Meet The Staff
Angela Vu - Executive Director
Angela holds a B.A. in Management and M.A. in Public Administration. She was born in Vietnam into a Buddhist family and grew up studying the Dharma under her parents' guidance. Angela has practiced mindfulness since 2000 and is lay-ordained in the Order of Interbeing (OI Member).
In regards to her youth serving related activities, she was a member of GDPT since age 6 until 2005. She has also been involved in Huong Dao (Vietnamese Scouts Association) and many other youth organizations. In 2007, along with friends, she founded Bodhi Youth of America with a mission to bring engaged Buddhist practices to the Vietnamese-American and young generation in the U.S., inspiring them to unfold their potential and achieve a balanced, all-embracing lifestyle. Angela embraces both Vietnamese and American culture as well as spiritual practices.
Dawn Galazyn - iMAP Director
Dawn holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Teaching with specialization in Special Education. She has been teaching since 2005 and currently teaches intermediate school students with special needs in Garden Grove.
Growing up, she was active in a local Buddhist youth group, Thanh Nien Phat Tu Bat Nha. She discovered mindfulness practices when she attended a retreat by Thich Nhat Hanh in 1999, but it was not until after college that she made a commitment to practice consistently, which has helped her to be more grounded in both her personal and professional life. Dawn aspires to continually deepen her own practice so that she can share it with her students. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
Sang Do - iMAP Assistant Director
Sang is currently a Substitute Teacher in the Garden Grove Unified School District. Sang earned his B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior with a minor in Educational Studies at the University of California, Irvine and his M.A. in School Counseling at the California State University of Long Beach.
Inspired by his loving parents who are deaf and immigrants from Vietnam, he feels compassion for living beings and appreciates understanding those who interact with him. In the summer of 2015, Sang began to practice mindfulness through reading books by Thich Nhat Hanh. Sang believes that practicing mindfulness as a way of living can strengthen people to effectively cope with life's challenges and to potentially become compassionate leaders of our universe. For fun, he enjoys drawing, reading, swimming, and practicing yoga.
Alexis Draper - iMAP Instructor
Alexis graduated summa cum laude from Cal State Fullerton with a B.A. in Art.
Her earliest experiences working with children came from her time volunteering at a Girl Scout day camp, where she had fun helping campers with their arts and crafts activities. Although her family has some Buddhist roots, Alexis only came to mindfulness accidentally while studying art. She learned firsthand that the process of creating art could focus and calm the mind by drawing the artist into the present moment. When she’s not drawing and painting, Alexis enjoys going for walks, cooking vegan food, and spending time with her family. Alexis believes art and creativity are important skills that anyone can learn, and she’s on her way to pursue her teaching credential.