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Mr. Michael Ong

Michael Ong is the founder of Tea Talk Vietnam and without his passion, knowledge and expertise CoRE and Tea Talk would simply not exist. With over 20 years of experience in social work and youth development, he has pushed forward with the upmost determination and created a platform for positive social engagement.

He is a guest lecturer and social development consultant at several universities across Hanoi and is fluent in English, Vietnamese and Mandarin. In the 15 years that he has resided in Vietnam, he has been able to build invaluable bridges within the local community – breaking many of the cross-cultural divisions that previously existed throughout the community.

One of Michael’s many philosophies is, “Tell me a story and I will buy you a cup of coffee”. Michael believes that each and every person has a unique story to tell – and through sharing our experiences and beliefs, people as well as society will become stronger, happier and more united.

M.A. (Social work), George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

B.A. (Social work, Honors), National University of Singapore.

Mr. Michael Ong is married and has a teenage daughter.


Mrs. Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang


 Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang is the current Director of CoRE. Mrs. Trang is as a teacher and supervisor for CoRE’s “Let’s Talk” program, and with over 6 years’ experience working with youths, she brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership expertise to the organization. Since becoming the Director at CoRE she has overseen the implementation of many projects, events and workshops and positive impact she has had on operations is there for all to see.

Student of Master of Social Work Degree Program,

B.A (Social Work), University of Labour and Social Affairs, Hanoi.

She is married and together they have a young child.




Ms. Le Thi Thu Huong


Ms. Huong is the Vice Director at CoRE and has over seven years of experience working in the fields of management, youth coordination and community-program leadership. She is currently finishing studying a Masters in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology.

Huong hopes to continue her education further by beginning a PHD in Clinical Psychology.










 Mr. Presley McFadden


Presley McFadden is CoRE’s Programs Development Officer. Hailing from American, he is now a Vietnamese resident and is married with two sons.

With a wealth of knowledge and experience in educational development, Presley will be a great asset to CoRE as we moved towards the future – particular in the field of language teaching and cultural awareness.

Presley has a Masters in TESOL from the University of Texas, and has previously worked for Hanoi University and the TMC Academy.


Mrs. Christine Peh

Christine Peh is CoRE’s Counseling Program Consultant, a trained counselor and educator.

From 1990-2015 Christine and her family have resided in different countries in Asia. Her regional exposure has given her an in-depth appreciation on and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues.

She has experience working in individual as well as couple counselling – and she also facilitates small group discussions, organizes and conducts training workshops.

M.A. (Counseling), Alliance Graduate School, Manila. B.A. (Social Sciences), National University of Singapore.



Other Staff


From left to right:

Nguyen Thi Thuy Trang (Director)

Nguyen Thu Trang (Programs Development Officer)

Le Thi Thu Huong (Vice-Director)

Pham Thi Phuong Luong (Communication Officer)

Nguyen Thi Hong (Administrator)


The Volunteers

Without the continuous help and support of our both local and international volunteers, CoRE and Tea Talk would simply not exist. Whether it is project assistance, social media management or helping set up events on the night – the CoRE volunteers work tirelessly to ensure that CoRE’s message is heard loud and clear.

CoRE is always looking for new volunteers that can help out in any way possible – all you need to do is send an e-mail of interest to the address stated on the contact bar at the top of the page.


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