Jerome B. Grieder
Terrill E. Lautz
William F. McCalpin
Shirley L. Mow
Jane S. Permaul, President Emeritus
Russell A. Phillips
Stuyvesant Wainwright III
Leighton Chan, M.D.
Leighton Chan, M.D. is the Chair of the Lingnan Foundation Board of Trustees, and has served on the Board since 2015. He received his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College and his M.D. degree from the UCLA School of Medicine. He received residency training in PM&R at the University of Washington. Subsequently, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar Fellowship, earned an M.P.H. at the University of Washington School of Public Health and was a Congressional Fellow for the Honorable Jim McDermott (Washington). Dr. Chan has concentrated his research efforts on studying the health care and social services provided to individuals with disabilities. He is currently a tenured senior scientist and Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. (Note: Dr. Chan serves on the Lingnan Foundation Board in a personal capacity.) Over the course of his career, he has published several landmark studies examining the impact of disability on access to health care. His research has resulted in more than 100 peer reviewed articles, including 10 in JAMA, Lancet and NEJM. Dr. Chan’s awards include the Young Academician Award from the Association of Academic Physiatrists, two outstanding teacher awards from the University of Washington School of Medicine and four NIH Director’s Awards. He is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Archives of PM&R. In 2007, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine (National Academy of Medicine).
Chi-Chao Chan, M.D. has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2008 and is currently the Vice Chair of the Board. Dr. Chan is an American board certified ophthalmologist; a Scientist Emerita of the National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA; and a Visiting Professor and honorary Director of Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center Research Institute, Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), China. She studied at Zhongshan Medical College (1961-1967). Dr. Chan received her bachelor (B.A., 1972) and medical doctorate (M.D., 1975) from Johns Hopkins University, completed ophthalmology residency at Stanford University Medical Center (1976-1979) and two post-doctoral fellowships: ophthalmic pathology at the Wilmer Eye Institute (1979-1982) and uveitis at NEI (1982-1987). She then served as the Head of Immunopathology Section in the Laboratory of Immunology and the Chief of Histopathology Core at NEI. Dr. Chan has published more than 660 papers in SCI journals, 56 book chapters, and two books. She is on the editorial board of 22 journals. Her work has uncovered various aspects of uveitis (molecular, clinical pathology and immunopathology), primary vitreoretinal lymphoma (diagnosis) and age-related macular degeneration (molecular pathology and mouse model). Dr. Chan has received many honors and awards, including AAO Senior Achievement Award, ARVO Gold Fellow, NIH Director Award, IUSG Gold Medal, Outstanding Achievement Award in Ophthalmology and Vision Research for Oversea Chinese from COS, and Special Recognition from the CAST President. Dr. Chan retired in 2015. NEI hosted a Festschrift for her.
Harold W. Hewitt, Jr.
Harold W. Hewitt, Jr. is the current Treasurer of the Lingnan Foundation Board of Trustees, and has served on the Board since 2016. He has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Chapman University in Orange, California since 2007. His prior service includes: CFO for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, VP and CFO of Occidental College in Los Angeles, and VP and CFO of Whittier College. Harold’s current responsibilities include the management of Chapman’s Financial Services and Budgeting, Legal Affairs, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Public Safety, Risk Management, Internal Audit, Dining Services, and Bookstore Operations. He is primary staff to the Chapman University Board of Trustees’ Finance and Budget Committee, Investment Committee, and Audit Committee. He is a past member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Board of Directors, and past chair of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, the regional accreditor for California and Hawaii 4-year and graduate institutions. Harold currently serves on the WASC Review Committee. His involvement with the Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO) is substantial and includes the following:
- Past president of WACUBO (2014-15)
- Chair of the WACUBO Business Partner Steering Committee (current)
- Member of the WACUBO Finance Committee (current)
- Member of the WACUBO Board of Directors (current)
- Chair of the Host Committee for the WACUBO 2018 Annual Conference in Anaheim
Leslie E. Wong
Leslie E. Wong is the current Secretary of the Lingnan Foundation Board of Trustees. He has served on the Board since July 2019 having recently ended his as president of San Francisco State University. Upon his arrival at SF State, he co-chaired the now completed strategic planning process that produced a value driven roadmap to advance the university’s goals. He also launched SF State’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign to provide the resources necessary to support the needs of SF State students in the 21st century as well as the innovative research and creative projects of SF State students and faculty. Dr. Wong serves on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Council and the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Board of Governors Committee to Promote Cultural Diversity and Equity. He served on the National Collegiate Athletics Association’s Division II President’s Council for three years. Dr. Wong has received a number of national and community awards including the 2014 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) President's Award for Leadership and Contributions in Higher Education as well as the Region VI National Association of Student Personnel Association (NASPA) President’s award. He is also a member of the prestigious Committee of 100, a national and international organization with the dual mission of advancing constructive dialogue and relationships between the United States and Greater China, and advocating for Chinese American rights in the United States. Prior to his appointment at San Francisco State in 2012, Dr. Wong served as President of Northern Michigan University. Earlier in his career he held executive leadership positions at Valley City State University, the University of Southern Colorado and Evergreen State College. Dr. Wong holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Gonzaga University, a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Eastern Washington University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Washington State University. He maintains research interests in educational technology, academic assessment and the role of underrepresented minorities in the academy.
Shenyu G. Belsky has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2010. She is program director for the Southern China portion of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s Pivotal Place program, where her work focuses on environment and health, energy and climate, and community leadership. Prior to joining the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Ms. Belsky served as a senior program director at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations where she developed and implemented a wide range of programs addressing critical issues in contemporary China, including labor and employment, public health, civil society development and education. Ms. Belsky also served as a consultant for a series of China-related documentaries broadcast on PBS. Earlier in her career, she taught English as a foreign language, and held staff positions with several community organizations that provide language training, health care and other services to immigrant populations. Ms. Belsky was raised in Guangzhou and Shanghai, and educated in China and Australia. She is an advisor to a number of Chinese and international organizations.
Kenyon Chan, Ph.D.
Kenyon Chan, Ph.D. has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2009 and is Chair of the Grants/Program Committee. He is Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Washington where he led the Bothell campus. As Chancellor, he more than doubled the student enrollment, developed science and technology degree programs and added significantly to the infrastructure of the campus. Formerly, he was Vice President and Dean of the College at Occidental College and served as Interim President as well. He also served as Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University. He is an expert in university strategic planning, university innovation, diversity, university fund raising, and educational reform. He is well versed in student advising, student support services, and student residential life issues. Dr. Chan is an educational psychologist and focuses his scholarly research on the impact of culture on student learning. He has written about Asian Americans in higher education as well.
Madeline Y. Hsu
Madeline Y. Hsu is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin and core faculty in the Center for Asian American Studies. She was born in Columbia, Missouri but grew up in Taiwan and Hong Kong between visits with her grandparents at their store in Altheimer, Arkansas. She received her undergraduate degrees in History from Pomona College and PhD from Yale University. Her first book was Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration between the United States and South China, 1882-1943 (Stanford University Press, 2000). Her most recent monograph, The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became the Model Minority (Princeton University Press, 2015), received awards from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, and the Association for Asian American Studies. Her third book, Asian American History: A Very Short Introduction was published by Oxford University Press in 2016 and the co-edited anthology, A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered: U.S. Society in an Age of Restriction, 1924-1965 is forthcoming in 2019 from the University of Illinois Press. She is president of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and vice-president of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas.
Li Ling has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since December 2017. He is Senior Advisor - East Asia at the Open Society Foundations. From 2009 until September 2021, Ling directed the Luce Scholars Program, Henry Luce Foundation’s flagship fellowship program, and concurrently served in a grantmaking role for the Foundation’s Asia Program. Previously he served as the director of transnational initiatives at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and practiced law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, both in New York. He also worked for the International Organization for Migration, a U.N. agency, as a program officer in its Geneva Headquarters and Washington, D.C. and Vienna Missions. A native of Wuhan, China, Ling studied at the Institute of International Relations in Beijing from 1988-1991 and returned to Beijing in 1996 to serve as the Special Assistant to the Bureau Chief of the New York Times. He has a B.A. in comparative literature from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in international relations from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from Columbia University Law School. Ling has translated books on art and literature for a Chinese audience, including The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa by Michael Kimmelman, and Confessions of a Young Novelist by Umberto Eco.
