BOARD OF DIRECTORS - Camp DIRECTORS
Dr. Sung Nguyễn is currently serving as the Camp Director of the 2019 Retreat of Awakening. Dr. Nguyễn received his B.S. in Computer Science for Aviation from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida; M.S. in Computer Science from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota; and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at George Washington University. All of his volunteer work stems from one Vision: Create a nourishing environment for young people to unfold their potential and achieve a balanced and all-embracing lifestyle by promoting and realizing the Bodhisattvas' ideals in service, with compassion and altruism in order to build happy families and communities following the Bodhisattva philosophy. (http://www.bodhiyouth.org)
Mr. Lợi Trần served as the Camp Director of the 2018 Retreat of Awakening.
Thầy Thiện Từ served as the Camp Director of the 2017 Retreat of Awakening.
Ms. Nga (Nicole) Phạm served as the Camp Director of the 2016 Retreat of Awakening. She received her B.B.A. in International Business & Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma and her M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas, Arlington. She currently works as a Business Management Analyst at Northrop Grumman. She loves being around children, as they help keep her heart and mind forever young. She believes that everyone has potential to contribute to the greater good of society, but that potential has a shelf life. Therefore, do not put that potential on hold!
Ms. Thủy (Katie) Trương served as the Camp Director of the 2015 Retreat of Awakening.
Ms. Thanh Vân Nguyễn served as the Camp Director of the 2014 Retreat of Awakening. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and her M.S. in Engineering Technology and Management from the Oklahoma State University. She currently works as a Systems Engineer at Tinker Air Force Base. She lives her life according to the motto: "Life is more meaningful when we dedicate our life towards something bigger than ourselves; be a service to others". Her greatest teachers are her two sons, whom have taught her the gift of unconditional love and patience.
Thầy Đạo Quảng served as the Camp Director of the 2013 Retreat of Awakening. He is a counselor and abbot at the Tam Bảo Buddhist Temple in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgia State University, an M.Ed. in Community Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Ph.D. in Health Psychology at Walden University. He has 25 years of counseling experiences and has worked with diverse populations, including youths, elders, and those in incarcerations. He is a frequent presenter at interfaith summits with other community religious leaders and an invited lecturer at various religious institutions, local universities, and youth organizations. Through his work and practice, Thầy Đạo Quảng hopes to bring people from different cultures, race, and nationalities to come together to enjoy life in Peace, Harmony, and Happiness.
Dr. Hảo Tâm (Tami) Phan is the Treasurer of the Retreat of Awakening organization. She is the founder of Phanily Eyecare, PA. As a University of Houston graduate, she received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees in 1997 and 2002, respectively. She has worked in numerous ophthalmology and optometry settings, which have helped her build her own practices in Houston, TX. As a new and proud member of the Sugar Land-Fort Bend community, Dr. Phan’s objective is to establish a neighborhood eye care center with a cozy optical boutique. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, yoga, salsa dancing, spending time with her nephews and nieces, and doing arts and crafts (especially in card making, painting, and art balloon). Annually, she, her siblings and friends participate in fundraisers by making art and animal balloons at temple festivals. All proceeds from the fundraisers go directly to orphanages in Việt Nam and vision-related charities. Her secrets to “keeping a young heart”: Be silly, laugh at yourself, do not take things too seriously and enjoy the moment.