John Duy-An Nguyen, PhD, is the first president of One Body Village. Before joining OBV in 2013, he held appointments at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Kay Jewelers, SmartSoft Technology, TRW, and National Geographic, where he spent 15 years with the last position as Senior Vice President of Information Systems and Technology. He is also a member of IBM Technical Advisory Board, NEXTGEN International Advisory Panel, Midmarket CIO Forum, Enterprise Mobility Forum Advisory Board, and Vietnam One, the first Vietnamese Content News and Lifestyle Programs Channel in the United States. In addition, he was an OBV Board member from 2008 to 2011, and was instrumental in creating the OBV By-Laws in its beginning.
Before leaving Vietnam in 1983, John had studied for priesthood in St. Paul seminary of Xuan-Loc Diocese for ten (10) years. Therefore, after working in Business Management and Information Technology for three (3) decades, he took early retirement and looked for ways to fulfill his childhood dream of serving God's children. He participated in the OBV's May 2013 Mission Trip led by Fr. Martino Nguyen – founder of OBV to witness first-hand the poverty, the oppression, the lack of shelter, food, and amenities of our people, as well as the commercial trafficking of children in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore. The experience from this trip reassured his decision to "BE A VOICE, LEND A HAND, MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and SAVE A LIFE" when joining the OBV management team. He joined the team, he came, he saw with his own eyes, and he decided to continue following God's call to serve His children through OBV mission.
After spending several years in the District of Columbia working with the mental health population, substance abusers and the homelessness, Tiffany came to known as a "jewel" within her professional circle. As a bilingual clinician with a wealth of knowledge on cross-cultural issues, she is a rare commodity to us all. Tiffany comes across as a soft spoken person, yet her stamina is tough as "diamond." While growing up, she fled Vietnam with her family during the "boat people" wave, this exposure to the detriment environment at an early age led Tiffany to her vocation of serving disadvantage individuals.
Tiffany received her Master of Social Work from Howard University. At present, she serves as a mental health social worker in Arlington County Behavioral Health Division. Her prior clinical experiences include the Psychiatric Center Chartered and Community Connections in Washington DC.
Rising from humble beginnings as a refugee from Vietnam, Father Martino became one of the youngest and reputable catholic priests among the Vietnamese enclaves in the U.S. Long before receiving his Master in Divinity at Mount Saint Mary University and Seminary and ordination in 2004, he has worked with homeless children on the streets of several metropolitan cities in the States and in twenty-one other countries around the word.
His passion and perseverance to inculcate hope in the hopeless led Father Martino to establish OBV in 2008 to serve as the champion for the Vietnamese children who are trafficked and enslaved as sex workers in brothels around Southeast Asia. He has personally rescued children from brothels and is one of the few pioneers to bring international awareness to this social issue. He has published numerous articles, presented at multiple national conventions, and appeared on various TV and radio shows.
In addition to spearheading OBV, Father Martino also serves as the Vice Chaplain General of Academic Affairs for the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society in America. He is known as one of the most dynamic trainers/chaplains among the twenty thousand members. He is also a well-known retreat master for young adults among the Vietnamese and American community across United States, Canada and Asia!
Aside from his volunteer work, Father Martino is currently a full time pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Americus, Georgia and its mission, Saint Michael in Montezuma, Georgia. He is also a member of the Savannah Diocese’s Presbyterate Council and Personnel Board. He aspires to strengthen the Catholic’s faith and is on an endless pursuit to bring people closer to God.
Maria Nguyen Cong, Board Member
Maria is a first generation Vietnamese American, having been born and raised here in the United States. Retaining the best of both cultures is her lifelong goal, culminating in her fluency in both languages and customs. She is an engineer at a biomedical device company in Minnesota, and is involved in the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Group at both the regional and local levels in her spare time.
Maria is passionate about sharing her talents for the betterment of the lives of the youth around her through youth ministry, teaching, music, and dance. This passion has led her to involvement in One Body Village, serving as Secretary, as well as an advocate for the rights of the youth overseas.
Conceived in Vietnam – born in a Refugee camp – came to the US as an infant, Dr. Vu’s erratic beginning was the cultivation to her lifelong passion in helping children.
Dr. Vu graduated as valedictorian from High School and magna cum laude from Wichita State University with a dual degree in Chemistry and Spanish. Following graduation, she spent a year volunteering full time at the Covenant House, a faith based shelter for homeless and runaway children in Atlantic City, NJ. This experience reinforced her passion in helping less fortunate children. Using her gifted talent, she continued her studies at the University of Kansas, School of Medicine. Dr. Vu completed her Family Medicine training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
She practices in Atlanta while following her role model, Mother Theresa, in becoming a “mother” to the homeless children in third world countries.