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About Us / Board of directors

Elexia A. Gonzalez Lowe, LCSW

Chair

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.

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Mohit Mehta

Secretary

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.

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Jeff Zhao

Treasurer

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.

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Stef Shapira

Member

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.

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Melissa Tung

Member

Melissa is a project manager, grant writer, and public health leader in the Central Texas area. She currently works as a Sr. Tech Project Manager for SXSW. Prior to joining SXSW, Melissa worked at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) coordinating both community health and IT projects. 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.

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Phu Trinh

Member

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.

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Jimmy Yen

Member

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.

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Min Choe

Immediate Past Chair

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.

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Richard Jung

Past Chair

Mr. Jung focuses his practice in the areas of employment based immigration and business law, including entity formation, construction, commercial transactions, commercial lease, and employment matters.  He has experience assisting clients from countries as diverse as South Korea, China, Mexico and France, in their efforts to invest and establish operations in Texas.  He assists businesses in navigating regulatory challenges and helps them avoid unnecessary risks.  Mr. Jung’s clients range in size from affiliates of Global Fortune 100 Companies to individual investors.  Drawing upon his experience as a former CEO in international business as well as his experience in the law, he provides cost-effective, real world solutions for his clients and continues to be long-term advisor to them.

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Ramey Ko

Past Chair

Ramey Ko is the principal attorney of The Ko Law Firm, PLLC, a community-oriented firm serving small and family-owned businesses and entrepreneurs. He previously practiced housing and domestic violence law with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and the Texas Advocacy Project. In 2010, Ramey was appointed the first Asian American judge in Austin and served as an Associate Municipal Judge through 2013. He previously lectured in Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and taught Business Law and Ethics to MBA students at the Texas Health & Science University College of Business Sciences.

From September 2010 to May 2014, Ramey served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which advised the Executive Branch on how to better serve the AAPI community. He also previously served on the Austin Public Safety Commission and chaired the Commission on Immigrant Affairs, and he is a founding member of the Austin Asian Behavioral Health Network. His prior board experience includes Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District and NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, and he is Chair Emeritus of the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative, Inc. Ramey loves cooking, trivia, and serving as Dungeon Master for his tabletop roleplaying group. He lives with his wife, Lauren Alexander, and their dogs, Mycroft and Peanut, and their cat, Frangipane.

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