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OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Mai Xiong
CHAIR

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OUR STAFF

Tammie Xiong  |  Executive Director  |  tammie@hawamke.org 

Tammie (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  |  Advocacy Director  |  see@hawamke.org 

See is the Advocacy Director 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.

Leana Yang  |  Outreach & Education Director  |  leana@hawamke.org 

Leana (pronouns: she/her/hers/Queen, anything said with love) is a single mother, working full time as the Outreach & Education Director 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. 

Zong Yang  |  Queer Justice Director  |  zong@hawamke.org 

Zong, (Zoo) is the Queer Justice Director at 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  |  Children and Youth Director  |  ger@hawamke.org 

Ger is the Children and Youth Director 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.

Paul Vang  |  Civic Engagement Director  |  paul@hawamke.org 

Paul 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.

Yer Lor  |  Southeast Asian Advocate  |  yer@hawamke.org 

Yer/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  |  Southeast Asian Advocate  |  cheraty@hawamke.org 

Cheraty 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.

Naomi Chin Tial  |  Southeast Asian Advocate  |  chin@hawamke.org 

Chin is a Southeast Asian 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.

Kathy Thao  |  Administrative Support Coordinator  |  kathy@hawamke.org 

Kathy 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  |  Citizenship Coordinator  |  thao@hawamke.org 

Thao 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.

Vina Xiong  |  Digital Media & Events Coordinator  |  vina@hawamke.org 

Vina 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.

Fantasy Vang  |  Youth Lead Organizer  |  fantasy@hawamke.org 

Fantasy (Fanny) Vang (pronouns: she, her, hers or anything said with love & respect) is currently attending Mount Mary University. She is a survivor who advocates for young girls and womens around her. Been a part of HAWA for a long time through three different programs: Project Visible, HAWA Daughters, & SAY MKE. Fantasy is committed to raise the safety of SEA women, queer folk and young girls among women in the society and values them. Her goal is to aim and provide our community with information and space, so that SEA women, queers and young girls are able be set free from violence and led young girls to become leaders of their own.

Outside of work, Fantasy enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Loves to read empowering poem books and building self-love.

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