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.
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 Integrated 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.
Gail Lawrence: Office Coordinator
Gail Lawrence has over 30 years of office experience in finance, recruitment, analysis and marketing. Her diverse background is an asset to the support of AACF’s staff, programs, board and mission. As a leader in the state and local AARP, she integrates the needs of the immigrant population with a focus on the senior or elderly of those residents.
Tessie Peifer: Volunteer Coordinator/CHW School Community Based Lead
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. Mary is of Cambodian and Chinese descent. She believes in bridging cultural and generational gaps by developing opportunities for growth and sharing the rich Asian cultures within the communities we serve.
Marilen de Jesus: Language Resources Coordinator
Marilen was born and raised in the Philippines and recently moved back to Frederick in 2004. She has an Architecture and Construction Engineering Technology background and studied Engineering Project Management. Marilen has always been passionate about volunteer work. She currently co-owns The Happy Project in the Phillipines, a small social enterprise that supports differently-abled persons by providing them jobs. She also supports a local soup kitchen in the Phillipines, where she used to be a volunteer teacher for street children educating them values before every feeding program.
Christine Mayman: Program Consultant
From birth to 13 years of age, Christine traveled through South and Far East Asia with her parents. She lived in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. The experience shaped her perspective on the value of diversity in America, and drew her to work with AACF. She has 20 years of experience working with non-profits, including serving as Executive Director for CASA of the Eastern Panhandle in Martinsburg, WV, CHEERS School Family in Berryville, VA, and Concern Hotline in Winchester, VA.
Nancy Boyd: Nurse Educator & Supervisor, 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.
Michelle Early: Community Health Worker Coordinator
Michelle is the daughter of a Baltimore artist and a Jamaican caregiver/homemaker. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland and proud graduate of the city’s public school system. She has a Bachelors of Science in Finance from Morgan State University and a Masters of Public Administration from Walden University. She loves to learn and then share that knowledge with all that she meet. She truly believe that each day on earth is meant to be filled with laughter, learning, and love. She has a passion for helping others in any way possible. Her desire to give back is a family trait, as both my mother and father served as nurses’ aids in their professional careers. Loving others and committing my life to service is all that I know. “I desire more than my fears will allow; I must lose my limitations in order to reach my dreams.” – M.E.
Margarita Delgado: Health Program Specialist
Margarita comes to Frederick, MD from Staten Island, NY with a detour at Gettysburg, PA to get her Political Science degree. She is grateful to the Frederick community for welcoming her with open arms and she hopes to give back as much she can. She loves the diversity and intercultural setting that AACF offers and wants more people within the community to reap the benefits of being exposed to as many variations of living as possible.
Delaney Tregoning: Health Program Assistant
Delaney was born and raised in Frederick all her life. Recently she graduated from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health. She is currently a CHW Trainee and has a passion for working with others to help empower communities to reach their full potential.
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.
Veronica Poole: RSVP Project Director
Veronica, a native of Frederick County, recently came on board with the AACF crew in October 2017 as the Project Director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Along with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, she brings with her two decades of experience working closely with children, adults, and seniors from all walks of life as they navigate through medical, mental health, financial, and social concerns. She has a passion for helping others reach their full potential and has always appreciated diversity, holding a deep belief that every individual has something unique to give.