Our Staff

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Executive Director
Vietnamese American Initiative of Development
617-822-3717 ext. 13

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Aspasia Xypolia
Director of Real Estate Development
617-822-3717 ext. 12

Aspasia is VietAID’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 VietAID 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 VietAID’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.

evelyn2Evelyn Darling
Director of Community Development
617-822-3717 ext. 26

Evelyn Darling has been a dedicated advocate for Fields Corner as the 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.

Mỵ Nương (SarahEmily Lekberg)
Director of Development and ESOL Program Coordinator
617-822-3717 ext. 27

SarahEmily has served as the (VACA) ESOL program director while also teaching a beginning level course, and is assuming this new position to advance VietAID’s resource development. SarahEmily holds a BM in Vocal Performance from Millikin University and an MM in Ethnomusicology from Northern Illinois University.
A passionate advocate for our clients, she is also a talented opera singer in her spare time while also pursuing her interests of Vietnamese music and culture.

Hoa Mai Nguyen
Director of Family Programs
617-822-3717 ext. 22

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.

Nam Phuong Nguyen
Accountant/Housing Counseling Manager
617-822-3717 ext. 14

Phuong Nguyen is the Accountant and also the manager of the Housing Counseling program at VietAID. As the accountant, Phuong is responsible for reporting grants to funders, managing the Account Receivable/Payable, reconcile bank accounts at VietAID 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 VietAID, 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.

Karen Moynihan
Au Co Preschool, Director
617-822-3717 ext. 30

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.

Trang Nguyen
FCC Manager
617-822-3717 ext. 16

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.

Monica Nguyen
617-822-3717 ext. 30

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.

Phu Ton
617-822-3717 ext. 30

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.

Tuyen Tran
617-822-3717 ext. 30

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.