Min Choe is the CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder at Tso Chinese Delivery, a delivery and take-out only restaurant concept in Austin, TX. Tso offers free delivery and has a no-tipping policy for fresh, high-quality yet affordable, Chinese-American food. After the success of the first Tso location in Central Austin, the second Tso opened in the fall of 2019 in North Austin and is scheduled to open locations three and four in 2021. Min’s primary role at Tso is to provide vision and direction for Tso to one day become America’s #1 choice for Chinese food delivery. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of CKN Hospitality Group, which operates Donkey Mo’s Korean Fried Chicken, Roba Katsu & Teriyaki, 18 Fried Rice by Donkey Mo’s, and most recently, JJIM – Korean Braised BBQ.
He leads both teams by establishing core values that are centered on providing a benefit to the communities and employees they serve, while also building a company focused on growth and profitability. Min has always had the entrepreneurial drive opening his first business in appliance retail after graduating from UT Business School. He also opened several restaurant concepts with his wife, Jenna, before founding Tso and CKN Hospitality. With a penchant for giving back to the community and serving the underprivileged, Min loves getting involved with meaningful organizations that help improve the community he serves. He spends the rest of his time with his wife and three beautiful children, where they like to spend time together enjoying a delicious meal, or hitting some balls on the golf course.
Elexia A. Gonzalez Lowe, LCSW
Elexia A. Gonzalez Lowe, LCSW (she/they) is a social worker and psychotherapist in the Austin area. Elexia currently serves in a variety of roles as a psychotherapist in private practice, a diversity coach for individuals and organizations, an instructional team member for Columbia University in the City of New York School of Social Work, and as a psychiatric social worker at Ascension Seton Behavioral Health. Elexia holds a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Mohit Mehta is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also an assistant instructor for the Center for Asian American Studies. He has been an educator since 2004 in India, Palestine, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the United States. He is interested in language access and equity for multilingual communities in multiple domains including education and health care. He volunteers regularly with Trúc Viêt and Communities in Schools. He speaks Gujarati, Hindi and Spanish.
Jeff Zhao is currently an EIR at Texas State University and the founder of styrochrome and Redtree Systems. Previously, he joined Jackrabbit Mobile as their first full-time project manager and helped grow the company 5x. He also worked at Epic implementing oncology workflows at UCSF and has been teaching and coaching professionally since 2011. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 (BBA) and 2020 (MSTC). While there, he rode a bike from Austin, TX to Anchorage, AK with Texas 4000 for Cancer. Since 2007, he has loved playing ultimate frisbee.
With over 15 years of experience, Stef Shapira specializes in building creative communications campaigns for clients. She spent the first five years of her career in New York City working with entertainment and lifestyle clients, including Sia, Morrissey, The Moth, MakerBot, Internet Week New York, and more. While working full-time, she attended NYU to obtain a master’s degree in Food Studies.
With a focus on food & beverage, Stef held positions at the Food Network, Serious Eats and the Museum of Food & Drink in NYC before moving back to her home state of Texas. After living the agency life for five years in Austin, Stef branched out on her own to form Stef Shapira Consulting in January 2019.
Melissa is a project manager, grant writer, and public health leader in the Central Texas area. She currently works as a Project Manager for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) supporting the implementation of two tech platforms. Prior to joining DSHS, Melissa worked at Williamson County and Cities Health District as the Director of Quality and Strategic Management. She supported the development of the health department’s foundational documents (Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan, and Strategic Plan), managed projects related to the Medicaid 1115 Waiver, and coordinated grants and quality management efforts. Melissa finished her Masters of Public Health from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Austin and graduated from her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas Austin. In her free time, she loves to listen to true-crime podcasts, travel, and visit her favorite coffee shops. She also started learning a form of martial arts called Tukong Moosul.
Phu is a highly-skilled, residency-trained, board-certified clinical pharmacist with 9+ years of practice experience. He has an extensive background in leadership roles, population health, chronic disease management and academia.
In addition to being a board member at AACHI, he currently serves as NAAAP Austin Chapter President and focuses on advocating for AAPI issues. Being a second-generation Vietnamese-American, it is important to him to continuously speak on topics affecting our community.
Phu is currently a key leader in development of a new pharmacy where he serves as Director of Pharmacy Operations as well as Pharmacist-in-Charge. He relies heavily on his background of quality improvement, finance, strategic planning, project management and team building to create success.
Phu has been an integral member in implementing population health initiatives to achieve clinical and fiscal outcomes. This is obtained by focusing on the Quadruple Aim of better health, better care, lower cost, and reducing burnout. Phu has been able to design, implement, and continually improve processes which led to enhanced STAR ratings for their value-based contracts.
Phu has developed pharmacist-led chronic disease state management processes that improved patient outcomes. Adopting a systematic approach, he developed protocols and drug monographs, facilitated strategic planning around quality improvement, and communicated to leadership opportunities and successes.
Phu is an avid cyclist having completed the Seattle-to-Portland Ride in 2019, spanning 206 miles and the MS150 in 2022, a ride funding multiple sclerosis research covering 150 miles from Austin to College Station, TX. He is also an aspiring home cook.
Jimmy Yen is an Acupuncturist, Founder and CEO of Achieve Integrative Health, the largest integrative acupuncture clinic in Austin, TX. Achieve Integrative Health specializes in helping people with neurological conditions, chronic pain and supportive cancer care. Jimmy and his team are on a mission to help 1 million people restore their bodies’ natural ability to heal itself so that they can do what they love. They are in the process of building multiple locations within Austin.
Jimmy is the author of the book “Achieve a Life of Wellness”. He is also an international mentor, teacher and coach to physicians, physical assistants, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists, chiropractor and other healthcare providers from all over the world, training them on his proprietary acupuncture technique and treatment systems.
Jimmy is the Co-Founder and CEO of Achieve Wealth Technologies, Inc, a training company that helps healthcare practitioners all over the world build a sustainable and thriving practice.
Jimmy is a strong advocate of Natural Medicine and has been featured on Fox 7 and CBS Austin. In addition he is a social media influencer, with over 972k followers.
Jimmy serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for the non-profit Neuropathy Alliance of Texas and on the Board of Governors for AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, one of the top acupuncture schools in the US.
Jimmy believes that no one person’s success was achieved by themselves, it takes a community. Many people were instrumental in helping Jimmy achieve his success and that’s why he spends his free time giving back, paying it forward, and volunteering to help non-profit organizations like AACHI and the Rotary International.