Rich has worked as an Application Developer for LSC Communications for the past 20 years and lives in Bolingbrook, Illinois. Rich has one daughter, Sarah, age 26, who is a Graphic Designer for Follett School Solutions. Rich has a number of hobbies that include amateur woodworking, traveling, mountain hiking and volunteering. He's served on the board of the Chinese American Museum of Chicago since January 2013, and on the board of the Xilin Association since April 2018, as well as on the board for Asian Youth Service since May 2014.
He has volunteered for over 430 events with the organization One Brick since 2007 and has been an Event Manager with them since November 2015. He regularly volunteers with Susan G. Komen, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, RAM Racing, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Chinese American Service League, and Wonderworks Children’s Museum in Oak Park. On a regular basis he helps with events like Venus de Miles, Lakeview Chamber events, Taste of Korea, Chinatown 5K, Japanese American Service Committee, Lincoln Park Community Center, St. James Food Pantry, Open House Chicago, Norwood Senior Care, among others.
Rich recently trained for what may be his most important volunteer role yet: a NODA (No One Dies Alone) volunteer. He’ll provide a reassuring presence at the bedside of a dying patient who would otherwise be alone. He interviewed and passed medical requirements, a background check and training sessions, after which the hospital approved him. His role is to sit with a patient, play music he is told they like, read to them, talk with them even if the patient may not be aware, and keep a journal of what he did so the family knows.