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Friday, May 31, 2013 OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL

APAHA 21st Anniversary Gala Friday, May 31st, 2013 | Omni Houston Hotel

Program Mistress of Ceremonies

Shern-Min Chow, KHOU 11 News Anchor

Color Guard Presentation National Anthem

Chloe Chowdhry


Charlene Chuang, APAHA President


Mariam Issa, Gala Chair

Fashion Show Presenters Designer Producer

Vietnamese Traditional Ao Dai Tammy Tran and the Honorable Kathy Khanh Han Danny Nguyen Couture Oanh Mai "We are the World" performed by Anthony Boggess-Glover Traditional Fashion Show featuring the Asian Countries Invocation Dinner Award Presentation Scholarship Presentation by Committee Chair, Mirrat Noon Silent Auction and Raffle Drawing Closing Remarks

Message from Gala Chair Mariam Issa Mariam Issa Welcome to all my distinguished guests who have joined us today in celebrating our 21st APAHA Gala. I take this opportunity in thanking all the APAHA sponsors, friends, Board Members, Distinguished Guests for their support. The success of this evening goes to my sponsors, Asian Consul Generals Offices and my dedicated volunteers. Our 21st Gala raises funds for us to continue our yearly activities to educate and raise awareness of our rich Asian Culture. Asian Americans,join a long list of immigrant groups.who have become a part of the American mosaic,with the same shared hopes and desires. Every year we honor people who have excelled in their professions and has offered their exemplary services to our community. The President George H.W. Bush Award: Taseer Badar, ZT Wealth. The APAHA Educator Award: Hien Tran PHD, University of Houston, Clear Lake The APAHA Public Safety Award: Assistant Chief John Chen The APAHA Corporate Award: Garrick Hatfield, Rodriquez Mercedes The APAHA Community Service Award: Sheriff Adrian Garcia Special thanks to Tammy Tran for coming forward in helping me to promote her country Vietnam in such a grand manner. She is also responsible in bringing to us the famous singer Anthony Bogess-Glover. Also special thanks to all the Asian Consulars offices for participating in our gala in helping us promote their countries. Martha Wong who is one of the founders of APAHA I thank her for her valuable guidance and advice. She is the pillar of our organization. Special thanks to our President Charlene Chuang, Munira Panjwani and Sneha Merchant for helping me in my difficult times. This nights success goes to all our great supporters. Thank you and God Bless.

Mariam Issa Gala Chair

Message from APAHA President Charlene Chuang "Now is the time for us to renew our commitment to promote Asian Pacific American accomplishments and heritages through our 21st APAHA Anniversary Gala Celebration”

Charlene Chuang

Dear Friends of APAHA: On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA), I thank you for your support and welcome you to our 21st anniversary Gala. APAHA’s mission is to promote Asian Pacific American accomplishments and heritages through awareness, education and celebration. Through the vision of Dr. Martha Wong and Kim Szeto, APAHA was founded in 1992 - the same year that the official designation of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law by the President of United States. We are honoured and excited to celebrate APAHA’s 21 amazing years of serving the Greater Houston community. APAHA’s year round program includes: • Distinguished Speaker Series • Lunar New Year Celebration at the Children’s Museum of Houston • Faith & Culture Bus Tours • Youth Art Awareness Go Green program • Art Exhibit showcasing APA artists In addition, during the month of May, the Asian Pacific Heritage Month, we have our showcase celebration programs: • Asian Pacific Heritage Month kick-off event at Galleria Mall • Asian Pacific Heritage Month Festival • APAHA Annual Gala • Month long celebration at multiple sites of the Houston Public Library These programs impact thousands of people in our community and they are made possible from the collaboration, support and generosity of our sponsors, partners and volunteers and each one of you here tonight. Our Gala tonight is a very special event where we honor you, our friends, who have helped us achieve our mission. On behalf of the Board of Directors and members of APAHA, I would like to thank you for your generosity and continued support. Thank you, Charlene Chuang 2013 APAHA President

Board Of Directors 2013 Charlene Chuang


Barbara Gallo

Jessica Chu

Vice President

Cindy Young



Board Members Lolin Wang-Bennett, PhD. John Chen Rose Chen Betty Gee Dennis Hung Munir Ibrahim Mariam Issa

Sneha Merchant Kim Ha Nguyen Phillip Patrick Sun Jim Travlos Major Michael Wong Dorothy Yee Munira Panjwani-Zahid

Ex-officio Members Pat Charnveja The Honorable Antonia Ingversen

Annie Mak Honorable Gordon Quan

Kim Szeto Honorable Dr. Martha Wong

Executive Director Theresa Tran

Advisory Council Parvin Bagherpour, Ph.D Houston Community College System

Jacquie Baly Baly Projects, LLC.

