Regional Network

 

RNThe Regional Network (RN) comprises over 170 members in 10 regions, representing more than 30 federal agencies. The RN seeks to build relationships between the federal government and the AAPI community by coordinating outreach and engagement efforts across regional offices.

Below is information on the RN co-chairs and regional leads.


Renard Murray

Co-Chair of the Regional Network

2014_30_04_Murray_Renard-flag8x10Renard Murray, D.M. is the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Atlanta and Dallas Regional Offices. He has served in the positions since July 2009. As Regional Administrator, Dr. Murray is responsible for External Affairs and serves as the CMS spokesman for the 13 states that comprise the two regions. In addition, Dr. Murray served as Chair and previously served as Chair and Vice-Chairman for the Atlanta Metropolitan Federal Executive Board. Dr. Murray previously served as Acting Regional Administrator for the CMS Regional Offices in for the Boston and New York Regional Offices. Directly before his return to Atlanta in 2008, Dr. Murray was the Special Assistant to the CMS Chief Operating Officer in Baltimore, Maryland. In his early days at CMS, Dr. Murray served as the Associate Regional Administrator responsible for the Regional Office’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) policy branches and the agency’s Financial Management Operations. Dr. Murray came to the CMS Atlanta Regional Office from the Social Security Administration in 1999, where he held the positions of Claims Representative, Operations Supervisor, and District Manager.

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Daniel Pasquil

Co-Chair of the Regional NetworkDaniel Pasquil

Daniel Pasquil is the District Director of the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage & Hour Division’s (WHD) West Covina District Office. With the promotion, Pasquil became the WHD’s first Filipino-American District Director. Pasquil was born in Sacramento and raised in Walnut Grove, California. He moved to Southern California in 1989 to pursue a football scholarship and was a student-athlete at California State University, Fullerton. Pasquil graduated in 1994 from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. Pasquil resides in Walnut, California with his wife and two daughters.

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Kenneth An

Co-Lead of New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont

Kenneth AnKenneth An is the Director of the Boston Area Office of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). At the EEOC, Kenneth has conducted outreach with the Asian-American community and eliminated discriminatory job advertisements in Chinese newspapers that were circulated nationally. Kenneth has sat on several Boards, such as the New England Chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans, and he co-chair the Asian Pacific American Heritage celebration at the JFK Federal Building. Kenneth is a co-founder of Quincy Asian Resources, a not-for-profit organization in Quincy, Massachusetts, and serves as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Asian-American Commission.
Kenneth has received awards for his professional and personal accomplishments, including an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Federal Asian Pacific American Coalition; EEOC District Director’s Awards; EEOC Chair’s Organizational/Core Awards; and, an Unsung Hero Award from the National Organization of Chinese-Americans.

Kenneth received his Bachelor’s Degree from Boston University and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.

Kenneth immigrated to the United States from Taiwan and also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Roberto Medina

Co-Lead of New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont

Roberto MedinaRoberto Medina is the Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) in the Boston Region.  He manages and coordinates SSA’s public relations/public information activities throughout the six New England states.  He also serves as the liaison for congressional staffers, regional stakeholders, and the media.  Mr. Medina began his career with SSA in the Chelsea, Massachusetts field office as a student aide.  He worked with SSA while obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Boston University.  After obtaining his degree in May 1999, Mr. Medina was promoted to a Social Insurance Representative.  Mr. Medina has held several management positions within SSA; in particular, he was the District Manager for the Roxbury, Massachusetts and Lynn, Massachusetts field offices.  Mr. Medina was later assigned as Project Manager in the Center for Program Support in the SSA’s Boston Regional Office.

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Everett Lo

Co-Lead of New York/New Jersey: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico

Everett LoEverett Lo is a Project Manager at the Social Security Administration’s New York Regional Public Affairs Office and is responsible for public education and awareness of Social Security’s programs and benefits in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  He works closely with the staff of:  Federal, state and local elected officials; government agencies; advocacy groups; community- and faith-based organizations and human resources; employee benefits and financial literacy professionals; as well as broadcast, print, and web-based media outlets.  He has served on Social Security’s Limited English Proficiency and Asian American and Pacific Islander national workgroups and is the chairperson of the regional Pacific Asian American Advisory Council.  Mr. Lo is a member of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, Federal Partners, National HIV/AIDS Strategy Workgroup, and Prison Reentry Task Force.

