Staff

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Rhodora Ursua

Director of Programs

Rhodora Ursua, MPH, joined APPEAL in 2014 as the Director of Programs.  She brings over 13 years of experience in managing initiatives to reduce health disparities impacting underserved communities.  She previously worked and volunteered … Read More

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Lisa Fu

Research Manager

Lisa Fu, MPH, is Research Manager for the Community-Led Policies and Leadership to Eliminate Asian American and Pacific Islander Tobacco Disparities (ComPLEAT) Project. For the past 15 years Lisa has volunteered and worked with various … Read More

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Joann Lee

Program Manager

Joann Lee, DrPH, CHES, is the Program Manager for Reaching Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders through Innovative Strategies to Achieve Equity in Tobacco Control and Cancer Prevention (RAISE) Network Project. Joann comes to APPEAL with … Read More

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Rod Lew

Executive Director

Rod Lew, MPH, is the Founder and Executive Director of APPEAL. Prior to APPEAL, Rod was the Health Education Director at Asian Health Services and the Associate Director for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations. … Read More

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Emily Makini

Program Associate

Emily Makini joins the APPEAL team as a Program Associate and Executive Assistant. Emily graduated from University of Hawaii with a double major in Economics and Religion. Before moving out to Oakland, Emily worked for the Hawaii … Read More

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Karma Sherpa

Finance Manager

Karma Sherpa, Finance Manager, received her BS in Computer Science and Business Administration from Bellevue University in Nebraska. She holds an MPA with an emphasis in International Relations from San Francisco State University. Karma has … Read More