Conference StaffThe team making UNAVSA-14 possible
Over the course of several months, a team of over 50 fellow students and young professionals from all over North America work together to plan and execute every detail of conference. The leadership and initiative of our directors and staff ensure UNAVSA-14 will continue to be a quality experience and opportunity for attendees consistent with the organization’s mission of empowering young leaders within the North American Vietnamese community.
Thanh-Thanh “TT” Pham is a Louisiana State University (LSU) alumna with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and concentration in Public Relations. Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, TT currently resides in the DMV area where she is working under the Legislative and Public Affairs Office as a Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. She currently serves on UNAVSA’s Council of Regional Representatives (CoRR) alongside her position of UVSA Gulf Coast External Vice President.
In the past, TT has held multiple leadership positions for the Vietnamese Student Association at LSU including Senior Adviser, President, External Vice President and Freshman representative. Her involvement with UNAVSA began in 2013 when she was selected as one of the UNAVSA-10 Visionary Scholarship recipients. She also served on the UNAVSA-12 Marketing Committee and most recently, the UNAVSA-13 Entertainment Committee. TT’s passions include singing, arts, leadership development and public service.
Lynn Khuat is a recent graduate of the University of Washington (UW) with a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management. She is from the Greater Seattle, Washington area but has recently moved to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she is currently a Soil Scientist for the U.S. Forest Service. Her long-time aspiration is to protect and restore the environment, as the environment is what everyone strives from.
Khuat has held previous leadership experience within the Vietnamese community including: VSA UW Executive Public Relations, VSA UW Advisor, UNAVSA-11 Sponsorship Staff, UNAVSA-12 Entertainment Director, and Northwest VSA CoRR. She currently serves as the Internal Vice President of Northwest VSA on the first executive board of her region. In her free time, Lynn loves to cook, binge watch TV shows, travel, hang out with friends, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Vanessa Nguyen hails from the True North strong and free. She was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec and is currently working in Project Management. Vanessa has been active in her community and has held different leadership roles within numerous organizations over the last 10 years. Within UNAVSA, she has been involved at multiple levels including Family Leader, Family Committee Member, and Family Program Director at UNAVSA-11 Dallas, TX; UNAVSA-12 in Seattle, WA; and UNAVSA-13 in Boston, MA, respectively.
In her role as an Associate Director for UNAVSA-14 in New Orleans, LA, she hopes to continue to strengthen her leadership skills and to help support, empower, and inspire other leaders of our community. Vanessa does not have a favorite color, is fluent in three languages, a Starbucks fanatic, and perpetually cold.
Each of our directors oversees a different but equally important aspect of the leadership conference. Every fall, directors are selected by the conference and associate directors from an applicant pool to lead and organize one of the nine committees: Entertainment, Family, Hospitality, Information Technology, Logistics, Marketing, Media, Programming, and Media.