Anasone Silivongxay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Anasone Silivongxay is the interim executive director of LANA. She enjoys networking with the diverse Laotian community across the United States. She is interested in bridging the generational gap between the youth, the young professionals and the elderly in hopes of empowering the community to have greater success in all areas such as social, political and economic.
Anasone has a diverse experience in education leadership and community work. She uses that knowledge and passion to help organize the Laotian National Conference throughout the United States, bringing the youth, the young professionals and the elderly together in one place, in hopes of breaking down the misconception one has about the other. She is passionate and committed to the development of youth leadership. Ergo she is excited to announce the Youth Initiative and the Mentoring program that she and her board members are starting this year.
Anasone received her Bachelors of Science in History and English from Eastern New Mexico University. She also has a Master in Education Leadership from Grand Canyon University. When she is not focused on LANA, she spends her time with her daughter, Anora Paramy 18 and son, Austin Michael 14.
Dara Stieglitz (email@example.com)
Born Tiao Daraphone Souvanna Phouma, Dara Stieglitz was lucky enough to be adopted by her aunt and her Jewish uncle at a time when Laos was experiencing difficult military conflict. Before coming to the United States, she lived in Luang Prabang and Vientiane and was a student at École Marguier. She has lived in Thailand, Belgium, and France before finally settling in Washington, D.C. That is until Dara’s husband moved their family to New Jersey. It is along the Jersey Shore that Dara now calls home.
Dara is a graduate from the Newport Hospital School of Nursing. Then in the winding and circuitous way that life happens if we listen to our hearts, she also achieved a B.S. in Nursing from George Mason University and has a program in Special Education. In keeping with her desire to nurture others in their life paths and to support her role as wife and mother, Dara became a Certified Success Coach and a Certified Family Coach. Dara is a lifelong student of natural healing modalities such as essential oils that support the body’s natural healing processes. And just for fun, she delves Human Design because she finds fulfillment in supporting individuals as they decipher their own personal patterns of thought, speech, and action–empowering people to conduct and interact with others in the most positive and productive manners. Dara also began Laos Forgiveness Project to encourage personal, communal and geographical healing.
As Interim Chair of the LANA Board of Directors, it is Dara’s mission to share her life experiences and gifts in connecting people and purposes to weave solidarity among Laotian Americans, bring a voice to these unique experiences, and, finally, help Laotian Americans succeed in their life dreams.
Howard Houmpheng Phengsomphone (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Howard Houmpheng Phengsomphone is the Vice Chair for LANA. He is also the Executive Director of Lao Association of Connecticut (LAC) Inc. Lao Association is a partner organization of the Southeast Asian Coalition of CT, whose purpose is to seek funding in an effort to increase services for Southeast Asian communities. The Lao Association of Connecticut is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Coalition Commission that advocates legislators to increase equal access for Asian Americans.
Prior to working, for the LAC, Howard was Project Director for the Mayor Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse for City of Providence, Rhode Island. During his decade long tenure, he administered several prevention programs targeted at Southeast Asian youth and families. His passion, dedication, commitment to promote equality for all has earned him the reputation and recognition amongst his peers as one of the most committed in helping the multi-ethnic Laotian American community both at the local and national level and makes him a true unsung hero.
Howard’s human service work and community outreach development spans over three decades across two continents, starting with his work at Nongkhai Refugee Camp in Thailand, thereafter at the United States Embassy in Bangkok Refugee Section as a interpreter, providing daily interpreting/case management services for refugees to resettle in United States.
Howards’s dedication to humanity, immigration, health, and community organizing with the multi-ethnic Laotian American community and Southeast Asian American community in the State of Connecticut and United States of America has earned him many recognition from the community. Mr. Phengsomphone is a recipient of 30 years of leadership in advancing the interests of Laotians from SEARAC on September 26, 2009.
Howard is the resident Lao language specialist where he graciously volunteers his time translating documents from English into the Lao language.
Vilay Chaleunrath (email@example.com)
Vilay Chaleunrath is the Co-Treasurer of LANA. He is the former Executive Director of the Newcomer Community Service Center a non-profit, community based organization located in Washington, D.C. He started working with the Newcomer Community Service Center in 1980. As the ED he supervises the day to day activities of the center which provides direct services such as ESL, job counseling and placement, immigration services, health education and outreach, senior employment & training program to refugees, asylees and new immigrants in the Washington Metro- area. Then in 1999 he became the Co-Chair of the Laotian American National Alliance (LANA) with a mission to mobilize Laotian Americans to promote social and economic advancement through civic participation and public policy advocacy. At the same time he became the Convener of the Lao Community Forum. In this new role he coordinated meetings and other activities with 14 Lao associations in the Washington Metropolitan area to provide a network of sharing inputs and ideas. He also jointly worked on the community newsletters, calendar of events, and organized Lao New Year and other celebrations. By 2000 he became the Chair of the Lao American Women Association (LAWA) board of advisors in the DC Metro area. LAWA offers Lao language classes, traditional music and dance classes to Lao youth in the area.Currently, Mr. Vilay is the Co-Treasurer of LANA.
