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Kansas City Asian American Health & Wellness Conference Speakers 2023

Day 1: Tuesday May 23rd

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Iris Chang, MEd, LPC, LMFT is a native of Taiwan who came to United States as adolescent. She chose a career change from B.S. in Engineering to M.M. in Business and to M.Ed. in Counseling/Behavioral Science. Iris is empathetic with life/work balance issues such as stress/time management and career transition/satisfaction. She has had extensive experience working with families with elderly, couples, individuals with disabilities or special needs, at-risk adolescents, and college students. 

Iris Chang, MEd, LPC, LMFT 是台湾人,青少年时期来到美国。她选择了 B.S. 的职业转变。工程硕士在商业和教育硕士在咨询/行为科学。 Iris 对生活/工作平衡问题有同理心,例如压力/时间管理和职业转型/满意度。她在与老人家庭、夫妇、残疾人或有特殊需要的人、高危青少年和大学生打交道方面拥有丰富的经验。

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Mike Cheung, RPh, MBA is a staff pharmacist at OptumRx Mail Order Service. Previously, he worked as the pharmacy manager at Osco Drug, a retail pharmacy store in Kansas City for 8 years. Mike serves patients with their prescription needs and provides consultation to their medication and health questions. He graduated from the School of Pharmacy at University of Missouri- Kansas City in 1997.

张学辉於 1997 年畢業於密蘇里大學堪薩斯城分校藥學院。他目前在 OptumRx Mail Order Service 擔任藥劑師。他曾在 Osco Drug 擔任藥房經理 8 年。 這是堪薩斯城的一家零售藥店。他為患者提供處方需求,並為他們的藥物和健康問題提供諮詢。

Mike Cheung, RPh, MBA 는 OptumRx Mail Order Service 의 직원 약사입니다. 이전에는 Kansas City 의 소매 약국인 Osco Drug에서 8년 동안 약국 관리자로 근무했습니다. Mike는 처방전이 필요한 환자에게 서비스를 제공하고 약물 및 건강 문제에 대한 상담을 제공합니다. 그는 1997년에 University of Missouri-Kansas City 약학대학원을 졸업했습니다.

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Eriko Her, MA, T-LPC graduated from the University of Saint Mary in December of 2022. She decided to pursue her counseling degree after acknowledging the need for mental health awareness in the Asian community. Eriko believes that the Asian community experiences a lot of mental health challenges. But it's not provided with many resources to heal from it. Therefore, she chose to become a counselor in hopes to educate others on the challenges of mental health and to provide a place for people of different ethnic origins to share their experiences. Eriko is a mom, a temporary licensed professional counselor, and an advocate for mental health. 


Eriko Her, 文学硕士, T-LPC 于 2022 年 12 月毕业于圣玛丽大学。在认识到亚洲社区需要心理健康意识后,她决定攻读咨询学位。 Eriko 认为亚裔社区经历了很多心理健康挑战。但它没有提供很多资源来治愈它。因此,她选择成为一名心理咨询师,希望能就心理健康的挑战教育他人,并为不同种族的人提供一个分享经验的场所。 Eriko 是一名母亲,一名临时持照专业顾问,也是心理健康的倡导者。

Day 2: Wednesday May 24th


John Yost, PharmD, MBA has spent many years in the pharmacy and pharmaceuticals business. After graduating with his pharmacy degree from KU, he worked in a community pharmacy and started a pharmacy in Oklahoma. He eventually sold the business to shift his career to selling pharmaceuticals for Roche Labs in Topeka. His experience launched a career in managing and training salespeople until he was
promoted to operations director, and then Regional Manager at Agouron, Warner Lambert and then Pfizer (by acquisition) in the HIV treatment space, where he spent nine years. Yost survived a few more pharmaceutical acquisitions before eventually feeling called to something greater. This calling brought him to the Church of the Resurrection where he became a pastor tasked to develop service trips here in the US. On one trip where he was vetting potential service trip locations, he stumbled onto the “Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio” in Columbus, Ohio. He was incredibly impressed with this pharmacy that served homeless and low-income people, and he saw how this organization positively impacted lives, giving people access to life-saving medications. He returned there two more times to collect more information about their operations and was filled with a new passion and purpose: bringing this charitable pharmacy concept to Kansas City. 

After much prayer and research, Yost formed a board and applied for 501(c)3 status in 2018. That’s when Pharmacy of Grace Inc. started facing obstacles. A government shutdown delayed non-profit approval until late February 2019, which prevented any possibility of grant requests. Just as Pharmacy of Grace Inc. was about to receive funding to start construction, Covid-19 hit and the vision for Pharmacy of Grace had to be put on pause. Funders were focused on Covid support throughout 2020, but Pharmacy of Grace Inc. managed to secure two significant grants from the Church of the Resurrection and Health Forward Foundation which allowed the mission to move forward. Thanks to a grant from the Sunderland Foundation, work started in spring of 2022 to renovate a space in the Mercy and Truth Medical Missions Building in Kansas City, Kansas. 

