Governance Council

The Governance Council is made up of passionate individuals from various sectors of the community. They use their knowledge and experience to provide overall guidance towards achieving SF Hep B Free’s organization goals and work with the Executive Director to drive SF Hep B Free -

Stuart Fong

Stuart Fong has been with SF Hep B Free from the beginning working with Dr. Samuel So, Ted Fang and Janet Zola. For 18 years he worked as a hospital administrator at Chinese Hospital, a Chinatown-based community hospital.  Stuart served as a critical medical partner to provide culturally appropriate care to Asian patients infected with hepatitis B.  Since then he has continued to stay heavily involved in hepatitis B education, awareness and linkage to care. 


Vanita Louie

Vanita Louie is proud to call herself a San Francisco native.  Having held various seats on major airline boards, her 29-year career in travel industry paved the way for many other entrepreneurs.  She has been honored and recognized as a beacon of light and a fearless leader in the community.  She is very excited to serve as a member of the Governance Council of Hep B Free.

Francis Tsang

Francis Tsang currently serves works in Communications for SFO International Airport and formerly as the Deputy Press Secretary for San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. He was also the Deputy Press Secretary for Mayor Gavin Newsom, and also served in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services as Mayor Newsom’s Liaison for District 3, 4, and the Asian American Community.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Francis holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Public Health.


Arcadi Kolchak

Arcadi was the former Executive Director of SF Hep B Free and is happy to join the board and continue guiding the organization. He formerly ran Santa Clara County's Hep B Free and  now works in public relations for Kaiser Permanente.

Alan Wang

Alan Wang is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist who covered the Bay Area for more than a decade. As an anchor at ABC7 News, he helped guide his audience through breaking local, national and international news coverage. Early in his career, Alan discovered that he has chronic hepatitis B. He later realized all three of his siblings were infected at birth and two of his uncles likely died from hepatitis B-related liver cancer. But only after Alan’s own struggles with hep B did he decide to speak publicly about his experiences with this deadly virus. Today he’s one of a few public speaking patients with a goal of creating more awareness about vaccinations and screening to help save lives. The film “Be About It” features the lives of Alan and another Bay Area man as they deal with their personal struggles and their battle against hepatitis B.

Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee serves on the Millbrae City Council and has been the Mayor of Millbrae in San Mateo County twice, serving on the City Council since 2011. Prior to his election, Wayne was on the Millbrae Planning Commission for six years, serving as the Commission’s Chair in 2008. Before his time with the city of Millbrae, Wayne worked as an environmental engineer in both the private and public sectors for 28 years.​ Wayne has also been a passionate supporter of hepatitis B and liver cancer awareness and prevention having lost his father to the disease. Since then he has spearheaded the effort to bring the Hep B Free campaign to San Mateo County and engage community,  government and business stakeholders.

Katie Burk

Katie is the Viral Hepatitis Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of Public Health where she oversees hepatitis programming and works on related drug user health-related issues. Prior to her employment at SFDPH, Ms. Burk worked as a Capacity-Building Program Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she worked nationally to expand syringe access service provision, and as a Program Evaluator at Public Health Seattle & King County’s Health Care for the Homeless team. Ms. Burk started her career as a case manager for San Franciscans living with HIV.

Amy Shen Tang

Amy Shen Tang, MD is a primary care internist and the Director of Immigrant Health at North East Medical Services (NEMS) in San Francisco. Dr. Tang began volunteering with SF Hep B Free back in 2006 as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. Before NEMS she served as the Hepatitis B Program Director at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in New York City where she also served as Advocacy Chair for the NYC Hep B Coalition and Co-Chair for the National Task Force on Hepatitis B.  Dr. Tang has a strong interest in building primary care capacity for chronic hepatitis B management and liver cancer surveillance and led the development of  simplified hepatitis B management guidance for primary care providers. She is glad to be back with SF Hep B Free Bay Area where her passion for addressing hepatitis B as an immigrant health disparity began!  

