The management team at AACI consists of professionals with multicultural and multilingual backgrounds. Learn more about the team below.
Kelly D. Chau, Ph.D.
Role at AACI:
Director of Human Resources
Kelly provides strategic leadership and oversight of all agency Human Resources (HR) programs and functions. She joined AACI in 2006. She has held many leadership positions at AACI and has developed and managed community-based wellness programs that integrate research, addiction recovery services, and behavioral health services to promote healthy lifestyle and enhance functioning. She was the past Chair of the Vietnamese Reach for Health Coalition (VRHC), a coalition of 19 organizations and community members representing county health department, health maintenance organizations, immigrant resettlement service providers, healthcare providers, cancer survivors, and researchers. She was also a community advisory board member of KQED (a public broadcasting station) from 2008 to 2014.Kelly holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University and a bachelor of science in Psychology from Santa Clara University.
Sarita Kohli, L.M.F.T., M.B.A.
Role at AACI:
President and CEO
Sarita has served in various leadership roles at AACI. Sarita joined AACI in 2003. Most recently, she served as the Interim CEO and Executive Vice President of Programs. She has been responsible not only for the operations of AACI’s behavioral health and wellness programs, but also with helping set the strategic vision for AACI, ensuring financial viability and revenue generation, and creating new business opportunities. Sarita holds an MBA and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She was appointed by Governor Brown to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2011 and is currently serving her second term.
Edwin Tan, Ph.D.
Role at AACI:
Director of Advocacy and Development
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.