MotivAsians for Cleveland is a non-profit organization cultivating a vibrant Asian community for Greater Cleveland by promoting the attraction and retention of Asian-American professionals through leadership and professional development, networking, and civic involvement.Our management team will connect you with our city and community through leadership trainings, civic involvement opportunities, networking events, career advises, cultural exchange opportunities, sports and fun events in addition to get introduced to all other young professional organizations in Cleveland.




MotivAsians Management Board



Jennifer Luu – Co-President

She has been actively involved with MotivAsians since 2010 and elected as MotivAsians’s Co-President since 2012. She is a product marketing specialist for OEConnection in Richfield, OH. One fun fact about Jennifer: She is a social butterfly and busy bee. She can be found at many networking and community events around the city!

Rachael Yim – Co-President

She has been actively involved with MotivAsians since 2010; and is elected as MotivAsians’s Co-President for 2012 and onwards. She is an investigational drug pharmacist at the Cleveland Clinic. One fun fact about Rachael: She loves to eat. She is a yelp elite, and because she loves to eat and write about it on yelp, she actually gets stopped on the street by strangers who recognize her!

Barbara Lum – Director of Events

She has been actively involved with MotivAsians since 2009 and will keep on serving the management team as a Director of Events in the coming years. She is an attorney for Thompson Hine LLP and is also the past President for the Asian American Bar Association of Ohio.

May Luo – Secretary/Director of Membership

May has been actively involved with MotivAsians since May 2015. She is a CPA and she works at CWRU. One fun fact about May: She loves to visit the zoo. One of her favorite animals is the panda. During her next trip, she plans to visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda, where she can hold a baby panda!

Therese Lemmen – Treasurer

Therese has been with MotivAsians for closer to 3 years now. She is a financial representative with SSIP Insurance Partners. One fun fact about Therese: “I’m a gluten-free vegan. I often get questions about vegan or vegetarian options to enhance other’s diets.”

Thu Ra – Director of Networking

Thu Ra has been part of MotivAsians since January 2014. He oversees supply chain and operation activities at Buckeye Business Products in midtown Cleveland as the Director of Supply Chain. One fun fact about Thu Ra: He loves trying out great restaurants and would even drive hours just to grab a good dish!

Misha Arnold – Director of Professional Development

Misha has been part of MotivAsians since December 2015, after moving from Cincinnati. She is a CPA and works for Nestle as an International HR Consultant. One fun fact about Misha: She loves to travel, both internationally and domestically, exploring new places, trying new food, and experiencing other cultures.

Aaron Baker – Director of Civic Involvement

Aaron has been a part of MotivAsians since August 2015 after moving to Cleveland from Chapala, Mexico. He works as a Residential College Director at Case Western Reserve University supporting first-year students in their personal and academic development. One fun fact about Aaron: He has visited the Pyramids at Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City 3 times in my life, once in each decade of his life.

Billy Hau – Director of Social Media

Billy joined MotivAsians in 2016 as part of the dragon boat team. He is an engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center working to develop next-generation aviation technology and support deep space exploration missions. In his free time, Billy like to play music, design video games, teach kids in the libraries, go on outdoor adventures and travel the world!

Philip Bautista – Project Manager

He has been with MotivAsians since 2009 and will keep on serving the management team in the coming years. He is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP Position. One fun fact about Phil: “I wish I had Don Draper’s job.”