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Co-chair

Dr. Yee Xiong, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Yee Xiong is an addiction psychiatry fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. She completed her residency in the Hennepin-Region Psychiatry Residency Program. She went to the University of Minnesota then medical school at St. George's University. In medical school, she fell in love with psychiatry and helping people heal their heart, body, and mind. Her biggest fear in life is looking back at it and wondering what she's done with it, because tomorrow matters.

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Co-chair

Dr. Ying Xiong, PT, DPT
Physical Therapist

Dr. Ying Xiong is a Doctor of Physical Therapy who works with students with disabilities.  In his clinical experience, mental health has been a strong factor affecting the wellness of his patients.  Dr. Ying also has his own walk with mental health and suicide that drives his community work.  He is the co-chair of Project Tshav Ntuj and also co-chairs the Hmong Healthcare Professionals Coalition.

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Secretary

Koobmeej Lee
Cultural Artist

An up and coming cinematographer and artist who wants to create content that focuses on Hmong Culture and Language. His channel Koulmeng explores the intricacies of being Hmong America with a hint of comedy.

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Treasurer

Payingchia Moua
Communications Project Manager

Payingchia is a Communications Project Manager who is passionate about raising awareness and providing education on the topic of mental health and suicide prevention to the community. She manages Project Tshav Ntuj’s social media platforms and communications.

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Clinical Consultation and Outreach Specialist

Dr. Alyssa Kaying Vang, PsyD, LP, BC-TMH
Licensed Psychologist

Alyssa Kaying Vang, PsyD is a Licensed Psychologist with over twenty years of clinical experience. She currently provides mental health services to diverse populations through her private practice, Vanguard Mental Health and Wellness Clinic, LLC.  Dr. Vang is passionate about culturally-competent mental health services for her Hmong community. She provides consultation, supervision, and training on culturally-specific mental health services.

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Clinical Consultation and Outreach Specialist

Mary Vang Her, LICSW
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

Mary Vang Her is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with over 18 years of experience working with children and families in St. Paul and surrounding communities in Minnesota.  Currently, Mary is a Clinical Supervisor for the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s School-Based Mental Health program.  Since 2010, Mary has developed and grown a culturally specific school-based mental health program called “Hlub Zoo” (love well, grow well) that supports the mental health needs of Hmong and Southeast Asian children in St. Paul schools. Mary is now recognized as a thought leader in the field of Hmong mental health both regionally and nationally.  She has presented at several local, regional, and national conferences on Hmong mental health, and she is committed to educating other social service professionals about the benefits of providing culturally responsive services to the community.

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Creative Engagement Specialist

Tou SaiKo Lee, MC, Licensed to III

Community Organizer & Artist Educator

Tou SaiKo Lee is a spoken word poet, storyteller, hip hop recording artist and multicultural movement builder from St. Paul, Minnesota. He collaborated with his late grandmother, Youa Chang or Zuag Tsab who does the traditional art of kwv txhiaj (Hmong poetry chanting) to form the duo “Fresh Traditions.” Lee received the Bush Foundation Fellowship in 2016 to focus on utilizing the arts to preserve cultural identity. Lee is developing intergenerational and creative resources through storytelling and language learning through songs. Lee is writing a memoir about their collaboration with his grandma to honor her passing away titled My Grandma Can Freestyle. He is releasing his first Hmong language Hip Hop album titled Ntiaj Teb Koom Tes which translates to “Unified Worldwide” in 2021. Tou SaiK loves being in nature, bicycling and mixing tropical fruit with vegetable smoothies.

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Community Outreach and Networking Specialist

Tsua Xiong, MSW
Certified Peer Support Specialist and Social Worker

Tsua Xiong is a proud Graduate Social Worker and dedicated Peer Support Specialist in the mental health field.  He has a lived experience with a mental illness.  He uses his voice and narrative to make it okay to be open and transparent about mental health topics or issues in the Hmong community.  He strives to advocate for the Hmong community in addressing stigma and building awareness about navigating the mental health system.  He is currently employed at Amherst H. Wilder Foundation where he serves the role as a Peer Support Specialist.  He works to empower and enhance Southeast Asian clients to live and thrive in the community in his role of being part of an interdisciplinary team in the Assertive Community Treatment program model.