The Board

Rupal Thanawala
Rupal ThanawalaPresident

Rupal is from Mumbai (Bombay) India and she is fluent in four Indian languages. Rupal has 25 years of business and technology consulting experience. She is the Managing Director of Trident Systems She is Tech Editor of Indianapolis Recorder and serves as the board of director for the American Lung Association, Black Data Processor Association and Techpoint Foundation for Youth. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Luddy School of Informatics and Computer Engineering.

She is a Bio-Medical Engineer from Mumbai University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. Rupal has lived in Indianapolis since 1998 with her husband Amit and their two sons, Ninad and Rahil. She is the recipient of the Torchbearer Award by the Indiana Commission for Women, Rosa Parks Champion Diversity Award by Indianapolis Recorder, Trailblazer Award by NAWBO and Leading Lights Award by Women & Hitech.

Glen Kwok
Glen Kwok

A native of Washington, D.C., violinist Glen Kwok has been the Executive Director of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis since 2000.  Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Mr. Kwok was Director of the D’Angelo School of Music at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Kwok was privileged to serve as the first American President of the Board of the World Federation of International Music Competitions based in Geneva, Switzerland from 2010-2015. The Federation is the international governing body of the world’s foremost competitions in all disciplines. In Indianapolis, he previously served as President of the Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators and the Asian American Alliance boards and currently serves on the Stanley K. Lacy Advisory Council.

Mr. Kwok received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University and continues to remain active as a violinist outside of his administrative duties by performing as a substitute violinist with local orchestras.

Raymond W. Mark
Raymond W. Mark

Raymond W. Mark is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified financial plannerTM   professional.  Raymond joined the financial planning firm Financial Plans & Strategies, Inc. in 2007, and shortly after started a consulting firm Mark Consulting, LLC and an accounting firm Mark & Grevel Consulting, LLC.  Raymond concentrates on helping clients with investments strategies and tax planning.  

Prior to starting his own businesses, Raymond worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Crowe, advising them in accounting, finance, and operations.   His clients ranged from Fortune 500 companies to privately owned businesses.  He has been serving clients in the Central Indiana community for almost 15 years.  Raymond received his B.A. from Indiana University.  

An Indiana native, Raymond grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   He currently lives in Noblesville with his wife and two children.   

Kanwal Prakash (KP) Singh
Kanwal Prakash (KP) Singh

Kanwal Prakash (KP) Singh is owner and founder of KP Singh Designs, since 1972, which specializes in fine architectural drawings. KP was educated in India and at the University of Michigan in Liberal Arts, Architecture, and City Planning.

KP has been a resident of Indianapolis since 1967. He is one of the founding members and past President of the International Center of Indianapolis. He actively supports many international, cultural, interfaith, and race relations activities in Indiana.

KP is the author of a recently published book, The Art and Spirit of KP Singh~ Selected Drawings & Writings (2003 Guild Press- Emmis Publishing). KP is a regular contributing writer for The Indianapolis Star and other ethnic national publications.

KP’s APA VISION: To see Indianapolis become a world-class city: “Where all cultures, faiths, and diverse spectrums of thought, offerings, and programs are encouraged and prosper. Where new immigrants step forward and build their communities with all their talents, gifts, and spirit and help dispel some of the stereotype perceptions about their ethnic origin, cultures, traditions, and their commitments to the new nation: United States of America.”

Ralph Taylor

Ralph Taylor is a youth development consultant and radio color analyst for Purdue Sports Properties providing commentary for Purdue Men’s basketball games. He has had a positive impact in creating a more welcoming environment for Indianapolis’ growing newcomer communities through his nationally acclaimed “Creating Greater Awareness” series and his ongoing advocacy for these communities. In addition, he continues to champion the cause of the local American Indian community.

Current community and civic engagement includes YMCA of Greater Indianaolis’ DIG committee, Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Rotary Foundation Board of Directors, Teachers Treasures Advisory Council, Chair of the Indiana Sports Corporation CHAMPS Grant Allocation committee, Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Real Men Read Mentor Program and Purdue University Representative on the Big 10 Advisory Commission. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Ralph has received numerous awards for his work with newcomer communities and in youth development. He is a native of Indianapolis and a graduate of Purdue University.

 Sonia Chen
Sonia Chen

Sonia S. Chen is an attorney with Eli Lilly & Co. Prior to that, she practiced at the law firm of Bingham McHale, LLP. An Indiana native who graduated from Carmel High School, Sonia attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate degree, where she double majored in Violin Musical Arts and Human and Organizational Development. Sonia earned her law degree from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana in 2001.

