VANA was founded by Vi Ho, RN, PhD, FNP, Tri D. Pham, RN, PhD, ANP/AOCNP, and a number of Vietnamese-American nurses in the summer of 2007 after many years of brainstorming, networking, and a desire to create a professional organization for Vietnamese-American nurses.

VANA Officers

Michael (akaTri) Pham, PhD, RN, ANP, AOCN, BC


Dr. Tri D. Pham is currently an Adult/Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at The University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Tri D. Pham obtained both his BSN and MSN from The University of Texas at Houston Health Science Center-School of Nursing. He obtained his PhD from Texas Woman's University College of Nursing-Houston Center. His research area has been cervical cancer screening practice among Vietnamese-American women in the United States of America. Among his missions are to increase cervical cancer and breast cancer screening among Vietnamese-American women as well as to increase smoking cessation among Vietnamese-American men in the U.S. He also interested in learning about the stressors experienced by male minority student nurses while completing baccalaureate nursing program, and in interventions to minimize or eliminate these stressors.

Christine Nguyen-Moen, DNP, RN, FNP, BC


Dr. Christine Nguyen-Moen is a recent doctoral graduate from the Houston campus of the University of Texas.  She is a certified family nurse practitioner at a Houston area Med-Cure clinic. She also currently serves as an adjunct nursing professor for the BSN program at Texas Woman University.  She is a post-masters certificate student at University of Texas.   She received a community and health service award in 2012 from the U.T Houston Health Science Center, and a summa Cum Laude award in 2002 from Texas Woman University.  She was awarded scholarships from TWU and Houston Community college in 2001. She is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including the Asian Against Domestic Abuse; a member of Multiple Sclerosis organization, the Vietnamese American Nurse Association, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners , and the Houston Area Nurse Practitioners.  Through her leadership in the community, practice and family life, she challenges many around her to continue to question, create, and succeed. Outside of professional interests, she travels widely, reads, writes, bikes, and enjoys living in Houston with her family.

Secretary (Vacant)

Huong Dinh, RN, BSN


Ms. Huong Dinh graduated from the University of Windsor, School of Nursing, Windsor, Canada with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1994. Since then she had been practicing in Windsor & Ontario (Canada), Wyandotte (Michigan), and currently Houston (Texas). She is fluent in both English and Vietnamese. And, she always takes time out of her busy schedule to volunteer for many community activities.  

Andy Vu, RN, BSN

Membership Committee Chair

Andy Vu recently graduated from Texas Woman's University-Houston Center-Collge of Nursing, with a Bachelor Degree of Science in Nursing (BSN). Andy Vu is currently a Clinical Nurse at The Universtiy of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center-Thoracic Surgery Unit on P7.

Van Nguyen, RN, MSN, FNP, BC

Education Committee Chair

Van Nguyen is a nurse practitioner for the Acute Care Services/Nocturnal Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Van graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her BS and MS degrees in nursing. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Houston Area Nurse Practitioners, and Sigma Theta Tau International. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family.

Christy Nguyen, RN, MSN, FNP, BC

Scholarship Committee Chair

Christy Nguyen has been in the nursing profession since 1983. Most of her nursing career has been at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center (CLRMC) in Webster, Texas, where she has dedicated herself to the nursing profession as a Registered Nurse in ICU, CCU, and CVICU for 20 years.  In 2009, with the support of CLRMC, Christy advanced her nursing profession and achieved a MSN degree and FNP certification from the University of Texas Medical Branch.  She has continued to serve her patients at CLRMC, with an advanced level of care, as a Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner. Christy Nguyen has been a member of VANA since 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Scholarship Committee which provides scholarships to exceptional undergraduate nursing students with financial need through scholarship money donated by VANA members or donors in the community. Christy Nguyen is also a member of the Galveston Coalition of Advanced Practice Nurses (GCAPN), Compassionate Service Society, and a volunteer teacher at Hung Vuong Vietnamese School in Houston, Texas. She also volunteers at the BPSOS to assist low-income women with free mammogram screenings.

Board of Directors

Vi Ho, RN, PhD, FNP-BC


Dr. Vi Ho is currently an associate professor at Texas Women's University. Dr. Vi Ho's areas of research interest include,
but are not limited to, cervical and breast cancer screening among Vietnamese-American women in the United States of America. Dr. Vi Ho has been well-known and highly respected among Vietnamese as well as other communities across the country thanked to her tremendous contributions to promoting the health and well-being of each individual and community as a whole. For those who have the privilege and the honor to get to know Dr. Vi Ho, she has been a strong advocate of patient rights and of building stronger and healthier Vietnamese communities around the nation.

Phuong Tran, RN, MSN, FNP, BC


Phuong Tran is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner credentialed by American Academy of Nurse Practitioner. She enjoys caring for patients at all ages with special interest in community health prevention and promotion. Phuong has been working with several communities in the Sharptown - Alief district area to provide health screening and education to low income under-served population. She focuses on disease prevention through health promotion. In her spare time, Phuong enjoys spending time with her family, friends and running after her dog.

Dzu Minh Ho

Mr. Ho has been an invaluable advisor for VANA since its conception. He has been actively involved in all of the VANA meetings and healthfairs, as well as offered his advices and insights to better the organization and the Vietnamese community here in Houston.

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