Our Team

Esther Hio-Tong Castillo, PhD

Founder and Program Director at CIFWI

Dr. Esther Hio-Tong Castillo is a sociologist, educator and community advocate. Prior to joining CIFWI, she had taught Sociology courses with a focus on social justice in Temple University, Drexel University, Rowan University, and University of Sciences in Philadelphia. Born and raised in Macau, China, she is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She has over a decade of experience serving the immigrant communities, including teaching ESL classes, leading after-school programs, engaging in community health outreach efforts, and organizing and implementing educational programs in colleges and across communities. Dr. Castillo has a MA in Humanities and Social Thoughts from NYU and she obtained her PhD in Sociology from Temple University in 2017. At CIFWI, she implements and organizes all programming and offers wellness workshops to immigrant parents and their children. 

John William Chin

Executive Director of PCDC

John Chin is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC), a non-profit organization, whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote Chinatown as a viable, ethnic, residential and business community. Mr. Chin serves on the board of numerous organizations including PHLDiversity and the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, as well as the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Executive Committee. He served on the steering committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. Mr. Chin also serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Asian American Affairs, the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Construction Industry Diversity, and Mayor’s Office of Community and Empowerment Opportunity. In 2010 he served on the Philadelphia School District’s Diversity Taskforce. He was the co-chair of the Community Outreach Committee for the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Mr. Chin joined PCDC in 2000 and he graduated from Drexel University with a BS in Management Information Systems and Business Administration. At CIFWI, Mr. Chin works closely with community members to identify needs and issues relevant to Chinese immigrant families.

CIFWI Mental Health Committee

CIFWI Mental Health Committee provides expert knowledge on mental health issues in the local Asian and Asian American immigrant communities. The Committee’s goal is to come up with strategic advice on how to bridge the gaps between existing models of mental health care and community needs as well as to ensure that CIFWI’s programming is culturally relevant and based on data and evidence. 

  • Dr. Hsiu-Hui Chen, PhD, Psychologist
  • Dr. Yu-Heng Guo, MD, Psychiatrist
  • Isabelle Hsu, M.Phil.Ed., Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Yi-Lin Hung, MFT, Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Yawei Song, MSW, Community Public Health Advocate
  • Amy Yang, MFT, Data Scientist and Mental Health Advocate
Committee Coordinators
  • Cassie Xinyue Feng – Graduate student of Mental Health Counseling at Penn
  • Kimberly Mak – Graduate student of Mental Health Counseling at TCNJ

CIFWI Junior Board

CIFWI Junior Board creates and manages social media content, plans and organizes events, and engages in community outreach. All CIFWI Junior Board members are peer mentors and/or graduates of the Wellness Leadership Program.

  • Grace Chang
  • Felicia Chen
  • Heidi Chiu
  • Wendy Deng
  • Jialin Huang
  • Angelina Jala
  • Illysia Krzywonos
  • Michelle Lau
  • Christopher Lee
  • Vivian Luong
  • Naomi Lukov

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