We envision a society in which all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders age with dignity and well-being
Teamwork and Collaboration
A commitment to common goals based on open and honest communication while showing concern, support, and encouragement for one another. This includes working together to resolve conflict and lend a hand to whomever or wherever help is needed.
Identifying, fully considering, and appropriately advancing NAPCA’s mission to preserve and promote the dignity, well-being, and quality of life of AAPIs and other diverse populations as they age.
Commitment to building an environment comprised of a variety of different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, values, and beliefs. NAPCA celebrates this diversity to foster creativity and innovation, and maximize individual potential.
Supports a culture and environment of enabling individual development and independence through the advancement of skills, authority, opportunity, and motivation.
Commitment to Excellence
Striving for the highest quality in the delivery of our programs, services, and products. This means being accountable for our actions, delivering on commitments, thinking creatively, and improving continuously.
Embracing Employee Culture…
…showcasing that we enjoy working hard and playing hard!
With over 38 years of working on behalf of AAPI older adults, NAPCA is more committed than ever to promoting their dignity, well-being, and quality of life.
What motivates us? Respect. Honor. Love.
We want to ensure that AAPI elders have the programs and services they need wherever they live in the U.S. That’s why we’re building the capacity of mainstream service providers to be culturally competent and linguistically appropriate. And that’s why we’re adamant that the input of our older adults are taken into account in all decisions that affect them.
There are over 50 AAPI ethnicities that speak over 100 languages. As diverse as we are as AAPIs, the common thread that ties us together is our families. Our parents, and grandparents before them, have instilled the value of family above all things, and that’s what makes our AAPI elders so special.
Over the generations, AAPI families who have immigrated to the U.S. have given us gifts from their host cultures, including language, cuisines, arts, religion, talents, customs, music, and courtesies. As a result, our lives are richer because of the elders who have come before us.
Chronic Disease Self-Management
Brain Health Messaging Project
Preventing Medicare Fraud
Community Based Capacity Building Initiative
Medicare Part D Enrollment Assistance
"Healthy Eating, Healthy Aging" Nutrition Intervention
“Ask NAPCA” Columns
Dual Eligible Video Project
I liked the phone calls because it made me gain interest and keep track of monitoring my blood pressure.H.L.CCC Participant
I'm thankful for the health educational resources you have provided. I have learnedA.T.Healthy Eating, Healthy Aging Participant
how to maintain more balanced diets and the amount of sodium to consume. We wish
you can come back with more topics on other health like how to improve cognition and
health prevention etc.
I called the Helpline to help me enroll in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. After reviewing my current plan and medications, which cost over $7,450 per year, NAPCA staff helped me enroll in a new Part D plan that would cost $1,200 per year, saving me $6,250.W.K.Multilingual Helpline Caller
This class has taught me a lot about my chronic disease, diabetes, and not being healthy. This class has changed my way of eating and now I eat healthy foods, such as salads and vegetables, and I have reduced cooking in oil. I want to be healthy and not have diabetes. After taking this class, I am more confident and making the right choices.N.C.CDSMP Participant
Board of Directors
David B. Cohen – Chair
Yvonne L. Tatsuno – Vice-Chair
Deborah F. Ching – Secretary
Patricia F. Saiki – Chair Emeritus
Cao K. O – Treasurer
Anna Eriko Crosslin
John Quoc Duong
Pablo J. Wong
Benjamin H. Wu
David B. Cohen
Yvonne L. Tatsuno
Deborah F. Ching
Patricia F. Saiki
Cao K. O
Anna Eriko Crosslin
John Quoc Duong
Pablo J. Wong
Benjamin H. Wu
Meet Our Team
Meet our team of mission-driven professionals who share a commitment to improve the quality of life of AAPI older adults and their families.
A longtime advocate for older adults and their families, Wes Lum is the President and CEO of NAPCA. Prior to his appointment to NAPCA, Dr. Lum has held positions as the Director of the Hawaii Executive Office on Aging, Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii (UH) School of Social Work, Specialist at the UH Center on Aging, and Director of Government Affairs at the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Dr. Lum has a PhD and MA in Sociology, and a MPH from UH-Manoa. Dr. Lum was named as one of Next Avenue’s Top 50 Influencers in Aging for 2017.
