Board of Directors

Asako Yoshimura


Board Member Asako Yoshimura Head shotAsako Yoshimura has been a BYSO parent for 8 years and is the mother of a Flute Orchestra alumna and a current violinist who has played in all of the BYSO orchestras from Cadet to Youth. Asako worked in product management and marketing for high-tech companies and has served in leadership roles in the local PTA and school communities. She joined the board in 2017 and brings her passion for community building and music that enriches student lives.

Khek Teh


Board Member Khek The Head shotKhek Teh is the CEO and co-founder of PlanQube, a project planning and management business. He mentors technology entrepreneurs through the Founder Institute, volunteers with the YMCA’s Adventure Guides program, and is the father of a BYSO violinist.



Ae Wongkaew


BYSO Board Member Headshot, Ae WongkaewAe Wongkaew is a registered pharmacist who earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Prior to dedicating herself to non-profit and volunteering activities, Ae owned a community pharmacy in the Lakemont area of Bellevue. Ae is active in Bellevue Schools Foundation, serving as their ambassador to Newport High School. Ae also serves in her son’s school PTSA as well as the school’s orchestra booster club. Ae began volunteering for BYSO in 2018, the same year her son started participating in BYSO as a cellist. She enjoys playing piano and frequently accompanies her son’s cello practice. Ae was recognized as BYSO’s Volunteer of the Year in 2019 and joined the Board in 2021. 

Kathy Kearny


Board Member Headshot BYSOKathy Kearny, a Chartered Financial Analyst, is the mother of a BYSO alumna and a current BYSO trumpet player. Kathy holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master’s in Public Administration with a certificate in non-profit management from the University of Washington. She joined the BYSO board in 2016.


Jennifer Torr

Secretary (Interim)

BYSO Board Member HeadshotJennifer Torr was educated at Barnard College and the University of California, Berkeley. Her professional career is focused on partner management for tech companies including Microsoft. Jennifer has been a board member since 2004 and is a dedicated supporter of the arts and community development.


Vicki Duncombe

Board Member Vicki Duncombe Head shotVicki is a nurse at Seattle Children’s Hospital and is the mother of a Cadet violinist. Vicki’s family moved to the Seattle area from Los Angeles in 2016 and now balance the activities of their three kids in the Northshore School District. Vicki holds an MSN in Nursing Education and has spent most of her career in Critical Care Medicine. She enjoys singing and aerial arts.


Kristi Jo Lynn

board photo headshotKristi Jo Lynn holds a Master of Healthcare Administration and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She attended St. Olaf College where she played the flute in the chamber orchestra and band. Kristi served in various healthcare leadership roles throughout her career. Her recent focus on supporting the community includes leadership in the PTSA, athletics boosters and health education programs. Her son played the viola in BYSO for five years, and now plays in college orchestra. Kristi joined the BYSO board in 2015 and cares deeply about providing challenging and engaging musical and performance opportunities within a diverse set of experiences for students.

J. Lawrence Merritt, II

Lawrence Merritt is a graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine and a Clinical Biochemical Geneticist completed his residency and fellowship training at the Mayo Clinic and sees patients with inherited metabolic genetic disorders at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is currently a Senior Medical Director for Ultragenyx. A BYSO parent of a violinist, Lawrence joined the board in November 2019.


Nancy Shen

Nancy is the parent of 2 BYSO Youth Alumni and a current BYSO trombone player.  She is excited to contribute to the continued growth and longevity of this great organization. She currently serves as President of the Redmond Mustang Band Boosters. Nancy is a graduate of the University of Washington.


Bennet Wang

board member headshot bennet wangBennet Wang has three children, two of whom played in Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra for years. He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and currently works as a pulmonary physician for Kaiser Permante in Bellevue. He has been a board member since 2007.



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