Staff and Leadership Team


Sai Vang
Executive Director
Phone: 651-603-6971
Katie Ka Vang
Director of Navigate Artist Services
Phone: 651-644-6969
Fres Thao
Director of  Youth Programs
Phone: 651-644-6969
Therese Cain
Development Director
Phone: 651-603-6971



CHAT has a leadership team with members that participate in visionary planning and decision making for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent, working alongside the Board of Directors. Staff members on the Leadership Team include Kathy Mouacheupao, Oskar Ly and Katie Ka Vang.

Oskar Ly is a multifaceted artist; a self taught fashion designer, make-up artist and hair stylist at Os.Couture, blending her love for culture and couture. Aside from the runways and photo shoots, she has organized fashion shows in Minnesota including ChAT’s Fresh Traditions Fashion Show III. She is a 2009 recipient of the Cultural Community Partnership grant focusing her work on paj ntaub research. She is also a singer-songwriter in the styles of Hip Hop, Soul and Alternative music and is lead singer for PosNoSys (Post Nomadic Syndrome). Her work in Hip Hop further extends to an all female B-girl group called Girl-ISH. Her various works have been highlighted in Audrey Magazine, Star Tribune, Hmong is You, Hmong Today and Hmong Times. As a Hmong woman, Oskar’s artistic philosophy is to create art for self identity and exploration inspired by culture and community building. Oskar is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Human Resource Development at the University of Minnesota and applies her diverse experiences in community development as the Board Vice-Chair for SOY (Shades of Yellow), advocating for Hmong LGBT.