Mission and history, Staff, Board, Community Advisory Council and partners

Legal description The Montagnard Dega Association (MDA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 1987 by the first Montagnard elders to arrive in North Carolina.

MDA Mission and History MDA originally was organized in 1987 to “Unite and strengthen fraternal ties of all persons of Montagnard heritage and create an environment conducive for them to have opportunities to meet, understand and mutually help each other.” Since then the Board voted to expand the mission and scope of the organization to include assistance to other refugee populations while encouraging community empowerment and family self-sufficiency. Montagnard American Organization (MAO) is the youth branch of MDA that represents next-generation leadership.

Who are the Montagnard people? We are the indigenous peoples of the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The term Montagnard is French for “mountain people” or "highlanders", and is often used to refer to us, the indigenous people of the region. There are over 30 different Montagnard tribes. We were some of the frontline fighters during the Vietnam War, alongside with U.S. Special Forces. Today, North Carolina holds the largest population of Montagnards outside of Southeast Asia... (more)


Liana Adrong, MSW

Executive Director

Ha Tong

Community Liaison/Vocational Instructor

H'Thu Nie

Civic Engagement Specialist

Stephanie Cheston

Senior Employment Specialist

Andrew Young

Program Coordinator

Dr. Ysiu Hlong

Montagnard Community Health Worker

Swahili Community Health Worker

Tee Reh

Burmese/Karen Community Health Worker

Siddiga Ahmed,

Sudanese Community Health Worker

Satta Sedi-Johnson

Liberian Community Health Worker

Marie Loume

Senegalese Community Health Worker

Seyha/Don- Cambodian Culture Center of NC (CCC of NC)


Dev- Bhutanese Community

Mikayla S.

Social Work Intern, UNCG, BSW 2022

Benjamin W.

Social Work Intern NCA&T, BSW 2022

Tou V.

Social Work Intern,

UNCG, BSW 2022

Xuem S.

Public Health Intern,

UNCG, MPH 2023


Y'Thong Hmok


Yeremy Budam,


Y Hin Nie

Senior Pastor, United Montagnard Christian Church Advisory Board

Y'Suai Mlo


Y'Siu Hlong, PhD

Director Emeritus

Advisory Board



Daniel Touprong Ho-le

Owner, Ho-Le Accounting

Advisory Board

H'Lat Mlo, BA


Raleigh Bailey, PhD

Director Emeritus, Center for New North Carolinians

Advisory Board

Lila Nie Miles, RN


Pierre K'Briuh

Deacon, St Mary's Catholic Church

Advisory Board

Y'Suing Nie, RN


Dock Rmah

1996 NC Hertiage Award recipient

Advisory Board

Elizabeth Thinh, BA

Vice Chair

H'Yiu Ksor, RN


Gelly Long, BA


Sharon Morrison, PhD


Member, Academic Liaison

Andrew Young, MFA


Member, Technical Adviser