Mental Health Association for Chinese Communities(MHACC) Board of Directors:
*Elaine Peng 彭一玲 /President
Elaine Peng worked as a Chinese teacher for more than 10 years, but since 2013, she has been a dedicated mental health advocate and educator providing education to reduce public prejudice against mental illness, as well as decreasing stigma among caregivers. She has started five Chinese support groups and developed the first NAMI Chinese website www.namichinese.org in the United States. Elaine is a leader and developer of multiple mental health programs for the Chinese community. As a consumer and family member, she helps to promote mental health services and provide peer support to the underserved Chinese community.Her only purpose was to help those who desperately need help; hoping that through programs what the MHACC provide, they do not have to experience the despair she went through. She was the recipient of the 2016 NAMI National's Multicultural Outreach Award, and the 2017 NAMI California's Multicultural Outreach Award.
NAMI Family To Family Class Teacher/State Teacher Trainer
NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator/State Trainer
NAMI Peer to Peer Mentor
NAMI Basics Class Teacher
NAMI IOOV Presenter
NAMI California Mental Health 101 Program Presenter
Wellness Recovery Action Plan® (WRAP®) Facilitator
Member of the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Committee (CLCC) of the California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC)
NAMI California Family Stakeholder Advisory Group Member
NAMI Alameda County Board Member
Alameda County Mental Health Services Act(MHSA) Stakeholder Group member
10x10 Wellness for Alameda County Advisory Board Member
Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services(PEERS) Chinese American Action Team Member
San Mateo County Chinese Health Initiative(CHI) Member
Kaiser Permanente Behavioral Health Patient Advisory Council Member
*Jen Hong, PhD /Vice President
Dr. Hong worked in the Semiconductor Industry for 25 years before retiring in 2002. Dr. Hong and his wife joined NAMI Santa Clara in 2003 as family member’s mental illness. Feeling the need within the Chinese community for Mental Health, Dr. Hong started the Chinese Family Support Group at Mountain View Chinese Christian Church in 2005 and has taught NAMI family to family education class in Mandarin since then. He also led a group to translate the NAMI Family to Family Education Class into Chinese in June 2011. Dr. Hong was a coordinator of Santa Clara County ECCAC in 2009, a board member of the Santa Clara County Mental Health Board 2011-2014, and the President of NAMI Santa Clara County 2012-2014.
NAMI Family To Family Class Teacher
Mrs. Lin has been caring for her daughter, first diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1992, for a quarter of a century, and is happy to say that her daughter is now high functioning. Although she still has hallucinations and hears voices, and her intellectual ability is damaged by her medication, she is now able to do some nice jewelry work and participate in weekend shows, help with the household chores, take buses on her own to see her psychiatrist and counselor on a regular basis, and attend social gatherings and make new friends. Janet believes her experience in the last 25+ years can be beneficially shared with parents facing similar problems in their children and give them courage and consolation. Mrs. Lin was the General Manager of General Rich Corp. in Taipei, Taiwan from 1986-2006. Janet was the President of Yue Fon USA, Inc. in Bellevue, Washington from 2008-2017. She has related experience in Mental Health.
*Joanna Lai, CPA/Treasurer
Mrs. Lai is touched by the NAMI works to keep family safety nets in place, to promote recovery and to reduce the burden on an overwhelmed mental health care delivery system.
Mrs.Lai earned her B.A. degree in accounting from the University of Texas and she is a Certified Public Accountant. Joanna Lai has extensive working experience in accounting, financial analysis, and financial reporting in both for-profit and nonprofit business sectors.