President & Treasurer
Paraag Maddiwar is currently living the dream, having recently taken an “early retirement” after 20 years at Procter & Gamble. When he isn’t walking his dogs or hitting snooze one two many times and deciding to sleep in, he can be found working on his part-time job as a Supply Chain Consultant or actively planning and strategizing for NAAAP Cincinnati. Paraag grew up in a small town in Eastern Kentucky, but has considered Cincinnati his home for more than 15 years. However, he continues to hold out for some real chili and refuses to accept Skyline.
Events Chair – Professional
Christina Hua was born and raised in Chicago, and earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences from Northwestern University (go ‘cats!). She moved to Cincinnati exactly 3 weeks after graduation, and while the Windy City holds a special place in her heart, she has grown to love her home and network of friends in the Queen City. She currently works at Procter & Gamble in Supply Network Operations, and in this team leader role, has realized her passion for coaching and developing others. Christina initially joined NAAAP to meet fellow Asians/Asian Americans in the area, but has stayed and gotten involved as a second-time officer because of the immense impact the organization has had on her, as well as the immeasurable value she finds in its purpose. In her free time, Christina enjoys trying new restaurants and bars, writing Yelp reviews, and working out.
Events Chair – Social & Service
Coral Wu is a Cincinnati-based, professional Tour Guide and Director. Born and raised in Taiwan, she speaks both Mandarin Chinese and English. She describes herself “a history nerd with a strong wanderlust.” She moved to the US in 2008 for her Ph.D. in English Literature. During her Ph.D. safari, she has lived in several different regions in the US, including Reno, NV, Ithaca, NY, Memphis, TN, and currently Cincinnati, OH. After obtaining her degree, she realized that perhaps, academic life might not be right for her. She also realized that something had been missing in her academic life—people. She decided to become a tour guide because it allowed her to embrace people, humanities, and wanderlust! She started her own touring business Travel with Coral in Cincinnati, 2016. She loves to show people around, and believes that tourism is about entertainment, engagement, education, and cultivation. For her, tourism and hospitality is a way to connect people and bring them closer in spite of the racial, cultural, and linguistic differences.
Coral first joined NAAAP to meet new friends. She immediately found NAAAP possessing a positive energy that fuels her passion as a local tour guide. She is proud of being selected as the Event Chair of NAAAP. She thinks NAAAP provides a platform where she can practice and improve her skills in tourism and the hospitality industry.
Events Chair – WIN! (Women In NAAAP!)
Roxanna Mehdi is a newly licensed attorney currently serving the great state of Ohio through her work with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Her prior work experience includes advocating for the most vulnerable members of our community as a Job and Family Services social worker. Roxanna earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Oberlin College. A native Cincinnatian, Roxanna is excited to give back to her community through NAAAP Cincinnati. As this year’s Women in NAAAP officer, Roxanna looks forward to connecting Asian female professionals in Cincinnati and providing further professional development opportunities. In her spare time, Roxanna can be seen singing alto with the Young Professional Choral Collective in bars and breweries throughout Over-the-Rhine.
Member Recruitment Chair
Tessa Xuan is the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Chamber of Commerce. Born in Lexington, KY and raised in Ohio, Tessa is a 2nd generation Chinese American. She earned her B.S. in Biochemistry from the Ohio State University with 2 minors in Neuroscience and International Relations & Diplomacy. Before working at the Chinese Chamber, Tessa worked at Procter & Gamble in Research & Development, uncovering consumer insights and developing new Downy brand products in North America & Latin America.
Member Relations Chair
Mindy Yiu currently works for Miami University as a Senior Assistant Director of Admission & International Recruitment. Originally from Lorain, Ohio, she pursued her education at The Ohio State University in Animal Sciences and Korean before heading on to graduate school at University of Dayton to pursue Higher Education Administration. One of the main reasons she joined NAAAP was to meet more Asian professionals and help create a sense of community for them in the Greater Cincinnati area. During her free time, Mindy enjoys traveling (she has been to 20+ countries and counting) and seeking out the next big adventure.
Tom Haynes is a Senior Accountant working for First Group in downtown Cincinnati. Born in Seoul, South Korea, he was adopted as a baby and brought over to America. He attended Purdue University where he received his B.S. in both Accounting and Management, and later earned his Masters in Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has lived in Cincinnati for over eight years, and lived in the Tri-County area in Indiana the 14 years before that.
Tom was first introduced to NAAAP by his friends, and decided to join to meet new people and foster more friendships. NAAAP’s overall impression and positive impact convinced him to first volunteer as a photographer, and later volunteer to become Co-Marketing Chair last year with Christina Hua. He is currently the Director of Marketing for NAAAP Cincy and still acts as photographer for NAAAP events.
Daniel Yee is a senior industrial designer at LPK, overseeing design and brand direction for diverse product development initiatives. Fascinated by the convergence of trends, foresight and industry meta-narratives, Yee takes a decidedly collaborative and future-focused approach to design pursuits, traversing categories like automotive, transportation, medical, consumer electronics and education. He currently has several products in market, from medical equipment to airplane interiors.
During his tenure at LPK, he has won several awards, including honors from MIT Media Lab for his work in patient care continuum, and the Valtra Design Challenge, an international call to develop the tractor of the future, engineered for a changing climate and modernized agricultural culture.
Yee is an alumnus of the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Industrial Design program, where he studied Automotive Interior and Product Design. He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.