and Leadership Team
Jonathan - Founder, President
Jonathan has been active within APA affairs and Leadership Development for the majority of his life, including leading various organizations at his University and obtaining funding for Asian/Pacific American initiatives such as a cultural center and maximizing residential student groups. He previously served as the ECC Chair of MAASU as a grad student and always has a heart for stduent organizations. He is now an Assurance and Advisory manager during the day. His passions include eating anywhere from hole in the walls to nice restaurants, meeting others, drinking coffee, exploring Chicago and traveling the world. In the past few years, work has taken him to Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Shanghai, Poland, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Mexico, Canada, the UK, and he frequents LA and NYC. He is vocal about ensuring everyone that comes to Chicago simply has a good time and maximizes their time. It's Jonathan's mission to ensure that AACN members in Chicago have a community, participate actively in events, optimize their career and extracurricular capabilities, and find value in the organization.
Shenny - Co-President
Shenny grew up in Upstate NY, Poughkeepsie and spent eight years in Taiwan between her elementary and high school years. She graduated from the George Washington University in DC with a double major in English and International affairs, and a minor in Chinese Language and Literature. Since college, she has been involved with the Asian American community as a board member of the Chinese American Student Association and as a translator and interpreter for non-profit organizations, including an API domestic violence resource center. Shenny has worked at the University of Chicago Press where she acquired books and works closely with academics around the world. She now works at Yelp. In her free time, she also continues to take on legal, medical, and community translation and interpretation work. She enjoys trying out new restaurants, taking pictures, and crocheting/knitting cute stuffed animals.
Eric - Assistant Organizer
Eric spent his childhood all over the globe, from Taipei to Vancouver to LA to Chicago. Being a multicultural, global-minded individual, he finally found his place in Chicago. Eric graduated from UCLA and love all thing Bruins, from basketball to football (even in the depressing years). He currently works as a client services professional at a niche consulting firm in the hipster neighborhood of Wicker Park. Although Eric has been in Chicago for a couple of years before joining AACN, he wishes he had been a member from the start. Aside from great networking and social opportunities, AACN also provided a friendly and low-stress environment to make genuine friends. For anyone new to Chicago, AACN is absolutely the first organization you should join!
Zongmin- Event Organizer
Profile coming soon!
Miao - Event Organizer
Profile coming soon!
John Narcise - Event Organizer
Profile coming soon!
Alan - Event Organizer
Alan is a clearing systems engineer in Chicago and enjoys hosting happy hours, movies and great ethnic foods! Look for happy events with Alan!
Collin- AACN Event Organizer
Collin grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan in the small town of Petoskey. It was there that he learned to appreciate the small things in life, like fresh air, stargazing, and watching the seasons change. Collin loves watching football and basketball, especially when it involves the Wolverines. He went to the University of Michigan to study computer science and economics. While he was in college, he took an active role in Greek life, where he served as President of his fraternity and focused on philanthropy through most of his tenure. He currently works as an applications developer for J.P. Morgan. What drew him to AACN are the opportunities it offers to learn from people with different backgrounds and experiences. Having just moved to a new city, joining AACN is the best thing he could have done!
Ngoc - AACN Alumni
Ngoc is a Minneapolis, MN bred transplant who impulsively moved to Chicago in March 2003 for a job at an insurance company in the Loop. She's a University of Minnesota - Twin Cities graduate with a degree in Finance & International Business, and minor in Asian American Studies. Her work is focused on Property & Casualty insurance for Life Science accounts. After living in Chicago for 3 months, she realized that not having friends was totally not fun. In June 2013, she attended a dim sum event that became an epic 24-hour party which resulted in long lasting friendships. She's been active ever since as a member and started helping out by hosting various events, mainly awesome parties are her apartment. In her free time, she likes wandering around the city, searching for someone to go eat with then being indecisive about where to eat, taking photos, volunteering, reading, binging out on Netflix/Hulu, getting people to socialize over drinks, and once-in-awhile throwing it down at the club/bar/party. She doesn't take life too seriously, or anything seriously for that matter, and believes everyone just needs to live it up. :)
Tony - AACN Alumni
Tony is from Philadelphia PA, home of the Liberty Bell and Cheesesteak. He is a Pharmacist Program Specialist for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served in various capacities for professional pharmacy organizations such as American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). As a student, he was one of the inaugural recipients for the national student leadership award from ASHP. During his free time you will find him traveling and eating yummy food. Tony plays an integral role to AACN with his organization skills and friendly demeanor.