Leadership

Officers

Dr. Quynh Kieu, MD, FAAP

President and Founder

About Dr. Quynh Kieu, MD, FAAP

Dr. Quynh Kieu is a board-certified pediatrician with a medical degree from Saigon Medical School, class of 1975. She completed her residency and fellowship at the University of California Irvine in 1979. Since then, she has been serving the families of Orange County with compassion
and expertise. She is also a passionate advocate for the rights of refugees, and successfully initiated and lobbied for the passage of SB 1358, a bill that allows refugee doctors from Vietnam to obtain a certificate in lieu of diploma and practice medicine in California. She served as
president of the American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 4, and on the legislative leadership of the Orange County Medical Association and State Government Affairs of the AAP.

She founded Project Vietnam Foundation in 1996, a non-profit organization that serves the children and the needy in Vietnam, to fulfill an early childhood vow. She personally leads the Training Team which trains local health workers to improve the quality of pediatric care in
Vietnam, such as introduction of Vitamin K after birth to prevent neonatal bleeding, and the Neonatal Resuscitation, a 10-year effort which successfully lowered the newborn mortality through training nationwide instructors in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the AAP. Since
2010 the team has promoted Pediatric Development surveillance and now early identification and intervention for children with developmental delays and autism. Dr. Kieu has been recognized with numerous awards for her outstanding contributions to medicine and humanitarian work.

She received the “Pride of the Profession” award from the American Medical Association, the highest honor given by the organization. She was also honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Red Cross, the Orange County Commission on Human Rights, , the Clara Barton
Spectrum Awards for Outstanding Women in Orange County, California, ABC’s of Women’s Health Women of Courage Award, and nominated “Woman of the Year” by the California Senate. Dr. Kieu was awarded the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award, the nation’s highest
and most prestigious honor. This award honors individuals and organizations whose services positively impact communities nationwide while inspiring those around them to take action that
changes the world. In addition, she has been educating the public through Vietnamese media (Radio and Television) on health and children for the last 20 years.

Kim Thu Pham

Treasurer

Dr. Luan Nguyen, MD

Foundation Secretary

About Dr. Luan Nguyen, MD

Dr. Luan Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam on Ngay Quan Luc Viet Nam Cong Hoa (Military Forces Day) on June 19, 1966. He is the youngest of 9 children and the family settled in Kansas City, Missouri in 1975 after escaping from Vietnam.

Dr. Luan started medical school at the age of 17 and graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine in 1990. Dr. Luan Nguyen, MD is a cosmetic, plastic & reconstructive surgery specialist. He has been practicing plastic surgery in Huntington Beach, California for the past 28 years. He has been married to Dr. Lynn Phuonglinh Tran, DDS, for 33 years and they have 2 children, Elizabeth and Andrew.

Inspired by the poem ” Footprints in the Sand,” Dr. Luan Nguyen started his 11-year commitment to volunteering with Project Vietnam Foundation (PVNF) and the Vietnamese Physician Association of Southern California (VPASC). He served as VPASC President from 2018 to 2021. He has received recognition for his countless hours of volunteer service from the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.

Board of Directors

Dr. Phuong-Trang Cao, PharmD

Director

About Phuong-Trang Cao, PharmD

Phuong-Trang Cao, PharmD, grew up in a household of four siblings in Pleiku, Vietnam. She came to the US
at 16 and lived with her family while she attended Los Angeles High School, working as a math tutor after school and at McDonalds on the weekends. Then, she attended UCI where she double majored in Chemistry and Biology. Inspired by her mother, she pursued a career in pharmacy, which she accomplished at USC
School of Pharmacy. She has worked at Kaiser Permanente, Century City Hospital, Hoag Hospital, and lastly Fairview Developmental Center as a clinical pharmacist. Since 2016, she has focused her time in raising her two children, who now both attend UCLA, and doing community/ charity work. Most significantly, she has served as the Vice-Chair and Chair for five of the VPASC annual free health fairs, from 2016 through 2020.

Dr. Colleen Kraft, MD

Director

Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California

Division of General Pediatrics, Children Hospital Los Angeles

About Dr. Colleen Kraft, MD

Colleen A. Kraft, MD, MBA, FAAP is a pediatrician with expertise in primary care, children with special healthcare needs, pediatric population health management and accountable care, consulting in early childhood health and wellness. She is also a professor of Pediatrics at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC).

