Executive Board:

Justin Ruaysamran is Vice President, Corporate Counsel at Jennison Associates LLC, a registered investment adviser offering active investment management services to institutional investors and collective investment vehicles. Prior to this role, Justin served as counsel at PGIM, where he advised on cross-business initiatives within the asset management businesses of Prudential Financial. He has also spent time in Prudential’s International Insurance and International Investments businesses. Justin began his legal career as a bank finance and corporate associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, where he specialized in acquisition finance and syndicated lending. He is an active member of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, where he co-founded and co-leads the Financial Services Network. Justin earned his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law (Pritzker) and his undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago.

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Panida Rzonca is Directing Attorney at Thai Community Development Center. Panida oversees social and legal services at Thai CDC; including the Thai CDC legal unit that provides family based immigration and naturalization services. Panida’s experience includes advocating for Thai victims of human trafficking at Thai CDC since 2007. Currently, Panida is primarily assisting victims of sex trafficking from what may be the largest Thai sex trafficking enterprise to date. She provides counsel to victims who are called upon to be federal witnesses, provides immigration legal services and also case manages comprehensive social services including reporting trafficking cases to law enforcement and assisting victims in navigating the legal system to obtain immigration status, restitution, and ultimately, justice. In addition to her work in anti-human trafficking, Panida has been involved with both labor and housing rights advocacy. She is dedicated to workers’ rights advocacy within the Thai community working on public awareness campaigns and direct services to help workers navigate governmental agencies for wage and fair labor standard claims. Panida is also a board member of the California Access to Justice Commission and was the 2018 President of the Thai American Bar Association. Panida finished her J.D. at Southwestern School of Law and her B.A. in Political Science with a focus on International Relations at the University of California at San Diego.

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Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana is senior intellectual property counsel for Becton, Dickinson and Company. His practice primarily includes client counseling, freedom-to-operate analyses, and domestic and foreign patent preparation and prosecution. Chris has experience working for a major consumer products company, a large IP boutique law firm, and examining patent applications for the federal government. He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Chris served as the treasurer for the Asian and Pacific American Law Student Association while at the University of Virginia, and as an advisor to the University of Illinois’ Thai American Insight undergraduate student organization while at UIUC. He is a founding board member of the Thai American Bar Association and served as its president from 2014-2015. Chris currently serves on the governing boards for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Thai American Samakkee Coalition.

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Panida (Anna) Pollawit was born and raised in Queens, NY. Anna grew up speaking Thai at home and learned how to read and write in Thai at the local temple. She went to Trinity College in Hartford, CT and majored in biochemistry when she found her calling in law. After graduating from Georgetown Law, she practiced commercial litigation at BakerHostetler in New York. She joined the Thai American Bar Association to get to know other Thai attorneys and assist the greater Thai community.

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Tanya Kiatkulpiboone

Tammy Sumontha

Juthamas Judy Suwatanapongched

Phatchara Udomsin

Tonya Vachirasomboon

Past Presidents:

2012-2013: Juthamas Judy Suwatanapongched

2014: Tanasawat Jacob Satayaviboon

2014-2015: Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana

2015-2016: Tanya Kiatkulpiboone

2016-2017: Sam Puathasnanon

2017-2018: Panida Rzonca

2018-2019: Jane Kespradit

Founding Members:

Mann Bunyanunda

Michelle Bussarakum

Into Champon

Steve Chariyasatit

Wareewan Tina Charoenpong

Win Chevapravatdumrong

Luci-Ellen Chun

Gary C. Eto

Hon. Alan Friedenthal

Maria Harrington

Terry Huttayananont

Srivitta Kengskool

Jane Kespradit

Kathy Khommarath

Tanya Kiatkulpiboone

Edward W. Lew

Nedrudee Liu

Alisa Manasantivongs

Don Nghiem

Sam Puathasnanon

Panida Rzonca

Raymond Sakai

Tanasawat J. Satayaviboon

Vasudhsiri T. Sathienmars

Sanya Sukduang

Christopher T. Sukhaphadhana

Tammy Sumontha

Edmond Sung

William Sung

Juthamas J. Suwatanapongched

Lisa D. Tanner

Sirithon Thanasombat

Tonya Vachirasomboon

Phunphilas Viravan

Connie Charoonsrisavasd Wood

Lorraine Yu