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WANT YOUR HEPATITIS B QUESTION ANSWERED?

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GOVERNANCE COUNCIL

Caryl Ito

Caryl has served for many years on the Council and her commitment is both personal and professional.  She feels learning about the wide impact of Hep B on the API community is critically important as her volunteer time also serves as a tribute to her younger brother, Robby, who died of liver cancer at the young age of 55. 

 

Caryl currently operates an outside sales/marketing representative business of children’s toys associated with Lorraine T.Bozeman & Associates where she represents an array of multinational toy companies in Northern California. 

Chair

Dr. Emily Ting

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Francis Tsang

Francis Tsang currently serves as the Deputy Press Secretary for San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. He was also the Deputy Press Secretary for Mayor Gavin Newsom, and also served in the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services as Mayor Newsom’s Liaison for District 3, 4, and the Asian American Community.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Francis holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Public Health.

Treasurer

Arcadi Kolchak

Arcadi was the former Executive Director of SF Hep B Free and is happy to join the board and continue guiding the organization. Additional update coming... 

Alan Wang

Alan Wang is an Emmy Award-winning television journalist who covered the Bay Area for more than a decade. As an anchor at ABC7 News, he helped guide his audience through breaking local, national and international news coverage. As a reporter, he’s been live on the scene of countless spot news stories from dangerous wildfires to urban demonstrations and riots. As a widely recognized news personality, Alan has been a voice for many important causes including one in which he has a personal connection. Early in his career, Alan discovered that he has chronic hepatitis B. He later realized all three of his siblings were infected at birth and two of his uncles likely died from hepatitis B-related liver cancer. But only after Alan’s own struggles with hep B did he decide to speak publicly about his experiences with this deadly virus. Today he’s one of a few public speaking patients with a goal of creating more awareness about vaccinations and screening to help save lives. Most recently, Alan has been promoting a documentary film about the hepatitis B epidemic that kills more than 700,000 mostly Asian people each year. The film “Be About It” features the lives of Alan and another Bay Area man as they deal with their personal struggles and their battle against hepatitis B, also known as The Silent Killer. 

Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee is the current Mayor of Millbrae in San Mateo County and has been on the City Council since 2011. Prior to his election, Wayne was on the Millbrae Planning Commission for six years, serving as the Commission’s Chair in 2008. Wayne is also an Alternate Representative to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), a member of the Board of Directors of the Congestion Relief Alliance, a member of the Electrification of Cal Trains Committee, and represents the City of Millbrae on several other regional and county committees. Before his time with the city of Millbrae, Wayne worked as an environmental engineer in both the private and public sectors for 28 years.

Wayne has also been a passionate supporter of hepatitis B and liver cancer awareness and prevention having lost his father to the disease. Since then he has spearheaded the effort t o bring the Hep B Free campaign to San Mateo County and  engage community,  government and business stakeholders.

Katie Burk

Katie is the Viral Hepatitis Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of Public Health where she oversees hepatitis programming and works on related drug user health-related issues. Prior to her employment at SFDPH, Ms. Burk worked as a Capacity-Building Program Manager at the Harm Reduction Coalition, where she worked nationally to expand syringe access service provision, and as a Program Evaluator at Public Health Seattle & King County’s Health Care for the Homeless team. Ms. Burk started her career as a case manager for San Franciscans living with HIV.

Sharon Lai

Sharon is an active community volunteer with a background in land use. She brings expertise in project management, outreach, governance, fundraising and community development. Sharon currently also sits on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of San Francisco and is on a planning board for March of Dimes. She is the Director of Development for One Vassar LLC, a commercial real estate development company, and previously spent 10 years working as an Urban Planner for local government agencies. 

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ADVISORY BOARD

 

Ted Fang

Ted Fang is a co-founder of the Hep B Free campaign. He is the Executive Director of the AsianWeek Foundation which also produces the annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in San Francisco, the largest one-day gathering of Asians in America. Fang’s work is to bring community together. 

Fang has a degree in Ethnic Studies and is passionate about community and diversity. He served as chairperson for Mobilization Against AIDS, and as director for the Chinese American Democratic Club and the Bay to Breakers Foundation. Fang has led The San Francisco Examiner, AsianWeek and the Independent Newspaper Group. He sat on the executive committee of the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association and was a founding director of the California Free Press Association. He was a founding member of the Asian American Journalists Association and New American Media. 

Fang is a Co-Founder and Steering Committee member of the San Francisco Hep B Free campaign, the largest collaborative effort ever in the APIA community. Hep B Free - Bay Area seeks to set a national model for overcoming hepatitis B disease. It is a systemwide approach for prevention of this deadly disease.

Founding Member

Janet Zola

Janet served as the Health Education Specialist in Communicable Disease Prevention at the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health for 25 years, culminating her career with the co-founding and development of San Francisco Hep B Free. Her achievements include being the first recipient of the National "Rock in the Pond" Award for her work in hepatitis B prevention, development and implantation of the 3 For Life project,  founding the San Francisco Immunization Coalition, producing the Senior Theatre Education Program as part of the Medication Education for Seniors program under her direction, 10 years as an instructor in Health Education at San Francisco State University, as well as many years developing and delivering training in family planning and women's health issues.

Now in retirement, Ms. Zola continues to serve as a valued advisor to the SF Hep B Free - Bay Area leadership, offering insight and a historical perspective as the campaign moves forward with its mission. Her passion for public health advocacy, and hepatitis awareness, has not diminished.

MPH., Founding Member

Dr. Samuel So

Dr. Samuel So is the Lui Hac Minh Professor in the School of Medicine and Professor of Surgery at Stanford University. He is the founder and director of the non-profit Asian Liver Center. Dr. So is spearheading a multidisciplinary effort with the goal of eliminating hepatitis B worldwide and reduce the threat of liver cancer.  He serves as a special advisor on viral hepatitis to the World Health Organization Western Pacific Region, and is the author of over 150 peer reviewed articles. His current bench research efforts focus on the discovery and evaluation of better diagnostic tests and treatments for liver cancer.

M.D., Founding Member

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HONORARY CHAIRPERSON

 

Fiona Ma

I am proud to work with the San Francisco Hep B Free Campaign in helping to educate and raise awareness among the general public about this deadly disease. It is through knowledgeabout hepatitis B prevention and treatment that we can stop most liver cancers, which are caused by the Hep B virus.

 

As a person who has chronic Hep B infection, I know how important it is to know one's status. I encourage everyone to get tested as soon as possible. The hepatitis B virus is known as the "silent killer" because there are often no symptoms. By the time symptoms do show, it is often too late to take advantage of the manytreatment options.

 

Those who test negative for hepatitis B infection can get a vaccination for lifelong protection. Those who are chronically infected need simple medical check-ups to prevent the Hep B virus from developing into liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. By taking these steps, we can rid San Francisco of hepatitis B. We can set a model for the nation and be an inspiration to efforts around the globe in eradicating Hep B.

 

It all starts with you. Get screened, vaccinated and treated if necessary. Use the information in this news section to educate yourself about the things you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Talk to your family and friends about Hep B and help them to get screened. By working together, we can all be Hep B Heroes and make San Francisco free of hepatitis B!

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