Committed to the Asian American Alliance’s mission to inspire Asian Americans to serve and lead, Sonia has taken an active role in the community. In addition to her role as President of AAAI, Sonia also serves on the Board for the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. She is active with the American Cancer Society, serving on the Coaches Huddle organizing committee for the past 2 years and as Entertainment and Activities Chair for the Washington Township Relay for Life prior to Coaches Huddle. After graduating from IU, Sonia joined her law school classmates in helping to establish a new organization, Teb’s Troops, Inc., a not-for-profit organization committed raising funds for the treatment, prevention and research of cancer, including melanoma. Sonia is a graduate of Class XXXIII of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. Sonia is also a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series and currently serves on the IBA’s Professionalism Committee and Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund Committee. Sonia was also recognized in 2010 and 2011 on the Indiana Rising Stars list, featuring outstanding young lawyers in the state. In her spare time, Sonia enjoys running and golf. She is a member of Indy Runners and Indy Women’s Golf League.

As a first-generation immigrant from Taiwan, Sonia is committed to helping other immigrants succeed in the community. She was selected to be the Master of Ceremonies in the 2006 Taiwanese American Heritage Week celebration. She has also served as a representative of the Indianapolis Bar Association at regular naturalization ceremonies to welcome new citizens of the United States and the State of Indiana.

Young-Hee Yedinak
Young-Hee Yedinak

Young-Hee Yedinak is an award winning media professional with a track record of orchestrating successful community campaign strategies. She is a bridge builder who is passionate about bringing people together to create impact for the community.

She has more than three decades of television experience in promotion, production and community affairs. Just before retiring, Young-Hee was the Community Affairs Manager for WTHR-TV Channel 13 (NBC) in Indianapolis where she helped to address critical issues facing Central Indiana through community service campaigns such as “Shattering the Silence”, a campaign on domestic abuse, “Coats for Kids” which provides free winter coats to children in need, the “Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration”, one of the largest one-day job fairs in Indiana, the “Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure”, one of the biggest charity walk/run events in the country to fight breast cancer, and “United Christmas Service” which brings holiday assistance to families in need…just to name a few.

She has won a number of awards for her work, including Emmy Awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences/Lower Great Lakes Chapter; Spectrum Awards from the Indiana Broadcasters Association; and Community Impact Awards from the Indiana Associated Press.

Young-Hee was born in Seoul, South Korea and has lived in Indonesia and Vietnam before immigrating to the United States.  She resides in Indianapolis with her husband Jim.

Terence T. Yen
Terence T. Yen

Terry retired from Eli Lilly and Company as a research scientist.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and a consultant on pharmaceutical research and development. One of the three founding members of the Alliance, Terry has served on the Board since its inception in 1999.  He strives to encourage Asian Americans to contribute to the community with their knowledge, experience and unique cultural background to become an integral part of the community.  He believes that diversity and inclusiveness is a two way street.  Terry and his wife Margaret have lived in Indianapolis for 52 years. He enjoys traveling and music, and is an avid ballroom dancer. Terry is a Board member of the United Way of Central Indiana, an active volunteer of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO)  and was a board member of the Indiana Association of Chinese Americans, the Indianapolis Opera, and ISO.

Mari Yamaguchi

Mari is an award winning television journalist recognized by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting and producing in the areas of Education and Minority Issues. She is the recipient of the 2009 Governor’s Award For Tomorrow’s Leaders.

A former competitive figure skater, Mari has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and the world for competitions and was invited to train with World and Olympic coaches. She was honored to be a 2002 Winter Olympic Torchbearer and to make a part of the Olympic tradition.

Active in her community, Mari serves on the Board of Trustees for Dance Kaleidoscope, Co-Chair for the Associate Council of Ambassadors, the young professional’s group for the American Cancer Society, Event Logistics Chair for Stepping Out In Style. Her commitment to Central Indiana also extends to the various executive committees she serves for organizations that include Dress For Success Indianapolis, the National Conference of State Societies in Washington, D.C., the Special Olympics Figure Skating Program, and the 500 Festival Princess Program. She also holds distinction as the first Japanese to be selected as an Indianapolis 500 Festival Princess.

Mari was a 3-time Miss Indiana for the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the Co-Chair for the 2010 National Cherry Blossom Princess program in Washington, D.C. Mari is also fluent in three languages: English, Japanese, and Spanish. She hopes to continue to build upon her “pageant” platform of: Communication, cultural understanding, respect, and education are the cornerstones for leading a stronger community.

David Wong
David Wong

David A. W. Wong is a partner at the law firm of Barnes & Thornburg LLP where serves a member of the Intellectual Property department and Chair of the Internet & Technology Group.  David regularly advises a range of clients from start-ups to multinational corporations, including Internet businesses, software developers, computer hardware and device manufacturers, toy manufacturers, media and publishing companies, automotive companies, clothing retailers, and financial institutions. David enjoys providing seminars and workshops, both locally and around the country, to attorneys and non-attorneys alike on the topics of intellectual property and Internet law.

Before becoming an attorney, he earned an undergraduate degree in music and then received a Juris Doctor Degree from Indiana University School of Law. His civic and community involvement includes serving as a Board Member for Classical Music Indy f/k/a Fine Arts Society, Heartland Film, and Techpoint Foundation.