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Assemblyman Mike Eng 49th Assembly District Legacy Awards November 15, 2012 Honorees Biographies Adult Education

Kathy Brendzal: Kathy has been a major contributor to the success of Adult Education, not only in her district, but throughout the state. Kathy worked with Assemblymember Mike Eng to lead the legislative charge to halt the devastation to these programs. They succeeded in passing Assemblyman Mike Engs AB 189 that required community input before districts determined which programs would be funded. Civil Rights Diane Ujiiye: Diane Michiko Ujiiye is the Director of the Asian Pacific Islander California Action Network (APIsCAN), a statewide network of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) health, human service, education, community development, and immigrant rights organizations. Diane Ujiiye and APIsCAN were the sponsors for Assemblyman Mike Engs AB 1088, which requires specific state agencies to collection and disaggregate data for the AA and NHOPI racial/ethnic categories currently reported in the US census. Lois Takahashi: Lois M. Takahashi is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA and holds a joint appointment in Asian Americans Studies. She is also director of the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Multicampus Research Program (UC AAPI Policy MRP). Since 2009, Lois has collaborated with Assemblymember Mike Eng to produce The State of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders in California reports which is a series of reports that aim to provide policymakers and stakeholder groups with a clearer snapshot of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islanders (AA and NHOPI) in California. Community College Carl Friedlander: An instrumental ally of Assemblymember Eng throughout the years in advocating on behalf of community colleges has been Carl Friedlander. Mr. Friedlander has served as President of the Los Angeles College Faculty Guild, AFT 1521, for 14 years, 1996-2010. The Guild, which represents over 4000 fulltime and part-time faculty at the nine colleges that comprise the Los Angeles Community College District, is the largest local union of community college faculty in California. Health Dr. Ken Sim: Dr. Kenneth Sim is a member of the Board of Directors for Allied Physicians of California. Allied Physicians provides affordable and quality Health Care to its culturally diverse neighborhood communities, improves the standard of medical practices through education and quality improvement process and reinvests retained resources back to local charities as well as community medical infrastructure improvements. It is one of the largest networks of doctors and medical professionals in San Gabriel Valley.
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Stan Yonemoto: Stan Yonemoto is the co-owner of Yonemoto Physical Therapy, a proud member of the Alhambra business community since 1982. Stan is a member of the California Physical Therapy Association and the marketing manager for the Alhambra Chamber of Commerce. Assemblymember Mike Eng honored Stan Yonemoto as his 2011 49th Assembly District Small Business of the Year. Irene Zhang: Is the President of the California Acupuncture Medical Association, one of the leading and largest acupuncture organizations in California. Irene has been a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor since her graduation from the medical school, and has been a California licensed acupuncturist for over ten years. Irene sponsored Assemblyman Engs AB 72 and AB 2072 and advocated to include acupuncture in Californias Essential Health Benefit, ensuring acupuncture is included in all health insurance plans. In 2008 Assemblyman Mike Eng awarded Irene with a California State Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Asian Pacific Islander Leadership. Berdj Kerepetian: An important ally of Assemblymember Eng in the area of Adult Day Healthcare, Mr. Karapetian was a key leader in guiding the industry when its existence was threatened because of the States Budget crisis. The trade association whom Berdj helps lead represents more than 50% of the owners of adult day health care facilities in Los Angeles County and has become a voice and resource for Community Based Adult Service providers as well as caregivers, family members, and frail elderly seniors. Housing Neal Dudovitz: For more than 35 years, Neal Dudovitz has been committed to providing meaningful access to justice aimed at changing lives and transforming communities. That philosophy has been at the core of Neals leadership of Neighborhood Legal Services, where, since taking the helm as executive director in 1993, he has worked to develop innovative approaches to address the myriad needs of Los Angeles diverse poverty communities. Neal Dudovitzs fight for housing justice was instrumental in the passage of Assemblyman Mike Engs AB 278. School Safety Alhambra Unified School District: The Districts GATEWAY TO SUCCESS PROGRAM serves to link students with counselors or other health and wellness resources that will help them work through the challenges that are interfering with their academic, personal, or social adjustment. GATEWAY seeks to overcome many of the obstacles often faced by families who wish to access counseling support by bringing such programs to the school sites, providing over 1,500 per year school based mental health services. The Gateway to Success has been aggressive in its approach to stamp out bullying and its negative impact on Student Achievement and well-being.

