Board of Directors

Michael Nguyen headshot Michael Nguyen  

As NAAAP’s National Director of Chapter Development, Michael Nguyen, has supported and developed start-up and growing NAAAP chapters all over North America. Before taking on the role of Chapter Development for the past 4 years, Michael Nguyen served as founder and President of NAAAP San Diego (which was established in 2008 at the last southern California convention in Los Angeles). Currently he is also serving as a board member for NAAAP San Diego and NAAAP Southern California. When he is not busy with NAAAP-work, Michael continuously trains for triathlons and marathons, recently finishing the Ironman 70.3 in Italy and training for the upcoming Chicago Marathon in October. In his free time he also works for LPL Financial, “the nation’s largest independent Broker-Dealer”, as a Technology Product Manager serving a network of financial advisors with innovative technical solutions.

Jimmy Thai headshot Jimmy Thai  

 Transformational Leader: Mr. Thai came to America as a refugee in his 20s, empty-handed with no education or English language. He escaped Vietnam 15  times and sent to prison twice before turning 16. Today, he’s cracked the “Bamboo Ceiling” as a VP of a Fortune500 company and given speeches on the American  Dream.

 Effective Communicator: In 2010, Mr. Thai was placed in the top 18 speakers of Toastmasters International’s World Championship of Public Speaking – an  annual competition with 25,000+ contestants from 106 countries. He’s earned the highest award, Distinguished Toastmaster, and founded Leadership Foundation Academy in 2013 to develop Mind-Body-Heart leaders. He teaches at Rancho YMCA.  Mr. Thai held MBA, MSEE, BSEE degrees from UCSD, California State University, Federal Executive Institute, and Defense Systems Management College. He was featured in international magazine Toastmaster and professional publications San Diego Metropolitan and San Diego County Times.

Mymy Lu headshot MyMy Lu

As Public Affairs Manager for Cox Communications in California, MyMy Lu is responsible for developing and executing programs that align closely with Cox’s  corporate strategy for diversity and broadband adoption and managing local strategies and initiatives for government affairs and community relations. MyMy has  been with Cox since 2008, during which time she also worked with the HR team.

Prior to joining Cox, MyMy spent time as a program manager for UCSD and UCLA, helping to develop executive education and research programs. MyMy currently  serves on the executive team for the East Village Association (EVA) and The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA), and as a board member of the  Asian Business Association of San Diego (ABA). MyMy received her Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA with a double major in Psychology & Chinese Studies and a minor in Cognitive Science.  MyMy grew up in Orange County and speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and Vietnamese.

Lulu Hsu headshotLulu Hsu

Lulu Hsu is currently a community volunteer and leader, after her retiring from Solar Turbines in mid-2012 after 35 years with the company. Solar Turbines Inc., a  subsidiary of Caterpillar, is in the energy business providing gas turbine packages up to 22 megawatts for the oil and gas industry as well as for independent power  generation for large facilities. Lulu started in Materials Engineering and moved on to working directly with customers in the 2nd half of her career.   Her last position  at Solar was Director, Business Development and Marketing. Today, she is active in her 2 passions: helping women reach their maximum potential in the workplace and being an amateur classical pianist. She is a founding member and Vice-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Council of the United Way of San Diego, and a supporter of Shakti Rising, a non-profit that is focused on empowering women and developing feminine leadership. She started a volunteer group 4 years ago called GROW (Generating Ripples of Opportunity for Women) to raise money for and awareness of Shakti Rising. Given her Chinese ancestry, and her early years in Malaysia, Lulu is a strong advocate for Asians and the specific challenges of Asian Americans in the corporate world.

unnamedDennis-Michael Broussard

Dennis-Michael Broussard is an event producer, community activist, and professional development and leadership consultant. He is the founder of Silk Road Productions, an events management and production firm that has produced a multitude of acclaimed special events and fund raisers. He dedicates time to and community service through many different causes and communities and has created events that have benefited Christie’s Place, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, Africa Aid, the Surfrider Foundation, and the International Humanity Foundation, among others.

Dennis-Michael is a strong advocate for Asian American issues, particularly when it comes to Asian American community empowerment. He focuses this on youth development and training through his community projects, helping to build the next generation of community leaders. Dennis-Michael also accomplishes this through his civic engagement activities in getting the community informed and involved. Dennis-Michael has an International Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and a Master of Pacific International Affairs from the IR/PS program at UCSD.

mariaMaria L. Cabuang

Maria L. Cabuang is the Corporate Compliance Manager at Scripps Health and is charged with overseeing compliance audits; conducting risk assessments, reviews and investigations; and analyzing regulatory requirements impacting Scripps Health.

Maria earned her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Maria is also a Certified Professional Coder through the American Academy of Professional Coders and is pursuing her Certification in Healthcare Compliance from the Health Care Compliance Association.

Active in the business community, Maria has served on various national and local boards including the American Association of Professional Coders, National Association of Women’s MBA, Toastmasters International, Lions Club International, and the University of Phoenix Alumni Association. Additional active memberships include Health Care Compliance Association, Asian Business Association of San Diego, Pacific Arts Movement, and California State University Long Beach Alumni Association and Health Care Administration Alumni Network.

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