2017-2018 School Year
Scott Iseri, Chairman
Scott Iseri is an attorney at Children’s Law Center, a non-profit, public interest law firm that represents children’s in dependency court. He uses his experience of working with youth to represent neglected and abused children in the Los Angeles foster care system. Prior to CLC, Scott developed programs that provided youth with leadership development, academic, employment and mental health services for the Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA). From 2008-2010, he served as the External Program Director for Project MotiVATe, and has previous served as a mentor and coordinator. Scott holds a JD from Whittier Law School and a BA in Political Science and Psychology & Social Behavior from UC Irvine. Scott enjoys eating fried carbs, watching movies and playing basketball. He is a fan of the Lakers and Dodgers.
Chris Nguyen, Treasurer
Chris Nguyen is an attorney by profession with a wide range of experience in civil litigation, bankruptcy, administrative hearing and real estate law. His real estate practice focused on representing consumers in landlord-tenant eviction defense, foreclosure defense, predatory lending and other mortgage related laws. Initially representing clients at IHSS administrative hearings, Chris has begun to emphasize more focus on representing minors with special needs such as autism and down syndrome. Chris attended the University of Southern California (USC) and received a B.S. in Business Administration in 2005. In 2008, Chris obtained his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from New York Law School and was admitted to practice in California. Cal State Bar # 259922.
Kristine Louie, Vice-Chair
Kristine is currently working as a Finance Manager at a Landscape Architect company in Irvine. She got involved with PM through friends at UCI’s Vietnamese American Coalition, who at the time were the Program Directors of PM looking for a Coordinator. That was 10 years ago and since then she’s found a passion for volunteering with the community and working with youth. In her spare time she enjoys being active, currently running half marathons, trying new food, meeting new people, and being challenged in life.
Ben Quan, Co-Secretary
Quoc Quan Le
Quoc Quan grew up in Oshkosh, WI. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Film, Video, and New Genres. He moved out to California the following year in hopes of one day working in the entertainment industry. He currently works with the Boys & Girls Club of Westminster and does freelance videography and photography on the side.
Coordinators & Mentors
Kelly Yu Yin, Co-Admin/Finance Coordinator
Long Nguyen, Mentor
Lê Võ Duy Việt, Mentor and Study Hall Coordinator
Việt is commonly referred to by Americans as Duck (Vịt). He grew up away from the center of Vietnamese-American existence, instead deciding to grow up among Taiwanese people in Irvine. He’s a brilliant test taker, and took several years in between graduating in 2010, griping about people saying that the only thing you can do with an English degree is become a teacher, before finally realizing that he’s pretty good at being a teacher. He’s currently in the middle of getting his teaching credential for History which means that if you ask him about anything historical he will pin you to the ground and spew history directly into your mouth until your eyeballs dry up in their sockets.
Do not do this.
Việt can frequently be found by looking for the loudest person in the entire room. He strongly suggests that you walk as swiftly as you can away from that person, lest you accidentally ask something about history.
Protect your eyeballs.
Leah Nguyen, JD, Mentor
Leah is originally from San Diego, California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Finance. She received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has been practicing law in California for the past 7 years. She has been living in Orange County for the past 3 years. Besides volunteering at PM, she enjoys staying active by attending spinning, yoga and pilates classes.
Chris Nguyen, Mentor and Board Member
Nancy Nguyen, Mentor
Vy Duong, Mentor
Quyên Lê, MPH, Mentor and Social Media Coordinator
Quyên is originally from the Golden State and hails UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins University as alma maters for her Bachelor and Masters of Public Health, respectively. She currently work as a Clinical and Translational Science Research Assistant at the USC Keck School of Medicine; prior to this, she worked as a Study Coordinator at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and as an intern in Hue, Vietnam for the Pediatric Nutrition Project spearheaded by Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation. In addition to working with children, adolescents and teenagers with a variety of different needs (e.g. attention deficit, malnutrition, cognitive and behavioral issues, rare genetic diseases), she has extensive background knowledge and experience in public health, humanitarian aid, community outreach, filmmaking, journalism, and tutoring a variety of subjects such as biology, chemistry, writing, and piano.
She loves cats, coffee, and cinema.
Iral Dang, Previous Mentor Coordinator and Mentor
Iral has eight years of experience working in the non-profit sector. In 2013, She became a mentor and continue to mentor those around her. She looks forward to taking part in the growth and transformation of Project MotiVATe in the years to come.
Jon Dang, Previous Study Hall Coordinator and Mentor
Jon joined Project MotiVATe in 2013 where he started as a volunteer. Since then, he has volunteered as a mentor and as a coordinator. His time spent with the mentees have been a fulfilling experience; he finds that their energy and silliness keeps him young at heart, and seeing them grow over the years has been rewarding.
Troy Lai, Previous Mentee
Steven Xiong, Previous Mentor