April 25, 2016

Our Staff

(From left to right:  Josie Vue, Harinder Sandhu, Mercedes G. Wise, Diana Anaya, Muang Saechao, Andrey Ambalov, Yang Yee Vang, Marina Pavolov, Minh Tran, Yang Xiong and Atary Xiong.  Not in the picture:  Winnie Kwan, Nai Saephan, Larry Khon)

SAAC currently employs 15 regular staff and six on-call contractors. They speak the following languages: Hmong, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Mien, Cambodian, Lao, Punjabi, Arabic, Farsi, Dari, and Pashto.  To get in touch with our staff, click here or the image on the right for our staff directory.

Below are our staff with the language(s) that they speak being designated following their names.

Administrative Staff:

  • Executive Director: Yang Xiong – Hmong
  • Organizational Resource Specialist & Administrative Assistant: Harinder Sandhu – Punjabi, Hindi

Cultural & Linguistic Specialists:

  • Atary Xiong – Hmong, Lao, Thai
  • Josie Vue – Hmong
  • Yang Yee Vang – Hmong
  • Mercedes Gonzalez Wise – Spanish
  • Diana Anaya – Spanish
  • Emma Neri-Williams – Spanish
  • Andrey Ambalov – Russian, Ukrainian
  • Marina Pavlov – Russian, Ukrainian
  • Minh Tran – Vietnamese
  • Winne Kwan – Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Muang Saechao – Mien, Lao, Thai
  • Nai Saephan – Mien
  • Larry Khon – Cambodian


  • Naseer Ahmad – Farsi, Dari, and Pashto
  • Nazir Ahmad Popal – Farsi, Dari, and Pashto
  • Ali Alhaidary – Arabic
  • Mohamad Ammar Al Nuss – Arabic
  • Debra Poon – Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Yvonne Wong-Takechi – Cantonese, Mandarin
  • Sam Le – Vietnamese
  • Vaming Xiong – Hmong