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Rose Olea

Board President & Chairwoman

After 15 years of active membership and board service at the local and national level, Rose continues to use her leadership experiences to guide the organization in all capacities as President for the Chicago chapter.

Rose led to the establishment of a women’s leadership program, an initiative geared toward professional and leadership development of Asian American women in the workforce, and is now nationally known as Women in NAAAP.  Additionally, Rose formed a consortium of Asian American Employee & Business Resource Groups, now known as Asian American Group Leaders, and consists of over 35 corporate employee resource groups and affinity groups.  Rose also co-chaired the 2005 NAAAP Convention in Chicago which was the first to feature three C-level executive keynote speakers: Indra Nooyi (COO, Pepsico), Sanjiv Anand (CTO, Hewitt), and Rohini Anand, (CDO, Sodexo).

Professionally, Rose is the Chief Operations Officer for Asian American Community Exchange (AACE), a market research firm that helps companies penetrate the Asian American market. Rose brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries – real estate appraisal, IT consulting, non-profit management, and market research.

Rose is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she received her Bachelor of Science in Management with a minor in Labor Relations and Workforce Development. She has one daughter, Jocelyn, who attends college at Loyola University of Chicago.

Mike Valdez

Board Treasurer

Mike Valdez serves as Treasurer and Secretary. As Treasurer, Mike oversees NAAAP Chicago’s finances, including the organization’s 501C(3) status, tax and insurance needs.  Mike’s initial involvement with NAAAP Chicago began in 2004 as a member in the Midwest Asian Affinity Business Network (MAABN) program, now Asian Affinity Group Leaders (AAGL). Through this involvement, he began to understand first-hand how NAAAP Chicago focuses on creating an open forum for Asian American corporate leaders throughout Chicago and the surrounding areas. Having served on NAAAP Chicago’s Board as Director of Corporate Relations from 2005 to 2007, Mike assumed the role of Director of Affinity Groups in 2008, Mike was elected as Treasurer in 2010 and as Secretary in 2013.

Mike is a Vice President with the Northern Trust Company in Chicago. With over 25 years of service, he currently is a Regional Banking Administrator.  Mike also serves as President of the Asian Leadership Business Resource Council within the company. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Elmhurst College and a Masters in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.

He resides in Crystal Lake with his wife Karen and two sons, Ethan and Harrison. Mike is a strong advocate for diversity & inclusion and a believer in giving back to the community.  In 2013 Mike was chosen by the United Nations “Do One Thing” slogan contest committee and presented his winning slogan to the Second World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Shilpesh Patel

Board Member


Shilpesh Patel is a Consulting Manager at PSC Group in Schaumburg, Illinois, and works with multiple clients to design, build and implement custom business solutions.

While most consulting firms lead with technology, Shil believes that the key to successful client engagement is to understand business needs first by building relationships and trust with business leaders, and then applying an agnostic approach to leveraging technology to meet those needs and goals.

He has been consulting for over 20 years across multiple industries, save for a five-year period to lead the messaging architecture team for The Northern Trust Company.

Shil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and was awarded the Sydney S. Greenfield Award as recognition for his outstanding leadership and service while there. While achieving multiple Microsoft and IBM certifications across his career, he was recognized by The Northern Trust Company and awarded its Northern Trust Chairman’s Award.

Shil lives in Streamwood, Illinois with his wife and three sons, enjoys golf and has been volunteering as a soccer coach within the local park district for over 10 years.   

Rabia Zakaria

Board Member


Rabia currently serves on the Board of National Association of Asian American Professionals in Chicago.  Also, she is a committee member for Women in NAAAP in Chicago as well as serves as Outreach Chair for the Asian Leadership Business Resource Council at The Northern Trust Company.   Rabia is committed to serving the Asian community and is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives.

Rabia is a Vice President at the Northern Trust Company in Chicago.  With over 10 years of experience in client servicing, currently she is a Relationship Manager for Corporate & Institutional clients.  Rabia delivers and oversees a broad range of investment advisory, investment management, custody and banking services for ERISA qualified clients.  Rabia focuses on developing long-term, rewarding partnerships with her client base.  Prior to joining Northern Trust, Rabia was a Special Education Teacher at Winston Churchill Elementary School for 4 years. Rabia developed and individualized educational programs to set personalized goals for each student that were tailored to students individual style and ability.

Rabia received her Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.  Rabia is fluent in English, Hindi & Urdu.  She enjoys reading, playing volleyball, traveling and spending time with her family.   

Qiang Fitzgerald

Chair, Professional Development Program


Qiang Fitzgerald is the founder and CEO of Huang & Fitzgerald Consulting (HFC), a professional service firm that provides strategic consulting to universities and global companies on cross border business transactions and communications. HFC also provides career coaching to multi-cultural talents in consulting, technology, finance, marketing, and accounting fields. Qiang also holds teaching positions at DePaul University and Loyola University, for courses related to business communication and business culture, and project management.

Qiang draws her expertise from over 20 years’ management experience in China and in the US, within industries ranging from Retail, Finance, to Higher Education. Qiang has held management positions in IT project management, business development, marketing, and e-Commerce at global firms such as HSBC.

Qiang holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, an MS in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University, and a BS in Psychology from Zhejiang University in China.

Toni Lee-Ostrowski

Chair, Women in NAAAP Brunch Program


 Toni Ostrowski is an organizer for the Women in NAAAP 2017 Brunch Series. She has been working as a Graphic/Web Designer for 15 years and is currently working at DeVry Education Group as a Multimedia Developer. Her professional interests include instructional video production and HTML5 coding.

Toni’s educational background consists of a Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming from St. Xavier University in Chicago and a Masters in Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

On a personal level, Toni is an advocate of bringing education and food to all corners of the world and has a deep interest in recycling and sustainability. In addition, she enjoys dancing, fitness, art, and science. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband Jason, and has three sons: Ian, August, and Aiden, as well as one daughter-in-law and a small variety of pets.

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