Board Members

Meet MASC’s Team of Board Members and staff!!

Biographies, selected photos, and direct contact info are below.

Delia Douglas

President

Delia Douglas is the Owner of Vibrancy Agency, a boutique public relations firm catering to an eclectic roster of fashion, beauty, multicultural, curve, non-profit and artist clients. Passionate about diversity, Delia is co-founder Multiculti Corner, a culturally diverse community of multiracial people and families for social, educational, and celebratory news and events. An advocate for positive body-image messaging within the media, Delia is the US Ambassador for Slink Magazine, UK’s premiere print plus-size fashion and lifestyle magazine. A California native, Delia, her husband, and their 4 year old daughter reside in Venice, CA most commonly referred to as “Venice Beach: Where Art Meets Crime.” Catch up with Delia and her family on Instagram @heartandsol and her business @vibrancyagency

Contact Delia at  delia.douglas@multiracialamericans.org

Sonia Smith Kang

Vice-President

Sonia Smith Kang is an advocate in the multicultural space. A proud military brat born in Puerto Rico to an African American dad and Mexican American mom. Stationed on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, Sonia brings her rich multicultural heritage into everything she does. She is the Designer/Founder of Mixed Up Clothing, an ethnic-inspired children’s fashion brand that celebrates global diversity and inclusion. Co-founder of Culturas, MultiCulti Corner and Mixed Heritage Day, Sonia enjoys providing a diverse and inclusive space while bulding community. Sonia calls Los Angeles home with her Korean American partner and their 4 multicultural, multiracial and multilingual children. Sonia holds a BS in Nursing from the University of San Francisco. You can follow Sonia on social media @mixedupclothing

Contact Sonia at sonia.kang@multiracialamericans.org.

Thomas Lopez

Treasurer

Thomas has been a member of MASC for over fifteen years and is a past president of the organization.  He has made numerous television, print, and on-line media appearances and speaking engagements as a keynote and panelist.  As a long-time board member he has also organized conferences, a mini-film festival, and diversity training workshops.  Apart from MASC, Thomas is a mechanical engineer having worked in multiple industries the most recent being medical devices.  He was born and raised in Southern California with parents from Mexican American and German-Polish roots.

Contact Thomas at thomas.lopez@multiracialamericans.org

Sandi Tamkin

Board member

Sandi Tamkin is a marketing and events consultant with more than 25 years of nonprofit experience. She received her Masters in Social Work with an emphasis in Community Organizing from the University of Southern California.

In 2019 she produced and directed her first documentary Iric – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt6c2hiWSKs&feature=youtu.be

Sandi is a Los Angeles native and part of a transracial adoptive family with Mexican, African and white ancestry.

Contact Sandi at sandi.tamkin@multiracialamericans.org.

Nancy G. Brown

Board Member, Co-Founder

Nancy is a first generation American, born in New York City and raised in New Jersey, and is of German-Jewish heritage. Nancy is a clinical nurse specialist in mental health, having received her B.S. in nursing from Boston University in 1975, and her M.S. in Psychiatric Nursing/Community Consultation from UCLA in 1980. Nancy currently works as a therapist at the Kaiser Department of Psychiatry in West Los Angeles. From her interracial marriage, Nancy has two adult multiracial daughters of African American and European-American descent.  She co-founded and became president of MASC in 1987 and remained president for 7 years. MASC was also one of the founding organizations of the Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA) in 1988.  She held the position of Western Regional Vice-President since 1994. She was elected President of AMEA in May, 2001, and under her leadership AMEA held their first National Conference on the Multiracial Child in October, 2002. Nancy has been a co-author in two books; The Multiracial Experience by Maria P.P. Root (1996) and New Faces in a Changing America Edited by Loretta Winters and Herman DeBose (2003).

Contact Nancy at  nancy.brown@multiracialamericans.org

Kim Chaudhry

Board Member

Kim Chaudhry was born and raised in Paramount, California and currently resides in Orange County. Her husband is first generation Pakistani American and together they have two children. She is a chocolate enthusiast, coffee lover, advocate for racial equity, diversity, multiracial awareness, and runs a calligraphy and hand lettering business on Etsy called Lettering by KC where she does custom calligraphy on globes, place cards, envelope addressing for weddings and events and just about anything she can take a marker to. Mixed with Eastern European and African American, her background has piqued her interest in genealogy and she has spent the past 6 years researching her ancestry. She has worked in City government for over 15 years, assisting with state legislation, local initiatives, public relations, and community engagement efforts, and she is currently studying to earn her master’s degree in Public Administration.

