2021 Board Members
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 9
Go-to boba drink: Lychee peachy black tea (half sweet) with boba
Brian Kieatiwong joined OCA in 2012 and has lived in Vegas for 28+ years. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UNLV and is currently a Design Engineer at Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest mechanical, electrical, and plumbing building systems experts, providing innovative yet practical solutions that optimize each stage of the building life cycle. Southland also delivers customized engineering, construction, building automation, service, and energy solutions so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and operated. Brian's experience in electrical design includes new construction and existing remodels for hotels and casinos, education, mission critical, and commercial properties.
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 8
Go-to boba drink: Strawberry boba
Nicholas Huynh joined OCA in 2013 and has lived in Las Vegas for 26+ years. Nicholas is a Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer at Scientific Games, a global gaming and lottery company. Outside of work, he serves as one of three advisors for the UNLV Collegiate DECA chapter and coaches the collegiate officer team to advance the mission of the Collegiate DECA in Nevada. Nicholas is also a board member of the East Tech Alumni Association whose mission is to connect East Tech alumni after high school graduation. He is an alumni of the UNLV Honors College, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a minor in Global Entrepreneurship. Nicholas hopes the next AAPI generation finds their passion to advance the AAPI community in a positive momentum that empowers future generations.
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 21
Go-to boba drink: Milk tea with boba
OCA Las Vegas co-founder Vida Lin has worked closely with the Las Vegas AAPI community for the past 26 years. She currently serves as the founder and president of the Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), the first and only non-profit community development corporation in Nevada established to assist and empower the fastest growing demographic in the United States. A 20+ year insurance broker who owned an insurance agency, Vida actively serves the community by being on various boards, including the Asian American Pacific Islanders County Commission, College of Southern Nevada Diversity Council, KTNV Diversity Panel, Esperanza Fund, and UNLV University Libraries. She is currently a board member of the AARP Nevada Executive Council, advocating awareness for the aging AAPI community. Vida hopes the next generation of AAPI will be more actively engaged with the community and informed on issues that impact the community. She hopes there will be more AAPIs who run for elected office.
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 8
Go-to boba drink: Brown sugar boba with pearl and tiger jelly, topped with cream mousse at Tiger Sugar
Randy Huynh joined OCA in 2013 and has lived in Las Vegas for 26+ years. Randy graduated from UNLV with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and a minor in Global Entrepreneurship. After graduating, Randy went to work with a local, natural beauty cosmetic start-up as a developer. Outside of OCA and work, he is also a board member with the East Tech Alumni Association. Randy hopes the next generation of AAPI develop a strong identity and confidence within our AAPI culture and to share our culture with others.
Director of Communications
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 3
Go-to boba drink: Rose milk tea with grass jelly
Nicole Santero joined OCA in 2018 and has lived in Las Vegas for 15+ years. She is currently the director of communications at the UNLV School of Public Health, but has served in roles with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and the Clark County School District. Additionally, she is a PhD student in sociology at UNLV, studying and doing research focused on the culture and social structure of "ARMY," the fandom of the Korean music group BTS. She and her work have been highlighted in media around the world including TIME Magazine, NBC News, BBC Radio, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NowThis, Aljazeera, NPR and more. Nicole hopes the next generation of AAPIs feel empowered to use their identity and their passions to make a difference in the world.
Dr. Terry Hicks
Director of Programming
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 5
Go-to boba drink: Thai tea from No. 1 Boba Tea
Dr. Terry Hicks joined OCA in 2016 and has lived in Las Vegas for 10+ years. Terry Hicks is a Senior Project Manager for Cox Communications, where he focuses on process improvement projects and strategic initiatives. While at Cox, Terry executed several strategic initiatives to assist in achieving the company’s strategic objectives and goals. Prior to Cox, Terry served as Managing Director over Corporate Performance Solutions for Leadership Dynamics, LLC, providing business, management, leadership, and IT solutions for various public and private organizations. He focused on Knowledge Management, Performance Management, Change Management, Strategic Management, Process Improvement, and Risk Management. Dr. Terry Hicks hopes the next AAPI generation expands into a stronger AAPI presence in the community.
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 1
Go-to boba drink: Rose milk tea with extra boba
Kristen Santero joined OCA in 2021 and has lived in Las Vegas for 15+ years. Kristen is the Senior Entertainment Marketing Manager at Caesars Entertainment, leading the marketing efforts for their shows throughout Las Vegas, including the residencies of Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Rod Stewart and Criss Angel, to name a few. Previously, she worked in advertising at Caesars, creating media plans for the company’s regional properties across the US, as well as interned for the Los Angeles Clippers in their Community Relations division. She is also a member of HAPA (Hawaiian, Asian, Pacific-Islander & Allies), one of Caesars Entertainment's Business Impact Groups. Kristen is an alumna of the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and later graduated from UNLV with her MBA. Kristen's hope for the next AAPI generation is to not be afraid to pave their own path and create the unlimited opportunities they desire.
Immediate Past President
Years in OCA Las Vegas: 13
Go-to-boba drink: A surprise every time
Jude Edward Nazareth, Esq., joined OCA in 2018 and has lived in Las Vegas for 14+ years. Jude is an attorney licensed to practice law in Nevada. He partnered with a high school friend to form Montez Nazareth Law, a firm that handles business and corporate matters, transactions and contracts, tax planning, asset protection, real estate, and non-profit matters. Jude was born and raised in San Francisco, California and later attended college at the University of California at Irvine, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. Jude earned his law degree from Western State University College of Law's part-time night program while he clerked full-time at an Orange County law firm that handled insurance defense, plaintiff personal injury, and plaintiff class action matters. In his personal time, Jude likes to spend time with family, travel, stay physically fit, enjoy good food and adult beverages, and volunteer with non-profit organizations. Jude's hope for the next AAPI generation to be more involved an inspires others into action.