In an effort to increase awareness about the issue of hunger in our community, we are asking a select group of local celebrities, including musicians, actors, athletes, local media personalities and other community leaders, to join us in the fight against hunger. Members of the Celebrity Council are asked to make a one-year commitment to the cause. During the one-year period, Council members have many options on how to be involved including attending events and appearing in Public Service Announcements (PSAs) on behalf of the Food Bank. We hope you have a chance to meet one of these celebrities soon!
We are honored by the support of our Celebrity Council members and appreciate their involvement with helping us strengthen the cause and bring greater attention to local hunger issues.
Yau-Man Chan, Survivor Fiji and Survivor Micronesia
CBS Survivor is the pioneer of the Reality TV genre and is now in its 10th year. Of the 300 plus contestants who have appeared in the last 20 seasons, Yau-Man Chan is one of a handful who has appeared in two seasons – Survivor Fiji in 2007 and Survivor Micronesia in 2008.
Born in the Hong Kong, his family moved to the British Colony of North Borneo (now Malaysian Borneo) when he was very young. He grew up in the jungles of Borneo, educated in a mission school. In 1970, Yau-Man came to the United States to attend college which was not available in Borneo then. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Master of Science degree in Scientific Instrumentation from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Currently, Yau-Man Chan is the Chief Technology Officer of the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. In this position, he manages and runs the information systems infrastructure for administrative, research and teaching units of the college. This includes setting up networks, computers and managing business database systems. He has worked as a computer programmer, software designer and as a scientific instrumentation specialist, designing instruments for research labs to collect data.
Chan enjoys playing table tennis, bicycling, woodworking and reading. He is a member of the USA Table Tennis and is a USATT certified Coach and Umpire.
Since his appearance on the CBS Survivor seasons, he has spent time sharing his experience at fund-raising events for local community and charity groups. He is passionate about science and science education and has given talks to libraries, Rotary Clubs, Scouts and teachers on various subjects of interest related to development of modern science.
He has been married to his wife Jennifer for 27 years and has two daughters Penelope and Ione. They have called Martinez home for the last 26 years where they live with a Maltese dog named Tucker, 3 rabbits, Ruby, Cupid and Ginger, 8 egg-laying chickens and 2 hives of honey bees.
Sylvia Kwan, Survivor Fiji
Sylvia Kwan has headed the renowned firm of Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning since 1980. Her awarding-winning firm has designed such notable projects as the interiors of AT&T Park, Moscone West Convention Center in a joint venture and Arterra, the first LEED Silver high-rise residential project in San Francisco. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is on the board of numerous civic, professional and corporate organizations. In 2007, Sylvia appeared on Survivor Fiji as a contestant. When she was scouted in an LA restaurant, she turned down the offer because of a fear of deep water, remnant of a childhood accident. However producer Mark Burnett insisted on casting her, because unbeknownst to her, she would be utilizing her architectural expertise by overseeing the building of a village for the tribe the very first episode. After an intensive crash course on swimming and wilderness survival, she left her husband and two teenage boys for 6 weeks with no communication whatsoever. Sylvia survived this separation by envisioning the dream house that she and her husband Denis had just designed, and how it was being built as she was on the island. After the filming was over, she returned to civilization 12 lbs lighter and quite a bit wiser in her understanding of how the world really works, especially when there is no civilization and no rules.
Cecilia Mansilla, Survivor Cook Islands
Born and raised in Arequipa, Peru, Cecilia Mansilla moved to the San Francisco area when she was 15 years old and learned English when she was 16 years old. She secured college scholarships to all the schools where she applied and ultimately received her Bachelor’s Degree in international relations with a double minor in Japanese and Spanish literature from the University of California, Davis.
Mansilla currently works as an Advisory Services manager at Ernst & Young in San Francisco. She has previously worked as a management consultant.
Mansilla’s hobbies include black and white photography, dancing and working out regularly. Her heroes are her parents for having sacrificed a comfortable life in Peru to allow their children greater opportunities in the U.S. She is actively involved in community service work and always looking for opportunties to mentor young girls on pursuing higher education and career goals.
John Young, Host of the 95.3 JUIC Hometown Morning Show
John Young has been hosting Morning Drive programs on KUIC since November, 1999, and his mixture of comedy, musical knowledge and local information has endeared him to East Bay audiences for over a decade. Paired with radio veteran Ron Brown since August of 2012, John has continued to provide KUIC target cities and towns with morning entertainment utilizing impressions, audience interaction and a healthy dose of “theater of the mind.” In addition to playing the best musical variety of the 80’s, ‘90’s and today’s hits, John and Ron provide essential service elements including local traffic, weather and “hometown happenings.” Along with his Morning Show duties, John hosts the prerecorded “Helping Your Hometown” weekly segment featuring local non-profit agencies explaining their services to KUIC listeners. John is a former therapist, a married father of three and a motorcycle enthusiast who still finds time to play guitar in local bands; he brings a diverse background to his position at KUIC. John has had a longstanding positive relationship with his audience, and listeners are featured frequently on the show. This positive relationship with the audience has made John a sought after celebrity spokesperson; he has successfully endorsed products ranging from The Blissful Blanket to the new Ford Mustang. John’s 13 year endorsement relationship with Sleep Train Mattress Centers continues to this day. John has been a spokesman for Comcast Digital Cable Television since 2005. John is the recipient of The Vacaville Reporter’s “DJ of the Year” award in 2005 and 2006, and he is frequently asked to host community events throughout KUIC target areas. In addition to his work in radio and the local music scene, John is a member of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano’s “Celebrity Council”. John also volunteers several hours a month at the Vacaville Homeless Shelter Opportunity House, where he also serves on the Board of Directors.
For more information about the Celebrity Council, please contact Lisa Sherrill at (925) 676-7543 extension 206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.