The Executive Board (or Eboard) is the administrative support cabinet of NorCal UVSA. The Eboard is responsible for helping to guide and advise the Intercollegiate Council in its duties, representing NorCal UVSA to the community, and maintaining UVSA records and properties.
2016 – 2018 Cabinet
Leanne Tran was born in Milpitas and grew up in San Jose, California. Her involvement with VSA began in high school and continued through college in both her university and in the Northern California region. After serving multiple positions for the region, including Intercollegiate Council Representative, Chair, and various event Executive Directors, Leanne continues her service to NorCal UVSA as the 2016-2018 President. Her goal is to help realize the Executive Board and Intercollegiate Council’s vision of becoming community leaders, in addition to upholding NorCal UVSA’s organizational goals.Leanne received a B.S. in Biological Sciences and French Studies from the University of the Pacific in 2017. She currently continues her studies as a student of M.S. Biological Sciences at her alma mater. Her field of study includes Violaceae and Nymphalidae, and their interactions. When she’s not inhabiting her research lab, she can be found at home playing her Nintendo 3DS or planning her next cosplay.
Van Viet Thuy Nguyen
Internal Vice President
Born and raised in San Jose, California, Van Viet Thuy Nguyen has had the privilege of enjoying the beauty of Northern California all of her life, through college as she prepares to finish her fourth year at the University of California, Berkeley. With a love for learning that knows no limits, she can spend hours and hours on end in class, auditing psychology and education courses while focusing on Public Health and Molecular & Cell Biology. If she isn’t doing that, then she’s probably doing one of two things: 1.) mentoring high school students or 2.) practicing/preparing for Cal VSA Culture Show. She considers her greatest accomplishment to be the production of Cal VSA’s 38th Annual Culture Show: Fragments: Tìm Tiếng Nước Tôi, where she served as a co-producer! Now the Internal Vice President of NorCal UVSA, she hopes to co-create a warm and welcoming space for everyone within and beyond the region. “We’re going to make a ~big~ circle, with everybody in it!”
External Vice President
Jade is the Vice President of External Affairs for the 2016-2018 term while completing her degree in Environmental Studies and Earth Science at UCSC. While not Vietnamese herself, she maintains that “the Pho brought me in, but the Phamily made me stay and has inspired me ever since”. She has undertaken multiple officer positions at her own VSA and enjoys every part of the experience from Summit through Charity/Culture Show to Camp but is especially moved by food events! Outside of VSA she enjoys exploring nature, languages and new foods, and playing around with different art mediums! She is motivated and inspired by the collaborative and inclusive spirit of this great organization and is humbled to serve as an executive officer.
Quynh-Vy “QV” Bao Cong
Quynh-Vy is a first-generation Vietnamese American born and raised in the Bay Area. QV is the Secretary for the 2016-2018 term as she finishes up her fourth year at the University of California, Santa Cruz in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She has taken up various positions at her school’s VSA and loves learning more about her Vietnamese culture. She enjoys all the programs that UVSA has to offer from Camp to Summit and Olympics as well as the regional Culture Shows hosted at each affiliate school. When she is not busy with VSA or has her head buried in her books and spends hours on end in the library, she is most likely watching DIY videos, playing video games, reading, at the gym, spending time with her friends or catching up on sleep.
Vy Nguyen is a third-year at the University of California, Davis. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies, Communication and Education with an emphasis on modern transnational communications and the Vietnamese diaspora. Vy is currently a research assistant at the Asian American Studies department as well as serving as UVSA’s and UNAVSA’s Council of Regional Representatives for Northern California. Her passion is to challenge mainstream narratives and to bridge social and political gaps between overseas Vietnamese and Vietnam.