Current Staff

Support Raising Staff

Chong Ahn graduated from University of Washington in 2003 where he first became involved with AACF as a student leader. In 2006 he became a volunteer campus minister at AACF and he discovered his love for working with college students. To further his ministry skills he studied in Australia at Hillsong International Leadership College from 2009-2011 and came back to AACF in 2012 as a paid staff member. Chong’s other passions includes filmmaking, sports, and being a geek. Yep all those things go smoothly together.

University of Washington & Seattle Pacific University

A former AACF UW student leader, Melanie Mar Chow called in 1987 to volunteer for Director Rich Hong.  In 1989 she began serving as a paid campus minister at UCLA. She has served as Co-Director with Tommy Dyo, then the Leadership Team since 1994. Married to Bruce, and co-parent of Chloe, she has taught them to love all things Disney, especially animated movies, watching basketball, and taste testing what she cooks for large groups.

Operations Director

Dave Fong has been involved with AACF since 1986 while an undergrad at UC Berkeley. He first got involved as a student, eventually serving as a student leader. After graduating from Cal, Dave went on join staff as a volunteer while working briefly as an engineer in 1991. While serving as volunteer, God affirmed Dave’s calling to full-time ministry, specifically to the campus, which is where he’s been happily serving ever since. Dave is married to his one true love, Susana, and they have 2 children, Caris and Dylan. Cycling back and forth to campus and perfecting his home barista technique helps keep Dave sane, relatively speaking.

UC Berkeley

In 2003, Jon joined the UCSD chapter of Asian American Christian Fellowship. During his college career, he served as a student leader, as a bible study leader, and then as a core member in subsequent years. It was in AACF and a summer serving at the JEMS Mount Hermon Junior High Camp where he discovered his call to vocational ministry. That was where Jon’s passion to serve young people and the discovery of his gifting intersected. After graduating from UCSD, Jon served as a volunteer campus minister for AACF UCSD, began attending Bethel Seminary San Diego, and served as a Youth Pastor.

After faithfully serving in San Diego, Jon felt the call to serve fulltime in AACF. He graduated with his Master of Divinity, resigned his position as a Youth Pastor and moved to Los Angeles in 2015 to begin serving as a member of the AACF Leadership Team with Melanie Mar Chow and Victor Quon. It is Jon’s creativity and pastoral heart that makes him a great director for AACF. “I’ve been with AACF since 2003, both as a student and as a campus minister,” says Jon. “Those were the trenches of ministry. That was where my foundation of leadership was laid. Through trial and error, ups and down, affirmation and correction, I came face-to-face with God’s calling on my life: to be a fulltime minister. It is now an honor to continue the tradition of developing young people into leaders who serve their communities. I pray that young people will have a similar experience to my own; that they will discover their gifting and embrace their God given calling to be a blessing to the nations.”

Jon was married to Kylie Yano in 2016. He looks forward to starting a new chapter in his life as a husband and as the AACF Director.

AACF Director

Arnie Ong graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he served as a student leader. Joined AACF Staff in 1998 and has served on the campuses of San Francisco State University and UC Santa Cruz. Arnie is currently serving on the campus of SF State (again). order to pay the bills, Arnie works in the high-tech industry as an Engineering Technician but his real job is to play with and do life with college students. He literally loves his work! In his spare time he loves to kill fish, cook, cook fish sometimes in that order…

San Francisco State University

Victor Quon has been involved with AACF since 1983. He first served as a volunteer staff at UC San Diego, San Diego State & San Jose State. Then after completing his time as a youth pastor, Victor returned to AACF as a paid campus minister in 2008. Along with being on the Leadership Team, he also staffs San Jose State AACF. Victor and his wife, Jennie, live in San Jose with their three kids, Enoch, Naomi & Austin. He is a loyal fan of the San Diego Chargers and San Diego Padres. In his spare time, Victor likes to solve Sudoku puzzles and study Mountain Dew and chocolate donuts.

