Ms. Pham have over 10 years of experience in executive leadership, management and community development, and public health services. In each of her previous professional experience, she lead efforts to achieve organizational goals using a set of skills that include: organizational development, strategic planning and partnerships, coalition building, and policy development and advocacy, fundraising, management coaching, and team building. She sees herself as an effective leader, a strategic thinker, an advocate for inclusive capacity building while leading community initiatives that promote personal and communal well-being. Ms. Pham brings business acumen and a compassionate core to the organization with knowledge in accounting, finance, and economics. Before taking the position of Executive Director for VSS of MN, Ms. Pham was executive director of another nonprofit, VietAID (Vietnamese American Initiative for Development), and Executive Director for the Center for Academics and Sports at the University of St. Thomas College of Education in Minneapolis, and corporate companies such as IBM and AT & T. She also has worked in community outreach and resource development capacities, some specifically with Vietnamese Americans. In the past, Pham has also managed child welfare and adoption programs in Vietnam and Thailand.
Ms. Mui Ly have over 20 years experience and knowledge in non-profits accounting, contributing to operational goals and personal relations. Strengths: general ledger, financial statements, financial analysis, budgeting, cash management, internal and external reporting. Technical expertise in Microsoft Dynamics and FRx, Management report systems. Prior experience in private accounting and auditing. Ms. Ly managed financial and accounting functions for nine non profits agency members. Accountability extends to monthly accounting close, general financial statements, cash flow analysis/ projection. Coordinated daily contact with banker, member’s agency executive directors, managers and auditors . Provided monthly financial reports to nine members, use Microsoft Dynamics system and FRx reporting in the timely schedule. Provided basic financial consultant support, advise, feed -back, guidance to members management and boards.
Thuy has worked for VSS as an office manager and accountant for many years. She loves to cook, enjoy shopping and helping people in the community.
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Nay Htoo was born in Burma in 1965. Nay Htoo graduated with bachelor of art, Geography major in Maulmain University, Myanmar. After graduating in 1988 because of pro democracy students uprising in Burma, he left from country to Thai Burma border lived there for nine years in a small village and served Karen people as village head men for four years. In 1997 Burmese army attacked and occupied their village so he and his family fled to Thailand and become refugees. They resettled to US as political refugees in September 2003 in St Paul, Minnesota. After his arrival, in 2006 Nov Nay Htoo joined the Vietnamese Social Services (VSS) as Karen Pilot program coordinator, Social Service manager at VSS. Currently, he is the Program Manager for Employment Services at VSS. He is also a chair person of Karen Community of Minnesota and lives in Maplewood with his wife, one son and two daughters.
Eh Wah Moolay was born in Burma in 1983. Eh Wah Moolay was graduated high school at Cornerstone Christian Correspondence School in Georgia. Also high school graduated at Tham Hin Refugee camp. In 1997 Burmese army attacked and occupied his village so he and his family fled to Thailand and become refugee. He moved to Saint Paul Minnesota as refugee in September 2006. After his arrival, he was worked at G & K service for five years and he joined to Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota as employment counselor in April 2012.Currently, Eh is employment outreach specialist at Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota. He also volunteer and member of Karen Community of Minnesota and lives in Saint Paul with his wife, one sons and two daughter.
Julia was born and raised in Mae Hong Son Camp in Thailand. In March of 2009, she has moved to the United States, resettled in Buffalo, NY for a year and then moved to Saint Paul, MN. 2010, Julia started to work for the Church of Saint Bernard as a refugee liaison and worked there until 2017. Beside that, she is a part time interpreter for various agencies in the Twin cities. In 2015, I graduated from Inver Hills Community College in AA degree. Julia joined Vietnamese Social Services on December of 2017 as Karen Program Coordinator. I am very passionate in helping refugee people and looking forward to a better help for those who are in need.
Hobbies: playing volleyball, traveling and involve in the church activities.
