Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA) is a not-for-profit organization and our mission is to celebrate Chinese heritage; provide local community services; promote learning and mutual understanding through various charitable and educational activities within local communities. We’ve continued to evolve and expand the association’s focus to broaden the minds and perspectives of many – increasing cultural awareness and celebrating a storied heritage along the way. A recent example of KCCAA’s impact was our largest fundraiser for the KC Friendship School in China, a project that resulted from the earthquake ravaged Sichuan Province in China. Despite this catastrophic event, many participated through numerous Kansas City cultural and educational area programs to provide local inhabitants with hope. For those who supported this project, we thank you and we are greatly humbled by your outpouring of compassion.
KCCAA works closely with the Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission, the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC), and various other local school districts and organizations. We are honored to have such relationships in place. The leadership of our board of directors, along with the tremendous efforts from our members, has allowed KCCAA to become the largest Chinese organization in the Kansas City area. We are proud to say we have more than 1,000 active members who are influencing the Chinese-American community both socially and economically. Charitable and educational programs are supported by various annual fundraising activities. Our members, the public, and local corporations, which are governed by the IRS tax exemption code of 501c (3), serve as sponsors.
Looking ahead, KCCAA is planning a series of activities that will continue the expansion and appreciation of cultural diversity.
Board Member Bio’s http://www.kcca-ks.org/wordpress/?page_id=1335
Sam Chen – Sourcing Leader, GE Energy
Sam Chen is responsible for GE Energy Environmental Services Sourcing organization since December 2006.
Sam has a wealth of background in Technology, Manufacturing and Quality and 15 year experience in GE. Sam joined GE Nuclear Energy located in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1994. He progressed through responsibilities include Senior Development Engineer, Senior Application Engineer, NPI program manager, Six-sigma MBB and Quality Leader. Before joining GE, Sam has taught in college in China and conducted forefront fusion research work at UC Berkeley.
Sam earned a Ph. D. from University of California at Berkeley (1992) and Bachelor (1983) and Master’s (1986) degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Siew Lau – Financial Adviser Waddell & Reed
Siew is active in numerous non-profit organizations in the Greater Kansas City. She sits on the board of People-to-People Greater Kansas City Chapter and as the Treasurer. She is a board member and the secretary of the Kansas City Chinese American Association. Siew also is the founder and the Vice President for the Malaysian Association of Greater Kansas City. She served two terms as 1st Vice Chair with the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City since 2008 and the commissioner for Malaysia. She served 3 years on the board of the Asian American Chamber of Commerce until the end of 2008. She is currently a member of the Leawood Chamber of Commerce.
Siew received her B.A degree from UMKC in 2001 while employed full time with Sprint in 1997. She was first employed as a graphic designer, and then later promoted to be a Mapping Analyst. In 2004 Siew joined Waddell & Reed where she is currently practicing her financial advising. On the side, Siew has been running her husband’s property management business since 2002.
Colin Mackenzie – Chinese Curator of Nelson-Atkins Museum
Colin Mackenzie joined the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in June 2009. Dr. Mackenzie was formerly curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, Associate Director of the Asia Society Museum, and recently Robert P. Youngman Curator of Asian Art at Middlebury College. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and spent two years studying at Beijing University during the early 1980s. Dr. Mackenzie’s interests range widely from ancient China to contemporary Chinese art. He has contributed to a number of influential exhibitions: He co-curated Asian Games: The Art of Contest (2004) and was organizing curator for Monks and Merchants: Silk Road Treasures from Northwest China (2001) and Inside Out: New Chinese Art (1998).
Frederick Jiang – Senior Vice President of Waddell & Reed, CFA
Originally from Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, Mr. Jiang graduated from China Central Institute of Finance & Banking in June 1993 with a Bachelor of Economics, International Accounting degree. He served as the President of Student Council in high school and college and received several Excellence in Leadership Awards. He came to the U.S. in 1997 and earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance/management from New York University Stern School of Business in May 1999. Mr. Jiang received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001.
Mr. Jiang was affiliated with ABN AMRO Hoare Govett Asia, Ltd. in Hong Kong from 1994 to 1997 as an equity research analyst. As a member of ABN AMRO’s China Research Team, he covered China’s equity market and followed the consumer durables, building construction materials and shipbuilding sectors.
Mr. Jiang joined Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company in July 1999 as an investment analyst covering Asia Pacific region. He was named Portfolio Manager of Ivy Pacific Opportunities Fund in 2003 and was appointed a Senior Vice President in 2006. Mr. Jiang received two Lipper Fund Awards for the Best Pacific Ex-Japan Funds in 3 and 5 years in 2010. Mr. Jiang lives in Leawood, Kansas with his wife and two daughters.
