Steering Committee

Executive Team, alphabetically:

NaomiHayase-150x150 Naomi Hayase, Managing Director
Naomi Hayase has been an editorial researcher for Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei newspaper) in their Los Angeles Bureau since 2006. Having grown up in Tokyo, she enjoys being able to report on US matters to a Japanese audience. Follow her at @nhayase.
Angela Kim Angela Kim, Programming Co-Director
Angela is a Social Media Editor at Yahoo!. Prior to Yahoo!, she was a producer at public radio’s Marketplace. Her radio stories have also aired on Weekend America, Here and Now, and Splendid Table. She was also an East-West US-Korea Journalist Exchange fellow and a Rotary International Group Study Exchange fellow to Japan. Angela is also a member of AAJA-LA. In her free time, she blogs about food and travel on her blog,
Bel Lo Belinda Low, Programming co-Director
Belinda is a freelance consultant working in the LA area, with over 10 years of experience in Finance. She is also the Business Manager for the popular Asian American blog  Bel has previously volunteered for several AAJA-LA events, including Trivia Bowl and V3. She is excited to return to the V3 Steering Committee and hopes to contribute her expertise to planning another amazing conference.
Shawn Nicole Wong, Finance/Sponsorship Director
Shawn is a media producer and urban consultant, specializing in economic development, civic engagement, market analysis, and content creation. Additionally, she has worked in film as an independent producer on a variety of genres. Shawn is proud to serve V3con for the fifth year and AAJA-National as Treasurer.

Planning Team, alphabetically:

Athena Asklipiadis

Athena Asklipiadis, Programming co-Director
Athena Mari Asklipiadis comes from a broadcasting background, working in LA radio for several years at CBS and Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia).  She currently works doing freelance social media and voice overs after recently wrapping the forthcoming documentary film, Mixed Match (2016), where she was associate producer. Athena lends her free time to non-profit advocacy groups, Mixed Marrow and Multiracial Americans of Southern California. @athenamari

Adam Kealoha Causey Adam Kealoha Causey, Editorial Director
Adam is an editor for The Associated Press in Phoenix. He’s previously worked as a reporter and editor in Nevada, Florida and Louisiana and has taught multimedia journalism at the collegiate level. As a director for VOICES, the  AAJA national convention news outlet, he mentors college student journalists. He’s also co-author of the recently released book “100 Things To Do in Las Vegas Before You Die.” Twitter: @akcausey.
Connie Ho Connie Ho, Editorial/Outreach
Connie K. Ho is a freelance writer, web producer and social media manager whose work has appeared in media outlets such as KCET, The Orange County Register, the Pacific Citizen, AOL, among others. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in English and International Studies as well as a minor in Spanish. You can find her on. Twitter: @conniekho.
Liz Chou Elizabeth Chou, Editorial/Registration co-Director
Elizabeth Chou reports on Los Angeles city government for City News Service. She previously worked as a staff writer for Eastern Group Publications, which covers East Los Angeles and surrounding communities.
Joanne Garcia Joanne Garcia, Multimedia Director
Joanne Garcia is a commercial photographer and coffee lover. She splits her time shooting locally in Los Angeles and wherever her travels take her. Mostly lifestyle & portraiture but also editorial for various magazines and fashion brands. Her clients include LA Home Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, IMPRESS Magazine, Klein Epstein & Parker, Macy’s, Vivienne Westwood, and more. Check out her work at
Sandra Kim - V3con speaker Sandra Kim, Publicity
Sandra Kim’s experience in PR spans more than 10 years from building brand efforts for Fortune 500 companies to working with not-for-profit organizations such as JPHRO to startups. She has also worked on the side of media with Fox Sports Radio and ABC7 News here in LA. She specializes in media relations, public affairs and marketing and branding within and for the Asian American market. Twitter: @sandeekim to read her rants and raves about anything from politics and pop culture to food and sports.
Sam Lam Samuel Lam, Editorial/Social Media 
Samuel Lam is a Bay Area native living in Los Angeles currently working for Yahoo Sports. He is a social media fanatic and is working with V3con for the second straight year. You can follow him on Twitter @SamuelYLam and read his sports blog at
Melissa Leu Melissa Leu, Web Manager
Melissa Leu is a digital editor at the Los Angeles Times. Her work has previously been published at NBC Nightly News, The Arizona Republic and ABC7 Los Angeles. You can reach her on Twitter @melissaleu.
Roddy_Headshot Michel’le Roddy, Social Media/Metrics Director
Michel’le Roddy is a public relations and social media professional with 2+ years experience working in the consumer industry. The USC Trojan (’12) has a passion for research and social media analytics and enjoys photography, cooking, good BBQ, and music. Currently, Michel’le is an Account Manager at WCG, a fully integrated communications agency that works with the world’s leading companies in healthcare, consumer products and technology.
Dan Wood Dan Wood, Production Director
Dan Wood is a web/graphic designer in downtown Los Angeles with a love for responsive design and timeless typography. This is his second year involved with AAJA-LA’s V3con. Check out more of his work at

Advisors, alphabetically:

speaker-henry-fuhrmann Henry Fuhrmann
Richard Lui Richard Lui
speaker-david-ono David Ono
JozWang-RS Jocelyn, “Joz” Wang