Yvonne Tran

President

Yvonne Tran is an education/nonprofit professional in Southern California who has over 15 years of experience with multimedia production, teaching, consulting/strategy, and marketing across industries (education, non-profit, consulting, public health, and consumer goods). Since 2013, Yvonne has served with VAALA in various capacities, including Viet Film Fest director to board member. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication from UC San Diego and a Master’s degree in Applied Research at Boston University’s College of Communication. Yvonne also participated in the Fulbright-Hays funded program, the Vientamese Advanced Summer Institute (VASI) to study Vietnamse language in Saigon.

Julie Vo

Vice President

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Southern California where her acetone-scented dreams were conjured in her mom’s nail salon, Julie values the use of artistic expression to build community with intention and an intersectional lens. Julie currently serves as the Development Manager at Environmental Charter Schools where she develops ECS partnerships while overseeing fundraising, marketing and communication activities. She also serves as the Advisory Board Chair of the Orange County Environmental Justice Project, is a member of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative Steering Committee and organizes with VietUnity-SoCal. Julie has taught at the Vietnam National Academy of Social Sciences and holds over 15 years of experience in community arts, journalism, non-profit development and fundraising. She has been honored for her community leadership by the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and Senator Lou Correa and her writing was awarded the Best Advocacy Voice Award by New California Media Award. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Asian American Studies and a minor in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Thuy Vo Dang, PhD

Secretary

Thuy Vo Dang is the Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive (SEAA) at UC Irvine, which documents the history of the Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese diaspora. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and specializes in oral history, cultural studies, immigration and refugee studies, and community archives. Since 2010, she has served on the VAALA Board of Directors and joined the Arts Orange County Board of Directors in 2016. She is co-author of Vietnamese in Orange County, a visual history book that documents forty years of the community. In 2017 Thuy co-curated an art and history exhibit called “After-lives of War,” which features refugee artwork from Hong Kong and celebrates thirty years of the SEAA. She is currently working on A People’s Guide to Orange County (forthcoming, UC Press), a book that foregrounds stories of the region through a social justice lens. Thuy is committed to preserving and disseminating Vietnamese arts and culture for her three children (Allyse, Austen, and Avery) and their generation.

Thao Ha, PhD

Treasurer

Thao Ha earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a professor of Sociology at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, and has published a variety of academic works in the areas of race, gender, immigration, and Vietnamese American experiences in the South. She is an advisor and associate producer of Seadrift, a documentary about the racial violence and KKK intimidation that erupted in the 1970s against Vietnamese Americans in a small Texas fishing town. Her current project is focused on Vietnamese American incarceration. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Oceanside Promise, a non-profit collective impact organization addressing the needs of its community’s youth, and on the advisory board of the Asian Culture and Media Alliance in San Diego, CA.

Thuy Van Nguyen

Board Member

Thuy-Van is the Executive Director of Math In Ten Tutoring Service located in the city of Westminster. She has worked in the education sector for over 15 years. In addition, she has been a long-time volunteer and leader in the community for for various Vietnamese organizations and events such as the Children’s Moon Festival, the Vietnamese Catholic Student Association, and more recently as Festival Director of Viet Film Fest. Thuy-Van grew up in Vietnam and came to the U.S. to get her degree in applied mathematics in physics from California State University, Long Beach in 2005-2007.

Tu-Uyen Nguyen, PhD

Board Member

Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Ph.D., was born in Vietnam, but left with her family by boat in 1979. She is currently a professor in the Asian American Studies Program at Cal State Fullerton. She received her masters and Ph.D. degrees in public health from UCLA and works closely with various Asian and Pacific Islander communities nationwide on collaborative health programs focusing on cancer education and linguistic and cultural competency. Tu-Uyen has been involved in organizing the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) since the first installment in 2003.

