Program Directors

Our staff is made up of Chinese-American teenagers from the metro Atlanta area between the ages of 13-18. All the big sisters and brothers are very passionate about sharing their Chinese culture with others and working with children. Our staff’s interests and backgrounds vary, so learn more about everyone here at Hand in Hand! >>Meet our Big Sisters and Brothers


Directors 2022-2024


Helen Hong

The Westminster Schools


Alexandria Ding

Alpharetta High school


Amelia Wong

Chattahoochee High School


Directors 2021-2022

Fei Hao

Northwest University 

Helen Hong

The Westminster Schools

Past Directors 2020-2021

Autumn Starbird

Anika Xia

Past Directors 2019-2020



Cindy Qiu

Georgia Institute of Technology



Maya Spaulding

New York University, Shanghai


Past Directors 2018-2019

Shirley Ge

University of California, Berkeley


Jayme Morton

Western New England University


Past Directors 2017-2018

Annie Chen

Brown University

Sherry Liang

University of Georgia

Past Directors 2013-2017


Caroline Li

University of Virginia



Sally Pan

Brown University


Annie Su

University of Pennsylvania




Jenny Zhang (张婷溪 Zhang Ting Xi)

University of Georgia 



Julia Lan (兰天虹  Lan Tian Hong)

Georgia Institute of Technology


Past Directors 2011-2013


Lily Zhang (张立华, Zhang Li Hua)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Kathy Lin (林之涵, Lin Zhi Han)

New York University


Past Directors 2010-2011


Donna Guo






 Donna Guo (郭丹娜, Guo Dan   Na)

 University of Chicago

Jenny Susu






Jenny Su (苏玉静, Su Yu Jing)

  Duke University



Karen Xiao






 Karen Xiao

 Harvard University

Karen lives in Johns Creek, GA with her parents,   grandparents, and younger brother, Willy. A   graduate of the Atlanta Contemporary Chinese   Academy, and a dancer at Atlanta Professional   Dance Academy, Karen is a dedicated artist, musician and student. She loves playing violin and was one of ten violinists selected to participate in the Governor’s Honors Program as a string major in 2008.

Karen first started teaching Chinese language and dance to children adopted from China in 2006. She has taught at the Kennesaw Chinese Academy, the Kid Chinese summer culture camps and volunteered at events of Families with Children from China all over the metro Atlanta area.

Because she enjoyed working with adopted Chinese children so much, Karen started Hand in Hand. She hopes that both adopted Chinese children and Chinese-American teens can gain something from being a part of the program.

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