2018 - 2020 Executive Board

The Executive Board provides governance to the organization and represents the organization in the community. Executive Board officers hold their positions for two years. The responsibilities of the Executive Board include:

  • Provide advice and guidance to the ICC and the performance of its duties.
  • Attend ICC meetings in the performance of its duty to advise and guide the ICC.
  • Ensure that UVSA complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Represent UVSA to the community.
  • Build and maintain UVSA Gulf Coast’s relationship to the community.
  • Maintain and keep all UVSA Gulf Coast records in an organized and accessible manner.

Khoa Vu | President

Hi, my name is Khoa. I attended Xavier University as undergrad. There I fell in love with VSA and here we are today. I went to school originally for pharmacy, but I wanted to really consider my career. With the support of my parents and friends, I took 4 years off to pursue passions and hobbies. Im now currently down to my last year on deciding my career. I’m thankful for where I am today and have been given the opportunity to give back to my Gulf Coast region as President. I’m also grateful to work along side passionate individuals that love VSA and its peoples.

I’m a New Orleans native; Happy hour is the best hour. I really enjoy K-dramas, but it’s really time-intensive. So I have to be selective in which ones I watch. If anyone invites me to chicken wings, I never say no. I also enjoy watching people in the region support each other.

Joseph Bagert | Internal Vice President

Joseph Bagert is a current student at Louisiana State University. He is majoring and Construction Management with minors in Business Administration and Technical Sales. Joseph was born and raised in Kenner, Louisiana . Starting with his sophomore year, he got involved with the Vietnamese Student Association at LSU, also known as VSA-LSU. It was from his participation his junior year that started his heavy involvement in the VSA community.

In the past, Joseph has served on VSA-LSU’s Executive Board as Sports Coordination and UVSA Gulf Coast’s Summit Family Programming Staff. Currently he serves as a Counselor for Camp Delta XI, Family Leader for UNAVSA-15 Conference and Senior Advisor for VSA-LSU. Joseph’s hobbies include sports, singing, arts, watching movies and television series and traveling to VSA events.

Duy Dang | External Vice President

Duy Dang is currently a Physician Assistant student as LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2015 with a B.S. degree in biology and a minor in chemistry and mathematics. He was the serving co-president of his VSA (XULaVA) during his senior year, and after shortly graduating, served as a counselor for Camp Delta 8. In the year following, with his experiences as a staff member, he continued on to become co-tri-Director of Camp Delta 9. After undergoing a gap year post graduation, Duy recollected his thoughts, priorities, and passions to eventually pursue a career and life as a Physician Assistant by gaining experiences within the healthcare field as a medical assistant and eventually receiving his Emergency Medical Technician certificate. In the year following, Duy provided his serviced one last time for Camp Delta as part of cuisine staff at Camp Delta 10, and afterwards served a short year as an Alumni Relations Committee member for UVSA-GC. Duy is currently in school in the hopes of becoming a Physician Assistant to serve and improve his community. He dreams of opening a team-based hospital in the far future to work alongside friends that he considers family.

Andrew Pham | Treasurer

Andrew Pham is a current graduate student at the University of Mississippi. Born and raised in D’iberville, Mississippi, Andrew is pursuing his PhD in Mathematics and also works as a graduate instructor at the university. After obtaining his doctorate, he hopes to continue working in higher education.

Andrew has been involved with his local VSA, the Ole Miss Vietnamese American Student Association, otherwise known as Ole VASA, since joining as a freshman in 2013. Throughout the years, he has held several positions on the Executive Board for Ole VASA as Philanthropy Chair, Internal Vice President, President, and Senior Advisor. Outside of VSA and work, he enjoys cooking, horror movies, dad jokes, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and Bavarian cream doughnuts.

Leslie Nguyen | Secretary

Leslie Tuyet Nguyen was born in California and spent most of her life in Louisiana. She served in the United States Marine Corps and likes to eat crayons during her spare time. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in business management and a concentration in legal studies. She is pursuing her master’s degree in business administration at the University of West Florida.

She became a member in the Vietnamese Student Organization at UL (VSOUL) during her sophomore year and has been hooked since! She was the Volunteer and Sports Coordinator for VSOUL during her senior year and is counselor for Camp Delta XI. During her spare time, besides eating crayons and laying in bed, she is probably volunteering somewhere! She was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal when she was in the Marine Corps and the President’s Volunteer Service Award – Bronze in 2018.