Kirtana Banskota

Kirtana Banskota is an award-winning, first-generation Nepali- American filmmaker and filmtrepreneur who loves applying her global-grown work ethic to the world of film and media. She thrives in working with underrepresented communities alongside women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community while seeking to promote themes of passion, social impact, and integrity in all of her work. She is a Producer, Director, Actor, and Philanthropist. She is the founder of Banskota Productions an entertainment and film Production company, and the co-founder and  Producer of the South Asian House, the very first representation of the South Asian Diaspora in such a large global capacity at SXSW ( South By Southwest). She is the co-founder of the Nepal America Film Society and the Nepal America International Film Festival. Banskota has two feature films- Premonition( A Psych Thriller Drama) and Where The Stars Are ( An AAPI Romantic Dramedy with Original music) along with several short films focused on various social impact premises and music videos set to release in the year 2023. Kirtana also serves as a Board Member at the Women in Film and Television ( WIFT) Austin chapter. WIFT is an International organization that hosts various competitions. 

Adrián Rizo

Adrián comes to AFSSA with extensive experience in financial services and technology. An immigrant from Mexico, Adrián's work in the U.S. has focused on financial inclusion, expanding opportunities and access to financial services for communities that are traditionally underserved. Adrián's volunteer work has previously focused on immigrant communities and arts education. He lives with his family in Austin, TX.

Charles Lu

Dr. Charles Lu is an accomplished leader and educator with expertise in strategic initiatives, organizational change, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) within the education, public health, and government sectors. Currently, he serves as the Branch Director for Strategic Diversity & Inclusion at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Lu held administrative and academic positions at research-intensive universities, including Johns Hopkins University, University of California, San Diego, and The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Lu has made substantial contributions to the field of education through a diverse publication record that includes academic journals, book chapters, policy papers, and popular media outlets. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy, a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, and an M.A. in Secondary Science Education from Loyola Marymount University.

Lily Huang

Lily Huang is in-house legal counsel at eBay Inc., advising the company on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital investments and other strategic transactions. Prior to moving to Austin in 2022, she lived in New York City for many years where she practiced at a law firm after graduating with her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Lily received her undergraduate degree in economics and philosophy from Duke University. Lily lives with her husband and young son, and enjoys baking, playing piano and traveling in her free time.

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Lorrayne Ward, MBA, MPP is the Executive Director of Planning and Business Development for UT Austin’s Dell Medical School. In this role, she leads strategy development and business partnerships for Dell Medical School and its clinical enterprise, UT Health Austin. She has been at Dell Medical School since its inception in 2015, serving the organization in various leadership positions. Prior to moving to Austin, she served in an internal consulting role at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Lorrayne started her career at McKinsey & Company, and worked in global health organizations in Switzerland and Tanzania for several years before pursuing her Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Policy at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. She also holds a BA magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard College.

Lorrayne was inspired to join the AFSSA board based on her own personal experience as an immigrant from Asia to the United States who helped her family manage through challenges acclimating in a new country. She enjoys cooking, hiking, traveling and spending time with her partner and two dogs.

Sandy Eapen

Sandy Eapen is an ESG & Sustainability Advisor and Strategist with 20 years of diverse impact-oriented career experiences across the corporate, public, and nonprofit sectors and multiple industries.

As Founder of Eapen Impact, Sandy partners with companies to build and advance ESG, sustainability, and social impact strategies that drive more impact and business + stakeholder value. She was Head of ESG, Sustainability, & Corporate Social Responsibility at Coupa Software, where she launched the company’s ESG program, led the strategy, governance, stakeholder engagement, and reporting, and advanced various strategic initiatives, including climate change, volunteerism & philanthropy, and sustainable business spend management products.

Prior to Coupa, Sandy worked as a sustainability consultant at BSR. She’s also had various strategy, sustainability, and international development roles at American Express, Dow, and the UN Development Programme.

Sandy holds an M.B.A. and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. She currently sits on the leadership teams of the Texas Exes Sustainability Alumni Network and the Columbia Business School (CBS) Austin Alumni chapter. Sandy has also served on advisory boards for Literacy, Inc. and the American Red Cross of Greater New York.

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Darlene Lanham, Executive Director

Darlene Lanham is Executive Director of Asian Family Support Services of Austin (AFSSA), serves on the Board of Texas Council on Family Violence which serves survivor-focused organizations across Texas, and is a Board Trustee at University of the West in California, where higher education is informed by Buddhist wisdom and social justice. 

Darlene's vision is to end domestic and sexual violence. Along with her team at AFSSA, she educates, advocates, and empowers Asian and immigrant communities to break the cycle of violence. 

AFSSA is the only Asian/immigrant-focused organization that offers a 24/7 in-language hotline for people who experienced abuse, long-term support for survivors of violence, supportive housing, economic empowerment, and prevention efforts in ten counties in Central Texas. AFSSA is creating an environment built on the values of Prevention, Advocacy, Responsiveness and Transformation -- where we can all live our lives with peace, dignity, and joy rather than oppression and violence.

Darlene served on the Capital Area Council of Governments Criminal Justice Advisory Committee for 12 years, helping to prioritize victim services funding and projects in the 10-county region; is active with Texas Council on Family Violence, Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, and is an active leader in diversity and inclusion practices of National Coalition Building Institute. She formerly worked for a statewide law enforcement association and through a consultancy she founded, served a number of business-member associations and created CAFRDATA to help people leverage the power of government comprehensive annual financial reports.

As a survivor herself, and as a bi-racial woman of Han Chinese ethnicity and national origin of Taiwan, who immigrated to Texas by adoption, she knows the level of power and resilience – and essential supports—that it takes to create a life of basic safety, dignity, and independence. 

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Caroline Tang, Past President

Caroline Tang is an attorney practicing immigration law in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. She has spent a decade helping multinational corporations navigate and apply U.S. immigration policy, helping immigrants secure better lives. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Austin Asian American Bar Association. She is also actively involved with the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Austin and was a member of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2015. Caroline graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies and received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. A native of Katy, Texas, she has lived in Austin since 2007, and she and her husband have two young sons. A native of Katy, Texas, she has lived in Austin since 2008, and she and her husband have two young sons. Caroline is a foodie, who enjoys travel and musical theater in her spare time.

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Lila Brolsma, Treasurer

Lila Brolsma returned to Austin in 2014 after living in Switzerland for two years. She is a Certified Public Accountant, whose experience includes working for ABB Ltd in Switzerland, Arthur Andersen, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Lila is currently the Accounting Director at Abilitie. She recently joined the AFSSA Board because of its mission to provide culturally relevant support to victims of domestic violence within the Asian community. Lila desires to lend her accounting knowledge to AFSSA, as well as to help promote its mission to the wider Austin community. She has been an active volunteer at her son’s schools and extracurricular activities in the US and Switzerland. In addition, she has volunteered at various organizations within the Texas community, such as the Ronald McDonald House, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet and Special Olympics.

Along with her husband and son (and sometimes their dog), she enjoys traveling, hiking and exploring the outdoors. The entire family is happy to be back in Austin, where the food, music and art options are plentiful!

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Michelle Arishita

Michelle Arishita is an attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where she has represented clients in both federal and state courts in commercial disputes involving contract, antitrust, oil and gas, and trade secret law.  In addition to working on commercial and business litigation matters, she has also represented individuals in pro bono matters.  She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Psychology and received her J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.  A native of San Antonio, Texas, Michelle has lived in Austin since 2011.  She and her husband have one young son and dog.  Michelle enjoys distance running and traveling.