John Yost,药学博士,工商管理硕士,在药房和制药行业工作多年。从 KU 获得药学学位后,他在一家社区药房工作,并在俄克拉荷马州开了一家药房。他最终卖掉了这家公司,将自己的职业生涯转移到为托皮卡的罗氏实验室销售药品。他的经验开启了管理和培训销售人员的职业生涯,直到他成为 晋升为运营总监,然后晋升为 Agouron、Warner Lambert 和辉瑞(通过收购)在 HIV 治疗领域的区域经理,他在那里工作了九年。 Yost 在经历了更多的制药收购之后,最终感到被召唤到更伟大的事物之前。这一召唤将他带到了复活教堂,在那里他成为一名牧师,负责在美国开展服务旅行。在他审查潜在的服务旅行地点的一次旅行中,他偶然发现了位于俄亥俄州哥伦布市的“俄亥俄州中部慈善药房”。这家为无家可归者和低收入人群提供服务的药房给他留下了深刻的印象,他看到了这个组织如何对生活产生积极影响,让人们能够获得挽救生命的药物。他又两次回到那里收集更多关于他们运营的信息,并充满了新的热情和目标:将这个慈善药房概念带到堪萨斯城。 经过大量祈祷和研究,Yost 成立了一个董事会,并于 2018 年申请了 501(c)3 身份。那时 Pharmacy of Grace Inc. 开始面临障碍。政府关闭将非营利组织的批准推迟到 2019 年 2 月下旬,这阻止了任何可能的拨款请求。就在 Pharmacy of Grace Inc. 即将获得资金开始建设时,Covid-19 来袭,Pharmacy of Grace 的愿景不得不暂停。资助者在整个 2020 年都专注于 Covid 支持,但是 Pharmacy of Grace Inc. 设法从复活教会和健康前进基金会获得了两项重要资助,这使得使命得以推进。得益于桑德兰基金会的资助,工程于 2022 年春季开始翻新堪萨斯州堪萨斯城慈悲与真理医疗任务大楼的空间。​

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Steven Mak, R.N. has been a Registered Nurse at The University of Kansas Health System for the past 12 years working in the operating room. Prior to that, he has experience in caring for family and grandparents which influenced his decision to go into the medical field. 


麥智駒护士是堪薩斯大學衛生系統的註冊護士,過去 12 年一直在手術室工作。 在此之前,他有照顧祖父母和父母的經驗,這影響了他在醫療領域的決定。

Steven Mak, R.N. 지난 12년 동안 수술실에서 일하는 University of Kansas Health System 의 공인 간호사였습니다. 그 전에는 가족과 조부모를 돌본 경험이 있어 의료 분야에 진출하기로 한 결정에 영향을 미쳤습니다.

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Tim Wholf is the Director of the Johnson County Department of Aging and Human Services.  Prior to joining Johnson County in April 2022, Tim had a 32 year career working for the State of Missouri. Tim spent 25 years working for the Department of Corrections with the Board of Probation and Parole. After leaving Corrections, Tim worked for the Department of Mental Health Division of Developmental Disabilities.  As a Regional Director, Tim worked with his staff and providers to ensure the needs of the individuals they served were being met. Tim is a member of the Johnson County Public Health Leadership Council and the Kansas City Metropolitan Elder Abuse Task Force. Tim continues his passion for working with older adults and vulnerable populations and focuses on residents living their best life possible. 

Tim Wholf 是约翰逊县老龄化与公众服务部主任。在 2022 年 4 月加入约翰逊县之前,蒂姆在密苏里州工作了 32 年。蒂姆在惩教部缓刑假释委员会工作了 25 年。离开矫正后,蒂姆在发育障碍心理健康司工作。作为区域总监,蒂姆与他的员工和提供者一起工作,以确保满足他们所服务的个人的需求。蒂姆是约翰逊县公共卫生领导委员会和堪萨斯城大都会虐待老人工作组的成员。蒂姆继续热衷于与老年人和弱势群体合作,并专注于让居民尽可能过上最好的生活。

Day 3: Thursday May 25th

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Thao Le, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health illnesses. Thao earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Newman University, Wichita, Kansas in 2018. In 2022, she received a Master of Science in Nursing from Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri. She has been in practice for a little under a year at Health Partnership Clinic in Olathe, Kansas where she delivers medication management and medication-assisted treatment.

