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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of Asian American Recovery Services, Inc., is comprised of a diverse group of highly dedicated professionals. Their unique and varied expertise, combined with their selfless commitment to achieving our mission, enables the board in providing strategic guidance, financial planning and overall governance of the agency.

Chosen for their dedication to the Asian American Recovery Services, Inc. mission, their planning and oversight skills, and their ability to access governmental, corporate, and grass roots resources, directors are elected for two-year terms. The full board and its committees meet on a regular basis.

Jeff Mori, Executive Director

Kan Wong, Chair
brings over fourteen years of dedication to health and well-being education to AARS, from his volunteer work at the Chinatown Community Youth Center to his role as Program Coordinator with the Asian Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Project, a pioneering AARS, Inc., program. Mr. Wong has served on the Board of Directors since 1999 and is currently a training program manager within the NonStop Enterprise Division of Hewlett-Packard.

Richard Jue, Vice Chair
is a noted leader in the San Francisco Asian community as a founding member of the Asian Peace Officers Association. Appointed by Mayor Willie Brown, Officer Jue serves on the security team for the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco. Mr. Jue is past-president of the Japanese Community Youth Council and former member of the J-Town Task Force.

Cheryl H. Wallace, Secretary
dedicates her time and private law practice to helping better serve the juvenile criminal justice system. A former public defender, Ms. Wallace has served on the Board of Directors for more than six years.

George Suncin, Treasurer
serves as Human Resource Manager for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and their Families. As the former Executive Director for Horizons Unlimited, Mr. Suncin shares non-profit and human resource experience in addition to his commitment to human service programs. Mr. Suncin served as Chair of the Human Rights Commission under San Francisco Mayors Feinstein and Agnos.

Ramon Calubaquib
is a committed community advocate and experienced program director for health and human services affecting children, youth and families. Mr. Calubaquib is a well-known consultant and lecturer for Asian program planning in addition to his employment as Program Director at the Japanese Community Youth Council.

Celinda Cantú
is serving her eighth year on the Board of Directors bringing extensive experience in health education and human services. Ms. Cantu is the Health Program Coordinator of the San Francisco Department of Public Health - AIDS Office. She also serves as a board member for ELLAS En Acción.

Teresa Guingona
is a recognized leader in the Filipino community. As an advisor for Filipinos for Affirmative Action and the Filipino Task Force on AIDS, Ms. Guingona is currently serving her second term with the Board of Directors. Ms. Guingona is a doctorate student in Clinical Psychology and the mother of a three-year old son.

Dr. Nelson Kobayashi, Pharm.D.
has dedicated his career and leadership to improving health care in the Bay Area. Through his years at UCSF, Dr. Kobayashi has been a Pharmacy Alumni Board member, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Pharmaceutical Services. Dr. Kobayashi has served with the Board of Directors for 11 years.

Dr. Herb Leung, Pharm.D.
is a founding member of Asian American Recovery Services and has served on the Board of Directors since 1985. Dr. Leung brings two decades of commitment and experience in mental health and substance abuse, currently serving in his twenty-second year as the Clinical Pharmacist at the Center for Special Problems.

Bill Maher
brings more than twenty-five years of political leadership, as a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, past-president of the Board of Education, past- president of the Golden Gate Bridge Board and former CFO of the Delancey Street Foundation. Mr. Maher is an attorney and a Senior Advisor for the San Francisco International Airport.

Sululagi Palega
is a dedicated member of the Samoan community, serving on the Samoan Development Board of Directors and the Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club. Mr. Palega shares ten years of civic experience and is currently the President of the San Francisco Housing Authority Commission. Mr. Palega is employed as a Manager of the Muni Transit Assistance Program.

Gina Armstrong-Smith
is a successful business entrepreneur and Certified Public Accountant. With ten years of management experience at the Gap, Inc. and owner of an expanding salon business, Ms. Armstrong-Smith shares her expertise in marketing and finance with the Board of Directors.

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