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Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Soraya Kim, of Northville, and Ryan Rosario, of Rochester Hills, and the reappointments of Nasim Ansari, of Portage, Connie Dang, of Jenison, and Roland Hwang, of Northville, to the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

The 21-member commission advances the full and equal participation of Asian Pacific Americans in Michigan.

“This is a diverse and talented group of appointees and I am thankful for their willingness to serve on this important commission,” Snyder said.


Kim is the president and CEO of Quantum Innovations LLC, a Michigan-based company that provides business development support and market access for international companies. She also works for the Global Commercialization Group of the University of Texas in Austin as an international business development and technology commercialization professional. Kim serves on the Board of Neighborhood Legal Services, and is a member of the Ann Arbor Foreign Direct Investment Committee of Spark. She is also the international cooperation adviser to the United States for Gyeonggi Province. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminology from the University of Toronto and a law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy.

Rosario is an agency owner with State Farm Insurance, where he has more than 20 years of experience. He is the president of the Filipino American Community Council of Michigan, chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan, and a member of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. Recently, he was involved in typhoon relief efforts. Rosario holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Detroit.


Ansari spent 18 years as a regulatory compliance officer with the department of public services for the city of Kalamazoo and is a former Kalamazoo County commissioner and councilman for the city of Portage. He holds a master of science in chemistry and a degree in public administration from the University of Sind, in Pakistan, and a master’s of business administration from Western Michigan University.

Dang is the director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Grand Valley State University. She has had multiple stints at GVSU, and she previously worked as an office assistant in the Human Resources, Affirmative Action, and University Council’s offices. Dang has received several awards and has many professional affiliations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business merchandising from Western Michigan University, a master’s of public administration from Grand Valley State University and is an educational leadership doctoral candidate at Eastern Michigan University.

Hwang is an assistant attorney general with the Department of Attorney General, where he has worked for 25 years. He currently handles tax liability cases, restitution and collection cases, and bankruptcy cases on behalf of the Unemployment Insurance Agency. Hwang was previously an attorney and product engineer for Ford Motor Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s of business administration, both from the University of Michigan, and earned a law degree and master of laws, both from Wayne State University.

Members serve four-year terms expiring Nov. 30, 2017, and the appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.