Nam Pham possesses comprehensive experience in non-profit, government, and banking sectors in both domestic and international environments. Since December 2010, Nam has been the CEO of Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID), the first Vietnamese American community development corporation in the US founded by Vietnamese refugees and immigrants in 1994.
Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and credit for premier community banks and large commercial banks. He was New England chief lending officer then chief credit officer for United Commercial Bank. Prior to that he was Vice President for Regional Lending for Citizens Bank, and Community Development Director for Asian Communities for Bank of Boston. In 2010, Nam coauthored Lending Tool Kits for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.
From 1994 to 2000 Nam served as Commissioner of Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, where he established micro-enterprises programs for immigrants. He has been a key note speaker and consultant on Asian American cultural and political issues, and a Visiting Lecturer at Tufts University.
Nam has been a community leader for the past 30 years, serving on numerous boards, including United Way’s Community Investment Committee and Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital’s Community Benefit Committee in the past. Currently, he is an Advisory Board member of University of Massachusetts-Boston’s Institute for Asian American Studies, and President of Vietnamese American Volunteers Association. He became a member of Boston Election Commission in March 2011.
Nam earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and MPA in Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Director of Real Estate Development
Tel: 617.822.3717x 12
Aspasia is Viet-AID’s Director of Real Estate Development, responsible for creating the organization’s development pipeline, securing public and private finance for the development of affordable housing and mixed-use projects, and managing project teams from design through construction. Prior to this position she worked for an international urban design and landscape architecture firm. During that time she was involved with the urban design, visioning, development, and community engagement process in many, predominately lower income, communities. With over five years of experience, her portfolio includes projects in Mobile, Alabama; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; New Orleans, Louisiana; Millville, New Jersey; and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Her work at Viet-AID responds to the needs of the area’s diverse community and builds upon the many neighborhood existing assets and resources. With each project, she combines her previous training in the design profession with community development and affordable housing finance expertise to contribute to a holistic view in Viet-AID’s urban development activities.
A native of Greece, Aspasia holds a bachelor of science from the Agricultural University of Athens, a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Community & Real Estate Development Officer
Tel: 617-822-3717 x26
Evelyn Darling has been a dedicated advocate for Fields Corner as the Executive Director of Fields Corner Former Executive Director of Fields Corner Main Street for the past 8 years.
Evelyn has a Master of Arts in Radio/Television/Film from Northwestern University, Illinois and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University, Massachusetts.
Michelle Hu, MSW, LCSW
Tel: 617.822.3717x 15
Hoa Mai Nguyen is the Director of Family Programs at Viet- AID. In this position, she works closely with the families, providing education and support to help parents. She also provides guidance, supervision and discipline strategy for their children and to organize parents and youth to advocate for better resources for their schools and community. She has worked as the principal on Viet-AID’s two occupational health projects – The Healthy Hardwood Floor Finishers and the Safe Nail Salon Projects. She took responsibilities in program design, coordinating with project partners, supporting coalition building, liaising with immigrant’s workers & suppliers, city and state officials as well as program evaluation.
Hoa Mai Nguyen received her Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics / Teaching English as a Second Language and her Master’s degree in American Studies from UMASS Boston. She earned her Bachelor Degree in Teaching English from Teacher Training College – Vietnamese National University.
She previously held positions at Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAP) for Health. Outside of Viet-AID, she is an adjunct faculty member at the Bunker Hill Community College.
Phuong Nguyen is the Accountant and also the manager of the Housing Counseling program at Viet-AID. As the accountant, Phuong is responsible for reporting grants to funders, managing the Account Receivable/Payable, reconcile bank accounts at Viet-AID and all other entities. Phuong works with Finance Director to prepare financial reports. She collaborates with external auditors and accountants for annual audits and annual tax returns. As the key Human Resource staff, Phuong manages payroll, medical, dental and all other benefit for all employees, and also assists ED and CFO develop personnel policies, employee benefits and professional trainings. In the role of a certified foreclosure counselor, Phuong evaluates and provides eligible home owners assistances to negotiate with banks, creditors regarding their foreclosure’s situations. In this capacity, Phuong has helped many home owners saved their homes since she was on board at Viet-AID.
Prior to joining Viet-AID, Phuong had many internship experiences in the Finance field. Phuong held a Banking Data Analyst position at CitiBank in Vietnam from July 2008-August 2008, a Financial Data Analyst for Asia Commercial Bank in Vietnam from January 2008 to February 2008, a Fundraising Financial Project Leader for Science, the Society, and Humanity University in Vietnam from September 2003-December 2003.
Phuong graduated with a bachelor degree in Finance from the College of Management in University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2009.
