2018-2020 Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is comprised of 1 to 5 members, consisting of former UVSA Gulf Coast Executive Board members, UVSA Gulf Coast supporters, which include former members, and distinguished leaders in the Vietnamese community. Board of Advisors are appointed by the Executive Board.

The Board of Advisors is responsible for the following:

  • Providing ongoing support and guidance for the Executive Board
  • Enhancing the organization's public image
  • Clarifying, interpreting, and explaining bylaws
  • Serving as court of appeals
  • Assessing the organization's performance
  • Provide adequate supervision of the Executive Board

Karsen Krauss

Karsen was born in Memphis, and lived there for 14 years. After middle school, he took his talents to Tupelo, MS. 4 years later, he graduated high school and continued education at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. While at MSU, Karsen joined the VSA community serving as a general member. Fast forward 4 years, and Karsen graduated with a degree in business management, learning only that he didn't want to manage a business. Once again, Karsen made some moves (literally) and blessed the city of New Orleans with his presence. Karsen went on to become the director of Camp Delta 7 and has served a total of 5 years on staff.

Currently, Karsen works as a Business Analyst for a dialysis company. When he's not working, he's eating, sleeping, or stuck in an airport trying to travel somewhere.

Kent Tong

Born and raised in Destrehan, Louisiana, Kent currently resides in Chicago, Illinois as an Office Admin for a tech startup. He graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art, minoring in Film Studies.

Kent began his involvement in VSA by joining the Loyola Asian Student Organization (LASO) his freshman year of college. He has since gone on to serve LASO as President and Internal Vice President. In addition, Kent has served as Executive Director for Camp Delta 8, Counselor for Camp Delta 7, Assistant Counselor for Camp Delta 6, 2016-2018 President of UVSA Gulf Coast, Co-Regional Representative for the Gulf Coast alongside Thanh-Thanh Pham for the Union of North American Vietnamese Association's (UNAVSA) Council of Regional Representatives, and Family Programming Committee Member for the UNAVSA-13 Leadership Conference. Currently, Kent is serving as a member of UNAVSA's Civic Engagement cabinet.

In the past, Kent has been fortunate enough to participate in the Disney College Program in Orlando, Florida as a DCP cast member, and in the Jubilee Project Fellowship program as a JPF Fellow. Kent’s hobbies include watching, critiquing, and reviewing movies and TV shows, and rating them a score out of 4 Kents.

Mitchell Nguyen

[Bio Coming Soon]

Thanh-Thanh Pham

Thanh-Thanh "TT" Pham is a Louisiana State University alumna with a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication and concentration in public relations. Born and raised in New Orleans, La., TT currently resides outside of Washington, D.C., where she is working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of Communications as a public affairs and social media specialist.

TT previously served on the 2016-2018 UVSA Gulf Coast Board as External Vice President. She was heavily involved with the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations, serving as the Executive Director for the 14th Annual UNAVSA Leadership Conference and three consecutive terms on UNAVSA's Council of Regional Representatives. In the past, she held multiple leadership positions for the Vietnamese Student Association at LSU, including Senior Adviser, President, External Vice President and Freshman Representative.

TT's passions include singing, arts, leadership development and public service.