Experienced professional who draws on over 20 years of experience working in a variety of industries from start-ups on through the Fortune 100. David started his career as a Naval Officer and went on to earn his Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Washington prior to starting his career in Consulting. David has experience in a variety of leadership positions ranging from Chief Operations Officer, General Manager, and Director of Product Strategy & Development.
Tina Masuda-Draughon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in finance, specifically in government and the non-profit arena. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from City College and Masters in Finance from City University. A Seattle native and third generation Japanese American, Tina’s passion is serving the greater Asian community locally and nationally, especially increasing our understanding of aging and assistance to AAPI communities.
Liston brings comprehensive human resources expertise to NAPCA, such as experience in multiple state jurisdictions in both non-profit and for-profit industries, including healthcare, education, and manufacturing. Liston leverages human capital management solutions, including strategic planning, human resource policy and procedure development, organizational development, compliance oversight, and legal compliance, to align human resources with NAPCA’s strategic direction. Liston has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and Personnel Industrial Relations, and Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Organizational Development.
Eun Jeong Lee
Dr. Eun Jeong Lee has worked to serve disadvantaged people for more than 25 years in multiple fields, including elders, women, children, the disabled, and the victims of domestic violence in Korea and the U.S. Dr. Lee collaborates with academic institutions to conduct research studies about financial well-being, elder mistreatment, caregiver, and heart health in AAPI communities. Dr. Lee holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication and MPA in Social Work Policy from Hanyang University in Korea, and a PhD in Social Welfare from Yeshiva University in New York.
Heather is the Director of Technical Assistance at NAPCA. Prior to NAPCA, she held positions at the University of Hawaii’s (UH) Center on Aging and the Hawaii Department of Health, Executive Office on Aging. Heather’s experience in aging policy, program development, evaluation, and advocacy have focused on areas related to caregiving, elder abuse, dementia, long-term services and supports, community planning, and volunteerism. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the State University of New York, College at Brockport and a Masters of Social Work from UH-Manoa.
Alejandro Corona – SCSEP Project Staff, Los Angeles
Alice Teng – Payroll Supervisor
Angela Moreno – Payroll Specialist
Annie Feng – SCSEP National Coordinator
Catalina Deltette – SCSEP Project Staff, Los Angeles
Catherina Kim – Korean Helpline Staff
Catherine Lei-Che – Senior Helpline Representative
Cindy Yu – Accounting Assistant
David Pan – Vietnamese Helpline Staff
Eric Nguyen – SCSEP Program Assistant
Harris Lee – SCSEP Project Director, Chicago
Li Zhao – Accountant
Ling Wang – SEE Project Director, Washington DC
Lois Kohashi-Sinclair – ACES National Director and SEE Project Director, Seattle
Megan Tsukano – Human Resources Administrative Assistant
Michelle Kuo – SEE Project Director, Chicago
Miriam Suen – SCSEP Senior Project Director, Los Angeles
Philip Lee – SCSEP Project Director, Seattle
Prepedigma “Cora” McDonnell – Program Assistant
Rita Lei – Chinese Helpline Staff
Stella Kim – SCSEP Project Coordinator, Los Angeles
Susan Collado – Cash Accountant
Tom Tran – SCSEP Compliance Manager
Tyrell Ma’ae – Executive Assistant
Young Ko – Korean Helpline Staff
In recognition of NAPCA's principles, values, vision, and mission, the Office of Human Resources supports NAPCA's operations in meeting its goals through our most valuable resource - our employees. This is accomplished by developing, implementing, and supporting programs and processes that add value to NAPCA and its employees, leading to improved employee welfare, consistency, professional development, retention, and respect while being committed to NAPCA’s core values: Teamwork/Collaboration, Advocacy, Diversity, Empowerment, and Commitment to Excellence.