Amy Wu is a tutor in the UEAA English Enrichment program and a member of the Citi Asian Pacific Heritage Network-NYC. Amy is currently a Vice President within Citi Commission Management Services, an equities product area within Citi Global Markets Inc. Amy has been with Citi for 3 years. Prior to Citi, Amy was employed at Verizon Investment Management Corporation. Amy is a graduate of Pace University and received her MBA at New York University. She enjoys volunteering and giving-back to the community. Her hobbies are traveling, cooking and reading. Amy resides in Sunnyside, New York.
Since graduating from the NY Chinese School located in the heart of Chinatown, Diana Koo has been involved with the Asian American Youth Center and currently enjoys the role of one of the primary tutors of United East Athletic Association. Diana also graduated from New York University with an East Asian Studies major. She is fluent in Cantonese, Hakka and Toishan (hopefully Mandarin as well one day). Diana is currently an administrative assistant of Credit Suisse Securities. She enjoys being active in the Chinese community, taking long walks in the City, going to the gym and absolutely loves trying out new cuisines!
Dominic So graduated from Georgetown University in 2006 and has been working for Citigroup in New York for the past two years. He’s originally from Los Angeles and has been volunteering with English Enrichment since February 2008.
Eugene Lai works at Citigroup as an IT worker since joining the company over ten years ago. Hoping to turn over a new leaf, he arrived in New York City over two decades ago after graduating from a local college. He received his education in information technology from Baruch College. As part of giving back to a local community, he works as a volunteer tutor at UEAA. Other than listening to a wide range of music, he enjoys photography (including video), Internet surfing and bargain hunting especially on PC related products.
I-Min Chen came from Taiwan over 20 years ago, after graduating from Taiwan University and serving in the Marines for two years, to study and receive a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Queens College. While working full time at Drexel Burnham Lambert, a Wall St. firm, he pursued his Ph.D. dream for three and a half years but dropped out to care for his newborn baby who is now a college student. He has worked for Merrill Lynch for 13 years as a Database Administrator and VP / Project Manager in the IT (Information Technology) field. Currently, he has been working in Citigroup for four years as an AVP / Database Specialist and serves as the Outreach Chair of Asian Pacific Heritage Network-NYC. He has enjoyed leading a team of Citi’s volunteers to support the EE program since fall of 2007 and volunteered over 300 hours himself in 2007 for a senior center, American Cancer Society – Asian Initiatives and Chinatown Manpower…etc. He is hoping to recruit a group of Citi’s volunteers to support UEAA’s Fun Fun Saturday Program in 2008.
Jacky Chan is currently a senior in NYU Polytechnic University, majoring in Digital Media. He has been a tutor for English Enrichment since the start of the program. On his free time, he likes to explore new technologies online, have a big gathering with family and friends and volunteer.
James De La Torre is 28 years old, born and raised in Manhattan, and looking forward to finishing his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting at Queens College while working at Citibank. His parents are from Ecuador; thus, James is half Native American and half Spanish. He first went to China in 2004 and ever since, he has been going back and forth teaching. He got married early this year to his love, Wu JinFeng and is looking forward to having his wife and his son come to America from China, to share in the blessings of their newly founded life. James is a Christian and has always loved charitable works. James hopes to immerse himself in anything he puts his mind on and to provide a place of comfort for his family in the process.
Joanna Ma is a rising junior at Cooper Union studying Chemical Engineering. During her free time, she enjoys ultimate frisbee, ballroom dancing, yoga, traveling, volunteering, music, photography, knitting and all sorts of things. She has been volunteering with UEAA for the past five years and absolutely loves it.
Kaity Chang graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Biochemistry and is currently working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as a research assistant. She enjoys traveling, hiking and watching movies during her free time. She looks forward to her first year in the English Enrichment program and believes it will be a very eventful time.
Maggie (Wing Yin) Leung serves as the Program Director of UEAA’s English Enrichment Program. Born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City, Maggie spent most of her childhood overcoming the language barrier. In hopes of reaching out to and assisting immigrant children like her past self, she founded the program in the fall of 2006. Maggie graduated summa cum laude from New York University in May of 2005. Upon graduation, she worked at IBM, the United Nations and APICHA (Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS) where she developed an interest in law and public health. During her free time, she enjoys gathering with her gigantic family, meeting up with friends, traveling, working out, and playing a good game of squash; Maggie is also a huge fan of sushi and can always use a dose of TVB mini-series and documentaries.
Sally Leung was born in Hong Kong and raised in New York City. She is currently a fourth year student at New York University majoring in Biology and Pre-Medicine. As a member of UEAA for the past four years, she very much enjoys volunteering and giving back to the Chinese community. In her free time, Sally also enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, eating all types of food, and, her all-time-favorite, watching TVB series.
Stella Ma is a junior at Macaulay Honors Hunter College. She is a double-major in Political Science and English. She is currently a member of CRAASH (Coalition for the Revitalization of American Asian Studies at Hunter), a student advocacy group dedicated to rejuvenating the Asian American Studies Program at Hunter College, and The Page Turners, a student book club at Macaulay Honors College. Stella is an intern at the New York City Commission to the United Nations for the fall 2008 semester.
Thomas Ng graduated from New York University with a degree in Computer Science and Economics. He currently works in the field of Information Technology at Deutsche Bank. He started volunteering as a summer science instructor with UEAA in 2006. The following year, he helped start the English Enrichment program and continues to serve as a tutor and the program’s administrator.
Vonetta Sutton is a mom of three, ages 2-12 years old, and the wife of a NYC Councilmatic Aide in Communications Direction. She has a background in management in the Retail Fashion and Restaurant Food service industries, while educated in Elementary Education and Computer Science within a City University of New York. She currently works in the Currency Management Office, Vendor/Vault Management Units at Citibank while also pursuing an undergraduate degree in accounting. She understands the Patience, Attention, and Passion necessary to impact change.