peaCe Maker equalitY
Jeff Kichaven California Teachers Association
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Sempra Energy / The Gas Company
Sidley Austin LLP Asian Pacific American Legal Center
Southern California Law Department Gil Tong
Union Bank of California Pat Brown Institute
Mistress of CereMonies : Suzie Suh
opening perforManCe : Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians
invoCation : Rabbi Nicole Guzik, Sinai Temple
WelCoMe : Olivia Samad, Board Chair
thank You’s : Charles Chang, Executive Director
Client storY : Dr. Wayne Chen
sCholarships : Ashlee Sandoval
Kierra Keshon Washington
aWards : Excellence in Education – California Teachers Association
Corporate Leadership in Diversity – Union Bank & Tisa Jackson
Excellence in Mediation – Jeff Kichaven
raffle draWing : MC
Closing : William Tran, Board Vice-Chair
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olivia saMad, esq., Chair gil tong, treasurer Courtney Chai, esq.
Southern California Edison Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Greenberg Traurig LLP
WilliaM tran, esq., viCe-Chair lily BaBa, seCretary Jyoti nanda, esq.
Sidley Austin LLP Pat Brown Institute/ CSU, LA UCLA School of Law
Masoud MahMoud, pe, leed ap Ken yin steWart KWoh, esq.
M2 Strategic Morgan Stanley Smith Barney APALC
Charles Chang Kent Zhu eunJi Bang
Executive Director Assistant Program Director Development &
Min Kyung suh Josephine Ferreiro
Administrative Director Program Coordinator
MiStreSS of CereMonieS: Suzie Suh
Suzie Suh was born in South Korea, raised in Orange County and went
to school in San Diego. She considers herself a true “So-Cal girl” at heart, and
really learned that “there’s no place like home” while moving around
the country for her job.
Before joining the CBS2/KCAL9 News Team in Los Angeles as a
General Assignment Reporter, Suzie worked as a reporter/fill-in anchor for the
CW affiliate in Las Vegas. She also spent a few cruel but beautiful winters in
Northwestern Montana where she ‘one-man-banded’ for an NBC affiliate.
Suzie’s passion for broadcast journalism is rooted in two things: learning something new everyday and
meeting the people who teach her those new things. From wildfires to wild car chases, she says every work
day is like taking a field trip.
When she’s not telling a story, Suzie enjoys spending time with her family, hip-hop and hula dancing, going
to the beach, trying to golf, and eating ice-cream.
Suzie is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.
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exCeLLenCe in MediAtion AwArd
Jeff kiChaven, Mediator
For the first time, APADRC is awarding the Excellence in
Mediation Award. It was created this year to distinguish those
in mediation that exemplify the best of what mediation can do
for people. There are many people in different levels that practice
mediation, but few have the vast knowledge and experience in mediation as
well as embody its transformative power like Jeff Kichaven. Jeff ’s reputation
in the mediation field and in the community makes him the ideal person to
receive the Excellence in Mediation award.
Jeff Kichaven is an internationally recognized speaker and writer on mediation.
He is a leading voice on the ways lawyers and mediators can, and must, work
together to serve clients better. He has addressed audiences of lawyers in the
United States, Canada, and England for six sections of the American Bar Association (Business Law, Dispute
Resolution, Family Law, Law Practice Management, Litigation and Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice). He has also
addressed the Practicing Law Institute, ALI-ABA, the State Bar of California, the Texas Association of Mediators,
the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wisconsin Association of Mediators, the California Center for Judicial
Education and Research (“Judges’ College”), the USC Insurance Law Institute, California Continuing Education of
the Bar, the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations, the national seminar series of the Negotiation
Strategy Institute and many other organizations. Several of his recent articles, including the widely published
“Mediation is Not for Sissies,” are included in his website.
exCeLLenCe in eduCAtion AwArd
California teaChers assoCiation
In a dark period when funding for education is being cut at all levels, the
California Teachers Association promotes the value teachers hold in the
education of our children. Without all the remarkable teachers who have
shaped our leaders, innovators, healers, artists and community servants, our
world would lack the infrastructure to evolve and become better than the
previous generation. The Excellence in Education award is given to the
California Teachers Association for continuing to nurture the people who
educate and support those who will shape our world tomorrow.
The California Teachers Association (CTA) is California’s largest professional
employee organization, representing more than 325,000 public school teachers, counselors, psychologists, librarians,
other non-supervisory certificated personnel, and Education Support Professionals. CTA is affiliated with the
3.2 million-member National Education Association. More than 1,100 chapters or local teachers associations are
chartered as CTA affiliates. Two unique CTA Chapters are “statewide” affiliates: The California Faculty Association,
the bargaining agent for professors in the California State University system and the Community College
Association, representing members in 42 chapters who work in 72 community college districts across the state.
