The Fresno Center's Board of Directors

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Joe Lee

Board President

Graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1996 and began his long career with AT&T since then.  He is currently a Lead Design Engineer for AT&T Construction and Engineering in Fresno, CA.  Mr. Lee has been with the Board of Directors for The Fresno Center since 2005.  He has served 2 terms as Vice President of the Board of Directors and is currently on his 2nd term as President.  

Claudia Delgado

Vice President

Graduate of Dinuba High School, King River Community College, CSU, Fresno, & Northwestern University in Chicago. She has been a Consultant to non-profit & philanthropic organizations for over a decade.

Kongmeng Thao


 Mr. Thao is a first generation Hmong in the United States. He graduated from California State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering and currently works for Schneider Electric as an application engineer. Mr. Thao served as President of Hmong Catholic Youth at St. Mary’s Church and served as the Editor-in-Chief for a literary magazine called “Orientale” and Vice President for the Ploy Asian Communication for Knowledge organization at Fresno City College.

Rita Byrum


Treasurer Rita Byrum has been on the Board of The Fresno Center since 1996 and has served as treasurer for the past 13 years.  Rita is the owner of RiCo Business and Financial Services.  She has been practicing in the field of taxation for the past 26 years, specializing in corporate and tax-exempt returns as well as individual returns.  She has been a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals for 14 years and has served as a board member of the California Chapter for 9 years, three of which as president.  She is serving on the Western Area Stakeholder Council of the I.R.S. and is a presenter at various seminars conducted by the CA Chapter of  N.A.T.P.  At the present time she serves as a volunteer trainer for the V.I.T.A. and T.C.E. programs for the Internal Revenue Service.

Brian Xa Vang

Board Member

Mr. Vang has been involved with non-profit organization and had developed many skills and had gone through extensive leadership training. Mr. Vang was a former staff with TFC for five years. Mr. Vang continued to display his love and commitment to the community by serving as a board member after he became self-employed in 2009. 

Pai Yang

Board Member

Pai Yang is an Alumni of IDEAL Institute for development of emerging area leaders in 2001. She has been involved with the Fresno Community for over 20 years. Mrs. Yang currently serves on the board of St. Paul United Methodist Church & Youth Director. In 2005-2008 she served as a board member for Fresno Metro Ministry and a former board member of Hospitality for Memorial United Methodist Church of Clovis from 2008-2012 & Trustee 2015. Mrs. Yang is the founder of Hmong Community Education Task Force (HCETF) with a focus of organizing & mobilizing legislature bill, AB78 Southeast Asian Education Bill 2002. Mrs. Yang was also a part of the Refugee Resettlement Program Director/Community Organizer from 1993-2007. From 1990-1993 she served as a Paralegal Assistant & Office Manager for Law Firm of Vaughan DeKirby.   

Sua Vang

 Board Member 

Mrs. Vang have served as a Board member for over 12 years of which 8 years was served as secretary. She is currently working at University of California Cooperative Extension teach Nutrition, Food safety and Healthy lifestyle to Southeast Asian families for over 24 years. She have a License Vocational Nurse and graduated from Pacific Coast College in San Diego 1986. 

Dr. Larry Wilder

 Board Member 

Dr. Wilder is a champion for education and is very passionate about the diverse communities in the central valley. He has over 40 years of experiences working in the education sector. He served on the City Council for Reedley from 1976-1994 and then Mayor of Reedley for 10 years. Dr. Wilder served two terms as South San Joaquin Division of League of Cities President, Board member for League of California Cities, Chair for Fresno Metropolitan Regional Occupational Center Board of Directors, and member of CSU-Fresno President’s Advisory Committee on Teacher Preparation.


Seng Yang

 Board Member 

Mr. Yang was born in Laos and came to the US in 1986 as a refugee. He graduated from college with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Counseling. Seng currently works for Tulare County as a Resource Specialist and Consultant. He also sits on the Advisor Council for Equity & Inclusion Council with Tulare County HHSA and Advisory Council for Fresno Madera Area Agency on Aging. He is the current President for the Yang Clan of Fresno County and is an expert and practitioner of the traditional Hmong Cultural, religious ritual and spiritual practice.

Lay Prum

 Board Member 

Mr. Prum is a former captain in the Cambodian National Army. Mr. Prum served as the first member and also president of the organization since its inception in 1991.    

Dr. Kou Yang

 Board Member