Board Members

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Pa Der Vang, Chair of Investment Committee (Chair since 2017)
Dr. Pa Der Vang is an associate professor at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas School of Social Work and a cofounder of Hnub Tshiab. After completing her degree in Sociology from UW-Madison, she received her Masters and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She practiced as a clinical social worker for 8 years before starting her teaching career. She has experience in adult mental health, domestic violence, children’s advocacy, county program planning, youth and adult mental health crisis, and group therapy. She has published articles on the effect of teenage marriage on Hmong women and cultural change among Hmong in America. Her current research is on Hmong Americans and the effects of acculturation. She is the coordinator of the Critical Hmong Studies Minor at St. Catherine University.

Chee Lor, Board Chair (Member since 2017)
Chee Lor is a Hmong women born in Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand. She was raised in Saint Paul Minnesota and has her master in social work from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is currently a Permanency Specialist at Ampersand Families working with youth ages 9-21 in the Minnesota foster care system. Chee is passionate about social justice and social issues including reproductive health and rights, economic justice, immigrant rights, advocating for individuals with mental health illness and disability, and ending abuse and violence against women and children.

She is an alumni of Hnub Tshaib’s Hmong Women Leadership Institute in 2017 and has found her calling in doing work that would support and empower other Hmong girls and women much like herself. She hopes to create Hmong women leaders who will be agents of change.

Ma Tao, Secretary (Member since 2017)
Ma Tao is a Hmong refugee who now calls the Twin Cities home. She Compliance Analyst with Allianz Life Insurance Company. She received her J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and now works as a Compliance Analyst. Ma is passionate about empowering Hmong girls and women lead their own lives and define their own success.

Yer Lor, Treasurer (Member since 2017)
Yer Lor was born and raised on the East Side of Saint Paul and has her degree in Political Science and Spanish Studies with a minor in Leadership from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She is currently the Program Director of ConnectZ for Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys overseeing their ConnectZ program, which provides the girl scout leadership experience to 3,000 girls who often face program access barriers. Prior to that, she worked at Neighborhood House as a program facilitator and at Minnesotans United for All Families as a youth organizer. Yer comes with over 6 years of youth development professionalism and civic advocacy.

Yer is an alumna of Hnub Tshiab’s Hmong Women Leadership Institute in 2016, and since have been dedicated to the mission and vision of Hnub Tshiab.

BOARD MEMBERS

Kao Ly Ilean Her, Board Member (Member since 2007)
Ms. Her is the chief executive officer of the Hmong Elders Center, an adult day center serving Hmong seniors in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. She is responsible for the administration and operation of the center, providing vision, passion, and guidance to a growing program area of service and need.

Ms. Her comes to this role having led and worked in a variety of organizations in government, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors. As the former executive director of the State of Minnesota Council on Asian-Pacific Minnesotans, Ms. Her was at the forefront of establishing legislation, policy, and programs to address the critical needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Well versed in the legislative process, public policy, and civic engagement, Ms. Her is power broker in building the dynamic and thriving Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Minnesota.

As a champion of community voice and civic engagement, Ms. Her has been a staunch advocate of the nonprofit sector and its vital role in empowering and growing leadership in ethnic and underserved communities. She has founded several non-profits, Allies for Mentoring Asian Youth, Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, and the Heritage Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
She has served as a trustee of the Minneapolis Foundation, the Asian Pacific Endowment of The St. Paul Foundation, and Women’s Foundation of Minnesota. Ms. Her played instrumental roles in establishing the Hmong Women’s Endowment at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Chad Vua and Bee Her Fund at the St. Paul Foundation.

Ms. Her is a graduate of Hamline University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and the School of Law, University of Minnesota.

Cindi Yang, Board Member (Member since 2015)
Cindi Yang, director of Child Care Services Division, Children and Family Services, joined the department in August 2015. She oversees Child Care Assistance, Child Development Services and Early Childhood Systems Reform. She leads work to promote the well-being of children and self-sufficiency of families by delivering quality child care, child development and support services to children and families.Prior to beginning her career with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Yang served as the director of Programs and Public Policy at Neighborhood House, a partner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, that operates diverse programs to help stabilize the lives of Minnesota families and break the cycle of poverty. Yang was also a Community Faculty professor at Metropolitan State University’s department of social work.

Currently, Yang is a sitting board member of Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, a social change nonprofit working for the vitality and health of the Hmong community, raising up the value of Hmong women, cultivating them as leaders and seeking solutions that improve the lives of Hmong women and girls. She co-founded the Minnesota Hmong Social Work Coalition, creating a space to develop Hmong social workers as leaders in their field. Fluent in Hmong and English, Yang has been an active member of numerous charities and organizations across the Twin Cities.

Currently, Yang is a sitting board member of Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together, a social change nonprofit working for the vitality and health of the Hmong community, raising up the value of Hmong women, cultivating them as leaders and seeking solutions that improve the lives of Hmong women and girls. She co-founded the Minnesota Hmong Social Work Coalition, creating a space to develop Hmong social workers as leaders in their field. Fluent in Hmong and English, Yang has been an active member of numerous charities and organizations across the Twin Cities.

Maypahou Ly, Board Member (Member since 2018)
Maypahou Ly has been a youth worker for over 10 years, with an emphasis on adolescent sexual health. She graduated from the University of MN, Twin Cities, with a Bachelors in English and a minor in Asian American Studies. She participated in the 2017 Hmong Women Leadership Institute hosted by Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together. Her passions include working with communities of color, the literary arts and life.

May Seng Yang (Member since 2018)
Bio coming soon.

Ntxhee Yees Xyooj (Member since 2018)
Bio coming soon.