On November 8, 2016, Stephanie Klopfenstein was elected to the Garden Grove City Council. Born and raised in Garden Grove, her family roots trace back to the town’s early beginnings in the late 1800’s.
A proud product of the Garden Grove Unified School District, Council Member Klopfenstein spent time traveling and working abroad in radio broadcasting. Drawn back to her deep ancestral roots and desire to give back to her city, she returned to Garden Grove. Following studies at Concordia University, she married and began a career in marketing.
She currently sits on the City of Garden Grove Parks, Recreation, and Arts Commission, is a board member of the Garden Grove Neighborhood Association, a member of CHOC Hospitals Lamp Lighter Guild, and is also a member of the Garden Grove Downtown Business Association.
She values time spent with her husband and young daughter, exploring the Eastern Sierra, cooking, and enjoying a good book.
Commitee Vice Chair
Dr. Renae Bryant, Ed.D.
Dr. Renae Bryant is the Director of English Learner & Multilingual Services at Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) in Anaheim, California where she leads the English Learner, Dual Language Immersion and World Languages programs. She currently leads the implementation of AUHSD’s first Vietnamese World Language course. Previously at Westminster School District, Renae led a team to implement the first Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion program in California, which was awarded the California School Board Associations Golden Bell in 2017. Dr. Renae Bryant is the Secretary for California Association for Bilingual Education Chapter #6. Dr. Bryant earned both the Orange County Department of Education Celebrating English Learner Success County Award and University of La Verne Doctoral Student Research Merit Award in 2017. She earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at the University of La Verne in 2017. Dr. Renae Bryant currently attends the Association of California School Administrators Superintendents Academy.
Dr. Nathalie A. Tran, Ph.D.
Dr. Natalie Tran is a Chair of the Department of Secondary Education and Professor of Educational Leadership. She is also the Director of the National Resource Center for Asian Languages, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. She earned her master’s in Education at University of California, Los Angeles and doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Tran’s work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of curriculum and services related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and examining factors that affect students’ learning experiences both in the classroom and out-of-school settings, including dual language immersion programs. Her other interests include integrating the practice of mindfulness in K-12 classrooms and exploring issues related to diversity in higher education.
Lan Quoc Nguyen, Esq.
Attorney Lan Quoc Nguyen is a School Board Member on the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education since 2002 and is currently elected as Vice-President of the Board of Education. For over 25 years, Lan is a well-known voice in advocating for refugee rights, human rights, legal rights and political empowerment in the Vietnamese American Community.
After escaping Vietnam by boat in 1979, Lan graduated from Bolsa Grande High School in 1983, earned his Bachelor Degree in Political Science from U.C. Riverside in 1987 and Juris Doctor Degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law in 1990. He’s currently a principal attorney of the Law Firm Lan Quoc Nguyen & Associates in Westminster, California.
Alan Vo Ford
Alan Vo Ford is an young dynamic and accomplished entrepreneur in the Insurance and Real Estate industry as a consultant, a Broker and a CEO; thank to his particular flair and his very quick critical thinking skills by age of 19. He is expanding his talent in various other domains. His dedication for movie production is undeniable by starting as an actor and pursuing his cinematographic career as an executive producer over 14 years life time. He actually completed three feature films:
• Journey From the Fall film with a very successful theatrical release (28 award winning worldwide)
• Ride The Thunder film (successful theatrical release)
• Finding Julia film (theatrical release coming soon 2018)
He has endorsed various humanitarian causes and devotes his spare time in several community non-profit organizations by bringing his financial planner expertise. He is currently carrying out his sponsorship and finance director/adviser roles at:
• Little Saigon Tet Parade
•Asian Pacific Festival
• Orange County International Festival
• USS Midway
• Our family and personal give back to thousands of needy family in Vietnam since 1990.
• Time to give back foundation
• Contribute to many other non-profits organizations.
Dr. Sam Nguyen, Philanthropist| Doctor of Naturopathy| Humanitarian| Business Owner| Entrepreneur| Harvard Business School Graduate| Singer/Musician| Pageant Queen
Dr. Sam Nguyen, founder, and CEO of Asian World Media is one of the most passionate and influential figures in the Vietnamese Community. Dr. Sam Nguyen, also known affectionately as Di Ai Hong Sam, is a distinguished Doctor of Naturopathy, an accomplished Entrepreneur, Scholar, Graduate of Executive Education from Harvard Business School , a talented musician, singer, and a renowned beauty queen.
Dr. Sam Nguyen is most proud of her eight children, two biological and six foster children, as well as her accomplishments in business and pageantry, which has allowed her the proper platform to spread her message of hope and nurturing of those in need. Nguyen has dedicated her life to lending a helping hand to people in need and strives to provide the healing power of nature and the understanding of the body, mind, and spirit. With a Doctorate degree in Naturopathy and education from Harvard Business School, Nguyen made her mark on the natural medicine market and created many holistic oils and herbal medicines to help patients around the world, even some with cancer. She has opened several successful businesses in this field as well.
Currently, Nguyen’s concentration is on Asian World Media a Vietnamese-American Television network that includes production, development, and broadcasting to a global audience to help preserve the Vietnamese culture while bridging one generation to the next. Within the media platform, Nguyen is also the founder of Geo Marketing Consult Inc, to help strategically plan for different businesses all around the world.
As a television personality and humanitarian, Nguyen has relied on her acclaimed status as a “celebrity” in Vietnam and the Vietnamese community at large in USA and world-wide, coupled with several pageant titles, to boost the visibility and awareness to her charitable work and continue to help those in need, especially children. Some of the charities include: Vovi Nam Helping Hands, One Body Village, an anti-human trafficking organization, Children’s Cancer Hospital in Vietnam, and orphanages in Vietnam.
Dr. Sam Nguyen was crowned Ms. National United States Woman of Achievement 2016, one of her most treasured pageantry achievements. In addition to this distinguished honor, Nguyen was a Top 6 Platform winner for highlighting the issue of Foster Care Reform, received Woman of Achievement Community Platform Award, and the Brad Harper Style Award. Other titles Nguyen has earned in her career include: Ms. Texas Woman of Achievement 2015, Miss Asia Woman of Achievement International 2014, and Miss Vietnam University of Lincoln Nebraska 1994.
Nguyen also earned recognition for her commitment to community service and leadership when she received a Proclamation from Frisco Texas Mayor Maher Maso for her work in the community. Certificate of Recognition awards she has received have been from: the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for her support to the National Foundation of Military Family Support, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, and Westminster Mayor Tri Ta.
She has also been awarded the Asian American Chamber of Commerce “President’s Awards” in Texas, Certificate of Appreciation from Viet Nam National University of Economic and Law IER as a TED speaker, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the Member of Congress United States of America, and many more for her distinguished contributions from the Vietnamese community in USA.
One of Nguyen’s most treasured moments was when she was presented with the 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Barack Obama for President’s Lifetime Achievement Award; this is the highest honor from the President of the United States, which recognizes those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.
Nguyen is presently involved in drawing attention to her Foundation, Stable Anchor Manor (S.A.M.) Foundation. The S.A.M. Foundation was established in Texas during 2009 for providing support and guidance to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. She plans to open another S.A.M. Foundation in Southern California soon. The S.A.M Teen Achieve Scholarship Award was founded in 2016. The first student recipient awarded the college tuition is from San Diego, California.
Nguyen enjoys spending time with her family and occupies herself in her favorite hobbies, such as playing the drums, singing, and remodeling different business nationwide.