Ysa Le

Ysa Le

Executive Director

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Project Director, Project Foto

Uyen Hoang

Uyen Hoang

Co-Program Director, Youth in Motion

Tu Nguyen

Tu Nguyen

Co-Program Director, Youth in Motion

Michelle Do

Michelle Do

Associate Director, Viet Film Fest 2019

Christine Tran

Christine Tran

Project Director, Illuminated Recipes: Cravings, Customs, and Comforts

Ysa Le

Executive Director

Ysa began her involvement with art activism with VAALA since 2000 by spearheading various artistic events such as art exhibitions, book signings, concerts, plays, the annual Moon Festival Children’s Art Contest, and the smART Program, which provides free art workshops to community youth organizations in Southern California. She co-founded Viet Film Fest in 2003 and has been the co-director of the film festival. Ysa served as VAALA’s Board President from 2004-2008 before taking on the Executive Director position.

In 2005, Ysa was chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the “30 Vietnamese Americans to Watch” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Vietnamese American community in the United States. She received the Arts and Culture (In-Language) Award from New California Media in 2003 for her article on Mimi News, reporting the revival of the traditional performance art Cải Lương n the Vietnamese community. She was awarded with the “Service Award” from the USC (University of Southern California) Asian Pacific Alumni Association in 2012. Ysa currently works as a pharmacist at St. Joseph Home Care Pharmacy in Orange County. Ysa is a tennis enthusiast and loves to create flower arrangements for her friends.

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Project Director, Project Foto

Quyên Nguyen-Le is a filmmaker and educator born and raised in southern California, whose work has been exhibited internationally in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Vietnam. After a brief time at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Quyên instead completed degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy/Politics/Law at USC; then moved to Santiago de Chile to study Spanish with an emphasis in politics. Quyên is also a proud graduate of the Los Angeles Inner-City Filmmakers program and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s three year fellowship at Focus Features/ NBCUniversal.

Jennifer Pham

Webmaster

Born and raised in Little Saigon, Jennifer Pham had always been surrounded by Vietnamese food and people, but it wasn’t until she studied abroad in Vietnam that she started to appreciate Vietnamese culture.  Since then, she has volunteered as a Vietnamese medical interpreter, teach English to Vietnamese adults, and mentor at-risk Vietnamese-American youth.

Jennifer Pham has a Bachelors degree in Public Health and Psychology from UC Berkeley.  She currently works as a web developer and software engineer, where she finds her passion in designing beautiful and functional websites and applications and automating processes.

Uyen Hoang

Co-Program Director, Youth in Motion

Uyen Hoang is a Viet-American femme from Garden Grove, Orange County. She has a Masters in Arts in
Asian American Studies and a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences. Her artwork curiously
explores the complexity within the intersections of identity, community and systems of power. She likes puppies, peonies,
and is not lactose intolerant, which is important because she lives for cheesy puns.

Tu Nguyen

Co-Program Director, Youth in Motion

Tu Nguyen was born in Binh Gia, Vietnam. She lived in Chicago from the age of nine and relocated to Southern California in 2011 where she pursued degrees in Art and Film. A sculpture, installation, and video artist, Nguyen is influenced by psychology and often create works that investigate the construction of perception, memory, identity, and personal and collective history. Nguyen refers to her sculptures as “performative objects” because they are usually site specific and durational works that deteriorate throughout the span of their exhibition. When not making art or editing videos, Nguyen enjoys collecting Japanese knives, appreciating her houseplants, stalking strangers’ dogs, incorrectly guessing people’s sun signs, and more.

Michelle Do

Associate Director, Viet Film Fest 2019

Michelle Do is a detail-oriented and sophisticated event planner with strong leadership skills. She was the Viet Film Fest 2016 Special Events Coordinator. She has over five years of experience in the events industry, planning and coordinating a variety of events from birthdays to social events and corporate functions. Michelle recently worked as an Events Manager at XLanes LA, an entertainment venue in downtown Los Angeles. She values the time she has with her clients throughout the planning process as this allows her to fully understand their needs and bring their vision to life in a custom and unique way. By doing so, Michelle has developed exceptional customer service and management skills. Offering a can-do attitude and positive approach to event planning, she ensures that the full potential of her client’s visions come to fruition. On her days off, you will find Michelle on the beach with her husky, Koda. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from Truman State University, Missouri.

Christine Tran

Project Director, Illuminated Recipes: Cravings, Customs, and Comforts

Christine Yen Tran-Phan is a digital marketing manager in the tech industry by day, passionate about telling the narrative of a company through its branding. Born and raised in Orange County, CA, she has once co-owned a tropical fish store and inherited the entrepreneurial spirit from her family, who has owned one of the first Vietnamese restaurant franchises in the 80s. She has also been on the copywriting team for the last three years of Forge54, a 54-hour marketing boot camp that focuses on rebranding for non-profit organizations. She loves the art of storytelling and narratives, rooted in listening to her great-grandma’s stories as a child. Her poem and art piece, “Was It Dark?” was exhibited in VAALA’s Generations: 40 Hues between Black and White in 2015. She’s interested in revealing stories and overarching themes of the human experience through the topic of food. More importantly, she’s passionate about revealing unique Vietnamese traditions that have been imbued in her from stories she’s been told since childhood and tying them with the American immigrant experience.

