Candidates Biography

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 Viet Luu

Bao-Viet Luu enlisted in the Air Force in September of 1994. His first duty station was Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana where he was assigned to the 341st Security Police Squadron. Bao-Viet Luu is currently assigned with the 147th Security Forces Squadron, Texas Air National Guard. He has been deployed around the world and continues to serve in the Air Force as a National Guard member. His true passion lies with computers and technology and has been in the IT industry with over 14 years of experience. Bao-Viet Luu has worked for fortune 500 companies such as Morgan Stanley and Royal Dutch Shell as an IT consultant and project manager. He utilizes his technical aptitude best as a systems analyst for MD Anderson Cancer Treatment Center and as a full time employee at MD Anderson is a contributing member of an institution dedicated to “Making Cancer History”.

Bao-Viet Luu dedicates his spare time to leadership development and mentorship programs through active participation with the Texas National Guard Airman Leadership Seminar as an Instructor (2007-2008) and Lead instructor (2009-2010) instructing young Airmen of the United States Air Force on how to become effective leaders. Bao-Viet Luu is an active member of the 147th Reconnisance Wing Rising VI Council since its inception on 15 June 2009. The Rising VI under the direct leadership and management of TSgt Bao-Viet Luu has directly coordinated unit fundraising events with Family Readiness, packaged and distributed deployment care packages, and supported 147th unit members in times of need as well providing promoting professional development mentorship. TSgt Luu held the positions of Vice President (2009-2010), President (2010-2011), and Treasurer (2011-2012) during his time as an officer of the organization. TSgt Luu continues to be actively involved with the Rising VI as the chairman of the Enlisted Development committee (2012-present). The Enlisted Development committee prepares enlisted members for their next level of responsibility and has had a success rate of 100% rank promotion of personnel who takes advantage of the program. TSgt Luu is an active member of the Air Force Sergeants association and is currently the president of Chapter #1062 advocating for the rights enlisted members of the United States Air Force.

Bao-Viet Luu is also involved with non-Military related leadership development programs and has been a member of the VCSA since 1999, after attending Camp Len Duong. Bao-Viet Luu has served the VCSA in multiple capacities supporting fundraising activities, community service projects, and as a volunteer and staff member of the flag ship leadership development program “Camp Len Duong”. Bao-Viet Luu is also active in his church as a men’s ministry leader mentoring disciples and a Sunday school teacher of 1st – 5th grade youth at Cypress Family Fellowship.

Bao-Viet Luu married to a wonderful and supportive wife Victoria Anne Luu and has 4 children in his house hold; Cecilia Amarys Leal, Damian Long Viet Luu, Ella Anne Luu, Scott Ellis Jr.

Dinh Ngo

Mr. Dinh Ngo holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. After working for a number of years in Information Technology, he is now part of a Commercial Trade Monitoring Compliance program at ConocoPhillips. He has been involved in the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association's youth leadership program, Len Duong Camp, for over ten years, serving as Camp Master for Len Duong camp 2008 and different roles in subsequent years. Dinh feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to immigrate to the US from Vietnam. He believes blessings should be passed on to others, and fulfills this belief by volunteering for Sunflower Mission, (a non-profit group that builds classrooms in Vietnam), and the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association, (a non-profit group that serves the Vietnamese community in the US and Canada). He wants to help organizations operate efficiently so that more time can be devoted to the people being served.

Anhlan 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. Nguyen has received numerous awards and recognition for her work including the “Five Outstanding Young Houstonian” by Fox 26 in 2000, “Top 20 women in Houston” by the Steed Society and Comerica Bank in 2010 and “Asian Heritage Award in Science and Technology” in 2013. Anhlan currently works at University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center an IT Portfolio Manager. Nguyen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1989 and a Masters of Science 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 a Doctoral Candidate for the Doctorate program in Business Administration at NorthCentral University, Scottsdale, Arizona. In 2012, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Vietnam Education Fund (VEF) Board of Directors and in July 2014 she was elected Board Chair of VEF. 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.