Dr. Alex Vilaythong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Alex Vilaythong, is the Secretary of LANA. He is a Doctor of Osteopathy. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology and Psychology from Texas A&M University and his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX.He completed his residency in family medicine at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical Center. He is certified by the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also has active membership with the American Academy of Family Physicians and Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. His areas of interest include international health, refugee health, and women’s health.
He has over twelve publications on varies topics on health including a textbook, Refugees Worldwide: Cultural Influences on Health.
He is enjoying his duty as a family doctor and family man. He recently opened up several charity clinic in Texas giving access to medical for the less fortunate. He is passionate about giving access for those who needs it but cannot afford it.
Khao Insixiengmay (email@example.com)
Khao Insixiengmay, from Savannakhet, Laos, was an officer in the Royal Lao Army who received his military training in Laos, France and the United States. Recruited in 1968 from the Royal Lao Army, he served for 7 years with CIA Case Officers in the Special Guerrilla Units (SGU). Currently, he is a US citizen living in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Since 2009, Khao has been the Executive Director of the Royal Lao Armed Forces & SGU Veterans. He is a member of the Special Forces Association and the American Legion. As the ED of the Royal Lao Armed Forces & SGU, he is passionate about getting the Lao Vets recognized so they can receive their veterans benefit.
Johnathan Phoummany (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Johnathan Phoummany, like many others, is a first generation Lao-American born here in the US after his parents emigrated from Luang Prabang, Laos. He is passionate about sharing his Lao culture and helping empower the Lao community. Over the years, he has been active volunteering and organizing the annual Wat Lao Samakhitham Sports Festival. Also at his current residence in NYC, he helped organized the highly successful Fashion For Philanthropy event, a fundraiser for Legacies of War. He is excited to take on his new role with LANA and continue positive growth within our Lao communities.
Johnathan received his Bachelors of Business Marketing degree from St. Bonaventure University in 2003. While there he played on the Men’s Soccer team for 4 years on a D1 scholarship and demonstrated great leadership skills by captaining the team starting his sophomore year.
He has worked in the pharmaceutical sales industry for almost 10 years with experience in the Cardiovascular, Hypertension, Mental Health, and Pediatric markets. Currently, he is in a Sales/Marketing role with a radiology company in NYC.
Arlene Samona (email@example.com)
Iowa native, Arlene Samona is a Sales and Service manager of U.S. Bank in Las Vegas. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration: Human Resources. She has always been passionate about serving and improving the community and focusing on ways to strengthen it by bringing people together to expand networks and resources. She continues to do so by serving as Co-Vice President of the US Bank Southern Nevada Development Network Board and being a member of the Community Outreach Committee of Vegas Young Professionals.
Arlene is a motivated first generation Asian-American whose father is from Thailand and mother from Laos. She seeks to help preserve cultures and traditions while bridging the gap between generations. She has a deep love and sincere concern for humanity. Arlene leaves an imprint everywhere she goes.
Before moving to Las Vegas, Arlene was appointed and served as a Commissioner on the Status of Asian and Pacific Islanders for the State of Iowa’s Department of Human Rights by the Governor while working for Senator Jeff Danielson. Arlene has a variety of skill sets and experiences that can help continue LANA’s mission and vision.
Tony Innouvong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tony Innouvong is a first generation Lao American. He works as an independent consultant with experience in business development, event and program coordination, and community organizing. Tony received his BA in international business from Seattle University and MBA from Alcorn State University. Leveraging his business background and passion for creative arts, Tony launched a self-titled accessories line in 2015. In the community, he serves on the leadership team for Connecting Lao American Youth (CLAY) and teaches a financial literacy course in partnership with Lao Heritage Foundation.
Jonathan Vorasane (email@example.com)
Jonathan Vorasane is a natural born leader with an entrepreneurial spirit who received his MBA from American International College. He has worked in the finance, tech and consulting industry specializing in process improvement and scalability. As a second-generation Laotian American, Jonathan had the privilege to visit Laos for the first time in the fall of 2015. After his memorable trip, Jonathan set on a mission to help the community expand its footprint in America. Jonathan is on a new journey to help expand his family restaurant business in the Louisville Metro area. With Jonathan’s vast experience in the private sector, LANA will be able to leverage his point of view to ensure we achieve our goals.
Our mailing address and contact details:
Laotian American National Alliance
c/o Newcomer Community Service Center
1628 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202 370 7841