Alumni Profiles

CHUI-SAN TERESA CHUNG
Since her university days at UCLA, Teresa has been very active as a community volunteer and leader. She has served as President of the Thai Association of Southern California, President of the Rotary Club of Thai Town, Treasurer and Board of Directors member of the Thai American Chamber of Commerce of California, Administrator of the Thai Community Arts and Cultural Center, and Vice President for Pacific Asia Museum’s Thai Arts Council. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Business Economics with a Computing Specialization from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1995 and her Masters of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis on Management Information Systems, from Loyola Marymount University in 1997. Teresa is also a veteran database administrator and software developer at TPx Communications, one of the largest telecommunication companies in California.

 

LEANA TAING
UC Berkeley (2010), political science with minor in Asian American studies. UCLA School of Law (2014) with specializations in Critical Race Studies and the Public Interest Law Program. I worked for the United Nations in Cambodia prosecuting crimes against humanity and genocide in 2011. I am a trial attorney at Children’s Court where I am court appointed to represent parents facing allegations of child abuse and neglect. I enjoy traveling and just got back from a two week trip to India and Nepal.

 

BRENDA YANG
Brenda Yang graduated from UCLA in the spring of 2015 with a major in Psychobiology and a minor in Evolutionary Medicine. During her time at UCLA, Brenda was President of the Association of Hmong Students, a SEA Admit Co-Chair, and a laboratory assistant in the Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Zebrafish lab. After UCLA, Brenda interned with the Department of Strategic Initiatives at the Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center through the Health Career Connections internship program. Brenda was hired on in the department and currently works as a Quality Specialist managing projects and developing programs. Brenda is a firm believer in challenging systems to meet the needs of the people it serves, which is why she joined Hmong Innovating Politics, a California-based non-profit committed to bringing Hmong and other disenfranchised communities to the decision-making table. When she is not working, disrupting systems of oppression, or spending time with her loved ones, you may find Brenda at the local gym on her journey to becoming a Pokémon master.

 


LAUREN NGUYEN

I’m originally from Chicago, IL and attended SEA Admit in 2011 as a senior. This was pivotal in my decision to attend UCLA. During my time at UCLA, I was a part of the Vietnamese Student Union and served as the Education Coordinator my last year in college, eventually chairing SEA Admit in 2015. I graduated Class of 2015 with a Human Biology and Society major and an Anthropology minor. Now, I am a [Digital] Marketing Manager at Slickdeals, the largest deal site on the internet. Outside of work, I like to travel, find new places to eat, take my dog everywhere, Reddit, and binge watch TV shows.

 

 

JUSTIN TRAN
Graduated 2013. Major: Political Science. Occupation: Drug Development/R&D, Small Business/Entrpeneurship. VSU Board as Public Relations 2009, Intern: 2008; VCN 2009-2013, PR Coordinator, Traditional Dance Coordinator; SEA Admit Weekend Outreach/Registration Coordinator 2010; Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity 2010-2013

 

MARCUS CHANG
I graduated in 2004 with a major in Psychology. I am currently an attorney.

 

CHAU LE
30 years later, I never forget the world-class education I received at UCLA, the launching pad for my life today personally, professionally and philanthropically. As a Vietnamese immigrant, I understood why we came to the US. It was for this… Former Officer of VSA-UCLA; member of VRAC. UCLA Class of ’88 in Economics, Pepperdine MBA ’91. Back then, I had a vision to lead a large organization some day. Today, COO of Northwestern Mutual, Los Angeles. Vice Chair, UCLA Chancellor’s Cabinet and have had positions on several boards of organizations. Philanthropist in pediatric cancer nationally, and currently in a pioneering program – UCLA Autism in College to Career Transition. My life partner and soulmate, John Klemm, also went to UCLA. Today, both of us are deeply involved in UCLA philanthropy and mentorship to give back and make an impact.

