Meet our team
Executive Director
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Yangmee Lor
Executive Director
I am a domestic violence and suicide survivor. The pain in my past is what propels me forward and gives me the energy to work hard towards the goals of PABNEEG. For the past several years, I have been working with some amazing nonprofit organizations as a Board Member (Colorado Dragon Boat, Asian Chamber Foundation, National Lao-Hmong Memorial Foundation, Asian Corporate and Entrepreneur Leaders) and have learned a lot from them! Building a firm foundation for our local Hmong & BIPOC community has always been a passion of mine.

Our future generations rely on the effort we undertake now to ensure a healthy Hmong & BIPOC community in Colorado. I won't be able to complete this task on my own. PABNEEG is excited to contribute to the creation of a robust network and community founded on trust and compassion. Diversity is our strength!

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Pheng Lee
Co-Executive Director 
Pheng Lee is an educator, entrepreneur, and passionate advocate for educational and economic equality. He understands the connection between trusted relationships between students and adults and academic success. He founded Asian Unity, a youth-based decentralized organization that helped those living in extreme poverty in Southeast Asia receive the proper resources they need from their government.

Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, in 2020, Asian Unity shifted to become an AANHPI & Hmong social & racial justice movement with a mission to end hate crimes against the AAPI & Hmong communities in the United States. In his work with Asian Unity, he sees the impact that strong relationships have on the lives of youth.

As PABNEEG's Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, he is determined to build a community of caring adults who can end the opportunity gap that disproportionately harms Hmong, Black, Brown, and Indigenous students.

Board of directors
Khai Lor, Preacher

Board Chair

Khai Lor and his father lead a group of his fellow Hmong villagers out of the jungles and across the Mekong River. 

Today he will lead males in his community to be active participants in the fight to stop domestic abuse and sexual assault. He believes that it is possible to establish environments in which persons who have perpetrated and endured violence may heal and, eventually, prosper. Khai aims to change the attitudes, beliefs, and practices of Hmong males about gender, patriarchy, and violence.

Nou Chee Thao
Nou Chee Thao, Cert.

Vice Chair

Nou Chee Thao is a Hmong-Thai biracial American, entrepreneur, domestic violence survivor, and a mother of 5 Hmong-Thai-Cambodian children. She sees that her Hmong and BIPOC Colorado community still face disparities in employment, educational achievement, and home and business ownership. 

Like most mothers, applying and achieving a degree from a high-cost tuition college is out of the question. To combat this inequality of educational resources, Nou Chee is the driving force for PABNEEG to accomplish its mission of building a community eLearning platform for economic growth. 

Mia Foster
Mia Foster, B.A.

Board Secretary

Mia Yang-Foster is a first-generation Hmong-American whose proclivity towards world history has led her to the realm of humanitarian advocacy within the Hmong community aimed at telling the stories of the veterans, the refugees, and the plight of their families. Mia is a Program Director overseeing the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program for one of the largest community-based organizations in her region, a small-business owner, and a Diversity and Inclusion Commissioner for the City of Elk Grove where she lives with her husband and their three sons. In her free time, Mia is a spiritual and physical health advocate and volunteers her time towards the resettlement of displaced people.

Yeng Xiong, PharmD.

Board Member

Yeng Xiong is a pharmacist and an advocate for health education. He wants to educate the Hmong community about the importance of diagnosing ailments and modern medicine. He is passionate about helping those who preserve and teach Hmong culture back to the youth in the United States through cultural exchange programs.

The Hmong community is not talking about global health and emergency medicine. Today there are impoverished Hmong villages overseas with no health center for treating common ailments.

 He seeks to bring perspectives from his experiences in the United States to improve health care for those who need it and advance equitable healthcare solutions centered on dignity and respect.