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Staff

Genevieve Jopanda, Executive Director

Genevieve JopandaGenevieve is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has been feeding her passion for community advocacy for the past 15 years. Her professional experience includes over 10 years of leadership development and business operations management for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Hertz Corporation as South Santa Clara County Regional Manager and Northern California General Manager for Zipcar, Inc. car sharing company.

In 2008, she left corporate negotiations and management to join the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce as its Programs, Events, and Marketing Director working with high profile accounts such as Google, Facebook, IDEO, HP, Stanford, Microsoft, and Tesla.

In 2010, she took the leap into politics and was hired by Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Fiona Ma as a District Representative to serve as a liaison to North San Mateo County and the Asian & Pacific Islander American community with policy focus on High Speed Rail & Transportation, Small Business, Domestic Violence, and Hepatitis B.

She also holds the positions of Filipino American Art’s Exposition’s Pistahan Festival Director, Director, of the Filipino Women’s Network‘s production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues”, the first all Asian Pacific Islander American cast to help raise money to benefit Domestic Violence Women’s Shelters, advisor to Soulciety.org non-profit organization, Northern California Vice Chair for the Filipino American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, Vice Chair for Region 8 of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, Founding Member and National Co-Chair of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress, and Daly City Park & Recreation Commissioner.

Genevieve is excited to combine her experience in business operations, leadership development, and community advocacy towards the mission of SF Hep B Free by making San Francisco the first Hep B Free city in the nation.

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Francisco H. Hsieh
SF Hep B Free Ambassadors

Franciso H. HsiehFrancisco H. Hsieh was serving a four-year term on the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs to advise the Governor and Legislature on issues affecting the state's Asian and Pacific Islander community. Previously he was a member of the California World Trade Commission, representing the State of California in a WTO Multi-city Forum in China discussing strategies for business development and diplomatic relations. Mr. Hsieh also served on the California Transportation Advisory Board, making recommendations on statewide transit improvement and development policies.

Mr. Hsieh actively promotes San Francisco internationally as a member of the San Francisco-Shanghai Sister City Committee and as former co-chair on the San Francisco-Taipei Sister City Committee. Presently, Mr. Hsieh is a political and business consultant, with clients at the local, state and federal levels. He has advised candidates such as Governor Gray Davis, Congressman Mike Honda, Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., and San Francisco Supervisor Fiona Ma in a variety of capacities, including media relations, community outreach, and fundraising.


Dr. Daisy Saw
SF Hep B Free Ambassadors

Daisy SawDaisy Saw is the immediate past Chair of the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies. She was the Chair of the Department of Pathology and Clinical Laboratories at New York Hospital Queens, and Associate Professor of Pathology, Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Saw is Board certified in the USA, UK, Australia and Hong Kong.

After graduation from the Rangoon Medical College, Burma, she did her residency in Pathology in Hong Kong and completed a Fellowship in Oncologic Pathology at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

In 1978, Dr. Saw became the Chair of Pathology and Director of Laboratories at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Hong Kong, a position she held until 1986.

Because of her broad experience in Clinical and Anatomic Pathology, she was recruited by Technicon Instruments Corporation, NY, where she worked from 1986 to 1989. She then joined New York University as Associate Professor of Pathology, and in 1991, joined the Department of Pathology at New York Hospital Queens, formerly Booth Memorial Hospital. She was appointed Chair of the Department in March 2004. Dr. Saw has published 50 full length papers and 20 abstracts and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She became the President of the Chinese American Medical Society (2001-2003), having served on the board in various capacities for 10 years. She is on the Advisory Board of the American Cancer Society, Asian Initiative, and because of her commitment and dedication to the community was honored by the ACS.


