Arriving to America in 1975 among groups of refugees known as the boat people, Jackie knows the term “humble beginnings” all too well. After years of hard work, she obtained a bachelor’s degree of science and nursing, MBA and a PhD in healthcare administration. In addition to her medical career, Jackie considers herself to be a social entrepreneur. She is an active member of the Asian community. Jackie served as president of the board of directors for the Vietnamese Association of Illinois and as board president for the Vietnamese American Community of Illinois. She was a guest speaker at the Kellogg School of Management, George Mason University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Wisconsin.
In 2004, Jackie was invited to the White House as one of the 50 Asian American Women Leaders. She was also the first Vietnamese American to be featured on CBS-Chicago’s “Asian American Success Stories”. Jackie founded the Asian American Media Coalition and the Vietnamese American Nurses Association of Illinois. Jackie has been appointed by the Governor of Illinois as the Asian American Liaison. She is on the advisory council for Congressman Bobby Rush and Secretary of State Jesse White. She is currently the acting Vice President for Children’s Libraries International. Jackie is also one of the founders of VietAction. Jackie is very proud to have been involved with a project that compiled documentation of the Vietnamese journey to freedom- the first to have ever been included in the Library of Congress.