VCSA National Board of Directors 2012 - 2014
Mr. Khoa D. Doan - Ph.D.
Settled in Birmingham, UK as a boat person/refugee in 1986 where he was an active member in the Vietnamese community and the Vietnamese Boy Scout troop until 1988 when he moved to London to pursue a degree in Computer Science at Queen Mary College, University of London. In July 1990, Khoa was one of the few student delegates that founded the Free Vietnam Alliance in Paris, France under the leadership of Prof. Nguyen Vo Ky. Continued to be active in Vietnamese community and the Boy Scout after coming to Washington D.C on a post-doctoral fellowship in 1995 at University of Maryland at College Park, Khoa helped found VCSA DC chapter in 2003.Khoa obtained his BS and PhD both in Computer Science from University of London, and Heriot-Watt University of Edinburgh in 1991 and 1996 respectively. Professionally, Khoa was a System Architect and Principal Scientist at Global InfoTek Inc., Reston, VA. Khoa has over 12 years of experience as a technical lead, having worked with emerging and state-of-the-art software technologies (such as J2EE, XML, Web Services, Semantic Web [RDF, OWL-S], Workflows, Agents). He has served as a consulting architect in providing interoperability and Enterprise Application Integration solutions to clients in various industries. Recently he was instrumental in helping GlobalInfoTek win a multi-year contract of multi million values from DARPA as a chief engineer. In addition, Khoa has numerous publications in the field of object-oriented, web and database technologies. Currently Khoa is working as the Lead System Analyst at Navy Federal in Washington DC. Khoa is married to Tran Le and they just had a baby son Nguyen Khoa Bao.
Ms. Tieu-Muoi Huynh
Ms. Huynh arrived in the US in 1981. She went to Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana from 1981-1984, majoring in Computer Technology. She moved to Houston in 1984, and has been involved with the Vietnamese community since then. She was also involved in the first Vietnamese Television Program offered in Houston in 1987. Ms. Huynh has been an active member of VCSA since 1991 and served in the Executive Board of VCSA in various capacities over the years. She was VCSA-Houston Vice-President – External Affairs from 1999-2001 and served in the Entertainment Committee and Fund Raising Committee from 1993 to 2007. Ms. Huynh is also very active in charitable projects to help the poor and the orphanages in Vietnam. She helped to establish the Au Co non-profit to help the orphanages in Vietnam. Ms. Huynh’s interest is in Business and Real Estate Development and she currently is working as the Branch Manager of a Title Company in Houston, Texas.Vision Statement:My intention to run for VCSA Board Member is that I want to get involved more with VCSA and help to bring VCSA to another level of excellence. My goal is, if I get elected as Board Member, I will try to find avenues to get VCSA a better facility for our activities and programs. I am confident that if we work together on this and with the supports of the community, we will have better “home” for VCSA.
Mr. Hung M. Le
Born in Saigon, Viet Nam (1955)
Education:Graduated from Petrus Ky High School, 1973Attended U. of Houston, BS 1978 (Math)MBA 2001 (General Business)
Currently working in Academic Research Computing for Rice University, Houston, Texas.