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Michelle Davis

Co-Lead of New York/New Jersey: New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico

Michelle DavisMichelle Davis currently is the Regional Health Administrator (RHA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) New York Regional Office.  As the RHA she serves as the principal Federal public health authority for the Secretary of HHS and the Assistant Secretary for Health.  The RHA also assures collaborative promotion of the Surgeon General’s initiatives.  Her duties include coordination, collaboration, and implementation of HHS priorities and initiatives with partners throughout NJ, NY, PR, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and eight Tribal Nations.  Prior to her current position, she worked in a variety of public health positions at the Federal, state, and municipal levels including serving as the; Deputy RHA for the Mid-Atlantic region, Deputy State Health Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Deputy Health Commissioner for the City of Philadelphia, and Senior Epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Ambreen Tariq

Lead of Mid Atlantic: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, DCAmbreen Tariq

Ambreen Tariq is a Specialist in the Communications Division of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, where she manages diverse projects and advises senior leadership on strategic communications matters. Her work focuses on strategic messaging and media planning as it relates to protecting vulnerable low-wage workers and ensuring a level playing field for businesses. She serves as lead liaison in the agency’s National Office on AAPI-related matters including representing the agency in departmental and interagency workgroups, reporting on the agency’s AAPI enforcement and outreach efforts, helping develop and strengthen AAPI language access to resources, and advising management on AAPI outreach strategies and policies. Ambreen also works on building and maintain strategic stakeholder relationships with state and federal agency partners.

Ambreen recently served a one-year detail as Communications Advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. In that capacity she managed media strategies and special policy efforts and led multi-platform media and social media campaigns to increase awareness of social and programmatic issues affecting vulnerable AAPIs.

Ambreen’s federal career previously included work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and at the Environmental Protection Agency. She holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of American and a B.A. in Politics and South Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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Ronald Stephens

Co-Lead of Southeast: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, FloridaRon Stephens

Ron Stephens is the Executive Director of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board, and works directly with over 120 Federal Agency Leaders in Atlanta, representing 47,000 Federal employees. His twenty-two years of public service includes: promoting Presidential initiatives; serving as a catalyst to produce federal, state, and local interagency collaborative initiatives; developing partnerships and initiatives in emergency preparedness and employee safety; facilitating interagency workforce development programs; and intergovernmental and community partnerships. Mr. Stephens is currently the Region IV Co-Chair for the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders. In addition to his many responsibilities, Mr. Stephens also provides oversight to the Greater Atlanta – Athens Combined Federal Campaign, where over $3.9 million was raised for nonprofit organizations in 2015. In addition, Mr. Stephens has oversight of the Federal Executive Board’s Leadership Government Program, a rigorous year-long government-wide leadership development program. The Program, now in its fourteenth year, has graduated over 500 federal executives into federal service. He also heads the Peak Performance Program for Aspiring Leaders; a leadership development program for mid-career federal employees.

Ron Stephens began his federal service career with the Social Security Administration as an outstanding scholar. His first appointment was to the position of Title II Claims Representative. Mr. Stephens was then promoted to Public Affairs Specialist in Montgomery, Alabama, then promoted to a Regional Public Affairs Specialist in the Atlanta Regional Commissioner’s office. He also served as an Assistant District Manager in the Tucker, GA, Field Office of the Social Security Administration. Mr. Stephens has also served as the Assistant Area Administrator (AAA) in the Georgia Area Director’s Office, and has also worked at Social Security Headquarters in Baltimore, MD., in the National Press Office of the Social Security Administration as a National Public Affairs Officer, and also served as Deputy Director of the Atlanta Federal Executive Board. Ron Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Economics both from Troy State University.

Ron recently received the National FEB Executive Director of the Year Award from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in Washington D.C., for his leadership in the FEB National Network. Ron is also a graduate of Leadership Atlanta (2014). Ron serves as a Board Member for Empower 54, an international humanitarian organization, and the Paul Anthony Live Life Foundation, and volunteers in the community regularly.

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Lola Kress

Co-Lead of Southeast: Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, FloridaLola Head shot smaller size

Lola Kress is the Regional Communications Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). She is responsible for the brand and marketing, social media, and communications strategies and initiatives across eight
states in the Southeast.  Lola assists nine Public information Officers in each SBA district office in their communications strategies; assuring the agency’s message is consistent and placed prominently in the public eye. Lola is also responsible for the speech writing and media outreach for the SBA’s Regional Administrator (Presidentially appointed).  The Regional Communications Director’s office is located within the SBA’s Office of the Regional Administrator in Atlanta, GA.

Lola has held the position of Regional Communications Director since February of 2011.  Previous to her current position, Lola served as the Public Affairs Specialist for the SBA in North Florida since 2000.  She was responsible for all media and communications outreach for the agency within 43 counties of Florida. Lola began her federal career with the SBA in Denver, Colorado where she was responsible for management of the regional office.  Lola has worked with the SBA since 1997 in communications roles.