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Advisory Board

The Advisory Board is made up of the Co-founders of SF Hep B Free and serves to provide general guidance to the Governance Council and Executive Director.  

Ted Fang

Ted Fang is a co-founder of the Hep B Free campaign. He is the Executive Director of the AsianWeek Foundation which also produces the annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, the largest one-day gathering of Asians in America. Fang’s work is to bring community together. 

Fang has a degree in Ethnic Studies and is passionate about community and diversity. He served as chairperson for Mobilization Against AIDS, and as director for the Chinese American Democratic Club and the Bay to Breakers Foundation. Fang has led The San Francisco Examiner, AsianWeek and the Independent Newspaper Group. He sat on the executive committee of the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association and was a founding director of the California Free Press Association. He was a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association and New American Media. 

Fang is a Co-Founder and Steering Committee member of the San Francisco Hep B Free campaign, the largest collaborative effort ever in the APIA community. Hep B Free - Bay Area seeks to set a national model for overcoming hepatitis B disease. It is a systemwide approach for prevention of this deadly disease.

Founding Member

Janet Zola

Janet served as the Health Education Specialist in Communicable Disease Prevention at the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health for 25 years, culminating her career with the co-founding and development of San Francisco Hep B Free. Her achievements include being the first recipient of the National "Rock in the Pond" Award for her work in hepatitis B prevention, development and implantation of the 3 For Life project,  founding the San Francisco Immunization Coalition, producing the Senior Theatre Education Program as part of the Medication Education for Seniors program under her direction, 10 years as an instructor in Health Education at San Francisco State University, as well as many years developing and delivering training in family planning and women's health issues.

Now in retirement, Ms. Zola continues to serve as a valued advisor to the SF Hep B Free - Bay Area leadership, offering insight and a historical perspective as the campaign moves forward with its mission. Her passion for public health advocacy, and hepatitis awareness, has not diminished.

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Dr. Samuel So

Dr. Samuel So is the Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine and Professor of Surgery at Stanford University. He is the founder and director of the non-profit Asian Liver Center. Dr. So is spearheading a multidisciplinary effort with the goal of eliminating hepatitis B worldwide and reduce the threat of liver cancer.  He serves as a special advisor on viral hepatitis to the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region, and is the author of over 150 peer reviewed articles. His current bench research efforts focus on the discovery and evaluation of better diagnostic tests and treatments for liver cancer.

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Honorary Chairperson

Fiona Ma serves as our Honorary Chairperson. For a decade, since her time in the California State Assembly, State Treasurer Fiona Ma has been a dedicated hepatitis B warrior. As a chronically infected individual, and advocate for the community, she saw the importance of bringing awareness to hepatitis B. To this day she continues to push to improve education, prevention and treatment around the disease. 

Fiona Ma

I am proud to work with the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign in helping to educate and raise awareness among the general public about this deadly disease. It is through knowledgeabout hepatitis B prevention and treatment that we can stop most liver cancers, which are caused by the Hep B virus.


As a person who has chronic Hep B infection, I know how important it is to know one's status. I encourage everyone to get tested as soon as possible. The hepatitis B virus is known as the "silent killer" because there are often no symptoms. By the time symptoms do show, it is often too late to take advantage of the manytreatment options.


Those who test negative for hepatitis B infection can get a vaccination for lifelong protection. Those who are chronically infected need simple medical check-ups to prevent the Hep B virus from developing into liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. By taking these steps, we can rid San Francisco of hepatitis B. We can set a model for the nation and be an inspiration to efforts around the globe in eradicating Hep B.


It all starts with you. Get screened, vaccinated and treated if necessary. Use the information in this news section to educate yourself about the things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Talk to your family and friends about Hep B and help them to get screened. By working together, we can all be Hep B Heroes and make San Francisco free of hepatitis B!


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