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Byeongsook Seo, Co-Chair
Byeongsook is a first generation Korean-American attorney with the law firm of Gordon & Rees LLP. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy and University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Byeongsook has followed and supported APDC and its missions for over ten years. He “sees the work of this committee to be a natural expansion of his support of APDC’s work.” “It’s critical to providing effective integrated care to APDC’s clients, which will hopefully lead to life-long benefits.” For him, “it was time to do more than simply contribute; it was time for me to get directly involved in APDC’s future.”
Christine Wanifuchi, Co-Chair
Christine has over 25 years of corporate and nonprofit experience and currently is the Chief Executive Officer of APDC. Christine has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Regis University. In 2002 she was selected as a Colorado Trust Fellow and earned her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management and completed the Nonprofit Management Fellows Program at Regis University.
Christine’s community involvement includes associations and volunteering with many organizations such as the Denver’s Commission on Aging, Denver Mayor’s Asian Advisory Council, Asian Roundtable of Colorado and the Aurora Asian Pacific Community Partnership, the Denver Buddhist Temple, Seniors Inc. Senior Companion Advisory Board, and Groundwork Denver, an environmental nonprofit agency.
Rudolph Lie, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist. His career has been in the community mental health field, in both non-profit and public sectors. Dr. Lie received his doctoral degree from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, in Clinical Psychology. He held an appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology at the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center.
Rudy has been involved with APDC from the beginning as a volunteer and consultant. Since he joined the Board about seven years ago, two issues were confronting the Board. One is mapping a future direction for APDC (Integrated Care Services) and the other is improving the service environment for our clients and staff (better facility). As Chairman of the Board of Directors, he feels that it is part of his responsibility to assist, to the best of his ability, with the Capital Campaign to make the desired facility need a reality.
Fay Matsukage is a partner with the law firm of Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings, and concentrates her practice in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters. She represents private and public companies in all stages of business development in a wide range of industries. Fay received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1976 and her juris doctor degree from the University of Denver in 1979, and is licensed to practice in both Colorado and Nevada.
She has been an APDC supporter since APDC’s founding in 1980, served on APDC’s board of directors from 2003 to 2005, and has continued to serve on its Facilities Committee since 2004. Fay had vowed to see APDC housed in a new facility and serving on the Capital Campaign Committee is the last step towards achieving this goal.
Pam Sweetser, and her husband Dan are the adoptive parents of two children; Lacey who was born in Korea in 1986 and Sam who was born in India in 1989. Her children catapulted Pam into life and career interests she never imagined. She is the founder and Executive Director of Colorado Heritage Camps, Inc., a non-profit organization that runs 10 annual heritage camps for adoptive families with children of many different backgrounds, including African/Caribbean, Cambodian, Chinese (two camps), Indian /Nepalese, Filipino, Korean, Latin American, Russian, and Vietnamese. These camps draw over 4,000 participants each summer from all across the United States and internationally. The camps are designed to foster a positive self image through cultural identity in adopted children, and a keen understanding of the child’s birth culture for the entire family. This “labor of love” has truly become a life’s work for Pam, one that never would have happened without her own wonderful children.
Daniel A. Sweetser has been practicing law in Colorado since 1986. Throughout the past 24 years he has avoided the pitfall of being “pigeon holed” into any one particular practice area. As a result Dan has developed expertise ranging from multi-million dollar business transactions to small county court litigation. He played an integral part in the development of both Coors Field and Invesco Field at Mile High, handling real estate and finance matters relative to those projects.
Dan is an adjunct professor of Agency, Partnership and LLC law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Dan was named the Colorado Lawyers Committee’s Individual of the Year for 2008 and in 2009 was awarded the Craig Barnes Democracy Award by Colorado Common Cause.
Tony is a Cambodian-American Banker and have lived in Colorado his whole life. He grew up in Longmont, Colorado and later graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder from the Leeds School of Business. He was immediately hired after graduation to work for FirstBank and have been there for the past few years. He enjoys meeting people from all walks of life as everyone has a story to tell.
Tony decided to become part of APDC capital campaign as he supports APDC and its mission. He also wants the organization to have continued success as it continues to grow. In order for APDC to have continued success, he truly believes that it needs to run a successful capital campaign and is “glad to be part of such a great team and I know we can do it!”
Paul Sung Cha is a attorney in Denver practicing in the area of intellectual property litigation. Paul is the President-Elect of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado. Paul comes from a previous background of coaching and high school teaching.
Originally from Taiwan, Lily immigrated to the U.S. almost 30 years ago with her family. Since moving to Colorado, the Shen family successfully owned and operated Littleton Heating and Air Conditioning until 2005. Lily is an active member in the local Asian community, and is a strong supporter of the performing arts. She is currently President of the Asian Roundtable of Colorado and Ambassador for Peace for the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace. In addition, she serves as President of the Colorado Chinese Club, the Colorado Chinese Evergreen Society and Summit Choir. She is also on the board of a number of organizations including and as a Fargo Community Forum, Asian Performing Arts of Colorado and APDC.