Director of Strategic Relations

Carolyn Shimabukuro considers it a privilege to walk on campus and come along side students as they emerge as young adults. She notes “it is my prayer that I might help students experience the love and grace of God and to become life long passionate followers of Jesus Christ. While studying at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, I began serving AACF as an intern for JEMS. I staffed at UCLA, UC Irvine, CalState Northridge and on my return to the PNW, I serve as a campus minister at UW, JEMS PNW Director and a spiritual director for All Seasons Counseling.  Kristen and John are my two young adult children. In my leisure you can find me reading, mushroom hunting, downhill skiing and enjoying friends and sushi!”

PNW Regional Director

Volunteer Staff

Betty Chen graduated from UC Irvine in 2005 w/ her B.S in Applied Ecology with a minor in Epidemiology and Public Health. She was active all 5 yrs in AACF serving in multiple roles as a student leader. Eventually she pursued grad school earning her Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) in 2010, completing the Kaiser Permanente’s Orthopaedic Residency in 2014, becoming a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in 2015, and completing Kaiser’s Sports/Orthopaedic Manual Fellowship in 2016. You can obviously tell how passionate she is, being a Physical Therapist to all her South Bay region patients. The Lord eventually opened the door for Betty to serve on staff as a volunteer campus minister for AACF @ UC Irvine in which she enjoys being able to encourage and pray with and just plain share life-on-life with the students at UCI. During her free time, while chillin’ with her fellow AACF kiddoes, she enjoys taking advantage of her youthful looks by playing it off like she’s a 3rd year transfer student and messin’ with her college kids. For reals though, during her spare time Betty enjoys playing soccer, snowboarding, running, drinking coffee, and playing mindless games like Tsum Tsum and Pokémon Go.

UC Irvine

Bruce Chow graduated from UCLA with a BS in Engineering in 1977 with a yearning to do something to save the environment. While a student at UCLA, he helped start the UCLA AACF group. He went on to Stanford University to get his MS in Environmental Engineering and worked with another group of students to start an AACF there. He joined AACF as a volunteer campus minister in 1992 and has served in various staff capacities since. In addition to staffing, he also currently serves in an advisory role regarding development of AACF policy issues. He loves nature photography, but also likes to tell stories with candid photos at AACF and other events. He likes to engage in small group discussions on issues of faith and is part of the official discussion question writer team for his home church

UC Los Angeles

Ashley Donald graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2009 with her B.A. in English Education and received her Single Subject Credential in 2011. She was active in AACF throughout college and has served in multiple leadership roles. A seed was planted in her early on in her college career. After graduating, through her love for the ministry, Ashley became a volunteer campus minister at CSULB where she has served since 2010. She currently works as a substitute teacher while hopefully landing a full-time teaching career in the near future. Ashley is active at her home church working with the Middle School Ministry and Young Adult Ministry. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, scrapbooking, drinking tea, and watching hockey.

CSU Long Beach

Evelyn (Fan) Encarnacion has been with AACF as a volunteer staff at UC San Diego since 1999.UCSD was her alma mater and she felt called to give back to the ministry that allowed her to grow in her walk.When not discipling girls,large group meetings, or working with the core group – Evelyn works full time as a Systems Test Engineer.Evelyn lives in San Diego with her husband Noel, and dog Romeo. In her free time she enjoys traveling, eating, cooking, and crafts.

UC San Diego

Nathan Fong graduated from the University of Washington in 2007, where he served as a student in AACF. After graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering, he now works for Walt Disney in Seattle as a Software Engineer. After taking two years to adjust to the real world, he was called back to college ministry and joined AACF staff as a volunteer campus minister. Along with carrying a full time job and ministering to college students, Nathan has started seminary part-time at Fuller Northwest with the hopes of getting a Master of Arts in Theology with an emphasis on biblical studies. With his copious amounts of spare time, Nathan’s other interests include baking, photography, reading anything related to biblical studies, theology and Christian culture.

