I’m living the American Dream. But this dream seemed impossible to me when I was 12. At that age, I found myself escaping the war-torn Communist regime of Laos. At this young age I became a refugee in Thailand where I remained for over two years.
I was then sponsored by my Uncle and came to Colorado. With a lot of hard work and dedication, I became a legal citizen of this great Country in 2008. Because of this, so many new opportunities were now possible, opportunities I never imagined possible just a few years earlier.
I went to school in Northglenn and eventually graduated from the University of Denver with a Master’s degree in Information Technology. I got married and began a family that now consists of seven wonderful children.
It’s these personal experiences (growing up in a war-torn country, escaping the slaughter of the Hmong people and becoming a refugee, coming to this great country and gaining opportunities beyond what I ever imagined, and starting a family) that drives me to give back to my community and to help others.
And I have done just this. Below is just some of the volunteer work I have performed since 1999:
- Served as President and Board Chair of the United States National Defense Corps
- This organization supports our first responders during natural disasters, Homeland Security events, and provides Final Military Honors
- Served as a member of Infragard
- This organization is a partnership between the FBI and private sector to ensure greater protection of critical infrastructure
- Served in several roles supporting the Asian-American community in Colorado and other states.
- President of the Hmong American Association of Colorado
- Board of Director, National Association of Asian American Professionals of Colorado
- Co-founded the Hmong Colorado Radio
- Chairman, National Hmong Grave Desecration Committee, Colorado
- CEO, Vue National Association
- Served as Project Manager for Colorado Dragon Boat Festival (CDBF)
- To ensure the overall programs and tasks meeting deadlines and budgets
- Served on Thornton’s City Council in 2015
In 2010, I was awarded the Asian American Heroes of Colorado Award for my leadership and services in the community at large. I was also featured in the Asian Avenue Magazine for the volunteer work I performed.
Giving back to the community is important to me and is why I am running to once again serve on Thornton’s City Council.