Vietnamese Civic Center is a non-profit charity made up of Board Members and other community volunteers seeking to best serve the Vietnamese-American community of Houston, Texas. Additionally, the Vietnamese Civic Center is committed to improving health outcomes for our community and reducing the number of uninsured by helping low income and/or uninsured families navigate through the systems to locate government subsidized healthcare programs at low or no cost.
Who We Are
Nha Viet Board of Directors
Dr. Nghiem N Pham (Chair)
Is a graduate from University of Houston, College of Optometry in 1991 with a degree of Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Nghiem Pham has practiced Optometry in Houston since 1995. Before he moved to Houston, he received his undergraduate degree from University of Oklahoma.
Nicole Phuong Cao (Vice-Chair)
Is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned her Master’s degree of Business Administration majoring in Finance. She is currently a Wealth Advisory Specialist and Guided Portfolio Manager for Smith Barney, a division of Citigroup Global Markets. Prior to this position, Nicole was a Vice President at J. P. Morgan Chase working in different capacities ranging from international and corporate syndication, commercial and business lending, trust and investment. She serves as Vice-Chair and Secretary of Midtown Redevelopment Authority, Vice-Chair of Vietnamese Civic Center, director of South Main Alliance and Christus Foundation for Healthcare. Nicole is also a former director and trustee of University of St. Thomas and co-founder of Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce. She is married to Ba Huu Cao and has two daughters.
Tiffany Dao (Executive Director)
Is a graduate of the University of Houston with a double degree in Communications and Psychology. She has over 20 years of experience in the managed healthcare industry. Prior to joining the Vietnamese Civic Center, Tiffany served as Director of Marketing and Outreach for Community Health Choice, a subsidiary of the Harris Health System. As the Executive Director of the Vietnamese Civic Center/Nha Viet, Tiffany oversees the daily operations at the center which includes education, social services, free clinic, and the Vietnamese Library.
Received his undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at University Of Houston and law degree at State University of New York in Buffalo. He is currently working at the Harris County Attorney Office as a Senior Assistant County Attorney. Prior to his current position at the Harris County, Steven Dieu worked as a Managing Attorney for the Office of Texas Attorney General. Steven Dieu is very active in community work. He is the Chairperson of the Vietnamese Civic Center. He is also the Chairperson of the BoatPeople-SOS's Advisory Board, and former Board member and Treasurer of the H.O.P.E clinic.
Loan Nguyen, MLS, MLA
Earned her Master's degree of Library Science from University of North Texas and her Master of Liberal Arts in Political Science from University of St. Thomas. She is currently an Electronic Resources Librarian/Associate Professor at University of St. Thomas. Ever since she decided to become a librarian, she has always dreamed of creating a Vietnamese Library in the United States, which would promote the heritage and culture of Vietnam. Her dream came true when she joined the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation and was asked by the Vietnamese Civic Center Board members to start up Nha Viet library at the Vietnamese Civic Center.
Ba Huu Cao, RPh
Graduated from the Medical and Pharmacy School of Saigon University in 1968, and received the National Pharmacist License in 1969. From 1970 to 1974, he served in the Vietnamese army as Lieutenant Officer of the 711th Medical and Pharmaceutical Depot at Danang, was promoted to Captain and then transferred to the Ministry of Health at Saigon. In 1977, Ba received his BS of Pharmacy from University of Texas at Austin and became Registered Pharmacist the same year. He worked for Hermann Hospital for two years before starting his own retail pharmacy, Milam Pharmacy, the first pharmacy to serve the Vietnamese community in the greater Houston area. He is the founder of Milam Merchant Association, founder and President of Vietnamese American Pharmacist Association in Texas (VAPAT) 1979-1987. Ba currently works for Memorial Hermann Hospital-Northwest.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Finished his undergraduate study at Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. He graduated in 1995 from University of Texas with a Doctor of Dental Surgery, followed by a Master of Science program with thesis in Periodontics in 1998. His master thesis entitled "Evaluation of the Treatment of Class III Furcation Defect Using Bovine Grafting Material and Guided Tissue Regeneration". His academic honors include Dean's list, Who's Who among Students in American University and Colleges, and Physiology Excellence award. Dr. Bui currently practicing full mouth reconstruction combined conservative principles of Orthodontics, Periodontics, and Prosthodontics..
Dr. Thuan Tran
Graduated medical school in 1961 in Vietnam. He is currently employed in the City of Houston Health Department. One of his passions is to help the young Vietnamese generation build a brighter future.