Noel Bezette-Flores, Ph.D University of Houston Downtown

Cynthia Cisneros ABC 13

Rathna Kumar, Ph.D Anjali Dance Center

Karen Marshall Metro Transit Authority

Scholarship Committee Mirrat Noon, Chair, Former APAHA Board Member

Martha Wong, APAHA Co-Founder

Nghi Ho, Alief School Board Member

Sonal Bhuchar, Former President Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees.

Theresa Tran, APAHA Executive Director

APAHA Gala Committee 2013 Mariam Issa


Barbara Gallo


Alice Lee

Program Manager

Faye Chen


Annie Mak

Media Outreach

Gala Supporters & Volunteers Minah Azhar Jo Anna Ibrahim Sardar Alam Faye Chen Charlene Chuang John Chen Chloe Chowdhry Sameera Faridi Betty Gee Jack Joe Haroon Khan

Maryum Khan Alice Lee Annie Mak Oanh Mai Beth Martin Zeb Mamsa Sneha Merchant Mirrat Noon Munira Panjwani - Zahid Theresa Tran Dr. Martha Wong

Prasetyo Budhi - Indonesia Tammy Tran - Vietnam Alex Dong - China Patsy - Japan American Society Of Houston Chong Jaff - Korea John Chi - Taiwan Mariam Issa - Pakistan Loloy Reyes - Philippines Polynesian Islander

2013 Gala Sponsors

GOLD Qatar Airways United Airlines Mitchell & Priscilla Lou Foundation. Fiesta Mart, Inc. Tariq Shaikh Z.T. Wealth

SILVER Ahmed Alysin

Center Point Energy

Wells Fargo Bank


Marathon Oil Corporation

Tammy Tran Attorneys at Law LLP.

Silver Eagle Distributors

Alex Rodriquez Mercedes

BRONZE Paul & May Chu Trend Maker Homes

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Individual Sponsors Nasir Abbasi

Haroon Khan

Channel 13

Messengers of Love

Chinese Civic Center

Japan American Society Of Houston

Kenneth Li & Jackson Chang


University of Houston Clear Lake

Naushir & Sneha Merchant

University of Houston Downtown

Kim Ha Nguyen

Jamil Daudi Betty Gee

Law Enforcement Assoc. & Larry Yium

Shenila Humayun

Martha Wong

Shyda & Sajjid Hussain

Michael Wong

Munir Ibrahim

Dorothy Yee

2013 In-Kind Sponsors 713News - Cynthia Garcia Danny Nguyen Couture Kim Son restaurant - Tri La KHOU Channel 11 - Shern-Min Chow Lights Camera Action Houston Society News Mitchell Alexander Photography Pixel Studio Productions Qatar Airways Sneha Merchant Design’s Inc United Airlines VAN TV WWWA Productions - John Chen

Thank You Media & Volunteers

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President George H.W. Bush Award

Taseer Badar President and Chief Executive Officer of ZT Wealth, Inc Taseer Badar is the cofounder, President and Chief Executive Officer of ZT Wealth, Inc. Beginning his financial services career with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in 1996, Taseer decided to venture off on his own after one year and founded ZT Global Investments, ZT Wealth's predecessor company, in 1997. Bringing over 16 years of marketing and financial talent, Taseer has created a rare visionary approach to wealth and business management and project development. In 2004, he co-founded Altus Healthcare Management Services, Inc., an entity he also leads as President and CEO. Altus HMS partnered with ZT Wealth to provide support to medical facilities in the areas of administration, marketing, human resources, and cash management. Taseer Badar earned his BBA in Entrepreneurship & Finance from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University in 1995. For the last 16 years, Taseer has exemplified the entrepreneurial spirit. His singular focus on flexibility in the marketplace and the creation of previously untapped revenue streams has garnered him numerous business accolades, including six consecutive Aggie 100 Awards (2007–2012) and a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Taseer repeatedly receives recognition and industry awards not just for his accomplishments at ZT Wealth but for his respected service to the community. Aside from being a member of numerous Boards of Directors for various banks, Taseer has instilled in his corporate culture the concept of compassion and the necessity to remember to always give back to the community. In 2011, he created the Altus Foundation to develop resources for patients in need of healthcare services at an Altus healthcare facility utilizing philanthropic support and patient and community educational programs. Through the Foundation, people who would typically be turned away from traditional healthcare providers were able to receive services and care. Late night meetings and hundreds of miles of traveling, Taseer often times sacrifices his personal life to go above and beyond for his clients. It is this sacrifice that has established Taseer and ZT Wealth a success.