Interest: Education, World History and Space Exploration
Official member of VHKH since 1992
Current president of VHKH since 2005
Future Planning and Direction:
To advise the Executive Board to appoint more younger officials and to organize in ways outlined and in accordance with the VHKH By-Laws. These positions include, but not limited to, operational committees. Abilities and expertise of all officials in all chapters should be skillfully utilized to work effectively, and efficiently, with the BOD in order to transform VHKH into a true national organization. Motto: “If not us then who, if not now then when”
Ms. Anh Lan P. Nguyen
Anhlan Nguyen believes the future is in the hands of the young. Her accomplishments include the establishment of the Vietnamese Youth Center of Toronto, Canada; the National Youth Leadership Development Camp “Len Duong” for young community activists from across USA and Canada; and the hosting of numerous community programs aimed at helping and developing Vietnamese-American youths. She was also the organizer of the “Thank You, America” luncheon honoring local charities that help Vietnamese refugees relocate and become acclimated in their new homeland. Nguyen’s passion has inspired her to lead numerous humanitarian efforts for the hurricane and flood victims in Central America and in Vietnam. Nguyen has served as president of VCSA for two consecutive terms 1999 – 2001 and 2002 - 2004. She was selected as one of the Five Outstanding Young Houstonians by Houston JAYCEE (Junior Chamber of Commerce) in 2000 and was the Honoree of the Asian-American Heritage Month of 2001 by Houston METRO Transit Authority. In 2004, she was honored by Youth Leadership Council as the recipient of the Outstanding Community Leader Award. In 2006, she received the “Local Hero” award by Bank of America for her humanitarian work and her community service in the city of Houston, Texas, especially in assisting Katrina evacuees in 2005. Anhlan currently works at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center as a Senior IT Business Process Consultant. She also serves on the Advisory Board, Compliance Assistance Committee, National Advisory Council for Environment Protection Policy and Technology; member of Board of Directors of The Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC), the only national non-profit organization advocating for the Southeast Asian Americans; and past member of Board of Directors of National Alliance of Vietnamese American Social Agencies (NAVASA).
Nguyen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1989 and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science, University of Toronto, Canada, in 1993. She relocated to Houston, Texas in 1994 and became active with VCSA since then. She is currently enrolled in the Ph. D. program in Business Administration from Northcentral University, Phoenix, Arizona.
Her vision for VCSA is to become one of the most effective and prestigious Vietnamese American organizations across United States and North America. VCSA will play a key role in contributing to build a strong Vietnamese overseas community and to help rebuild Vietnam once democracy is established in Vietnam. She also wishes to help VCSA to grow into a sustainable non-profit organization whose main mission is to serve the community in the areas of leadership, culture, education and civic involvement.
Mr. Tuong Vu Nguyen
Mr. Nguyen was born in Vietnam, arrived in the US in 1990. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1996 and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1998. He is currently a System Engineer at Motorola Inc. in Austin, Texas. Vu came to Len Duong camp in 1998. He came back to help out with Camp Staff for the camp Len Duong 1999 and joined VCSA afterward and has become an active member since then. In 2000, he was instrumental in helping to establish the VCSA chapter in Austin Texas and led the organizing committee to deliver Camp Len Duong 2001 in Wimberley, Texas with great success. Besides volunteering in numerous projects for VCSA, he also volunteers to teach Vietnamese language classes at the Linh Son Buddhist organization in Austin, Texas. Volunteerisms, a commitment to community services, and leadership have been the three things he was inspired to develop by the Len Duong camp. Tuong Vu has served as the Camp Master of Len Duong camp 2001 in Austin, Texas; and Len Duong camp 2003 in Memphis, Tennessee. Vu also serves on the Executive Board as the Chair of Magazine Huong Viet Production committee during the term of 2002-2004. At Camp Len Duong 2007, Tuong Vu was honored as one of the 10 outstanding campers who have made significant impacts to the local community in the past ten years.
Ms. Kim Yen Vu
Kim Yen Vu currently serves as President of the Vietnamese Cultural & Science Association.) Kim Yen was born in Da Nang, Vietnam. She spent most of her early childhood in Saigon and attended Le Quy Don Elementary school. She immigrated to the United States in 1975 when she was seven years old.
She has been in public education for 26 years serving students in many different capacities. Her career in education began as a bilingual instructional assistant serving Migrant students in Gulfport, Mississippi. In 1990, Kim Yen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Psychology with Highest Honors from the University of Southern Mississippi and was honored with the Student Teacher of the Year Award. Kim Yen obtained a Master degree in Education Counseling in 1995. She served as a middle school counselor for nine years. In December 2003, she received her 2nd Masters Degree in Education Administration and Supervision. She has been an administrator since 2004, serving as assistant principal, District curriculum assistant and Bilingual/ESL coordinator. She has been a campus principal for the last 7 years and is currently a school principal at Collins Elementary with the Alief Independent School District.
Principal’s Scholars Institute - Harvard Graduate School of Education. (2008)
Outstanding Asian Pacific American Educator from the Chinese Community Center (2009)
Fellows to the Class of XXVIII of the American Leadership Forum. (2010)
Principal of the Year - Stafford Municipal School District (2010-2011) for Region 4 Principal Recognition Program
Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce - Vietnamese American 10 Most Influential Women (2012)
Dr. Rick Q. Ngo - M.D.