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CorporAte LeAderShip in diverSity AwArd
The Corporate Leadership in Diversity award is being awarded to
Union Bank for promoting diversity as the best practice in banking
and the corporate world. Diversity is promoted within the leadership of the bank as well as by creating policies that
will allow people from all communities to access Union Bank. Tisa Jackson is the Vice President of Diversity &
Inclusion at Union Bank and she provides leadership in establishing diversity throughout all levels of the bank.
Business - Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to
individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank has 340 banking offices
in California, Oregon, Washington and Texas, as well as two international offices.
Culture - Union Bank is guided by 2 overarching core values: Ethics and Valuing Diversity & Inclusion. It is
Union Bank’s commitment to living these values while serving its clients, working with its vendors and growing its
employees that keeps the bank strong even in turbulent economic times.
Global Family - Union Bank is a member of a global financial institution as the primary subsidiary of UnionBanCal
Corporation. The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. owns UnionBanCal Corporation and is a part of Mitsubishi
UFJ Financial Group, Inc. one of the world’s largest financial organizations.
To learn more about Union Bank visit www.unionbank.com.
Vice President, Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
Union Bank, N.A.
A passionate visionary leader, Tisa Jackson found her
calling more than 16 years ago and believes being a leader
in diversity and inclusion is a privileged obligation. She
was recently selected as one of “The Most Powerful
and Influential Women in California” by the California
Diversity Council. The list recognizes fifty women from
the state for their contributions in their respective fields.
Throughout her career Tisa has been a key architect in the
creation and transformation of diversity and inclusion
functions and programs within the financial services, high tech and non-profit industries
for Global 100, Fortune 100 and mid-size companies including: Deloitte, Advanced Micro
Devices (AMD), and the Y.W.C.A. Her work has been featured in publications such as the
Wall Street Journal and Diversity Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Management and
Organizational Behavior and Political Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
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Susan Lee is a senior at University High School. At the age of 12, Susan’s family
immigrated to America. However, living in a new country and culture without the
loving support of a family system to guide her during hard times was a tremendous
challenge. Her family is separated because her father continues his work in Korea
to financially support her family’s livelihood and educational endeavors in America.
Susan’s mother had many hardships to balance and sacrifices to make in order to
give her what she never had. Susan’s mother instilled in her a strong sense of self-
worth and pride with a focus on education. As the years moved on, she learned to
love and understand the diverse international culture of Los Angeles which gave her
new expectations and aspirations. Her family has given her the best opportunities
for freedom, education and spirituality here in the United States, and supported her
in all her endeavors, allowing her to be the best she can be. Susan will be attending
UCLA in the fall to major in Biology.
“I believe Peer Mediation serves a great purpose to fellow peers. I was able to help mediate issues that many
teachers who were a lot older were unable to relate to. It is a great tool to help students because it is easier for a
peer to understand what another peer is thinking. This program benefits not only peers, but teachers as well because
it allows them to focus on teaching instead of adolescent issues. Through this experience, I have learned that by
listening to people’s situations, I have shown respect toward their opinions.”
Ashlee Sandoval is 17 years old and is a senior at University High School. She
is involved in many school activities such as Track and Field, Varsity Soccer,
Leadership, the Peer Mediation Program and being Co-Editor and Business
Manager for Yearbook. Outside of school she is in the Los Angeles Police
Department Explorers Program where she learns some police basics and
participates in tactical training. She enjoys the program because she has the chance
to meet new people, learn new things and keep in shape. She plans on attending
a college where she will learn everything necessary to prepare her for her future
career; she would like to become a police officer or a kindergarten teacher so she
can protect citizens or help children at the beginning stage of their education.
“Before I knew who mediators and mediations were, I would get in trouble in
school, many times. At one point a teacher got upset and sent me to the dean’s
office. From the Dean’s office they sent me to mediation with Mrs. Crowley, the Peer Mediation Coordinator. She
explained to me how it could be an option from being suspended and put down in my records, so I volunteered to
the mediation. After the mediation was done I asked her how I could make a difference in myself and she asked me
if I was interested in joining the mediation program, and since it helped a lot, I would join. From that moment on I
was fascinated by the program and I continue on till this point in my senior year. The program helped me open my
eyes to a better way to live my life and how to help others do the same. I turned from an emotional trouble maker
into a mature responsible individual. I appreciate the help I received and what I will give in my life.”
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youth SChoLArShipS Continued
Kierra Keshon Washington
Kierra Keshon Washington is a senior attending King Drew Magnet High School
of Medicine and Science. Throughout her high school career she has been
involved in over 12 different organizations, but Peer Mediation by far has been one
of her unique and favorite esperiences. This is because she had the opportunity to
directly help students whom she sees everyday and is close in age with.
