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University of Iowa Ph.D., Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, 2010
University of Northern Iowa M.A., Leisure, Youth and Human Services Administration, 2002
University of Northern Iowa B.A., Leisure Services, 1999
University of Northern Iowa Certificates, School Age Care Leadership and Tourism
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Diploma, Social Work, 1995
Jason holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy & Leadership Studies from The University of Iowa. He is also a Certified Park & Recreational Professional (CPRP). The CPRE certification is the highest level a park and recreation professional can reach, demonstrating leadership in all aspects of managing a park and recreation department.
Jason traveled from Hong Kong to the United States to be the first member of his family to receive a college education. He had no money and brought just two suitcases with him to Iowa. In 2011, the University of Northern Iowa's Alumni Association honored him with the prestigious Heritage Honours Young Alumnus Award. This award is presented to a graduate who has demonstrated success early in his/her career and who has been active in the life of the University. In 2016, he was inducted into the UNI's Elinor A. Crawford & William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence.
Jason received a Diploma in Social Work form the HK Polytechnic University and was a registered social worker. At UNI he earned his BA (summa cum laude) and MA in Leisure, Youth and Human Services Administration. Dr. Jane Mertesdorf, UNI Emeritus Professor describes Jason as, “quality driven, eager to explore learning opportunities, helpful, creative, and unwaveringly positive.” She goes on to say that Jason has sustained excellence in academics, student leadership, service to his department, his university and his country of origin. Dr. Mertesdorf notes that as a student, he conquered language and cultural differences while maintaining a 3.96 GPA. He held a management position in the UNI Camp Adventure Youth Services program.
Jason was the recipient of the Carole J. Hanson Outstanding Senior Award, the Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the UNI Purple & Old Gold Meritorious Scholarship Award. Jason also received the prestigious ALS/SPRE/NRPA 2000 Future Scholars Award presented by the Academy of Leisure Sciences, the Society of Park & Recreation Educators, and National Recreation & Park Association.
Supervised over 1,000 counselors/student interns at over 20 different program locations worldwide.
• Europe: Lakenheath AB (Air Force, England), R.A.F. West Ruislip (England), St. Mawgan (England).
• Asia: NAF Atsugi (Navy, Japan), Camp Zama (Army, Japan), CFAS Sasebo (Navy, Japan), MCAS Iwakuni (Marine, Japan), Yokota AB (Air Force, Japan), CFAY Yokosuka (Navy, Japan), Tokyo American Embassy (Japan), Tokyo American Club (Japan), MCCS Okinawa (Marine), Osan AB (South Korea), Army Korea (South Korea), Kyungpook National University (South Korea), Seoul Club (Seoul, South Korea), Beijing American Embassy (China), Macau Polytechnic Institute (Macau), Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Macau), Taipei Youth Program Association (Taipei, Taiwan), Recreation in Action (Hong Kong), Baptist SKM Lui Ming Choi Primary School (Hong Kong).
Elected Chair, Citizen Bond Oversight Committee | Marin Community College District (2019 - Present)
Club Treasurer | Rotary Club of Novato Sunrise (2022 - Present)
Vice-Chair | Friends of China Camp (2018 - Present)
(2023 - Present)
Commissioner, Child Care Commission | County of Marin December (2015 - Present)
Board of Manager | Marin Y, YMCA of San Francisco (2014 - Present)
Board Member, Marin Chinese Cultural Association (2012 - Present)
Board Member, Asian Scholarship Fund (2012 - Present)
Public Member, Editorial Board | Marin Independent Journal (May - July, 2023)
Member, Alumni Board of Directors | University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association (2015 - 2021)
Member-at-Large, Leadership Development Committee | NAFSA: Association of International Educators (2016 - 2018)
Member-at-Large, Membership Engagement Committee | NAFSA: Association of International Educators (2018 - 2020)
President | Asian-American Alliance of Marin (AAAM) (2012 - 2019)