Hitomi Yoshida

Program Coordinator |

Staff bios and pictures coming soon! 


Chandani Battle

Jarek Azim

Kaitlyn Kong

Vivi Pham

Board of Advisors


Fariha Khan, Ph.D. (Board Chair)
Associate Director, Asian American Studies Program
University of Pennsylvania

Fariha Khan is the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania where she also teaches courses on South Asians in the U.S, Asian American Communities, as well as Muslim Identity in America. She received a Master’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Yale University and a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research focuses on South Asian American Muslims and the Bangladeshi American community.

I look forward to sharing my experiences over many years at Penn with PAACH constituents.


Lovika Kalra
Student at Penn Dental
School Of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I am currently a fourth year Penn Dental student, and a proud ’14 Georgetown University alum. As the president of the Hindu Students Association at Georgetown, I assisted in developing interfaith programming on campus and to raise awareness on the South Asian culture in the community. I am so excited to have found a home in PAACH and I hope to illuminate all its meaningful contributions to the graduate schools. I look forward to integrating the undergraduate and graduate communities through my role on the Board of Advisors and to continue to encourage the safe space philosophy that PAACH promotes.

Hoa Duong Piyaka, C’01
Program Officer, Southeast Asia
The Fund for Global Human Rights

Hoa Duong Piyaka (aka Hoa Tu Duong), graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2001 with a double major in Urban Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE). She was one of the student founders of the Pan Asian American Community House (2000) and the first Asia Pacific Women’s Leadership Initiative (2000-2001), Chair of the Asia Pacific Student Coalition (1999-2000), and Vice Chair of Community Affairs for APSC (1998-1999). During her senior year at Penn, Hoa was voted by the Class of 2001 and members of the Urban Studies faculty, respectively, to receive the R. Jean Brownlee Senior Honor Award and the Commitment to Social Change in the City Award. Hoa obtained her Master of Public Policy degree with a concentration in International Political Economy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she received a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship and Public Interest Fellowship in 2008. She has extensive experience in the development, education, health, and human rights sectors in Southeast Asia – she currently works as an independent consultant and regional funding/strategic investment advisor.

Jamille Nagtalon-Ramos, C’03

Advanced Senior Lecturer and Associate Director                                 Women’s Health Practioner Program at the School of Nursing

Jamille is an Advanced Senior Lecturer and the Associate Director of the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program at the School of Nursing. As a lecturer and clinical instructor at Penn for the past 11 years, her roles have allowed her to educate undergraduate nursing students and graduate student nurse practitioners and midwives in the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program. As a Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, she helped develop the Hospitalist Obstetric Nurse Practitioner role at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania upon graduation from Penn in 2003, and where she still currently practices one day a week. She is proud to be the faculty advisor of the Asian Pacific American Nursing Student Association (APANSA). She is currently a doctoral student in the Executive Doctorate Program in Higher Education Management at the Graduate School of Education at Penn researching the educational goals and professional aspirations of Filipino nurses in the U.S.


Virgilio Aquino, CFA, C’07, WG’12

Assistant Investment Manager
North American Equities
Aberdeen Asset Management

I have been deeply enmeshed within the PAACH community through various capacities for a good part of 10 years ever since arriving on campus as a freshman in 2003 and returning again in 2010 as a graduate student.  As an undergraduate, I frequented PAACH for the amalgam of resources they provided, which included not only the basic academic necessities, but also the venue for mingling with other APAs on campus, and more importantly, for receiving parental-like guidance from Kusum while away from home.  My interest in participating on the PAACH Board stems from my commitment to further its mission–that PAACH not only continue to provide the same resources I enjoyed as a young college student, but to also become a more prominent contributor to the broader network of resources that Penn offers to all constituents of the University’s community.


Natasha Menon C’20

I am a freshman studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences. I was introduced to PAACH through the Asian Pacific American Leadership Initiative and the South Asian community on campus. I am incredibly excited to delve deeper into the PAACH community, and I view my role on the Board of Advisors as the best way to achieve that goal. I look forward to helping PAACH grow throughout my four years at Penn and giving back to a community that has been so welcoming and supportive.


Juliann Zheng C’19

I’m a Junior in Wharton studying Operations & Marketing and OIDD. Ever since coming to Penn, I have received love and support from the PAACH community. I’ve been introduced to so many amazing people and organizations through PAACH and I see PAACH as a place to help me understand my API identity, a safe space, somewhere to meet new people, and last but not least, a home. Along with all the amazing people on board, I hope to help PAACH continue to grow and bring to others the same comfort that PAACH has given me.