Management Team

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

Sarita Kohli, 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.

Gerard Manuel

Role at AACI: Director of Wellness Services

After 25 years in the municipal sector, Gerard joined AACI in 2018 as the Director of Wellness Services responsible for leading agency-wide integration efforts, wellness strategies and initiatives to drive positive change among AACI clients, patients and served communities. Gerard provides strategic leadership and oversight of wellness and community services that promote healthy independence, healthy lifestyles, and safety and security. Wellness Services programs includes Youth (focused on alcohol and other drug education); HIV Outreach, Prevention and Education; Domestic Violence; Senior Wellness; and DUI Workshops. He has worked for the Cities of San Jose, San Carlos and Sunnyvale and implemented strategies and developed programs that helped create community. He received his bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from San Jose State University.

Clayton Ng, M.B.A.

Role at AACI: CFO

Clayton provides strategic leadership and oversight of all Finance functions. Prior to joining AACI in 2017, Clayton served as Chief Financial Officer at Alum Rock Counseling Center, Inc. In his nearly 4 years there, he contributed to the agency’s growth of nearly 50%. When he left the agency, it was in the best financial condition seen during one long-term board member’s tenure (14+ years). Clayton also spent 5 years at Uplift Family Services (formerly known as EMQ Families First) as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. There, he lead a team which oversaw all financial budgeting, planning and reporting activities. He has also the Senior Healthcare Financial Analyst for Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System – Department of Behavioral Health where he provided financial support for 32 Community Based Organizations. He holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts from San Francisco State University.

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.

 

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