Chien-Chi Huang is the founder of Asian Breast Cancer Project and is presently the Executive Director of Asian Women for Health. A skilled and passionate community advocate, Chien-Chi was the Asian Community Program Manager at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling from 2006 to 2011 and she spearheaded several new health initiatives addressing the unique issues and challenges facing the Asian American community. These initiatives included Asian American Problem Gambling Outreach efforts, Asian American Women’s Mental Health Symposium, Asian American Mental Health Forum, and Immigrants and Refugees Mental Health Network.
A deft community organizer and trainer, Chien-Chi has provided capacity building, technical guidance and network enhancement to community-based organizations and providers serving Asian Americans in the Commonwealth. She has participated in several CBPR trainings and received grants from several organizations such as the Institute for Community Health Program Planning at Dana Farber, the Saffron Circle, the American Psychological Association, and the Massachusetts Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Both mainstream and Asian media outlets have featured Chien-Chi’s efforts and highlighted her dedication to reducing health disparities related to gambling addiction, mental health and breast cancer. She also serves on the following committees: the National Advisory Panel on Addressing Disparities for PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute), the National Advisory Council for Asian & Pacific Islander National Cancer Survivors Network, the Dana Farber Community Benefits External Advisory Committee, the Steering committee for the AIM for Equity Network, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Community Advisory Committee, the Somerville Commission for Women, and participates fully in the Disparities & Health Equity Workgroup of Massachusetts Comprehensive Cancer Prevention & Control Program.
Chien-Chi is the recipient for the Cheryl Kramer Passion Award in 2011, the Trail Blazer award in 2012 and the Janice McGrath Survivor of the Year Award in 2013. Under her leadership, Asian Women for Health is one of the 6 recipients for the Peter Lee Healthy Communities Awards in 2013, with 12 nominations from partners and funders.
Lara Yuan is a Product Manager at Foundation Medicine, a molecular information company leading a transformation in cancer care. At Foundation Medicine, she works with advocacy groups and other stakeholders in the field of oncology to provide services and programs to deliver the best possible care to patients with cancer. She also works extensively with biopharmaceutical companies and other collaborators to accelerate the development of novel therapies for cancer. Lara was previously a Market Analyst at Boston Biomedical Consultants, a market research and strategic consulting firm specializing in the in vitro diagnostics industry, where she developed an understanding of the forces impacting the global healthcare industry and gained perspective on the various challenges in delivering treatment and care to the patients who need it most.
To satisfy her interest in health care challenges around the world, Lara has lent her market research and strategic analysis skills as a pro-bono consultant for several global health non-profits and social enterprises. Lara is ultimately interested in applying business management strategies and marketplace principles to the the improvement of health and the achievement of global health goals. She actively follows developments in global health, international development, and social enterprise, and shares her thoughts in her blog, The Contribution Project. She hopes to encourage increased interdisciplinary, international, and multilateral communication, collaboration, and understanding in health care and global development to create effective, efficient, and sustainable change. Lara graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry from Princeton University.
Lindee is a partner at Tapestry Networks, where she focuses on bridging the gaps between public and private healthcare organizations, and among scientific, commercial, and public policy areas with the goal of improving healthcare systems for all. Previously, she was a senior project leader at Boston Consulting Group working with senior executives in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, provider, and payer spaces. Within biopharma she worked throughout the value chain from research and development to commercial, across primary and specialty care. Her expertise is primarily in strategy and organizational effectiveness.
Lindee completed studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), doing post-graduate work as a Leukemia and Lymphoma Fellow working in neuroscience; a doctorate in biology as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT; and a BS (honors) in biology at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) as a member in Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi scientific and engineering honors societies.
Margaret is the Founder and Principal of Sukha Living LLC, a health and wellness practice with a mission to promote holistic healthy living for individuals and corporations through coaching and education. It offers wellness programs and services in the areas of physical fitness, mental wellness, healthy eating and lifestyle management. A 200RYT Yoga Alliance Certified instructor, Margaret opened Sukha Living Yoga Studio in January 2015 and serves the Lexington and nearby communities in the Greater Boston Area with yoga and meditation classes, private lessons, and corporate workshops.
Prior to founding Sukha Living LLC, Margaret was a Senior Marketing Executive with global experience spanning several major Banks in the U.S. and Asia. In her last position, she was Senior Vice President of Student Banking / Education Finance of RBS Citizens Bank. Preceding experience includes Senior Marketing and Product Management roles with Bank of America, Citibank, HSBC and Santander Bank.
Margaret began as an active volunteer with Asian Women for Health in November 2014, helping out with marketing activities, worked on the Planning Committee of the 2015 Spring TransformASIANS Conference and recently hosted a Yoga and Mindfulness Benefit Event in March 2015 offering a free workshop for the Cancer and Trauma Survivor Support Group of AWFH. She then served as a Co-Chair of the Advocacy and Program Committee. Elected in August 2015, she now serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Asian Women for Health. She is keen to lend her business skills to the organization and is always looking for ways to promote awareness and improve programming and funding strategies for AWFH.
Her passion for advocacy in education also led her to volunteer at her children’s school and she is Vice-President of Communications of the William Diamond Middle School PTA Executive Board in Lexington, MA.