Sikee Louie has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2014. He graduated from Hong Kong Lingnan Middle School in 1966, came to the U.S. and obtained a Master of Science in Systems Management from U.S.C. Mr. Louie was employed by Hughes Aircraft Co. (now Raytheon Co.) on multiple air defense projects, and at the same time ran a publishing company spanning 23 years with wife Alice. He served a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization as chairperson of KCBA, Inc. and as adviser to overseas Chinese affairs with ROC and to some extent PROC. A dedicated Lingnanian, he initiated and organized the very first Lingnan Global Reunion in 2005 and the 2008 reunion held in Hong Kong. Mr. Louie also served as chairman of Lingnan Inc., president and adviser of Lingnan Alumni Association in Los Angeles, and has supported the Chan Fellows Program in Los Angeles since its program inception.
Michael Z. Qiu
Michael Z. Qiu, J.D. has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2015. At present, he is Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Proctor & Gamble Company in charge of Global Brand Protection, Legal Division in Asia and Pacific region including Greater China. He is a standing member of P&G Global Business Leadership Committee, and a board director for several Asia Pacific legal entities. Mr. Qiu joined P&G in January 1995 as a Regional Legal Manager in Hong Kong; he moved to P&G global legal division in Cincinnati, Ohio as Senior Counsel in 1997. He was appointed as Director and General Counsel for P&G Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) in 1999, taking up regional General Counsel role for P&G Asia region in 2006. Mr. Qiu was appointed Vice President & General Counsel – Asia in 2009, and took additional global brand protection responsibility in 2015. Prior to joining P&G, he had seven years of legal experience respectively with China Ministry of Commerce in Beijing, Baker & Mackenzie in Chicago and Lyons, Brandt, Cook & Hiramastu in Honolulu. He taught as Visiting Professor at University of International Business & Economics from 2008 to 2011. Mr. Qiu has obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics in China, a master of law degree (LL.M.) and a juris doctor (J.D.) degree in the U.S. He was admitted to Hawaii Bar in 1992, American Bar Association in 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1996, and U.S. Court of International Trade in 1996. He was registered as International Lawyer in Hong Kong in 1994.
Lynn Pasquerella, PhD
Lynn Pasquerella has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since late 2016. Lynn Pasquerella has been president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities since July 2016. A philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, she has continuously demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to ensuring that all students have access to excellence in liberal education, regardless of their socioeconomic background. Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University. She joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island in 1985, rising rapidly through the ranks to the positions of vice provost for research, vice provost for academic affairs, and dean of the graduate school. In 2008, she was named provost of the University of Hartford. In 2010, she was appointed the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella’s presidency of Mount Holyoke was marked by a robust strategic planning process; outreach to local, regional, and international constituencies; and a commitment to a vibrant campus community.
Denzil J. Suite
Denzil Suite started serving as a Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation in 2017. Dr. Suite, Vice President for Student Life, joined the University of Washington in July 2013. In that capacity, he provides leadership and direction for strategic planning, assessment, and staff development for a comprehensive division of student programs and services. He leads a team of approximately 1,000 professionals in creating and maintaining a healthy campus environment through services, programs, and innovative learning experiences beyond the classroom, and through a highly collaborative relationship with other senior UW leaders. Prior to joining UW, he served as Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Southern California where he had oversight responsibilities for over 20 departments in the division. He also served and as an Associate Professor for Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. He taught master’s level courses on Student Development, the History of Higher Education, and on Intervention Strategies. Suite earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in Education from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in Policy and Organization from the University of Southern California. His research for his doctorate centered on factors affecting student success in college. He is especially interested in how students from differing backgrounds are affected by the college environment. He chose this topic because of his long-standing commitment to college students and their success. Dr. Suite has worked professionally in student affairs for over 20 years and has held positions of responsibility at UC Berkeley, Cal State L.A., and UC Santa Cruz. He is the recipient of numerous awards from national, local, and student organizations. Among his many professional endeavors, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and as an accreditation reviewer for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Chui L. Tsang
Chui L. Tsang, Ph.D. has served on the Lingnan Foundation Board of Trustees since 2010. Dr. Tsang recently retired from the presidency of Santa Monica College, a California college which enrolls about 35,000 students. Under his nine-plus years of steady leadership the school was able to navigate several severe unstable State funding cutbacks. He was credited with the creation of numerous high-demand new majors, including the cutting-edge B.A. degree in Interaction Design, and fostered excellent relations both within the college and with the greater community. With a Ph.D. in linguistics from Stanford, he has taught at Stanford University, De Anza College, and San Francisco State University, and published in the fields of linguistics, education and workforce training. Previously, he served as president of San Jose City College for nine years. Dr. Tsang grew up in Hong Kong and came to the U.S. after high school graduation to pursue his college education. He lives in the San Francisco area and is active in the local community.