Kierra will be graduating this June and will be off to college in August. She
received acceptances to thirteen various colleges, but has not made a final decision
as of now. She plans to go to medical school and be a doctor in sports medicine.
Her senior year and work as a Peer Mediator is coming to an end, and she feels she
had an awesome experience and gained skills that she will always remember as well
as skills that will benefit her throughout life.
“Our community has more than enough violence, and by doing all that I can as a peer mediator to stop violence
within my school, I am also helping these students to realize they can remain peaceful and don’t have to result to
violence outside of school as well. Peace, respect and harmony are all things our community lacks, but is a goal that
needs to be met. I know bigger steps will be needed to bring peace to all of Los Angeles, and ultimately the world,
but through peer mediation, I am taking one step closer to spreading peace and accomplishing that goal.”
Band oF Mission indians
Pukúu Cultural Community Services
In honor of American Indian Heritage
Month, the Department of Cultural
Affairs awarded Pukúu Cultural
Community Services a grant to host a
MusicLA program for the City of Los
Angeles. For this program, Pukúu offered
10 music classes to students of American
Indian, Latino, Caucasian and mixed
ancestry. During these free sessions,
elementary, middle, and high school
students learned how to make their own
gourd instruments to sing and dance to
the traditional birdsongs of the
Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians. Through Pukúu and the MusicLA classes, the Fernandeño
Tataviam Band of Mission Indians helped spread cultural awareness and foster an important sense of Los Angeles’
rich native history.
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traCy l. allen Willian & sandra goodgliCK alan s. rutKin
sharon & alex BasKin olivia goodKin dale sChatZ
leonard & Joy Baxt Janet r. halBert Martha and stuart sChMitZ
gordon & elaine BerMan MiChael & Maria hornaK teresa yang
MarK & shirley BilField Myrna oKen
JiM & diane Berliner John phillips
BradFord renaissanCe portraits Westin Bonaventure hotel and suites
roWley portraiture espaCe design and ConstruCtion, inC.
ZiMMer Children's MuseuM golF n’ stuFF
opi produCts, inC. oMni los angeles hotel
gold's gyM los alaMitos raCe Course
John Cassese- "the danCe doCtor" WarsZaWa polish Cuisine
Martha JaMeson- uCla dept oF athletiCs dave and Busters
Craig springer- Cerritos Center real Mex restaurants
elio's Fitness For suCCess the CheeseCaKe FaCtory
Brent's deliCatessen & restaurant pinK's FaMous hot dogs
the CoMedy & MagiC CluB yard house
dandy don's iCe CreaM the los angeles dodgers
MuseuM oF toleranCe tasty garden restaurant
Japanese aMeriCan national MuseuM staples Center Foundation
santa MoniCa yoga san antonio Winery
la Mirada theatre For the perForMing arts eilat BaKery
sKirBall Cultural Center iMprov
Assembly member ted lieu for supplying certificates for all our awardees and
suZie suh for taking time out of her busy schedule to continue to MC our event.
asian paCiFiC aMeriCan legal Center for allowing the use of the Community
Room for our event.
Our fantastic interns without whom we could not exist.
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Congratulations on receiving the
Excellence in Mediation award.
Your wisdom, understanding and
compassion enrich our community.
We treasure our friendship.
Laurie Levenson and Doug Mirell
Susan Jacoby Stern and Joel Stern
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to our friend Jeff Kichaven
from Bill & Anna Tenenblatt
Regina Stagg & Joel Feuer
Congratulate Jeff On This
(We also thank him for his great services
as a fantastic basketball coach!)
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CONGRATULATIONS a very well-deserved
Mike With Love,
Gregory The Sacher Family
Congratulations to CONGRATULATIONS
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ON YOUR WELL-DESERVED
ROYAL F. OAKES, ESQ. Lynn & Cahil LLP,
LAW OFFICE OF
BARGER & WOLEN
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The California TeaChers assoCiaTion
is proud To supporT
The asian paCifiC ameriCan dispuTe resoluTion CenTer
aT Their ninTh annual ConversiTy awards reCepTion
California TeaChers assoCiaTion
Excellence in Education
Excellence in Mediation
Corporate Leadership in Diversity
CTA/NEA represents more than 325,000 educators in California public schools, colleges and universities
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Southern California Edison
is proud to support the
Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center
9th Annual Conversity Awards Reception
and salutes APADRC’s dedication to
improving relationships in the community.
SCE congratulates the
2010 award recipients.
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is a proud sponsor of the
APADRC’s Ninth Annual
“Conversity” Awards Reception
all of tonight’s honorees
The Sidley Austin Foundation is funded solely by Sidley Austin LLP, an international law firm,
to further the firm’s commitment to the community and to public service.
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