Wisconsin’s 35 Most Influential Asian American Leaders, Part 2
This is the second part of a five part series. Part one is here.
Adam Clausen serves as senior leader of Life Center Madison, a non-denominational, multicultural church. He co-founded a grassroots community organizing service provider effort, the Southeast Community Network, which serves the Southeast side of Madison and works with one of Madison’s NRTs. He currently serves in the Office of the Superintendent for MMSD, in addition to a number of boards, committees and councils promoting justice, youth engagement and empowerment, and community collaboration, including the Board of Trustees for One City Schools.
Lisa Imhof is Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. She is also a licensed therapist and social worker offering services through Evolve Wellness and Consulting. Before assuming the D&I role at the School of Pharmacy in 2019, she was a mental health clinician and substance abuse services coordinator at the university and spent 10 years as an evaluator and therapist at UW Health. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and women’s studies from UW-Madison and a master’s degree in social work.
Maneesh Arora is Founder and CEO of Elephas, a Madison-based company developing imaging platform technology to assess how living tumor fragments respond to cancer therapies. Prior to founding Elephas in 2020, Maneesh was CEO of Farcast Biosciences, a venture backed cancer diagnostics company focused on improving patient outcomes for cancer patients. Prior to joining Farcast, Maneesh was Chief Operating Officer of Exact Sciences Corporation for ten years where he helped grow the company from 3 employees to over 3,000 by the end of his tenure. Exact Sciences focuses on the early detection and prevention of colon cancer. Exact’s lead product, Cologuard, was developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and is now widely used in the US as a first-line screening method for colorectal cancer and is reimbursed by Medicare as well as all major insurers. Before joining Exact, Maneesh worked for Third Wave Technologies, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company, from 2003 until its acquisition by Hologic, Inc. in July 2008. While at Third Wave, he was responsible for business strategy and commercial operations before being promoted to Chief Financial Officer in January 2006. Maneesh earned a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
crystal pots is Director of External Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her role, she serves as the liaison for relations with the state government, including the Office of the Governor, state legislatures and state agencies. She also assists in the creation and implementation of a nationwide advocacy group on behalf of the university. Crystal was previously Chief of Staff to Wisconsin State Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green). In this role, she also assisted the joint Legislative Finance Committee, which writes the budget, as chief of the Senate tax and local government staff. Earlier in her career at the Wisconsin State Capitol, she also served as a research associate and fellow on the State Assembly’s Committee on Ways and Means. Originally from the Twin Cities, Crystal is a proud graduate of UW-Madison with a BA in Political Science and Chinese. She lives in Fitchburg with her husband, two sons, a dog and two cats.
Kabby Hong is an English teacher at Verona High School and was named 2022 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. With over 20 years of teaching experience, he has given several presentations for the New York Times on argumentative writing. He has received awards from Stanford University and the University of Chicago for teaching excellence. For the past two years, he has used his platform as a prominent educator to speak out about the proliferation of hate crimes against Asian Americans. The Los Angeles-born son of Korean immigrants received his bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Tin Chang is Chairman and CEO of SysLogic, Inc and has served clients in technology strategy and digital transformation, information management and business intelligence, cybersecurity/enterprise risk, and software development for over 26 years. SysLogic is dedicated to driving the growth of its customers by leveraging cutting-edge technology and sound business processes. During SysLogic’s 26 years, she has used the company to spin off two technology start-ups (SysSpark, LLC and Cyberspect, LLC). Tina serves on the boards of several nonprofit and community organizations including: Alverno College, Children’s – Wisconsin, Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, Midwest Cybersecurity Alliance, Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation, Wisconsin Policy Forum, Teach for America, Waukesha County Business Alliance, and the YMCA- Metro Milwaukee. Tina previously served in board positions at Ascension-WI, United Performing Arts Fund and United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha.
May Yang Krenzke is a program manager at Oshkosh Corporation, a role she was promoted to two and a half years ago after spending more than four years as a senior principal engineer in the company’s quality and continuous improvement department and an additional eight years in various roles . As a co-owner of Prime Properties, she has also been a real estate investor for more than five years. She has volunteered as a continuous improvement coach with the Poverty Outcomes Improvement Network team and as a teacher with Junior Achievement. She earned a finance degree from UW-Oshkosh in 2005.
Part three is coming tomorrow!