Board and Senior Leadership

Board of Directors

Sarah G. KimChair

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

Elisa Choi

Vincent Chun
Executive Consultant

George Donnelly
Northwind Strategies

Dee Hadley
Strategic Marketing Consultant

Sylvia Han
Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management

Stephanie Pham
Deciphera Pharmaceuticals

Minita Shah-Mara

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.

Bi-lingual and bi-cultural, Simone Bui manages the ATASK Legal Advocacy and Representation Program and provides free legal services to ATASK survivors. She has been an immigrants rights attorney for almost 19 years. Her primary areas of practice are humanitarian immigration relief, family law, abuse prevention and poverty law on behalf of Asian immigrant survivors. Simone believes that all humans, regardless of ethnicity, immigrant status, or language literacy or proficiency, have a right to live free from the oppressive cycle of sexual and domestic violence, and that legal advocacy works only when it is in collaboration with community-based advocacy.

Hannah C. Fowler earned her M.A. from the University of Colorado in Moral and Political Philosophy. After completing her M.A., she served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a volunteer in East Java, Indonesia. She then went on to bilingually manage Barefoot Conservation, a non-profit in Papua, Indonesia, supporting their ocean conservation and teaching projects. From there, she continued to work internationally in China, and in Ghana for the Research and Counselling Foundation for African Migrants, developing a program for de-stigmatization and menstrual health education for local youth.

She initially joined ATASK as the Language Access Program Coordinator and is now serving as the Operations Manager for the Asian Shelter and Advocacy Programs. She is proud to work for an agency that empowers and advocates for immigrant and refugee survivors of abuse and violence alongside their team of multicultural Advocates and Navigators.

Joyce Kao earned her B.A. from Chengchi University in Taiwan in Sociology and M.S.W. in Social Work from Springfield College.  She worked as a social worker in Garden of Hope Foundation in Taiwan with domestic violence survivors, and then moving on working as a hotline manager in ECPAT Taiwan serving underage survivors from sexual exploitation and abused after completing her M.S.W..

She initially joined ATASK as Chinese Advocate/Case Manager after moving to United States, and is now working as the Clinical Manager for the Asian Shelter and Advocacy Programs. As an immigrant herself, she is passionate about the work with immigrants survivors with diverse cultural and language background.

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.

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