President's Message


Dear Friends,

It was great seeing so many of you at the APABA Banquet on April 27, 2018.  I hope to see your faces more often throughout the year!

We have revamped the board this year to include new roles throughout the organization.  I hope that it will help us in moving forward with the expansion of our website/membership/social media outreach. Additionally, we’ve added a public policy committee to help us keep the pulse on the community and legislative efforts.  To that end, we have added a few new people to the board with whom I’m excited to work with this year: Kevin Chen, Blake Gansborg, Sue Kim, and Clark Yeh.  I also want to extend thanks to our continuing board members, some of whom have served for years (possibly decades): Mechelle Faulk, Darlene Kondo, Christine Lyman, Hon. Chelsea Malone, Kira Suyeishi, and Sophia Tsai.

Finally, I would like to welcome Anne Lee onto the slate of officers as Secretary.  Sumi Lee will serve as President-Elect this year and Justin Cohen as Immediate Past-President.  Harry Budisidharta has decided to stay in the Treasurer role for another year to make sure our books and budget are streamlined (what a guy!). And of course, the inimitable Fay Matsukage will serve as Co-Treasurer for another year.

Although APABA usually takes a break over the summer,we look forward to co-hosting an event or two in the coming months.  Additionally, please stay tuned for the annual APABA fall picnic, which will be set for August or September.

In the meantime, we hope to see you at one of the other bar events or community events below. If you attend an event, please let us know so we can include it on our Facebook page!  Please email the photo and a caption to Clark Yeh at

If you have any comments or would like to become more involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me personally at  I hope that each of you have fantastic summer!


Nicoal C. Sperrazza

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