Michael Woo, Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2007 and Chair of the Nominating Committee, brings a unique background in public service, urban planning and place-making to his role as Dean of the College of Environmental Design at Cal Poly Pamona. He was the first trained urban planner and the first Asian American elected to the Los Angeles City Council. Representing a diverse constituency of 235,000 people in Hollywood and surrounding neighborhoods, Woo spearheaded the Hollywood Redevelopment Plan, which laid the groundwork for Hollywood's current revitalization; played a key role in choosing the route and station locations of the Metro Red Line subway; and made decisions on numerous development proposals and neighborhood controversies. In the aftermath of the notorious 1991 beating of Rodney King, Woo was the first official in Los Angeles City Hall to demand a change of leadership in the Los Angeles Police Department, and was one of the city’s leaders seeking to calm race relations after urban violence broke out in 1992. He gave up his Council seat after eight years to become one of 24 candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles in 1993, ultimately receiving 46 percent of the citywide vote and a second-place finish in the citywide run-off election. Dean Woo’s leadership roles include chairing the boards of Smart Growth America, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. He was invited to join the California Parks Forward Commission to help develop new directions for the California State Parks system, and secured funding from the Resources Legacy Fund to involve Cal Poly Pomona Architecture students in developing new designs for cabins to appeal to millennials and urban residents. Dean Woo was a member of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission for six years, during which he was the earliest advocate for the historic overturning of city skyline policy requiring flat roofs on tall buildings. A native of Los Angeles, Woo received his B.A. in Politics and Urban Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and earned his Master of City Planning degree from University of California at Berkeley. He was a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Hong-Yuen Tommy Woo was elected in May 2022 as the newest member to the Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation. He currently serves as Senior Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis and Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Cathay Bank, a commercial bank headquartered in Los Angeles, California, as publicly traded through its bank holding company Cathay General Bancorp (Nasdaq: CATY). Woo began his career in public accounting at KPMG, LLP, and has more than 35 years of finance and accounting experience in financial institutions. Prior to his current role, he served as the Chief Financial Officer for three community banks with a proven track record of guiding them towards record profitability. In 2006, he co-founded a community bank and raised $14 million in equity, which subsequently merged with another regional bank. Woo grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in pursuit of higher education. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration from Louisiana State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant in California and Louisiana.
Henry Yu, Principal, St. John’s College and Associate Professor of History at British Columbia University (UBC). He was born in Vancouver, B.C., and grew up in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island. He received his bachelor of arts degree in Honors History from UBC and a masters and doctorate degrees in History from Princeton University. After teaching at UCLA for a decade, Yu returned to UBC as an Associate Professor of History to help build programs focused on trans-Pacific Canada. Yu himself is both a second and fourth generation Canadian. His parents were first generation immigrants from China, joining a grandfather who had spent almost his entire life in Canada. His great-grandfather was also an early Chinese pioneer in British Columbia, part of a larger networks of migrants who left Zhongshan county in Guangdong province in South China and settled around the Pacific in places such as Australia, New Zealand, Hawai’i, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the United States, and Canada. Prof. Yu’s book, Thinking Orientals: Migration, Contact, and Exoticism in Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2001) won the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize as the Most Distinguished Book of 2001.
Gary Zeng has served as Trustee of the Board of the Lingnan Foundation since 2012. He is an associate in Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Hong Kong office. His practice focuses on dispute resolution and internal investigations for corporate clients. Mr. Zeng also has extensive experience in China-related mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. Prior to his current position, he served as an attorney at Winston & Strawn, Hong Kong. He serves on the Executive Committee of the W.T. Chan Fellows Association. He earned LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Sun Yat-Sen University and a LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law. Mr. Zeng speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.