Dr. Kraft is the 2018 Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her background includes work in primary care pediatrics, pediatric education, and health care financing. Dr. Kraft led a pediatric accountable care program at Cincinnati Children’s from 2014-2017. Dr. Kraft served as Interim Medical Director for the Complex Care Program at Cincinnati Children’s from 2016-2017, where she led family-centered design with team-based professionals in the care of medically complex children. She was the Primary Investigator at Cincinnati Children’s for the Children’s Hospital Association Health Care Innovation Award.

Dr. Kraft was the Founding Program Director of the Pediatric Residency at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She developed a Health Care Policy and Management Elective for residents during her time in Roanoke, Virginia. As a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Advisor, she developed practice design models utilizing home visitors as in-home
care managers which resulted in improved medical, behavioral, and educational outcomes.

As President of the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2018, Dr. Kraft is best known for her advocacy for humane treatment of migrant children at the US-Mexico border. Her explanation to the public regarding the harm to young children during the “Zero Tolerance” policy that included separation of children from parents at the border help to mobilize advocates across the political spectrum to end this policy. She continues to advocate for basic child rights for children throughout the world.

Dr. Edward Etzkorn, MD

Director

About Dr. Edward Etzkorn, MD

Dr Etzkorn earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC in 1980. Dr. Etzkorn is board certified in internal medicine and specializes in Geriatrics. He completed his internship at St. Clare’s Hospital in Schenectady, New York and did his residency at District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, DC. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Etzkorn enjoys backpacking, running, and gardening. Dr. Etzkorn is the author of “Sierra Quest.”

Mike Hung Ha, CPE

Director

About Mike Hung Ha, CPE

Mike Hung Ha, CPE is a Senior Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) Manager providing coordination and support for the worldwide Ergonomics and Fleet Safety programs for Abbott Vascular.  He has been at Abbott for 16 years.

Mike has 36 years of experience in the field of ergonomics at 2 Fortune 100 Healthcare Companies and 5 years of experience in Industrial Engineering in the apparel industry early in his career.  He is a certified professional ergonomist and received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE) from Texas A&M University and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE) from Auburn University.

Mike proudest professional moments were helping built the 2 factories in Maine and Illinois that produced the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID quick tests in the Summer of 2020 and being invited as a keynote speaker at the 2022 International Applied Ergonomics Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Mike has been involved with Project Vietnam Foundation since 2007 in various roles, including
fundraising and emceeing at the many previous annual galas.

Tracie Nguyen, MBA

Director

Senior Vice President of Operations

About Tracie Nguyen, MBA

Ms. Nguyen has extensive experience in commercial asset management. In the past two decades, Ms. Nguyen has closed over 2 billion dollars in the following commercial asset classes: office, retail, industrial, flex, multifamily and golf course. In addition, her comprehensive background and experience has led to management roles such as overseeing portfolio management of 6500+ multifamily units and 4.2 million square feet in commercial real estate. Ms. Nguyen has worked in various capacities including acquisitions, syndications, underwriting, due diligence, asset management and operations. Ms. Nguyen received her BA at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and earned an MBA from the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University. She is currently serving on the board of directors for two non-
profit organizations called Project Vietnam Foundation and One Health Medical Group.

Tracy Nguyen, Esq

Director

About Tracy Nguyen, ESQ

Tracy is a dedicated advocate for justice, community service, and positive social change. Graduating with a double major in Political Science and Asian American Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Tracy blended her academic foundation with a thriving career in law. As the co-founder and partner of Page & Nguyen, APC, Tracy practices workers’
compensation and personal injury law. Her commitment to fairness and justice for all drives her legal pursuits.

Tracy’s true passion, however, lies in nonprofit work. She joined Project Vietnam in January 2019, quickly rising to serve as both a Board of Directors (BOD) member and legal counsel. This dual role enables her to apply her legal expertise to support Project Vietnam’s mission of providing healthcare and education to underserved communities domestically, and abroad in
Vietnam.

In addition to her positions, she also manages the high school division of Project Vietnam Foundation, overseeing a dynamic group of over 350 student-members across four high schools. This role allows her to inspire and mentor the next generation of compassionate leaders, instilling in them the values of community service and social responsibility.

Dedication, compassion, and a belief in the power of education and community service define Tracy’s journey. She is committed to advocating for those in need, whether it’s through her legal work or community service endeavors. 

