PAAFF’13 staff with (center) Denise Nakano (NBC10), Susan Jin-Davis (Comcast) and filmmakers Suju Vijayan and Mike Blum (The Playback Singer)
PAAFF is run by a team of dedicated volunteers who serve in their free time to promote and support films by and about Asian Americans for the people of Philadelphia.
Festival Director: Phuong Nguyen
Phuong is a recent graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (M.S. in Organizational Development and Leadership) and has a strong interest in developing organizations, companies and communities.
Managing Director: Michael Wingate Jones
Michael is a Philadelphia based actor and independent filmmaker listed on IMDB, as well as a practicing attorney (JD/MBA, Graduate of Villanova Law School).
Programming Director: Rob Buscher
Rob is an East Asian film scholar who teaches film studies at Arcadia University and moonlights as a film curator.
Corporate and Community Relations Director: Brad Baldia
Brad, a graduate of Bucknell University (Bachelor’s) and Temple (Master’s), works extensively with the Asian America community on a local and national level.
Events Coordinator: Suan Tan
Suan is a graduate of Union College, (Schenectady, NY) who lives in Wilmington, DE and really likes Hainan chicken rice.
Development Advisor: Bill Yau
Bill is a Philadelphia native and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Volunteer Coordinator: Herb White
Herb is a graduate of LaSalle University (BS) and Temple University (MBA) and in his spare time he is a health care executive in the Philadelphia region.
Communications Director: Pamela Yau
Pamela is proud University of Pennsylvania (BA) and City University London (MA) graduate and an arts marketer and publicist, who passionately communicates the creative and performing arts each and every day.
Social Media Coordinator: Ben Silverio
Creative Director: Quynh-Mai Nguyen
Brand Communication Director: Do Young Ahn
Food Director: Hye-hyun Bae
Hye-hyun is a graduate of Aalto University School of Economics and has over 8 years experience within the Translation and International Event Management fields.
Festival Staff: Shiella Cervantes
Shiella is the Associate Director for the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania.
Festival Staff: Reema Kanzaria
Reema is a practicing attorney (JD – Pace Law and BA – University of Maryland College Park), and in her spare time is learning classical Indian singing.
Creative Professional: Ron Lu
A native of Amish Country USA (Lancaster, PA) and graduate of Millersville University, Ron utilizes his skills as a graphic designer to make PAAFF look all polished and pretty.
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Staff Videographer/photographer: Alex Wong
Alex is the president of CCMG Business Brokerage & Consulting and has years of extended knowledge on Asian culture.
Festival Staff: Mike Donnelly
Mike is an ESL teacher and passionate about films that tell great stories.
Festival Trailer: Jeffrey Hsu
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Founder and former Festival Director (2008-2012): Joe Kim
Joe is a Temple graduate and independent film professional.
Accounting Services: James J. Newhard, CPA
Legal Counsel: Ballard Spahr LLP
Michael Wingate Jones