Dr. Ngo is a General Surgeon with Southwest Surgical Associates practicing in Houston, TX. He graduated from Rice University in 1994 and then obtained his M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine- San Antonio in 1998. Subsequently, he completed his General Surgery Residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, TX in 2003. Dr. Ngo's focus areas include minimally invasive gastrointestinal/hernia surgery and breast disease surgery. He is active in the medical community as he holds multiple leadership positions including American Cancer Society Gulf Coast Leadership Council Chair, American Cancer Society High Plains Division Board of Directors, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Cancer Liaison Physician, and Memorial Hermann Physician Network Clinical Programs Committee Surgery Subcommittee Chair. He was recently appointed Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce of Houston. Dr. Ngo is also an active member of the Harris County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, and Vietnamese American Medical Association- Greater Houston.
Dr. Ngo's involvement with VCSA includes serving as the Health Promotions Committee Chair, Len Duong Counselor in 2009 and 2011, and Len Duong Career Workshop Panelist in 2009-2011.
Mr. Duy-Anh H. Truong
Duy-Anh Huynh Truong was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He started volunteering at 11 years old by joining Gia Dinh Phat Tu (Buddhist Youth Association) and committed to leadership role at 17 years old. Throughout 17 years with the organization, he involved in numerous community services such as organizing boy/girl scout camping, cultural show case, and teaching Buddhism and leadership skills to children. In 2006, Duy-Anh joined VCSA Houston Chapter and actively involved in many organization’s major projects (Len Duong Camp, TOPS, Youth Excellent Recognition, Mid-Autumn Festival, etc). In 2008, he was invited to be VCSA General Secretary. Duy-Anh earned a Bachelor Degree of Computer Science at Louisiana State University in 2004. He is currently working as IT Infrastructure Analyst at Chevron Corporation. His goals as BOD member are bridging generations within VCSA, promoting youth volunteerism, training future community leader with character, and building VCSA to become a prestigious Vietnamese American organization.
Mr. Hung Phung
Mr. Hung D Phung was born in South VietNam in early 60’s and grew up during the VietNam War. Hung’s father was in the Army Ranger so he had been deployed from one war zone to another; therefore, Hung had to face the danger at the early age.
After the War ended in 1975, Hung was then a teenager had to balance between school and earning money to help his family at the same time. Hung sometimes travelled by train at least once a month to bring commodities from his hometown to Saigon so he can earned commissions at the age of 15. Hung received his military draft when he turned 18 when VietNam was engaged in the war in Cambodia in early 80’s. Hung’s mother had decided to have Hung escaped from VietNam even though it wasn’t easy journey.
Hung was in a tiny boat for ten days and nights, which packed with 11 other people. There were so many times that Hung experienced almost died at open sea due to the boat capacity and lack of food and water. Hung travelled about 1,000 miles on the South China Sea and finally landed in Bataan, Philippines.
Hung spent about 18 months in the Philippines Refugee Center. Hung’s community involvements began in 1982 when he volunteered to work as a paraprofessional for Family Children Services. This was a road map, which led him to what he does at his current profession. Hung received his bachelor degree at University of Minnesota in 1989 and had worked for Wilder Foundation and Lutheran Social Services. Hung decided to come back to refugee camp and work for United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Hong Kong in 1991. Hung came back to Minnesota in 1994 able to sponsor his family reunite after 13 years of separation. Hung has been working with Bloomington Public Schools since 1995 to present. Hung earned Master Degree in Education in 2001 with the focus in guidance counseling.
The last 20 years or more Hung have been involved with the Vietnamese/Asian community in the Twin Cities and aboard. Hung has done many workshops in various topics ranging from bilingual storytelling to diversity seminars. Hung also have been facilitated monthly SEED seminars (Seeking Equality Education Diversity) for Bloomington Public School staff and cultural consultants to many others districts and governments organizations like Shakopee Public Schools, Dakota County, City of Bloomington and Eastview High School.