Contact Kim at  kim.chaudhry@multiracialamericans.org

Ronnie Nells

Board Member

Ronnie Nells is a Musician, Journalist, Night Life Enthusiast, and BIPOC Advocate based on the Westside of Los Angeles. A published journalist (Los Angeles Times, Culturas) who credits much of his work to his studies at San Diego State University. Passionate about music, Ronnie’s singing songwriting and performing can be found on Apple Music, Spotify and SoundCloud, and Ronnie and his band mates have played numerous notable venues such as House of Blues, Harvelle’s, The Mint, Basement Tavern at The Victorian, Jam in the Van, Trip Santa Monica, Malibu Cafe, Summer Solstice Festival, Sawdust Festival.  Look forward to things ahead as Ronnie Nells has many projects coming to fruition this year.

Contact Ronnie at  ronnie.nells@multiracialamericans.org

Orange County Leadership Committee

The Southern California region is geographically expansive and highly populous making regional committees necessary. The Orange County Leadership Committee specializes in programming, representation and community building in Orange County, California.

Larissa Chiari-Keith

OC Leadership Committee Member

arissa Chiari-Keith is a first generation multiracial advocate of Persian and Italian heritage. She discovered MASC when looking for a community for her multicultural family. She has served as Parent Liaison, Board Member, and as Vice President of MASC with a focus on expanding the organization’s reach to Orange County. She developed multiple family events, parenting workshops, and playdates including the popular MASC Multicultural Santa event. Larissa is active in her community and also serves as the President for Women in Homeland Security, Southern California. Larissa is proud to be a Girl Scout Troop Leader and active volunteer for Girl Scouts of Orange County. Ms. Chiari-Keith has written about her multicultural family experience for Orange Coast Magazine. During school breaks she hosts a children’s music program with her daughters called Two Kids, a Turntable, and a Microphone on KSPC, 88.7 FM, Claremont, CA.

Contact Larissa at  larissa@multiracialamericans.org.

Lesli Mitchell

OC Leadership Committee Member

Lesli Mitchell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, children’s book author, natural hair enthusiast and artist. Lesli, mixed race African-American and White, is excited to bring her knowlege and support to MASC. Lesli lives with her husband Ernie and 15 year old daughter, Ava, in Lake Forest CA (Orange County) and is excited about creating programming and events for teens and thier families in Orange County. Lesli received her B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and her MSW from Cal State Long Beach, and grew up in Los Angeles. In addition, Lesli is co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion task force at Irvine United Congregational Church and hopes to house some of our MASC events at IUCC.

Contact Lesli at lesli.mitchell@multiracialamericans.org

Jeannette Soumbasakis Jose

OC Leadership Committee Member

Jeannette Soumbasakis Jose is Filipina American. She graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Political Science. After college, she won a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowship in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she did Post-Baccalaureate work in International Relations at the Universidad de Belgrano. Earning her Juris Doctorate from UCLA’s School of Law, she practiced law in
Los Angeles and Orange County at a large international law firm. Jeannette married her Greek-American college sweetheart and they are raising their two amazing, artistic, Greek-Filipino kids. Currently, she volunteers for MASC as part of the OC Leadership Team, focusing primarily on coordinating teen talks on topics such as Racism Against Asian Pacific Islanders during the Covid-19 Pandemic, Growing Up Mixed Race and Understanding Systemic Racism. Passionate about community service, Jeannette volunteers at the Orange County School of the Arts where she is the Co-Parent Leader of the Creative Writing Conservatory and a Member of OCSA’s President’s Circle. She also co-moderates a diversity, equity and inclusion book club where members of the community engage in thoughtful discussions about race, culture and life experiences. Inspired to build bridges among people of all backgrounds and advocate for social justice, Jeannette is honored to work towards these goals with MASC.

Contact Jeanette at jeannette.sj@multiracialamericans.org

Michelle Walker

OC Leadership Committee Member

Michelle Walker lives and works in South Orange County, and is the mom of a multiracial child (a toddler).