For as long as Thao could remember, she always strived to make a difference. She was inspired to pursue a career in the field of mental health when one of her family members experienced a mental health crisis. She witnessed a missed opportunity for healthcare providers to educate her Vietnamese American family and to destigmatize their negative perceptions of mental illness. Thus, Thao set on the path toward eliminating racial mental health disparities by delivering culturally competent care to both patients and their families, breaking stigma within minority populations, and integrating resources within their communities to improve access to care.

Thao Le, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC là một bác sĩ y tá chuyên về sức khỏe tâm thần chuyên đánh giá, chẩn đoán và điều trị các bệnh về sức khỏe tâm thần. Thảo lấy bằng Cử nhân Khoa học về Điều dưỡng tại Đại học Newman, Wichita, Kansas vào năm 2018. Năm 2022, cô nhận bằng Thạc sĩ Khoa học về Điều dưỡng tại Đại học Maryville, St. Louis, Missouri. Cô ấy đã hành nghề được chưa đầy một năm tại Phòng khám Health Partnership ở Olathe, Kansas, nơi cô ấy cung cấp dịch vụ quản lý thuốc và điều trị hỗ trợ bằng thuốc. Theo như những gì Thảo có thể nhớ, cô ấy luôn nỗ lực để tạo ra sự khác biệt. Cô được truyền cảm hứng để theo đuổi sự nghiệp trong lĩnh vực sức khỏe tâm thần khi một thành viên trong gia đình cô gặp khủng hoảng về sức khỏe tâm thần. Cô đã chứng kiến ​​một cơ hội bị bỏ lỡ đối với các nhà cung cấp dịch vụ chăm sóc sức khỏe để giáo dục gia đình người Mỹ gốc Việt của cô và loại bỏ những nhận thức tiêu cực của họ về bệnh tâm thần. Vì vậy, Thao đã đặt ra con đường hướng tới việc xóa bỏ sự chênh lệch về sức khỏe tâm thần theo chủng tộc bằng cách cung cấp dịch vụ chăm sóc phù hợp về mặt văn hóa cho cả bệnh nhân và gia đình họ, xóa bỏ sự kỳ thị trong cộng đồng dân tộc thiểu số và tích hợp các nguồn lực trong cộng đồng của họ để cải thiện khả năng tiếp cận dịch vụ chăm sóc.


Thao Le, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC 是一名精神科心理健康执业护士,专门从事心理健康疾病的评估、诊断和治疗。 Thao 于 2018 年在堪萨斯州威奇托的纽曼大学获得护理学学士学位。2022 年,她在密苏里州圣路易斯的玛丽维尔大学获得护理学硕士学位。她在堪萨斯州奥拉西的 Health Partnership Clinic 执业了不到一年,在那里她提供药物管理和药物辅助治疗。

从涛记事起,她就一直努力改变现状。当她的一位家庭成员经历心理健康危机时,她受到启发,开始从事心理健康领域的工作。她目睹了医疗保健提供者错失了教育她的越南裔美国家庭并消除他们对精神疾病的负面看法的机会。因此,Thao 开始了消除种族心理健康差异的道路,方法是为患者及其家人提供符合文化的护理,打破少数民族的耻辱感,并整合社区内的资源以改善获得护理的机会。

Dr. Ciloue Cheng Stewart, PhD, MSE, LMFT has been a practicing psychotherapist for more than 25 years. She is a native of Taiwan and is fluent in Mandarin and English. Dr. Stewart holds PhD in Family Social Science, Master of Education in Counseling Psychology, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She retired from Washington University in St. Louis in 2021, and is happily continuing her private practice.

鄭斯璐心理咨商师从事心理治疗已超过 25 年。她是土生土长的台湾人,精通普通话和英语。鄭斯璐拥有家庭社会科学博士学位、咨询心理学教育硕士学位,并且是一名持照婚姻和家庭治疗师。她于 2021 年从圣路易斯华盛顿大学退休,并愉快地继续她的私人执业。

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Eriko Her, MA, T-LPC graduated from the University of Saint Mary in December of 2022. She decided to pursue her counseling degree after acknowledging the need for mental health awareness in the Asian community. Eriko believes that the Asian community experiences a lot of mental health challenges. But it's not provided with many resources to heal from it. Therefore, she chose to become a counselor in hopes to educate others on the challenges of mental health and to provide a place for people of different ethnic origins to share their experiences. Eriko is a mom, a temporary licensed professional counselor, and an advocate for mental health. 