Gary Pettett – President of Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, M.D., F.A.A.P., Colonel, U. S. Army Medical Corp (Retired)
Gary is the President-Elect, Missouri State Medical Association. A professor Pediatrics and Medical Humanities, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO. Director, E. Grey Dimond Program in International Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
He received his B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 1963-1967. M.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 1967-197, and M.S. Business from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO 1976-1977.
John R. Phillips – Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell Sanders
John R. Phillips has been Managing Partner of Husch Blackwell Sanders, a Midwest law firm with which he has practiced in the areas of alternative dispute resolution, labor and employment, commercial litigation and healthcare for over 38 years.
He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Mediators, and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, has been chair of the Missouri Bar Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, a member of the Missouri Supreme Court Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, has served as Special Master for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri in Klein et al. v. Kansas City of Missouri Firefighters (sexual harassment class action), and for the District of Kansas in Williams v. Sprint (age collective action).
He is a member of the Large Complex Litigation Panel; Commercial Panel; and the Employment Arbitration and Mediation Panels of the American Arbitration Association, CPR, and the US-China Mediation Panel of CPR/CCIPT, and has been an arbitrator in the Merrill Lynch class action and the Dalkon Shield cases. He has been in Best Lawyers in America since 1994 and Chambers USA since 2003.
Forest Rong – Section Leader at Black & Veatch
Lei (Forest) Rong is the Section Leader of the Underground Transmission Line Group in the Power Delivery Business of Black & Veatch Energy. He currently supervises, manages, and provides technical expertise on various underground/underwater transmission line projects for domestic and international clients.
He graduated with a BEng from Harbin Institute of Electric Technology in China and a MEng from McMaster University in Canada. He is currently a member of IEEE Power & Energy Society, and a Registered Professional Engineer in US and Canada.
Tammy Wang – Manager of Strategic Planning, Black & Veatch Energy
Tammy is the former president and currently the board of director for KCCAA. Tammy also serves as the secretary on the board of Edgar Snow Memorial Fund and is the Alt. Commissioner for China at the Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission. She is also the overseas committee member for All-China Federation of Overseas Chinese(中国侨联青年委员)and the committee member for the China Overseas Committee for International Culture Exchange (中国华侨国际文化交流促进会理事). Tammy taught Chinese language and culture part time at Johnson County Community College from 2006-2007 and is the guest speaker for KU Business School “Doing Business in China” class and other universities from 2008-2010.
Professionally, Tammy is the Manager for Strategic Planning for Black and Veatch Energy. Tammy began her career working for General Electric, and later was Black and Veatch’s first employee in China and helped open its Representative Office in Beijing in 1995. Upon graduation with her MBA degree from Kansas State University, Tammy rejoined B&V in 1999 as a consultant in the management consulting division and later has been responsible for Marketing for Black & Veatch Energy Asia region for 8 years before she moved to Global Strategies for Energy in 2010.
CJ Wei – President of CJW Holding, LLC
CJ Wei is the current KCCAA President. He has been serving local communities since 2001 and taking lead in numerous community activities/events over the years. He is also the committee member for the China Overseas Committee for International Culture Exchange (中国华侨国际文化交流促进会理事).
CJ started his career as a software engineer at Kansas City pharmaceutical company Hurst Marion Roussell from 1995 to 1996, and he was the senior consultant at Cap Gemini from 1996 to 1998. After joining Oracle Corp. in 1998, CJ started as a senior consultant and later became the senior principle consultant, leading numerous projects for Oracle in the Midwest region for 12 years. CJ founded his own property management company CJW Holding in 2006, and developed his passion towards entrepreneurship. In addition to the time he spends on various organizations and volunteer activities, he devotes himself to his own business in various areas.
CJ received his B.S. degree in Electronic Engineer from Shenzhen University in 1990. M.S. degree in Computer Science and Telecommunications from University of Missouri – Kansas City in 1995.
Sheree Willis – Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas
Sheree served as Associate Executive Director of the Institute from May 2006 through June 2008. Prior to joining the Confucius Institute, Ms. Willis worked for the University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies, the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and the Office of Study Abroad. Ms. Willis worked as a consultant and freelance Chinese-English simultaneous and consecutive interpreter and translator for over ten years, with an emphasis in educational exchange, environmental projects, trade, and legal interpreting. She served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State in Tunis, Shanghai, Beijing, and Kuala Lumpur. She holds M.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of Kansas in East Asian Languages and Cultures (emphasis in Chinese language and literature) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education at the University of Kansas. She has lived in China for a total of eight years, including experiences as a student and as a U.S. diplomat and travels to China frequently.