About Us

MAHA LEADERS

Executive Director - Hong Liu, Ph.D.Hong Liu, Ph.D
Executive Director

Dr. Liu is the Executive Director of the Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA). She came to the U.S. in 1988 and received a Master’s degree in Political Science in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis in 1994 from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In the past 20 years, Dr. Liu has been working diligently toward improving health and quality of life for Asian populations. She is well recognized as an advocate and community leader locally and nationally in the public health and community health field.
Dr. Liu is a member of several boards and advisory councils , including the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Council appointed by the Governor of Illinois, and the Chicago Community Development Advisory Council appointed by the Mayor of Chicago. She has received numerous awards for her dedication to public health, a few of which include the Public Health Advocacy Award from the Illinois Public Health Association; the Excellent Professional Award from Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White; and the Community Service Excellence Award from the Asian Coalition of Chicago and the Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago.
Jessica Szafron, MBA, MPHJessica Szafron, MBA, MPH
Program Manager

Jessica earned her Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a motivated healthcare professional, with a genuine desire to do what is best for the patient driving everything she does. Over the course of her career, she has gained exposure to many facets of healthcare, with experience in practice operations, strategic planning, business development, health policy, and nonprofit program management.
Jessica has worked with MAHA in numerous capacities since 2011, most recently having responsibility for overseeing the organization’s Hepatitis B Community Outreach Program.
Other projects have included the All Kids Care Program and the Asian Pandemic Influenza Community Outreach (APICO) Program. In her free time, she is an avid world traveler and enjoys exploring other cultures and cuisines.
Amy Wu, MS, LMFTAmy Wu, MS, LMFT
Mental Health Program Manager

Amy was born in the States, but spent the majority of her childhood and adolescence in Taiwan. She returned to the States to earn her Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. She then completed her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at The Family Institute at Northwestern University.
Since then, Amy has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and their families in community mental health, hospital, and private practice settings. Amy’s clinical areas of interest include acculturation and immigration issues, life transitions, parenting support, and crisis stabilization.
Amy also provides clinical supervision to graduate students at The Family Institute. She is passionate about providing and promoting culturally competent therapy services to minority populations.

Ying Liu (Kelly) ZhenYing Liu (Kelly) Zhen
Navigator Program Manager

Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. She joined the navigator team at Midwest Asian Health Association (MAHA) in 2015 and obtained her navigator license through the State of Illinois Insurance.
She has utilized her bilingual language skills (Chinese Cantonese, Taishanese, and Mandarin) to assist individuals with limited English proficiency with learning about the basics of healthcare coverage and public aid.
She was promoted to Program Manager after serving as a lead navigator since 2016. Beyond providing direct client support, she also supervises and supports a team of six navigators to maintain a high standard of service.
Cuihua YangCuihua Yang
Community Health Center Manager

Cuihua Yang is one of the first team members at MAHA. After joining MAHA in 2011, she dedicated herself to serving the Asian community.
Currently, Ms. Yang is actively involved in several MAHA programs, including health screening and medical consultation, community vaccination events, and the Hepatitis B prevention program.
She strives to provide each client a satisfactory experience at MAHA. Before Cuihua moved to the U.S. in early 2006, she was conducting managerial work in human resources and administration for 25 years in a well-known company in Shanghai, China.


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Board of Directors

President – Jeongling Liu
Vice President – Kelvin Qin, M.D.
Treasurer – Pingting Lau
Secretary – Ruby Haughton-Pitts
Board Member – Sean Koppe, M.D.
Board Member – Jian Hang Chiu
Board Member – Anna Shaw
Board Member – Johnny Zhen
Board Member – Connie Ho

Medical Advisor

Sean Koppe, M.D.
Francis Chen, M.D.
Salina Lee, M.D.
Sheila Wang, Pharm D.

Advisory Board

Darren Liu
Steve Smith
Xingwu Wang, Ph.D.
Hong Deng, RN
James Yao M.D.
Yin Kean
Steve Hugh
Alice Shen
Page Gu

Staff

Executive Director – Hong Liu, Ph.D.
Hepatitis B Program Manager – Jessica Szafron, MPH, MBA
Mental Health Program Manager – Amy Wu, MS. LMFT
Financial Manager – Jun Suk, CPA
Community Health Center Manager – Cuihua Yang
Navigator Program Manager – Ying Liu (Kelly) Zhen
Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator – Jacquelyn Zhang
Smart Match Employment Program Specialist – Mario Baxtrom
Navigator – Ying Liu (Kelly) Zhen
Navigator – Kelley Mui
Navigator – Wing Sun Tam, MSW
Diabetes Research Project Coordinator- Jenny Lin, Pharm D Candidate 2019
Mental Health Counselor- Timothy Tam, MS
Mental Health Counselor- Melissa Wee
Mental Health Clinic & Substance Prevention Program Liaison – Vicki Law
Executive Administrative Assistant – Candice (Dexin) Liang
Administrative Assistant – Xiaomei Zhang
Website UI Designer and Builder– Sean Li
Intern – Andy Liu