Outstanding Corporate Achievement Award

Garrick Hatfield General Manager at Alex Rodriguez Garrick Hatfield takes service seriously. As General Manager of Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz, Garrick embodies the dealership’s mantra “At Your Service,” which reflects impeccably Garrick’s commitment to both his team and his clients. As a high school student, Garrick landed his first job in the auto industryas a parts runner. After attending the University of Texas, Garrick returned to the auto industry, quickly gaining recognition for his hard work and vision. In 2002, he was named one of the youngest GMs for AutoNation, and in 2004, he received the Young Leadership Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame. He has been with Mercedes-Benz since 1996. Around the dealership, Garrick is known first for his ser vice-minded leadership. He has empowered his team to exceed clients’ expectations, no questions asked. Garrick also has a reputation as an energetic motivator, ensuring a passionate team – and never a dull moment. Away from the dealership, Garrick loves to spend time with his wife, Michelle, and their two kids Presley (3) and Garrin (2). He sits on the board of The Rose, which provides breast-cancer screening, treatment, and support to all women, regardless of their ability to pay, as well as the Altus Foundation, with a commitment to providing financial support and educational opportunities to hospice and cancer patients. In his free time, Garrick enjoys swinging a golf club and reading a good book — not at the same time of course. Garrick raises the bar for service professionals everywhere, both by serving his team and his clients, in addition to showing his team how best to serve others. Garric k is a shining example of the dedicated spirit that the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association honors.


Outstanding Educator - Achievement Award

Dr. Hien Van Tran, CPA Mr. Hien Van Tran, CPA is a professor of Management Information Systems (MIS) at University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) for 26 years and a graduate of University of Houston and Penn State University. He has published 40 refereed articles, two textbook chapters and numerous Vietnam-related short essays. At UHCL, Dr. Tran was the Chair of the MIS program in 1992-1998, established two new degree programs (MS-MIS and BS-MIS), and served as the director of Vietnam program between 1999 and 2011. He is the pioneer in establishing numerous collaborative programs between Vietnamese universities and universities within the University of Houston System. Dr. Tran has also brought the University of Texas (UT) at Austin-High School program to Vietnam to provide an opportunity for students to obtain UT high school education and diploma while staying in Vietnam. These international programs have brought thousands of high-paying Vietnamese students to the US to benefit our economy.

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The APAHA Community Service Award

Adrian Garcia Harris County Sheriff Prior to being elected Harris County Sheriff in 2008, Adrian Garcia spent 23 years with the Houston Police Department gaining valuable law enforcement experience. His dedication was recognized by former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier who appointed Adrian to the position of HPD’s liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office. In 1999, Adrian was named Director of this anti-gang effort. After leaving HPD, Adrian served six years as a Houston City Councilman eventually becoming Mayor ProTempore under Mayor Bill White. On City Council, Adrian gained valuable experience in how government works - experience that will help him maintain a transparent Sheriff’s Department that is, above all, accountable to the taxpayers of Harris County. Aside from the vital work Adrian did as a Houston police officer and city councilman, he was retained as a consultant for the U.S. State Department to evaluate law enforcement and policing programs in Central America. He has also repeatedly served as a panelist on Harvard University’s Criminal Justice Project. In 2008, Sheriff Garcia inherited a Sheriff’s Department that was in dire need of reform and he wasted no time producing new, innovative ideas to clean up the mess that existed at that department. Adrian brought more diversity to the department’s command staff. He brought in outside experts to re-evaluate the way our Harris County jail system works. And he has worked to be a visible, community oriented law enforcement officer. Looking forward, Adrian’s priorities for the Harris County Sheriff’s Department include cutting crime in all parts of the county, improving security at our port, tackling jail overcrowding issues, and bringing even more transparency to how the Sheriff’s Department does business. Sheriff Garcia also maintains a mental health task force to develop new ideas for dealing with mentally ill persons who are routinely cycled through our criminal justice system.

The APAHA Public Safety Award

Assistant Chief John Chen Houston Police Department John H. Chen is an Assistant Chief with the Houston Police Department and is currently responsible for patrol activities on the west side of Houston. A large portion of the population of the many Asian communities resides in this part of the city. With his promotion in early 2009, John Chen became the second Asian to achieve the rank of Assistant Chief in the history of the Houston Police Department. During his three decade career with the department, he has developed wide experience in the policing field. Assistant Chief Chen has worked in various capacities in the department including patrol, investigations, support operations, and training. As an investigator and also while assigned to several federal task forces, he targeted Asian criminal elements.

Scholarship Award Grace Li Grace Li is a senior at Glenda Dawson High School and a member of National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. Grace is a National Merit Scholar, a National AP Scholar, and USA Biology Olympiad semifinalist. Last summer, Grace was selected as 1 in 35 students nationwide to be a Simons Summer Research Fellow at Stony Brook University, NY where she conducted independent research on the black plague. Grace is a two time National Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and is a Huffington Post blogger. She founded a 501c(3) charity organization, We Care Act, with her two younger siblings. We Care Act is dedicated to helping youth recover from disasters and to motivate kids around the world to make a difference. She was named on the AllAmerican High School Service Team in Education by GenerationOn and featured on the cover of Parade Magazine, was a Harris Wofford Youth Award recipient and named one of The 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World by Youth Service America.

