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Staff of the Asian Center

Who We Are

Sheila Dorsey Vinton

Executive Director/CEO

Sheila Dorsey Vinton has worked as Executive Director/CEO of the Asian Community & Cultural Center since February 2014. Her background in refugee and immigrant studies and biocultural approaches to health contribute to the success of the Asian Center in developing programs that meet the needs of its clients who come from all over the world to make their home in Lincoln, Nebraska. Ms. Dorsey Vinton also enjoys the opportunity to serve the Lincoln community on several boards and steering committees to promote health, the arts, and community development.

 

Duy Linh Bui
Duy Linh Bui

Financial Director & Programs Coordinator

Duy Linh Bui has been working at the Asian Community & Cultural Center since 2006 under its Minority Health, Family Resources, Domestic Violence, and Senior programs. She has a bachelor's degree in Education in Vietnam, and she received her associate degree at Southest Community College in Business Information Technology in 2008. She is also a trained interpreter in the medical and community fields. She helps Vietnamese refugees and immigrants access services for basic needs such as health care, employment, and housing. With more than 15 years of providing services to the community as a Vietnamese liaison, she has extensive knowledge and broad experiences in healthcare, legal, and social services systems.

 

Lee Kreimer

Grant Writer

Lee Kreimer serves as the Programs Manager. She supports community advocates at the Asian Community and Cultural Center by organizing health and wellness activities and community education classes for seniors (65 and over), Citizenship classes, English classes, and other educational programming. She also manages ACCC's internship program and volunteers and provides support for other administrative tasks.

 

 

Khamisa Abdalla

Women's Program Manager

Khamisa began working at the Asian Center in 2007 primarily as the Women’s Program Manager.  In this position, she advocates for women and directs projects to promote financial literacy and empowerment. She also works as a translator for those who speak Arabic, and develops and conducts activities to promote healthy living amongst elderly refugees. Khamisa has received training as a Domestic Violence Advocate, a Community Breastfeeding Educator through MilkWorks, and a Community Health Worker. In 2013, Khamisa received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Human Services from the College of Saint Mary.

 

Natalie Wiebelhaus

Programs Manager

Natalie Wiebelhaus is our Youth Program Manager. She leads the team that serves youth in our high school and middle school case management and programs at Lincoln High School, Lincoln Northeast, Lincoln North Star, Park Middle School, Lefler Middle School, Goodrich Middle School, and Dawes Middle school. The youth staff team also runs the Saturday Sudanese Youth Club that meets at the Asian Center on Saturdays, as well as annual events such as Camp Culture, Untold Migrant Stories Showcases, and Student Recognition Events.

 

 

JueYezi (Rebecca) Reinhardt

Cultural Programs Coordinator & Chinese Community Advocate

Rebecca began working at the Asian Center in April 2014. She organizes annual cultural events hosted by the Asian Center, such as the Harvest Moon Festival and the Lunar New Year Celebration. She also provides and cultural education and presentations to other organizations and groups throughout the community about the Asian Center. In her other roles at the center, she educates clients on the importance of having a healthy life style, educates the community on breastfeeding, and works with women facing domestic violence issues and concerns. Rebecca is originally from China where she graduated from the Beijing Broadcasting University. She then worked at the Public Radio Station as a news announcer for 11 years before coming to America and beginning a life with her husband here in the U.S.

 

 

Lanetta (PoePoe) Edison-Soe

Health Programs Coordinator & Karen/Burmese Community Advocate

Lanetta (PoePoe) Edison-Soe, MSW, is our Health Programs Coordinator and Karen Community Advocate. She has many years of experience serving our Karen, Burmese and Thai-speaking refugees and immigrants and supports our Family Resources Program and Senior Program as a Community Health Worker, Domestic Violence Advocate, and more.

 

 

 

Samia Ahmed Abdel Mawla

Middle Eastern Community Advocate

Samia serves as the Middle Eastern Advocate and helps clients as a community health worker. She does RentWise classes and provides financial education classes for women. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ommohal Koko

Sudanese Women's Program Assistant

Ommohal Koko works as the Sudanese Programs Assistant in our Women's Program, helping support and empower women in our community.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thuy Ngoc Ho

Vietnamese Community Advocate

Thuy Ngoc Ho is one of our Vietnamese Community Advocates. She supports our Vietnamese-speaking clients and helps run our Seniors Program.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lwe Ku Say

Karen Community Advocate

Lwe Say is a Karen Community Advocate and helps support our Karen-speaking clients with a wide variety of services, helping bridge language barriers and gain access to resources.