 

JOHN M. KLEMM
Everyone has a story, some straight and true, and others like myself have divergent paths. Entering UCLA in 1985 and graduating three decades later as the class of 2015, I am the face of adversity, perseverance, and triumph. As an Asian American immigrant and alum of UCLA, first and foremost, I bring life’s experience in full circle back to the UCLA community. Serial entrepreneur, veteran, and philanthropist, I am deeply involved alongside my soulmate and life partner, Chau Le, in paying forward with support for pediatric cancer, UCLA Chancellor’s Society, and our personal campus program in support for autism within higher education and employment. Our missions statement is the cross section of family, Asian heritage, community, and the UCLA community. Class 2015 – Psychology – Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist – Life’s Journeyman

 

KEVIN FELIX CHAN
Kevin Felix Chan is an entrepreneur, educator, and co-founder of Best Delegate, an education company that runs Model United Nations training programs worldwide to prepare thousands of students for global leadership. He has taught in over twenty countries including Singapore and Indonesia, and he has traveled to eight countries in Southeast Asia. Prior to starting Best Delegate, Kevin held management roles in marketing, sales, and operations at AT&T in San Francisco and Atlanta. Kevin graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was involved with SEA CLEAR, VSU, and other cultural organizations on campus.

 

CALIMAY PHAM
I am a double Bruin! I graduated with a BA in 2010, summa cum laude with a double major in History and Study of Religion. I also graduated from UCLA School of Law in 2014. I am currently a family law attorney working for Los Angeles County Child Support Services. In my free time, I do improv comedy.

 


CHRISTINA LAY
I graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a BA in Political Science and from USC in 2017 with a Master of Social Work. I currently work as a Mental Health Therapist at a behavioral health non-profit providing individual and group psychotherapy to adults with severe mental illness. While at UCLA, I was actively involved with student groups such as the Daily Bruin (photography), Bruin Belles Service Association, and Students for Community Outreach, Promotion, and Education.

 

 

 

 

SOUANIA MOUA
Souania Moua graduated from UCLA in 2012 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Asian American Studies. Souania was involved in the first SEA Admit weekend ever as the Workshop Coordinator in 2009. While at UCLA, she was involved with the Asian American Studies Center, SEA CLEAR, VSU, and the Community Programs Office. In addition, Souania served as president of the Association of Hmong Students from 2009-2011 and Retention Coordinator for the Vietnamese Student Union from 2011-2012. Souania ended her senior year as the chosen keynote speaker at the 2012 Asian Pacific Islander Graduation. She currently works at Loyola Law School in downtown Los Angeles, as a Faculty Legal Assistant.

 

YIN HOU
My name is Yin Hou. I’m a 4th year pharmacy student from West Coast University. I graduated from UCLA in 2012 with chemistry major. Currently, I’m working at CVS as a pharmacist intern.

 

RON LEE
I’m Ron Lee. I graduated 2014 and majoring electrical engineering, signal processing and communication. I currently work in Northrop Grumman as comm systems engineer.

 

 

J.R. SUNGVORNYOTHIN
I graduated in 2016 with a degree in Psychology. I was involved with many clubs, and their respective Culture Nights, such as Thai Smakom, ACA, VSU, and NSU. I also use to dance as part of VSU Modern and Foundations. I currently work as an actor and am starting a YouTube channel with other recent alumni. I also DJ at a club in Korea-town called Arena Nightclub.

 

 

 

 

VANDA ASAPAHU
Vanda Asapahu is the founder and owner of Ayara Thai Sauces, and chef and co-owner of her family’s restaurant Ayara Thai. She was born in Thailand to food loving self-taught chefs/entrepreneurs and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was 5-years old. She learned how to cook by helping her parents after-school with their catering business. Vanda received her bachelor degree in International Development Studies from UCLA in 2004. She received her master degree in Public Health from Yale University in 2006. She worked on humanitarian aid and reproductive health/rights with nonprofits and the United Nations in Thailand. Living in Thailand allowed Vanda to revive old family recipes, and travel through Southeast Asia to discover new tastes and inspirations.

 

RYKY TRAN
Graduated from UCLA in 2013 in Anthropology. Started to startups while attending UCLA, and currently, run a YouTube channel called Burrfection. For 10 years, worked as a media and product specialist for Audi, VW, and Subaru. When not working, enjoys being at home with 3 children and wife.