Leadership Team


      Debra Suh – Executive Director

Debra Suh, Esq., has been the Executive Director of the Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) since 1999. Before joining CPAF, Debra worked as an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles where she established the API Legal Unit to increase low-income immigrant community’s access to legal services and representation. Debra serves on the California Emergency Management Agency’s Domestic Violence Advisory Council and has served on the Board of Directors of the statewide coalition, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, from 2005 to 2011.  Debra is the winner of 2015 LA County Commission for Women’s “Women of the Year”, 2014 Los Angeles City Council’s “Spirit of Los Angeles”, 29th Congressional District’s 2012 Woman of the Year, 2008 KCET/Union Bank Local Hero, and 2007 Durfee Sabbatical awards. She speaks Korean, Spanish and Portuguese.

 

      Ellen Hong – Community Program Director

Ellen Hong joined CPAF in 2005, where she has led efforts to enhance programs to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Her community work began in 1988, working to improve educational opportunities for indigenous children in Taiwan.  She has since continued working with diverse populations in the United States and abroad.  Her experiences include working with sexual assault survivors in Taiwan, conducting HIV/AIDs awareness workshops in Uganda and assessing the healthcare needs of the homeless population in London.  Ellen is a passionate advocate for healthy and safe communities for women and children, particularly within faith communities. Ellen holds a Masters in Divinity with a concentration in cross-cultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.  She speaks Taiwanese and Mandarin.

 


     Patima Komolamit – Shelter Program Director

Patima Komolamit has been a committed advocate for social justice and worked in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault since the year 2000. Prior to joining CPAF in 2007, Patima worked to end violence against women and children with various international and domestic non-profits, Volunteer Services in Nepal, Center for Volunteering and Educating in Nepal, and Su Casa in Los Angeles. Patima is the Southern Region Representative of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CalCASA). Patima speaks Thai.

 

 

   Michelle Esperanza – Development and External Relations Director

Michelle joined CPAF in 2016 after volunteering at, fundraising for and donating to the organization since 2002. Before joining CPAF, she worked at Southern California Edison for 8 years in Corporate Communications.  Michelle also worked for 7 years at boutique public relations agencies, leading communications that promoted healthy behaviors among diverse populations in California, and represented a member of U.S. Congress at her district office in Los Angeles. She is a 2015 Fellow of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute and served for 2 years on the executive committee of the Utility Public Safety Alliance.  She holds a BA from UC San Diego and an MA from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

 

 

      Janice Oshiro – Fiscal Director

Janice Oshiro has been the Fiscal Director at CPAF since 1999 and directs all aspects of fiscal controls and compliance.  She has overseen the growth of CPAF’s budget from $1 million in 2000 to more than $3 million today.  Previous to joining CPAF, she had ten years of actuarial analysis experience in the insurance industry.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Occidental College, with a minor in Economics.

 


      TuLynn Smylie – Administrative Director

TuLynn Smylie has been with CPAF since 2013 and oversees CPAF’s administration, HR and operations, and strategic partnerships.  Prior to joining CPAF, she was Executive Director of WomenShelter of Long Beach for 7 years, where she was dedicated to expanding services to female victims while seeking to outreach to traditionally underserved victims including men, lesbians and gay men, and the Latino and Asian communities. She currently serves as co-chair of the shelter directors committee to the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council.   TuLynn holds a BA in political science from Columbia University and a law degree from UCLA School of Law.  TuLynn was recipient of the 2011 Los Angeles County Commission for Women’s “Woman of the Year’ Award and the 2012 Soroptimist International of Long Beach’s “Ruby Award for Women Helping Women” Award.