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BOARD MEMBER BIO


Diane M. Le, President


Diane is a professional manager with extensive background in high-tech, real estate and limited liability partnerships. She is currently a functional manager at HP Incorporated. Diane is also the managing partner for several limited liability partnerships where she has fiscal responsibilities. She was the co-founder of the Nguyen Foundation, a non-profit organization, addressing women’s cancer issues. She is also a member of the Professional Business Women of California and the Asian Business League. Diane holds a B.S. in Information Systems and MBA from Santa Clara University.

Cindy Vu, Vice President


A long time Bay Area resident with deep roots in the Vietnamese-American community, and a graduate of Santa Clara University. Cindy is now an entrepreneur and philanthropist, dedicated to promoting charitable and social programs, and works to expand business opportunities for Bay Area entrepreneurs and investors.  With a background in engineering, business, and real estate development, her professional experience has earned her leadership roles in several real estate investment groups in charge of multi-million dollar projects.  To give back to the community that has given her so many opportunities, Cindy mentors and supports organizations like VAPW, helping to promote young Vietnamese-American female professionals.  Her philanthropic activities include working with San Jose Friends of Mai Tam to support Mai Tam House of Hope in Vietnam to house, educate and care for orphans infected with HIV/AIDS.


Laura Phan, Secretary


Laura Phan is the Assistant Superintendent, Business Services Division of Oak Grove School District.  Prior to the current position, she served in the same capacity at San Mateo-Foster City School District, Alum Rock Union School District, and Mount Pleasant School District.  She has more than 15 years of experience in school business management. Laura is a California Certified Public Accountant with diverse experience in auditing and consulting, and a former owner/operator of two different businesses.
Laura has a special interest in supporting the advancement of disadvantaged women and children. Laura is a founding member of the Vietnamese American Professional Women Association. As a founding member of San Jose Friends of Mai Tam, Laura is one of the team leaders in the annual fundraisers providing support to Mai Tam House of Hope to house, educate, and care for orphaned and abandoned children infected with HIV/AIDS in Vietnam. Locally, Laura holds leadership positions with the San Jose East-Evergreen Rotary, the Northern California School Business Executives, and St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.



Thao Nguyen, Treasurer


Thao Nguyen is a Senior Vice President and Group Manager at Comerica Bank, where she leads the Middle Market Commercial Banking group in the South Bay. Thao is responsible for managing and expanding the Middle Market portfolio serving privately owned businesses in diverse industries including but not limited to food & beverage, contract manufacturing, building materials and value-added services with revenues ranging from $20 million to $500 million.


Ann A.P. Nguyen, Mentoring Chair


Ann Nguyen is an attorney and partner at the full service law firm of Messner Reeves LLP. She has extensive experience representing individuals, businesses, and national and international corporations in transaction as well as litigation matters, with a special focus in the areas of business, employment, trust and estate. Ann earned her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, and her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
During her junior year at UC Davis, Ann studied abroad at the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Always passionate about giving back to the community, Ann has volunteered countless hours and served on various professional and non-profit boards, including her current service on the Boards of Directors for the Asian Law Alliance and the Vietnamese American Professional Women Association.


Thu-Thuy Truong, Board Member


Thu-Thuy Truong is one of the founding board members of VAPW since its inception in Dec 2006. Thu-Thuy is also a board member of the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter, and Chairperson of VNHELP, an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of Vietnam’s poor.  She is the Vice President of Marketing and co-founder of TTi, a test equipment company specializing in semiconductor System Level Test Systems, and data storage Media Glide and Magnetic Certification Testers. Before TTi, she was an engineer and marketing specialist for IBM. Thu-Thuy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.


Teresa Thu-Huong Hung, Board Member


Teresa Thu-Huong Nguyen Hung is a private practice attorney, with a firm of five attorneys with offices in Little Saigon, San Jose, California.  She currently is a board member of many organizations including San Jose Lincoln Law School and Vietnamese American Professional Women Association.  Teresa was a member of the founding organizing committee of NCVAA in the year 2006 and of the VAPW in the year 2008.
  Teresa has now been in private law practice for more than ten years working mostly in the practice areas of Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, and Family Law.  

Thao Pham, Board Member

Thao Pham is a Physical Education teacher at Willow Glen High School in San Jose. Thao’s other roles at Willow Glen include Activities Director, Leadership teacher, Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach, and Global Glimpse Coordinator (leadership trip for incoming seniors to immerse in a  third world country). Thao is a graduate from San Jose State University with a Bachelor Degree in Kinesiology and a Master's Degree in Sports Management. As a newly elected Board Member of VAPW, Thao is dedicated to the goals and vision of the association.


Samantha Huynh, Board Member

Samantha Huynh is a Detective Sergeant with the San Jose Police Department, and has been serving the City of San Jose since January 2003. She is currently assigned to the Bureau of Investigations. In addition to supervising investigations, Samantha has been selected to serve as the Asian Liaison Officer, a Satellite Recruiter, and Tactical Negotiator. Samantha grew up in San Jose and graduated from W.C. Overfelt High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Science at UC Davis.

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