Prior to her work with the SBA, Lola was the Director of Citizens Outreach for the Governor of Colorado, Governor Roy Romer, where she held a critical role as a liaison between the Governor and his Colorado constituency.  Lola also worked for the Colorado State Senate in a public liaison position.

Lola has worked on many political campaigns for city, state and federal elections.  She is very active in her community and with her son’s elementary school.  Lola is the current Co-Chair for the Southeast Regional Network for the White House Initiative on Asian American Pacific Islanders and she is a recent graduate of the Atlanta Federal Executive Boards Leadership Government Class of 2014.

Lola is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.S. in International Affairs and German and she is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s Graduate School of Public Affairs with an M.A. in Public Administration.

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Doug Nguyen

Co-Lead of Great Lakes: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, MinnesotaDoug Nguyen

Doug Nguyen is the Deputy Regional Communications Director for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) six-state Chicago Region.  Mr. Nguyen began his SSA career in 1994 as a Bilingual Claims Representative and a Public Affairs Specialist on Chicago’s North side.  Since 1994, Mr. Nguyen has served as a board member and volunteer mentor for Exodus World Service, an agency which mobilizes volunteers to work with refugees.  He was a Cultural Competency Trainer for the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, a health advocacy organization, from 2002 through 2005.  From 1999 through 2005, Mr. Nguyen also served on the board of the Asian American Institute, a non-profit organization which empowers the AAPI community through advocacy.   Mr. Nguyen is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Asian American Coalition of Chicago (AACC) and served as the AACC’s 2013 Chairperson.   He also serves on the Asian American Advisory Councils for the Illinois Secretary of State and the Social Security Administration.   Mr. Nguyen was the recipient of the Chicago Federal Executive Board’s 2010 Employee of the Year Award for Outstanding Community Service.

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Lucia Garcia

Co-Lead of Southcentral: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, TexasLucia Garcia

In 2004, Ms. Lucy Garcia, a native Texan, received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. In 2006, Ms. Garcia joined the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division as an Investigator in the New Orleans District Office. Ms. Garcia gained a broad base of Wage and Hour experience by conducting investigations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, Government Contracts labor standards statutes, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and additional enforcement under The Immigration Reform and Control Act. As an Investigator, Ms. Garcia was also involved in providing outreach to the communities and received a Worker Protection Award from the Secretary of Labor for being a part of the New Orleans Rebuilding Task Force.

On August 14, 2011, Ms. Garcia officially became the New Orleans District Office’s first Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS). On December 19, 2011, Ms. Garcia was published in DOL’s Frances Magazine for “Workers are my Business”. On February 16, 2012, Ms. Garcia was invited to represent the Wage and Hour Division on a panel moderated by former Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis at the Frances Perkins Building in Washington, D.C. On December 29, 2014, Ms. Garcia transferred to Austin, Texas to become the first Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) for the Austin District Office. Since Ms. Garcia has been the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) for the Wage and Hour Division, she has conducted over 600 outreach events and has proactively engage employers, employees and communities to ensure that they were aware of the resources available to assist them in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the law enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

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Audrina Lange

Co-Lead of Southcentral: Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas Audrina Lange

Audrina Lange is the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist (CORPS) in the Little Rock District Office of the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. She works to support “a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work” by creating a greater awareness of federal labor standards throughout Arkansas. She educates employers of their responsibilities and employees of their rights under the laws and the resources available to them. Prior to her work at the Department of Labor, Audrina served in several different capacities for the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service and the Food and Nutrition Service. Her work at the USDA included a range of activities to address underserved and vulnerable communities.

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Jewell Colbert

Co-Lead of Midwest: Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and IowJewell Colberta

Jewell Colbert began his federal career with the Social Security Administration in St. Joseph, MO on February 18, 1986 as a Claims Representative.

He has received numerous detail assignments and promotions with the agency since that time, including positions in the District Office, Mid-America Program Service Center, Area Director’s Office and the Regional Office.

Prior to his selection as the Regional Communications Director, he was the District Manager of the St. Louis, MO West County field office from October 2002 until December 2011.

As a District Manager and Regional Communications Director, he has participated in and led several regional and national communications and policy issues on behalf of the Kansas City Region.

Jewell has also received several regional and national Social Security honorary awards for his exemplary customer service and leadership including the Regional Commissioner’s Citation, Deputy Commissioner Citation and the Commissioner of Social Security Citation, which is the agency’s top honorary award.

Since his time as the Regional Communications Director, Jewell has worked with diverse organizations and communities throughout the region.  In 2015, he assumed the co-chair of the Midwest Region Network for the Asian American Pacific Islanders Initiative.

Jewell is a 1983 graduate of Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.  He is a die-hard fan of the Golden Griffins no matter what the sport!

