International Humane Missions

Meet Our Team

IHM Board of Directors & Officers

Mai Khanh Tran, MD, Chair

As a Harvard-educated, UCLA-trained pediatrician, Dr. Tran has over 25 years of experience serving those who lack access to quality healthcare. Dr. Tran has been on over a hundred medical missions, primarily in Southeast Asia. She most recently led the Cambodia Medical Mission in the summer of 2019 and hopes to continue her work helping the ethnic Vietnamese living on the Tonle Sap Lake.

Vinh Nguyen, Vice Chair

With a background in Computer Engineering (BS at CSULB), IT (MS in IT at Chapman University), and Entrepreneurship (Co-founder of 7LeavesCafe), as well as a deep love for Martial Arts (founder of Mind & Body Martial Arts), has actively engaged with numerous charitable organizations, including the Vietnamese Youth Foundation (President/Founder). His passion resides within his family, and he aspires to sustain his efforts in making a positive impact on the lives of others.

Alexandra Le, Esq, Secretary

Alexandra is a UCLA graduate who has been a practicing attorney for 30 years, primarily working in the fields of legal research and civil litigation. Alexandra has been involved in many nonprofit organizations in the Little Saigon community over the years. She was the incorporating attorney for the Asian American Senior Citizen Association and The South Vietnamese Marines Veterans Charities Association.

Ty Tran, Accountant BS, MBA, Treasurer

Ty received her MBA at CSULB. She has been involved in many charitable projects, including accounting services for the SBTN disaster relief efforts fundraiser, since 2001. Her recent work includes Tsunami disaster for Japan (2011) and Hurricane Harvey (Texas) 2017.

Richard Botkin, Businessman, Author, Former US Marine

Richard is a devout Christian who has been married for 37 years and is a father of two grown sons. He is a former Marine Corps infantry officer and a veteran of 21 mission trips to Cambodia. Richard worked as an investment advisor after his service. Additionally, he authored the book “Ride the Thunder” and served as executive producer of the movie of the same name.

Vincent Dang, Pharm

Vincent received his BS in Biology at UCI, then went on to received his Pharm.D. at UCSF. Vincent has volunteered with SAP-VN since 1992 and was the board of director from 1995-1997.

Vincent is married with 3 children and is active in scouting, local community activism, and international humanitarian work. He is also a brain tumor survivor.

Chau Nguyen, OD

Chau is a practicing optometrist in Westminster, California. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from UC Irvine and O.D. from Southern California College of Optometry.
Chau has been active in local community activism since 1982 and international humanitarian work since 1992.

Thai-Van Nguyen, MD

Thai-Van is a practicing gastroenterologist in Orange County, California. She is a co-founder and former chairperson of Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation and has volunteered in many medical missions in Vietnam. She is forever grateful for the opportunities and education that she has received in the United States and is dedicated to improve the lives of those undeserved in her community and overseas.

Denise Phan, MD

Denis is a UCLA-trained internal medicine physician in Los Angeles. Denise currently works in private practice in the San Fernando Valley and is on staff at Valley Presbyterian Hospital. After independent special studies in Poverty and Tropical Medicine in Kathmandu, Nepal and Bangkok, Thailand, she has participated in the mobile health units of the Social Assistance Program for Vietnam and the International Humanitarian Missions since 1994.

Jocelyn Tran, Ret. Business Executive

Former Regional Sr. Director for Walmart Global Sourcing, SEA & Chair & Board Member of American Chamber of Commerce in HCMC and current Board Member of Business Executive Network Vietnam; VinaCap Foundation, Pacific Links Foundation. A volunteer in many missions in Vietnam since 2002.

Ronald G. Ress, Esq.

CAPT Ronald G. Ress, JAGC, USNR (Ret.). CAPT Ress retired from the Naval Reserve as the senior Naval Reserve Judge Advocate in Europe. In his civilian career as an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel of the Navy, he served as Counsel to Commander and Counsel to Naval Facility Engineering Commands in Naples, Italy and Hawaii. Additionally, he has served in the Marine Corps Air Bases and Western Area.

James Tran, MD

A Cardiology Specialist, Dr. James Tran graduated from University of Kansas / School of Medicine and has been practicing over 27 years. A devoted husband and father, he and his family have been dedicated their time for the cause of the poor and unfortunates in the US, Vietnam and Cambodia.