Board of Directors
Yoshinori H. T. Himel
Yoshinori Himel is a 1975 King Hall graduate, a part-time law teacher there, and a retired Assistant United States Attorney. He wrote his first computer program in 1955 and got his bachelor's in mathematics from Harvard. He was ABAS's founding President. ABAS, the State Bar, VLSP, the King Hall Alumni Association, and others have honored him for his pro bono work. He has been president of the Foundation since 1999.
Henry D. Nanjo
Henry D. Nanjo, Secretary, who has a decade in private practice as a litigator and over twenty years as a government lawyer, currently is Chief Counsel with the CA State Board of Equalization. He is a past President of ABAS, Asian/Pacific Bar Assn. of CA, and the APSEA Foundation. Henry is a founding member of CAPITAL, and continues to be active in a number of community and church activities.
Jerilyn (“Jeri”) Paik formed the ABAS Law Foundation in 1997, and is the CFO. She serves as a co-chair of the Speaker Series and formerly chaired the ABAS annual golf tournament. When not helping her favorite non-profit, she can be reached at her law firm. She is certified by the State Bar of CA, Bd. of Legal Specialization, as a specialist in her principal areas of practice, which are estate planning, probate and trust administration. For more information about her, visit www.jplawoffice.com.
Michael K. Iwahiro
Mike was born in Los Angeles, raised in Sacramento, schooled at Berkeley, and learned hard work as a farmhand on his grandparents' North Shore, Oahu farm. Mike believes his 30+ years of experience as a business attorney helps him serve the board well. He has been with the Foundation long enough to be a part of the steady push to expand program and service offerings and looks forward to continuing that effort along with the fundraising necessary to sustain it.
Jeannie Lee Jones
(2021 Sabbatical) Jeannie Lee Jones was the ABAS President in 2010 and served on the SCBA as an elected board member from 2011-2014. She has previously interned for LSNC and volunteered in VLSP’s debt collection clinic. Ms. Jones has helped plan and organize numerous events such as the annual ABAS dinner and the SCBA Bench Bar reception.
Kathryn E. Doi
Kathryn Doi is a partner of Hanson Bridgett LLP where she heads the firm’s Health Care Litigation Group. Kathryn represents health care providers in reimbursement and other disputes, primarily involving the Department of Health Care Services and private health plans. Kathryn was previously an appointee of Governor Gray Davis as and Senior Deputy Legal Affairs Secretary and Chief Counsel of the former Technology, Trade and Commerce Agency. Kathryn is currently a gubernatorial appointee (Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom) to the New Motor Vehicle Board. Kathryn was President of ABAS in 2009.
ABAS Representative - Board Member
Chien-Yu (Michael) Wang is the managing attorney of Wilner & O'Reilly's Sacramento and San Francisco offices. Michael practices exclusively in immigration and nationality law ranging from family immigration, employment and investment immigration and removal defense. As an immigrant from Taiwan, he has gained valuable experience with the immigration systems in the United States. Michael is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese.
Timothy G. Yeung
Tim Yeung is the Managing Partner of Sloan Sakai Yeung & Wong LLP where his practice includes all areas of labor and employment law. Tim is the former Chair of the 6,000 member State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section. He is also a contributing author to the California Public Sector Employment Law treatise and the California Public Sector Employment Law treatise, both published by LexisNexis.