Kathy Ho (Development Manager) was raised in Southern California before moving to Seattle in 2002 to study biology at the University of Washington. Kathy served as an Americorps member overseeing youth leadership development for two years at the Vietnamese Friendship Association prior to becoming the research project director. She supervised the implementation of a community needs assessment known as Community Action-Research and Empowerment (CARE) Project, which identified the top strengths, challenges and desires of the Vietnamese community in Seattle while building inter-generational collaboration. Kathy was also responsible for VFA’s annual fundraiser. Kathy currently oversees multiple aspects of the International Examiner, including fundraising, event-organizing, donor relationships, advertising sales, grant-writing, and organizational development.
Travis Quezon (Editor in Chief) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and received his education at Punahou School, Kapiolani Community College, and the University of Hawaii, where he earned a degree in English. In Hawaii, Travis has been the editor of the Honolulu Weekly and The Hawaii Independent. He received a Hawaii Publishers PAI award for enterprise reporting on Honolulu’s homeless communities in 2008. In 2009, Travis worked as a communications specialist for Hawaii State Representative Mele Carroll, who at the time was chair of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. Travis has also worked as a freelance journalist for Reuters and Bloomberg covering a variety of international stories, including the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and the U.S.-China South China Seas talks, and reported during numerous occasions in the White House press pool covering President Barack Obama. Upon moving to Seattle in 2012, Travis worked as a graphic designer and copy editor while regularly freelance writing for community newspapers such as Queen Anne & Magnolia News, City Living Seattle, Northwest Asian Weekly, and the International Examiner. Travis came on board as editor of the International Examiner in October 2013.
Alan Lau (Arts Editor) is a grocer, artist, and poet. He served the Asian American arts community as the IE Arts Editor for over 30 years. He ‘s a published poet and author and is the editor of the nation’s most comprehensive Asian Pacific American book review, the Pacific Reader. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and national and international shows.
Ellen Suzuki (Business Manager) is a former Seattle Japanese Community Queen and has contributed as the IE Business Manager for over 12 years. She has two granddaughters she loves very much, loves to garden, cook and bake delicious goodies.
Ryan Catabay (Creative Director and Lead Graphic Designer)