Bio: Diana is a Mental Health Counselor for Asian Americans for Community Involvement, providing services for the adult and older adult populations. She loves to engage in the coordination and planning of many community projects ranging from festivals to youth summits. She attended the University of California, Berkeley (Go BEARS!) and San Jose State University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, respectively, in Social Work. In her spare time, she enjoys taking long walks and holding shopping bags in her hands.
Fun Fact: Diana is allergic to cats, yet owns two of them!
Bio: Ken was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and still can’t find a city with better thin-crust pizza. He moved over to the Bay Area to start a new life, because NYC may have the metropolitan charm, but also the sewer gas odor. Ken received his Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Legal Studies at UC Santa Cruz, where he developed a strong connection to the ideals of responsive government and progressive grassroots organizing. He spent his next few years in political campaign work, analyzing data and working with API candidates running for local offices. Afterward, he devoted his time working in the non-profit sector assisting homeless families. He spent several years after this, educating and mentoring underrepresented students of color through the LEAD program at Asian Americans for Community Involvement. It was during this period that he decided to pursue his Master’s Degree in Social Work at San Jose State University, with an emphasis on Mental Health, and will finish in May 2015. Ken joined SBFT in 2009 and continues to assist the organizers in an advisory role and as a graphic designer.
Fun Fact: He enjoys hiking, mixed martial arts, and collecting San Serif fonts.
Bio: Vanndy Loth received both her Bachelors Degree in Nursing and Masters Degree in Public Health from San Jose State University. She is certified as a Public Health Nurse and is licensed as a Registered Nurse. Before working for AACI, she was the lead nurse case manager from the Monterey County First5 Teen Parenting Program. As an intern at AACI, she was able to provide support to the domestic violence program.
To be an organizer is an opportunity for her to practice the skills she learned through her program in public health. Vanndy is a strong advocate for community organizing and she believes that through education and collaboration, the community can produce the needed change.