 

 

 

 

Joy Oyebefun

Family Resource Program Coordinator

Joy Oyebefun is a Family Resource Program Coordinator and she also serves as the Asian Center's Intern and Volunteer Coordinator. She organizes our education classes for adults, coordinating with other agencies to offer beginning and advanced English classes for the community.

 

 

 

Photo of Tiffany (Trinh) Bui, Family Resource Coordinator/Vietnamese Community Advocate
Tiffany (Trinh) Bui

Family Resource Program Coordinator & Vietnamese Community Advocate

Tiffany has a Bachelor's degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She leads the Senior Program group for Karen speakers, and coordinates Translation and Interpretation Services, and helps manage grants. Tiffany also serves as a Vietnamese Community Advocate for our Vietnamese speaking clients, assisting with phone calls, bridging the language barrier, and helping them gain access to resources.

 

 

 

Donna Reed

Receptionist

Donna is our receptionist at the Asian Center, she handles incoming calls, greets clients, and helps to keep the office organized. In her free time, Donna loves to garden and spend time with her grandchildren.

 

 

 

 

Kim Cuc Nguyen

Receptionist
National ABLE Network

Kim is one of our receptionists at the Asian Center. She handles incoming calls and greets clients who speak Vietnamese and helps to keep the office organized.

 

 

 

 

 

Hser Moo Paw

Karen Community Advocate

Hser is a Karen Community Advocate and helps support our Karen-speaking clients with a wide variety of services, helping bridge language barriers and gain access to resources.

 

 

 

 

 

Laila Hasan

Data Coordinator

Laila coordinates several grants that support our Health and Mental Health programs and helps coordinate and manage data at the Asian Center.

 

 

 

 

Sakeena Nazari

Afghan Program Coordinator

Sakeena helps to support Afghan clients who speak Dari, bridging language barriers and gaining access to resources for families she serves.

 

 

 

 

 

Fariha Mohmand

Curriculum Specialist

Fariha serves Pashto-speaking clients and is responsible for developing curriculum to serve our Afghan clients. She helps to coordinate classes at the Asian Center for parenting, Financial Education, WRAP, English for Driving, and more.

 

 

 

 

Nilofar Saidi

Afghan Community Advocate

Nilofar helps to support our Afghan clients who speak Dari, bridging language barriers and gaining access to resources for families she serves.

 

 

 

 

Dani Nguyen

Vietnamese Community Advocate, IT Support Specialist

Evin Rasho

Youth Program Assistant Coordinator

Not Pictured:

Maria Elena Villasante | Health Education & Advocacy Program Manager

Sarah Lies | Administrative Specialist
Sarah received her bachelor's from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Global Studies and Political Science with minors in Arabic and Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. Sarah assists with HR, donor management, newsletters, social media, and general office administration. She works directly with the Executive Director/CEO to assist with correspondence, projects and deadlines, and other tasks to ensure the Asian Center can run smoothly. 

Jenn Worley | Yezidi Youth Coordinator
Jenn coordinates all of the programs and case management for Yezidi youth. She leads programming for Yezidi students at Lincoln High School, Lincoln North Star, Lincoln Northeast, Goodrich Middle School, Park Middle School, and Culler Middle School. Yezidi youth programs are aimed at celebrating culture, as well as preparing refugee and immigrant students for their futures.

Ghazia Popalzai | Youth Program Grant Coordinator

Thu Le | Vietnamese Community Advocate
Thu helps clients manage their health and works in our Women's Program. She helps families get access to the resources that they need in the community.

Marwa Parwani | Afghan Community Advocate

Rania Omer | Women's Program Assistant & Sudanese Community Advocate

Hser Hser | Karen Community Advocate

Iryna Rozlach | Ukrainian Community Advocate

Sadaqat Abdul Rahemzai | Driver and Office Maintenance Technician

Abdul Ahmad Chinar | Driver and Office Maintenance Technician

Roel Navarrete | Youth Program Assistant Coordinator

Paw Say | Youth Program Assistant Coordinator

Fadwa Yousif | Youth Program Assistant Coordinator

 

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