Chau-ming Lee/Executive Director
Chau-ming Lee has been the Executive Director of the Asian American Civic Association since 1982. A graduate from the University of Hong Kong, Chau-ming Lee is currently a mayoral appointed member of the Boston Private Industry Council, a public-private partnership to create innovative workforce and education solutions for the City of Boston. Chau-ming passed away in June 2017 leaving a 35 year legacy behind. Longtime Board of Directors member Mary Chin will assume the role of Interim Executive Director.
Wendy Lauser joined the Asian American Association to support its mission to educate, empower and employ immigrants and low-income individuals and families. Wendy was the Director of IMPACT Employment Services at the Pine Street Inn in Boston for over a decade where she oversaw intensive specialized employment services for homeless and formerly homeless individuals. She has over 30 years of experience managing workforce development and human services programs. In 1988, Wendy co-founded a grassroots multi-service agency providing assistance to newly arrived immigrants. In the 1990s she was a unit supervisor for the City of Boston’s Homeless Services where she oversaw transitional job programs. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as a Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. Wendy also worked at the Brockton Area Private Industry Council from 2001 to 2005 where she participated in the development of a nationally recognized case management system driven by asset based youth development principles. Wendy earned her M.S. in human services with a graduate certificate in dispute resolution at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and her B.A. in psychology at Curry College.
Spencer directs the Fiscal Dept., and provides leadership in financial planning, operations, and reporting for AACA. Before joining AACA, Spencer was Director of Operations for the Center for Workforce Innovation at Commonwealth Corporation. Prior to working at CommCorp, Spencer was Manager of Contracting and Finance at the New England Research Institutes. Between the two organizations, Spencer has gained over 18 years of knowledge and experience in Grants and Contracts Management and Sponsored Research Administration. A licensed attorney in Massachusetts and New York, Spencer holds a BFA and MFA, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.
Georgiana Tam/Office Manager
Georgiana Tam is the Office Manager of the Asian American Civic Association. A graduate from Hong Kong Polytechnic University majoring in office administration, Georgiana has worked for the Asian American Civic Association for more than 25 years. She is in charge of office management and personnel administration.
Richard Goldberg/Director of Education
Richard Goldberg has more than 20 years of experience teaching in and managing adult basic education programs. He has worked at AACA for more than seventeen years. In 2002, he was named Adult Educator of the Year and in 2007 received the Administrator of the Year award, both from the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education. Richard holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Saraugh Fitah/Workplace Education and Operations Director
Saraugh oversees job training program operations and supervises program staff. She also oversees the recruitment, intake, case management, and instructional processes and manages the participant tracking system. Saraugh holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Psychology and has over nine years of experience in workforce development at AACA as an Employment Specialist and Program Manager of AACA’s Office Skills Training Program and Careers in Banking and Finance Training Program.
Kristan Fitah/ESL Programs Manager
Kristan Fitah’s career as an educator began over 10 years ago in Vermont where she worked with underprivileged and learning disabled youth in pre-school, elementary and secondary schools. Her experience as an AmeriCorps volunteer, teaching English to former refugees in Lowell, Massachusetts sparked her passion for English language teaching and social justice advocacy for immigrants. In 2005, after receiving a Masters degree in Teaching English as a Second Language and Applied Linguistics from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont, Kristan began teaching ESL at the Asian American Civic Association in Boston. Currently, Kristan manages AACA’s basic ESL and New Roots to Employment programs and teaches occupational skills in the Careers in Banking and Finance Program.
Cyndy Chapin/Director of Employment Services
Cyndy Chapin has over 10 years of experience in the workforce development area. After a successful career with VERIZON, she began a second career in the nonprofit arena. Starting at STRIVE Inc. as a program assistant, she found she had a talent for connecting clients with the right employer to ensure a good match and job retention. At the Work Place, she worked as an employment specialist helping young men between the ages of 18 to 25 find jobs after being released from state prisons. Cyndy also worked at Family Aid in their shelter program helping heads of households find meaningful employment which enabled them to achieve economic self-sufficiency. At Career TEAM, she became the program director of their Welfare To Work program. Currently, she is the Director of Employment Services at the Asian American Civic Association where she oversees the Employment Center including the City of Boston’s CDBG program and the Opportunity for Youth Grant. She provides job placement assistance for graduates of the Building Energy Efficient Maintenance Skills program and the New Roots to Employment program. She works with employer partners to fill open positions while actively engaging them in AACA’s training programs and other agency-wide activities.
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