Mya Nay have two names she goes by: Naw Nyah Nay Paw and Mya Nay, both of which are important to her. Legally, all her US documents have her name as just Mya Nay. Mya was born in 1984 in the state of Karen, Burma. She started school in the vilage of Saw Mu Plaw at the age of 7, from kindergarten to fourth grade and left the village at eh age of 13. In 1997, Mya moved to another village due to the State Peace Development Council (Burmese Military Junta) taking control of it. In 2001, Mya lived in the Karen refugee camp in Mae Ra Ma Lung, Thailand. Unpredictably, her name was changed to Mya Nay when the UNHCR registered refugees in 2005. Afterwards, Mya graduated from high school in 2004 and completed her studies in Personal Development Course for 2 years right after. In 2006, Mya had worked in the Karen community based organization Karen Office of Relief and Development (KORD) for 7 years. During that time, Mya was able to study in Eart Rights Burma School and able to improve her English skills and knowledge. After that, Mya became a teacher in Personal Development Course School for 2 years and immigrated to the United States in March of 2016. Since moving to the US, Mya have attended ABE and ESL classes and earned a certification for the Introduction of Child Care Development. Mya have settled in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is now calling it her home. Her passion in life is to work with the community helping people.
Amy is originally from Iowa, where she graduated from Iowa State University. She began her teaching career as a volunteer ESL Instructor with the Minnesota Literacy Council. Amy also worked in the Minneapolis Public Schools with low-literacy learners through Americorps. Amy has experience teaching Pre-literacy to Advanced English.
Nate has joined VSS of MN late of 2017 as a High Beginning and Computer Teacher. He has been interested in foreign culture and language since he was a high school student, when he began studying French. He continued his French studies in university, living in Québec and France. In 2007, Nate moved to Japan, where he taught English for six years. During his time in East Asia, he also spent six months in South Korea enjoying the culture and language. He is currently finishing a master’s degree in ESL from Hamline University.
Sacha teaches the Intermediate ESL class at VSS. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. She began her journey with Adult Education in 2011 as a Curriculum Development Intern at Minnesota Literacy Council – Minneapolis. Since then, she has volunteered at multiple organizations including CLUES St. Paul, Open Door Learning and Neighborhood House. She has taught every level from Pre-literacy to Advanced. Currently, she is completing her Master’s in ESL at Hamline University and expects to finish in May 2018. In her free time, she likes to listen to podcasts, play chess and soccer, spend time with her nieces, read and travel.
Diego is a teacher that comes from a family of educators. He has taught English in Japanese public schools for five years and is expanding his career by teaching adult students here at VSS. Having immigrated to the U.S. with no English experience and moved to Japan with minimal knowledge, he understands the importance of providing assistance to those new to a country. In his spare time, he likes to read and write stories about his experiences.
Shamo was born in Burma. He lived in a Thailand refugee camp for 20 years. He moved to the United States in 2008, where he lived for three years in Austin, Texas. Shamo began taking English classes in Texas. He moved to Minnesota in 2011, where he began his relationship with VSS as a participant in the Employment Program. Shamo speaks Karen, Burmese, Poe Karen and Thai. He is married with two daughters and one son.
Dick has volunteered with VSS for five years and participated in an array of activities in the Education Program including, classroom assistance, transportation, school photographer and building/office support. Dick’s investment to our students’ lives can be seen in his assistance with various needs outside of school such as: communicating with landlords, navigating county/state/federal paperwork, arranging and taking students to medical appointments. He holds a BA from the University of Minnesota and has been a Peace Corps volunteer on three separate occasions where he served in the following countries of Iran, Samoa, and Tanzania as an educator. His favorite past time is taking candid pictures of students, teachers, and all the people around him.
Ms. Lisa Lan Thai is one of the prominent leaders in the Vietnamese Community who has been extremely active in many social causes and advocacy work. Ms. Thai is successful business owner in the real estate industry. She has completed her education from the University of St. Thomas – School of Business, Harris School of Business, Anoka Real Estate Community College, and Normandale Community College. Ms. Thai has received the following honors and awards from the Asian American & Pacific Islander, Oral History Project, Member of the Minnesota Historical Society, American Red Cross, National Association of Realtors, Edina Realty of Minnesota, Re/Max International, and Counselor Realty.
