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Board Chair Ban Tran

Board Chair Ban Tran works at Merrill Lynch with 40 years of professional experience in wealth management, international banking, trade finance, and foreign exchange in New York, DC and Vienna. He is a frequent lecturer at local companies, universities and non-profit organizations, speaking on subject such as retirement planning, estate wealth protection and transfer, and concentrated stock diversification strategies. Mr. Tran graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics and International Relations, and earned his MBA in International Finance from George Washington University. In his spare time, Ban enjoys gardening, yoga, basketball and is an avid marathon and triathlon participant.

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Virginia L. Cheung

Virginia L. Cheung is the Regional Wealth Planning Manager at Wells Fargo Private Bank, for the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia region. She was previously general counsel and managing director at an investment advisory firm; and a principal in a Rockville, Maryland law firm where she spent 24 years practicing in the areas of estate and charitable planning, business succession planning, and probate and trust administration. In addition to serving on the AALEAD Board, she serves on the boards of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region; Jade Philanthropy Society; and the Washington, D.C. Estate Planning Council. In the past, Virginia has served on the boards of the Community Foundation of Montgomery County, Maryland and the steering committee of the Nonprofit Advancement Fund, and assisted in establishing the Nonprofit Village in Montgomery County. Virginia received an accounting degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Boston College Law School. She resides in Washington, D.C.

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Siu Cheung Rossmark

Siu Cheung Rossmark is an entrepreneur and restaurateur at Siu’s Asian Bistro in Silver Spring, MD. She is also a real estate broker licensed in DC, MD, and VA. Her other businesses include residential mortgage and the financial service industry. She has been an entrepreneur for over 25 years and has owned several Chinese restaurants in the Washington Metropolitan area for many years. In addition to serving on the AALEAD Board, she serves on the leadership team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year Campaign in the National Capital Area Chapter. In the past, she has served on as an officer and board member of Devotion to Children, a local nonprofit, Organization of Chinese Americans – Northern Virginia Chapter (OCA-NOVA), Lansdowne Resort’s Woman Golf Association and was a nominee for Woman of the Year with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (NCA). Her greatest accomplishment is being proud mother of three children Jennifer, Cyndi and Brandon. She and her husband, Carl enjoy entertaining, football and boating.

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Will Choi

Will Choi is President and CEO of Vertical Applications Inc, a consulting company providing IT Program and Project Management services to public sector and commercial clients. Prior to founding Vertical Applications, Mr. Choi worked at AOL as Vice President of Product Management and has considerable experience in global product management, program management, software development, offshoring, and business process streamlining and automation. Mr. Choi graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Economics and earned his Master of Science in Information Systems Technology from the George Washington University.

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Smita Dutta

Smita Dutta is a Senior Marketing Manager on IBM’s Cloud team, focused on developing communities around a product, Bluemix. She has spent over 10 years at IBM with roles in consulting, project management and product management as well as key roles in integrating acquisitions. Ms. Dutta graduated from the University of Dallas cum laude with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.A. in History, and has an M.A. in History of Science from the Johns Hopkins University and received her M.B.A. from Yale University’s School of Management. Prior to joining AALEAD, Ms. Dutta had been active with the Girl Scouts of the National Capital Area including being a Junior Girl Scout troop leader for many years. She lives in Arlington with her husband and daughter.

Steve Hsu

Steve Hsu

Steve Hsu has served as a mentor for a current AALEAD middle school youth in DC for over three years for AALEAD’s Mentoring Program.  In addition, he has been involved with AALEAD by volunteering for the Summer Program at Thomson Elementary School as well as sharing his experiences at AALEAD’s Aspire to LEAD events.  Outside of AALEAD, Steve is active in the Asian American professional community. Since 2012, Steve has been a management consultant with PwC in their Financial Services Advisory practice, specializing in risk management.  Prior to his career in consulting, he worked at J.P. Morgan in various roles in fixed income operations. Steve graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Finance and earned an M.B.A. from Georgetown University.

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Shaun Wei Tjia Ng

Shaun Wei Tjia Ng currently heads up the multi-asset class services function at the World Bank Treasury Asset Management business. He also serves as the Chair of the Subject Matter Experts focus group on accounting issues related to foreign reserves for Central Banks around the world. Shaun brings with him more than 20 years of diverse experience in the finance industry. Prior to joining the World Bank, Shaun was a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. He holds a First Class Honors degree with the University of Manchester, UK and received the Academic Excellence Award in the Graduate Finance program at the George Washington University in the US. He is also a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Shaun currently serves as a mentor within the World Bank Youth-to-Youth (YtoY) organization. Shaun enjoys family time, staff development, leading high performing teams, yoga and basketball.

Nina Un

Nina Un

Nina Un rediscovered her passion for volunteerism and non-profit work while a stay-at-home mom. She is a supporter of numerous charitable organizations and is an active volunteer in the community. In addition to her commitment to AALEAD, Nina is a founder of Care To Lunch, a charity-focused lunched series in Tyson’s Corner and also co-founded Jade Philanthropy Society to encourage leadership and local philanthropy by Asian Americans in the metropolitan area. Professionally, Nina began her investment consulting career in 1997 with Cambridge Associates and was most recently a Group Director at Morgan Stanley. Nina is currently a financial advisor with The Juergensen Group at Merrill Lynch. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, food and friends, and watching her boys play baseball. Nina resides in McLean with her husband and their two sons.

Karen Urcia

Karen Urcia

Karen Urcia joined Renner and Company in 2003. She specializes in auditing, accounting and tax services to trade associations, public charities, scientific organizations, federal award recipients, schools, and other not-for-profit organizations. Ms. Urcia also works with closely held businesses and their owners. In addition to providing traditional accounting and tax services to clients, Ms. Urcia has developed substantial expertise in such areas as tax planning, financial reporting, financial projections and budgeting and can also assist clients with QuickBooks to better maintain business records. She provides services in Tax Exempt, Individual, Partnership, Corporation and S Corporation tax return preparations. Ms. Urcia is actively involved in organizing several tax related seminars for both businesses and not-for-profit organizations throughout the year that are sponsored by the firm. She has also stepped in with training and development of new and current staff members within the firm. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband.

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Ki Wilson

Ki Wilson is a Director of the Global Network Field Operations for the Verizon Potomac South region. In his present assignment, he leads a multi-discipline team responsible for delivery of Voice, Data, and Video products and services for domestic and global customers throughout Potomac market segment. Ki has over three decades of telecommunications experience, including 10-year tenure in the United States Air Force prior to joining the former Bell Atlantic Company of Virginia in 1990. Originally from South Korea, Ki holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and Executive Leadership Development Certificate from Wharton-Penn University. Ki currently serves on the board of Verizon Asian Pacific Employees for Excellence (APEX) Employee Resource Group and Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Washington Metropolitan area.