MEET THE HAWA TEAM

BOARD MEMBERS

MAI XIONG

CHAIR

MUDAH HTOO

BOARD MEMBER

Sang Chin Par

BOARD MEMBER

May Vang

BOARD MEMBER

STAFF

TAMMIE XIONG

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

TAMMIE@HAWAMKE.ORG

Tammie Xiong (pronouns: she/her/hers) currently serves as the Executive Director for the Hmong American Women’s Association (HAWA), in Milwaukee, WI, a grassroots social justice organization led by Southeast Asian women and queer fem women that is dedicated to ending gender-based violence against Southeast Asian women, girls, and LGBTQ folks. She has dedicated over 14 years to providing advocacy for Southeast Asian women and girls in Milwaukee through literacy development, parent education, community education, domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, and leadership development of Southeast Asian girls. Tammie’s current leadership roles include serving on the WI Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and as a Commissioner for the City of Milwaukee Commission for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Tammie is deeply passionate about building fierce, engaged, socially conscious young Southeast Asian women that will use their gifts to impact the world. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English/Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters of Science in Administrative Leadership with Emphasis in Adult Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In her free time, Tammie enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and baking.

See Moua is the Director of Advocacy at Hmong American Women’s Association since 2017. Prior to this role, she provided support to domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and the Southeast Asian communities through the 24/7 Hmong Family Strengthening Helpline–the first domestic violence and sexual assault Hmong bilingual Helpline in the country. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As a survivor of domestic violence, she understands the barriers victims and survivors must go through to obtain support and/or navigate social systems. See is passionate about ending violence against women, girls and queer folx and is continuously working to strengthen families within the Hmong and Southeast Asian community. In her free time, See enjoys watching a good Sci-fi or time-travel movie/series on Netflix.

SEE MOUA

DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

SEE@HAWAMKE.ORG

PAUL VANG

DIRECTOR OF CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

PAUL@HAWAMKE.ORG

Paul Vang serves as the Civic Engagement Director here at HAWA. He is a former science educator and is passionate about helping to build power within the Southeast Asian community by engaging in conversations with people at their doors, hosting educational events that are open to the public, as well as educating elected officials on the southeast asian population here in Milwaukee.

Leana Yang, (pronouns: she/her/hers/Queen, anything said with love) is a single mother, working full time as the Director of Education and Outreach at HAWA. She is a survivor that speaks on Women empowerment and embodies being an unapologetic, Hmong Queer Fem Leader in Milwaukee. Leana is dedicated to uplifting Women in the community and values the safety of SEA Women, Queer Folks, and young girls. Her goals are providing the knowledge and connecting resources for our community, so SEA Women, Queer Folks, and young girls can live in a world free from violence. 
 
Outside of work, Leana enjoys quality family time with her son and partner at home. In addition, she enjoys working out, writing, and reading. 

LEANA YANG

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION & OUTREACH

LEANA@HAWAMKE.ORG

Yer Lor

SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVOCATE

YER@HAWAMKE.ORG

Ntxawm is a Southeast Asian Advocate at HAWA where she provides direct services and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She also provides youth advocacy support. Ntxawm graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Cheraty Par serves as HAWA’s Southeast Asian Advocate. Cheraty joined HAWA in Dec 2017. Prior to joining HAWA, Cheraty did case management for refugees assisting in securing employment and job skill development.  Cheraty speaks Burmese, English and Chin. Cheraty also serves the community by providing support to our refugee communities, and educating elected officials on Milwaukee’s Southeast Asian population.

CHERATY PAR

SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVOCATE

CHERATY@HAWAMKE.ORG

NAOMI CHIN TIAL

YOUTH ADVOCATE

CHIN@HAWAMKE.ORG

Chin is a Youth Advocate with the Hmong American Women’s Association and also provides advocacy services to our Southeast Asian Community. Chin graduated from Mount Mary University in 2019 and received her Bachelor degree in Sociology, History and a certificate in Peacebuilding.
 
Before HAWA, Chin was actively involved in her Chin community through various youth programs and provided help to her community with language barriers and other basic needs. Chin also has been a volunteer teacher at her church for more than 5 years. Through her volunteering, she found her passion in working with youth. Chin’s goal is to create and provide a safe and healthy environment for families and youth. She believes in girls and women power to transform the world.
 
Chin is a nature lover, and loves to explore the wild and garden. She also loves to play volleyball and soccer.

Me Htway serves as the Southeast Asian Advocate at the Hmong American Women’s Association.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Spring 2019.  She migrated as a refugee in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in Fall 2007.  She always helped volunteers in a refugee community since she started as a freshman in High School.

