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

MDA Mission and History The Montagnard Dega Association (MDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Community-Based Organization formed in 1988. We exist to unite and strengthen the fraternal ties of all persons of Montagnard heritage, to create a positive environment for all to meet, to build safe, healthy communities, to inspire education and to preserve our cultural heritage. North Carolina is home to many Montagnards outside of Southeast Asia and comprises a major portion of the local AAPI population. MDA works in cooperation with mutual assistance organizations, community groups, faith organizations, local, state, and refugee resettlement agencies. MDA is a refugee service provider recognized by NCDHHS. We have expanded to include a youth branch, Montagnard American Organization (MAO), research network, and community advisory council. We work closely with Bhutanese, Cambodian, Karenni, Sudanese, Liberian, and Swahili-speaking communities on education, health and Covid response.

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)


Executive Director

Case Manager

Theo Rlayang

Youth/Civic Engagement Specialist

Stephanie Cheston

Senior Employment Specialist

Andrew Young

Program Coordinator

Dr. Ysiu Hlong

Montagnard Community Health Worker

Prince Mundeke

Swahili Community Health Worker

Marthalenar Nya Mar

Karenni Community Health Worker/Civic Engagement Specialist

Janma Subba,

Bhutanese Civic Engagement Specialist

Satta Sedi-Johnson

Liberia Community Health Worker


Cambodian Culture Center of NC (CCC of NC)

Irina Sidlouski

Social Work Intern, UNCG, BSW 2023

Tanajuh Rouse

Social Work Intern NCA&T, BSW 2023

Nicolette Daniluk

Social Work Intern,

UNCG, BSW 2023

Xuem S.

Public Health Intern,

UNCG, MPH 2023

H'Missy Ksor,

The Montagnard Legacy Scholar 2022-2023

H'Gloria Eban, The Montagnard Legacy Scholar



Y'Thong Hmok


Yeremy Budam,


Y Hin Nie

Senior Pastor, United Montagnard Christian Church Advisory Board

Lila Nie Miles, RN


Pierre K'Briuh

Deacon, St Mary's Catholic Church

Advisory Board


Y'Siu Hlong, PhD

Director Emeritus

Advisory Board

Caitlyn Polito


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

Brao Bolton


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