President - Ling Yu
Born and raised in Shanghai, Ling moved to the Valley in 2006. She was drawn to NAAAP as a way to connect with and help other Asians in the Phoenix area. She understands the difficulties of the adjustment process to the U.S. and is willing to share her experiences with others.
Before moving to the U.S., Ling worked for a number of multinational corporations in various roles in Shanghai, China. Living and working in fast growing Shanghai offered her an opportunity to grow professionally as well as be exposed to diverse cultures. Ling is currently an Assistant Project Manager at Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. where she has been employed since 2006. Ling has a B.S. in International Trade from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.
In 2011, Ling graduated from the Diversity Leader Search Business on Board Leadership Program, as well as 2011 NAAAP National Leadership Academy. Ling was also the Chairwoman of the Chinese Cultural Awareness of the Haikou Sister City Committee.
Ling's goal for NAAAP Phoenix is to work closely with the Executive Team, build strong leadership, lead team to achieve the 2013 business plan, focus on member retention and committee member and chair development.
Vice President - Steve Erickson
As Managing Director of Public Partnerships, Steve oversees Teach For America's growth strategy and governmental affairs for Arizona, manages the team to design and execute corps member placement and certification, serves as a liaison between Teach For America and external organizations, oversees partnerships with universities and the Arizona Department of Education, and creates strategy to support organizational growth plans through 2015.
Steve grew up in the Phoenix area and attended Chaparral High School before graduating from the University of Arizona in 2005 with a degree in Economics and Entrepreneurship. Upon graduation, Steve joined the Teach For America corps back in Phoenix where he taught 4th grade and 7th grade in the Littleton Elementary School District.
After Steve's corps experience, he joined the Teach For America national recruitment team where he was responsible for doubling the number of candidates joining Teach For America from U of A and ASU. In 2009, Steve joined Teach For America's Phoenix regional staff to work on the Public Partnerships team which he now leads.
Outside of NAAAP, Steve has volunteered in other mentoring programs, most recently with New Pathways For Youth (formerly known as Phoenix Youth at Risk). Since 2009, Steve has served as a mentor, mentor coach, and workshop course leader in the program, receiving both the Mitch Aiken and Mentor of the Year awards for his work. Steve and his wife a fellow Teach For America alumnus just welcomed their first child to the family in March 2012.
Secretary - Iris Chang
Iris was born in raised in Taipei, Taiwan and moved to the Valley in 1997. She graduated from Soochow University in Taiwan with a degree in Accounting and also received a MBA degree from the Western International University.
Iris worked at Starwood Hotels & Resorts from 2000 to 2007 in Corporate Accounting and later worked at BlueStar Golf and Resorts from 2007 to 2009. She is currently running her own business - StandingOak Bookkeeping Services.
Iris served as a board member of INSPIRE Committee with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for three years. She has been a member of NAAAP Phoenix since 2011 and served as Treasurer with the Professional Development Committee. She is the 2012 Vice President of Membership and Treasurer of first Asian American Toastmaster Club in Arizona
Iris would like to bring her organizational skills from the corporate environment to NAAAP to establish complete systems for documentations and financial reporting. She hopes to help NAAAP members develop and grow in leadership.
Chair of Community Service Committee - Duane Wong
Duane was born and raised in Phoenix and graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Since joining NAAAP in 2007, Duane has been an active member of the Community Service Committee is dedicated to developing more events that focus on serving and helping the community.
As a Claims Analyst II for Bank of America, Duane has experience in the Deposit and Payment Claims Department where he’s worked for the last 11 years. He also has experience in fraud, credit/debit claims, mortgage processing and closing. Duane also has worked at Motorola in manufacturing and human resources.
Duane is an active member of the Asian Leadership Network at Bank of America and is a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award from NAAAP for 2011 & 2012.
Chair of Toastmasters Committee - Hannellie Mendoza
Hannellie’s professional expertise stems from over 25 years of experience working for small, medium and large organizations in the technology industry. She has served in various sales, marketing, research and management roles, gaining deep and comprehensive understanding of business and management.
She has a Masters in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Certificate in Bookkeeping. She is currently with Tempe-based Insight Direct USA as a Microsoft Specialist. She is also pursuing advanced studies in Finance and is an active member of the Institute of Management Accountants – AZ Valley of the Sun Chapter and an active volunteer for the Junior Achievement of Arizona.
She recognizes that Asian Americans are a multi-talented force to be reckoned with and was drawn to NAAAP’s mission of developing Asian American professionals into community leaders. For 2013, she is committed to using Toastmasters as a venue for developing and enhancing members’ communication skills in support of NAAAP’s mission.
Chair of Mentorship Committee - Kevin Lum