Quynh Anh Nguyen

Dr. Anh Q. Nguyen was born in Vietnam and arrived in US at a very young age. She graduated from the Baylor College of Dentistry in 2012 and also received the MBA from America Intercontinental University in 2008. She’s currently practicing Dentistry in Dallas Texas and still managed to stay actively involved with the local Vietnamese American communities in DFW area. She served as president of the VCSA- DFW chapter from 2011-2013 and Camp Master of Len Duong camp 2013. Quynh Anh is also very active with the Plano Vietnamese Baptist Church and currently enrolled in the Master of Theology Program focused on Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. Quynh Anh has strong passion on youth leadership and serving God.

Binh Nhung Tran

Binh Tran, PharmD, MS., MBA, is cofounder and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific Health Foundation, a non-profit organization in San Diego, California, dedicated to education, screening for hepatitis B, and linkage to care for persons who test positive. 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 the disease processes in Viet Nam and the US. She also completed a MBA from Webster University;

Binh has worked on hepatitis B prevention and screening in San Diego for the past 13 years. She now collaborates with UCSD Antiviral Research to work on Early Detection of Hep B in at- risk people in San Diego County, on a grant by the CDC. She also works with Dr. Robert Gish on Barriers to Hepatitis B screening, and Point of care tests for HBV and HCV with the participation of Skaggs School of Pharmacy students, Binh is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSD School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where she precepts first- year students in their Introductory Pharmacy Practice Experience. She also has upper class students working on Hepatitis and Osteoporosis research projects. 

She is a Regional Director – Southwest region of the National Task Force on Hepatitis B with Focus on Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, and a member of the Hep B United Coalition, where she obtained a mini-grant to expand Hepatitis B awareness and screening for lesser reached Asian populations in San Diego County. Since 2007, Binh is a member of the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association, and for the past terms, Co-President and President of the San Diego Chapter. She is also a Board member of the Asian Heritage Society with participation in the “Make It in America” conference on November 19-22, 2014 and the annual Asian Heritage Awards, which recognizes many VCSA Executives across the US.

Elena Tran (Houston, Texas)

Ms. Elena Tran is a business professional with experience in organizational change, capability development, and workforce planning and deployment.  She holds an MS in Organization 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.  She has been a member of VCSA since 1995 and served on the Executive Board as General Secretary.  Elena is a proud mother of four children. Elena and family reside in Sugar Land, Texas.

Kim Yen Vu (Washington DC)

Kim Yen Vu 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 25 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. After moving to Texas and while continuing her career in education, Kim Yen obtained a Master degree in Education Counseling.  She served as a middle school counselor for nine years.  In 2003, she received her 2nd Masters Degree in Education Administration and Supervision.  She has been an administrator since 2004, serving as assistant principal at Stafford Middle School and Stafford Intermediate School, District curriculum assistant and Bilingual/ESL coordinator, and as interim principal. Kim Yen is currently enrolled in the Executive Education Doctorate program at University of Houston. In summer 2008, Kim received a scholarship and attended the Principal’s Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  In 2010, Kim was recognized as an Outstanding Asian Pacific American Educator from the Chinese Community Center, and she was also nominated and accepted as a fellow to the Class of XXVIII of the American Leadership Forum.  Kim Yen is very active in her community and her church. She served as VCSA president for the last term and has relocated to Washington DC in 2014. Kim Yen is passionate about education, and her joy is touching the lives of students, our future leaders.

Liem Vu

In 1990, Liem Duc Vu immigrated to the state of Iowa at the age of 9 from Vietnam. After living in Iowa for a few years, his family moved to Bloomington, Minnesota. In Bloomington, he completed his high school education (top one percent of the class and with two years of college credits). Post high school, Mr. 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 eight years Mr. Vu has taught science in a very diverse school, there he co-chaired the Diversity Committee for two years. During those eight years, 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. He helped judge the Minnesota community Tet’s scholarship contest for two years and was also a pageant judge for two years. For several years, he also helped design and construct the stages for his church’s Tet and Christmas celebration, his community’s Tet Trung Thu celebration at the Mall of America, and his Vietnamese students’ Tet Trung Thu and Tet event at the high school. Those events were open to several hundred community members. 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.