University of Washington

Helicon Kuan became a part of AACF during his final college year at UCSB. After UCSB, he began to work locally and over the next years discovered his calling into ministry while mentoring many in AACF. He pursued his seminary studies at Western Seminary, continuing to speak and serve in different ways at AACF’s throughout the Bay Area. After graduation, he returned to Santa Barbara serving as Interim English Pastor at the Chinese EV Free Church of Santa Barbara and also began serving as a resource at UCSB’s AACF and the past two years as the Volunteer Campus Minister. Helicon loves Brazilian Jiu-jitsu/MMA, Bay Area Sports (DUBS, Niners, Giants!), working out, video games, coffee, cars, motorcycles, and discovering tasty places to eat. Above all, Helicon has recently been into how the “Gospel changes everything” and how one can live always on mission in this world as the Beloved. He is currently spending time in discipleship and helping younger brothers and sisters discover their Belovedness in Jesus Christ. Some of his other interests are in the development of Asian American Christian identity and empowering the next Christian generation to be an active Gospel witness in speaking up against social injustices. He is also deeply passionate about helping the Ethnic church continue to connect and transition into a multi-ethnic church perspective. Recently, he was diagnosed with Stage 2A Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and is currently in chemo treatments; he hopes to use this as an opportunity to testify to God’s grace in his life. He is grateful God’s given him an opportunity to understand what many others go through and to walk with them in their pain and suffering.

UCSB

Edward (or Ed) Kwong graduated from UC Riverside in 2008, where he served in AACF as a student. After graduating, it wasn’t long until God started to sprout the seed of campus ministry in his heart (originally planted by Warren Hino). Edward currently serves as a volunteer campus minister at UC Davis since 2010. He resides in San Francisco, home of the 5-time Superbowl Champions,49ers and 7-time World Series Champions, Giants. In order to pay the bills, Edward currently works in the digital advertising and marketing industry. On his spare time, he likes to travel, play video games, cook and keep up his foodie habits all over the SF bay area and beyond.

UC Davis

Adrian Li graduated from San Francisco State University where he served in AACF during his years at college. He loves to work with college students, especially when they break down and cry during leadership team building exercises.

At large

Mark Quan’s involvement with AACF began as an undergraduate student at UCLA and then a graduate student at Stanford. 1998, Mark became a volunteer campus minister at UCSD while maintaining a career in the electric industry providing consulting services to utilities throughout North America.Mark lives a busy life with his wife, Anna and two sons, Alex and Joshua.When time allows, you’ll find Mark cycling, running, swimming, travelling, golfing, parenting, and recovering.

UC San Diego

Janet Reksoatmodjo attended both UC Irvine and UC Davis in the 80s, graduating from UC Davis with a degree in Landscape Architecture. She served as a student leader for AACF on both campuses during that time. Since graduating, she’s married an Indonesian man who makes her laugh, raised four sons, traveled 30,000 miles in an RV across the western states, and currently manages a thriving dental practice in Felton. She has come full circle back to AACF, which has always remained near and dear to her heart, by becoming a volunteer staffer at UC Santa Cruz. She loves being with college students and finds them inspiring and fulfilling to be around. She wants to stoke them so they continue to be a light to the world around them. She has survived on 6 hours of sleep /night for the last 20 years and loves seeing her dentist every day.

UC Santa Cruz

Johannah Rosario graduated from UCDavis in 2012 with a major in Food Science & Technology- Business and Management and minor in Applied Computing and Information Systems. Throughout her time at UCDavis, she helped AACF with various leadership roles. She is currently serving at her home church as a Worship/Music Ministry Leader & Sunday School Teacher. She is currently working for Ready Pac Foods as a Supply Chain Analyst. Johannah enjoys adventures of all sorts, food, and deep conversations.

UC Riverside

Cathy Wu graduated from the University of Washington in 2010 where she served in AACF as a student leader. She studied Visual Communication Design and is currently working as a freelance designer and illustrator. Since graduation, God has slowly drawn her back to serving with AACF, first as a resource two years ago and now as a volunteer campus minister as of May 2013. She enjoys documenting things and is overly fascinated by the Myers Briggs personality test.

Seattle University