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Board of Directors

PCIM was established in 2000 as a non-profit organization and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Ruth A. Keefer, Ph.D., Board President

Since 2008 Dr. Keefer serves as Interim Director of the San Mateo County Office of Education's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Induction Project, providing training in best teaching practices to 51 mentors in 22 school districts.

From February 1999 to 2008, Dr. Keefer served as Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the South San Francisco Unified School District, South San Francisco, California. She coordinates the District's K-12 instructional program, including adoption of new curriculum according to the textbook adoption cycle and other District curriculum aligned with District goals and objectives.

From 1995 to January 1999, she was the Director of General Education-Instructional Service and Technology for the Jackson County Intermediate School District, Jackson County, Michigan. From 1979-1995, she served as the School Improvement Coordinator for Calhoun Intermediate School District in Marshall, Michigan.

She served as an Adjunct Professor to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI on Business Explorations, Futures Technology in Vocational Education, Mastery Learning and Classroom Assessment. She has also served as a consultant to Business and Industry on marketing Education/Management.

She has been active on Professional Associations and Community Boards. Her Ph.D. was earned at Michigan State University in 1978 in Business/Distributive Education.

Svetlana Kim

Svetlana Kim is the bestselling author o White Pearl and I, a Speaker, and a Community Leader. At 23, she landed alone in New York City in 1991. She spoke no English, had only a dollar in her pocket and the address of a long-lost friend. She was befriended by a stranger who bought her a cross-country bus ticket to San Francisco.

As an intelligent and industrious student she sacrificed her books for cleaning supplies in order to survive. She navigated the often difficult legal process of being a political refugee and became a stock broker.

Ms. Kim is an outspoken and effective activist. She recently received the world renowned 'Artemis Award" from the Euro-American Women's Council in Athens at the Zappeion Megaron under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture of Greece on June 15, 2009. She is a recipient of the "Hellenic Award" from The Hon. Nikitas Kaklamanis, Mayor of Athens. Ms. Kim received the prestigious 2009 International Leadership Award from the ILF (International Leadership Foundation). Ms. Kim is a 2008 Asian Academy Hall of Fame inductee. She is President-Elect, Asian Division Friends of Society, Library of Congress; Chair of the Targeted Grants at the Junior League of Washington, DC., and East Coast President of National Association of the Asian American Business Associations.

Svetlana Kim delivered the keynote address for the Library of Congress' 2009 celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. She is an overnight volunteer at the Calvary Women's Services, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that provides housing and support to homeless women. Ms. Kim serves as a Steering Committee member of the Global Coalition for Korean War Reconciliation. She is married and divides her time between Washington, DC and San Francisco.

Warren R. Leiden

Warren is a partner in the San Francisco and Washington DC (Northern Virginia) offices of Berry, Appleman & Leiden. His practice is corporate immigration law, and he is active in Washington, DC, policy and congressional matters. He is a member of the national steering committee of the Compete America business immigration coalition. He has been active in Congressional debates that led to major immigration legislation in 1986 through 2004 and has testified before Congressional committees on numerous occasions. He was a Member of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform (1992-1997), appointed by Congress and chaired by the late Barbara Jordan.

Warren serves on the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a member of AILA's business litigation committee. He was a member of the U.S. Department of Labor liaison committee for AILA from 1996 to 2001. He was the AILA executive director and Washington representative from 1982-1996 and was a founder and executive vice president of the American Immigration Law Foundation. He serves as Treasurer of the American Immigration Law Foundation. He was named an Honorary Fellow of the American Immigration Law Foundation in 1997. He is a featured speaker at industry and law conferences on business immigration topics.

Warren received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1971 and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1974.

Roberto R. Llames

Roberto is the President of Enterprise Solutions, Inc. In 1999, Roberto founded Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (ESI) which provides value-based and performance-based solutions and services to commercial and government clients. Now in its 10th year, ESI focuses in four major lines of business: Government Relations/Affairs, Enterprise Performance Management, Knowledge Management, and Information Technology supporting major Federal, State/Local Government, and Commercial clients.

Prior to ESI, Roberto has successfully supported start-up management and consulting firms in developing and expanding their government and commercial contracting business base as well as developing corporate capabilities and core competencies. Roberto has over twenty five years of professional experience in government and commercial contracting as well as formulating, managing, and delivering highly successful and complex enterprise-level IT, business process, and management solutions.

Roberto R. Llames is a Filipino who migrated to the United States in 1980, at the age of 18 with less than $100 in his pocket, a high school education and strong family values and support. Roberto began his career in Information Technology in 1981 as a Computer Operator. He progressed steadily, assuming various technical positions from Applications Developer to Network Engineer and eventual Management and Directorship positions. Roberto obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1998.

