Team Members

Natalie Xuan Van
Chairwoman, Board of Directors

Natalie is currently holding the position of CFO with a company that deals with generators and related equipment. She has previously gained her experiences working within the automotive and computer industries.

Ms. Van was also a professor of Managerial Accounting and Cost Accounting while concurrently holding the position of Accounting Controller. Her bachelor degree in Accounting and MBA degree in Finance from California State University, Long Beach as well as her Master degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton have served her well in successfully undertaking leadership roles in her career.

Ms. Van also devotes her time to serve various charitable organizations in Southern California.

Tue Phuong Van
Member, Board of Directors

Tue Phuong graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master degree in Education. She has pursued her education with the goal of better assisting the organization, Education For The Poor, in its charitable work. After acquiring many years of experience in the field, Ms. Van returned to school and obtained a California teaching credential in Accounting.

In 1989, Ms. Van became the Treasurer of The Association of Vietnamese Language & Culture Schools of Southern California with the hope of preserving and promoting the ability of young Vietnamese-American individuals to speak Vietnamese. She worked determinedly to acquire sufficient financial resources to fund the first Pedagogic Training session of the organization.

Hung Hoang

Hung holds a Master of Accountancy from California State University, Fullerton and is currently pursuing his CPA licensure. Presently, he works as an accountant at a bank in Irvine, California. Mr. Hoang was a contributing author to EFTP’s written textbooks, and audio recordings utilized in the Summer English program. In addition, he volunteered to be an instructor in 2009 and 2010 in order to learn more about the needs of the students in Vietnam.

Yen-Chau Van
Internal Affairs

Yen Chau Van has been a member of Education For The Poor since 2006. She is a strong advocate of the power of education as a long-lasting way to improve lives. She is currently in a pediatric medicine residency program at Loma Linda Hospital.

Quynh Chau Hoang

Quynh-Chau Hoang graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2013 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology. She is continuing her education at Cypress College to work on her prerequisites for Physician Assistant School. Quynh-Chau was also a volunteer instructor for EFTP’s Summer English Program three times.

Ai-Chau Hoang has been a member of Education For The Poor since 2006. She is a former volunteer for the EFTP Summer 2008 and 2009 English program. Currently she is in a family medicine residency program in Stockton.

Mai Vy Nguyen was a volunteer of the 2010 Summer English Program. She currently attends Cypress College to work on her pre-reqs for pharmacy school and to obtain a minor in Business. She is currently the volunteer coordinator for Puente Club and the photo journalist for Club LEAD. She was also a VP for International Club. She enjoys volunteering her time at her community's projects and believes that if we can lend a hand to help people who are in need of help, the community would be better.

Elizabeth Van is majoring in Finance and Accounting at California State University, Long Beach. She is part of the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) Program and is also the Corporate Relations Director for the Financial Management Association (FMA) at her school. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, and watching television shows.

Bao-Chau Hoang is a first-year college student majoring in Accounting. She was one of the volunteers for the 2010 Summer English Program in Hue. Bao Chau still enjoys swimming following her role as Water Polo and Swim Captain at Los Alamitos high school.

Tuong Van Nguyen was a former volunteer English Instructor with the EFTP Summer 2009 Program. She is currently working on her doctorate degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Ms. Nguyen graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2008 and received her Bachelor degree in Biology and a Minor in Cognitive Psychology. Before medical school, she has worked full-time at UC Irvine as a LARC Tutor Advisor. She has a strong interest in working with the underserved and hopes to continue to contribute as much as she can to the global community.

Tru Vu received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984.

Tru Vu’s first job took him to California where he served as an system engineer for the F-14 software support team based at Pt. Mugu Naval Air Weapon Station. Feeling there’s more left to life than a job and a family, Mr. Vu followed his passion for art and left his secured position at Pt. Mugu to pursue a Master degree in Landscape Architecture. The Landscape Architecture program at Cal Poly Pomona was a rude awakening to our human’s ignorance of the environment’s efficient yet delicate balance as an ecosystem. The principles of sustainable living clash in many ways with our extravagance concept of beauty and rather than negotiating for the partnership of the two (a notion more complex than a tangled web), Mr. Vu opted for the next adventure. By pure chance, a short term project in the field of HIV health educator has turned into full time employment. This new found vigor as an educator lured Mr. Vu back to school to get a teaching credential. Following the successful completion of the credential program at the University of Texas at Austin and convinced that this is the right path, Mr. Vu continued to pursue a Master degree in education. Mr. Vu received a Master of Art in Education Technology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2004. Currently, Mr. Vu is a math teacher at Jordan High School, Long Beach, California.

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Contact Us

Education For The Poor
P.O. Box 1128
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Phone: 562.430.1729 | Email

Get Involved

You can assist us in a number of ways in helping the poor in VN:

  • Participate in our Summer English Program by becoming a volunteer teacher for five weeks.
  • Recruit qualified volunteers to serve as English teachers for our Summer Program.
  • Set Education For The Poor up as a charitable program with your company so we can receive contributions from the employees and matching donations from the company.