Board and Senior Leadership

Board of Directors

Sarah G. KimChair

Minita Shah-Mara, Vice Chair

Zina Kondratiuk, Treasurer
Simmons College

Poonam Patidar, Clerk
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. 

George Donnelly
Northwind Strategies

Sylvia Han
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Yasuna Murakami
MC2 Capital Management, LLC

Audrey H. Paek
Visionary Steps

Sukanya Ray, Ph.D.
Suffolk University

Michael Tow
New Boston Financial

Board Emeriti

Atsuko Toko Fish, Chair
Fish Family Foundation

Kija Kim
Clark Hill Partners

Paul W. Lee

Of Counsel, Goodwin Procter

Senior Leadership

Cristina Ayala earned her B.A. from Yale University and her Certificate in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  She has been involved in many aspects of ATASK’s operations over the past 11 years, including grant writing, contract reporting, community relations, and event planning. She served as ATASK’s Emergency Shelter Director for six years, and then became the Founding Director of the Transitional Housing Program. Cristina is a consummate ambassador and has represented ATASK at various speaking engagements, events, and meetings with key funders.

Earlier in her career, Cristina worked on various public health projects in Latin America.  She later joined the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center and managed the construction of their largest site.  As their Operations Manager, she was in charge of Medical Records, the Laboratory and Facilities.  She also worked with Boston Partners in Education and served on the Board of St. Peter School in Cambridge.

Cristina is recognized for her leadership within the Filipino community in Boston, where she teaches at the Filipino School and helps organize fundraising events for natural disasters and low-income communities. She currently resides in the Greater Boston area with her family.

Dawn Sauma has worked in social services for about 20 years as a provider, educator, manager, and administrator within the mental health, school, judicial, and academic systems. She earned her BA in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dawn is a Licensed Social Work Clinician (LICSW) in the state of Massachusetts.

Dawn has been serving as the Clinical and Programs Director at ATASK. Her role has expanded from providing supervision and management for ATASK’s primary services in the Community Based Services (CBS) and Shelter programs, and now includes oversight of the Legal Advocacy program and Education and Outreach.

She has represented ATASK in meetings with key stakeholders, community interagencies, and a multitude of government and private funders. Dawn has also authored multiple foundation, state, and federal grants for ATASK, and provided supervision to direct service managers, staff, and MSW interns.

Dawn is bi-racial, Japanese and Caucasian, born in Alaska and raised in Hawaii; she has now been living in Massachusetts for 10 years with her family.

Jenn serves as the Director of Education & Outreach. She manages and oversees the prevention strategies of ATASK in Boston and Lowell, including awareness and education, community outreach, service provider trainings, and youth programming. Jenn is an alumnus of Boston College, and has a background in marketing strategy, education training, and community organizing. She is multilingual in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. She is the project director for the OVW Engaging Men grant.

Jenn is a Founding Fellow and Steering Committee Member of the Dorchester Organizing and Training Initiative (DOT-I) and sits on the Public Policy Committee of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW). She has served as a social justice community organizer for more than 10 years, working with communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income families, womxn, LGBTQ+ communities, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Chanthy Khuon manages all financial and administrative functions related to the agency and its programs. In addition to monitoring the agency’s financial budget, she oversees all fiscal administration of public and private funding contracts. She provides fiscal reports to the board and funders. Chanthy has over 14 years of experience in financial management and administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College.

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