Ysa Le

Ysa began her involvement with art activism with VAALA since 2000 by spearheading various artistic events such as art exhibitions, book signings, concerts, plays, the annual Moon Festival Children’s Art Contest, and the smART Program, which provides free art workshops to community youth organizations in Southern California. She co-founded Viet Film Fest in 2003 and has been the co-director of the film festival. Ysa served as VAALA’s Board President from 2004-2008 before taking on the Executive Director position.

In 2005, Ysa was chosen by the Orange County Register as one of the “30 Vietnamese Americans to Watch” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Vietnamese American community in the United States. She received the Arts and Culture (In-Language) Award from New California Media in 2003 for her article on Mimi News, reporting the revival of the traditional performance art Cải Lương n the Vietnamese community. She was awarded with the “Service Award” from the USC (University of Southern California) Asian Pacific Alumni Association in 2012. Ysa currently works as a pharmacist at St. Joseph Home Care Pharmacy in Orange County. Ysa is a tennis enthusiast and loves to create flower arrangements for her friends.

Quyên Nguyen-Le

Quyên Nguyen-Le is a filmmaker and educator born and raised in southern California, whose work has been exhibited internationally in the U.S., Canada, Australia, the U.K., and Vietnam. After a brief time at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Quyên instead completed degrees in Comparative Literature and Philosophy/Politics/Law at USC; then moved to Santiago de Chile to study Spanish with an emphasis in politics. Quyên is also a proud graduate of the Los Angeles Inner-City Filmmakers program and the Emma L. Bowen Foundation’s three year fellowship at Focus Features/ NBCUniversal.

Jennifer Pham

Born and raised in Little Saigon, Jennifer Pham had always been surrounded by Vietnamese food and people, but it wasn’t until she studied abroad in Vietnam that she started to appreciate Vietnamese culture.  Since then, she has volunteered as a Vietnamese medical interpreter, teach English to Vietnamese adults, and mentor at-risk Vietnamese-American youth.

Jennifer Pham has a Bachelors degree in Public Health and Psychology from UC Berkeley.  She currently works as a web developer and software engineer, where she finds her passion in designing beautiful and functional websites and applications and automating processes.

Uyen Hoang

Uyen Hoang is a Viet-American femme from Garden Grove, Orange County. She has a Masters in Arts in
Asian American Studies and a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences. Her artwork curiously
explores the complexity within the intersections of identity, community and systems of power. She likes puppies, peonies,
and is not lactose intolerant, which is important because she lives for cheesy puns.

Tu Nguyen

Tu Nguyen was born in Binh Gia, Vietnam. She lived in Chicago from the age of nine and relocated to Southern California in 2011 where she pursued degrees in Art and Film. A sculpture, installation, and video artist, Nguyen is influenced by psychology and often create works that investigate the construction of perception, memory, identity, and personal and collective history. Nguyen refers to her sculptures as “performative objects” because they are usually site specific and durational works that deteriorate throughout the span of their exhibition. When not making art or editing videos, Nguyen enjoys collecting Japanese knives, appreciating her houseplants, stalking strangers’ dogs, incorrectly guessing people’s sun signs, and more.

Michelle Do

Michelle Do is a detail-oriented and sophisticated event planner with strong leadership skills. She was the Viet Film Fest 2016 Special Events Coordinator. She has over five years of experience in the events industry, planning and coordinating a variety of events from birthdays to social events and corporate functions. Michelle recently worked as an Events Manager at XLanes LA, an entertainment venue in downtown Los Angeles. She values the time she has with her clients throughout the planning process as this allows her to fully understand their needs and bring their vision to life in a custom and unique way. By doing so, Michelle has developed exceptional customer service and management skills. Offering a can-do attitude and positive approach to event planning, she ensures that the full potential of her client’s visions come to fruition. On her days off, you will find Michelle on the beach with her husky, Koda. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from Truman State University, Missouri.

Christine Tran

Christine Yen Tran-Phan is a digital marketing manager in the tech industry by day, passionate about telling the narrative of a company through its branding. Born and raised in Orange County, CA, she has once co-owned a tropical fish store and inherited the entrepreneurial spirit from her family, who has owned one of the first Vietnamese restaurant franchises in the 80s. She has also been on the copywriting team for the last three years of Forge54, a 54-hour marketing boot camp that focuses on rebranding for non-profit organizations. She loves the art of storytelling and narratives, rooted in listening to her great-grandma’s stories as a child. Her poem and art piece, “Was It Dark?” was exhibited in VAALA’s Generations: 40 Hues between Black and White in 2015. She’s interested in revealing stories and overarching themes of the human experience through the topic of food. More importantly, she’s passionate about revealing unique Vietnamese traditions that have been imbued in her from stories she’s been told since childhood and tying them with the American immigrant experience.