Leadership and Staff

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.

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 – Dr. Airica Steed

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
Sujie Man

Youth Advisory Board

Chair: Kyle Shrader
Edward Huang
William Huang
Andy Tao
William Tang
Jeffrey Hong


Executive Director – Hong Liu, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Officer - Eugene Chen, Ph.D.
Financial Assistant– Veronica Zuo
Mental Health Supervisor – Lola Wang, LCSW
Mental Health Counselor- Melissa Wee, M. Ed, LPC
Hepatitis B Program Manager – Jessica Szafron, MPH, MBA
Navigator Program Manager – Ying Liu (Kelly) Zhen
Navigator Program Supervisor – Kelley Mui
Community Health Center Manager – Cuihua Yang
Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator – Vernalynne De La Rosa, M.A.
Smart Match Employment Program Specialist – Ricky Lam
Smart Match Employment Program Specialist – Sherry Moore
Project Coordinator and Navigator-Justin Huang
Mental Health Counselor- Huiyi (Sanny) Chen, M.A. LPC.
Navigator – Frank Li, M.S.
Project Coordinator - Kathy Zhang
Mental Health Program Consultant- Hrishikesh Shetty, M.S.W.
Project and Administrative Assistant – Xiaomei Zhang
Project and Administrative Assistant – David Lee
Project and Administrative Assistant – Jiehua Li
Project and Administrative Assistant – Jianxi Chen
Administrative Assistant – Manlin Chu
Administrative Assistant – Weiwei Lin
Website UI Designer and Builder– Sean Li
Intern – Saul Zhang