WUCMAA 2012 Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin


Milwaukee, WI — Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. (WUCMAA) held its 2012 Conference in Appleton, Wisconsin on October 27, 2012. WUCMAA is an organization umbrella for 13 Hmong non-profit organizations in Wisconsin.

The theme of the conference was “Be The Change”.

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“The conference opens to the public and the Hmong community so based on this morning figure, it is about 200 people attended the conference” said WaYia Thao, President of WUCMAA.

Keynote speakers were Lee Pao Xiong, Ph. D., Director & Professor, at Concordia University and Pang Foua Yang-Rhodes, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, at Argosy University.

Pang Foua Yang-Rhodes, Ph.D. LMFT, is an Assistant Professor in the MA Marriage and Family Therapy program at Argosy University-Twin Cities. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she conducts therapy with individuals, couples and families and she specializes in premarital and marital therapy. Dr. Yang-Rhodes is a MN Board approved MFT clinical supervisor, who provides clinical and research

consultation and program evaluation. She hosts a weekly one hour Hmong talk show on Radio Hmong (St. Paul, MN:AM1620) addressing topics and answering calls on marital and family issues in the Hmong community. Dr. Yang-Rhodes is active in the women’s ministry at Hmong American Alliance Church (Maplewood, MN). Presently she serves on the Board of Trustees of Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN). Pang Foua and her husband, Greg, have been married for 18 years and have lived in the Twin Cities for the past decade.

Lee Pao Xiong, ABD., is the founding director of the Center for Hmong Studies at Concordia University, St. Paul where he teaches Political Science, American Government and Hmong Studies. He is also an adjunct faculty for Century College in St. Paul. Xiong has won numerous awards for his service to the community. He is a cofounder of the Hmong Resource Fair, the Asian Festival, Hmong Academy, Hmong Community School of Excellence and the former Asian Development Corporation (now Asian Economic Development Association). Currently he serves on the Board of the Friends of St. Paul Public Library, the Sunrise Community Bank Advisory Board, and Change Inc. Xiong received his Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and his Ph. D. from Hamline University.