Dr. Donny W. Suh, MD, FAAP, MBA, FACS

Director

About Dr. Donny W. Suh, MD, Faap, mba, facs

Dr. Donny W. Suh, M.D., FAAP, MBA, FACS works at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). He is Professor and Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Mobile Program in the Department of Ophthalmology, UCI. He completed his pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship at The Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his ophthalmology residency at The Eye Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin. He received his medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and he also received his Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Suh is an active volunteer faculty of ORBIS Global Health Programs since 2000, and has traveled to South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa to provide medical and surgical services to the underserved as well as to teach the local ophthalmologists. In December 2021, he became an Orbis’ Medical Advisory Committee member. He also helped to create and establish a vision screening program in Nebraska through Vision Mobile program with the support of the community leaders in Iowa and Nebraska. Currently, he serves as a medical director of Eye Mobile program at University of California at Irvine.

He is a Chief Editor for Medscape Online Reference since March 2016 and has published over 100 articles in major journals and chapters in major textbooks. Also, he is an Associate Editor of Frontier In Ophthalmology and is on the Editorial Board.

He is actively involved with teaching medical students and residents in pediatrics and ophthalmology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). He is currently involved in multiple Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved research projects and actively working with UCI and Creighton medical students, residents in Pediatrics and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Suh was a Chairman of the Annual Meeting Program Committee in pediatric ophthalmology for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the President of Polk County Medical Society in Iowa in 2014 representing over 1,200 physicians in Central Iowa advocating for the patients and medical professionals. He was also Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair for The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) in his subspecialty.

Previously, he worked at the Children’s Hospital of Omaha as the Chief of Ophthalmology Service and Interim Surgeon-in-Chief. He was John and Irene Graether Endowed Chair and Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He was also the Director of Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and currently at UCI.

Dr. Suh is actively involved with research with the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigation Group (PEDIG), which has been sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NIH) since 2000. He has numerous inventions with patents for surgical equipment and medical devices.

He is an Executive Committee member and a Chair for Section on Ophthalmology (SOOp) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). He helps to establish and write guidelines, policies, publications for pediatricians for pediatric eye care. He is also the Chairman for Membership Committee for American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Ophthalmology Section, and he has been voted “Best Doctor in America” and “America’s Top Ophthalmologist” since 2003 to present. He has been inducted to American Ophthalmological Society (AOS), which was founded in 1864, and have been voted “Inventor of the Year” in 2019 at University of Nebraska Medical Center.

He also invented Omni Glasses for the underserved children around the world. It is a 3D printed adjustable glasses that can fit children with any forms of craniofacial abnormalities including microtia. Currently he is providing Omni Glasses for children with microtia at no cost. For his effort, he was given Inventor Award by iAware in 2023.

In 2022, he was nominated and selected as the Bonnie Strickland Champion for Children’s Vision Award from National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness (NCCVEH).

He enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with family.

Marc Nguyen

Director

Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Retired)

About Commander Marc Nguyen
Commander Marc Nguyen immigrated to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. He received his commission in 1987 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. His diverse career has included assignments from around the country (East, Gulf, and West Coast) to the Arctic Circle and the Far East (Guam, Japan, Singapore). His duties covered the full spectrum of Coast Guard missions including Drug Interdiction, Search and Rescue, Maritime Safety and Security, Environmental Protection, and Ice Operations. He retired from the U.S Coast Guard in 2007 after 20 years of distinguished service to our nation. As a civilian, he embodied the Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus “Always Ready” by quickly deploying to Houston to assist Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with Hurricane Harvey’s emergency response. Presently, he continues to serve others as one of many Project Vietnam Foundation volunteers.

Dr. Nhat (Nathan) Le, MD

Director

About Dr. Nhat (Nathan) Le, MD

Dr Nhat “Nathan” Le, MD is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and completed his anesthesia and pediatric anesthesia training at UCLA. He is a board-certified pediatric anesthesiologist and Assistant Chief of Service for Kaiser Permanente Orange County. Dr Le has volunteered with PVNF since 1999, participated in 21 missions, and co-led the surgery team since 2015. He is a PALS Instructor for the American Heart Association & American Academy of Pediatrics. He also serves as the Vice Executive Director of Lien Doan Chi Lang Scout Troop 2279 and a Catachish for St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

His many awards include the American Academy of Pediatrics, Certificate of Recognition for Volunteer, 1999, SCPMG Kaiser Permanente Physician Exceptional Contribution Award 2004,  Kaiser Permanente David Lawrence Community Service Award for Southern California, 2015, US House of Representative Certificate of Recognition for Leadership and Dedication to The Surgery Team for Project Vietnam, 2019, State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition for Volunteer, 2022, and The United States of America, The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2023. He is happily married to his wife Tina and has 3 children, Elise, Maili, and Christian.

Project Vietnam Foundation

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