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Hailing from Chicago, Jack Nguyen is the Intercultural Specialist and liaison to Asian, Asian American, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and Arab students at The Ohio State University. He serves as a resource for students and the campus community, and engages in social, cultural, educational and advocacy programming to raise awareness of issues impacting the various communities.
Kenny Nguyen is the CEO/cofounder of ThreeSixtyEight, an award-winning digital experience agency that challenges brands like GE, Verizon, CenturyLink, NASA, Paramount Pictures to embrace their creative confidence. Prior to ThreeSixtyEight, he founded Big Fish Presentations, a company whose mantra is “turning presentations into experiences.” Kenny and his entrepreneurial tips been featured on TEDx, Google Talks, Hubspot Inbound Conference, General Assembly, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Yahoo, Business Insider, Mashable, Huffington Post, and the Washington Post. He was named the 2012 CEO Student Entrepreneur of the Year by Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO). During his leadership, Big Fish Presentations was recognized as one of the top 50 student-led startups in the world by the Kairos Society and one of Inc. Magazine’s “Coolest College Start-Ups of 2012.” He has spoken at Google, TEDxLSU, General Assembly, and HubSpot Inbound. He is als o a co-author of McGraw-Hill published book The Big Fish Experience: Create Memorable Presentations that Reel in Your Audience. He currently is the head curator of Assembly Required, a quarterly conference series in Louisiana that focuses on highlighting/retaining/recruiting the best talent in Louisiana.
Fun fact, I was also the closing keynote of UNAVSA 10 in SoCal.
Phuc Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam and was raised in Northern California. Currently he’s a Office Manager at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He is an alumnus of Emory University where he began his involvement with the Vietnamese community in Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast region. From there, he has continued to serve his community through various leadership roles, including President of UVSA Georgia, UNAVSA Southeast CoRR, Conference Programming Director for UNAVSA-12, and Conference Associate Co-Director for UNAVSA-13. He hopes to be able to preserve and share his passion for the Vietnamese culture and language among his peers. His favorite past time activities include eating at buffets and playing all types of games. He also has a strong love for Pusheen.
Sandy: Sandy Tsuneyoshi, Ph.D. is the former Director of Intercultural Student Services and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Student Services at Oregon State University. Focus of work included student leadership development, retention, support, and advocacy. She also facilitated the development of the APACouncil/Leaders Empowering Asian & Pacific Islanders and 18 member organization of pan Asian, pan Pacific Islander, and multicultural representatives to develop, outreach, orientation, and programming to build a community. With her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she has also worked in Counseling Centers at Michigan State University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University; and at the U.S. govt. Department of Veterans Affairs, inpatient and outpatient war trauma work at the Pacific Center for PTSD with Korean, WWII and Vietnam veterans.
Olyvia Chac-Nguyen originates from the Pacific Northwest and holds a Bachelors of Science of Public Health from Oregon State University. She currently works as a Pharmacy Technician and Patient Access Specialist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. Olyvia has been involved with UNAVSA since 2013, serving on the Marketing & Public Relations Cabinet, Council of Regional Representatives for the Northwest Region from 2014-2015, and as UNAVSA-14 Conference Marketing Director. In her spare time, Olyvia adores traveling to new destinations, writing creative pieces, capturing polaroid photography, and keeping her coffee game strong.
Stephen Nguyen has a long 10 year history with the Collective Philanthropy Project and UNAVSA starting at UNAVSA-4 in New Orleans 10 years ago when Catalyst was then the participant. UNAVSA’s CPP was notably the inspiration behind Stephen’s push to begin the development of the Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations in early 2006. Since then he has served two terms as President of MAUVSA, CPP Selection Director, CPP Marketing Campaign, UNAVSA conference Marketing Committee. He is proud to have been the UNAVSA MAUVSA CoRR representative that wrote and passed an amendment that created the UNAVSA CPP Audit Director position to provide furthern oversight on CPP funds given yearly.
Stephen Nguyen holds a B.A in Philohopy in Public Policy and Ethics and is currently is a Senior Developer Evangelist and Software Engineer residing in San Francisco, CA. His notable recent accomplishments have been helping grow two early stage tech startups from small teams to a larger small teams with over 15M in funding. In his free time he enjoys pushing for progressive policies photography, flying drones, exploring new technology, and raising the cutest puppy husky (IG: eevee.sf). He also calls Virginia, Washington D.C, Saigon, and Nha Trang “home”.
Crysta: Crysta Tran is a Pathologists’ Assistant at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. She holds a Master’s degree in Pathology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Crysta has been involved with MAUVSA since 2012, holding multiple roles such as MACIII Executive Co-director, Internal Vice-President, and President. She has also been on the Logistics Committee of UNAVSA-13. Crysta discovered her passion for the Vietnamese community at VSA conferences and hopes that her continued involvement inspires others to become leaders.
Tina: Tina Li works for the University of Colorado Boulder in the Health Education department of Student Affairs. During her collegiate years, Tina was the (fifth) Southwest UVSA president charged with continuing the organization’s purpose and refining the mission applicable to the demographic. Prior to her term, Tina also served on the UNAVSA staff as the CORR representative of her region. During this time, Tina acted as the liaison between the region and UNAVSA vocalizing the needs of the Southwest to UNAVSA and providing resources to her region.
During her time volunteering, Tina gained numerable skills and experiences that directly transfer to her peer education program at work. With everything she has gained, Tina is able to be more relatable and advises on marketing and outreach strategy on health & wellness initiatives.
John Tran is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder where he earned his BA in Ethnic Studies. John is currently the External Vice President of Southwest UVSA and also a Co-CORR for the Southwest region. He has been heavily involved with VSA since his freshmen year of high school, holding multiple roles from then on such as Culture Show coordinator, CPP Campaign team member, UNAVSA-13 Entertainment committee, and more. He is also involved with Alpha Phi Omega co-ed Service Fraternity. In his free time, he enjoyes jamming out on his ukulele, travel, eat good food, and always enjoying good company.