The Story Behind VRS
written by Natalie Ray
Vietnam Relief Services was developed from an immense desire for our family to serve our brothers and sisters in need. The core of our home has always been service and respect for the desire of all to celebrate a life lived to its fullest extent. In Jason’s travels, he was privileged enough to become a part of a circle of incredibly dedicated and selfless volunteers that he would soon call “family.” Jason was captivated by Vietnam’s respectful, modest, hard-working, humble, and deeply committed culture. He relayed his experiences to our children about visiting an orphanage nestled in one of the poorest areas of Binh Luc, Vietnam. Our family became determined to find a way to bridge the distance between Vietnam and our community. There may be thousands of miles between us, but our lives are inextricably linked. The needs of orphaned, impoverished, and disadvantaged children and their community that relentlessly struggles to care for them are needs that we carry with us in one unified effort to help.
Jason L Ray
Executive Director and Co-Founder
With over 17 years in the global health and technology industry, and
9 years in the non profit sector, Jason has a proven track record in
resource mobilization, web marketing, and health systems design
and development. As one of the original members of the Global
Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), Jason has a
longstanding history of excellence in building some of the most
effective global health charitable organizations to date. Prior to his
career in globalhealth, Jason managed web marketing for PSINet, one
of the world's largest Internet Service Providers; and chaired the global
web marketing committee comprised of representatives from 23 countries.
Jason has worked with Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration in a consultancy capacity with a focus on health systems.
Natalie A Ray MPT Licensed Physical Therapist
Board Member and Co-Founder
Natalie is a highly qualified health professional with a degree in Exercise Science from the George Washington University, and a Masters in Physical Therapy from Marymount University. As a licensed Physical Therapist, Natalie has rehabilitated hundreds of disabled and elderly at facilities including The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington and Potomac Valley Wellness and Rehabilitation Facility.
Head of Finance
With over 20 years in the non profit sector in the Washington DC Area, Jill Ruskin served as the Senior Accounting Manager for health organizations including the Potomac Valley Wellness and Rehabilitation Facility and the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. Jill was responsible for managing a $5 Million dollar monthly revenue stream and is an expert at managing patient, family, and government relations to ensure maximum care under current regulations. Jill holds a BA in social work with a minor in accounting; and is a member of the Maryland Association of Non Profit Organizations.
Văn Quang Hoàng
Director – Vietnam
With many years experience in designing and running some of the most effective philanthropic organizations in Hanoi, Quang’s experience coupled with his enthusiastic style have led to the launch of the VH club and the S4H club. Both volunteer clubs remain some of the strongest locally grown volunteer organizations in Hanoi to date.
With accreditation’s from the Hanoi University of Industry, and work in the IT field, Quang utilizes technology as a catalyst to enhance his philanthropic efforts. Further, Quang’s passion for the environment has led him to participate in the Charity for a Green Environment annual bicycle fundraiser from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh (2780 km).
Director – USA
Tuan has over 18 years of experience in the computer and high tech industry. With experience combined in consulting, systems engineering, and sales Tuan has a proven track record in working with some of the largest Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Tuan has vast experience in the Legal, Healthcare, and Financial Services industry. Under his leadership, Tuan has led many successful projects, sales campaigns, and has helped many customers overcome their business and technical obstacles.
In addition to his VRS post, Tuan is currently the District Manager at EMC - Isilon Division and was previousely a top Sales Executive for NetApp Inc. Additionally, Tuan has held sales, engineering, and consulting positions for Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM, AT&T, and Boeing. A refugee from Vietnam at the age of 9, Tuan has been on the receiving end of aid from organizations like VRS and understands the importance of non-profit charitable organizations such as VRS. Tuan is thrilled to be a part of VRS and is excited about the opportunity to give back to his community and those in need.
Nguyễn Hồng Nhung
Chief of Staff
With a degree from the Foreign Trade University and excellent proficiency in English and French, Nhung keeps things running on time and with excellent results. Nhung has worked in Hanoi, HCMC, and for USA based companies and is skilled at mobilizing the best talent. She is from Thái Nguyên, the tea capital of Vietnam, and loves to travel and listen to music.
Nguyễn Hoàng Hải
Head of Finance and Accounting
As a graduate from the Hanoi College of Industrial Economics, Hải has a proven history in managing the finances for fundraising initiatives, internal corporate accounting, and corporate minute taking with a focus on transparency and accountability. Currently working at Viet Lac Computers, Hải continues to further her skills. Originally from Hà Nam, Hải enjoys cooking, reading, and social work.
Hoang Thi Thanh Tam
With a degree from the Hanoi University of Industry, Tam is from the Nam Dinh province and works for Zone Golf Company LTD. With a strong commitment to philanthropy and excellent project management skills, she is the heart of many a VRS program. She enjoys shopping travelling and perfecting her English language skills.
Phạm Hương Chi
Chi is a student at the Hanoi University where she is studying Spanish. With a proficiency in English and Spanish, she is our resident photographer and offers social media and fundraising support. She enjoys singing, traveling, and eating. She also is known to have an "unlimited stomach".
Head of Multimedia Marketing and Mischief
Bi Lai is a Bostonian residing in the delightful neighborhood of Chinatown. She oversees social media and other communication aspects of Vietnam Relief Services, putting things into motion on the digital front. Having had the opportunity, spared by many, to emigrate to the U.S at a young age, she’s had a fervent desire to give back to and improve Vietnam’s culture, health, and education sector. She has a twitter account, where she tweets often on VRS’s current missions and campaigns. Bi also tweets related news on Vietnam, U.S current events, and likens herself to a pop culture pundit. You can discuss random things with her on twitter by following @bibeeque.