Steering Committee Meetings and Activities

The Partnership Steering Committee is…

Asian country flags at Fletcher Plaza, Aurora

Asian country flags at Fletcher Plaza, Aurora

…a group of community leaders who
meet every fourth Tuesday of the
month (with some exceptions).  The
Partnership is governed by its bylaws
and is a program under the umbrella of
the Spirit of Aurora, a 501(c)(3)

(  To inquire about upcoming meetings, call the staff office.

The Partnership’s success depends upon the vision and commitment of its leaders.  The Partnership is intended to be Pan-Asian in its scope, with a particular focus on Aurora’s diverse resident population and business community.

At the Annual Meeting of the Partnership, usually held in April of each year, there is a ‘changing of the guard’, and the Asian Co-Chair and Co-Chair Elect take office.  This is also the inauguration of new members, nominated by the current leadership.  See the current Steering Committee Roster…

Asian Co-Chair Duane Wong with City Co-Chair Andrea Amonick, 2013

Asian Co-Chair Duane Wong with City Co-Chair Andrea Amonick, 2013

The city Co-Chair is Andrea Amonick,
Manager of the Development Services
Division and host manager of the
Aurora-South Metro Small Business
Development Center (SBDC).  The
SBDC has staffed the Partnership
for over 20 years, with a goal to become
better acquainted with and service the
many Asian/Pacific small businesses in
Aurora through training and one-on-one

Current Co-Chair is Peter Lee, who is a leader in the Asian Complete Count Committee for the 2020 Census (shown here with City Co-Chair Andrea Amonick).

Immediate Past Co-Chair is Sukie Kang, who
has been
instrumental in development and
maintaining the leadership of the Partnership.

Regular meetings often include a “Focus On
presentation, so that members get a
dose of information about Aurora’s diverse
communities at each meeting.

Other activities of the Partnership include a summer picnic at Aurora’s Utah Park and a Holiday Friends Gathering in December.  There is often a focus on APA film and filmmakers, as well as a goal to support APA educational efforts within the city of Aurora.

The Partnership’s Annual Meeting on April 25, 2017 featured poet and photographer Kimberly Ming, “Beyond Binary:  Spoken Word on Multiethnic Identity”.  Her discussion was timely and challenging.  For details, visit

The Partnership looks forward to working with Incoming Co-Chair Robert Payo, an Aurora native and Filipino American.  Robert is the Teacher Programs Coordinator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, supporting the professional development needs of teachers in science education as well as a leading consultant on national projects related to education and museums. He is the immediate past Co-Assistant Artistic Director for Theatre Esprit Asia of the Aurora Cultural Arts District and has performed in theaters across the Denver metro area.

chancecropped_082016250p Chance Horiuchi is our 2016-17 Co-Chair, pictured here at the 2016 Global Fest, where she coordinated one of the festival’s fashion shows, a popular feature at the event.  Chance is a leader, not only within the Asian Pacific American community, but also as Director of Business Development with the Aurora Chamber.  View this Global Fest collage of photos.


She enjoys bringing Hawaiian malasadas to the annual picnic and is NEVER without a smile for the Steering Committee!

See this photo collage for Partnership activities in 2015-16, with Co-Chair Nancy Tan enthusiastically in charge!

Clarence_Low_NALP(150p)Clarence Low, President of the Asian Chamber, was the keynote at the April 26, 2016 Partnership Annual Meeting.  He discussed his experience as a one of ten delagates for the Kakehashi Project, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.  Read the purpose and highlights of this tremendous opportunity here…  The Partnership is a proud member of the Asian Chamber.

A Partnership sub-committee helps plan the Annual Meeting each year (shown here at Kim Ba Vietnamese Cuisine (April 2015 Annual Meeting).

A Partnership sub-committee helps plan the Annual Meeting each year (shown here at Kim Ba Vietnamese Cuisine (April 2015 Annual Meeting).

The annual meeting in 2015 included a presentation by “Picture.Me.Here”, a photo storytelling program for refugees, featuring Founder and Program Director Brigid McAuliffe and Bhutanese refugee and teacher for PMH Birendra Dhakal.

Juliana Laughter, shown here in the striped top, was the Partnership’s Co-Chair (2014-2015).  Juliana planned the first international fashion show for the City of Aurora’s GlobalFest 2014, which was a wonderful success.  She gave other highlights of her year at the Annual Meeting and introduced the Partnership Steering Committee and honored guests.  Incoming Co-Chair Nancy Tan presented Juliana with a plaque of appreciation.

Various Steering Committee members and Friends at the 2014 Holiday Friends Gathering

Various Steering Committee members and Friends at the 2014 Holiday Friends Gathering

The Partnership wraps up each year with the Holiday Friends Gathering held in December, a fun event with good food and often a gift exchange.  Members and guests bring along a gift for our Burmese and Bhutanese refugee neighbors, also.

UtahPark_Shelter  Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership Picnic/Potluck
  Tues., July 27, 2017 5:00 – 7:30 PM
  Utah Park, 1800 S. Peoria St., Aurora, CO  80012
  (at the shelter on the EAST side of the park, corner of Mexico & Troy)
  Invite a friend and please bring a dish to share.  Announcement

See the photo collage of the 2015 annual picnic, a favorite Partnership tradition.

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RobertStone_FilmProducer_Sc  April 22, 2014 Annual Meeting announcement…
* In person:  Scrambled film producer Robert Stone
   Stone hails from Colorado and is Partnership Steering Committee member Nancy Tan’s son.  Scrambled is Stone’s first film as a producer and recently premiered in Texas.


The November 1, 2013 “Destination Health”, was a collaboration with The Aurora Chamber,  please follow this link…  The Partnership is a member of The Aurora Chamber, and a Partnership representative currently sits on the Chamber board.


About the December 10, 2013 “Holiday Tea and Dinner”: please follow this link…

The Aurora Credit Union Alliance has been a valued sponsor over the past few years, including the special run of events surrounding 2012 Aurora History Museum Exhibit, “An Epic Journey:  Aurora’s Asian/Pacific Communities”.

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(l-r) Past Co-Chairs Jane Sarmiento (’10-’11), Sudhir Verma (’09-’10), Edith Pasion (’07-’08) — School supply drive for the refugees (2009)