Board Members

Ken Kawaichi - President

Retired judge of the Alameda Court; Mediator and Arbitrator.

Junarden W. Hopkirk - Vice-President

Former teacher, Chicago Public Schools; Retired teacher and grant writer, Oakland Public Schools.  Enjoys grandchildren, book club and volunteering in elementary schools.

Susan C. Tom - Acting Secretary

Retired teacher and family liaison, OUSD;   Former director of Hip Wah Summer Program;

Former director and teacher of Chinese Language Program.  Passionate about sharing the Chinese culture to all who are interested.  Enjoys putting together Lego sets.

Josephine Lee - Treasurer

Retired. Former Director of Bilingual Education; School Principal at Oakland Unified School District; Lecturer at San Francisco State University, Elementary Education Department.  Enjoy listening to music, learnIng to play the Erhu, knitting and mint ice cream!


Anna Deng

Coming Soon

John D. Hopkirk

Retired Sonoma State University biology professor.  Interests include studies of native freshwater fishes of California, fish skeletons and family history (“Hawk Eye Farm”).

Judy Huang

Great Wall Youth Orchestra Alum, played Hammer Dulcimer for the orchestra for 10 years. Executive Assistant at Riviera Partners, a global executive recruiting firm specializing in Engineering, Product, and Design leadership.

Nick Kanozik

Nicholas Kanozik is a multi instrumentalist, visual artist, conductor, and composer. He unifies his skills through arts administration and education. He is committed to promoting multicultural music, interdisciplinary arts education, and reception of contemporary classical music.


Kanozik Chairs the Instrumental Music Department at Oakland School for the Arts (OSA). In addition to his work at OSA, Kanozik is active in the community through El Sistema, Cal Performances, the Kronos String Quartet, and others.

In his free time Kanozik continues to develop his re-invented Light Organ and visual art endeavors through his business, Kanozik Sound Art.

Maxine Mok

Blood Bank Specialist SBB, Clinical Lab Scientists CLS. Healthcare professional dedicated to saving lives and giving back to community. Have a special appreciation for Chinese music.

Michael Morgan

Music Director & Conductor of the Oakland Symphony; Artistic Director of the 

Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra; Music Director of the Bear Valley Music Festival; and Music Director of Gateways Music Festival;  Music Director Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera and is on the boards of Oaktown Jazz Workshops and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

Librado Perez 

Retired Social Welfare Administrator for Los Angeles County, San Joaquin County and Alameda  County.

Tillman Pugh

Faculty member of San Francisco City College and Alameda College;  Professor of Finances and Record Keeping.

Linda Quan

Retired educator; Taught K-6 grades in Los Angeles Unified School District and Oakland Unified School District.  District English language arts curriculum trainer/coach, OUSD.

Patrick Wang

Educator for Oakland Unified School District.  Have a deep appreciation of Chinese folk music.

David Weissman

Coming Soon

Advisory Board

Donn Harris

Retired public educator with San Francisco Unified School District for 31 years; Former principal of Ruth Asawa SF School of the Arts; Former Executive and Artistic Director of Oakland School for the Arts; Former Executive Director for Creativity for the Arts.

Odell Johnson

Retired.  Former President of Laney College for 18 years.

Joseph Ryan

Former teacher (4-8 grades); Principal and Former manager of State grants for future teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District and Santa Monica College.  My hobby is sailing San Francisco Bay.

Bill Somerville

Founder and Executive Director of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. The Foundation specializes in finding outstanding people and trusting them.