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Zha Blong Xiong

Zha Blong Xiong

First Author, Associate Professor, Department of Family Social Science

Dr. Xiong received his B.A. from Winona State University in 1991, majoring in Psychology; his M.A. in 1997; and his Ph.D. in 2000 from the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Xiong's research interests include adolescent development in the contexts of family, school, and community, parent/family education, and community engagement models and evaluation in the Southeast Asian communities. He is the co-author of a highly respected, research-based parent education curriculum called Helping Youth Succeed: Bicultural Parenting for Southeast Asian Families and serves on several organizations' boards, including the University of Minnesota Senate, the Center for Hmong Studies, the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, and the Hennepin County A-GRAD External Oversight Committee. Currently, he is working with four Southeast Asian communities in Minnesota to conduct community education and evaluation on tobacco use and healthy living, and he is engaged with several parenting projects in a number of charter schools.
612-625-5882 | xiong008@umn.edu

Jane Newell

Jane Newell

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Family Social Science

Currently a doctoral student in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, Jane received her B.S. degree in social work from St. Cloud State University in 1992; her M.A. in Family Social Science in 2008 from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are related to the development of intimate relationships for college students, youth in foster care, adoption, cultural, and marginalized families, as well as community-based projects in the Southeast Asian communities, and qualitative methodologies.

Jane co-authored, with Dr. Xiong and others on the STEEP team, The STEEP: History, Framework, and Evaluation Results and is second author on the current publication, STEEP's Engagement and Policy Development Handbook: Lessons Learned, Tips, Tools, and Resources for Southeast Asian Community Leaders.
newe0016@umn.edu

Collaborative Partners

Nachee Lee

Nachee Lee

Executive Director, Lao Family Community of Minnesota

Nachee received his BA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 1994. Prior to serving as the Executive Director for Lao Family Community of Minnesota since 2012, he worked for various community organizations. He served as the Executive Director for Dayton's Bluff District 4 Community Council, Hmong Cultural Center, and as Assistant Director for Adults and Children Alliance, and Club Fed, Inc. He has strong passion and dedication to the community; he has volunteered for various organizations and institutions including the St. Paul Public Schools, Phalen Lake Elementary, New Spirit School, Jackson Elementary School, District 7 Planning Council, Center for Neighborhood, Ready 4 K, and Lauj Youth Society. Nachee also helped coordinate major events such as the first Asian Prom in 1992, Hmong Peace Walk in 2000, and SEA Census Count 2000. Nachee received his Neighborhood Leadership Certificate in 1997 from the Wilder Foundation. He was honored in Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine in 1994, and Boys of America 1982. He developed and co-founded the Hmong Resources Library with Hmong Cultural Center.

nachee@laofamily.org

Yen Pham

Yen Pham

Executive Director, Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota

A graduate of Saigon University, majoring in Administrative and International Law, he also holds a mini MBA degree for Nonprofit Organizations from the University of St. Thomas. He is very involved in the community and serves on several agencies, such as Center for Southeast Asian Research and Education, Advisory Council of Vietnam Center, National Alliance of Vietnamese American Service Agencies (NAVASA), and Vietnamese Community of Minnesota, as the chair or a member.
651-641-8907 | ypham@vssmn.org

Khamchanh Phanthavong

Executive Director, Lao Advancement Organization of America

khphanthavong@laoamerica.org

Ly Vang

Ly Vang

Executive Director, Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women (AAHWM)

Has served as Executive Director of AAHWM since September 1988. She attended the University of Minnesota where she studied public administration and management. In addition to her college education, she is a certified trainer in the areas of project management, personnel and leadership development, and supervision; a professional health interpreter, and a registered nurse (RN). She has served on various board positions at the local and national organization levels and has many years of experience in health related fields, including work with CAN and Long Term Home Health Care.
651-255-0799 | lyvangaahwm@yahoo.com

Yorn Yan

Yorn Yan

Executive Director, United Cambodian Association of Minnesota

As an affiliate of the A.H. Wilder Foundation at the Wilder Center for Communities, Yorn worked for over a decade providing consulting and training services to a wide range of refugee and immigrant clients. This work focused on providing leadership, community and organizational development, nonprofit management, program development, strategic planning, collaboration building, executive coaching, and training processes to nonprofit organizations and community groups. He also authored a book, New Americans, New Promise: A Guide to the Refugee Journey in America, and holds a number of educational degrees including Bachelor's degrees in Human Services and in Public Administration, and a Master's degree in Nonprofit Management and Administration.
651-255-0724 | yornyan@comcast.net

STEEP Staff

Huy Bui

Huy Bui

Tobacco Educator

Huy is the Vietnamese tobacco educator from Vietnamese Minnesotans Association. He holds a Bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota. He was selected as a Fellow in the 2009-2010 Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota's Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) Program. Prior to his current position, Huy worked on human trafficking, ATOD and other issues during the last 5 years. His work with STEEP makes him the first full-time tobacco control staff person in the Vietnamese Community in Minnesota.
651-290-4790 | hbui@steep.laofamily.org

Monemany Daoheuang

Monemany Daoheuang

Tobacco Educator

Monemany is the Lao tobacco educator from Lao Advancement Organization of America. She graduated and received her A.A. degree from Savannakhet College in Laos. She was selected as a Fellow in the 2009-2010 Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota's Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) Program. Her work with STEEP makes her the first full-time tobacco control staff in the LAO Community in Minnesota.
612-302-9048 | mdaoheuang@steep.laofamily.org

Rom Touy

Rom Touy

Tobacco Educator

Rom is the tobacco educator for the Cambodian community from the United Cambodian Association of Minnesota. She completed five years of higher education in Cambodia. She was selected to participate as a Fellow in the 2009-2010 Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota's Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) Program. Rom has worked for the Cambodian community for more than 20 years reaching out to her community through a variety of social services. Her work with STEEP makes her the first full-time tobacco control staff person in the Cambodian community in Minnesota.
651-255-0734 | rtouy@steep.laofamily.org

Ellie Watkins

Ellie Watkins

Project Coordinator

She holds a Master's degree in Education and in Religious Education. Prior to becoming the project coordinator for STEEP, she worked at the American Cancer Society and the Association for Nonsmokers as a community organizer for the Ramsey Tobacco Coalition. She has been involved in tobacco control for 20 years.
651-221-0069 | ewatkins@laofamily.org

Thomas Tou Yang

Thomas Tou Yang

Tobacco Educator

Thomas is the tobacco educator for the Hmong community from the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor's degree from St. Mary's College and a Fellow in the Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota's Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) Program in 2009-2010. His work with STEEP makes him the first full-time tobacco control staff person in the Hmong community in Minnesota.
612-255-0799 | tyang@steep.laofamily.org