The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) today announced that Peter Cheng will become the next Director of the CPC Queens Nan Shan Senior Center, effective January 31, 2019 following the planned retirement of the Center’s current Director, Michael Wang.
Peter Cheng has over 25 years of experience working with community-based organizations to guide and support Asian American communities, immigrants and refugees toward positive change. Mr. Cheng was previously the Director of the New Americans Opportunity Center at Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE), where he developed the Adult Day Care and Workforce Development Programs in Flushing. Prior to AAFE, Mr. Cheng was Executive Director of the Indochina Sino-American Community Center from 1998 to 2012, where he created many programs serving Asian American immigrants and seniors including the first elder abuse prevention program in the Chinese community.
“We are very excited to welcome Peter Cheng as the next Director of the CPC Queens Nan Shan Senior Center. Mr. Cheng has the perfect blend of experience and vision to ensure that the Center remains a well-respected and trusted resource that offers culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services for the community. He will work with the CPC Board of Directors, Leadership Team, and Senior Advisory Board to ensure the continued success of the Nan Shan Senior Center, ” said Wayne Ho, CPC President and CEO. “Additionally, having Mr. Cheng in place to begin as Director right as Michael Wang retires will help us to ensure a smooth transition for the seniors we serve. We thank Michael for his years of service to CPC and the seniors of Queens, and we wish him the best on his retirement.”
Michael Wang has served as the Director of the Nan Shan Senior Center since February 1989. Prior to serving as Director, Mr. Wang worked as a Caseworker and Coordinator at the center. He started his work at a time when there was a large influx of newly arrived Chinese and Asian immigrants coming into Flushing, Queens, who were in need of resources and social services. Like many CPC staff, Mr. Wang not only serves the community but also is part of the community. Mr. Wang worked for CPC his entire career, and he and his family have been active in the local endeavors in Queens.
The Nan Shan Senior Center is located at the CPC Queens Community Center, an intergenerational center that offers a broad range of services, including early childhood education, services for families and individuals with developmental disabilities, senior employment, youth services, workforce development, and adult literacy.
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