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Snyder makes appointments to Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Grace Lee, of Bloomfield Hills, Mahima Mahadevan, of Canton, and Joe Tasma, of Westland, to the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

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

"Grace, Mahima and Joe are talented and experienced appointees and I look forward to the work they will do on this commission," said Snyder.

Lee is chief financial officer of Logic Solutions Inc., a global Web and mobile application development company. She is on the Foreign Direct Investment Committee of Ann Arbor SPARK and is president of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA and an MBA from Eastern Michigan University. She replaces Henry Tanaka.

Mahadevan is project manager for the Education Policy Initiative at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where she has worked since 2011. She has experience with the University of Michigan Peace Corps Office and as donor coordinator for Alternatives For Girls, a nonprofit that offers support and stability to homeless and high-risk girls and young women. Mahadevan earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of public policy from the University of Michigan. She replaces Sook Wilkinson.

Tasma is an accounts receivable manager for ZYNP International. He worked as a language consultant for the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice. Tasma is a past president and board member of the Thai-American Association of Michigan. He studied law at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok and earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina. He replaces Peter Wong.

Members will serve four-year terms to expire Nov. 30, 2018. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.