The Bowles Family: Tabitha Bowles experienced bullying starting at age 11 that caused her to eventually transfer to another school district. The difficulty the Bowles family experienced with transferring schools eventually became the driving force behind a key component in Assemblyman Mike Engs AB1156. The Bowles Family has not only advocated for children in the legislature but also created an organization called Kids Speak Up, a nonprofit that reaches out to other youth who have been bullied. Small Business Sandi Rosco: Sandy Rosco was born and raised in Riverside, California. She volunteered at her daughters Christian School for 27 years. Thereafter she was hired by the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce as their Marketing and Public Relations Director. Sandys personality and passion for the community gave her the tools to successfully sign on new members. She also has helped many of the Chambers small businesses in upgrading and improving to stabilize their businesses. Jim Tsai: Jim Tsai was born in Vietnam, educated in Taiwan, and immigrated to the United States. He is multi-lingual, and understands the cultures of the East and West. Jim is always concerned about the welfare of his fellow countrymen and helped established the Southern California Fukienese Association, the Global Unified Chinese Organization from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. There, he helped the new immigrants understand the new life they have in the United States, find housing, and how to start a small business. He made sure the younger generation remember their roots, started Chinese language and art classes within the associations and also taught the small businesses how to maintain their mom & pop stores. Jim is currently the President and Founder of Hocean, Inc. that specializes in Asian foods and general merchandise. Derek Ma: Derek Ma was born in China, grew up in Hong Kong, and immigrated to the United States. He started his small business over 30 years ago and realized how difficult it was to be a business owner with all the government rules and regulations. Thats when Derek became involved with the community to help his fellow small business owners understand the regulations. As the various federal, state, and local government agencies became familiar with him, he became the volunteer liaison for them to communicate to the small businesses on compliance. He arranged seminars on such topics as employee/employer medical benefits, health department health codes, and ADA handicapped regulations. Assemblyman Mike Eng honored Derek Ma as one of the honorees in his 2010 Asian Pacific Islander Business Community Awards. Derek is currently the CEO of Seafood Village Restaurant Inc, Chair of the National Chinese Welfare Council Los Angeles Branch, and is the former President of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

Stephan Lam: Stephen Lam started his career as a banker. From his banking experience he started his own business and was CEO of Metro Plus Financial Group. He always dreamed to give his knowledge and experience back to the community. Stephen served on the Board of Directors for the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce where he helped balanced the budget, increased members, and promoted merchants businesses. He serves as Chair of the Monterey Park Business Improvement District Advisor Committee. Stephen is currently the Founder and President/CEO of Lams USA Group. Transportation Dave Gondek: David F. Gondek is a Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of El Monte. Mr. Gondek has broad experience in providing legal counsel relating to municipal law. His field of legal practice includes representation of both public entities and private business organizations in transactions with public agencies. David Reyno: David Reyno is the Director of Government Relations for Foothill and is one of the leader regional experts on Transportation Policy. Foothill Transit is a joint powers authority of 21 member cities in the San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and has a fleet of 300 buses and serves a weekday ridership of 48,000 commuters. Water/Environment Gabriel Monares: Gabriel Monares is the Principal of the Monares Group, a consulting firm that specializes in water and environmental issues in the San Gabriel Valley. Gabriel has worked with Assemblyman Eng and the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority on all of Assemblyman Eng San Gabriel Valley water legislation and on all of the ways Assemblyman Mike Eng worked to increase funding for groundwater cleanup of the Main San Gabriel Basin. Gabriel has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars in legal settlements and millions of dollars from the Federal and State Governments to fund cleanup activities in the San Gabriel Basin.