Daniel Chapman – Co-Chair (He/Him/His)
Daniel is an Economics PhD student at the University of Maryland, interested in researching inequality, political economy, and demography. 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 public transit, 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 – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Sam 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.
Lord Edwin J. Carreon– Board Member (He/Him/His)
Eddie 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.
Ben Falk – Political Co-Chair/Board Member (They/Them/Theirs)
Ben 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.
Nick Hatcher – Political Co-Chair/Board Member (He/Him/They/Them)
Nicholas L Hatcher is a 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.
Sean Munar – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Sean was born in Washington, D.C. and has been raised in the suburbs of Maryland ever since. He recently received his bachelor’s degree in 2018, and currently works in accounting. In college, he helped re-establish and served as the Vice President for the Asian-identity organization, while also serving as the President for the LGBT-identity organization. During his tenure, Sean promoted advocacy, education, and socialization efforts in his local university community, which is a PW Catholic university located in rural Maryland. His most notable effort was to have the university adopt LGBT+ inclusive language in its Non-Discrimination policy, despite heavy pushback from the administration and student body. Sean joins AQUA to find communion with other LGBT API individuals after spending his school years in such a contrasting setting. He hopes to help provide more socialization experiences for those in the area in order to foster community and friendship.
Thomas Nagata- Board Member (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.
Kenny Rakwong – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Kenny was born in Thailand, but was raised in and is currently residing in Northern VA. He is studying Information Systems and Operations Management at George Mason University developing skills to help better the lives of those in his community and is focused on spreading awareness for causes he’s passionate about. Previously, he has interned at different organizations in roles relating to health, technology, policy, and advocacy that worked to transform advanced care, the end-of-life experience, and support caregivers. Outside of school and work, his interests are meditation, interior design, indie music, and hiking with his terrier and boxer. Kenny is excited to use his new role with AQUA DC to develop connections with Queer API university students across the DMV area and introduce them to a safe and supportive space as well as leading support groups to bring discussions about issues related to mental health within the API community.
Shutian Wang – Board Member (He/Him/His)
Shutian was born and raised in China, moved to DMV area and started an new chapter in 2016. He is currently enroll at the University of Maryland College Park majoring 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 enviroment. He is also working on AQUA Website updates and edit. He likes to learn and use new technologies. His hobbies including photography, cooking, fitness workout. He also enjoys going to music live concert.