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.
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.
Ying Liu (Kelly) ZhenYing Liu (Kelly) Zhen Navigator Program ManagerKelly 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.

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 Manager – Jun Suk, CPA
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