LAS Officers

 

noy_bio3Noy Lounnarath Bozarth – President
president@lasga.org
NoyBozarth@lasga.org

Noy Lounnarath Bozarth is serving her 3rd term as the president. Her involvement with LAS started in 2003 as a supporter, and she has since served as Treasurer in 2008 and Vice President from 2009 to 2011.†Noy has made a continuing effort to help refine the organizationís non-profit compliance status and reputation in the Greater Atlanta Metro area. She has focused on seeking different avenues of corporate support in order to gain grants, which fund LAS programs that promote the Lao culture and heritage in the local Laotian American community.

Noy is also a board member of Whoís Who in the Asian American Communities (WWAAC) and member of the Asian Pacific American Council (APAC).

Noy holds a Bachelor of Science in Management.†She works at UPS as a Sales Operations Manager in the Freight Forwarding Division, and has 18 years of logistics experience.†Noy has helped with the roll out of the Womenís Leadership Development (WLD) program in 2008, and currently serves as a co-chair of the Asian BRG.† Noy continues to gain valuable leadership skills through volunteering and networking at UPS and in the community.

Noy is very proud of her Lao heritage, and enjoys meeting Lao professionals who makes a difference throughout America. When time permits, she enjoys cooking for her family and friends. Noy resides in Cumming, GA with her husband, John, and three children, Greg, Emily, and Lance.

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Amy Chomthakham – Vice President
vp@lasga.org

Amy has been involved with LAS since its inception and has served as Treasurer in 2013, and she is currently serving as the  Vice President.  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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bio_paulaPaula Phetsadasack – Secretary
secretary@lasga.org

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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Ladda Inhdara headshotLadda Inhdara – VP of Finance
treasurer@lasga.org

Ladda assumed the position of treasurer for LAS in 2011 and co-chair of the LAS Ball in 2012. She has always been a strong supporter of the Laotian American Society since its inception.  She received her bachelorís degree from Georgia State University in marketing, and she currently is the business development officer for PNC Bank.  Ladda believes in living life to its fullest and finds pleasure in helping others

 

 

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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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Jimmy Keokongsy (Jimmy K.) – Cultural Director
JimmyK@lasga.org

Although born and raised in the United States, Jimmy has always shown interest in his Lao culture. As an adolescent, he was part of a traditional Lao dance team and enjoyed choreographing and performing.  He moved to Georgia in 2009, where he discovered his love for fashion and the performing arts. He has been featured on Open Vision Network and Prism Broadcast as a radio host and talk show correspondent in hopes to promote Lao culture to the mainstream.

As Cultural Director of LAS, Jimmy has molded the dance program into an inclusive and structured class, gaining interest from people from all backgrounds.  He is very proactive in the teaching of Lao traditional dance, passing on his knowledge to the next generation.

Jimmy continues to preserve and promote the Lao culture through fundraisers and social events.

 

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Ann Rithmyxay – Seniors Program Coordinator
ARithmyxay@lasga.org

Ann was born in Laos and emigrated to the United States as a refugee seeking asylum from the political war-torn country with her family in 1981.  She is the first daughter of Mr. Bouala Sengaphone, and has a total of five siblings, but one had passed away in Laos. Ann’s first challenge in America was to conquer English as a second languages fast! She appreciates that her grandmother taught her to study hard but to never lose sight of her roots — her heritage, culture and language. Thankfully, through her grandmother’s teachings, Ann is able to speak both English and Laotian fluently today and apply her linguistic ability to work as a freelance interpreter.

Ann has 26 years of experience in logistics transportation. She received her associate’s degree at Clayton State University in 1988, and she currently is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in marketing at DeVry University. As a Manager of Community Relations and Project Coordinator for a home healthcare agency, she strives vigorously to expand the homecare services opportunities within the Laotian community of Georgia.

She has been with LAS since its inception. She is known as one of the key people who helped establish LAS as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, and she has held various roles within the organization. Her titles have included Community Relations Chair (2002), Cultural Coordinator (2003), President (2004-2005), and National Representative (2006). She currently sits on the Board of Advisers and is the Senior Program Coordinator. She was instrumental in creating the Natasinh Dance Program, one of LAS’s most sustainable programs.  She was co-chair of the planning committee for the most successful Annual LAS Charity Ball in 2007. Aside from LAS, Ann has served on board of the Lao American National Alliance (LANA) for two terms (2005-2006), and she was a 2010 U.S. Census Co-Chair of the Georgia Asian Complete Count Committee.

Ann is an honored and respected member of the Asian community as a result of her leadership roles. She believes every Laotian-American should take advantage of all the educational opportunities this country has to offer.

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bio_jJason Khounthalansy – Education Director
education@lasga.org

Jason Khounthalangsy  has a bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University.  He has held positions helping the non profit community at CPACS, ASME, NAAAP, and GSPE.

Last year he was Director of Education, leading up the hard task of sorting through many applications for the LAS college scholarship.  He believes education is a sword that can never dull, and by pursuing lifelong learning a person can become successful and productive in many ways that transcend monetary rewards.

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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

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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