Our Team

Rev. Dr. Young Lee Hertig

Co-Founder & Executive Director

She has taught courses on Spirituality, Sustainability, and Diversity at Azusa Pacific University, United Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary since 1992 to present. She holds three MA’s in Counseling Psychology, Theology, Anthropology, and PhD in Intercultural Studies.

Joana Choi

Communications and Marketing Director

Joana is the podcast producer for When Women Preach… and manages all of ISAAC’s communications and marketing platforms.  Joana is also a teaching pastor at NUMA church and is currently pursuing a Masters in Justice & Advocacy at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Joy Lentz Wong

Pastoralab Program Coordinator and AAWOL Blog Administrator

Joy manages PastoraLab participants’ feedback and communication with them.  Joy serves with Asian American Women on Leadership (AAWOL) as the Blog Administrator. She is a contributor to AAWOL’S book, Mirrored Reflections. Joy has served in various leadership capacities in Asian American ministries and Asian immigrant churches.

Soo Ji Alvarez

Program Coordinator For How To Fuel Your Passion.

Soo Ji is the Lead Pastor of The AVENUE Church, a multi-ethnic church that has a heart for the community of Riverside, CA. Soo Ji is Asian-American and pastors with her Mexican-American husband Joe.

James Suh

Chief Financial Officer

James Suh is an experienced executive in the investment and financial planning industry for the past 25 years. Mr. Suh is currently a managing director at Mirae Asset Wealth Management where he provides global corporations and clients with a comprehensive business and financial plan.

Our Board of Directors

Rev. Florence Li

Chair

Reverend Florence Li, National Coordinator of Asian Ministries, is the Chair of ISAAC’s board.  Born in Hong Kong, relocated to the U.S in 1976 and ordained in 1987, Li works to strengthen Asian church ministries by providing resources to pastors of Asian churches and gathering them together through local, regional and denominational events and conferences. She graduated from Hunter College with an MSW in Administration, an M. Div., from American Baptist Seminary of the West, and a BA degree in Social Work from Ottawa University.

Angelica Michail

Treasurer

Angelica Michail is President of Sunbelt of Pasadena Team and works as an actuary and brokers business sales. She has degrees from Claremont Graduate University, University of the Philippines, and State University of New Jersey.

Rev. Breana Van Velzen

Secretary

Breana is the Community Minister at Duke University Chapel where she engages with matters of justice, equity, and mercy with the Duke University community. Breana is a graduate of Duke University where she earned her Master of Divinity. Additionally, she has a Masters of Social Work from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Breana is an ordained Baptist minister.

Rev. Joanne Rodríguez

Director

Rev. Joanne Rodríguez, is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, and the Executive Director of the Hispanic Theological Initiative and the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) since 2002. During her tenure, HTI established the consortium in 2008, fundraised over $8.3 million, and helped graduate over 120 PhD students in an average time to degree of 5.5 years, holding a graduation rate over 97%. She holds an MDiv. 1999, and a ThM. 2002, in homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary. She writes, and speaks throughout the nation regarding the educational development of Hispanic students in PhD studies. Also listen to the HTI Open Plaza podcast.

Wing Ng Pang

Director

Wing is the co-founder & Executive Director of Christian Leadership Exchange as well as a consultant in urban design and planning. In the past, he has served at numerous institutions including the Chinese Studies Program at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. Wing completed a BA at UC Berkeley, a Masters in Urban Design City Planning from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning at UCLA.

Rev. Kevin Pranoto

(On Leave)

Kevin started a new position, Associate Pastor of Social Work at Second Baptist Church in downtown Little Rock.  Kevin is a licensed social worker and ordained minister through a Baptist General Convention of Texas church. He helps churches provide social service support for those experiencing poverty in Atlanta, GA at Buckhead Christian Ministry. Kevin specialized his studies in Women and the Church, through his Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees from Baylor University.

Advisory Council

Maggie Harmon

Advisor

Maggie Harmon is the Ministry Relations Officer for the Southwest Region in the Presbyterian Foundation, where she works with congregations and individuals to sustain the culture of generosity. She is also a ruling elder at Montclair Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California. Her experience includes 20 years of legal practice, management consulting, and leadership coaching. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and has extensive training in social science-based organizational development. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Davis and a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law. She has certification in leadership, organizational growth, and social science from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is an interfaith chaplain.

Andrew Lee

Advisor

Andrew is a founding member of the firm, Lee, Hong, Degerman, Kang & Waimey, and he advises international business enterprises in corporate and financial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, international and cross-border transactions, products liability, real estate, tax and other general business matters. He has extensive experience representing corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and joint ventures of major Korean multinational companies in various commercial transactions.

Bill Watanabe

Advisor

Bill is a former executive director of the Little Tokyo Service Center. From one staff person, LTSC now employs over 100 paid staff, most being full-time and many being multilingual and multicultural. Born in an American concentration camp called Manzanar, he is the son of first generation Japanese immigrants who came from Japan and during the 1930’s settled in the San Fernando Valley to grow and sell flowers in the then-booming wholesale flower market. All who have been mentored by Bill call him a thinker, planner, and implementer.

Rebecca Y. Kim

Advisor

Rebecca is the Frank R. Seaver Chair of Social Science. She is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Ethnic Studies program at Pepperdine University. She specializes in immigration, race, and religion and has published widely on such topics, particularly related to Asian Americans and Korean Christianity. She is the author of God’s New Whiz Kids? Korean American Evangelicals on Campus (New York Press 2006) and The Spirit Moves West: Korean Missionaries in America (Oxford University Press 2015).

Shana Won

Advisor

Shana is active with many community and professional organizations including the International Association of Financial Planners, Women’s Leadership Council, and is a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. She is the Investment Committee Chair for the International Institute of Los Angeles and also served on the board of Los Angeles City College District Bond Oversight Committee which is responsible for over $1 Billion in projects.

Joseph D. Small

Advisor

Joseph served as director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship from 1989-2011. He is now adjunct faculty at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and church relations consultant to the Presbyterian Foundation. He serves on the board of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology, and is co-chair of the international Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue.