GOVERNING BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SOPHIA'S CHOICE aka ASIAN POP-UP CINEMA
Sophia Wong Boccio (Founder & Executive Director) Click here for detailed profile.
Colin Hara (Director of the Board since 2018, President of the Board since 2019) As the Chairman Emeritus of Chicago Masudafunai, Colin counsels clients on a broad range of corporate issues, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, the establishment of corporations and LLCs, distribution and sales agreements, and technology transfers. He also advises on employment and labor practices such as reviewing, drafting and negotiating employment agreements and developing human resource policies and strategies. In addition, he assists with immigration matters pertaining to work-related visas, including employment authorization and non-work applications for spouses.
Michael Foster (Vice President of the Board since 2017)
Maureen Herlehy (Treasurer of the Board since June, 2018) Director, Strategic Initiatives : An artist and creative professional with a deep knowledge of higher education enrollment management, non profit organization and the arts. Held various Director positions at Columbia College Chicago with focus on enhancing students’ success, cultivating relationships, and developing strategic opportunities for students to finish college.
Gavin Guo 郭承辉 (Secretary of the Board since 2019) Gavin Guo is a HR Compensation Consultant at TransUnion, a global risk information company, where he is responsible for designing and implementing compensation programs as well as providing analytical consultancy to business partners. While working at TransUnion, he co-founded the Pan Asian Connect Networking Resource Group, striving to promote Asian culture awareness, cultivate future leaders and innovators, and outreach to local communities. Gavin received his M.S. in Applied Economics from Marquette University and a B.S. in International Business from Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, China. He is an avid film enthusiast and is actively involved in Chicago's independent film industry.
Justin Kuo 郭文豪 : Justin Kuo is a Senior Manager at Crowe LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting, and technology firms in the U.S. and an independent member of Crowe Global. Justin focuses exclusively in the area of employee benefits and qualified retirement plans sponsored by Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, not-for-profit organization and public/private companies. He is also an active member of Crowe’s Asian People Resource Network, an internal diversity group to promote the diversity awareness and foster the growth of Crowe through mutualism and development of Asian leaders.
Bronwyn Poole (President of the Board - 2017-2018) Change Leadership & Communications Advisor: Bronwyn Poole is a change leadership and communications consultant who develops strategies for merger integration, business transformation, leadership alignment, culture change and employee engagement. Bronwyn earned her MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA in English from Wesleyan University. She studied Japanese language in college and is a lifelong enthusiast of Asian art, culture and food. (Like Jiro, she dreams of sushi!) .
Stephanie Gaines (Founding member of the Board since 2015) Senior Counsel: Adtalem Global Education: Stephanie Gaines, JD/MBA, is an employment law attorney with over 15 years' experience and is a true film fan. She is a founding board member of Sophia's Choice and Secretary of its Board of Directors. Stephanie is involved with other arts organizations, such as the Frankie Knuckles Foundation and the Chicago International Film Festival. She is also a Trustee at Adler University where Stephanie chairs the compensation committee.
Linda S. Levin, AIA (Director of the Board since 2016) Owner, Studio-Levin - retiring June, 2019 onward.
We are indebted to our past directors who served and made their impact on the growth and development of Sophia’s Choice aka Asian Pop-Up Cinema since our inauguration!
Past Directors (2015-2019)
Lorraine Shoto, Margreth Trumpi, Rujanee Mahakanjana, Linda Levin and Randy Adamsick