April 7, 2016
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Phouninh Vinxayvong has been partnered with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota since 1994. Initially, she was working with the Lao Women’s Association and shared office space with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota. She than joined the Lao Center staff team in 2009 as an employee than started volunteering in 2011. She started as a Chemical Health Coordinator but also does many things. She deals with any social service issues that are immigration and citizenship based. She has certifications with Chemical Health and she obtained a degree in Chemical Dependency from Metro U. She is a certified counselor for Chemical Dependency for 7 metro county areas. Mrs. Phouninh also teaches Lao Traditional Dancing.
Geng Vang is an employee of Hennipen County that is with the Lao Center as a core location space to work with the Lao Community. He has been familiar with the Lao Center for approximately 3 years now. He helps the Lao Community navigate the county systems. He works as a case manager with the Department Office of Multicultural Services with Hennepin County. He also speaks 5 languages: Hmong, Laotian, Thai, French and English. He works to assist those of the Hmong and Lao community members.
Todd Littana started with the Lao Assistance Center of MN on August 30th 1994. He has earned approximately 30-40 certifications as well as new upcoming certifications. His primary role at LACM is employment. What he focuses on is job seeking and applying for unemployment. He also works with social services and outreach. Recently, Todd also became the head of the Lao Youth Program at the Lao Assistance Center and works with the youth on topics of leadership, culture, and more.
He started at the Lao Center in 2008 as a Chemical Health Outreach worker. Than in 2009, he started to work more with the home ownership services at the Lao Center. He has a NCHEC Certification in Homeownership and in Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling. He worked mostly with prospective first time homebuyers and also with Civic Engagement. He also works with Community Power recycling efforts.
Health Project Coordinator
Vilamone Tran is Lao Center’s Health Project Coordinator. She Leads and manages the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She designs, direct, and provide education to program participants and coordinate & lead health events in a culturally appropriate setting and language. Tran enjoys working with the community.
Fun Facts About Me:
Most of my family & friends call me “Mama Noy.” I have accepted the fact that this nick name will forever be with me. I know a name says a lot about a person, but don’t let my nick name fool you! I’d like to think that I am not that old or grey. I am an active mother of 2. I still enjoy dancing and hanging out with friends every chance I get. I am also a travel ball mom, which means I am constantly on the go- several nights a week, weekends, and holidays.
Linda Homsombath is a housing and employment coordinator and she also does work with Civic engagement. She runs many different programs at the Lao Center. She is a certified housing counselor, which includes home buying, foreclosure, rental, and home ownership. For employment, she helps with resume building, career building, training, connecting with employers and other stuff and is related with employment such as job search.
Chongchith Saengsudham has been with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota for 12 years. Her main focus at the Lao Center is public health and health services. She runs many different programs. Chongchith is the Breast and Cervical Cancer Outreach Educator and also the program manager of different programs such as CHIPRA, Health Prevention & Education, Leader National Gender & Equity Campaign, MNSure Navigator, Civic Engagement, General Support, and more. She is certified to provide interpreting and translating services, cultural and linguistic support and unemployment services.
Sunny Chanthanouvong is the Executive Director and has been with the Lao Center since 1992. When he started working here he ran the youth program. In 2001, he was promoted to the Executive Director position. Ever since than he has worked to maintain and run the organization as a whole, from administration to day-to-day operations. He oversees all of the programs that the Lao Center has to offer and is certified in many different fields.