undergraduate residents. As the capstone of her graduate studies, Chunchun interned at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) where she collaborated with colleagues of diverse nationalities and backgrounds on researching health education for disadvantaged youths during the summer of 2013.
After Penn, Chunchun’s strong connections with Michigan brought her back to the state where she joined Oxford Community Schools as its first Director of International Programs in fall 2013. During her tenure at Oxford, the school district’s international program more than doubled in its size while 100% of their graduates successfully received college acceptances. Chunchun’s accomplishments as an educator recently earned her the appointment as a 2016 Gerstacker Fellow, an esteemed fellowship granted to only ten candidates statewide a year in recognition of K-12 educational leadership.
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Bing Shuttlewood, Director
From 2012 to 2014, Bing served in GM CERG as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President. She has been actively involved in promoting Chinese culture in Greater Detroit area with different organizations.
Bing is thrilled to join CAPA as Board of Director in 2017 and looking forward to serving our Asian American community.
Aneesa I. Rashid, Ph.D.
Aneesa I. Rashid, Ph.D., Nominations
Aneesa has a keen interest in promoting cultural awareness and education. She was introduced to CAPA in 2008 and since then has been actively involved in promoting its mission as the Education Chair (2009 to 2012).
Aneesa is originally from India and has a Ph.D. in Economics from Fordham University, New York. She is an Economic Analyst at the Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, State of Michigan. Her prior experience in Michigan includes teaching Economics courses at the University of Michigan, Dearborn and Oakland University. She also conducted cross cultural training for corporations interested in doing business in India. She has published and presented several papers on India and S.E. Asia.
Aneesa is also the past president of the International Community Club which is a non-profit organization sponsored by The Community House of Birmingham. She volunteers at the Global Trade Mission (GTM) as a presenter and Cultural Ambassador. GTM is sponsored by Automation Alley to train students with the skills for global citizenship.
Alisa Young, Youth Co-chair
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 has earned his 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.
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.
Harsha Nahata, Director
Born and raised in an Indian American household in metro Detroit, I currently work as a communications assistant with DTE Energy through a yearlong fellowship program called Challenge Detroit. In addition to working at a host company, Challenge Detroit fellows spend one day a week doing innovation consulting projects for different nonprofits. Things I am passionate about include Detroit, corporate social responsibility and my Indian American identity. I am an avid doodler, history nerd and spontaneous dancer. You’ll find a copy of The Alchemist and a boxed set of The West Wing next to my bed.