Miriam has been a tireless advocate for the Asian-American community for many years, serving within OCA on both the local and national levels, as well as with multiple other organizations as Vice Chair and Treasurer at the Connecticut chapter of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ConnTESOL) and Chair of the Asian Pacific American Coalition of CT (APAC). She is past President of OCAFC and a current Board member as well as serving in multiple positions on the board of OCA National. Miriam held the positions of Vice President of Education & Culture, Vice President of Public Affairs and lastly Vice President of Communications on the Executive Council of OCA National. Miriam is an educator and has taught ESL in Waterford Public Schools, ESL Coordinator at Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), greater Hartford. She has served as Assistant Principal and Dean of Students in Hartford Public Schools. Currently Miriam is back in the classroom teaching ESL to grades 6-10 at Classical Magnet School and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy in Hartford Public Schools. Miriam received her BA from Queens College, Flushing, NY double majoring in Asian Language and Literature and Elementary Education. Her MA is from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY in TESOL and her PD is from Long Island University, Brookville, NY in school administration and school law.
Ms. Pauline has been an active leader within the OCAFC community going back several decades to its origins as the Chinese Association of Fairfield County. She has served as President as well as Chairman of CLS in the past.
Mary believes strongly in civic responsibility and participation, and has been active on the OCAFC board for many terms, including President. Her investment management business focusing on families and non-profit organizations gives her a level of comfort in dealing with OCAFC’s financial matters. She is responsible for filing our tax returns.
As a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley, Bo is committed to providing highly personalized solutions to his clients. Bo believes that the foundation of comprehensive wealth management begins with solid financial planning focused on achieving each client’s unique financial goals. Bo grew up in China and received his MPA from Pace University in 2011. Bo has a deep commitment to philanthropy. In 2017, Bo was selected to present a workshop at the annual NFP Leadership Summit. Bo actively volunteers for different nonprofit organizations in Westchester and Fairfield counties.
Dr. Jason Liu was born in China; grew up in Taiwan; received Advanced Education in US.
He was selected as a young future international leader for participating in a special Ford Foundation program to spend his summer of 1967 in Cambridge/Boston, Mass, learning and experiencing American Culture and Society.
While as a Scientist at Bell Labs, he created new technology enabling the design and engineering distributed networks without rigid hierarchy. In an industry keynote speech, he has pointed out the future of delayed based switching and routing networks. One Network Management Innovation Pioneered by Dr. Liu saved AT&T $35 million per year.
Later, Dr. Liu was recruited by ITT became a Technical Director and Corporate Executive. There, he became a core team member to have created the world first fully distributed digital switch and envisioned its global application and marketing strategy.
He was selected by the top ITT management to assess the reality of China Market after ITT’s eight years of failed attempts with $35 million business development costs. After his first trip to China in 1982. He represented both ITT and Belgium Telephone Manufacturing, BTM, as an American Citizen to negotiate with Chinese Government. After 13 trips around the world, travelling between NYC, Brussels, Washington DC, Beijing and Shanghai and within 8 months, Dr. Liu concluded the landmark deal between East and West on July 31st, 1983. The deal included the establishment of Shanghai Bell Telephone Manufacturing JV. This highest level of global technology transfer was fully approved by US DOD and COCOM
In 1984, After the breakup of Bell System here in USA, Dr. Liu saw a unique opportunity and founded his own Company, General Network Service, Inc. Dr. Liu is its current Chairman.
He has developed and owns proprietary advanced technology for Network/Organization Optimization. Some of these technologies have been licensed to Major corporations such as AT&T,
In response to American DOD technology needs, he has developed Advanced Facility for Expediting the Testing and Evaluation of Mobile Networks in the battlefield. His technology break through enables the testing of complex mobile network vulnerability and survivability from 3 Days and Nights to 30 seconds.
His maternal grandfather Shi Der Quang 石德寬died at the age of 26 for a new China as a martyr in the 1911 revolution to terminate the 25 hundred years of Centralized Top-down Imperial System. Mr. Shi was buried at Yellow Flower Hill黃花崗 in Canton, China.
He has been on the board of OCA-FC for many years; He has been supporting the reactivating and restarting OCAFC since 2000. He has 2 children who both graduated from Harvard College and CLSFC.
Michael Teng is a licensed full-time REALTOR® in lower Fairfield County. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Teng has always been active in the Asian American community. Growing up, weekly trips to Chinatown with his parents sparked Mr. Teng interest in Chinese culture and language. A graduate of Stony Brook University, Mr. Teng was president of the Chinese association of Stony Brook. Mr. Teng also hosted a weekly Chinese pop music program for the college radio station.
Before real estate, Mr. Teng spent more than two decades working as a television news producer. As a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, he served as a mentor to TV reporters and producers just entering the business. Mr. Teng also coordinated AAJA’s Student Broadcast Project, which provided college students with one-on-one mentoring with professional journalists.
Kate is currently a Data Scientist working for Aetna, Inc. and holds a MEC (Master in electronic commerce) from Dalhousie University, NS, Canada. She is passionate about promoting Chinese culture and make cultural exchange available to all. Related experiences includes: Marketing consultant for Cultural Exchange Center/Minister of Culture, China (1999-2000). Consultant, Multicultural Association of Nova Scotia (2002-2003). Leadership committee of Aetna Asians in Motion (2016 – current, volunteer). With her experience and passion in promoting Chinese culture, Kate wants to help increase the awareness of OCAFC, reach out to more members and help accomplish OCAFC’s mission.
Ino Dunn is the Chinese Language School’s Principal. In this capacity, she is also a Board member. She has several years of teaching experience and she is currently teaching level 6 Yi bān. Mrs. Dunn is also an officer of the Parent Company of the Chinese Language School known as OCAFC. Mrs. Dunn has a B.S. of National Chung Hsing University and a M.S. of Computer Science from City College of New York. In addition, she is a Software Engineer, IT Professional.
She is passionate about spreading the Chinese culture.
Olga Bruce is the Chairperson at the Chinese Language School of Fairfield County and within this role, she oversees the other committees and assists the principal, Ino Dunn, as needed. Including Marketing and Fundraising.
Mrs. Bruce became interested in the Chinese School after having her two daughters, ages 8 and 5 at the time, who are fluent in Spanish become passionate about learning the Traditional Mandarin. During her full time job, Mrs. Bruce is responsible for investor relations, marketing, fundraising and public relations activities at Starwood Energy.
Mrs. Bruce holds a B.S. in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College and an MBA in Business Administration from Colorado State University.