Arriving in the United States in 1979 as a boat refugee from Vietnam, Dr. Thang graduated from Virginia Tech with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and worked for 13 years at a research lab in Bethesda, Maryland. He joined BPSOS in 1988 as a volunteer. In 1995 he launched an advocacy campaign that resulted in the resettlement of over 18,000 former boat people from Vietnam to the US. In 1997 Dr. Thang initiated a long-term effort to build capacity for the Vietnamese American community. He has since built BPSOS from a small, all-volunteer organization into the largest Vietnamese-American non-profit organization with operations in a dozen locations in the United States and in three Asian countries and a vast Vietnamese-language mass media network. Simultaneously he has mentored or incubated over 50 faith-based and community organizations and secured $4 million to support their good work.
For the past two decades he has launched many national and international initiatives, including among others Legal Assistance for Vietnamese Asylum Seekers (LAVAS) to provide legal aid to the boat people in first asylum camps, Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia (CAMSA) to combat labor trafficking, the Vietnamese American National Chamber of Commerce (VietAmCham) to support small businesses, and the Renewing Democracy Fund to encourage Vietnamese-American participation in American politics. For the past 20 years he has mentored and trained many younger Vietnamese American leaders. Starting in 2010 he has rallied Vietnamese-American leaders across the country for a ten-year initiative to advance the Vietnamese American community in the government, business and social sectors. He has received numerous awards for his contributions to America, refugee populations, and human rights the world over. On International Human Rights Day of 2011, he represented BPSOS to accept the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award presented by the President and the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of China. In 2012 Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) recognized him with its leadership award.
Tuyet Ngoc Dinh, Chair
Tuyet Ngoc Dinh, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, is a professional with more than 20 years of experiences in the Information Technology field. She holds a B.S. and M.Eng. in Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. In 2012 she participated in the first annual Vietnam Advocacy Day organized by BPSOS. In the ensuing years she organized delegations to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill and at their local offices. In 2015 Tuyet formed a sponsoring group that “adopted” Vietnamese Women for Human Rights (VNWHR). Her sponsoring group has raised total $10,000 for this Vietnamese CSO. Tuyet also serves as Board member of VNWHR and its overseas representative. In 2016 Tuyet joined the Board of Directors of BPSOS and currently serves as its Chair. Since 2005 she has volunteered as bookkeeper at her local Catholic church and is an active member of the Louisville Vietnamese-American community. In her free time, Tuyet enjoys traveling with her husband, Vu Tan Pham with their four young children, Vinh, Vy, Van, and Viet.
Julia Pham, Vice Chair
Julia Pham is the child of Vietnamese immigrants. Julia grew up in Texas and is currently an immigration attorney at the Bedi & Martinez law office in Washington, DC.
Tammy Paige Goddard, Treasurer
Tammy is a BPSOS board member and she is also the President of ChildrenVietnam.org.
Shireen Hormozdi, Legal Counsel
Shireen Hormozdi received her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 2003 and her undergraduate degree with honors from the George Washington University in 2000. While in law school, she was Editor-in-Chief of the Florida Journal of International Law, Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and a summer law clerk for the Department of Defense at the Pentagon. While in college, Ms. Hormozdi was a White House Intern for President Bill Clinton and a Legislative Intern for House Member and former-CIA Director Porter Goss.
Before opening her law firm, Shireen was a prosecutor in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit where she was assigned to their Special Victims Unit, focusing on crimes against women and children. She also clerked for a federal judge in the Northern District of Georgia. Ms. Hormozdi is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New York and North Carolina. Shireen is the managing attorney of the Hormozdi Law Firm, LLC located in Norcross, Georgia and focuses her Georgia practice on personal injury matters.
Long Nguyen, Board Member
Long Nguyen graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology, and is currently pursuing an coacunting degree from University of Maryland University College. He also works at AC Hotel in National Harbor, running meetings and events. Long has been a multi-term Advisor for the Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations (MAUVSA). He previously served as MAUVSA Treasurer, MAUVSA President, and MAUVSA Historian, as well as Treasurer for the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA). He has also been involved with Ket Doan Association, the Vietnamese American Youth Leadership Conference (VAYLC), AALEAD, and the community Tet Trung Thu festival.
Dr. Trong Pham, Board Member
Dr. Trong Phan was a fifteen year old student when the Vietnam War ended. Dr. Phan attempted to escape from Communist Vietnam’s repressive nature in 1976. For the next three years, he tried to flee the country 12 times. On the fortunate thirteenth attempt, Dr. Phan joined 172 other escapees on a small fishing boat. The boat engine died 350 miles off the shores of Vietnam and drifted in the South China Sea for nearly a week before they were rescued by the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Phan eventually set foot on land of the free in early 1980.
Dr. Phan went back to school after many years of interruptions and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas five years after his arrival in the US. He later earned four Masters and a PhD in Management and Decision Science in 1997.
Dr. Phan worked for the United States government since 1986. He served as an engineer for several AF fighter jet ATS program. Dr. Phan has been an engineering team leader, chairman of engineering council, and recently chief engineer at Randolph AFB. He received numerous Performance Awards during his career and Air Force Materiel Command Engineering and Technical Management Career Achievement Award from the Department of Defense in 1998. He attended Squadron’s Officer School, graduated from AF Command and Staff College in 2003 and Air War College in 2002. He recently received the AF Civilian Achievement Medal for his 30 years of service.
Dr. Phan was the president of Vietnamese American community in San Antonio, TX for more than 10 years. He has volunteered his time and worked with Vietnam Children’s Fund, United Nations Children’s Fund, Catholic Youth Ministry, American Red Cross, and Vice President of Vietnamese American Community in the U.S. Dr. Phan is married to Ms. Loan Nguyen and they have three young children – Vincent, Therese, and Christopher.
An Nguyen, Board Member
Mr. Nguyen founded NCS Technologies in 1996 and has been leading and managing it since. With its root in PC manufacturing, Mr. Nguyen has transformed NCS into a force of innovation and grown the company into a thriving enterprise. Under his leadership, NCS designs, builds, and sells a wide variety of custom computers for a multitude of applications. Mr. Nguyen led the further expansion of NCS’ R&D capabilities to develop a family of zero client devices for secure virtual desktop computing to help organization better safeguard their information and protect themselves from external threats. While strategic product development is an area of his wide ranging interest, Mr. Nguyen is also actively engaged in the management of all other business aspects of NCS. He oversees a workforce of over 150 employees located in the U.S. and overseas. Together they serve NCS customers in many different market sectors including the government, military, intelligence, law enforcement, healthcare, and finance.
Mr. Nguyen was born and raised in a military family in South Vietnam during the war. Fleeing Communist persecution after the conflict ended, he arrived as a young man in California with his sister. He resumed his education at University of California at Berkeley and graduated with a degree in Computer Science. He was also admitted to the prestigious academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa in his last year at Berkeley. He then continued his education at University of Santa Clara. Today Mr. Nguyen resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his family.