Yvonne Tran

Yvonne Tran is an education/nonprofit professional in Southern California who has over 15 years of experience with multimedia production, teaching, consulting/strategy, and marketing across industries (education, non-profit, consulting, public health, and consumer goods). Since 2013, Yvonne has served with VAALA in various capacities, including Viet Film Fest director to board member. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication from UC San Diego and a Master’s degree in Applied Research at Boston University’s College of Communication. Yvonne also participated in the Fulbright-Hays funded program, the Vientamese Advanced Summer Institute (VASI) to study Vietnamse language in Saigon.

Julie Vo

Born in Long Beach, California and raised in Southern California where her acetone-scented dreams were conjured in her mom’s nail salon, Julie values the use of artistic expression to build community with intention and an intersectional lens. Julie currently serves as the Development Manager at Environmental Charter Schools where she develops ECS partnerships while overseeing fundraising, marketing and communication activities. She also serves as the Advisory Board Chair of the Orange County Environmental Justice Project, is a member of the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative Steering Committee and organizes with VietUnity-SoCal. Julie has taught at the Vietnam National Academy of Social Sciences and holds over 15 years of experience in community arts, journalism, non-profit development and fundraising. She has been honored for her community leadership by the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative and Senator Lou Correa and her writing was awarded the Best Advocacy Voice Award by New California Media Award. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Asian American Studies and a minor in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Thuy Vo Dang, PhD

Thuy Vo Dang is the Curator for the Southeast Asian Archive (SEAA) at UC Irvine, which documents the history of the Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, and Vietnamese diaspora. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego and specializes in oral history, cultural studies, immigration and refugee studies, and community archives. Since 2010, she has served on the VAALA Board of Directors and joined the Arts Orange County Board of Directors in 2016. She is co-author of Vietnamese in Orange County, a visual history book that documents forty years of the community. In 2017 Thuy co-curated an art and history exhibit called “After-lives of War,” which features refugee artwork from Hong Kong and celebrates thirty years of the SEAA. She is currently working on A People’s Guide to Orange County (forthcoming, UC Press), a book that foregrounds stories of the region through a social justice lens. Thuy is committed to preserving and disseminating Vietnamese arts and culture for her three children (Allyse, Austen, and Avery) and their generation.

Thao Ha, PhD

Thao Ha earned a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a professor of Sociology at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, CA, and has published a variety of academic works in the areas of race, gender, immigration, and Vietnamese American experiences in the South. She is an advisor and associate producer of Seadrift, a documentary about the racial violence and KKK intimidation that erupted in the 1970s against Vietnamese Americans in a small Texas fishing town. Her current project is focused on Vietnamese American incarceration. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Oceanside Promise, a non-profit collective impact organization addressing the needs of its community’s youth, and on the advisory board of the Asian Culture and Media Alliance in San Diego, CA.

Thuy Van Nguyen

Thuy-Van is the Executive Director of Math In Ten Tutoring Service located in the city of Westminster. She has worked in the education sector for over 15 years. In addition, she has been a long-time volunteer and leader in the community for for various Vietnamese organizations and events such as the Children’s Moon Festival, the Vietnamese Catholic Student Association, and more recently as Festival Director of Viet Film Fest. Thuy-Van grew up in Vietnam and came to the U.S. to get her degree in applied mathematics in physics from California State University, Long Beach in 2005-2007.

Tu-Uyen Nguyen, PhD

Tu-Uyen Nguyen, Ph.D., was born in Vietnam, but left with her family by boat in 1979. She is currently a professor in the Asian American Studies Program at Cal State Fullerton. She received her masters and Ph.D. degrees in public health from UCLA and works closely with various Asian and Pacific Islander communities nationwide on collaborative health programs focusing on cancer education and linguistic and cultural competency. Tu-Uyen has been involved in organizing the Vietnamese International Film Festival (ViFF) since the first installment in 2003.

Board Emeritus
James Dinh, Served 2011-2017
Ann Phong, Served 1993-1999 & 2008-2019
Giana Nguyen, Served 2011-2019