Staffs

 

Asian Center of Southeast Michigan’s day-to-day operations are managed by a highly skilled and motivated team. The team is always looking for innovative and creative ways to deliver programs and services in support of our communities!

 

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Janilla Lee, Ph.D. – Executive Director and non-voting Board of Director

Dr. Janilla Lee is currently a research scientist at the Program for Multi-Cultural Health, University of Michigan Health System focusing on Asian Americans’ health. She is also the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director at the Asian Center – Southeast Michigan, a community health organization serving Asian Americans in Michigan. She has been studying Asian American health at U of M since 2006; a health advocate since 1996. She taught material engineering at Central Michigan University for 4 years prior. She came to academia after retired as Engineering and Program Manager from Ford Motor Co; her automotive expertise was in product design/development and program management, mostly in interior systems. She graduated in chemistry from National Taiwan University and had her Ph.D. in Quantum Mechanics from University of Notre Dame.

She has been very actively serving the Asian American communities and the community at large for over 25 years. She served the following organizations:

  • Healthy Asian Americans Project
  • Chinese Coalition – founder
  • Michigan Chinese Women Association – board member
  • Asian Pacific American Women Leadership Institute – board member
  • Association of Chinese Americans – board member
  • New Detroit, Inc. – board member
  • Detroit Chinese Engineering Association – president
  • Chinese Soup Kitchen – service organizer
  • American Cancer Society – cancer walk organizer
  • Walk for Juvenile Diabetes – participation

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Mohana Walambe – Assistant Director

Mohana Walambe, a physician with specializations in Ophthalmology and Industrial Medicine, is also a Certified Tumor Registrar, a Karuna And Usui Reiki Master, Animal communication Yoga teacher and a trained Hospice Volunteer. for which she has been awarded The President Volunteer Service Award. She has volunteered as an Eye Surgeon for Lions International having performed, for free, eye-surgeries on over 1000 needy and poor people in rural India.Also one of the pioneers in promoting Corneal donation in India Mohana can converse in 6 Indian languages.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Natonal Cancer Registrars Association
  • Karnataka Opthalmic Association

Community Affiliations:

  • Board member Mai Family Services
  • Assistant Director Asian Center-SEMI
  • Past Board member in Apiavote

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Arun Vijan – Financial Manager

Mr. Vijan has been active at the Bharatiya Temple in Troy, Michigan; served as President for 2 years and on the Board of Trustees for several years. He worked with MAPI (a non-profit Indian physicians organization) and other community organizations for numerous health projects, including recruitment of over 2000 leukemia transplant donors, health fairs, cancer screenings etc. He is also a member of Interfaith programs, participated in many activities involved youth as well as adults for camps, retreats and special events.

He retired from ArvinMeritor in 2006 after 35 years. Started as a project engineer, last position was Senior Director in engineering. Before joining ArvinMeritor, he also worked for Ford Motor Company in several engineering positions. His expertise was in business and engineering management, program and product management, strategic planning, business development, sales/marketing/customer service. Mr. Vijan graduated with a Bachelor degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India; MS in Engineering from University of Detroit; and MBA from Wayne State University.

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Meera Vijan – Project Manager

Meera Vijan was President of Ovonic Battery Company, a subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices and has worked in the Advanced Battery and Flat Panel Display Industry for over 30 years. She was also Plant Manager for A123 Systems and responsible for setting up the largest Lithium –ion Battery Plant in the United States. She has experience working with domestic and international high technology companies including setting up manufacturing plants, joint ventures etc. She graduated with a BS in Physics from India and an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit.

Meera has been very active in the Asian Indian community at large for 25 years. Her community services include:

  • Asian Indian coordinator for Healthy Asian American Project (HAAP) at the University of Michigan, School of Nursing.
  • Recruitment for colon cancer screening at health fairs in the Asian Indian community and HAAP sponsored health fairs for the under privileged and uninsured.
  • Workshops on Self Management of Pain and Chronic Diseases
  • SE Michigan Regional Partners on the PATH (Personal Action towards Health)
  • Chairperson of youth committee at Bharatiya Temple.
  • Vice Chairman of Board of Trustees, Bharatiya Temple.
  • President of American Society of Engineers of Indian origin.

On a personal note she is interested in music, reading and gardening.

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Ann Tai – Project Manager

A. Ann Tai, M.S.O.T., OTL is a Program Manager at the Asian Center of Southeast Michigan, and a certified agent at the Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program, under the Area Agency on Aging 1-B. She is a lay coach/facilitator for Healthy Eating, Diabetes Prevention and Matter of Balance classes. She is also on the Board of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Michigan and is the Diversity Chair for the American Association of University Women (Ann Arbor Chapter). “Ensuring every senior citizen in the community experiences quality of life,” is the mantra that guides her outreach and education efforts.

She retired from academic teaching (Occupational Therapy at Wayne State University), clinical practice and non-profit administration (Program Coordinator at the Osher Lifelong Learning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor). She received her degrees from University of the Philippines, Wayne State University and a Graduate Certificate in Management from Eastern Michigan University.

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Lisa Hou – Program Manager

Lisa Hou is a Program Manager at AC-SE MI, in charge of the Resource Advocates program, and Chinese translation, plus community liaison. She also volunteered in other organizations:

  • Principal at Michigan Chinese School from 2008-2009
  • President of Michigan Chinese Women Association from 2012-2013
  • Project manager for various programs at Asian Center-SE MI since 2012

She currently works as an insurance agent since 1992, specializing in ACA plans, Medicare and Medicaid, a very resourceful person.

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Mi Dong – Counselor (MMAP), Resource Advocate (RA), Project Manager

Mi Dong is a counselor of Medicare/Medicaid assistant program (MMAP), Resource Advocate (RA), Program Manager on “Diabetes Prevention Program” at Asian Center – SE MI. She also serves as the Executive Director at Korean American Cultural Center of Michigan (KACCM); and COO for miRcore, another non-profit organization. She is a board member at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; American Citizen for Justice (ACJ), miRcore, and an advisory board to Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA).

Prior to her current role, she was the president of MKD International LLC, served as CSO for Global Strategic connections and Directors of Pfizer Legal and R&D Division in Pfizer. Mi earned her MS in Biochemistry at Wayne State University and BS in Chemistry at Sung Kyun Kwan University in Korea.

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Sharon Dow – Webmaster

Sharon Dow works at Chrysler Group LLC as Data Architect in Information & Communication Technology, and her professional interests and experience are focused on the field of Database Management. She earned her master degree in Computer Science.

Sharon has served on the Board of Directors of Michigan Chinese Women Association (MCWA) and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA). With the unexceptional opportunity in non-profit organizational leadership, Sharon has actively engaged and contributed directly to Chinese as well as across cultural communities. Sharon will continue striving for more contributions on comprehensive Educational, Cultural and Community Services. Sharon also has a passion for art of dance and visual, and she will continue striving for more contributions on cultural sharing and oriental artistic awareness.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Data Architect and Database Administrator of Chrysler Group LLC, 1991-Present
  • System Analyst of Chrysler Group LLC, 1988 – 1991

Community Affiliations:

  • Board of Directors of Council of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA), 2012-Present
  • President of Wind Dance Chinese Cultural Group, 2012-Present
  • President of Michigan Chinese Women Association (MCWA), 2011-2012
  • Board of Director of Michigan Chinese Women Association (MCWA), 2009-2011
  • Guild of Michigan Ballet Theater, 2004-2007

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