LAS Officers


Ladda Indara Duren – President
president@lasga.org

Ladda Indara Duren was born in Vientiane, Laos.  In 1987, she immigrated to the United States with her grandparents, parents, and five brothers.  She has always been a strong supporter of Laotian American Society since its inception.  She has held various positions within the organization including treasurer, youth director, and chairing our annual fundraiser gala.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in business, and is currently studying pre-pharmacy at GGC.  She and her husband, Chris have an amazing son named Kameron and they want to ensure he will always be connected with his Lao heritage and culture.  Ladda strives to teach her son what her elders have always taught her- to continually create good merit and help anyone in need.  Ladda is passionate about serving others and hopes that this year as the new president she can expand the reach of those in need.

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Elizabeth Vichathep – Vice President
vp@lasga.org

Elizabeth Vichathep, also known as “Bee” in the Laotian Community, has been a part of Laotian-American Society since 2004. Elizabeth has also won the title of Miss LAS during the 2nd Annual Fundraising Ball in 2006. As Miss LAS, she participated in the LAS Soccer Team, creator and President of Jackson County High School’s Asian Cultural Club, and then later became President of the Asian Student Association of Gainesville State College. At the age of 14, she was one of the first few students to dance as a LAS Natasinh dancer before the dance program became active. She has performed over 50 performances for LAS and for other events. Now, going on her fourth year, Elizabeth has remained as the Natasinh Dance Instructor in our Cultural Program.  Elizabeth has also served as Secretary in 2012 and Treasurer in 2016.

Being a first generation Laotian-American, Elizabeth is passionate about the Lao culture and traditions. It is important to learn about our background and of where our parents originated. She is willing to educate her students the arts and styles of Laos through dance. Who we are has already been created, now you make who you want to be.

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Emily Lounnarath – Treasurer
treasurer@lasga.org

Emily was born in Riverdale, GA and grew up in North Fulton county. She is currently a sophomore at Georgia Gwinnett College majoring in Business. Emily’s passion for Lao culture has motivated her to want to learn more and share with future Lao americans. Emily has been involved with LAS since she was eight with the natisinh program. She has volunteered with the last three LAS fundraising events with dancing, modeling, and raffle sales. She would like to make an impact in preserving the Lao culture and language. Emily hopes to bridge the gap between the different generations. She looks forward to giving back to the community as a treasurer with the 2017 board.

 

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Nina Kornatz – Secretary
secretary@lasga.org

Nina Kornatz was born in Laos and moved to California when she was eight years old. She enjoys helping people and was involved with Lao American communities in Stockton and San Diego, California.  She did various volunteer work at Lao Buddhist temples, Children’s Home of Stockton, Women’s Shelter in Stockton, and Alternative Healing Network in San Diego. She moved to Norcross in 2015 and has been volunteering with LAS.  She is honored to accept the secretary position and looks forward to working with the 2017 LAS board in helping our community.

 

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Meiling Arounnarath – Immediate Past President

Meiling Arounnarath has been a long time supporter of LAS. She was a speaker at the Education Award Ceremony one year and has also served as Vice President and as Director of Education.

Meiling is currently a project manager and customer success manager at InComm, a financial technology company headquartered in Atlanta. She has held the role of a client liaison at Meditech, a healthcare software company in Atlanta, and she has also been a reporter and staff writer for the metro daily newspaper “The News & Observer” in Raleigh, N.C., where she covered local schools, local government, community, youth culture, and diverse groups within the communities. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Georgia, with a minor in Comparative Literature. She also received her Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.

As for her volunteer work, Meiling was a volunteer writer and editor for the national “Lao Roots Magazine.”  She was co-vice president of print for the North Carolina chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and was a treasurer for the Atlanta chapter of AAJA. During the rest of her spare time, not only does she volunteer with other organizations around Atlanta, she also enjoys cooking, traveling, and writing.

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Kimberly Lattanaxay

Kimberly Lattanaxay began volunteering for LAS in 2012 as a college student, assisting with various events hosted by the organization. In January 2015, she took the secretary position for LAS and officially joined the organization as a board member.

Kimberly is currently a senior at Kennesaw State University (originally Southern Polytechnic State University) and is pursing a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering. She holds an Associates of Science in Engineering from the University of North Georgia and has been a co-op for Johnson and Johnson Corporation for 2 years prior to LAS. She plans to graduate December 2015.

Before joining LAS, she played a huge role in Lao cultural preservation and awareness within Habersham County Lao community since the age of 19. Kimberly grew up in an environment that taught her that cultural preservation is important and she assisted in various cultural tasks within her community, such as being one of the Lao New Year event coordinators for Wat Lao Buddha Sattha Dhamma, pageant coordinator for the annual “Nang Songkhan” Lao beauty pageant, and Lao cultural representative of Habersham.

She believes that culture defines and without it, you are without an identity, and is willing to continue preserving the Lao culture.

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Amy Chomthakham
Past President 2015

Amy has been involved with LAS since its inception and has served as Treasurer in 2013, and Vice President in 2014.  Amy is a big supporter of the Education and the Natasinh programs.  She believes in higher education while preserving the Lao culture for our next generation.

Amy graduated from Northern Illinois with a major in Economics and minor in South East Asia Studies. She has been with Bank of America for almost seventeen years. Amy is in a management role, responsible for developing and retaining associates. She enjoys helping people through development and coaching.

Amy is very passionate about her community. She has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Feed the Hungry, Aids walk, Susan G Komen Walk, United Way, and many others.