Housing Counselor / Small Business Assistant
Tel: 617.822.3717 x27
Minh Cao is the Housing Counselor and also serves as a Small Business Assistant at Viet-Aid. As a Certified Housing Counselor, Minh consults with homeowners and lenders on a daily basis to ensure he evaluates and provides eligible home owners assistances to negotiate with banks and creditors regarding their housing situations. Some of the responsibilities as a housing counselor includes evaluated clients financial situation, developed budget and explored possible solutions, provided budget counseling and credit counseling.
As a Small Business Assistant, Minh’s role to help entrepreneurs start up, grow, and innovate their businesses. He does this by providing technical assistance to small businesses in the community to ensure every store owner is educated on all the resource that are out there to help their business in every way possible.
Minh now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts with his family but was born and raised in Dorchester, Massachusetts so commuting to work at Viet-Aid in Dorchester where he was born seem to be just the right fit. Prior to Viet-Aid, Minh had many experiences in Finance / Customer Service sector. While in College he was the Treasurer for Asian American Association for 4 years and received a Certificate of Distinction. He held a banking position At Dedham Savings from 2003-2006, Managing Director position for an event planning company from 2006- 2010, Supervisor Position for the U.S census from 2010-2011 and was also a part-time sales manager at a competitive apparel printing company from 2004-2011.
Minh Cao graduated with a bachelor degree in Finance with a minor in Marketing at the Sawyer Business School from Suffolk University in 2008.
Youth Program Coordinator
Tel: 617.822.3717 x21
After a year of service volunteering with Viet-AID as the Middle School Coordinator through AmeriCorps VISTA, Marisa Imôn has transitioned into the Youth Program Coordinator for the summer and after school programs for youth at Viet-AID. Last year was her second year with AmeriCorps having served through another program as a Community Liaison for a teen center in Fields Corner. As an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire, she interned at the Dover Teen Center as part of the curriculum for her B.S. in Community and Environmental Planning where she focused her studies on the social aspect of community development–specifically around issues dealing with youth and on how to use civic engagement to increase social capital and create a sense of community. After spending two years working with youth in teen centers and five years as a substitute teacher for school-aged children, Marisa is happy to be moving on to her second year with Viet-AID where she can use all of her experiences and interests to continue her work with youth in the Fields Corner community.
Associate Youth Program Coordinator
Tel: 617.822.3717 x21
Emily is the Associate Youth Program Coordinator at Viet-AID. After completing her year of service as the AmeriCorps VISTA Middle School Program coordinator at Viet-Aid she has decided to stay on full time and continue her work with the youth program. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education and History from Villanova University in 2012. At Villanova, majoring in Education allowed her to spend time in a variety of schools in the Philadelphia area. She also spent two summers working with immigrant youth in the Boston area through the Phillips Brooks House Association’s Summer Urban Programs. Emily looks forward to using her teaching and youth work experiences while further developing the after school program at Viet-AID.
Karen is the lead preschool teacher Viet-AID. She received her Associate degree at Bunker Hill community college. She loves to be a preschool teacher. She also took a lot of training on early childhood development and had extensive work experience in special needs children. She has over 30 years experience working with children. Her hobbies are arts and cooking.
Trang Nguyen is the Assistant Director of Early Education and Care Program.
She was a secondary teacher after graduated from Dalat University 1984 in Vietnam. Trang joined Viet-AID since 1997 as a VISTA volunteer. Currently, Trang oversee daily operation of Early Education and Care Program. She serve as a link to strengthen the relationship between the Viet-AID early childhood eductors, parents, and the community.
Trang holds Department of Early Education and Care – Preschool Lead Teacher Certificate in 2006 and Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher Certificate in 2001.
Monica is a preschool teacher at Viet-AID. She received her Associate degree in Word Processing at Bunker Hill Community College. She got her permit child care at Quincy College. She is a member of the Vietnamese American Woman’s league in Boston. She took a lot of training in special needs childcare. She has been working at Viet-AID for 6 years. Her hobbies are cooking and gardening.
Phu is a preschool teacher at Viet-AID. She was born and raised in Vietnam. She came to the U.S. in 1993. She received a B.S in Education at Pedagogical University, Dalat, Vietnam in 1976. She took Communications Coursework at Bunker Hill Community College from 1992-1994. She also took Computer Literacy at Jewish Vocational Service from 1994-1995. Currently, she is also an Assistant Chairman of Vietnamese American Woman’s League in Boston. She took a lot of training and has a lot of work experience in special needs children, observation, and curriculum development. Her hobbies are reading books, movies, and arts.
Tuyen is a preschool teacher at Viet-AID. She had a lot of training and experience in special need childcare. She received her childcare training in Quincy College in special needs children, curriculum development program, introduction to childcare and observation. Her hobbies are singing and dancing children.