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.
Role at AACI: Director of Operations and Workplace Services
Elizabeth Macapanpan brings over 30 years of experience in facilities, building & construction management. She managed the successful Health Center expansion project in 2013-2014, and continues to take the lead in all of building, tenant improvement & maintenance projects and contracts management for AACI properties.
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.
Role at AACI: Director of Human Resources
Sara brings over 20 years of experience in operational and strategic HR practices to the Human Resources programs and functions at AACI. Prior to joining AACI in 2019, Sara honed her human resources skills in a variety of industries including, technology, education, consulting and not-for-profit, focusing on streamlining of HR process and supporting organizational strategy with a people-centered approach.
Sara earned her Master of Art in Human Resource Management from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She holds certifications as a Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and HRCI Certified Professional of Human Resource (PHR).
Role at AACI: Medical Director
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.
Nira Singh Ph.D.
Role at AACI: Director of Behavioral Health Services
Nira has been the Director of Behavioral Health at AACI since November 2016. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served for over 25 years in community based, non-profit settings, working with and advocating for underserved and marginalized populations, with a strong focus on programs for immigrant and refugee populations. She began her career in the field of domestic violence in a shelter serving South Asian women and children. Nira has worked within agencies and on several coalitions to address cultural competency and cultural humility in the training of service providers and models of service delivery, and has been involved in developing and implementing trauma informed and strength based services at various agencies in the Bay Area. She has served as the Director of Children Youth and Family Services at Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS) and as the Director of Refugee Foster Care Services at Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County (CCSCC), where invested in client centered care, also helped to develop and meet with client councils to inform services and empower consumers. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at CSPP-Alameda, on several dissertation committees and has enjoyed teaching, supervising and mentoring clinicians and supervisors for the last 15 years. Dr. Singh oversees the Family and Child, Adult/Older Adult, Calworks, and Intern and Training programs and serves as a clinical supervisor for various staff, doctoral interns and trainees.
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.