Our People

Board of Directors

Hoai Ta

Hoai currently serves as Interim Chair of International Children Assistance Network (ICAN). He is instrumental in setting up ICAN’s technology infrastructure and has been keen on applying business management practices to ensure operational efficiency in the non-profit setting. Hoai has 15 years of broad-based experience in technology planning, management, systems development, global operations and support organizations. He has been working as Director of Operations for CCIntegration in Fremont, and was Senior Director of Information Technology for Broadvision in Redwood City. Hoai received his Bachelor of Science in Finance, Economics and Banking from San Jose State University. 

Ivy Nga Vuong
Vice Chair

Ivy is a co-founder of ICAN and currently serves as its Vice Chair. She is the Executive Producer of ICAN’s popular fundraising concerts and has been active building relationships with other organizations in the community.  Ivy also travels to Vietnam to meet with children and families to understand their needs first-hand. She loves art, poetry, and philanthropy. Prior to co-founding ICAN, she co-founded Microstar Engineering Design firm. She received training from Chapman University and currently lives in San Jose, California.

Tuan H. Nguyen, D.D.S
Vice Chair - Public Relations

Dr. Tuan received his BS in Bio-Chemistry from UC Davis and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from UCLA. He is also a former student of Saigon Medical University. Dr. Tuan runs his own practice (TM North Valley Dental Care) with over 13 years of experience in the field of dentistry, including family, aesthetic and implant dentistry. He is a member of California Dental Association (CDA) and American Dental Association (ADA). He is also a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and a Diplomat of American Dental Implant Association. Dr. Tuan writes about dentistry on Song Manh Magazine and Viet Tribune Weekly Newspaper. He is also well known in the Vietnamese-American community for his generosity, both with his time and financial contribution to help nonprofit organizations in the Bay area. His dedication and love for his high school sweetheart of 35 years who lost her vision shortly after they fell in love have inspired many Vietnamese people, both young and old. They have been happily married for 28 years, and have two children. At ICAN, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Dr. Tuan, with the help of his wife, also leads the Ánh Sáng Tình Thương project which provides cataract surgery for poor elderly people in Vietnam.

Dat Tang

Dat has been working for Wells Fargo Bank since 1998. He is currently the District Managers for 9 branches in city of San Leandro, Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, and Berkeley with total of 180 employees. Dat graduated from Cal State University Hayward (currently known as Cal State University East Bay).


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Helen Lam
Board Member

Helen graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and from San Francisco State with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Science. She takes great pride in her day job as Senior Research Associate at Alector in South San Francisco, working diligently to contribute to the company’s efforts in cancer and neurodegeneration immunotherapies. In March 2018, Helen became the newest member of ICAN’s Board of Directors and contributes to the organization’s grant writing campaigns and internship program development.


Hong Nguyen-Phuong

Hong is a Sr. Project Manager at PG&E. Previously he worked at Symantec and Sun Microsystems as Sr.Business Development Manager and Sr. Technical Program Manager. Hong was a member of the original Core Team of TEDxSanJoseCA; and proposed and drove a collaboration between Acterra and BOMA Silicon Valley on High Performance Buildings.

Hung Truong, MBA

Hung is currently Senior Director of the Automation and Compliance R&D organization for the Cloud and Automation Management Business Unit in HP. He has over 15 years of experience in leading global software engineering teams, serving among the world’s most prominent Telecom carriers and multi-national enterprises such as Amdocs, Lucent, Nortel. While at Amdocs, Hung was instrumental in helping to double the revenue of Amdocs’ Customer Management business unit, securing its industry leadership position in CRM. In 2002, the Aberdeen Group recognized an initiative that Hung spearheaded as one of its 15 Top Offshore Software Outsourcing Best Practices. Hung is a holder of a patent on Remote Wireless Network Management. He received his B.S., M.Sc. in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and his M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario, in Canada.

Betty Duong, Attorney

Betty Duong is an attorney specializing in employment and labor law. Betty serves as Special Counsel to the Vietnamese American Workers’ Rights Project with the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center. Concurrently, Betty is a Policy Aide to Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez of District 2, focusing on family and children services, aging and adult services, social services agency office, and immigration. Betty received her degrees from University of California, Berkeley and University of California Davis School of Law (King Hall). Prior to law school, Betty worked as the Community Engagement Coordinator for ICAN, a non-profit agency serving Vietnamese American families, and as a staffer with the Office of Assemblymember Joe Coto.

