Our team of young professionals comes from a diverse background but we all share a common passion—to serve others for the greater glory of God’s Kingdom.
I, the LORD, have called you for justice, I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes of the blind.
See the Lord grew out of a daughter’s desire to live out her mother’s wishes. In 2010, Kelly Kao was inspired by a vision of her late mother encouraging her to combine the three things Kelly is most passionate about (healthcare, spreading God’s word, and education) into something she could share with others. Since then, the organization has grown from 3 members at its start in 2011 to almost 40 members and 13 completed mission trips in 2015.
As the CEO of STL, Kelly oversees and implements operations both internationally and domestically, manages a staff of over 30 volunteers, and enjoys going out on the field for each mission trip. Her goal for STL is for its services to one day be accessible in any country by anyone at anytime, so that anyone who has not witnessed the unconditional love of God can see Him through our ministry.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with Honors from the University of California, Davis and a Doctor of Optometry with Honors from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. Kelly is a past faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry. She left behind practicing in a private clinic and conducting vision research at Google for Google Glass to dedicate her time to STL full-time.
Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.
As an early member of See the Lord, Henry Shu helped with the initial work of establishing the non-profit organization. Now he serves as Chief Financial Officer and as a board member. Henry is a trained scientist who contributed to healthcare through basic research in the labs for many years. Inspired by Kelly’s tenacious faith in doing what God was calling her to do, he decided to join See The Lord. He considers it providential that, just as he returned from business school, he was able to use his MBA right away for something that makes people’s lives better while also spreading the faith. Outside of STL, he teaches Sunday school and is involved with high school youth ministry at San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission.
Henry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and working in the yard, and he is currently training for his fifth marathon.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence rely not; In all your ways be mindful of Him and He will make straight your paths.
Crystal Wang leads the Recruitment Team, which reaches out to optometrists, pre-optometry clubs, optometry schools, and other health clubs at universities to encourage more volunteers to join See The Lord. Crystal went on the STL inaugural trip to Taiwan in 2012, and soon after jumped at the opportunity to become more involved as an officer. One of her most touching encounters happened on the Summer 2014 trip, when she met a mentally disabled young man who was almost completely blind due to a car accident. Though the team couldn’t provide help because the condition was irreversible, he was grateful for the medical care, and allowed Crystal and all the other optometry students to examine him. His mother thanked them with tears in her eyes.
Crystal is an optometry student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her favorite activities are cardio kickboxing, praying in adoration, watching musicals, and hitting the snooze button. She dreams of someday owning a Poodle mix named Piggy.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then, the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Erica Liao is Secretary of See the Lordand also serves on the Board of Directors. She documents meeting minutes, interacts with new volunteers, and helps make decisions that guide the mission of the organization. From a young age, Erica has been heavily involved with Catholic ministry, serving as a lector, Bible study leader, and Catholic fellowship leader. It brings her great joy to be able to use her talents to serve God, which is why she loves volunteering for STL. She earned her Bachelor’s in Management Science at UCSD and currently works at NASA Ames Research Center. Outside of work, Erica’s strengths lie in singing, playing guitar, and reading The Onion.
As See the Lord’s Vice President of Human Resources, Judy Chang assists with HR programs and policies, creates current volunteer processes, and develops recruiting activities, among other responsibilities. In July 2014, Judy went on a STL mission trip to an early development center in Kaohsiung. She describes it as the “most amazing experience,” as her interactions with the children there opened her eyes to the innocence and sincerity we often lose as we grow older. An adventurer at heart, Judy has been skydiving, scuba diving, and in 2014, she visited a new city or country almost every two months.
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Cindy Tran, MPH
As See The Lord’s Director of Public Health, Cindy Tran designs and creates health education materials, manages the team that translates these materials, and trains volunteers to teach about different aspects of health care on mission trips. Cindy found out about STL after a providential run-in with some members after mass one day; they invited her to dinner and asked if she would like to volunteer some of her time to create health education materials. After seeing the commitment and work ethic of the team, Cindy decided to become even more involved with STL. Because the organization blends the Catholic faith and health care, she is able to alleviate suffering through two things she loves.
Cindy holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of California, Davis. She loves playing piano, hiking to appreciate God’s majestic creations, and indoor rock climbing to challenge herself.
If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, … you can move mountains … and nothing will be impossible.
Jessica Li helps design graphics and provide input for See The Lord’s Public Relations Team. Jessica has always had an interest in the non-profit sector, and after hearing Kelly’s remarkable story, she was excited to also be asked to join STL. Actively involved in her Catholic faith, she volunteers with the California Chinese Catholic Living Camp (CACCLC) and serves on the Young Adult Council for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Jessica is currently pursuing her MS in Counseling for Career and College Counseling at SF State. To help manage her life, Jessica likes to practice Bikram Yoga (hot yoga). She also loves swimming and nerding out on resumes (the career counselor in her!).
The times which we are going through are difficult, because persecution against the Church rages as cruelly as ever. But you fearless and good young people, do not be afraid because of this small problem.
Andrea Liao manages See the Lord’s social media presence to encourage others to join mission trips through photos, messages, and other media. Volunteering for the See The Lord in this capacity allows her to use her talents in a positive way.
Andrea’s background is in biology, and she received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego. She is currently working on her Masters in Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. A self-professed “Disnerd,” Andrea tries to visit Disneyland as often as possible.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
As the Training and Development Coordinator, Tai Pang collaborates with other See the Lord members to help train future team members in aiding the optometrist on mission trips. A part of the inaugural team, Tai was inspired to join the organization after seeing the team’s commitment to the mission; he also felt a strong desire to help in forgotten areas and populations of Taiwan. His favorite moments from his STL mission trip were seeing the faces of the children welcoming the team at every site. A fun fact about Tai is that he is ambidextrous. Outside of work, he likes to spend time with his two dogs, read, and be active.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As a Catechetical Ministry Coordinator, Wendy Dong develops content for the catechesis programs, preparing individualized core content and curriculum for each mission site depending on its needs. Wendy felt called to be a part of See the Lord when she witnessed Kelly’s vision of bringing catechesis and eye care to those with limited access to both, and she officially joined the organization in June 2013. She has received two awards for her involvement in catechesis as well as ministry to the infirmed for years of service. Her hobbies include taking photos, cooking, and baking.
You are the light of the world...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Hien Nguyen, O.D.
Hien Nguyen combines her background in optometry with her love for Christ as the Parish Outreach Coordinator. She visits parishes and young adult events to promote awareness for See The Lord and encourage others to get involved. Growing up in rural Vietnam, Hien witnessed firsthand the effects of living in poverty. While studying optometry at UC Berkeley, she realized vision is one of the most precious senses and was saddened that millions of people worldwide are visually impaired. Recognizing that many of these cases are preventable and treatable, she decided to join an organization working to address these problems. Her goal in life is to be able, by the grace of God, to bring Jesus to everyone.
It (Love) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Rose Hoang develops content for See The Lord’s catechesis curriculum, plans faith formation activities for volunteers, and trains volunteers to implement catechesis programs. Inspired by her STL mission trip in December 2013, during which she witnessed the authentic joy the missionaries in Taiwan have for the people they serve, Rose sought to be more involved with STL upon her return home. Serving as a Catechetical Ministry Coordinator combines her passion for optometry with her love of sharing the faith.
Outside of STL, Rose teaches catechism to children at her home parish and is actively involved with Newman Hall at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is a fourth-year undergraduate. She enjoys drawing, singing, reading, and doing hands-on art and science projects with her niece.
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Jean Young brings her strong corporate background and volunteerism to See The Lord as the VP of Public Relations and a board member. She loves that STL melds international service abroad with missionary work in the Catholic faith, and she enjoys being able to work with all the board members. Jean has worked in corporate finance for the past 12 years, and worked in campaign development for the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart in Los Angeles. She’s also volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity in Haiti and Peru. One of the most amazing experiences of her life was taking a year off in 2012 to travel the world; she got to see Pope Benedict five times, tour castles in France, and scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef.
As Vice President of Digital Media, Patrick manages a team of creative folks. His goal is to use photos, videos, and graphic design to help STL tell a deeper and more meaningful story. Patrick started taking pictures in high school when his Dad handed him an old SLR, and has been hooked ever since. He is a self-professed “gearhead,” and enjoys capturing landscapes and cityscapes. He joined STL at the end of 2014 because he wanted to share his passion for photography while giving back to the community. By day, he works in marketing, and enjoys traveling, eating, and of course photography in his free time.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.
Cathy Lan contributes to See The Lord from Taiwan. As the VP of Operations, she recruits and trains volunteers from Fu Jen University and organizes the Taiwan team to join mission trips with the American team. Cathy was inspired to join STL after witnessing Kelly’s enthusiasm for helping those in need and seeing her teacher Dean Yip’s attention to the disadvantaged. Cathy takes to heart the words of Matthew 25:40 and believes that by serving others, she serves God. In the past she has volunteered to teach disadvantaged children in Catholic ministry and joined a mission trip to help in Sichuan after the earthquake.
Cathy is a medical student in Fu Jen University and will graduate in summer 2016. She loves reading books, writing stories, and enjoying tea time with friends.
In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Ritzi Lam provides legal counsel to See The Lord. After witnessing Kelly’s commitment to improve people’s physical and spiritual lives, Ritzi was moved to join the organization. As a lifelong Catholic, Ritzi has been active in various Catholic ministries, including teaching catechism. Her current law practice includes estate planning, trust, and civil litigation.
Stelamarie Flores serves See The Lord as a Translator. She grew up in Palo Alto, California, and at age 13, moved to the Philippines while her family stayed to support her continuing education. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, and with her knowledge, skills and experience, she can translate medical terms into phrases that are understandable to the Filipino community. Currently working as a Program Associate “Promotora” at a non-profit organization in California, Stelamarie educates communities about programs in Nutrition, Oral Health, and Better Choices and Better Health. As an active member of her parish, she is passionate about helping others and contributes as much as she can to help low-income families in third world countries like the Philippines obtain optical health care and education.
Vivien Tse, O.D.
Jean Shu is part of the Digital Media Team at See The Lord. She contributes in graphic design and light website maintenance. She has a science background with a degree from U.C. Davis and experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry. She received a second bachelor degree in Digital Art and Animation and works as a freelance Graphic Designer in her spare time.