Board Members


Jewelly Lee, Board Chair (2021-current)

Jewelly Lee is the Assistant Director of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women at St. Catherine University. The Center actively supports the mission of St. Catherine University by affirming the dignity of women and fostering their intellectual and leadership potential. Jewelly manages the scholarship programs, Women’s Studies and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity Bag Lunch discussion series, and student workers in the Center. She also works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and alums on various projects that support the Center’s mission. Jewelly enjoys cultivating young leaders, connecting with the St. Kate’s community, and providing resources and opportunities for students to create change in their community.

In addition to her work, Jewelly is also serving as the advisor for the student club SHE Pab: Voices of Hmong Women. As the advisor, she has the unique opportunity to mentor young Hmong women to explore their identity through meaningful dialogues and engagement.

With her Masters of Holistic Health Studies certificate, Jewelly hopes to cultivate more love and joy in the world.

Pa Der Vang, Chair of Investment Committee (2014-Present)

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.

Mai Vang (2010-2013), (2021-current)

Mai Vang was a board member and Chair of the Investment Committee from 2010-2013. Mai received a Communication Studies degree from Bethel University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Florida. Mai has extensive experience in commercial real estate and is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in corporate America. Mai currently works for Mortenson Properties, Inc. as an asset manager specializing in medical office buildings. Mai is committed to empowering Hmong women and girls to speak up for themselves (and each other) and be their most authentic self in all aspects of their lives. In her spare time, Mai likes to read, garden, and spend time with her children.

Mysee Chang (2021-current)

Mysee Chang is a Learning Solutions Consultant with a broad array of industry experience from education to technology and finance. She joins us with multiple years of experience in overseeing/supporting organizational operations and program management. Mysee is passionate about empowering women’s economic growth, mentoring, cultivating intergenerational relationships, and life-long learning. In her spare time, Mysee enjoys traveling, hiking, and cooking with an Instant Pot! As a new board member, she is looking forward to making an impact and supporting HWAT’s mission.