Phuc Hong Phan | President
Phuc Phan was born in Saigon, Vietnam and was raised in Northern California. Currently he’s a Office Manager at the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). He is an alumnus of Emory University where he began his involvement with the Vietnamese community in Atlanta, Georgia and the Southeast region. From there, he has continued to serve his community through various leadership roles, including President of UVSA Georgia, UNAVSA Southeast CoRR, Conference Programming Director for UNAVSA-12, and Conference Associate Co-Director for UNAVSA-13. He hopes to be able to preserve and share his passion for the Vietnamese culture and language among his peers.
His favorite past time activities include eating at buffets and playing all types of games. He also has a strong love for Pusheen.
Leyna Nguyen | Internal Vice President
Leyna Nguyen is a native Texan but has been calling Atlanta home since 2002. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kennesaw State University. As an educator, she is passionate about teaching and making a lasting impact on her students’ lives.
Leyna was introduced to VSA in 2013 while attending KSU - she was elected Secretary that same year. Since then, she found herself with a growing desire to become more involved with the organization and the Vietnamese community. She is constantly working to advance as a leader in order to help mentor and inspire others. On her spare time, Leyna enjoys exercising, participating in obstacle races, hanging out with friends and family, and make others laugh.
Brian Xu | External Vice President
Brian Xu is 23 years old and a recent graduate at the University of Georgia. He double majored in Athletic Training and Exercise Sports Science. Currently, he is preparing for medical school where he aspires to become a medical physician. Throughout his time as an athletic training student, he has learned many ways to care and interact with patients. His favorite quote is from Ron Corson saying “People want to know how much you care, before they care how much you know.” Throughout his life, he tries to do his best to live up to that quote.
Involvement in the Vietnamese Student Association started his senior year at UGA. He saw something different that all the other organizations didn’t offer. He saw genuine, caring people. A family where he belonged. Further involvement lead him to take an extra semester at UGA and become the President during the 2016 calendar year. Throughout his time, he has learned much about identification as an Asian American, leadership, and social justice issues facing the Asian American community. All of this has fueled his passion to become even more involved with the VSA family. During his free time he loves to travel, hang out with friends, play sports, meet people, and take on new adventures. His favorite quote of all time is “You don’t have to be the best at what you do, but you have to give your best at what you do.”
Jennifer Nguyen | Treasurer
Jennifer Nguyen hopes to encourage others to be the best version of themselves. Jennifer was born and raised in Greenville, SC. She attended the University of South Carolina (Go Cocks!) where she first became involved in VSA and served as president 2011-2012. She graduated from the South University School of Pharmacy where she earned her Doctorate in Pharmacy.
When she isn’t working, she enjoys traveling to new cities, eating good food, and spending time with her adorable shih tzu, Riley. Jennifer participated in the Miss Vietnam of the Carolinas pageant and won Miss Congeniality 2015. One of her favorite quotes is, “People will always forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
Phoenix Phung | Secretary
Born in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, Phoenix grew up watching numerous videotapes of The He Tre and Paris by Night while singing and dancing to all sorts of Vietnamese songs. After competing in Vietnamese Jeopardy against other Georgian schools in her freshman year, Phoenix was hooked on VSA. Not only does the organization create a supportive network between college students and alumni, but it also promotes leadership development and awareness of Vietnamese culture. Through the inspiring people that she has met through the last four years, she has not only summoned the courage to do outrageous things such as perform in a drag show, but also gained the confidence to take on numerous leadership positions including: Secretary and President of EmViet, Registration Director for Southeast Leadership Camp, and now the Secretary of UVSASE.
Possessing a double major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Biology from Emory University, Phoenix is currently applying for medical school while working full time as a medical scribe in the emergency room. In her spare time, she enjoys watching dramas and singing karaoke in several languages including Vietnamese.