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Thu-Thuy Truong has been with VNHELP for over ten years. Currently the board of director’s chairperson, Ms. Truong served as the special events chair from 2001 to 2003 and chairperson of the board from 2006 – 2011. In her various roles at VNHELP, Ms. Truong has helped VNHELP define its mission and objectives, developed new programs, design project evaluation, form partnerships with other nonprofit groups, and promote VNHELP’s financial health through building relationships with corporations, financial institutions, businesses, and individual donors. Aside from VNHELP, Ms. Truong is also a board member of the American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter and a founding board member of Vietnamese American Professional Women of Silicon Valley, an organization dedicated to the professional and personal growth of Vietnamese American women. She is also co-founder of TTi, Inc, a test equipment manufacturing company specializing in PC Disk Drive media glide and Magnetic Certification Testing. Ms. Truong currently heads the company’s marketing division. Before TTi, she was an engineer and marketing specialist for IBM. Ms. Truong earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley.

Thu Do is the President and Executive Director of VNHELP and has been part of the organization since its inception.  In VNHELP’s first 14 years, Ms. Do played core leadership roles for the organization in various capacities. Then, in 2006, she left her 22-year engineering career in Silicon Valley’s tech industry to become a fulltime volunteer director for VNHELP, later becoming the organization’s first full-time staff member in 2010.

Ms. Do’s technical skills followed her into the nonprofit sector: she’s helped create and automate many processes and tools to improve the organization’s structure, transparency, cost-efficiency and public image. Under her leadership, VNHELP evolved from a charity organization with a $5000 budget to a sustainably-focused international development agency with more than one million dollars in annual receipts. When not busying herself with VNHELP-related projects, Ms. Do enjoys playing the piano and ballroom dancing. She is passionate about volunteerism and community engagement. She was a co-director and anchorwoman for Vietnam Liberty Television between 1984 and 1987 and served as president of both the UC Berkeley and Contra Costa College Vietnamese Student Association during her university days. Ms. Do was featured on ABC 7 Television’s Profiles of Excellence in 2003. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Computer Science in 1984.

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Thinh Tran has been a board member of VNHELP since 2010. He is president and chief executive officer of Sigma Designs, a semiconductor firm he co-founded in 1982. Under Mr. Tran’s leadership, the company has grown from a small start-up to a multimillion-dollar public company, weathering the many ups and downs of the industry, economy, and rapid changes in technology. Prior to founding Sigma Designs, Mr. Tran was employed by Amdahl Corporation and Trilogy Systems Corporation, both of which were involved in the IBM-compatible mainframe computer market. Mr. Tran received a B.S.E.E. from the University of Wisconsin in 1974 and his M.S.E.E. from Stanford University in 1975.

yt2Yen-Thao Huu Nguyen is a Controller for the Corporate Controller’s Group at Cisco Systems, Inc. since 2007.  She has been in the accounting industry for 20 years and has gained a vast amount of experience working at companies such as City of San Jose, Fujitsu Computer Systems, and Harmonic Inc.  Yen-Thao joined VNHelp in 1999 and has served as Treasurer of the Board since 2003.  Beside serving on the VNHelp Board, Yen-Thao is an active volunteer in various organizations. She served as a board member and Treasurer of the Gunn High School Choir Boosters. She also served in the IRS VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program for many years and the Page Mill YMCA Annual Campaign from 2012 to 2013. She was the Advisor for the Miss VietNam Global in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Yen-Thao holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Management Information Systems from San Jose State University.  She balances her busy schedule with biking, yoga, hiking, and skiing.

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Jill Nguyen joined the VNHELP Board of Directors in 2014. Ms. Nguyen has been an independent investor for over 10 years. Prior to her investment career, she was the Managing Director of BP Marine, a global business that marketed marine lubricants and fuels to international shipping companies. She has 18 years of international experience in the petroleum industry, having lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the Americas. She has extensive work experience in Vietnam, where she helped BP to establish a lubricant manufacturing joint venture and negotiate a natural gas development project. Ms. Nguyen holds a B.S. in Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University. She currently lives with her family in San Francisco.

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Thang Tran joined the VNHELP Board of Directors in 2014. Mr. Tran is the founder and director of the Hope for Viet Orphans non-profit group (H4VO). H4VO became an affiliate of VNHELP and continued to focus on programs helping Vietnamese orphans. Mr. Tran is a member of technical staff at Synosys Incorporate. He enjoys technical challenges and has designed many microprocessors for various companies, notably is the AMD Athlon microprocessor and ARM Cortex-A8 which has been used in millions PCs, laptops, smart phones, and tablets. He teaches Microprocessor Design course at Vietnam National University, which successfully taped-out the first-ever 32-bit microprocessor in 2010 and superscalar microprocessor in 2014. He has 135+ patents with many pending patent applications. Together with Lien Tran, they formed Hope for Viet Orphans in 2009 to sponsor over 130+ orphans. Mr. Tran received a B.S.E.E. in 1980, M.S.E.E. in 1984 and Ph.D.C.E.E in 1992 from the University of Texas at Austin, and MBA from Saint Edwards University in 1985.