UNAVSA is a 100% volunteer-based organization. All of our staff across North America dedicate their time and efforts throughout the year to educate and create initiatives for our constituents to learn from and engage in.

2023 – 2024 Staff Packet – Roles & Responsibilities

Executive Board

The Executive Board is the driving force of UNAVSA with task planning, organizing, and approving operations. E-Board manages the operations in accordance to the organization’s missions and values, as well as reviews short and long-term plans to sustain the structure of UNAVSA.

The Executive Board consists of five (5) positions: President, Internal Vice President, External Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Each term normally lasts for two consecutive years.

The Executive Board Applications for 2024-2026 are now closed.

Kelly Tran

she/her/hers

President

Hoang An "Em" Nguyen

he/him/his

Internal Vice President

Kris Dinh

she/her/hers

Treasurer

Cabinet

These individuals are part of our year-round cabinet committees, including Alumni Relations, Civic Engagement, Community Safety, CPP, IT, MPR, Sponsorship & Development, and VSAcademy. They are responsible for the general operations of UNAVSA as well as generating engaging initiatives and disseminating important resources to our constituents throughout the year.

Alumni Relations

The Alumni Relations Committee (ARC) works diligently on connecting Alumni with undergraduates and providing spaces to foster further learning opportunities. By working with the UNAVSA External Vice President and the rest of the Executive Board, the committee is also tasked with planning and executing various forms of year round alumni engagement. Projects that have been executed by ARC in the past are: Alumni Directory, Alumni Mentorship Program, ARC Project of The Month, UNAVSA Conference Alumni Programming, and Alumni After Work Series.

RICHY THACH

THEY/THEM/THEIRS

Director

KATHY LE

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

MAI-NHANH DAO

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

NICOLE PHAN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

The Civic Engagement Committee (CEC) will lead both educational and mobilization efforts of the general UNAVSA membership to promote civic knowledge and action. The committee will be in charge of researching and keeping constituents up to date on historical and current events that influence the Greater Vietnamese community, as well as on social movements in Canada, the United States, and worldwide. Lastly, the committee will collect and distribute resources to aid members in best practices of civic engagement. Civic Engagement is split into two focused sub-committees: Core and Policy. 

The Core team focuses on developing resources and projects introducing constituents to various topics related to civic engagement.The Policy team researches and creates resources regarding pressing political issues facing the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora in North America. To read more about UNAVSA’s policy focuses, follow this link.

MAI TRINH LE

SHE/HER/HERS

Co-Director

BRIANNA HA

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

JAN NIÑO NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

RICH NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

THUY HANLEY

SHE/HER/HERS

Co-Director

EMILY VU

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

KHEON LOUIS

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

Community Safety

The Community Safety Committee is responsible for providing aid to regions for community responses, informing and enforcing policy changes to ensure community safety and monitoring community reports. They also serve as our response team during our leadership conference.

AN VO

THEY/THEM/THEIRS

Director

MIRA CURTI

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Collective Philanthropy Project

The Collective Philanthropy Project (CPP) Committee is responsible for four primary objectives: Audit, Campaign, Engagement, and Selection.

 

Audit responsibilities include working closely with the previous year’s beneficiary to oversee that funds are ethically being appropriated according to the project proposal as presented at the UNAVSA conference, managing the project timeline and ensuring the beneficiary will adhere to the project timeline proposed.

 

Campaign committee members serve as the main point of contact when the Beneficiary has been chosen by the constituents at the Annual UNAVSA Leadership Conference. They are essential in raising funds to meet the goal of the proposed project set forth by the Beneficiary and to educate our constituents on the goals of said project.

 

Engagement tasks focus on maintaining the relationship between UNAVSA and past CPP applicants & beneficiaries. The team works closely with each beneficiary to showcase the results of past CPP projects by providing reports of the progress, results, and impact of UNAVSA’s efforts. The team is responsible for engaging with current and past CPP prospects to build partnerships with each organization to provide direct opportunities for constituents to engage with these nonprofits outside of just fundraising.

 

Selection obligates the team to serve as a main point of contact for all potential beneficiaries and applicants. The committee is in charge of enacting a fair and just system when screening applications and candidates.

