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, Mental Health & Community Services

Sarita oversees all mental health programs, including family and children services, adult and older adult outpatient programs and the Center for Survivors of Torture, as well as several community programs. She is responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of the Mental Health Department’s operations, county contracts and grants compliance, personnel matters and strategy. 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.

Shermain Lusher, M.B.A., B.S.N., R.N.

Role at AACI: Chief Financial Officer

Shermain joined AACI in September of 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for AACI’s finance and accounting operations. Shermain brings over 16 years of experience in a broad range of financial roles, most recently as Director of Finance in VMware and Synopsys. She is also licensed as a Registered Nurse, specializing in patient care in the Emergency Department, and Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Shermain holds an M.B.A., a B.A. in Economics, and a B.S.N. in Nursing from the University of New Mexico, and a B.S. in Architectural Studies from the University of Hong Kong. Shermain is a graduate from General Electric’s Financial Management Program, and was a member of its Corporate Audit Staff.

Teri Schwimmer

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.

Cam Vu, Ph.D.

Role at AACI: Associate 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 is responsible for the administrative and clinical oversight of the Behavioral Health Department’s operations, county contracts and grants compliance, personnel matters and strategy. He also oversees several community programs and AACI’s advocacy initiatives. He is a licensed psychologist and certified in healthcare compliance and ethics. Jorge serves on various local and statewide organizations including the Association of Mental Health Contract Agencies and the California Psychology Internship Council. He is currently an active member of the California Psychological Association. Jorge is also a Clinical Faculty at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology’s Gronowski Clinic and the Diversity Community Mental Health track. Jorge is fluent in Spanish, Cantonese and Toishanese.


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