Amy is Member of the following:

  • Atlanta Lead for Women
  • Atlanta Asian Leadership Network
  • Bank of America community volunteers
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America
  • Multicultural Leadership Network
  • Administrative Professional Network
  • Cambridge Who’s Who

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Noy Lounnarath-Bozarth
Past President
2012-2015

Noy Lounnarath-Bozarth was born in Laos and emigrated to United State with her family at the age of 12 as a refugee. As a parent, Noy hopes to pass on her pride of her Laotian culture and heritage to her children and the next Laotian American generation.

During her roles as LAS’ President and Vice President for the last 5 years, Noy has increased the awareness of LAS’ mission and expanded the community outreach approximately 80% in Georgia. She also enabled national level visibility, helped to secure a LAS Lao Center, and led the effort to raise $25,000 an annual fund program to support the LAS initiatives. She is very connected to the Metro Atlanta Asian American mainstream, and continues to support LAS by pushing for additional grants and sponsorships.

Noy works full time at UPS in The UPS Foundation as the Global Grants and Training Manager. She is responsible for the local grants program with the training and communication of the UPS Foundation signature programs, philanthropic focus areas, guidelines, and procedures. She has 20 years of UPS logistics experience including her recent assignment to The UPS Foundation since July 2014. She has held many different managerial roles throughout her UPS career, and has been a UPS ambassador on multiple internal and external leadership development initiatives.

Noy is currently President of the Asian Pacific American Council of Georgia (APAC), a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting unity for Asian Americans in the state of Georgia. APAC has members from 16 Asian countries, with LAS representing Laos. She is also a board member of Who’s Who in the Asian American Communities (WWAAC). Noy was recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia by the Georgia Asian Times in 2014.

Noy holds a Bachelor of Science in Management degree from Shorter University in Georgia.

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bio_paulaPaula Phetsadasack

Paula Phetsadasack has been involved with LAS since she first started attending the Natasinh dance classes back in 2003.  She has volunteered at previous LAS fundraiser balls and EAC events. Paula was also an LAS scholarship recipient in 2006, which she is very grateful for.

Paula completed her pre-pharmacy studies at Georgia State University and then obtained her Pharm.D. Degree at the University of Georgia in 2013.  She is currently working as a pharmacist at Christianís Pharmacy.  The start of her career has been great; she thoroughly enjoys helping patients and being part of the healthcare team.

As a first generation Laotian American, Paula appreciates all of the sacrifices her parents have made for her in order for her to have better opportunities.  Paula values community volunteerism and would like to give back to her community and help other Laotian Americans reach their goals.

During her leisure time, Paula enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and being outdoors.

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Dao Malaythong – LAS National Representative & Co-Chair of Public Relations
dao@lasga.org

Dao was born in Vientiane, Laos. In 1975, she, along with her mother and 12 siblings fled to Thailand. After spending six months in the refugee camp, her family came to the United States; they had been  sponsored by the United Methodist Church in Syracuse, N.Y. Currently, Dao is a Qualifying Broker at Atlanta Maxim Realty. She is also serving as the 2012 President of Asian Real Estate Association of America Greater-Atlanta Chapter.

Dao is dedicated a community activist. She served on board of the Georgia Asian American Pacific islander Community Coalition in 2009 and 2010. She was the chair of the 2010 U.S. Census Complete Count Committee in Georgia. She also has held the title of Team Captain and represented the country of Laos at the annual Asian Cultural Experience in the Greater Metro-Atlanta area. She has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia in 2008 and again in 2010 by the Georgia Asian Times community newspaper.

She takes pride in her culture and heritage. She knows how important it is to raise her two daughters with strong foundation of culture and education. She has been involved with LAS since 2003 and will continue to serve on the board as long as it takes.

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bio_tingKimTing Pathammavong – Senior Outreach
ting@lasga.org

Kim has been involved with LAS since 2007. She has served as cultural director, secretary and currently as co-treasurer. Her passion is in teaching the LAS dance team traditional Laotian Folk dances. Historically, LASís Natasinh dance team has performed in more than 10 events for over 12,000 people on average every year.

Kim graduated from the University of Milwaukee in Wisconsin with a Bachelorís Degree in Health Allied. Teaching and coaching the dance team has brought Kim a lot of joy and she hopes to continue her efforts with LAS for many more years to come.  She is married with two beautiful daughters and resides in Sugar Hill, Ga.. She is originally from Wisconsin, but she and her family have lived in Georgia for 10 years now.

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bio_bBoon Vong – Youth Mentoring / Marketing and Media
info@lasga.org

Boon has been involved with LAS since 2005.  He is an artist and documentarian, preserving the modern Laotian Diaspora’s culture through photos and words.  He is a graduate of the University of Georgia, Athens, with a degree in Drawing and Painting.

He hopes that everyone young and old continues to see the importance of all the Arts; how the power of a simple drawing can  extend beyond the borders of a page or canvas, enriching young minds and giving many the spark of inspiration that allows us all to dream and pursue the things in life that are truly rewarding.

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Board of Advisers:
Nim Lengsavath
Tiger Athakhanh
Emily Hart
Sean Sakprasit
Souraphone Sengchanh

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LAS Past Presidents

2011-2015 Noy Bozarth
2009-2011 Neo Douangpraseuth
2007-2009 Cookie Morey
2006-2007 Amy Yang
2005-2006 Sean Sakprasit
2004-2005 Ann Rithmyxay
2003-2004 Malay Surivong Wu
2002-2003 Kasy Khaikham

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