Ms. Gina Chen – Mistress of Ceremonies
Mr. Derek Uehara – Master of Ceremonies
Popular television anchor-person, mistress-of-ceremonies, photographic & video model with extensive experience hosting events for both domestic and overseas visitors. A business consulting executive, providing guidance for investors. Effective oral and written communication skills in English and Chinese. A proven track record to perform under pressure, exceed client expectations, attain goals on schedule and under budget. Accomplished know-how in providing extraordinary customer service for demanding customers across a broad range of cultures. Contributes volunteer services to local communities.
Derek approaches life with a spirit of appreciation, energy, gratitude, and adventure. He brings this same perspective as an emcee and is on a never-ending quest to uncover and highlight the magnificence of the human spirit.
Derek recently reached the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States. He shares his experience with groups in an inspiring message titled “Don’t Look Back.” To invite Derek to motivate your team, contact GOLDEN CATALYST at 702-327-2628.
Mr. Les Krifaton
Ms. Pauline Lee
Les Krifaton grew up in Montreal, Canada but spent many of his weekends in North Hero, Vermont where his family owned a property. He always admired how patriotic and proud Americans are and the love they have for their country. Les is a seasoned television journalist with more than 20 years of experience and one of the original “ON AIR” personalities when the Canadian Weather Network was launched in 1989. The same year a family sponsorship application to move to the US was submitted. His green card application was granted 13 years later. In 2002, he migrated to the U.S and in 2008, Les became a U.S. citizen.
He went on to become a morning news anchor for CBS affiliate in Palm Springs, Ca. When the war broke out in 2003, Les spent three months assigned to Twentynine Palms Marine Base in Southern California. His first hand experience talking to military personnel and their families who were dealing with deployment, anxiety, and death led him to research the problems that families face during extended periods of deployments. This research exposed issues that were not being addressed adequately, in his opinion, and the experiences with these families in crisis had a profound impact. It was then that Les decided when he could try and help these families, he would. In March of 2010, SHINE FAMILY FOUNDATION was formed for that purpose.
Les has a degree in Meteorology from Mississippi State and Creative Arts from John Abbott College in Montreal, Canada. He is also a licensed commercial pilot. He is currently the weekend weather anchor as well as a reporter for FOX5 in Las Vegas.
Pauline Ng Lee is a community activist, organizer and volunteer in the Asian and the greater Las Vegas community. Born and raised in Southern California, Pauline received her bachelors of accounting degree from the University of Southern California. After graduating from Duke University School of Law, Pauline practiced in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and commercial litigation in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Houston before settling down in Las Vegas.
In 2000, Pauline was elected a partner with the Hale Lane law firm, now known as Holland & Hart LLP. During her tenure with Hale Lane, Pauline worked on several large commercial and casino bankruptcies, including National Airlines, Resort at Summerlin, and the Aladdin Hotel & Casino. Finding a need to develop comraderie among Asian Pacific attorneys, Pauline co-founded the Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas. In 2003, the National Asian Pacific Bar Association named her a “Best Lawyer Under 40.” The following year, In Business Las Vegas named her a “Rising Star.”
In 2011, Pauline was appointed general counsel of the Asian Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Asian Chamber of Commercial Political Action Committee, helping to provide a formal structure for the organizations’ efforts. Pauline is currently serving as the President of The Meadows School Parents Association and is an active member on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Ballet Company, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to preserving classical ballet in Southern Nevada.
Ms. Shannon Yang
Mr. Gene Sugano
Born in Beijing, China and graduated from one of the Seven Sisters – Bryn Mawr College with joint majors in Mathematics and Economics. Currently, Shannon is working as a TV anchor and weekly newspaper column writer. Also, she is producing and hosting her bi-lingual (Chinese & English) TV show “Life with Style”. She has modeled in many runway fashion shows in Shanghai, Las Vegas, LA, and Beijing; in addition, she has featured in short films, commercial print ads and TV commercials. Back in China, Shannon was recognized as one of the Top Ten Students, honored to light the 21th the New Century Ceremony in Beijing and had her autobiography book published in 2010. Shannon loves the arts: she is a trained concert pianist, studied ballet and classical Chinese dance.
Shannon supports the community and loves helping people. She wants to share with others the richness and diversity of the Asian cultures, as well as, helping Asian-Americans to bridge the gap and fit in the mosaic of American culture.
Gene is Commercial Production Manager at KLAS Channel 8 in Las Vegas. He is the Co-Owner and Co-Founder of Korabo Taiko, a kumidaiko based out of Las Vegas.
Korabo was created by six taiko enthusiasts who had a vision of creating the first taiko business in Las Vegas. The group prides itself in making this dream come true and has been very successful performing at numerous events throughout the year, as well as teaching classes for performer driven students and leisure activity students all year long. Korabo has also built drums for groups from the West Coast to the East Coast. The backgrounds of the founders include music instruction, television writing/editing/shooting, martial arts, military, artist, and pilot. And our students include a doctor, construction worker, engineer, and sake expert.
Ms. Marie Mortera
“For the love of the story.” It’s Marie Mortera’s mantra and she puts it to action by covering a variety of stories for News 3’s evening shows and on set, when she anchors News 3 Nightly at 6 pm.
Ms. Salve Edelman
Ms. Lisa King
Salve Edelman is the creator, executive producer, director, production designer, script writer, and host for Isla Vegas, the Ninth Island TV Show. She is an international performing instructor and a coach for talented young adults.
Salve is the founder of the Rising Asian Pacific Americans Coalition for Diversity, the Charter President of Las Vegas Spring Valley Lions Club, and the Public Relations Officer of National Federation of Filipino American Associations.
When she’s not busy with community service, Salve is a licensed real estate agent for WinWin Realty and Property Management.
Lisa King, AKA “The Black Widow” is a World–Class Champion full contact Muay Thai fighter. She has recently been installed in the Black Belt Hall of Fame. Lisa has studied martial arts for the past 15 years under the direction of three authentic Muay Thai Masters. Her love for Muay Thai has taken her to Thailand on numerous occasions to further advance her skills in the art.
She has been featured on ESPN’s I’d do Anything, the theatrical motion picture Ring Girls, the Oxygen Network’s 2006 TV-movie Fight Girls, and a four-volume Muay Thai Instructional DVD Series, Vicious Vixens. She was Black Belt Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2007, and also has mentored and trained 10 aspiring female fighters for the Oxygen Network reality series “Fight Girls”. When she’s not fighting or instructing, she continues to Ring Announce, Match Make and Commentate for martial arts events nationwide. Due to her extensive achievements in the arts, she was first inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2009, and named an Ambassador for the Masters Hall of Fame in 2010.
With her many years of experience in the corporate world and formidable skills in the world of martial arts, Lisa was actively sought out as an Executive Protection Agent. Already world-class in martial arts and combat, she has completed comprehensive training and holds certifications in tactical disciplines, firearms, and surveillance. She specializes in conducting advance work, security for female clients and families, and assignments that require maximum discretion.