VCSA National Board of Directors 2018 - 2020

Thien Cao
Dr.Thien Cao holds a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from the Texas Southern University. He has been working as a clinical pharmacist at Texas children's hospital in Medical Center since 2013, specialized in Pediatric Surgery and Chemotherapy Medications. His daily activities include rounding with physicians, making drug therapy recommendations, and also monitoring patient progress as well as medication reconciliation.Thien has been involved in VCSA since 2006 after his first camp LenDuong in Triangle,Virginia. During his undergraduate years, he also served as an intern for VCSA Houston from 2007 to late 2008

Bao Huong Hoang

 Ms. Bao Huong Hoang is a business professional with 10 years of grants and contracts management experience running the gamut from writing community grassroots grants to administratively managing large-scale multi-institutional collaborative projects.  She is presently Clinical Protocol Administration Manager at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Number 1 ranked Best Hospital in Cancer Care according to U.S. News & World Report. She holds a MBA and BS degree in Psychology from the University of Houston.

Bao Huong was a founding officer of the Vietnamese Studies Organization, a student organization at the University of Houston that led the establishment of the Vietnamese Studies Program in 2005.  She won a Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA) scholarship in 2006 to attend Len Duong Camp and returned every year after to serve as staff. In 2007, as President of the Vietnamese Student Association at the University of Houston, she led efforts to fundraise $15,000 for Sunflower Mission and was awarded the Sunflower Mission scholarship to build two schoolhouses in Vietnam with the YMCA.

In 2011, she served as Len Duong Camp Master with the year’s theme of “Be the Change” and wrote the New Moon Foundation’s “Be the Change” grant program, which awarded $5,000 in seed funding for small community projects.  That year, a group of campers formed Len Duong Bonfire Passion and was awarded a seed grant to conduct a project embodying NMF’s GRACE values. Bao Huong was elected to serve as External Vice President in the VCSA Executive Board from 2012 – 2014.  She spends her free time exercising just enough to balance eating as much as humanly possible.  She resides in Houston, Texas.

Mylene Huynh, MD
Mylène is a board certified Family Practice and Preventive Medicine physician who also practices acupuncture. She serves as an Integrative Medicine consultant at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Mylene holds appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where she teaches military medical students.  Mylène recently “graduated” (aka retired) from the U.S. Air Force after 21+ years of active duty service. Health is Mylène’s passion; she exercises, practices yoga and mediates on a regular basis and is on a lifelong global quest for effective healing approaches to help her patients achieve optimal wellbeing. As a member of the Crystal City-Pentagon Rotary Club, Mylène is actively engaged in various community service initiatives. She enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, walking on the beach…and most of all, being a soccer mom. She and her husband of 25 years reside with their “three fine sons” in Virginia.

Anhlan Nguyen, DBA
Dr. Nguyen currently works as the Director of Development and Marketing for the Institute for Civic Education in Vietnam, an US based non-profit organization specialized in civic education and humanity science for the students in Vietnam and worldwide. She has been a community activist and an educator all her life. Dr. 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. Nguyen’s passion has inspired her to lead numerous humanitarian efforts for the hurricane and flood victims in Central America and in Vietnam. Dr. Nguyen is currently the co-Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Vietnamese Culture and Science Association. She was also a Presidential Appointee under President Obama administration to serve on the Vietnam Education Foundation and elected as the board chair for the term 2014-2016. Dr. Nguyen has received numerous awards and recognitions including “Top 30 Influential Women of Houston” award by DMAR Communication in 2017; Americanism Medal awarded by the Honor Society of Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) in 2017; “Texas Women’s Leadership Empowerment” by Texas Women Empowerment Foundation in 2011; and “Asian American Heritage Award in Science and Technology” in 2013. Dr. Nguyen graduated Summa-Cum-Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1989 and received a master's in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1993. She attained her Doctoral Degree in Business Administration specialized in Project Management and Emotional Intelligence from Northcentral University in 2015. She is a life-long learner and continue to follow her passion in education through ICEVN and VCSA work. She is currently a certified Professional Life Coach (ICF ACC credential). 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 whose main mission is to serve the community in the areas of leadership, culture, education and civic involvement.


Binh Nhung Tran Nhung Tran, PharmD, MS., MBA, is co-founder and Program Director of the Asian Pacific Health Foundation (APHF), a non- profit organization dedicated to advance health and wellness for the vulnerable groups in San Diego, California for the past 17 years.

APHF provides health education and free community health screenings for hepatitis B and C, hypertension, diabetes via HbA1c, hyperlipidemia and osteoporosis, with linkage to care for positive cases.

A pharmacist from Viet Nam who came to the US in 1975, Binh obtained a MS in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and a PharmD from Saint Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri, thus understands disease management processes in Viet Nam and the US. She completed a MBA from Webster University in 2005. Binh is a Clinical Professor (vol.) at the UCSD School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she precepts first- year students in their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience. She also participates in Hepatitis and Osteoporosis research projects conducted at APHF.

She is the Southwest Regional Director for the National Task Force on Hepatitis B with Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and a member of the Hep B United Coalition, working on yearly mini-grants to expand Hepatitis B awareness and screening in multi-ethnic populations in San Diego County. A member of the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association since 2007, Binh recently relocated to Los Angeles South Bay area in early 2018.

Elena Tran

Ms. Elena Tran is an organizational change and transformation advisor experienced in leading strategic and enterprise-wide programs, business process optimization and simplification, building strategic capabilities, vendor management, organizational development, organization design, and organizational change management.  Elena is employed by Enaxis Consulting as Senior Manager. She holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University and BSBA degrees in Business Management and Marketing from Rockhurst University.