Dr. Michael Tran has expertise in minimal invasive surgery in female urinary incontinence, female pelvic floor reconstruction, benign prostatic hyperplasia treatments using KTP laser, TUNA, and microwave, endourology and kidney stone disease, laparoscopic surgeries, prostate cancer treatments such as cryotherapy, brachytherapy, and radical prostatectomy. He is currently an active Staff at Fairview University Medical Center, Fairview Riverside Medical Center, Unity Hospital, University of Minnesota, and Mercy Hospital. Dr. Tran has an active role in the education and teaching of medical residents and medical students. He has completed his education at the Institute of Technology – University of Minnesota in 1990 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1994 at University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Tran also holds multiple memberships in the American Urological Association, North Central Urological Association, Minnesota Urological Association.
Bob Brown is professor emeritus of educational leadership, policy and administration at the University of St. Thomas, where he taught in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling for 41 years. He served in the Minnesota Legislature as a Republican senator from Stillwater from 1967 to 1977. From 1981 to 1986, he served as special assistant to U.S. Secretaries of Education T.H. Bell and William Bennett during the Reagan Administration. He served on the Minnesota State Board of Education and has been on many other boards relating to education, public policy and serving diverse populations. While at the U.S. Department of Education, Brown established the Department’s Partners in Education
Program; was on the White House Task Force on Private Sector Initiatives; and worked with members of Congress in creating and operating education policy task forces in the House and the Senate. While he was in Washington, he served as staff director of the Public Policy Committee of the White House Conference on Aging.
While in the Minnesota Senate, Brown established a student intern program at the Legislature. He served on a number of legislative committees, including the Senate Education Committee. He was State Chair of the Minnesota Republican Party from 1973 to 1975 and later served as National Committeeman for the party. He founded and for 25 years operated the St. Thomas National Youth Sports Program, a free academic and
sports summer camp that serves hundreds of low-income youth each summer. With co-author Jeff Cornwall, Brown published The Entrepreneurial Educator in 2000, a book to help school leaders function in a competitive marketplace. He serves as editor of the book series Innovations in Education for Rowman Education Press. He was executive producer of a series of education-policy television programs that was broadcast on The Learning Channel (now TLC) and PBS stations. Brown earned a B.S. degree in math and speech from Winona State College and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in educational administration, with a minor in educational psychology, from the University of Minnesota.
Wanny Huynh, an author and motivational speaker who has migrated to America with his family at the young age of 10. Like any newcomer to America, his parents had high hopes of him chasing the American Dream as a Doctor. But after two years of college Wanny knew being confined to an office was not his American dream and dropped out. After a few odd jobs, Wanny spent the next nine years working with an airline travelling the world on flights seated next to CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies. During an international flight he was recommended Robert Kiyosaki’s bestseller Rich Dad, Poor Dad and soon after he quickly shifted into the real estate market.
Shortly after Wanny was hit by the crash in the market and lost everything. Broke and back home in his parent’s basement, Wanny pulled out his last dollar bill and asked himself the one question that changed his life forever “How can I turn this dollar bill into a million dollars?” Four published books later, Wanny is dedicated to sharing his struggles and triumphs across America through speaking engagements to immigrants looking to embrace change.
Keith Hardy is currently a Project Manager for U.S. Bank with professional experience in project management/coordination, technical writing/editing, corporate communications, marketing communications/research, training, instructional design, trade show management. He has received his B.A. in journalism from the University of Texas-Arlington; M.S. (in progress), Technical Communication from University of Minnesota. He has served on the following committee and boards: Ramsey County League of Local Government (2012 & 2013 president) board member, Council of Urban Boards of Education, Minnesota School Board Association, St. Paul Youth Services board member (treasurer), liaison to District 3 and 5 councils, and board member for SteppingStone Theatre. His current community involvement includes: Boards of Directors for Reading Partners – Twin Cities, Mentoring Young Adults, Minnesota Urban Debate League, African American Leadership Council, AALC Education Committee, Charities Challenge, Toastmasters International, and Twin Cities RISE! Keith has received awards and honors from Who’s Who Among High School Students, Who’s Who Among College Students, Who’s Who Among Young Professionals, Eleven Who Care, Pillsbury United Communities Volunteer of the Year, American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year, American Diabetes Association Volunteer of the Year, Toastmaster of the Year. His avocations are marathon running (completed 47), performing and visual arts, community volunteering and advocacy, and empowering youth.