Lan Tran, CFP

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Professional, Lan specializes in comprehensive wealth management for both individuals and closely held businesses. She received her Finance undergraduate degree from San Jose State University, started her financial advising career in 1995 with John Hancock, and joined LPL Financial as an independent advisor in 1998. Lan’s experience also includes mortgage brokerage and banking since 1990. With ongoing education to strengthen her knowledge and skills, Lan is committed to provide superior service to her clients. Lan currently resides in San Jose with her husband of 25 years and their two children, Nathan and Madison. Aside from outdoor activities & travelling, she also loves antiques, writing & music. Lan and her family continuously support various non-profit organizations and helps out local charities with focus on assisting children and seniors.

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Trinh Do

Trinh is currently the Director of Data Management Operations at iTradeNetwork, a Supply Chain software company in Dublin, CA. He has over 25 years of experience in Consumer Product Marketing and Software Development. Trinh received his B.S., M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California Irvine and his M.B.A. from Stanford University. 


Tâm Nguyen, Ph.D.

Tâm is a software architect and engineering leader, specializing in software development and system integration.   He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, and has held senior technical and management positions at IBM, TiVo and entrepreneurial startups.  Tâm holds patents in video delivery and web access to databases.  He has also been teaching computer programming to middle school kids, helping to develop their interest in technology, in particular, and their love of learning, in general. He is a strong advocate of blended and online learning as a mean of delivering low cost, high quality, and timely education.


Quyen N. Vuong, MBA, MSW
Executive Director

Quyen is Co-founder and Executive Director of ICAN. She serves on the Board of Directors and Advisors of many organizations, including Healthier Kids Foundation, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum, Mission College AANAPISI Committee. In 1989, she received the Fulbright Fellowship to work in the Vietnamese refugee camps in Hong Kong, and later went on a fact-finding trip with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to monitor the safety and reintegration of returnees sent back to Vietnam. She was inducted into Stanford Asian Alumni Hall of Fame in 2006.  In 2012, Ms. Vuong was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF), a US federal nonprofit agency with the mission to improve bilateral relationship between the two countries through educational exchange in STEMM fields. She holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Quyen completed her Master of Social Work at San Jose State University in 2017 with special focus on Mental Health to address increasing needs in the Vietnamese community.

My-Hanh Janine Dao
Operation & Finance Manager

Janine Dao joined ICAN in 2001 as a volunteer and was the youngest core member in ICAN’s early days. She provided free meals for battered women and children at Inn Vision shelter. She graduated from San Jose State with a BA in Business Administration with concentration in Accounting. Prior to joining ICAN, she worked at a financial company as a Portfolio Auditor. She wears many hats at ICAN, with responsibilities ranging from program to fiscal to operation. “The work is harder, but more fulfilling”.

Hong K. Hoang
Program Manager

Hong Hoang was born and raised in Saigon. She came to the United States in 2003. She graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor degree in Social Work. Prior to coming to the U.S., she received her BA in English in Vietnam. She joined ICAN in October 2008 and currently manages the Learning Together Initiative (LTI) project. She is pursuing her Master of Social Work that can equip her with more knowledge and skills in order to be more effective in helping people.

Hope Nguyen
Program Manager

Hope first joined ICAN in 2010 as Project Coordinator for the Learning Together Initiative project where she engaged and supported parents and grandparents in learning more about the first five years and spending more quality time with their children. Hope went to teach English in Korea and traveled before deciding to come back to her ICAN family again in 2015. Hope holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology and Psychology from UC Davis and plans to pursue her master degree in the field of Social Work.

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Kim Yen Vo
Associate Community Worker

Kim Yen Vo started as an attendee, then volunteer, and now she is ICAN's Associate Community Worker. Yen and her sons, Brian and Brandon Pham, have been participating in ICAN's programs since 2010. Even though Brian is now in elementary school, he still volunteers for special events. His little brother, Brandon, currently attends ICAN's programs while his mother volunteers. We are so grateful for Yen's creative arts and craft ideas!