Me Htway joined HAWA as an intern in Fall 2018 and continued working with HAWA to strengthen families within the Southeast Asian community.  As she started working with survivors of women at HAWA, she values a justice of ending domestic violence and sexual violence against women and girls within the Southeast Asian Community in Milwaukee. Me Htway is fluent in both Sgaw and Pwo Karen and an intermediate level of speaking Burmese. 

Outside of work, Me Htway always finds time to spend with her family.

 

ME HTWAY

SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVOCATE

ME@HAWAMKE.ORG

ZONG YANG

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LGBTQ ADVOCATE

ZONG@HAWAMKE.ORG

Zong Yang, (Zoo Yaj) is a Southeast Asian LGBTQ Advocate with Hmong American Women’s Association. With eight years experience in non-profit community work and learning from Hmong Women and LGBTQ leadership, Zong has been a part of both local, national and international efforts to end gender-based violence against Southeast Asian Women, Girls and LGBTQ people.  In his role, he develops and runs youth empowerment programs and supports victims & survivors through case management in the areas of: domestic violence, sexual assault and family rejection.

Zong graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. In addition, he is a long time member of ManForward, an organization dedicated to mobilize Southeast Asian young men and boys to end gender based violence and deportation. He loves, and believes in community transformation in order to build a better world for the most impacted communities.

In addition to his work at HAWA, Zong is an artist and community organizer. His art and organizing work is centered on ending gender-based violence through local advocacy and visual creativity throughout the upper Midwest.

Ger Yang is the Southeast Asian Advocate at Hmong American Women’s Association. Before HAWA, Ger provided Administrative, Educational, and Emotional support to the Southeast Asian community in Milwaukee and in Minnesota. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Ministry from Crown College. Ger has a passion for working with families and have always centered her work around empowering girls, women, and queer individuals.

During her free time, she likes to enjoy her day with a good book, a play date with her dog, and trying out new adventures outdoors.

GER YANG

SOUTHEAST ASIAN ADVOCATE

GER@HAWAMKE.ORG

KATHY THAO

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT COORDINATOR

KATHY@HAWAMKE.ORG

Kathy Thao graduated from Mount Mary University with a major in Justice and minor in History. She is the Administrative Support Coordinator at HAWA, who does a lot of the administrative things, but also assists and supports all advocates with anything they need. Her goal and value is supporting all Southeast Asian women and LGBTQ folks in anything they need and helping them be free of violence.

Outside of HAWA, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching Asian dramas, and traditional Hmong and Thai dancing.

Thao Vue is the Citizenship Coordinator at the Hmong American Women’s Association. She majored in both Business Administration and Sociology at Mount Mary University. As the Citizenship coordinator, she organizes and facilitates the citizenship classes and assists clients and students in filling out their naturalization paperwork with a goal to help as many Permanent Residents as possible to achieve U.S. citizen status.

Outside of work, she enjoys watching Asian dramas, movies, T.V. shows and anime.


THAO VUE

CITIZENSHIP COORDINATOR

THAO@HAWAMKE.ORG

VINA XIONG

DIGITAL MEDIA & EVENTS COORDINATOR

VINA@HAWAMKE.ORG

Vina Xiong attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies. Her role as the digital media and events coordinator focuses on creating, and editing video content to engage the broader community, and spreading HAWA’s mission and values. She values uplifting the voices of women, girls and LGBTQ folks and hopes to become a resource for them in their pursuit of life. She spends her time reading sci-fi novels, and playing board games with her family.

Nataya Luang is a Southeast Asian Community Organizer at Hmong American Women’s Association. She started off as a member in one of HAWA’s youth programs called Project Visible. From then on, she continued her work With HAWA by working more closely with staff. She eventually joined the team and is currently working with informing the community on voting and the 2020 census. She also works on HAWA’s Instagram by promoting and connecting with young women and girls of color. All that being said, Nataya’s goal in life is to see growth and change within the community.

NATAYA LUANGPHAXYACHACK

HAWA DAUGHTERS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

NATAYA@HAWAMKE.ORG

FANTASY VANG

HAWA DAUGHTERS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

FANTASY@HAWAMKE.ORG

Fantasy (Fanny) is still currently in high school at the moment, but besides that they are a Southeast Asian Community Organizer at HAWA. Their work with HAWA has been a long journey. They have helped out with youth outreach videos, food pantry for the community, back to school supplies for younger kids, and created an instagram page called “hawagirlpower” as a social platform where they can outreach and share content with younger girls/women & queer folx to face against what they are going through. Their goals are undefined, but they challenge themself to strive into the medical field while helping their sisters out with their own hardships. Besides their work, they love to read poems, work out, sing their voice out, volunteer their free time to their community and be themself. They believe in themself and their abilities to empower others.

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