LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced two
appointments and four reappointments to the Asian Pacific
American Affairs Commission.
The 21-member commission advances the full and equal
participation of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan.
"These appointees bring years of diverse and
outstanding experiences to the commission," said Snyder.
"They are great choices for these roles and I am
thankful for their willingness to serve."
Asim Alavi, of Ann Arbor, is director of information
technology and lead principal technical architect for AT&T in
Detroit. Previously, he served as the extranet operations
lead for Ford Motor Co. and as a customer network analyst for
The Epitec Group. Alavi holds a bachelor's degree in
electrical and computer engineering from the University of
Iowa and a master's degree in computer engineering from
Wayne State University. He replaces Lawrence Almeda.
Henry Tanaka, of Auburn Hills, is dean of academic and
student services at Oakland Community College's Auburn
Hills campus. Tanaka has worked for the college since 1993,
and previously served as an instructor and as chair of the
humanities department. He received bachelor's and
master's degrees in ceramic art from the Kansas City Art
Institute and Alfred University in New York, respectively.
Tanaka fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Leslie
Anand Kumar, of Canton, is controller of Auto Club
Trust Bank. He has worked for the Auto Club Group since 1996,
serving in various leadership positions, including membership
product manager, regional business manager, chief financial
officer and director of finance. Kumar is a certified
management and chartered accountant. He earned a
bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of
Madras in India.
Jeffrey Vang, of Chesterfield, is a clinical pharmacist
at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, a position he has
held since 2009. Previously, he served as a staff pharmacist
for Walgreens in Southfield, as chief pharmacist for Mount
Pleasant-based Indian Health Services and as pharmacy manager
for Kroger in Detroit. Vang earned a bachelor's degree in
pharmacy from Wayne State University and a medical degree in
pharmacy from Shenandoah University in Virginia.
Tsu-Yin Wu, of Ypsilanti, is a professor and Ph.D.
program director for Eastern Michigan University's School
of Nursing. She also is director of the university's
Healthy Asian Americans Project. Wu holds a bachelor's
degree in nursing from Yang-Ming University in Taiwan and a
master's degree and Ph.D. in nursing, both from the
University of Michigan. She completed her postdoctoral
fellowship with the University of Michigan Interdisciplinary
Women's Health program.
H. Sook Wilkinson, of Bloomfield, is a clinical
psychologist and author. She has been in clinical practice
for more than 30 years and consults at Beaumont
Hospital's Center for Human Development. Wilkinson is a
member of the Northern Michigan University board of trustees.
She will continue to serve a term at the pleasure of the
With the exception of Tanaka, appointees will serve
four-year terms that expire Nov. 30, 2016. Tanaka will serve
the remainder of a four-year term that expires Nov. 30,