Meet the Staff
MAP is a place where people can be accepted for who they are. Our staff is composed of community health workers and educators who have training and certifications on various health-related topics. Our staff apply their unique understanding of the barriers, experiences, language, and culture of the Asian population to their jobs, which include:
- Bridging cultural gaps between individuals, communities, and health and human services
- Providing culturally appropriate health education and information
- Making sure that people get the services they need
- Providing direct services, including counseling and social support
- Advocating for individual and community needs
Andrea grew up in Southern California and has a strong social welfare background working with diverse targeted populations. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with concentrations in social welfare, race, class, and gender from California State University of Fullerton and is currently the program manager for Asian Pride.
She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past ten years, including the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and Planned Parenthood. It was at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center that she founded and facilitated a health education intervention program for young women and transwomen. Her professional interests focus on human sexuality and the LGBT movement. She is a strong advocate of human rights and sexual health services being provided to all people of all backgrounds. She was honored with a proclamation from the city of West Hollywood for providing educational services and assistance to LGBTQ youth.
Outside of work, Andrea enjoys photography, interior design, and traveling to new places.
Senior Peer Coordinator
Theavin is a 22-year old Cambodian American, Senior Peer Coordinator at MAP for Health. He's been involved with MAP for the past four years. During his time at MAP, Theavin has gained many skills and valuable knowledge - from creating presentations to running workshops and drop-in nights - he's become quite the coordinator.
He is currently working as a barista at Starbucks and hopes to enroll into Arizona State University's online degree program to achieve his aspirations in linguistics, translation, and interpretation.
Outside of work, Theavin's interests include tea making, personal fashion development, and learning various cultures and history.
Senior Peer Coordinator
Sami is a 19-year old fashion merchandising student born-and-raised in Connecticut. Now attending school in Boston, she has worked closely with LGBTQ+ youth, particularly college students. She is the president of her college's LGBTQ+ club, known as "Pride!", and is the media supervisor for the Northeast Queer College Collective. She especially enjoys the media and organization side of the position and can always be found in her school's cafeteria with her laptop and iced coffee.
Although many tell her she has taken on quite the workload, she is always looking for new opportunities to outreach, learn, and expand her horizons all around.
Sami's personal interests include graphic design, social media management, and anime.
Marco is a Laotian American 20-year old pharmaceutical sciences student at MCPHS University. Marco has done work with the Safe Schools Program, co-facilitated DESE trainings for K-12 faculty and administration, and is passionate about using his personal story with intersections of disparity and successes. He currently works with a number of LGBTQ+ organizations such as GLSEN and Boston GLASS.
Marco enjoys cooking and playing guitar in his free time. He grew up in Western Massachusetts and loves the outdoors. Sushi is always the go to food for him and Asian bread desserts are the icing on the cake.
Steven is an 18-year old Bostonian who enjoys city life. He was musically trained on the viola for seven years, but also enjoys making visual art. He has only taken his first steps into social justice organizations and is excited to be a more active member of the LGBTQ+ community. He is currently attending Lesley University to become an educator and explore other interests.
Steven enjoys learning new skills and languages and is looking forward to another year at MAP to hone his event planning skills.