Eriko Her, MA, T-LPC tốt nghiệp Đại học Saint Mary vào tháng 12 năm 2022. Cô quyết định theo đuổi bằng tư vấn sau khi nhận thấy nhu cầu nâng cao nhận thức về sức khỏe tâm thần trong cộng đồng châu Á. Eriko tin rằng cộng đồng châu Á đang trải qua rất nhiều thách thức về sức khỏe tâm thần. Nhưng nó không được cung cấp nhiều tài nguyên để chữa lành vết thương. Do đó, cô chọn trở thành một cố vấn với hy vọng giáo dục những người khác về những thách thức của sức khỏe tâm thần và cung cấp một nơi để những người thuộc các nguồn gốc dân tộc khác nhau chia sẻ kinh nghiệm của họ. Eriko là một người mẹ, một cố vấn chuyên nghiệp được cấp phép tạm thời và một người ủng hộ sức khỏe tâm thần. 


Cathy Vu, MA-BS graduated from college and earned her bachelor of science degree in Biochemistry in 2016 from The University of Kansas. After graduating, she spent two years working in a community health center before returning to school and pursuing a career in medicine. In 2020, she received her master's degree in biomedical sciences. Currently, she is a third year medical student at Midwestern University, AZCOM. Given her clinical experience and academic career, she has seen the difficulty that comes with caring for the elderly of a minority population. Language barriers can lead to delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis if the physician doesn't understand their patients. Cathy wants to continue learning about her mother tongue and pursue a career in Family Medicine when she graduates from medical school with the hope to serve the Vietnamese community in the U.S. in the future.

Cathy Vu, MA-BS tốt nghiệp đại học và nhận bằng cử nhân khoa học ngành hóa sinh vào năm 2016 tại trường đại học bang Kansas. Sau khi tốt nghiệp, cô đã dành hai năm làm việc ở trung tâm y tế cộng đồng trước khi quay lại trường học và theo ngành y khoa. Cô nhận bằng thạc sĩ ngành khoa học y sinh năm 2020, và tiếp tục bắt đầu học y sau đó. Hiện tại cô đang là sinh viên năm 3 tại trường Midwestern University, AZCOM. Trong quá trình làm việc và trong sự nghiệp học tập, cô cảm nhận được sự khó khăn về vấn đề chăm sóc sức khỏe cho người cao tuổi. Hơn nữa, sự khác biệt về ngôn ngữ có thể dẫn đến việc chẩn đoán chậm trễ hoặc chẩn đoán sai nếu bác sĩ không hiểu bệnh nhân. Cathy muốn học hỏi thêm về tiếng mẹ đẻ của mình và theo đuổi ngành bác sĩ gia đình khi tốt nghiệp trường y, với mong muốn trong tương lai sẽ có thể phục vụ cộng đồng người việt tại Mỹ.

Day 4: Friday May 26th


Sarah Haupt, LMSW is a Licensed Masters Level Social Worker. She received her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Clinical Social Work from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to moving to the Kansas City area in 2019, she served as the Director of Emotional Support Services for Crossroads Hospice in Oklahoma City and then went on to serve as the Director of Care Services for the ALS Association of Oklahoma. She joined Johnson County Mental Health in 2021 as the Community Engagement Coordinator.

Sarah Haupt, LMSW 是一名获得硕士学位的社会工作者。她在俄克拉荷马大学获得社会工作硕士学位,主修临床社会工作。在 2019 年搬到堪萨斯城地区之前,她曾担任俄克拉荷马城 Crossroads 临终关怀医院的情感支持服务总监,然后继续担任俄克拉荷马 ALS 协会的护理服务总监。她于 2021 年加入约翰逊县心理健康中心,担任社区参与协调员。

Dr. Paul Dew, MD, MPH graduated from the The University of Hong Kong School of Medicine. After 12 years in the practice of internal medicine clinic in Hong Kong, he became licensed as a U.S. physician in 1994. Dr. Dew obtained two additional specialties in public health and prevention, and occupational medicine in the United States in 1996. From 2000-2012, he served as a professor at the Kansas City University. From 2003-2018, Dr. Dew served as the Kansas City Health Department Clinic Director. 




  • 1994年獲美國醫師執照

  • 1996 獲美國公共衛生和預防以及職業醫學兩項專科執照

  • 2000-2012 Kansas City University 教授

  • 2003-2018 Kansas City Health Department 診所主任


Heeseong Ha, LPC, LCAC has been a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Clinical Addition Counselor (LCAC) in Kansas since 2014, and provides individual counseling and group sessions for all ages children, adolescents, and adults who want to find hope and positives in their lives. 


Heeseong Ha, 하 희승 2014년부터 Kansas에서 LPCLCAC 로 활동하고 있으며, 현재 삶에서 희망과 긍정을 찾고자 하는 모든 연령대의 어린이, 청소년 및 성인을 대상으로 개인 상담 및 그룹 세션을 제공하고 있습니다.

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