Management Team

The management team at AACI consists of professionals with multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. Learn more about the team below.

Pancho Chang, J.D.

Role at AACI:
Chief Operating Officer

Pancho oversees operations, including facilities, risk management, and IT. Previously, he served as a programmer and administrator at three local foundations. Mr. Chang has been a lawyer, a health center administrator, a federal administrator, a group health insurance commissioner, and the head of Boston City Hospital’s community benefits program. He held Pew health policy and Kellogg leadership fellowships and served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige national quality awards. Mr. Chang is a member of the California and Massachusetts bars.

Sarita Kohli, L.M.F.T., M.B.A.

Role at AACI:
Executive Vice President, Behavioral Health and Wellness Services

Sarita leads all Behavioral Health and Wellness services for children, adolescents, families, adults and older adults, including specialized services for survivors of domestic violence, refugees and asylum seekers. She also oversees the Center for Survivors of Torture, AACI’s Asian Women’s Home and HIV Outreach, Prevention and Education services. Sarita is responsible for administrative, fiscal and clinical oversight for the Behavioral Health and Wellness programs. She joined AACI in 2003. Prior to joining AACI, Sarita was a staff psychotherapist with Family and Children Services. Sarita was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to the Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2011 and she is currently serving her second term on the Board.

Michele Lew, M.P.P.

Role at AACI:
President and CEO

Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Michele serves as leader of the agency, providing administrative direction and oversight for all agency programs. Responsibilities include program administration, fiscal management, fundraising, human resources, board relations, facilities management, and professional and community involvement. Michele formerly worked for California State Senator Joe Simitian, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. She currently serves as the community member on the San Jose Mercury News editorial board.

Teri Schwimmer, M.B.A.

Role at AACI:
Chief Human Resources Officer

Teri has a broad business background having worked directly in sales and marketing, finance, business operations, services and IT at companies that include GE, Cisco Systems, Health Net, and Deloitte and Touche. In the last several years, Teri transitioned to roles in the HR function holding various roles in benefits and compensation, with the greatest time spent in HR business partner roles supporting executives in high technology companies. Having started her career in the healthcare industry, Teri is excited to start her new role back in healthcare. Teri holds an MBA from San Jose State University and a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Davis.

Edwin Tan, Ph.D.

Role at AACI:
Director of Advocacy

From setting the strategic vision for AACI’s advocacy efforts, to overseeing advocacy programs like LEAD, Edwin’s role is to advance AACI’s mission through advocacy. Edwin has served in many roles related to the behavioral health field and the Asian community, and he has been closely associated with AACI for the last few years as a mentor for our LEAD program. Prior to joining AACI in 2016, Edwin served as Senior Chief Advisor to Congressman Michael M. Honda where he maintained a diverse policy portfolio and coordinated the Congressman’s district outreach.  He received his doctorate in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine and previously conducted research at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Orange County (CHOC); and, was a American Psychological Association policy fellow.

Cam Vu, Ph.D.

Role at AACI:
Director of Development

Under the direction of the President and CEO, Cam helps to oversee AACI’s fundraising, marketing, and communications goals including individual and major gifts, grants, and contracts; marketing and communications; community outreach; and volunteer recruitment, management, and recognition. Prior to coming to AACI in 2013, Cam received her doctorate in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California.

Jorge Wong, Ph.D.

Role at AACI:
Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Jorge Wong, Ph. D. is the Director of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs overseeing enterprise wide quality improvement in clinical processes, compliance and regulations across AACI’s array of services. He is a Licensed Psychologist serving in various local, state and national organizations advocating for cultural competence, diversity, stigma reduction, and social justice.  He is an alumnus, clinical faculty and Trustee at Palo Alto University.  He presents and consults on culturally adopted best practices in behavioral health affecting Asians and Latinos across the life span. Dr. Wong is the 2016 President of the California Psychological Association, member of the Committee of State Leaders of the American Psychological Association, recipient of the 2016 Asian American Psychological Association’s Okura Community Leadership Award, and the 2015 Mover and Shaker Hero Award by the Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Board and County’s Behavioral Health Services.

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