Interns

Rahul Yates

Intern

Rahul Yates is a junior at Brentwood School in Los Angeles, California. He identifies as multiracial and multicultural, with South Asian and white/European heritage. As diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice are very important to him, Rahul is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of MASC’s Orange County Leadership Team. He enjoys working with this group to develop “talks” for teenagers about various topics, including mixed-race, systemic racism, and intersectionality. Rahul appreciates that he is able to connect with, educate, and make an impact on young people from Southern California during these discussions. In school, he is a student diversity leader, and is involved in the peer tutoring and mentoring programs, orchestra, debate team, and musicals, and maintains a strong academic standing. Outside of school, he passionately advocates for multiracial and multicultural teenagers through his platform, HumSub GlobalTEEN, and is also a Bharata Natyam (classical Indian dance form) dancer with over 12 years of training.

Rhyan Borden

Intern

Rhyan Borden is a second-year college student currently attending El Camino College in Torrance, California. She hopes to continue her undergraduate studies in Psychology at UCLA, starting this fall. She is multiracial and multicultural, with a mother from Trinidad and Tobago of African, South Asian, and European descent and a father of white/European descent. She has always been passionate about equity, social justice, and diversity. She is grateful for the opportunity to educate others through the teen talks she helps put together, along with Rahul, Jeannette, and Lesli.

She has a career goal of becoming a Child and Family Psychologist, and it’s important to her that she knows how to view her future clients with respect towards their racial and ethnic backgrounds because that’s an integral part of how people live and view themselves here in America. Outside of school and her work with MASC, she also works for Vector Marketing as an Assistant Manager, Sales Coach, and Sales Rep, where she works to be a role model for other young women, especially young women of color.

To learn more about MASC internships and instructions on how to apply click the link below.

Advisory Board

Athena Mari Asklipiadis

Advisory Board Member

Athena Mari Asklipiadis, Japanese, Greek, Armenian, Italian, and Egyptian, was born and raised in South Los Angeles, California. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Pepperdine University and is an alumni member of Kappa Alpha Theta’s Zeta Phi Chapter. While working in LA market radio, Athena began her work in the multiethnic community working with such sites as Eurasian Nation, Addicted to Race and We Are Hapa. After recognizing a lack of multiethnic and minority marrow donors, she started Mixed Marrow in 2009 as an outreach through A3M (Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches) and Be The Match, the US national registry.

Athena currently operates Mixed Marrow and has recently started working on documentary film, Mixed Match with filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns (One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes). Mixed Marrow became an official project of MASC in April, 2013.

Kiyoshi Houston

Advisory Board Member

Kiyoshi Kamehanaokalā Houston is a second-generation multiracial activist who grew up between Santa Monica, CA and Waikiki, HI. Raised in the midst of the multiracial conferences and discussions of the late-80’s and 1990’s, he has traveled the globe from the age of 18 months, exploring what it means to be of mixed descent, how to embrace one’s own multiple cultures within mono-racial or mono-cultural societies, and what it means to be a contributing member of our global society. Kiyoshi has a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California, a M.A. in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and is currently pursuing his MD from St. George’s University School of Medicine. He has been a student of singing, Shotokan Karate, and traditional Hawaiian dance from a young age. His personal mission is to explore how we can pursue both improved individual and society-wide futures through empowerment, education, and knowledgeable self-care. He believes this is possible through a balance of micro- and macro- perspectives and via embracing both the sciences and the arts. He does this through his community work, work in medicine, and personal relationships with others.

Farzana Nayani, MA

Advisory Board Member

As a multicultural educator and intercultural trainer, Farzana Nayani has conducted research, trainings, and curriculum design around the topics of identity, race, diversity, and inclusive education for over 15 years. Farzana has facilitated discussions and conducted workshops about multiracial, multiethnic, and multi-religious issues facing families and children at schools, cultural centers, and conferences. Farzana was part of the curriculum design team for the Smithsonian Filipino American Curriculum centennial project (http://www.filam.si.edu/curriculum/) and is the author of MASC’s publication, Being All of Me: A Handbook for Teachers and Parents of Multiracial, Multiethnic, and Transracially Adopted Children. She has been featured on DiversityInc on working with multiracial and multiethnic colleagues, and in LA Parent and on NPR about raising multiethnic children. Her published research “family communication patterns of multiethnic youth” focuses on how communication within the family can shape the identity of youth in multiethnic households. She is the mother of 2 young sons who are of Filipino – Pakistani – Malaysian and German background. She has been on the MASC Board of Directors since 2007 and is currently an Advisory Board Member for MASC.

