After 18 years of active membership and board service at the local and national level, Rose continues to use her leadership experiences to guide the organization in all capacities as President for the Chicago chapter.
Rose led the establishment of a women’s leadership program, an initiative geared toward professional and leadership development of Asian American women in the workforce, and is now nationally known as Women in NAAAP. Additionally, Rose formed a consortium of Asian American Employee & Business Resource Groups, now known as the Asian American Group Leaders Program, and consists of over 40 corporate employee resource groups and affinity groups. Rose also co-chaired the 2005 NAAAP Convention in Chicago and was the first convention to feature three C-level executive keynote speakers: Indra Nooyi (Pepsico), Sanjiv Anand (Hewitt), and Rohini Anand, (Sodexo).
Professionally, Rose is a nonprofit consultant, but brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries – real estate appraisal, IT consulting, non-profit management, and market research.
Rose is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Labor Relations and Workforce Development.
Mike Valdez currently serves NAAAP at the National and Chicago Chapter levels. Mike is a Board Member and Treasurer for NAAAP Chicago. Mike served the Chicago Chapter as Director of Corporate Relations (2005 -2007); Director of Affinity Groups (2007 – 2008), Treasurer (since 2009) & Board member (since 2012).
At NAAAP National, Mike serves as Chief Business Development Officer responsible for oversight of sponsor management and fundraising (since 2015).
Mike was drawn to NAAAP through his involvement with his company’s ERG as he led the “Asian Leadership Business Resource Council” at Northern Trust Company from 2004 – 2015. It was that involvement that also let to the creation of the Asian American Group Leaders of Greater Chicago (AAGL), a NAAAP sponsored program with over 35 corporate ERG/BRGs throughout the Chicago & Suburban area participating to host up to two events each year. ( The Asian Heritage Month and the Corporate Leadership events. )
Mike holds a bachelor of arts from Elmhurst College and a master’s of business administration from Keller Graduate School. He currently is a Vice President with the Northern Trust Company. Mike is married to Karen Valdez and has two sons, Ethan & Harrison and lives in Crystal Lake, IL.
Kevin Cooper is currently a residential real estate broker with eXp Realty and a triathlon coach. He has previous experience working with both higher education institutions and large enterprises consulting on selecting IT services and equipment.
Kevin is passionate about both helping people and endurance activities like running and racing triathlons. He has served as a triathlon coach for both Team In Training and Team Brightside which both fundraise for cancer research. He also has gone on multiple Habitat for Humanity Global Villages.
Kevin is excited to join the board for NAAAP-Chicago and bring his passion for growth and helping people to the organization.
Creative strategist. Consumer Advocate. Champion of Gender Equity.
Brand marketer at Nike, Inc. with experience in elevating brands through strategic partnerships, vision casting, and consumer insights. Sarah currently works on the women’s business at Nike and is passionate about closing the gender gap, specifically in sport. She is driven by social impact, localized connections and cross-functional collaboration. Being part of NAAAP would allow Sarah to build its mission to enhance career and leadership development in the Asian American community.
Doreen Viloria serves as Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant for Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Organization. In this role, Doreen leads the strategy and design of the operational governance model, leader onboarding, and multiple technology platforms for the firm’s global Employee Networks (aka ERGs). Bank of America has 11 Global Employee Networks, consisting of over 325 chapters and over 5,000 Employee Network leaders running these chapters for the firm’s 202,000 employees. Doreen also leads process design for the firm’s enterprise Women Ready to Lead program. Most recently, Doreen’s role has expanded and she serves as the human resources partner for the Iowa market.
Board Member; Chair, Asian American Group Leaders (AAGL) Program
Tram Vo has over 19 years of financial industry experience. She has vast knowledge in the areas of retail banking, employee development, management training, compliance, and Inclusion/Diversity. For the last decade, she has focused on the niche area of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). A civil rights law enacted in 1977, the CRA is a response to systemic redlining, discrimination, and disinvestment. The law is written to ensure that banks address the needs of all communities they serve and are compelled to lend and provide service equitably, with a focus on low- and moderate-income neighborhoods.
Currently, Tram is the Managing Director, Data Intelligence in CRA Strategy and Community Impact at CIBC Bank. Additionally, she chairs the CIBC Asian Employee Network for the US region. Tram also serves as a Board of Director for alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPhi) International Sorority, Inc. aKDPhi is the largest Asian-interest sorority, with 58 chapters across the US and 2 chapters in Canada.
Tram is excited to be the new Chair for NAAAP's Asian American Group Leaders (AAGL). As a first generation child of immigrants, she is passionate about advocating for Asian Americans to advance professionally, emotionally, mentally in today's society. Her current POV is to "Change the World". She whole-heartedly believes she can change the world through her work with aKDPhi and NAAAP.