Elena has held multi-year Board positions in a number of organizations, including the Association for Information Technology Professionals (AITP), Association for Women in Computing (AWC), Sunflower Mission, and Women in Technology International (WITI). She co-founded Sunflower Mission and served as President for 10 years. Elena has been a member of VCSA since 1995 and served as the organization’s President from 2015 to 2018.  She is a proud mother of four children. Elena resides in Sugar Land, Texas.

Jenny My Le

Jenny Le is currently pursuing her MBA full-time at Columbia Business School in New York City. She formerly was a management consultant at A.T. Kearney. At A.T. Kearney, she served as the Texas Women’s Network Lead (Dallas & Houston Offices) and led undergraduate recruiting as part of the Dallas Recruiting Team. Outside of work, she serves as the VP-College for the Harvard Club of Dallas Board, helping to interview and represent Harvard for more than 500 students in the DFW area. She has previously represented General Mills as a Board Member for VSA-MN to represent people with disabilities in Minnesota. She is passionate about public speaking, Vietnamese youth leadership, and college admissions advising. For her community service efforts, she has received accolades such as the President’s Service Award, Houston’s Hope Initiative Scholarship, and VCSA’s Be the Change Scholarship. In VCSA, she has served many positions including Co-Board Chair, Program Manager and Workshop Lead Co-Chair for VVDV in 2011. She holds a BA from Harvard College and currently resides in New York City.

Vinh Pham Xuan Ngo

Vinh Pham Xuan Ngo, 28 years old. Vinh graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Art at the University of Houston and is currently teaching art at Alief Elsik High School. Vinh is passionate and active in several art field such as drawing, painting, photography, and pottery. Other than the time he spent working on his art, Vinh dedicates his time to serve as a volunteer in the Vietnamese Community in Houston, especially for the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association and LeaDBP. Vinh founded LeaDBP (Leadership Development Bonfire Passion in 2011 after Len Duong Camp. In all the years that he spent working with LeaDBP, Vinh had gained a tremendous amount of experience and he hopes to bring those experiences to serve VCSA. Vinh wishes to be the bridge between VCSA and LeaDBP in connecting the two organizations together. Other than that, Vinh wants to strengthen VCSA’s summer programs such as TOPS, VVDV, and Mid Autumn Festival.

Kim Yen Vu Nguyen, Ed.D

Dr. Kim Yen Vu Nguyen is a life-long educator and school administrator.  She earned a doctor of education degree and two master of education degrees in educational professional leadership, school administration, and guidance and counseling, respectively from the University of Houston, Texas.  She has 28 years of experience in K-12 American public educational system, including 19 years in school leadership roles and other roles including instructional assistant, teacher, and counselor. In particular, she served as an assistant principal for two years and as a principal for eight years of public schools in Houston.  Besides numerous recognitions for her academic and leadership achievements, she was awarded the Student Teacher of the Year Award in 1991 and also the Principal of the Year Award for her District in 2010.

Dr. Nguyen was one of the very first Vietnamese American school principals in the United States.  During her tenure as school principal, she established the first Vietnamese-English and Chinese-English Immersion Dual Language Program in the state of Texas and has been a strong proponent for early childhood education. She advocated and implemented one of the 1st full day Pre-K programs in Texas public schools and led an under-performing school from Missed Adequately Yearly Progress to Distinction Awards in Math and Science.  She has a passion for international and global studies.  During her career, she coordinated an exchange program for students with schools in Japan, participated in the Principal Bridge Delegation to China, presented workshops for teachers in Vietnam, and most recently, took a sabbatical to study and research on the teacher preparation programs in Vietnam.

Liem Vu 


Liem Vu went to the University of Minnesota to study chemistry and Chemical Engineering. After a few years of working, Mr.Vu went back to school at the Univ. of MN to become a science teacher. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Science degree in Education(M. Ed). In the past fourteen years Mr. Vu has taught science in a very diverse school, there he co-chaired the Diversity Committee for two years. During that time, Mr. Vu also have taught Catechism for his Vietnamese Catholic church. Along with working with students to understand diversity better, Mr.Vu was also the co-facilitator for SEED III (Seeking Educational Equality and Diversity) and SEED IV classes for teachers from fall 2009 to spring 2011. Outside of his teaching work, Mr. Vu volunteers with various community events to help preserve and promote Vietnamese culture. Mr. Vu was a Len Duong camper in 2007. In 2008 he joined as a staff and have been a staff since. In 2009, he co-founded the MN chapter with Mr. Hung Phung and in 2012 he served as the Camp Master of Len Duong Camp held in Minnesota.

Jeff Watkins 

Mr. Jeff Watkins is currently the Vice-President of Global Initiatives leading the YMCA of Greater Houston’s work with refugees, victims of human trafficking and other vulnerable newcomer populations.   Mr. Watkins has extensive experience in the delivery of community and social services over his 25 year career with the YMCA and 3 years as Operations Director for Serve Houston Youth Corps, an AmeriCorps funded program providing community based services by engaging full-time young adults in year-long volunteer assignments.  In his current position as the VP for Global Initiatives, Mr. Watkins overseas the South Texas Office for Refugees, an administrative entity that funds all refugee serving agencies in the Houston area as well as YMCA International Services’  programs and initiatives including; Refugee Resettlement, Employment Services, Educational Services, Trafficked Persons Assistance Project, Immigration Legal Services, Community Outreach and International Initiatives, including a project to build elementary schools in Vietnạm.