Interim Executive Director
Vietnamese American Initiative for Development
617-822-3717 ext. 13
Jeff Katz is serving as Interim Executive Director.
A senior non-profit consultant, Jeff specializes in organizational development, fundraising, and management. He was Executive Director of two organizations, including Adoption Rhode Island, for 14 years. He has served as an Interim Executive Director for 8 organizations, each time resulting in a turnaround.
In addition to his work as a non-profit consultant, Jeff is a nationally recognized child welfare expert.
He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University.
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Director of Real Estate
617-822-3717 ext. 12
Eric Fellinger has joined the team as the Director of Real Estate.
Eric brings experience from a diversity of perspectives to this position. As a professional planner, he has worked for agencies at the state, regional, and local levels, and has sat on a number of development and design review boards. Eric has also worked as a private consultant in permitting for real estate and transportation.
For several years, Eric has been primarily focused on raising his three children who are now 6, 8, and 10 years old, and has re-entered the full-time workforce in order to join VietAID.
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Hoa Mai Nguyen is the Director of Family Programs at VietAID. 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 VietAID’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 VietAID, she is an adjunct faculty member at the Bunker Hill Community College.
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Youth Programs Director
617-822-3717 ext. 21
Thanh joined VietAID in January 2015 as the Youth Program Director of its after school and summer program. He earned his BA in English from University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining VietAID, he worked as an advisor at The Steppingstone Foundation supporting middle and high school students with college access.
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Carro Hứa coordinates high school programming which includes social justice education, youth leadership development, college readiness/awareness, summer youth employment, volunteering opportunities, etc. She has been with VietAID Youth Program since 2013 initially as a Massachusetts Promise Fellow. Born and raised in Boston/Dorchester, she attended Boston Public Schools and graduated from Smith College. She has worked with MassVOTE, Steppingstone, Breakthrough Collaborative, and was an active student leader with the Bridge Pre-orientation Program and Weaving Voices at Smith. Her journey to youth and community work was inspired by her adult mentors and engagement through AsianCDC youth program called Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment (AVOYCE).
Director of Community Organizing
617-822-3717 ext. 26
Hương is from Los Angeles, California and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California. She has experience with community advocacy/outreach and has worked to promote social justice with various organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Bay Area Legal Aid.
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Nam Phuong Nguyen is the Accountant and also the manager of the Housing Counseling program at VietAID. As the accountant, Nam Phuong is responsible for reporting grants to funders, managing the Account Receivable/Payable, reconcile bank accounts at VietAID and all other entities. Nam 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, Nam 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, Nam Phuong evaluates and provides eligible home owners assistances to negotiate with banks, creditors regarding their foreclosure’s situations. In this capacity, Nam Phuong has helped many home owners saved their homes since she was on board at VietAID.
Prior to joining VietAID, Phuong had many internship experiences in the Finance field. Nam 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.
Nam Phuong graduated with a bachelor degree in Finance from the College of Management in University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2009.
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Karen is the lead preschool teacher VietAID. 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.
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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 VietAID 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 VietAID 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.
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Monica is a preschool teacher at VietAID. 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 VietAID for 6 years. Her hobbies are cooking and gardening.
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Phu is a preschool teacher at VietAID. 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.
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Tuyen is a preschool teacher at VietAID. 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.