Dennis Chin: Dennis Chin served as GAPIMNY Co-Chair in 2013 and has been connected to GAPIMNY since 2007. In 2013, he helped organize the LGBT contingent for the Lunar New Year parade. He also helped bring new leadership into GAPIMNY. Full-time, Dennis works at the Center for Social Inclusion, a national non-profit organization focusing on the intersection of policy and race. He also serves on the Board of CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, a grassroots organization that builds the power of low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in NYC. For 2014, Dennis hopes to continue improving GAPIMNY’s membership program and help people connected to GAPIMNY grow into leadership.
Ryan Shen: Ryan Shen has served many years in leadership of queer Asian organization — a member-at-large at GAPIMNY, SC member at Q-WAVE, and on a national level, board member of NQAPIA. He has also helped organize the Lunar New Year for All Parade alongside Dennis. He hopes to meet more GAPIMNY members — exciting, supporting, and engaging both old members and new members.
Chai Jindasurat: Chai Jindasurat has been a GAPIMNY member since 2011, and has been on the Steering Commitee since summer 2013. As the Admin Chair, he provides administrative support to the SC by taking meeting minutes, organizing agendas, and other administrative tasks. He hopes to continue supporting the great work of GAPIMNY in 2014.
Jason Kwong: Jason has been with GAPIMNY since 2009 and he hopes to continue delivering concise GAPIMNY emails and website posts. He has helped run events like speed dating and he helps lead Poongmul Movement Builders for parades. He was with GAPA and A&PI Wellness Center in San Francisco before moving to NY. He evaluates government health programs at Dept of Health.
Kevin Park: In the past, he has done organizing work around sexual harassment in schools with Girls for Gender Equity, and is currently a Policy Committee member at the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, an organization that advocates for workplace justice for NYC restaurant workers. He is currently an undergraduate student at Hunter College. As the DowneTime chair, Kevin hopes to integrate DowneTime and GAPMINY into a more cohesive unit and bridge intergenerational gaps. He also plans to extend the base of membership to be more inclusive of youth and conduct outreach to more NYC high schools and colleges.
Richy Lou: Richy joined GAPINMY in 2013. He assisted the Steering Committee as the Membership Chair and also co-organized the 2013 NYC Heritage of Pride march. With a background in finance, Richy hopes to support the financial needs of the organization in 2024 and implement tools and processes that can support the continued growth of the organization.
Rafael Flores: Rafael hopes to assist the organization in meeting its financial goals in 2014 and beyond. Specifically, he hopes to design and implement a strategy to reengage past supporters and identify new, sustainable funding streams that align with GAPIMNY’s mission and that would support its many programs.
Rafael has been active in the queer Asian community in New York for several years. He served on the Steering Committee of DowneTime in 2008 and has been an invested member of GAPIMNY since 2009. Rafael would bring broad experience in fundraising to GAPIMNY, having worked in the Development unit of APICHA Community Health Center and in his current role as the grant writer for the Museum of Arts and Design.
Jason Tseng: Jason Tseng has been with GAPIMNY since 2009 and has formerly served as Co-Chair. In both his professional and his volunteer life, he works to empower ordinary people to make extraordinary change. He has worked within both the arts and LGBT non-profit worlds with organizations like Theatre Communications Group, GLAAD, and Fractured Atlas. He specializes in non-profit administration and looks forward to adding this expertise to GAPIMNY’s toolbox.
Jason Chan: Jason Chan has served on GAPIMNY’s Steering Committee since 2012. In various roles as member-at-large and political chair, he has supported various community events and political actions. In 2014, Jason hopes to continue to support GAPIMNY.
Liman Cheng: I became involved with GAPIMNY soon after college. I don’t remember how or why except that I was gay and Asian, exploring my sexuality, and had a friend who was part of the organization. As I got more involved, attending meetings and events, I became editor of PersuAsian, the GAPIMNY mag. Great experience – loved reading people’s personal stories and beliefs and sharing it with the community. It was successful and ended with a great launch party. I ended up joining Terrence Gong and Daniel Ho, founders of DowneTime, as a member of the young adult group. I met some amazing folks here. It was fun, informative, and social. We became a good friends to this day. That was a few years ago. Now I’m ready to step back in and see how else I can contribute to the organization.
Joseph Lin: As a Member-at-Large, Joseph will contribute as committee member of the youth-oriented DowneTime and focus on expanding GAPIMNY’s social media strategy. He is an active participant in Poongmul Movement Builders, having played the drums in the last two Pride parades. A GAPIMNY Steering Committee member since 2013, Joseph has worked with several community groups and non-profits, such as the Committee of 100, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and UPROSE. He is pursuing his Masters in Urban Planning at Hunter College.
Khanh Le: Khanh Le has been on GAPIMNY’s Steering Committee since 2013. In 2013, he had helped with a myriad of GAPIMNY’s events. Currently, he is a Graduate Advisor in the Teaching and Learning Dept. at NYU Steinhardt. In 2014, Khanh hopes to contribute to GAPIMNY’s mission.
Danny Taing: Danny Taing joined GAPIMNY in Autumn 2013 to better connect with the New York area gay Asian community. During college, he served as Social Manager at the only LGBT Co-op House on campus. His responsibilities included organizing weekly happy hours and quarterly house parties in order to create multiple safe spaces for queer students to come and mingle. After working for a few years in the tech industry, Danny is now doing a Postbaccalaureate program at Columbia to pursue a new career in Computer Science. For 2014, Danny hopes to positively contribute to the gay Asian community and plans to help increase GAPIMNY’s membership numbers by hosting attractive social events.
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