Meet Our APASS Staff
Tomoko Roudebush, MBA
Tomoko Roudebush is currently the Interim Director of the Asian and Pacific American Student Success (APASS) program at Laney College. She is also very active in the Asian and Pacific Islander community. She serves on the board for the Diablo Valley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), is an active member of OCA National-East Bay Chapter and also has served on the conference planning committee for several years with the annual Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) conferences.
Over the years, Tomoko has also helped run youth programs and served on regional initiatives promoting healthy relationships to prevent dating and domestic violence in the community. She also worked on projects to raise awareness around human commercial sexual exploitation of children. Tomoko graduated from Chico State University where she double-majored in History and International Relations. She also graduated with an MBA, with specialization in Strategic Management from John F. Kennedy University.
Cynthia Taing, M.S.
Cynthia Taing was born and raised in Southern California. She attended California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Development. Cynthia moved up to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University (SFSU) for her Master of Science in Counseling degree. During her years at CSUSB, she was a peer advisor for the Psychology Department, Gateway Mentor, CSUSB Orientation Leader and an AVID tutor for Etiwanda High School. With all the experiences she had gained during her undergraduate years, her passion in helping and assisting students grew — which made her decide to go into the field of counseling.
Ben Tran, Psy.D.
Dr. Ben Tran grew up in Northern California. He received his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Organizational Consulting/Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, California. He also received his Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, and he attended California State University, Hayward, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, his Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication [with an emphasis in Organizational Communication/Public Relations], and his minor in Sociology.
Alexander Lee, M.S.
Alex Lee grew up in San Francisco. He attended City College of San Francisco and transferred to University of California, Santa Cruz where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Alex advised first-generation and low-income high school students as a Community/Educational Advisor for SFCAC, a Cal-SOAP program and as an Educational Advisor for AACE Talent Search for Daly City, a TRiO program. Then he attended San Francisco State University for his Master of Science in Counseling degree. During his undergraduate and professional years, his passion in helping and assisting students grew — which motivated his decision to go into the field of counseling.
Feke Lauti, M.A.
APASS Program Specialist
Feke Lauti is a proud Oakland native who believes in the value of education. Feke obtained his BA in Communications from Saint Mary’s College of California with emphasis on media/television. Instead of pursuing his dreams on becoming a journalist, Feke chose to work in education with students with severe mental health disabilities. He was faced with many challenges during his time in mental health, but it didn’t stop him from moving the work forward and helping young people pursue higher education. Feke returned to his alma mater where he earned his MA in Leadership Development, which has opened many doors for him to serve in various leadership capacities. Feke is also very proud of his Polynesian culture and his commitment to sharing it with his colleagues who serve the Laney College community.
APASS Student Ambassador
Jack spent almost half of his life in China. He came back to the United States after he finished elementary school. He attended both Oakland Senior High School and Alameda High School and graduated from Alameda High School. Now he is majoring in Sociology, and planning on transfer to a 4-year college. He can speak multiple languages such as English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Jack has been active in the Asian community around the bay area since he was in high school. He is enjoying helping people, and that is why he is joining a lot of programs such as Social Media Club and APASS. As the member of social media club, he helped to create a music concert. He is currently the President of Governmental Justice Association and is creating events for the Community. For APASS, he is hoping to help more people with his language skills.
Matalaoa (Oa) Taliva’a
APASS Student Ambassador
Matalaoa Taliva’a was born and raised in Pago Pago American Samoa for almost seventeen years and made her first moved out here in the states right after High School in the year 2009. She works three jobs and is also a part time student at Laney College. She is also selected Vice President for the Associated Students of Asian and Pacific Islander (ASAPi) that was helped charter by one of the Student Ambassador in Fall 2013. She is also very active with every student activities and is currently majoring in Nursing and Communication Studies as well. She has come a long way and has shown a lot of improvement, Matalaoa believes that responding to the needs of others will help create quality educational opportunities. And that’s what we do here in APASS is by reaching out to others and help them obtain greater academic performances.
APASS Student Ambassador
Pamela is half Laotian and half Cambodian. She is a full-time student at Laney College and she is very active in student activities. She is currently majoring in Psychology but is currently working on her Asian and Asian American studies and getting her Certificate of Proficiency in Entrepreneurship. She charted a club on campus called Associated Students of Asian and Pacific Islanders (ASAPi) in Fall 2013. She is currently the President of ASAPi and is creating new events for the Asian American Community. She speaks four languages: Lao, Thai, English and Spanish. English was not her first language. Even after overcoming many obstacles, Pamela believes everyone is able to learn and teach new things, it all depends if you are willing to take advantage of that opportunity.