David Vien David Vien is a Vietnamese-American who was born and raised in in the Alief, Texas. This year, he will graduate as the Valedictorian of Kerr High School. He is an Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist, AP Scholar, Vice-President of his class, Treasurer of his school's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America, and Committee Head of Student Council. Outside of school, he is involved with the Houston Mayor's Youth Council and volunteers at the West Houston Medical Center. He enjoys volleyball, tennis, camping, as well as reading in his spare time. This fall he will attend Rice University, where he will major in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. He dreams of becoming a physician, because an Eagle Scout is dependable--and in times of uncertainty and confusion, a dependable person is the most helpful person. Above all, he thanks his parents, sisters, family, teachers, friends, and mentors for helping him with all that he has accomplished--and for inspiring him to keep going into college and the world beyond.

"We are the World" performed by Anthony Boggess-Glover

Anthony Boggess-Glover Singer - Actor - Dancer - Choreographer - Director - Writer Anthony Boggess-Glover, a native Houstonian, knew at an early age what he wanted to do. It started when he sang his first solo in church at the tender age of five. The Arts was in every ounce of his body. Anthony kept singing and he eventually got the opportunity to audition, attend and graduate from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts as a Vocal Music Major. Anthony never left there because he is the Vocal Music Department’s Staging Director and Consultant. He attended the University of Houston-Downtown and joined the Theatre Department. While there, he won the Most Outstanding Actor Award in 1988, 1989 and 1992. He also attended the University of Houston. As he furthered his education, his talent landed him in New York where he attended S.U.N.Y. Purchase. Since 1997, Anthony has been the Artistic and Musical Director for the Houston Branch of the NAACP ACT-SO Competition and Gala, which is geared towards helping African American High School Students make their Impossible Dreams come true. Anthony has frequently appeared in productions with Houston Grand Opera, Texas Opera Theatre, Alley Theatre, Theatre Under The Stars, The Great Caruso Dinner Theater, Main Street Theater and The Ensemble Theatre. In addition to performing in the United States, Anthony has also performed in China, Egypt, London and Norway, as well. He has had the honor of performing for six Presidents of the United States of America. He sang at both of Houston's former Mayor Lee P. Brown's Mayoral Inaugurations. Anthony also regularly performs at events for his favorite hometown teams, the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets. Anthony is a beloved friend of the Vietnamese Community in the United States and has been frequently invited to perform for many of its productions and concerts. Anthony is a proud member of Brentwood Baptist Church, where his Pastor is Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff. Anthony thanks God for his exceptional talent, which is why he recites his favorite scripture everyday: I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

Music is the harmony of life.

Mistress of Ceremonies

Shern-Min Chow Anchor KHOU 11 Shern-Min Chow co-anchors KHOU 11 News at 4p and also reports for the station during the week. She has been a part of the KHOU 11 News team since 1996. Shern-Min began her journalism career as a stringer for Newsweek and has worked at KTRK-TV and KPRC-TV in Houston, as well as KENS-TV in San Antonio. She is the recipient of several industry awards, including honors from the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press, as well as an Emmy. Shern-Min speaks often to civic groups, schools and churches and serves on several boards in the community. She has studied Spanish, French, German and Mandarin Chinese. Her first language was the Shanghai dialect from her mother's hometown and learned English in school. She and her husband have 2 sons.

History of APAHA In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in 1843. The Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was formed in 1992 to “promote awareness and increase understanding of the Asian/Pacific American culture and its diversity through education and celebration, focusing on May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), and continuing throughout the year.” To make a difference in our community, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) has collaborated with various community and educational entities to provide ongoing educational, cultural and scholarship programs to the Asian/Pacific and Greater Houston communities. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, APAHA’s main objectives include enhancing racial harmony in our city, promoting cross-cultural awareness, education and appreciation between and among Asian/Pacific Americans and other ethnic groups by outreach to schools, businesses, and other institutions. The APAHA is currently overseen by a board of twenty-three and employs a full-time Executive Director Volunteer committees are responsible for planning and implementing program activities. Asian Pacific American Communities in Houston The US Census Bureau lists over twenty-five Asian and Pacific Islander groups. Some of the largest groups in Houston are: Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipinos, Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Japanese, Cambodian, Laotian, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese, Malaysian, Taiwanese, Sri Lanka, Bangladeshi, and a variety of Pacific Islanders from the Hawaiian Islands, Polynesian Islands, and New Zealand. Recent estimates of Asian Pacific Americans in the Houston area range from 300,000 to 500,000. Through the assistance and dedication of our volunteers and sponsors, APAHA strives to outreach to the Houston neighborhoods to build a stronger understanding of Asian and Pacific Island groups throughout this city.


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