Mai Vang is currently serving her second term as a parent board member at HOPE Community Academy. She currently works at ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professional (ACA), located in Edina, MN. She has been with the Association for 20+ years. In her current role, she supports the Education and Events Team.
Mai graduated from the Minneapolis Business College in Roseville, MN, with a diploma in the Administrative Assistant Program. Mai is married to her husband, Nhia Xong Moua, and they have four children together. She enjoys reading, listening to country music, and spending time with her family.
Andy Grover is married to Laurie for over 25 years and lives in Savage with three children and three cats. He enjoys golf, coaching, church, and eating tasty food. Andy has over 24 years of working in education. After starting as an elementary teacher and volleyball coach, Andy moved to teaching computer classes for the last 12 years. He still likes to coach volleyball. Andy thoroughly enjoys working with children and especially the children of HOPE the past three years.
He is serving his second year of a three-year term on the school board. Andy has degrees in the following areas: B.S. in Social Work – Bemidji State University, B.S. in Elementary Education – Bemidji State University.
Zuag Lee is a teacher at Hope Community Academy. She currently teaches English Language (EL) and taught Hmong Language and Culture for year 2017-2018. Ms. Lee graduated from the University of St. Thomas and Concordia University with dual licenses in ESL (K-12) and Early Childhood Education. Ms. Lee has extensive experience working with students and families from diverse cultures combined with having been an educator in the public school systems for many years. She is a strong advocate for higher education and high academic achievement for students.
Her deepest desire is to inspire students to believe in themselves and reach for their goals. Students have asked her what her desire is and her answer is: “My desire is to teach and work with students. My desire came true”.
Ka Zoua Yang is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker currently employed with North Memorial Healthcare as an inpatient Psychiatric Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the College of St. Catherine in 2006, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Ka has over 10 years of experience working with Serious and Persistent Mentally III adults, youth and their families. She was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota and finds value in maintaining connection with her Hmong cultural heritage and language. Ka is married to her husband, Symon Her, and together they have three children, two of whom are students at HOPE.
John Wameng Yang is the Lead Interpreter for the Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC) in South Minneapolis. John coordinates agency interpreters for all Limited English Proficiency patients of CUHCC. John received his B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Health and Wellness Study and an emphasis on Hmong.
If you are a casual volunteer for traditional Hmong funerals and rituals, you may likely have heard of John. John has played and practiced the instrument qeej for over 10 years now. On the weekends, John spends his time out in the community at funeral homes to comfort families of the deceased by playing the qeej.
John enjoys playing multiple sports such as soccer, tennis, flag football and volleyball on his spare time. He also enjoys repairing watches at his parents’ watch shop located at the HmongTown Marketplace.
Sia Lo serves as Senior Executive Assistant for HealthPartners, coordinating projects, meetings, trainings, and providing data analytics. She has been with HealthPartners for over 20 years.
Ms. Lo received her Bachelor of Arts in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado – Boulder in 1993. She took her degree to work with the refugees in the Phanatkhom Refugee Camp in Thailand where she worked as a researcher, teacher, interpreter, and counselor from 1993-1994. Her return to the United States brought her to Minnesota and the start of her career with HealthPartners.
Sia has always been a strong advocate for education. She is a mother with three busy teenager
Donald Lorr lives in the Railroad Island neighborhood since 2000. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and daughter, Maude. Since 2014 he has help lead the Railroad Island Neighborhood Group (RING) worked to grow the outreach to all members of the neighborhood (residents, businesses, and local organizations) to ensure that all voices are included in our discussion & planning. Railroad Island Neighborhood Group (RING) and HOPE Community Academy have partnered on many occasions. Don hopes to foster additional collaborations.
Donald Lorr works at Thomson Reuters as a Taxonomy Manager classifying news stories for better search & retrieval. Don has worked at there since 1999 in a variety of roles including phone technical support, training, and database management. Don received a Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from Dominican University in 2007 and Master of Arts in American Literature from the University of North Dakota in 1995.
Don enjoys running and usually can be found rambling around the paths and trails of the East Side, including Swede Hollow, Bruce Vento, and Battle Creek.