About OCA Las Vegas
Founded in 1973, OCA is a national organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States. OCA Las Vegas was founded on July 4, 1998, and is one of the 50 chapters of OCA across the United States to help further the mission of OCA in southern Nevada to advocate for the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans.This advocacy is achieved through events, programs, and volunteer opportunities that connect members of the community at large with the Asian Pacific American community. By fostering the building of community bonds through these opportunities, we hope to the empower people to celebrate culture and stand up for equality and social justice. OCA and the OCA Las Vegas chapter aim to embrace the hopes and aspirations of Asian Pacific Americans through various programs and events. Some of our events and programs include:
- -Membership drive mixers
- -Volunteering with AARP to offer help with free tax preparation
- -Providing a mentorship program for college students
We are open to everyone in southern Nevada and offer individual, student, senior, and family memberships.
OCA Las Vegas would like to thank all of our community sponsors for their continued support:
2020-2021 Board Members
Brian Kieatiwong is a Design Engineer for Southland Engineering. He joined OCA Las Vegas because it has given him many opportunities during my time as a student to develop professionally and personally. He has been a member of OCA Las Vegas since 2011. His favorite superhero is Batman. He doesn't need super powers to be a superhero. If Brian Kieatiwong was to meet his favorite star, he would tell Mark Hamill that it is an honor to meet him, and that he would like to learn the ways of the Force.
Immediate Past President
Bio coming soon
Nicholas Huynh is a test engineer for a local slot gaming company. Nicholas Huynh also assist with local organizations in the community with website development and/or graphic creation. His favorite hobby is reading a book about leadership or motivation. He joined OCA Las Vegas because of the values OCA Las Vegas follows in developing the young generation. He has met countless OCA members who are engaged in mentoring and seek ways to develop our community in various ways from youth development to civic engagement. Nicholas Huynh has been with OCA Las Vegas since he joined OCA Las Vegas as a mentee in the 2013-2014 Mentorship Program. His favorite superhero is Batman! Nicholas Huynh believes Batman is a civically engaged member of Gotham who contributes greatly without necessarily taking credit for it. If there isn't something done, Batman figures a way to do it.
President and Founder of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC). Vida has served on numerous boards of non-profits in the Las Vegas valley.
Randy Huynh is a developer of a local Las Vegas start-up company. During his free time, he likes to volunteer and build things. Randy Huynh has been a member of OCA Las Vegas since 2013. He joined OCA Las Vegas because of the education and learning they provided to make him aware of current events happening in our AAPI community. Randy's favorite superhero is the Batman Samurai because he looks so cool!
Director of Communications
Nicole Santero is the director of communications for the UNLV School of Community Health Sciences, the first and only accredited school of public health in Nevada. Previously, she served as the director of public relations for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA) and was a part of the communications team for the Clark County School District, the fifth-largest school district in the nation. Nicole is a UNLV alumna and earned her bachelor's degree in communication studies and also earned her master's degree in journalism and media studies. She also has a research background exploring how online communities and fandoms utilize social media as a marketing tool and to enhance the relevance of pop culture. Nicole has been an OCA board member since 2018.
Director of Programming
Cathey Kuo is an entrepreneur, investor, and a commercial real-estate broker-salesperson with a passion for inspiring and motivating others. She works in commercial real estate full time, specializing in leasing and assisting business owners with space acquisition as well as handling leasing for approximately 80,000 SF of retail and office space on behalf of the Landlord. In addition, she is a co-founder of Kyou Beauty, a local salon and spa, and Empress All, an e-commerce based womens' shoe company. Cathey joined OCA as one of organization's main goals is to advance the economic and social well being of the AAPI community and she is passionate about helping to cultivate, promote, and support the current and next generation of business leaders. During her free time, she enjoys lifting weights and trying all the new restaurants in town. Cathey has been an OCA board member since 2017.
Board Member at Large
Alex Gao is an owner of a 3D printing fabrication studio in Henderson, Nevada called Moment 3D. He has been an OCA Las Vegas member since 2018. He joined OCA Las Vegas to be involved with the community and meet new people. During his free time, Alex Gao spends time video gaming, hiking, cooking, and reading up on space related topics.
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