2022 Board of Directors
Zang Xiong, MSW, ASW, Chair
Associate Clinical Social Worker, Fresno County
Zang Xiong is an Associate Clinical Social Worker. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees in Social Work from California State University, Fresno and has been in practice for more than 8 years. He has been a professional Social Worker in medical geriatric care since 2009 and has dedicated his experience to the health and care of elder clients. Zang is a social worker devoted to helping people move ahead and consults with clients about benefits. He is experienced in helping people work on making their dreams become reality.
Stan Tom, Treasurer
Vice President – Marketing & Relationship Manager, Valley Small Business Development Corporation
Stan Tom’s current position at Valley Small Business Development Corporation (“Valley”) as Vice President – Marketing and Relationship Manager involves developing program relationships with governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and non-profit groups; overseeing specialized loan programs with community-based partners; and acquiring additional sources of capital for the various loan programs. Prior to this assignment at Valley, Stan served as a Commercial Loan Officer responsible for the direct loan programs. Before joining Valley in 2000, Stan was the lead business counselor for the Central California Small Business Development Center, Fresno office, specializing in the areas of business plan development, marketing, and small business management. Also, he was a small business owner for fourteen years, giving him insight on the many issues that face a small business owner. He graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
Samantha Yang, Secretary
Samantha P. Yang graduated from Fresno State and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an option in Management and a Minor in Creative Writing. She currently works for the State of California. She is a strong advocate for entrepreneurship and the promotion of women in leadership roles. She previously served as an executive officer of the Hmong Alumni Club, recognized by the Fresno State Alumni Association.
Sheng Simon Vang, Board Member
Sheng Simon Vang is a first-generation immigrant who was born in Laos in 1971 then grew up in Hilo, Hawaii before relocating to the Central Valley, Fresno, California in 1984.
Growing up in a family of 6 siblings became something that he believes was a motivational concept in having an understanding of who he is and what roles he plays is vital. In this concept of defining and identifying the many pieces of who he is in his family or in his community, it strengthened not only himself but others around him.
At the age of 23, Sheng began his career with Fresno County Behavioral Health where he became a factor in advocating for others to understand mental health and how it applies to his Hmong culture. Sheng was able to advocate and assist in transitioning the community at large to move forward into what it is today.
As a small business owner Sheng was able to work with the many Hmong business owners from the farms of the Central Valley to the many non-profit organizations throughout California and into other states as well. Sheng worked with State officials and alongside the City of Fresno officials that allowed him to see the many challenges around rules and regulations of owning a small business. Sheng’s experience allowed him to see the benefits and responsibilities of what it takes to maintain and operate a small business.
In closing, Sheng’s hope is to support and assist in building the community at large. Sheng’s desire is to be the pieces within his community that will help move the many Asian entrepreneurs to the next generation together.
James Thao, Board Member
James C. Thao has over 19-year experience in estimating/budgeting and project managing in commercial construction for a local private-owned construction company that conducts businesses throughout the State of CA. Also, he has been associated with many non-profit organizations such as HINY and Thao United of CA as well as other Hmong community organizations and key-leaders/elders.