Our Staff

Meet the dedicated staff of the Asian American Health Initiative:

Perry Chan, MS, CHES

Program Manager II

Perry Chan is the Program Manager for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). In this position, he provides leadership on achieving equity and eliminating disparities for Asian Americans in Montgomery County. His duties include planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of AAHI’s programs. Perry is also responsible for budget management, grant monitoring, and other administrative and management-related tasks of AAHI.

Perry has served on numerous workgroups and committees, including the NIAMS Multicultural Initiative’s Asian American Pacific Islander workgroup and the Adventist Healthcare’s Center on Health Disparities’ advisory board. Perry received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from the University of Maryland and Master of Science degree in Health Administration Informatics from the University of Maryland University College. He is also a certified health education specialist.

Sanjana Quasem, MPH

Program Manager I

Sanjana Quasem serves as the Program Manager I for the Asian American Health Initiative (AAHI). In this capacity she provides technical support to other staff members and is responsible for activities related to data collection, evaluation, reporting, and project management. She also contributes to AAHI’s overall program growth through strategic planning and development. Her professional interests include health equity, capacity building, program planning, minority health, and mental health. Sanjana received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and her Master of Public Health in Behavioral and Community Health, both from the University of Maryland College Park, School of Public Health. Born and raised in Montgomery County, she is committed to bettering the health of her community members.

Karlie Leung, MA

Health Education and Communications Coordinator

Karlie Leung is the Health Education & Communications Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include developing and publishing culturally-relevant health education materials for the Asian American community, planning and implementing ECHO workshops, and maintaining AAHI’s communication with community members. Karlie is committed in educating the American public on the cultural and ethnic diversity of Asian Americans and raising awareness on the struggles and barriers affecting minorities in the US. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Criminology from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Arts in Anthropology from the George Washington University.

Samikshya Sapkota, MPH

Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

Samikshya Sapkota (Sami) is the Behavioral Health Program Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. In this role, she assesses behavioral and mental health needs and behavioral health service utilization in the Asian American community. Sami is extremely passionate about serving the hard-to-reach communities in Montgomery County and works on creating culturally and linguistically competent materials to educate the community. She is particularly interested in addressing barriers to care in international students, refugees, and in the elderly population. Sami received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health and her Master of Public Health in Community Health Promotion from the George Mason University.

Karen Tan

Senior Wellness Program Coordinator

Karen Tan is the Senior Wellness Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include assisting older people and their families in improving health, wellness, and quality of life through programming, education, and outreach. Karen also participates in various aging-related workgroups informing members of the health needs and concerns of older Asian Americans. Outside of work, Karen enjoys volunteering, cooking, meditating, and hiking. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Bachelor of Science in International Business from the University of Maryland College Park and her Master of Business Administration from Boston University.

Sophia Yoon, LMSW

Resource Coordinator

Sophia Yoon is the Resource Coordinator for the Asian American Health Initiative. Her main responsibilities include providing information on resources and connecting the Asian American community members with existing health and social services provided by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (MCDHHS), hospitals, and public agencies. Sophia is also committed in educating the community on the knowledge and awareness of health issues in the Asian American Community. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from Marywood University and her Master of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW).