Board Members


Board Members


Edward F. O’Connell, Jr. has been joined the board of the Chinese Culture Connection (CCC) since 2007. Mr. O’Connell graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in sculpture; he is President of O’Connell Design and Build Ltd., a Boston firm specializing in residential and historic restoration. Since assuming the board president position on 2009 at the CCC, Edward has been a great role model in leading the rest of the board members and the staff with its annual fundraising gala event. Besides the CCC, he has leadership roles in the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence Silk Road Program. Edward is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys sculling, hunting, and fishing, He and his wife Catherine (Chen) reside in Winchester with their three daughters: Cha- Ling, Barbara, and Mei-Chu.


Marina E. Grossi is a Senior VP at Citibank in Boston. She manages a specialized portfolio focused on the region’s many gasoline and heating oil retailers. Marina has studied Mandarin Chinese for many years, and her undergraduate work at Harvard University included a concentration in Chinese Studies, with courses taught by Fairbank and Reischauer, among other thought leaders in the field. She has an MBA from the University of Connecticut and lives with her husband and two sons in Boston, Mass. Marina serves as Treasurer of the CCC.


DrFeng Li has a decade of experience in the biomedical research industry, and is currently providing consulting services on China's bio-pharma market for U.S. companies and non-profit organizations. Feng began his career at Informax. At Whatman, Schleicher & Schuell, and Corning Inc., he helped form the field application scientist group to provide technical support for the sales and marketing group. Dr. Li has been a commissioner of the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (an NGO) since 2004, and was the Associate Director of the Boston Service Center from 2007-2009. He organized several charity events, including fund raising concerts, the New Year Blessing Ceremony, and a Health Fair. Dr. Li holds a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Cincinnati and a M.D. from Shanghai Medical University. He and his wife have lived in Malden for more than ten years and both are committed to giving back to their community.



Paul Salemi


Executive Director


Mei Hung a native of Taiwan, came to America to pursue higher education, expand her horizons and search for the meaning of life. Once in the United States, she obtained her BA degree from Bentley University and a Master's degree from Tufts University.

Mei’s commitment to promoting an understanding of world culture helped her become an enthusiastic cultural educator and student. Currently, Mei Hung is the Executive Director of the Chinese Culture Connection. Since joining the organization in 1997, she has developed a deep appreciation for her own Chinese cultural heritage, which has inspired her to continue to study many of its aspects. She has both studied Tai Ji with renowned masters, and taught it at Boston University since 2003.

Hung has been a member of the Kiwanis Club International since 2000, and has served as an advisor for the Key Club at Malden High School since 2001. She also serves as an Advisory Council member at Mystic Valley Elderly Services and is a Community Council Member at the Hallmark Health System.

Advisory Board


Richard C. Howard served as Mayor of Malden from 1996 to 2011; during this time the city built five new K-8 schools, an all-day early childhood learning center, and was able to channel $60 million into the renovation of Malden High School. Mr. Howard has also overseen an ambitious plan to revitalize Malden Square. This plan includes retail, commercial, and residential development, a new Senior Center, plus artistic and cultural opportunities. An attorney, Richard holds undergraduate and law degrees from Suffolk University. He and his wife Lisa have three sons. He is currently the Town Manager of Winchester, Mass.


William H. Overholt is Senior Research Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and Principal of AsiaStrat LLC, which helps companies invest in Asia. He spent 21 years running investment bank research teams, and 14 years engaged in think tank research (as Head of Strategy and Economics at Nomura’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong, and as Managing Director/Head of Research at BankBoston’s regional headquarters in Singapore.) Dr. Overholt is the author of six books—including The Rise of China, the first book to predict China’s economic success. He received his BA from Harvard, and his M.Phil. and PhD degrees from Yale.


Steve Smith has been consulting in Massachusetts under the “It’s the Results” banner since 2006: he focuses on board development, marketing, and fundraising. He is also an adjunct Graduate Lecturer at Northeastern University, where he teaches in the classroom and online at the College of Professional Studies. Steve comes from a 30-year career with the American Lung Association, where his positions included Vice President of Field Operations at their national headquarters in New York City. Steve writes articles on strategic planning and organizational development, which appear in print and online. Mr. Smith earned a BA in government at the University of New Hampshire in 1965; after four years in the Navy, he returned to UNH for a MA in teaching.


Eva I. Kampits is executive director of MDS, Inc. She consults and develops resources for educators, practitioners and policy leaders concerned with strengthening education at all levels (kindergarten through university) both regionally and globally. Since 2001 she has been a foreign consultant to China’s Ministry of Education (NCCT) and since 2012, to the Yuecheng Education Foundation (China). Dr. Kampits was a director at the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. for 17 years (1994-2011). Kampits has over three decades of experience in varied roles beginning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology followed by service as a chief academic officer of a liberal arts college. A graduate of Harvard College, she holds a Ph.D. from Boston College. Over the past decade, she has increasingly spoken at forums or published articles for international policy and education leaders, including Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and Harvard’s School of Education. Appointed to various regional and national boards including chairing the Massachusetts Educational Advisory Committee by the governor, the New England Regional Computing Association, NERComP as President (1985-1991) and founder of the NERComP Journal of Computing in Higher Education (1991-2004), she currently serves as a Director of Certified Financial Planners Board (Washington, D.C.) and The Boston Architectural College (MA) as past trustee and overseer emerita. She is a recipient of Harvard University’s Albert H. Gordon ’23 Award (2011) and Harvard’s Joseph R. Hamlen ’04 Award (2008).


Anthony De Ritis is Professor and Chair of the Music Department in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. An active composer and entrepreneur, he is the founder and lead developer of the Online Conservatory, a collaboration between the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern University. De Ritis completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his M.M. in Electronic Music Composition from Ohio University under Mark Phillips and his B.A. in Music with a concentration in Business Administration from Bucknell University. De Ritis also holds a certificate in Internet Technologies and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in high-tech.


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