Keiko Orrall, candidate for State Treasurer, is the first Asian-American woman to seek a constitutional office in Massachusetts. Elected to the House of Representatives in 2011, Keiko is also the first Asian-American woman elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. As a four-term lawmaker, Representative Orrall is a strong advocate for her district building bipartisan bridges and focusing on policy over politics. She led an effort to stop Massachusetts’ participation in PARCC, a national testing consortium, which allowed Massachusetts to control its own educational policy and standards. She was instrumental in helping to pass legislation to give small businesses certainty in tax filing deadlines by matching state and federal requirements. Most recently she worked with a bipartisan group to stop an unnecessary regulation in the medical field that would have cost city and town taxpayers millions of dollars.
Working with senior citizen advocates and legislators across the aisle she helped block a measure that would have shut down one quarter of all nursing homes in the state through over-regulation and disregard for the needs of the elder population. Keiko grew up in Cincinnati, OH where both of her parents taught in the public education system. As the middle of five children, she learned the art of compromise and from an early age was taught to value education, hard work, patriotism, and integrity. Her grandparents are immigrants from Japan and her father grew up on a segregated sugar plantation in Hawaii.Two of her uncles earned Purple Hearts in World War II in the 442nd United States Infantry Regiment, a unit of Japanese Americans, noted for valiant service and sacrifice. Her father is a Marine and with the GI Bill became the first in his family go to college. Keiko attended Smith College in Northampton, MA majoring in education and met her husband of 28 years, Norman, who was studying engineering at UMass-Amherst. She went on to teach public school for several years. They settled in Norman’s hometown of Lakeville, and raised two children, who graduated from state universities in Massachusetts.
Nam recently joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Business Development which oversees the Mass. Office of Business Development, Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism, Mass. Film Office and Mass. Office of International Trade & Investment. Previously Nam was the CEO of Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).
Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and credit for premier community banks and large commercial banks. From 1994 to 2000 Nam served as Commissioner of Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment.
Nam earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and MPA in Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Stephen B. Young is the Global Executive Director of the Caux Round Table, an international network of experienced business leaders who advocate a principled approach to global capitalism. Advisors to the Caux Round Table include Paul Volcker,John C. Whitehead, William Donaldson and Rodrick M. Hills. The Caux Round Table has representatives across the global economy and leadership teams in 10 countries. Young has published Moral Capitalism, a well-received book written as a guide to use of the Caux Round Table ethical and socially responsible Principles for Business. In 2008 Prof. Sandra Waddock of the Carroll School of Management of Boston College listed Young among the 23 persons who created the corporate social responsibility movement in her book The Difference Makers. At Young’s initiative, the Caux Round Table is pioneering an Academy for Public
Service in Minnesota.
Steve Young is married to Pham Thi Hoa and they have three grown children. Young was born on Nov 2, 1945 in Washington D.C. He was educated at the International School Bangkok, Harvard College (graduating Magna Cum Laud) and Harvard Law School (graduating Cum Laud). Young volunteered for service during the Vietnam War. After a year of language training, he worked in village development for the CORDS Advisory program in South Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. In 1975 Young took the initiative to begin the resettlement program of refugees from Indochina after the Vietnam War was lost.Young was an Assistant Dean at the Harvard Law School and later Dean and Professor of Law at the Hamline University Law School. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Convention of Independent Financial Advisors in Geneva and is a founder and a member of the Board of Magni Global Assets, an investment management firm. He is a member of the US Advisory Council to the Papal Fondazione Centemisus Annus, established by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II as a lay organization to promote Catholic Social Teachings.