Leadership and Staff


Executive Director - Hong Liu, Ph.D.Hong Liu, Ph.DExecutive 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, MPHProgram 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) ZhenNavigator 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 YangCommunity 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 – Anna Shaw, Attorney
Board Member – Johnny Zhen
Board Member – Chunkit So

Medical Advisor 

Sean Koppe, M.D.
Salina Lee, M.D.
Sheila Wang, Pharm D.
Juliana Chan, Pharm D.

Advisory Board

Darren Liu
Hong Deng, R.N.
James Yao M.D.
Yin Kean
Steve Hugh
Alice Shen
Page Gu
Jian Hang Chiu
Julie Hu


Executive Director – Hong Liu, Ph.D.
Chief Financial Office – Eugene Chen, Ph.D., CPA
Hepatitis B Program Manager – Jessica Szafron, MPH, MBA
Financial Manager – Jun Suh, CPA
Navigator Program Manager – Ying Liu (Kelly) Zhen
Mental Health Clinic Supervisor – Stephanie McSherry, LCSW
Community Health Center Manager – Cuihua Yang
Navigator Program Supervisor – Kelley Mui
Substance Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator – Vernalynne De La Rosa, MA, QMHP
Mental Health Counselor – Melissa Wee, MeD, LPC
Smart Match Employment Program Coordinator – Ricky Lam
Smart Match Employment Program Coordinator – Sherry Moore
Navigator/Financial Executive Assistant – Bonnie Yang, MPA
Navigator/Administrative Assistant – Justin Huang
Navigator – Shirley Liang
IT and Website UI Designer – Sean Li, MS
Administrative Assistant – Xiaomei Zhang
Administrative Assistant – Jie Hua Li
Project Assistant – Kevin Kwong
Job Trainer – David Lee
Administrative Assistant – Ada Chui
Administrative Assistant – Jianxing Chen
Administrative Assistant – Haiping Wang