Minnesota Asian Pacific American Bar Association

MNAPABA Executive Board Meetings - All Are Welcome!

  • The board typically meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month. See the event list for information about the next board meeting.

Executive Board

Alex Dyste-Demet
President


Alex Dyste-Demet is an attorney with the Regional Solicitor's Office for the Department of the Interior. She graduated from Michigan State in 2011 and the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014. She can be contacted at dysteale@gmail.com. 

Vincent L. Pham
President-Elect


Vince is a patent and intellectual property attorney who currently practices at Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt. Prior to law, Vince worked at Deloitte Consulting and later at a local manufacturers' representative. Vince earned a bachelor of electrical engineering and later a law degree from the University of Minnesota. He began his legal career at Faegre Baker Daniels. Vince and his wife Brenna have one busy little toddler named Lucas who likes running around everywhere.

Melitta Drechsler
Immediate Past President


Melitta Drechsler (formerly Melitta George) is an Assistant Ramsey County Attorney in the office's Civil Division.  She drafts, reviews and negotiates Ramsey County's high dollar value procurement contracts, specializing in IT outsourcing contracts.  

Prior to joining the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, Melitta was corporate counsel for Taylor Corporation in Mankato and an associate in the Business Law section of Briggs and Morgan.  She graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 2008. 

Mayura Noordyke 
Secretary

 

Mayura is an intellectual property attorney at Cozen O'Connor. Mayura focuses her practice on trademark law and branding, including trademark clearance, investigation, prosecution, and licensing. Mayura also has experience with issues related to social media, cybersquatting, internet domain name disputes and proceedings, copyright matters, and advertising and promotions, including contests and sweepstakes. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2015. 

Marisa Marek
Treasurer


Marisa Marek is a Client Manager with Thomson Reuters.  She currently works with high value state and local government offices across the United States.  Marisa has also worked as an attorney recruiter in Minneapolis.  Outside of work, Marisa handles pro bono cases through the Immigrant Law Center for Minnesota and enjoys staying active through running and yoga sculpt.   She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007 and Mitchell Hamline in 2010.

Grace Kim
VP of Public Relations


Grace is a patent attorney at Fish & Richardson. Grace graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a law degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Prior to law, Grace was a research & development engineering manager with Boston Scientific.

Ude Lu
VP of Technology and Contents

    

Ude is a patent attorney at Cozen O'Connor. He represents clients in the industries of software development, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and biomedical devices regarding both patent litigation and prosecution. He has a B.S. in electrical engineering, an M.S. in biological sciences, and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014.   

Christopher Jison 
VP of Membership and Member Development


Chris is an attorney with experience in employment, products liability, and immigration law. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011, and he earned his JD from the University of St. Thomas in 2018 where he served as associate editor and publications editor of the University of St. Thomas Law Journal. He was also involved with MNAPABA throughout all three years of law school. Prior to law school, Chris was a compliance analyst with expertise in TSA air freight compliance, cargo security best practices, and interstate trucking compliance.

Sukanya Momsen
VP of Outreach and Development


Sukanya Momsen is Associate Corporate Counsel at Best Buy. She currently works closely with Geek Squad Services on advertising compliance and third-party contract negotiation. Sukanya has also worked as an employment lawyer at Nilan Johnson Lewis, and as a judicial law clerk on the Minnesota Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Louise Dovre Bjorkman. Outside of work, Sukanya enjoys hiking and keeping up with her Japanese. Sukanya graduated Order of the Coif, magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, and summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Richard Q. Liu
VP of Programming



Richard Liu is a labor and employment attorney at Jones Day. He has represented clients in matters involving discrimination, trade secret misappropriation, violation of restrictive covenants, and breach of employment agreements. Richard graduated from USC Gould School of Law in 2015 and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 2011. He regularly takes pro bono matters involving sensitive immigration issues. Richard is passionate about basketball and is a fan of the Wolves.

MNAPABA PAST PRESIDENTS

Melitta Drechsler, 2017-2018

Ben Kwan, 2016-2017

Greg Schwartz, 2015-2016

Irene Kao, 2014-2015

Veena Iyer, 2013-2014

Inchan Hwang, 2012-2013

Bryan Wong, 2011-2012

Rebecca Chaffee, 2010-2011

Judge Nicole J. Starr (formerly Kubista), 2009-2010

Alexander Kim, 2008-2009

Sumbal Mahmud, 2007 (Oct.-Dec.)

Steven Reeves, 2006-2007

Ngoc Nguyen, 2005-2006

Judge Susan Burke, 2004-2005

Dan Lew, 2003-2004

Ash Mishra, 2002-2003

Ruby Dasgupta, 2001-2002

Tami Schroeder, 2000-2001

Sach Darji, 1999-2000

Linda Chung, 1998-1999

Melissa Wright, 1997-1998

Judge Regina Chu, 1996-1997

Jeff Eng, 1995-1996

Terry Louie, 1994-1995

Jeff Eng, 1993-1994

Jennifer Park, 1992-1993

Marianne Remedios, 1991-1992

Terry Louie, 1990-1991

 

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