ADA LIEN
SF Hep B Free Community Ambassadors

Ada LienAda was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from Lowell High School in 2008 and went on to study Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB) at the University of California, Davis. She graduated from UC Davis in 2012 with a B.S. in NPB and a minor in Music. As an undergraduate at UC Davis, Ada participated in various medical outreaches and free clinics in the Sacramento area. She volunteered her time as a Patient Advocate for Paul Hom Asian Clinic, a free student-run clinic based in Sacramento in collaboration with UC Davis School of Medicine. There, she helped provide free medical care while translating in Cantonese and Mandarin between patients and doctors who had language barriers. Ada also served as the Vice President of Programming for Phi Delta Epsilon (CA Kappa Chapter), a professional medical fraternity, where she led many philanthropic and community service projects for Childrenís Miracle Network at the UC Davis Childrenís Hospital. Ada is currently working as the case manager for the Perinatal Hepatitis B Program for the San Francisco Department of Public Health. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a double-masters in Physician Assistant and Public Health. She is passionate about community outreach and service, and is looking forward to work with SF Hep B Free to help bring San Francisco one step closer to being a hepatitis B free community.


ASHLEY TSANG
SF Hep B Free Community Ambassadors

Ashley TsangAshley Tsang is currently a nursing student at San Francisco State University. Professionally, one of her goals is to become a pediatric registered nurse. Prior to nursing school, she worked as a medical assistant/receptionist at a private medical clinic which exposed her to opportunities for patient education. Her professional work coupled with experiences through nursing school rotations and volunteer opportunities have inspired Ashley to actively seek and participate in public health projects. That was when she discovered SF Hep B Free and joined their team.

Ashley was extremely excited to learn about SF Hep B Free especially because she was diagnosed with hepatitis b at 21 years-old. Learning about the mysterious condition was an unsettling experience for her. She was shocked, devastated, and confused. She wished she had access to an organization such as, SF Hep B Free, that could have helped catch the disease earlier and access information about hepatitis b. SF Hep B Free has become an avenue to educate the public about screening and immunization for hepatitis b. It has become a way to reach out to people who do not know they have hepatitis b.

Ashley is thrilled to continue her outreach work with SF Hep B Free alongside Genevieve, Eric, and Ada which she believes is an incredible team with great hearts.


ERIC PAI
SF Hep B Free Community Ambassadors

Eric PaiEric Pai recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Integrative Biology. His particular interests are in primary care and community health, as he plans on applying to medical school in the future to become a practicing physician. Eric was first introduced to SF Hep B Free through working with Asianweek Foundation on the Clinician Honor Roll program. After being a part of and feeling the passion that the partners and advocates in the Hep B community have, he couldnít help but become invested in the cause. Eric does have relatives who suffer from liver disease and Hepatitis B, but is also fueled by the stories he has heard of lost loved ones, of those undergoing treatment, and especially of those whose lives have been saved because they heard about SF Hep B Free and got tested/vaccinated/treated.

In addition to being a Community Ambassador, Eric is also currently doing research at UCSF in Dr. Jody Baronís lab, learning more about the immunopathogenesis of Hepatitis B. In SF Hep B Free Eric wants to create and implement ways in which patients, citizens, healthcare organizations, and community leaders can come together to be even more effective in reaching out to those at risk and connecting them to care. Eric strongly believes in the campaign, and in the tangible difference we can make in peopleís lives.


Colin McGlynn
University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing
MS/Advanced Practice Public Health Nurse Program Partner

Colin McGlynnColin is currently a registered nurse and a graduate student at the University of California, San Francisco pursing a Masterís Degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Advanced Practice Public Health Nursing. Advanced practice public health nurses combine clinical nursing science with the population focus of public health to address the health problems of whole communities. With coursework in epidemiology, statistics and data management, health policy and community health program planning, Colin will assist the SF Hep B Free program with analysis and compilation of screening data as well as with community outreach.

Prior to his studies at UCSF, Colin received his Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health in 2008. From 2008 to 2010 he worked as a Program Coordinator for State Coverage Initiatives, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which provides technical assistance to state officials in planning and implementing health care and insurance reform. He researched and helped write articles on topics regarding health insurance coverage, access, and financing, as well as managing correspondence with various state health officials and engaging in event planning.

Colin is eager to use his skills to further the mission of SF Hep B Free to eliminate Hepatitis B in San Francisco.

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