KEY PEOPLE OF NEW HMONG PROFESSIONALS
LONG VUE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Long Vue is currently the Executive Director of Northeast Wisconsin (NEW) Hmong Professionals, a culturally based organization that is committed to create safe space to cultivate, empower, and elevate the Hmong Professionals through progressive opportunities in identity formation, networking, mentoring, and leadership in Northeast Wisconsin. Through the leadership of Mr. Vue, NEW Hmong Professionals emerges as an organization willing to engage and provide services to meet the emerging needs of the Hmong community as well working closely with other organizations to meet the needs of the community at large. Mr. Vue has an extensive background working community and organizations, and most recently was the Executive Director of WUCMAA, an umbrella organization for Hmong Mutual Assistance organizations in Wisconsin. Mr. Vue’s other past leadership roles include Bay-Lakes Council BSA Director of Scoutreach and WISCAP Job and Business Development Director. Additionally, Mr. Vue is a Nres Xeem for northeast Wisconsin area.
MANIMATANA LEE, PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Manimatana obtained her B.S. in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Social Media from Brigham Young University of Idaho. She has wide experiences in representing organizations, creating and hosting events, and working successfully with people. She has been actively involved in social media marketing, brand management, and PR for the past several years. On her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her family, filming beauty content, listening to educational podcasts, and watching Netflix. Manimatana grew up guiding, assisting, and translating for her immigrated parents from Laos, as well as helping her household. Therefore, she strives in keeping a safe place and providing any kind of assistance for her Hmong community.
ANNMARIE VANG, PROJECT COORDINATOR
Annmarie Vang is the project coordinator for NEW Hmong Professionals. She was born in a refugee camp, Ban Vanai, and immigrated to the US in 1990 with her family. Appleton is her home town, but now she resides in Wausau, WI. She has two beautiful daughters, a husband, and a dog named Ramen. Annmarie's greatest passion is to unearth aid and support for all youth, especially Hmong youth. With NEW Hmong Professionals, she is determined to pursue the change that is needed and elevate Hmong individuals to be confident with their culture-identity.
CHUEYEE THAO, COMMUNITY HEALTH AND WELLNESS COORDINATOR
Chueyee Thao graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelors of Science majoring in Environmental Health. His main pastimes are playing volleyball and weight training. When he's not on the volleyball court or in the gym, he can be found playing games or watching sports and anime. In his role for NEW Hmong Professionals, he looks to improve the well-being of the Hmong community through providing knowledge and services.
LISENG XIONG, COMMUNITY OUTREACH SPECIALIST
Liseng Xiong is a graduate of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelors of Art in History. Born and raised in Appleton, he understands and believes that keeping the community in touch and up to date on current events is very important. He hopes to make a positive impact on the community through his work with NEW Hmong Professionals. While he is off the clock he enjoys fishing, hunting, cooking, and being with family.
NEW HMONG PROFESSIONALS' BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lisa Cruz, Co-Chair
Lisa has worked in the public relations industry since 1994 and launched Red Shoes Inc. in 2008. Her experience includes working for a variety of industries such as health care, construction, manufacturing, retail, non-profits and more – from both the corporate and the agency side. Lisa provides strategic consulting in a number of areas for clients such as crisis communications, media relations, internal communications, image management and more. During her career, she has worked on a variety of communications projects that involve complex legal situations, federal, state and local investigations, high profile events, mergers and acquisitions and HR matters.
Gaochi Vang, Co-Chair
Gaochi Vang (she/her/hers) is located in the Fox Valley and currently serves as the Peer Specialist Program Manager for the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative (WIPSEI) at Access to Independence. She is a Hmong American sister, writer, organizer, and mental health advocate. Gaochi is a strong believer of compassionate intentionality where listening to understand and meeting people where they are, is at the foundation to which her deep values of integrity, mutuality, collective determination, and community care rests on. In all that she does, she strives to walk in truth and hope.
PaNhia Yang, Treasurer
PaNhia was born and raised in Wausau, WI and now currently resides in Greenville, WI. She received her Bachelors in Human Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and currently works for Plexus Corp with over 7 years of HR experience. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family/friends and going on new adventures. PaNhia looks forward to making a difference within the Hmong community and helping others achieve their goals and aspirations.
Rita Moua, Board Member
Rita Moua (she/her/hers) attained her Bachelor's degree in Retailing and Consumer Behavior from the University of Wisconsin Madison. With over 5 year of experience in sales, customer service, training, and management, Rita has worked in different industry sectors such as retail, manufacturing, and non-profit. She is a Hmong professional and servant leader who is passionate about helping others thrive into being their best selves. Currently, Rita is the Literacy Program Specialist at Fox Valley Literacy which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to share the power of learning to transform lives and enrich the community. She is excited to share that she is working on creating a family literacy program with a heritage language component; specifically the Hmong language. She believes in giving back and helping the Hmong community, and is most proud of volunteering her time as the Hmong Language Instructor and implementing her own Hmong language classes through the Appleton Public Library where she taught three consecutive courses to over 120 active students. Teaching the Hmong language was an achieved goal of Rita's in finding a way to help Hmong children connect to their native language and cultural roots, and she hopes to continue in being a resource to the community.
Sara Muhlbauer, Board Member
Sara Muhlbauer has brought her passion for serving others to the role of CEO at Lakeland Care, Inc. Sara has been with Lakeland Care since 2009 serving in various roles throughout the organization, and in October of 2019 was appointed the CEO. Sara is an MBA graduate with more than 20 years of experience as an organizational leader responsible for developing and implementing initiatives that strengthen the mission, vision, values, programs and financial position of social sector organizations.
Mai Lee, Board Member
Mai’s pronouns are she/her/hers/nws. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and her master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Mai has always been passionate about helping others, mentorship, and the significance of storytelling. She hopes to continue building spaces and capacity to provide opportunities for growth, healing, and empowerment for HMoob folks and the community. In her free time, she enjoys taking naps, reading, and exercising her creative side through art.
Peter Chang, Board Member
Peter (he/him/his) is originally from Detroit Michigan. He currently serves as an Admissions Counselor for Lawrence University. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the many values Peter includes not only within his work but in his every day life. Teamwork composes of a variety of different perspectives and contribution, which is why Peter believes it takes a group of people to create change. You can sometimes find Peter in a theater watching the new Marvel, Disney, or Pixar movie. You may find him on the soccer field. You may even find him eating at a restaurant that serves ramen, pho, or Hmong food – basically Asian cuisine. Peter also has a family business which serves Thai cuisine back home in Michigan.
Pafoua Pam Her, PhD, Advisor
Dr. Her is a former executive leader that has worked in corporate, government, and non-profit. She is currently the CEO and owner of 4Chi Business Solutions, LLC and a consultant/trainer/thought leader to several corporations, government agencies, and non-profit groups in the areas of cultural competency, talent management (recruitment and retention), organizational leadership and development, and strategic planning. She has taught courses, as an adjunct professor with Rasmussen College, in the areas of management, marketing, entrepreneurship, business ethics, sales, and professional communication. Dr. Her completed her dissertation on Asian American Women Managers and Microaggressions in the Workplace at Capella University where she received her PhD, with distinction, in Business/Organizational Management. Dr. Her is currently on the board of directors for CAP Services, Outagamie County Health & Human Services, and Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. She is the founder of Northeast Wisconsin Hmong Professionals and a co-founder of the Multicultural Coalition, Inc. Additionally, she serves as the Vice President of the Vue National Association.