Jennifer Noble, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Jennifer Noble received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles with an emphasis in Multi-Cultural Community Psychology.  Jennifer is a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences Division at Pasadena City College.  She has a specialty in psychotherapy with children, adolescents and their families.  She especially enjoys addressing parents and helping them gain a deeper awareness of their child and the impact of their parenting.  Jennifer was an instructor for MASC’s grant funded high school course on the mixed race experience, the first high school class of its kind.  She seeks to raise awareness about how mental health looks different in culturally diverse populations.  It is of utmost importance that these differences be properly acknowledged and addressed. Jennifer strongly believes that sociopolitical and sociocultural factors impact one’s ability to achieve mental health, and that the larger societal structures and institutions which created marginalized and oppressed groups must be dismantled. She is a former President and Vice President and has been a MASC member since 1999.  Jennifer is a native Californian of Sri Lankan Tamil and African American descent.

Rudy Guevarra, PhD

Advisory Board Member

Rudy Guevarra received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research and teaching interests include comparative and relational Ethnic Studies, specifically histories of Asian Pacific Americans and Chicana/o-Latina/os, race and ethnicity, immigration and transnational migration, labor history, and multiracial/multiethnic identity. As a self-identifying Mexipino (mixed Mexican and Filipino descent), Rudy has written extensively on the subject, which was also the basis of his dissertation and upcoming book manuscript. He is co-editor and contributing author of Crossing Lines: Race and Mixed Race Across the Geohistorical Divide (Alta Mira Press 2005). His work has also appeared in Mavin Magazine and Urban Mozaik Magazine Online. Rudy is currently an Assistant Professor in the Asian Pacific American Studies Program (APAS) at Arizona State University. He is also an Affiliated Faculty member in the Department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies at ASU. In addition to his scholarly work, he is also owner of Multiracial Apparel, a clothing line dedicated to celebrated the mixed race experience (www.multiracialapparel.com).

G. Reginald Daniel, PhD

Advisory Board Member

G. Reginald Daniel, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Sociology, at University of California, Santa Barbara and is Affiliated Faculty at the Latin American and Iberian Studies, the Departments of Black Studies, Asian American Studies, History, and Chicana and Chicano Studies.  Since 1989, he has taught “Betwixt and Between,” one of the first and longest-standing university courses to deal specifically with the question of multiracial identity comparing the U.S. with various parts of the world.  He has published numerous articles, and chapters, and has written a number of books about the relationship between social structure and racial formation—especially multiracial identities.  Dr. Daniel is a member of the Advisory Board of AMEA (Association of MultiEthnic Americans), the Advisory Council of the Mixed Heritage Center of MAVIN Foundation, and is a former Advisory Board member of Project RACE (Reclassify All Children Equally), receiving media attention and invitations as a guest speaker at various conferences. Daniel’s own multiracial identity includes African, European, Asian, Arab, and Native American origins.

Faye I. Mandell, LCSW, BCD

Advisory Board Member

Faye I. Mandell earned a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and a Masters in Social Work from USC. She is the founder and president of Mandell Consultants, a psychological consulting group that provides psychotherapy, counseling, and coaching to adults, adolescents, children, families, couples, and parents. Faye, who is an African-American Catholic, married Dave, who was Caucasian and Jewish. They joined MASC after having Arielle, their daughter. Faye served on the MASC Board of Directors, and became its president from 1997-1999. As president, she and the Board of Directors led the tenth anniversary Kaleidoscope Conference and first Teen Summit. Sadly, Dave died during Faye’s presidency. He contributed much to the organization. Faye continues to support the principles, philosophy and activities of MASC while serving in the capacity of Advisory Board Member.

Jonathan Brent

Advisory Board Member

Jonathan Brent is a first generation hapa of Japanese and European descent. The founder and former President of USC’s Hapa Student Community, he is currently a full time student at the University of Virginia School of Law. He is also an accomplished spoken word artist, having performed at various collegiate and professional venues, including the Village Gate Theatre in Los Angeles and Highways Theatre in Santa Monica.

Volunteers

MASC also has a cadre of volunteers who help us with community events, tabling, outreach activities, event planning – and more! We thank all the volunteers who have helped MASC serve the multiracial community.  If you are interested in volunteering with MASC, please contact us at: info@multiracialamericans.org with what you are interested in and how you can help.

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