Advisory Committee

The leadership and strategic direction for Project HMONG, will consist of an Executive Advisory Council, Ambassadors Council, and Scholars Council.


Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, Associate Vice President Student Retention and Academic Success
Dr. Chao Vang, Student Academic Success and Educational Equity Programs

Executive Advisory Council

Name Title Department
Ann Veu K-8 Principal Natomas Unified School District
Mary Vang Economic Development Coordinator Mutual Assistance Network
Koua Franz Director, Office of the President Stuart Foundation
Kou Vang Educator/ Curriculum Specialist Sacramento County Office of Education
Joil Xiong Chief Operating Officer Sacramento Covered
Kaying Hang Vice President of Programs Sierra Health Foundation
James Sobredo Chair, Ethnic Studies & Professor Sacramento State
Pachida Lo Psychiatrist The Permanente Medical Group
Mai Xi Lee Director, Social Emotional Learning Sacramento City Unified School District
Malee Xiong Director Sacramento State
Karina Figueroa-Ramirez Educational Equity Coordinator College of Education
Timothy Fong Professor Sacramento State
Dr. Sa Vang Physician Kaiser Permanente
Tu Moua-Carroz Instructional Assistant Superintendent Sacramento City Unified School District
Dr. Serge Lee Professor, Division of Social Work Sacramento State
Dr. Mary McCarthy Professor, Department of Chemistry Sacramento State
Dr. Bao Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies Sacramento State
Pang Xiong-Moua Accountant Sacramento State

Executive Advisory Council provide the leadership and strategic direction for Project HMONG and is composed of 15-20 members.  

Ambassadors Council

Name Title Department
Eva Lee Senior Career Advisor UC Davis
Pa Dipad School Psychologist San Juan Unified School District
Leesai Yang Director EBAYC
Chou Vue High School Science Teacher Sacramento City Unified School District
Kong Vang School Psychologist Elk Grove Unified School District
May keu Nhiayi    
Zang Her Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor State of California - Dept. of Rehabilitation
Johnny Deputy Sheriff Sacramento County Sheriff's Dept.
Pao Khang Motor Vehicle Assistant Dept. of Motor Vehicle
Julie Lynhiavue Sales and Marketing Manager TK Classics

Ambassador Council participate and advance to the mission of Project HMONG and is composed of 8-10 members.

Scholars Council

Name Department
Derek Lee MBA
Robert Yang Undeclared
Davis Lo Social Work
Lou Cha Counseling
Chong Moua Film
Muamong Vue Sociology
Kao Ye Thao Executive Fellow

If you are interested in assisting with Project HMONG and for more information, please contact Dr. Chao Vang at or (916) 278-5877.