Board of Directors, Chair
Hometown: Paramus, NJ
School: New York University '12
June Kao is on the Board of Directors of East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU). During her first three years with ECAASU, she volunteered as the Executive Director of the National Board. During the day, she is a marketing consultant at AARP, where she works in the Multicultural Leadership Department for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Audience marketing and outreach. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL). Prior to being a consultant, she was an OCA AARP 50+ Fellow at OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates and AARP. She previously interned at Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and as an OCA Summer intern placed at AARP. June was raised in New Jersey and soon moved to Washington, D.C. after graduation. She graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Psychology.
Board of Directors
Hometown: San Jose, CA
School: Williams College '14
Although Melinda Wang is a NorCal-er at heart, she has found a home at Williams College, MA with more friends and a new 20+ person family. Upon the completion of her formal educational career at Williams, Melinda plans on pursuing a life of helping others. In high school, Melinda launched a nonprofit organization in an effort to dispel the stigma cast upon autistic children. Facing new challenges in college, she has taken roles in the Asian American society through active involvement as liaison and board member of the Chinese American Student Organization and Asian American Students in Action and expanded her dedication to those faced with infringement on unspoken rights to understanding and unveiling the discrimination Asian Americans face. Melinda looks forward to working with the many talented people involved in ECAASU this year. A musical theater actress at heart, Melinda loves to dance, sing, and act. Chief among her hobbies would have to be hanging out with friends, debating nonsensical ideas in the middle of the night, eating, sleeping, and just being herself. She loves getting to know people and looking for challenges in life.
Board of Directors
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
School: Georgia Tech '12, UNC Chapel Hill '18
Gar Yeung is currently serving on the Board of Directors after being involved with ECAASU since 2012. Originally, he joined ECAASU as an intern on the Communications team in the summer of 2012 and was formally brought on to the National Board as the Campus Tour Coordinator a few months later. In 2013, He served as one of the Co-Directors of Outreach.
Gar began his involvement in the Asian community at Georgia Tech to help cultivate a more cohesive and united community so that the students could leverage for resources and have their voices heard in larger Tech community. Gar was part of the revival team that brought back the Asian American Student Association.
Gar remains in spaces like ECAASU because he wants to be available to students who want help and advice. For many schools like Georgia Tech, resources and programs specifically for AAPI students are sparce and he recognizes the need for organizations like ECAASU to exist and be the resource that their institutions do not provide.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering in 2012 from Tech and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for an environmental remediation firm for about 2 years until returning school. In the fall, Gar will be entering UNC Chapel Hill, pursuing a dual masters degree in environmental engineering and city and regional planning.
Board of Directors
Current City: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
School: University of Miami '13, University of South Florida '15
Catherine Wong is currently the clinic manager of Doctors Plus Medical Center in Plantation, Florida. She is also the clinical coordinator of Be Well Plus. A proud Hurricane and Bull, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Miami and a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy at the University of South Florida. Her interests include healthcare, public service, books, music, and gastronomy.
Board of Directors
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
School: Harvard University ’16
Jim Chan is a recent graduate of Harvard, who is excited to continue his work in Asian American advocacy through serving on the ECAASU Board of Directors. Prior to serving on the BoD, Jim was the Executive Director of the ECAASU National Board 2016-2017 and helped plan the 2015 Boston Conference. There, Jim witnessed how connecting the AAPI community across the United States both highlights the diversity inherent in AAPI backgrounds, and encourages unity within the AAPI community.
As part of the BoD, Jim is excited to continue to foster these collaborations and connections across our national community, and support our peers in the journey towards a more equitable future. In his free time, Jim loves to eat breakfast foods, travel, play recreational water sports, meet new people, or go on the occasional Netflix binge.
Nicole Fink, MSW, JD
Hometown: Brookfield, CT
Schools: New England Law | Boston '15, University of Connecticut '10/'12
Nicole Fink, MSW, Esq. is an Associate Attorney at Foley Law Offices, P.C. in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a 2015 graduate of New England Law | Boston and admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also holds a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing (’12) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Asian Americans in the U.S. Legal System (’10) from the University of Connecticut.
While Nicole is currently serving as ECAASU’s Legal Counsel, she has held multiple positions within the ECAASU Organization. She served on the Board of Directors (2013 – 2016) and has also held the positions of Advocacy Coordinator (2011-2012) and Associate Director (2012-2013) on ECAASU National.
Nicole has been awarded many prestigious awards and fellowships. In 2012, Nicole was awarded the UCONN Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, and the Outstanding Senior Woman Academic Achievement Award by the UCONN Provost’s Office, Women Center and Alumni Association for her contributions to the University of Connecticut School of Social Work community and AAPI community. In 2013, Nicole was awarded the Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy from the Rappaport Center at for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University Law. She was placed at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee where she advocated for individuals with mental health disabilities. This past summer, Nicole was a 2014 Law Clerk at Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC in Washington D.C., 2014 Asian Pacific American Bar Association Educational Fund Community Service Fellow and 2014 Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) Scholar.
Nicole’s goals are to help the AAPI community finds its political voice and become more involved in the political system. She wants to help students recognize that even though each and every individual has a different background, we are one community, and that it is a strong and powerful community.