Bodhi Academy Core Staff
Angela Vu - Executive Director
Angela earned a Master in Public Administration and is pursuing her Doctorate in Education. She has been a mindfulness practitioner since 2000 and also an OI Member. In regard to her youth serving related activities, she has been a member of GDPT since 6 years old until 2005. She also involved in the Scouts and many other youth organizations. In 2007, she and her friends founded the Bodhi Youth of America with a mission to bring engaged Buddhist practices to the Vietnamese American and the young generation in the US to inspire them unfold their potential and achieve a balanced and all-embracing lifestyle. She embraces both Vietnamese and American culture in life as well as spiritual practices. During her free time, Angela likes to travel and go hiking.
Dawn Galazyn - iMAP Director
Dawn has a Bachelor in Psychology and a M.A. in Teaching with specialization in Special Education. She currently is a special education teacher in Garden Grove and has been teaching since 2005. She works with intermediate school students with special needs. 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. On her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, spending time with her family, and learning to simply "be". Dawn aspires to continually deepen her own practice so that she can share it with her students. She is also a certified yoga instructor.
Thang Nguyen - Cultural Program Director
Thang is a professor of chemistry at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. He earned his Doctorate in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 2013. During his undergraduate studies, Thang took a meditation class called "Peace is Every Step" where he was introduced to the mindfulness practice of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. This led to Wake Up retreats at Dear Park Monastery and establishing a young people's sangha in Orange County called Wake Up Little Saigon. When not teaching, Thang likes to run, meditate and eat with his friends and family.
Quynh Nguyen - Community Program Coordinator
Quynh earned a B.A. in Marketing and a Master in Business Administration. For over nine years, Quynh has supported diverse student population at the Community College and University levels. From a young age, Quynh has intuitively practiced awareness of breath and meditation. She formally learned about mindfulness as an adult through sutras and retreats. Quynh thrives to continue deepening her mindfulness practice through loving-kindness and compassion. Quynh is a certified yoga teacher. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking, reading and playing with her dog.
Sang Do - iMAP Instructor
Sang Do is currently a Substitute Teacher in the Garden Grove Unified School District, which is the community in which he grew up. Sang earned his B.A. in Psychology & Social Behavior with a minor in Educational Studies at the University of California, Irvine and his Master 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 that 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 grew up in Yorba Linda and graduated summa cum laude from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor in Art in 2015. 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.
Martha Chavez - iMAP Instructor
Martha achieved her AA degree in Liberal Arts, Humanities and Communication and recently graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Cal State Fullerton. While Martha attended College, she participated in internship programs where she had the opportunity to grow and gain experience working with students. In these internships she helped students with their homework, read, and play educational games. Martha is also fluenty in Spanish. Martha’s hobbies include: reading, exercising, going to the movies, help people in any possible way that she can, and hear classical music.
Eunice Acosta - iMAP Instructor
Eunice Acosta is a recent graduate of California State University of Long Beach, where she received a BA in Health Science. Currently, she is also health educator intern at John Wesley Health Institute, Inc., where she educates and provides health services to the youth living in poor and underserved segments of Los Angeles. In her deep passion and desire in helping people, she also tutors students of various ages for free. Inspired by the numerous people she has met over the years, she joined HWPL, a peace organization that works to unite the community. In 2014, she became an assistant director of HWPL. Eunice likes the outdoors. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, mountain biking, and camping.
Linda Tran - iMAP Sign Language Instructor
Linda has earned her B.A. in Linguistics and is pursuing her Court Recording Certification. She is inspired in helping children to learn sign language to have basic communication with other disadvantage children.
iMAP College Interns: MyLan Math, Dennis Dang, Tiffany Dang, Chris Phan