Roberto is also a board member of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce (PACC) and the National Council for Asian American Business Associations (NCAABA) where he actively participates in community programs for fostering entrepreneurship and mentoring small businesses. He periodically conducts seminars in a wide range of topics related to Government Contracting.

Steven M. Oppermann

Since 1997, Steve continues to work as a self-employed a management consultant on environmental/ natural resource issues, primarily for the National Park Service (NPS). He also serves as a management consultant/trainer in human resources management and equal employment opportunity. He has represented and/or advised the National Park Service in a variety of issues and settings related to the objective of preserving park soundscapes. From1995-2004 he served as principal representative of the National Park Service to the U.S. Air Force and other Department of Defense components with regard to military overflights of parks and related issues. Also facilitated problem resolution with Congressional staff, national offices of environmental organizations, aviation interests, etc. Assist the NPS in working with the Federal Aviation Administration to implement the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000, which he helped draft.

From 1993-1994, served as a Congressional Fellow (American Political Science Association) for the 1993-1994 term. As a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, drafted a variety of environmental legislation (e.g., involving threatened & endangered species, wild & scenic rivers, and the management of commercial air tours over the National Park System).

From 1970-1993, he served as a Human Resources Specialist and Manager, for the National Park Service, General Services Administration, US Geological Survey, Customs Service and Air Force.

He holds a B.A., Political Science — University of Colorado and two years of graduate study — Univ. of Southern Calif. & Univ. of Colorado in Systems Management & Public Administration.

Dang T. Pham

Dang Pham is Executive Director of the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission, and is the first Vietnamese American department head in San Francisco's history. Born in Hue, Vietnam, Dang came to the US in 1975 as a refugee. He began his career as a secondary math teacher and discipline coordinator in Boston Public Schools. In 1986, he was appointed Educational Program Director of the Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants. He also became the first Asian American appointed as Commissioner of Boston's Fair Housing Commission.

In 1994, Dang served as the Deputy Director/Chief of Staff of the Office of Bilingual Education & Minority Languages Affairs of the US Department of Education in Washington DC. In 1996, he had a one-year assignment at the White House with the Office of Presidential Personnel for outreach to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

He was appointed to the Presidential Leadership Circle by the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Co-founder of the Vietnamese American Democratic Caucus and the National Vietnamese American Voters League, Dang has received numerous national awards for his strong commitment and advocacy for the language minority community.

John Tagami

John Tagami is currently a principal of Pathway Strategies, LLC, a full-service governmental affairs firm located in Washington, DC. John has nearly two decades of experience in federal policy development, lobbying and communications. He has served as a Policy Advisor to three U.S. Senators, Communications Director for a U.S. Senate committee, Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce.

John is active community affairs, serving as a board member of the National Japanese American Memorial Foundation and a founding board member of the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum. He is a graduate of the University of California-Riverside and holds an advanced degree from the University of Chicago.

Eugene Yano

Eugene is the founding principal of Yano Accountancy Corporation, a San Francisco-based consulting and accounting firm. In addition to managing Yano Accountancy Corporation for the past eleven years, his professional career includes 14 years at the Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer at a publicly-held software services firm, and Director of Strategic Planning at a Midwestern transportation/logistics company. He is also a seminar speaker and lecturer on accounting, auditing, bankruptcy and construction claims issues.

Eugene has served a number of non-profit organizations as board/executive committee member, officer and outside accountant, including the National Japanese American Historical Society, Friends of Presidio 640, Japan Society of Northern California, Asian American Manufacturers Association and Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum.

Eugene is a CPA in California and Michigan, has an MBA degree from the University of Michigan, and a BS degree from San Josť State University.

Ray Murray, National Park Service Liaison

Ray Murray is Chief of Partnerships Programs for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service (NPS). Since 1987, he has coordinated park planning, environmental compliance and fund-raising activities and programs for 48 National Park units in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona. He also managed the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Act Program, Federal Lands-to-Parks and Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program serving those states.

Since 1999, Ray has spearheaded the NPS effort to help develop the Pacific Coast Immigration Museum (PCIM), bringing together the PCIM board, the consultant team, and potential partners and stakeholders.

He has provided leadership in recent years on special initiatives such as Economic Impacts of Parks, Rivers, Trails and Greenways; Visitor Use Management; Conflict Resolution; Brokering Partnerships; Fund Raising; Planned Giving; Recreation and Tourism; and the California Park and Recreation Leadership Institute. Ray has received numerous awards from the Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, the National Parks and Conservation Association, and the California Park and Recreation Society.
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