Kelly Chu, President

In 1999, Kelly Chu transitioned from the broadcasting world to the education sector by establishing and directing a scholastic enhancement and college preparatory enterprise, PA College Prep in Irvine. Now, Ms. Chu is seasoned in the intricacies of the Irvine School District and in the complexities of the college selection and application process. She expanded her presence in the field of education by co-funding Pacific Academy in Encinitas and Pacific Academy in Irvine, private college preparatory schools that cater to local and international students in grades 7-12. In working with the exceptionally talented and committed students at Pacific Academy, Ms. Chu determined that, while students’ academic needs were fulfilled, their families struggled to meet the expense of their extracurricular pursuits. As a result, the PA Foundation was created in 2016, ensuring that students will have increased opportunities to develop their unique brilliance. When Ms. Chu takes time away from the field of education, her true passion, she enjoys reading, music, and travel.

Hans Chi, Vice President

Dr. Hans Chi received his Ph.D. in molecular biology from the National Tsing Hua University. After completing his postdoctoral research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he conducted research for the Human Genome Project at UC Irvine. Dr. Chi transitioned to industry as a program manager for Beckman Coulter, Inc. He has achieved prominence in the scientific and academic worlds over the past twenty years. From his studies with genomics to his experiences as an educator, Dr. Chi has perpetually championed the importance of education, career exploration, and youth talent development. At Pacific Academy, which he co-founded, Dr. Chi oversees strategic planning, business development, and magnet programs. In his spare time, Dr. Chi enjoys travel, singing, and playing the saxophone.

Umi Garrett

At the age of thirteen, Umi was granted a title of Young Steinway Artist, an honor only awarded to today’s most critically acclaimed young artists. Throughout her 2013-15 season, Ms. Garrett performed in sixty venues across the United States. At seventeen, Ms. Garrett marked the start of her 2015-16 season with a solo-recital concert tour in Japan. The tour was followed by her debut with the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, which was lead by the prestigious Maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama. Later in 2016, after a solo recital at the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, she collaborated with the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, an organization designed to combat nuclear proliferation. Ms. Garrett hopes to pursue greater experiences and knowledge as she marks the grand finale of her high school years and looks forward.

Teresa Tseng, Secretary

Teresa Tseng received her M.S. in education from California State University, Fullerton in 2004. For the past thirteen years, she has served in multiple positions: from teacher to school administrator, utilizing her knowledge and passion in education. As the former assistant director of PA College Prep, she has established and implemented effective and engaging courses. She is currently the human resources manager of Pacific Academy and the secretary of Pacific Academy Foundation. Ms. Tseng enjoys her daily collaboration with teachers and students. In her leisure time, she loves gardening, exploring natures, and learning about new technology.

Ilenia Chen, Board Member

Ilenia Chen received a Masters in International Relations from New York University, and a B.A. in Diplomacy and Political Science from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and Seoul National University. Before moving to the west coast, she worked at the United Nations Headquarters as a diplomat stationed in a Permanent Mission in New York. There she participated in national policy decision-making and drafting resolutions for crises. She also previously worked with the British Council, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan, and Supervisor Campaign Office for San Bernardino County. Aside from government work, Ilenia has experience in both international and domestic non-profit organizations prior to joining Pacific Academy Foundation. She has also volunteered at a youth care foundation in Taiwan for almost a decade to assist students in need to complete secondary to undergraduate educations. Ilenia is ecstatic to be the latest member of the Pacific Academy family and to continue her passion and dedication to service.

Tim Cheng

Tim Cheng is a professional IT project management consultant. During the past fifteen years, Mr. Cheng has actively contributed his skills and volunteer efforts to different educational, cultural, and non-profit organizations throughout Southern California. He served as the City of Irvine’s community services commissioner (2004-2012) and Los Angeles- Taiwan Academy’s executive consultant (2010-2013), assisting in the planning and promotion of numerous large-scale cultural events. In his leisure time, Mr. Cheng enjoys sports, music, and playing bridge.

Anafe Ysabella Calderon, Board Member

Ysabella Calderon is eighteen years old and a Freshman at UCLA. She has been in formal classical ballet (Vaganova) training under Victor & Tatiana Kasatsky since she was eight years old. She has competed numerous times as a classical and contemporary soloist at the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition Los Angeles/San Diego Regionals and New York Finals since 2012. In March 2018, she placed 3rd for her Contemporary Solo “Switched” in the YAGP Senior Women’s Category.  She has also placed Top 12 in the Non-Classical category at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Competition in 2016.  In April 2017, she was nominated to compete at the Orange County Register Varsity Arts - Artist of the Year Competition where she placed First Honorable Mention for the Dance Category. In July 2016, she was one of only 44 high school students accepted into the Juilliard School  Summer Dance Intensive in New York City. 

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The Pacific Academy Foundation is a non-profit organization, which was established to help committed and talented students develop their abilities and academic skills. The foundation provides students with unique opportunities to hone their talents (such as competitions, performances, and master classes) and college preparation resources, while addressing their financial needs. The foundation's goal is talent search and development for underserved youth from the ages of 6 to 20.

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