Our diverse staff is unique in that we represent the communities with whom we try to reach and work.
Elizabeth Chung: Executive Director
Known as an unstoppable and inspiring force in the Frederick community, in 2005 Elizabeth Chung launched what would later become the Asian American Center of Frederick as an afterschool program called LIFE and Discovery. Truly believing that the greatness of America comes from its diversity, Elizabeth sought to overcome discrimination and disparities towards minority and immigrant groups. Elizabeth witnessed how access to health was limited by language barriers and cultural competency. The AACF has become what it is today through her relentless and tireless efforts as the Executive Director.
Eran Bosaz: Operations Manager
As if being Operations Manager of AACF isn’t enough responsibility, Eran somehow manages to find time instructing the STARTALK students in the summer, volunteers her time as an AACF Ambassador at community outreach events by making connections with community members and potential community partners, and acts as an interpreter whenever called upon. Eran originally came from Hong Kong, so she understands firsthand both the challenges and wonders that new immigrants to this country face. As a proud US citizen, Eran wants to ensure that everyone feels at home in Frederick County just like she does. She believes that, collectively, all community members’ skills and cultural traditions will provide an enriching local experience of a mixed culture that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from. “We all belong to one race – the human race; with diversity and inclusion, the world becomes more vibrant and peaceful” – Eran Bosaz
Melanie Blue: Program Manager of Language Resources
Melanie Blue is the Program Manager for Language Resources at AACF. She has a strong background in providing high-level administrative support to large corporations, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Her passion for providing services to underserved community members stems from her work with the Deaf community. Melanie is an active volunteer and believes equal access to resources empowers, enhances and enriches our community.
Dr. Matthew Nimpson: Program Manager of Citizen Integrated Services
Dr. Nimpson has a stoic demeanor and does his work with a full heart by serving the Frederick community as a previous A STAR! Western Maryland AmeriCorps Member. He came to the United States in 1990 from Liberia, and finds himself in an interesting position to help those who have shared the struggle of immigrating to the US: he offers them support through Citizenship Integration Services offered daily at the AACF office with the help of CASA de Maryland. He recognizes the great need there is to help our fellow community members, and he believes in the inherent worth of doing so. Along with speaking his native tongue of Kru, he can also speak and write in Russian.
Tessie Peifer: Volunteer Coordinator
Tessie, originally from the Philippines, moved to the US when she was 23. Her deep connection to her Asian/Pacific Islander heritage is what initially drew Tessie to the AACF. Tessie’s passion showed as she quickly became the volunteer coordinator for our organization, focusing on recruiting others that share her same passion for cultural diversity and understanding within our community.
Mary Ieng: Communications Coordinator
Mary moved to Frederick in 2015 and quickly joined the ranks of dedicated AACF volunteers in assisting in AACF’s communication efforts. Mary comes from a nonprofit association management background with a Masters in Leadership Development. She believes in bridging cultural and generational gaps by developing opportunities for growth and sharing the rich Asian cultures within the communities we serve.
Fulin Tsai: Chinese Outreach/AmeriCorps Member
Fulin (Shu Yen Chen) is a native of Taiwan who has been in Frederick nearly 20 years. She began volunteering with AACF in September of 2014 and now works with Chinese Program outreach as well as Chinese Language programs. Fulin believes diversity means valuing the differences in each other and embracing opportunities to improve ourselves and our community.
Kate Hanson: Chinese Program Coordinator/AmeriCorps Member
From a young age Kate has been intrigued by Chinese culture. She has immersed herself in the language and culture of China, earning both a B.A. and M.A. in “China Studies”. Through the Chinese language and culture classes, she aims to share this enthusiasm with others. She coordinates and directs several of AACF’s Chinese language and culture classes. Kate hopes her classes lead our community to learn to respect and admire each other.
Gracy Villacis: Community Relations
Gracy serves as our community outreach for our events and services. She has been in the US for nearly 15 years and originally from Ecuador. She is very passionate about helping the community. Her goal is to educate our community about the vast services offered to our community that many may not be aware of due to a language barrier. Gracy wants to continue educating and giving everyone opportunities for a better life. She believes in teaching confidence and credibility to to others, and to give love to our second country that gives us the opportunity of an American Dream.
Nancy Boyd: Nurse Educator, CHW Program
Nancy joined AACF in August 2016 as our Nurse Educator for our Community Health Worker (CHW) program. Her registered nurse experience started in critical care in Pittsburgh, PA and Alexandria VA and then in community health at FMH Wellness Center. Nancy is also an AHA Basic Life Support Instructor, a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor and coordinate Safe Kids Frederick County.
Lusmerlin Lantigua: Program Consultant
Lusmerlin is chemical engineer with experience in project management, manufacturing and process engineering. She is interested in improving the efficacy of non-profit work through data analysis, performance measurement and strategic planning. She believes arts and cultures are the connectors of humanity, and really enjoys diverse and creative environments.
Belina Onomake: Volunteer Intern
Belina is a psychology major from Hood College and joined the AACF in September 2016. As someone with foreign-born parents, Belina is highly interested in learning about different cultures. She is specifically interested in cross-cultural studies, and truly believes that integration is important. During her short period at AACF, Belina has had the opportunity to partake in numerous outreach events and cultivating relationships in our diverser community.
TBD: Intake and Referral Coordinator
*Some of our team at AACF are members of the Corporation for National & Community Service, a federal agency that recruits volunteers to help improve the lives of people living in communities throughout the U.S. Their programs include CASA, RSVP and AmeriCorps.