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Board of Directors


Bing Goei

Bing Goei was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and has also lived in the Netherlands before arriving in Grand Rapids, Michigan January, 9, 1960. Bing is married to Jean and is blessed with 5 children and 17 grandchildren. Bing is the CEO of Eastern Floral and the Founder of the Goei Center. Bing continues to serve the community as a volunteer and has been recognized for his work in the area of racial justice and business development.

MINNIE MOREY ( Executive Director )

• Executive Director, WMAAA, and formerly [retired] worked for the Social Security Administration. She is an alumnus of the Leadership Grand Rapids Class 2008. • Born in Manila, Philippines, she spent her formative childhood years in California. She is committed in community advocate serving on the Kent County Health Department Health Equity Council, City of Grand Rapids Master Plan Steering Committee, Community Inclusion Group, Grand Rapid-Kent County Convention Arena Authority and Welcome Plan West Michigan Collaborative She currently serves on the board member of the Grand Rapids Chinese Language School. • Ms. Morey’s past community involvement included board member for Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women, Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism, Girl Scouts Michigan Trails, Philippine Cultural Group of Michigan, Asian Center of West Michigan, Grand Rapids People of Color, Arbor Circle organization; and past president of the West Michigan Filipino-American Association.

Claire Horlings ( President )

Claire Horlings is the Community Marketing Representative - MI for HAP CareSource. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and is a proud Spartan. Claire is an experienced fundraiser and service-minded leader, with a focus on relationship management, community outreach, strategic planning and marketing and event management in the nonprofit and for profit sectors. She has more than 20 years’ experience volunteering for a variety of organizations and institutions including Forest Hills Public Schools, Bethany Christian Services, Clark Retirement Community. Claire also serves as Board Secretary for the Rotary Club of Grand Rapids and is an active member of the Community Engagement Committee. Claire and her husband, Rod, have three children and reside in NE Grand Rapids.

Stella Michael ( Chairman of the Board )

Stella Michael is the Chairman of the board of West Michigan Asian American Association. Stella is a faith-led, impact-driven and purpose-filled leader. She is the Director of CRM Platforms and Applications at Spectrum Health. She is one of the cohort of the Grand Rapids Chamber - Leadership Grand Rapids (LGR) 2022 program. She is a graduate of the Spectrum Health Executive MBA program. She is passionate about using technology to solve problems while staying connected to purpose. She is an advocate for women in the workplace and in technology. She co-chairs the Asian American Community Engagement, Inclusion Resource Group at Spectrum Health, supporting diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in the community. Stella’s background in various industries, multinational companies and different work cultures such as Indian, Korean, Australian and American, help her bring a unique perspective to work and life. She is a busy mom of three kids and enjoys spending time with her family during her free time

Yilin Wendland-Liu, Ph.D. ( Secretary )

Yilin Wendland-Liu is a firm believer in the transformative power of education. As an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voice amplifier, she is committed to raising awareness among families and children, striving to provide everyone with equal access to education. Currently, she directs the Adult Tutoring Program at the Literacy Center of West Michigan. In this role, she supports adult native speakers of English and English language learners in improving their English literacy skills. She recognizes the unique challenges these learners face and understand that their ability to enhance their English proficiency is crucial for their overall well-being and success. Yilin contributes her skills and expertise as the board secretary of the West Michigan Asian American Association, board member of Volunteer Management Association of West Michigan, and actively participates in the Grand Rapids Community Foundation scholarship selection committee. Additionally, she is involved in Kent County Essential Needs Task Force's Digital Inclusion Committee and Equity Action Team. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Nathan Roudbash ( Director )

Nathan Roudabush has been working in the finance industry for over 15 years. He started as part of operations in the banking world, working his way up to a leadership role. He has managed many departments including Auto Total Loss, Deposit Operations, Deposit Systems, and a Retail Branch. He currently works at Union Bank of Michigan as the AVP, Retail Systems Risk Management Officer. He manages vendor relationships, as well as oversees the Contact Center. His experience has expanded his skill set and drives him to learn and understand more about the banking industry. He currently is an Executive Board Member and appointed Treasurer of the West Michigan Asian American Association. Nathan actively participates in seeking a collaborative, active, and inclusive Asian American community in West Michigan with a focus on healthcare, education, and civic engagement.

Jennifer A. Pascua ( Director )

Jennifer A. Pascua is the Marketing Director at Broadway Grand Rapids. Pascua is familiar to the West Michigan community. Previously, she was on the Community Relations team at Spectrum Health where her focus was on relationship management. During the pandemic, she started teaching at Hope College as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department and launched a media freelance group, Halo Halo Multimedia, LLC with her three adult sons. She worked at Serendipity Media as the Content Engagement Manager and previously spent 25 years as a Broadcast Journalist, most recently at WZZM in Grand Rapids. She holds a BA from Northern Illinois University and an MS from Grand Valley State University. Connect with Jennifer-

Nadeem Hamid ( Director )

Nadeem Hamid was born in Karachi, Pakistan. Presence in West Michigan since 1984. Ocean Inc. Vice President of a - Technology Solution Provider, Michigan. Leadership Grand Rapids 2022. Passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and local Michigan.

Christina Fong ( Director )

Christina Fong is a second-generation Chinese American born, raised, and educated in Chicago, Il. Her parents came to the US on student visas, graduated, worked for corporate America, and later opened two restaurants. Her parents valued education above almost everything else. She attended Northwestern University and earned a bachelor's and master's degree in violin performance. She graduated Phi Kappa Lambda and earned the title of Eckstein Scholar. Immediately after graduation, she won a job in the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Wanting to move back north, she auditioned for and a job as a section violinist with the Grand Rapids Symphony. Several years later, she won the job of Associate Concertmaster, a leadership role. In addition to her orchestral work, Christina is a new music specialist and has recorded over a dozen full-length recordings of previously unrecorded and largely unknown works by historically significant composers. For her contribution to the field of new music, in 2010, she was honored with a Fulbright Hayes grant to perform and teach master classes in Minsk, Belarus.

Jackie Frens ( Director )

Jackie Frens has been an educator in New Jersey, Michigan and at an international school near Jakarta, Indonesia. She was adopted from South Korea. She has lived in South Korea, Japan and Indonesia as well as Virginia, New Jersey, California and Michigan. She has served as a panelist for discussions involving adoption and bridge building surrounding anti-racism. She is honored to serve on the West Michigan Asian American Association Board as she considers it an opportunity to connect with other marginalized communities in West Michigan.

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