LEANN MAI

SHE/HER/HERS

Co-Director

NHI TRAN

SHE/HER/HERS

Co-Director

AUTUM CHEUNG

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

DAVID TRAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

MATTHEW TAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

SHELLEY TRAN

SHE/THEY/THEM

Committee

VICTORIA TRAN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Marketing & Public Relations

The Marketing & Public Relations (MPR) Cabinet is a year-round operating committee. MPR oversees all official publications, announcements, and releases from UNAVSA while creating our branding and marketing strategies. MPR provides support across all of UNAVSA’s various projects, including cabinet, CPP, and our annual leadership conference. Committee projects include: Spearheading monthly newsletter series/regular announcement system, Annual Sponsorship Packet, and, depending on the year, the Conference Programming Booklet.

SOPHIA TRANG

SHE/HER/HERS

Director

CHRIS WRIGHT

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

JAYINE NGUYEN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

KRISTIN HOANG

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

LAURA TRINH

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

LUCY NGUYEN

SHE/THEY/THEM

Committee

Sponsorship & Development

The Sponsorship & Development cabinet is responsible for securing funds for UNAVSA various initiatives year-round. This team will be divided into three different objects based on the needs of our organization. Team members will be assigned to each team, but are still expected to complete the general committee responsibilities listed above. It is comprised of the following: Conference Sponsorship, Donor Relations Management, and Grants Writing.

KRIS DINH

SHE/HER/HERS

Director

THIEN AN NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

VICTORIA UNG

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Web Development & Management

The Web Development/Management committee manages all information systems, communications, and databases for UNAVSA year-round (including conference IT needs). Committee projects include maintaining and/or redesigning UNAVSA websites, developing internal tools for staff, and developing external tools for public use.

MATTHEW NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Director

ALEX GOBERT

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

ANDREW NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

JACKIE PHRAKOUSONH

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

JASON TRAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

VSAcademy

VSAcademy Cabinet (VSA) exists to create and promote year-round online programming and learning resources that supplement programming from the annual Leadership Conference and One Day Seminars. VSAcademy’s main mission is to educate constituents with original content in the form of articles, videos, podcasts, etc., forming a centralized resource hub. Many topics are best taught in collaborative workshop environments that allow members to discuss and apply learnings. Other topics, where are more valuable when presented in expository and authoritative approaches.

VSAcademy will take lead in topics exclusive to the committee as well as cross collaboration topics with other committees that span across cultural, personal, professional, organizational development and civic engagement.

At VSAcademy, we are all about the love of knowledge and delivering a beautiful learning experience. VSAcademy offers curated and created content targeted to the Vietnamese American & Canadian experience. We encourage our constituents to experience the world of knowledge through – videos, podcasts, playlists, articles, etc. Every production is about reinvention and pushing boundaries.

KATIE BUI

SHE/HER/HERS

Director

DAVID NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

Board of Directors

The UNAVSA Board of Directors (BoD) is an advisory board that provides necessary direction, support, and resources for the UNAVSA Executive Board to ensure the organization’s success. We are currently looking for eligible candidates to serve on BoD. Please refer to UNAVSA’s constitution for the specific qualifications and responsibilities of BoD.

 

Thuc Nguyen
he/him/his

Midwest
[email protected]

UNAVSA-2 Conference Director
2004-2007 Midwest Representative

Tiffany Tran
she/her/hers

New England
[email protected]

Treasurer, 2020-2022
Sponsorship Director, 2018-2020
CPP Selection Director, 2017-2018

Nghia Le
he/him/his

Southern California
[email protected]

Internal Vice President, 2012-2014
CPP Selection Director, 2011-2012

Council of Regional Representatives

The Council of Region Representatives (CoRR) consists of members from the various continental regions to assist in UNAVSA’s year-round programs and initiatives. While UNAVSA remains a non-political, non-partisan organization, the organization recognizes the importance for the education and awareness of Vietnamese youths’ voices. Our CoRR serve as a mouthpiece to transmit important  issues/matters and also serve as a voting body for many items within UNAVSA such as the selection of our CPP beneficiary, winners for our VSA Awards, changes to our Constitutional Amendments, etc.


