Daniel Chapman – Co-Chair (He/Him/His)
Daniel is a mixed-race Korean American student who moved to the DC area in 2018. He is currently pursuing an Economics PhD at the University of Maryland, with interests in economic history and public finance. He moved around a lot in his youth, jumping from a small Texas town to Japan to Alaska and then finally to the suburbs of Houston, Texas. During his undergraduate years at The University of Texas at Austin, he helped create and lead a queer API student group, and is now thrilled to help strengthen the DC-area queer API community. Some of his interests and likes include cooking, ideas, birds, gaming, indie pop music, and film.
Bianca Humdy Rey – Co-Chair (She/Her/Hers)
Bianca Humady Rey was born and raised in the Philippines. She moved to the United States in the fall of 1998 and began working in the healthcare field in 1999. She is currently an Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Specialist at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States (KPMAS) Region. Bianca’s passions include a devotion to the normalizing and visibility of the Transgender Communities Nationally and Internationally. Bianca has also worked with Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau (TASB) Program as a Speaker/Facilitator for three years, with focused on conversations about own life stories, while providing a forum for participants to engage in a question-and-answer dialogue. One story at a time, helping to build understanding and support for the Transgender community. Bianca is also a Board Member at Equality Virginia.
Sam Bhutia (He/Him/His)
Sam is a South Asian American who works in international development, spent the past decade hopping between various cities and continents, and speaks six languages on a good day. He is passionate about issues at the intersection of race and queerness, and the fight for LGBTQ rights across the world. Sam is also very passionate about the art of making dumplings and dreams of running a small dumpling stall in a Singaporean hawker center one day. Sam is a member of AQUA DC’s Political and Programming committees.
Lord Edwin J. Carreon (He/Him/His)
Eddie is a Filipino-American who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area, but as a U.S. Army Brat, he grew up moving and traveling all over the world. Eddie attended college and graduate school in Washington, DC and after many years away, returned in February 2020. He currently serves as the Director of Residential Education at Georgetown University. Eddie’s passions include creating safe and brave spaces for people to flourish, centering the experiences and voices of those marginalized and minoritized in our communities, educating and empowering individuals and communities to work for justice, and actively dismantling oppressive systems. Eddie is a social justice educator, trained InterGroup Dialogue facilitator, and DEI consultant. Some of his hobbies include cooking, hiking, cinema and theatre-going, and long weekend adventures. Eddie is Chair of AQUA DC’s Programming Committee.
Ben Falk (They/Them/Theirs)
Ben is a mixed-race Filipino American who was born in St. Petersburg, FL and raised by a cute Filipina mom. They earned a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, studying dramaturgy/dramatic criticism and directing, and worked in Chicago queer nightlife events until coming to DC in late 2018. Passionate about the QAPI community and QPOC solidarity, Ben is on their work’s DEI Council (and is an active member of its API and queer affinity groups) and is also a member of KAYA: Filipino Americans for Progress. They like dogs, cats, sci-fi/fantasy, sleeping and people doing whatever they want with drag so long as they’re just being their best selves. Ben is Co-Chair of AQUA DC’s Political Committee.
Nick Hatcher (He/Him/They/Them)
Nicholas L Hatcher is a mixed-race Chinese American writer, artist, and organizer dedicated to building spaces and systems for people of color with intersectional identities. They believe in building intergenerational and multiracial coalitions, storytelling as advocacy, and centering queer and disabled experiences in design. They chair the board of directors of the East Coast Asian American Student Union, are political chair for API Queers United for Action DC, and are the Founder of Public Access Magazine. Nick is Co-Chair of AQUA DC’s Political Committee and is a member of the Programming Committee.
Sean Munar – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Sean is a Filipino-American (who learned he was 20% Chinese #23andme) who was born in Washington, D.C., raised in Maryland, and lives in Virginia. (Checked all the boxes for being a DMV local!) After completing undergrad in 2018 with a degree in Finance, Sean joined AQUA DC almost immediately to help get a sense of community after spending 4 years at a small Catholic college in rural Maryland. During his time in college, Sean was a student leader in community organizations that focused on the Asian identity and the LGBT+ identity separately, so he’s happy to continue community work that focuses on the intersection of his identity. Professionally, he works at PBS in the Digital space. Personally, he is a Yelp Elite who loves fluffy animals, taking pictures, and aesthetic things. Sean joined the AQUA DC Board in January 2019. Sean is Chair of AQUA DC’s Operations Committee and Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee.
Thomas Nagata (He/Him/His)
Thomas Nagata was born and raised in Los Angeles in a Japanese American household. After receiving a BA in Theatre Design and Technology, from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, he returned to LA for a few years before moving to DC in 2017. Thomas currently works as freelance stage manager and also performs in drag as Sasha E. Mi. He hopes to work to increase visibility of the QTAPI community, especially in theatre and the performing arts. Thomas can often be found singing along with Betty Buckley or Barbara Cook while sewing in his basement. He also enjoys experimenting with sourdough starter and blaming the weather or oven when it doesn’t turn out. Thomas is Chair of AQUA DC’s Finance Committee.
Kenny Rakwong (He/Him/His)
Kenny is a Thai-American undergraduate living in Northern VA. He is studying Information Systems and Operations Management at George Mason University developing skills to support communities and causes he’s passionate about. He’s had internship experience with organizations relating to healthcare, end of life, and caregiving. Outside of school and work, his interests are meditation, indie music, and hiking with his terrier and boxer. With his role on the AQUA DC board, he hopes to connect with queer API university students across the DMV and introduce them to a safe and supportive community. Kenny is Co-Chair of AQUA DC’s Marketing Committee and a member of the Programming Committee.
Shutian Wang – (He/Him/His)
Shutian was born and raised in China, moved to DMV area, and started an new chapter in 2016. He is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland College Park majoring in Information Science. Shutian wants to help LGBTQ identified international individuals (non-US residents, F1, H-1B, etc) to feel safe and comfortable living in a new environment. He likes to learn and use new technologies. His hobbies including photography, cooking, fitness workout. He also enjoys going to music live concerts. Shutian is a member of AQUA DC’s Operation Committee and Webmaster.