BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lisa Yang, Co-Chair
Lisa Yang currently works at Western Technical College as a College Advisor. Previously, she was the Director of Upward Bound at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. As an alumni of the Upward Bound program and other TRIO programs, Lisa understands first-hand, what adversities underrepresented students face in educational, professional, and societal systems and structures. Lisa is passionate about equity, education, social justice, mentorship, and giving back to the community. Lisa holds a BA in Sociology and a Masters of Science in Education in Student Affairs Administration, both from UW-La Crosse. Lisa enjoys great food, traveling (to eat great food), learning languages, watching movies and dramas, music, adding more cute things to her Hello Kitty collection, and spending time with her nephew, Sawyer Chiv Ceeb and niece, Gracie Cia Siab.
Bao Yang, Co-Chair
Bao Yang graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with her degree in Sociology. She is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Currently, Bao works at Western Technical College and has years of experience working in financial aid. She looks forward to working with everyone at Cia Siab, Inc. and hopes to carry out the mission.
See Vue, Treasurer
See Vue is the Finance and Administration Director for Traditional Trades in Onalaska, WI. She has been in the financial industry for 21 years starting as a Youth Apprentice and working her way up to Vice President of Lending at Verve, formerly Community Credit Union. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a strong emphasis in Organizational Management from Viterbo University. With any spare time she has on her hands, she spends it on her 4 children and husband.
John Vue, At-Large
John Vue is a student at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and majoring in Sociology. He is passionate about social justice, and want to help make the community (and the world) a better place for people of color. During his free time, he enjoys writing rap songs about the issues that people face every day. Writing rap lyrics is his creative way of expressing myself. He also enjoys working out, spending time with family, and playing sports. He quotes, "I have a long journey ahead, and I hope I can grow and continue to surround myself with the Hmong community. Thanks to my friends who introduced me to Cia Siab, Inc. I was able to find meaning in my identity as a Hmong person. My hope is that Cia Siab, Inc. will continue to grow and make positive changes in the Hmong community."
Jason Tsim Nuj Yaj (He/Her), currently working as a Health Educator with St. Paul – Ramsey County Public Health and I help register BIPOC community members for the vaccine. As an undergraduate student, I was very involved with the Hmong Organization Promoting Education to plan and implement programs about education and bridging cultural gaps for undergraduate students. I’ve also worked with youth and young adults in different capacities, ranging from a Youth Coordinator to being a Graduate Assistant, and my responsibilities ranged from healthy Hmong Identity development to academic success. In my personal life, my siblings and I also started a youth group with my “little” cousins to tour colleges, talk with admission staff members and college advisers, and held workshops to address their questions and needs.