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2022 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honorees

Wendy Ho

Wendy Ho

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honoree

Chief of Staff for County Supervisor Otto Lee, Trustee San José – Evergreen Community College District

Wendy Ho, MPA is a community advocate and civic leader with over 15 years of experience working on public policy at the local, state, and federal level. Currently, Wendy serves as Chief of Staff to Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee. Prior to her current role, the majority of Wendy’s career was in the nonprofit sector, serving most recently as the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. Her experience also includes policy roles with United Way Silicon Valley, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, and U.S. Congress.

Committed to public service, Wendy has served on the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees since 2012.

Wendy holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Japanese Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Fidelia Butt

Dr. Fidelia Butt

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honoree

In Memory of Dr. Fidelia Butt
Head and Neck Surgeon at The Permanente Medical Group
Co-founder of the Asian American Cancer Support Network

Fidelia transitioned to Heaven on angel’s wings on April 11, 2022 after a valiant, courageous, and ferocious battle with pancreatic cancer. Fidelia was a Bay Area native and grew up in Saratoga, California. Upon graduating with honors from Saratoga High School, she attended Stanford University where she earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Music and Biological Sciences and a Master of Science degree in Biology. As a young child, Fidelia knew she wanted to follow in her beloved father’s footsteps to become a doctor and give the gift of healing to others. She attended George Washington University for medical school, University of Chicago for a residency in General Surgery and UC Davis for a residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery and a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology/Skull Base Surgery. She joined the Head and Neck Surgery department at Kaiser Santa Clara in 2000 where she served as chief for several years. She also served as an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at Stanford and volunteered at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. Along with the Radiation Oncology and Medical Oncology departments, Fidelia developed a comprehensive head and neck cancer program at Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center where she was the primary oncologic surgeon, and she was a founding member of Kaiser’s Northern California Head and Neck Cancer service.

Fidelia was relentlessly passionate about serving those most in need. During medical school, Fidelia did research at the National Institutes of Health and helped organize a free medical clinic for the homeless at the Community for Creative Non-Violence shelter. Fidelia devoted tireless hours to working with several nonprofit organizations and volunteering with Mercy Ships and other medical missions both locally and internationally, including Cambodia, China, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Jordan, Pakistan, and Syria, among others. She also volunteered as a Primary Care Physician at the CityTeam homeless shelter in San Jose and co-founded the Asian American Cancer Support Network. Additionally, Fidelia worked closely with AACI (Asian Americans for Community Involvement) for many years, most recently serving on their Quality Improvement Committee. While Fidelia received numerous accolades for her dedication to humanitarian service, including the Hick Williams Community Service Award, the Physician Hero Award, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award upon graduation from Stanford, and the Award of Merit from the Stanford Associates, her only motivation and her greatest joy was to help those in the greatest need. To paraphrase her colleagues, Fidelia saved and positively impacted countless lives during her career and is overwhelmingly beloved for her compassion, generosity, dedication, humility, and kindness. Fidelia represented the “truest qualities of an exemplary physician and surgeon and is an inspiration to all who knew her as to what we should aspire to be.”

Dr. Harleen Sahni

Dr. Harleen Sahni

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honoree

Medical Director of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s TB & Refugee Clinic.

Dr. Harleen Sahni is an Infectious Disease Specialist and has over 19 years of experience in the medical field. She currently oversees the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center’s TB & Refugee Clinic which provides comprehensive health assessment and medical treatment for newly arriving refugees and asylees. This clinic was first started to help Vietnamese refugees re-settle in America and now nearly 50 years later, the clinic is doing the same work for Afghans forced to flee their country last August.

She is also the director of Anti-Microbial Stewardship for SCVMH and health systems which aims at reducing the overall antimicrobial resistance and multi drug resistant organisms in the community.

She graduated from Calcutta Medical College, West Bengal University of Health Sciences medical school in 2003. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine from SCVMC and fellowship in Infectious Diseases from Stanford University.

Betty Duong, Esq.

Betty Duong, Esq.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Honoree

Betty Duong, Esq.
Chief of Staff, Office of Supervisor Cindy Chavez

Betty Duong is a community advocate and has dedicated her career to public services. Prior to her role as Chief of Staff for the Office of Supervisor Cindy Chavez, she led the Santa Clara County Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE) overseeing all administrative and operational functions of the newly created office. Betty also served as Lead Public Information Office for the Santa Clara County COVID-19 Emergency Operations Center where she oversaw communications, outreach, and the Community Health and Business Engagement Team that conducted door to door canvassing in communities hardest hit by the pandemic. She was instrumental in the development of the Vietnamese-American Service Center that delivers language-accessible and culturally-competent county social and health services. Duong took a personal leave of absence in 2016 to manage the successful Measure A $950 million housing bond campaign.

Betty received a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis King Hall School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a proud graduate of De Anza College. A lifelong resident of Santa Clara County, Betty resides in San Jose with her husband, Khai; together they have a daughter, Harper, and son, Nikolas.