Eastern Canada

Kylie Nguyen
she/her/hers

Gulf Coast
[email protected]

Nicholas Tran
he/him/his

Gulf Coast
[email protected]

Tyler Samay
he/him/his

Mid-Atlantic
[email protected]

Brandon Nguyen
he/him/his

Mid-Atlantic
[email protected]

Evan Lin
he/him/his

Midwest
[email protected]

Matthew Tan
he/him/his

Midwest
[email protected]

Anthony Tran
he/him/his

New England
[email protected]

LeAnn Mai
she/her/hers

Northeast
[email protected]

Hoang Tran
he/him/his

Northern California
[email protected]

Crystallyn Lee
she/her/hers

Northern California
[email protected]

Alvin Pham
he/him/his

Southern California
[email protected]

Long Truong
he/him/his

Southern California
[email protected]

An Ho
he/him/his

Northwest
[email protected]

Jeanne Le
she/her/hers

South
[email protected]

An Pham
he/him/his

Southeast
[email protected]

Kathy Le
she/her/hers

Southwest
[email protected]


Western Canada

Conference

These individuals are responsible for the planning of UNAVSA’s Annual Leadership Conference held during the summer months. They work tirelessly spanning across 9 months of planning to put together the workshops, keynotes, culture show, gala, and family programming for our attendees each year.

Executive Team

The Executive Team is made up of either:

  • Two (2) Executive Co-Directors, or
  • One (1) Executive Director and one-to-two (1-2) Associate Director(s)

The Executive Team oversees the entire operations of coordinating and managing the tasks and execution by all conference staff with guidance from the Executive Board.p They provide guidance, direction, support, and assistance to all conference committees in carrying out their projects and responsibilities.

MATTHEW NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Executive Director

AYSIA NGUYEN

SHE/HER/HERS

Associate Director

DAVID PHAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Associate Director

EMMERICK DOAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Associate Director

Entertainment

Entertainment committee encompasses all visual and vocal performances at conference. It also manages the production of our evening events: Vietnamese Culture Night and Gala.

JASON TRAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Co-Director

NATHALIE TRINH

SHE/HER/HERS

Co-Director

CRYSTALLYN LEE

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

KATIE BUI

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

KHANG PHAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

LEANN MAI

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

TRINITY NGUYEN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Family Programming

Family Programming committee is responsible for organizing a family system that will allow attendees to engage with one another and build relationships throughout the weekend. The committee will also coordinate icebreakers and team activities.

ANDREW PHUNG

HE/HIM/HIS

Director

ANDREW VO

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

HOANG TRAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

JENNIFER AU

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

JOHN LOERA

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

VICTORIA TRAN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Hospitality

Hospitality committee oversees the general needs and well-being of conference attendees and serves as the primary contact for all attendees.

MIRA CURTI

SHE/HER/HERS

Director

CARMEN LO

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

ELLIE LEYCO

SHE/THEY/THEM

Committee

KEVIN LE

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

KIMLYN VO

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

MIA HAU

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

THU NGUYEN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Logistics

Logistics committee is the backbone of the conference and ensures all on-site programming runs smoothly, safely, and efficiently.

ANTHONY TRAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Director

ANTHONY PHAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

EDWIN MA

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

JUSTIN OCEAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

KAIDEN LAW

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

NATALIE PHAN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Media Technology

Media Technology committee manages production and distribution of all audio, visual, print media.

LONG TRUONG

HE/HIM/HIS

Director

BRI NGUYEN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

GABRIELLE PHAM

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

H.A. LE

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

JUSTIN VO

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

LEON HUYNH

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

STEVEN BUI

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

Programming

Programming committee coordinates educational workshops, discussions, keynotes, panels, and ceremonies.

DAVID TRAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Director

AMY LUONG

SHE/THEY/THEM

Committee

DAVID NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

JEANNE LE

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

TAMMY TRAN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

VIVIAN DUONG

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

Registration

Registration committee is responsible for ensuring a simple and easy-to-understand process by which attendees register for the conference, sign-up for workshops, book room nights, and pay. The committee also manages attendee check-in at conference.

TERESA DO

SHE/HER/HERS

Director

DEREK NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

DYLAN TRAN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

SERENA SRUN

SHE/HER/HERS

Committee

STEVEN NGUYEN

HE/HIM/HIS

Committee

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