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Stephen Chen

Lead of Rocky Mountain: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota

Stephen head shotStephen Chen has worked for the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for 15 years.  He started his tenure in the New York field office and then moved into a management position in their San Francisco office before coming to the Denver regional office.  He also served as the Executive Director of the Department’s Equity and Excellence Commission, which examined the role of school financing on issues of equity and student achievement.  A graduate of Emory University for both college and law, he also holds a Masters in Education from Harvard.

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.  OCR serves student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR’s technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination.

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Ana Fortes

Co-Lead of Northern California, Southwest, Hawaii and the Pacific: Californiaana fortes, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Islands

Ana Victoria Fortes serves as a Regional Advisor for the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. In this capacity, Ana Victoria leads the interagency work group to strengthen community engagement among stakeholder groups and federal agencies located in Northern California. She is a member of the AAPI Bullying Prevention Task Force and will work on economic development efforts targeting Hmong Farmers.

Ana Victoria comes to the Initiative from the Women’s Bureau (WB) at the US Department of Labor where she is a Program Analyst in the Region IX office. In that capacity, she serves as the liaison between federal, state, and local officials and stakeholder groups working on issues focused on increasing women’s participation in in-demand and non-traditional occupations, promoting fair treatment of women in the workplace, and promoting workplace policies that support working women and their families. She is actively engaged in promoting the priorities of the WB by providing technical assistance and planning outreach events that amplify the Administration’s focus on equal pay, promoting fair treatment of women in workplace, educating worker of workplace rights, and issues affecting women veterans to a range of audiences.

Ana Victoria received a B.A. in Business Management Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s in Public Policy with a focus on Social Welfare at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

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Kay Ko

Co-Lead of Northern California, Southwest, Hawaii and the Pacific: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific Iskay kolands

Ms. Kay Ko grew up in Los Angeles, California, and attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree,  a Master of Arts degree in Art History, and the Doctoral Degree in Comparative Education from UCLA .  After teaching the Korean language at UCLA and Claremont McKenna Colleges,  Ms. Ko joined the FBI in December 1993 as a Language Specialist.  From 1995 to 2008,  she worked as an Intelligence Analyst  and also earned a Juris Doctoral Degree from Loyola Law School in 2002.  From June 2009
through July 2012,  Ms. Ko served as a Supervisory Intelligence  Analyst.

During the 22 years of service with the FBI, Ms. Ko assisted the case agents and the FBI management as a linguist and an analyst in a variety of assignments, including terrorism, counterintelligence, money laundering and organized crime.  She organized a number of counterintelligence conferences through working closely with the members of US Intelligence Community.

In the current position as a FBI Community Outreach Specialist, Ms. Ko coordinates meetings and events where FBI employees participate as guest speakers and presenters, attend various community events to educate the public about FBI priorities, as well as visiting schools to educate students about good education and being model citizens as part of the FBI’s Youth Program.  Ms. Ko also serves as the Regional Lead for the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the southwest region covering California, Nevada and Arizona.

Ms. Ko was appointed to the California State Board of Accountancy by Governor Jerry Brown in November 2013, and has served on the Board of Visitors at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.  Ms. Ko is also a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

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Glory Gervacio

Co-Lead of Northern California, Southwest, Hawaii and the Pacific: California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific IslandsGlory Gervacio

Glory Gervacio Saure is the Director of the Honolulu Local Office for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).  In her capacity, Ms. Gervacio Saure oversees the EEOC’s operations in the state of Hawaii and the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, Wak
e Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Prior to her selection to the position in 2015, Ms. Gervacio Saure had worked as an Enforcement Investigator at the EEOC’s Honolulu Local Office for 14 years and continually provides outreach and educational assistance to various communities in her jurisdiction.

Ms. Gervacio Saure was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  She has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2014 EEOC Chair’s Bronze Medal Award for Advancing Equality through Excellence.

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Stephen Yim

Lead of Pacific Northwest: Washington, Oregon, Idahosteven yim

Stephen Yim is an Investigator with the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) where he is responsible for enforcing the Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and a number of employment standards and worker protections as related to several
immigration statutes. Stephen has a long history of advocating for vulnerable populations.  Prior to working as a Wage and Hour Investigator, he spent over 5 years in the Office of US Senator Maria Cantwell where he assisted constituents across Washington State with issues related to the immigration and federal grant systems.  He was then named a Presidential Management Fellow and served as a Policy Analyst at the WHD’s National Office in Washington, DC where he focused on issues surrounding farm labor and guestworker programs.  Stephen also served as an Advisor with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders where he had an opportunity to work closely with the Regional Networks in Kansas City, Atlanta, Boston, and Seattle.  Stephen received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University.