Rachel King-Siert is an enrolled and active member of the Red Lake Nation of Northern Minnesota. As a first-generation student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she navigated through her educational path with the help of dedicated student support staff, finishing her bachelor’s degree in Speech, Hearing, and Language Sciences. Then carried on earning a Master’s in Education-Youth Development with a focus on learning through community and experiential learning from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Rachel has dedicated her work to the right and benefits of equal education opportunities. She is working to empower community members to get involved in the education of community members, young and old. Through both traditional indigenous learning and our schooling system, she is passionate about working toward a balanced education.
Rachel enjoys spending time with her family. She is a talented seamstress, beader, and leatherworker. She loves sharing her skills with young people in her community.
Rachel King-Siert serves as a Scholar Advisor
Pang Moua is a Hmong-American woman born in Wausau, Wisconsin and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a proud first-generation undergraduate and graduate student. With the support of her community, Pang received a bachelors in Elementary Education from Saint Catherine University and a masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Bethel Seminary.
Driven by her cultural, spiritual, and educational convictions, Pang is deeply committed to intergenerational healing and communal thriving. Her earliest experiences with healing and thriving occurred while teaching elementary education for five years. Gradually, Pang’s relationships with students and adults propelled her to pursue a degree in marriage and family therapy in order to better serve and understand families.
Additionally, Pang thoroughly enjoys working with young adults in college and early career settings. She is passionate about walking alongside the next generation of learners and leaders. Do I see you? Do I hear you? These are two questions Pang constantly asks in order to empower students in their personal and professional pursuits.
Beyond her work, Pang is a grateful daughter to Maim and Zaam Thoj Hawj. She is most content when she’s with her siblings, nieces, and nephews. She is humbly married to Kong Moua, her advocate and life partner, for over a decade. In her leisure time, she is enthusiastically learning, teaching, and mentoring. Pang is also a proponent of environmental sustainability and racial equity. When you meet her, make sure to ask about “big talk” and radical hospitality.
Pang Moua serves as Scholar Advisor
Pakhoua Vang (Pa-Hoo-A-Vang) is a first-generation college student who is eager and excited to be working with Wallin Scholars as a Scholar Advisor. During Pakhoua's undergraduate experience, Pakhoua studied abroad in South Korea for a year to figure out what she wanted to do as a career. Upon her return, Pakhoua decided her career path would lead her into Student Affairs, so she individually designed her undergraduate major in International Studies (focus in Korean culture) and minor in Hmong Studies from Concordia University - St. Paul.
After completing her undergraduate degree, Pakhoua took a year off from school and then went back to complete her MA in Leadership in Student Affairs from the University of St. Thomas. Throughout her graduate experience, Pakhoua has gained insights and hands-on experience in Student Life, Career Development, Study Abroad, Enrollment Services, grant writing, and more. These experiences inspired Pakhoua to work at Wallin Education Partners, where she can share her insights and experiences with all Scholars.
During the summer, spring, and fall, Pakhoua and her children enjoy taking walks around the yard and parks. When Pakhoua has time away from her children, she enjoys catching up on movies, such as Disney and Pixar.
Pakhoua Vang serves as a Scholar Advisor
Baonhia Xiong (she/hers) is joining our team this fall as the Marketing Intern at Wallin Education Partners. Baonhia is a student at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. She is completing her final year in Graphic Design with a minor in Product Design. She will be supporting our expanding Marketing and Communication efforts.
Before coming to Wallin, Baonhia engaged in freelance design work for local entrepreneurs. She collaborated with various student-led conferences and non-profit organizations. Many of her projects involved with social media and graphic design.
Outside of work and school, Baonhia enjoys drawing and writing short novels. She also has a penchant for baking confections for her family in the Twin Cities.
Baonhia Xiong serves as the Marketing Intern
David Palo completed his bachelor's degree in Math at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Throughout the program, he worked in student success services. Upon graduation, he moved on a whim to Minnesota and spent a year tutoring elementary students before taking an accounting role at Venture Bank.
After a brief foray into non-profits working with North Carolina public schools, he returned to Minnesota and worked as a financial analyst for Choice Bank before coming to Wallin Education Partners.
For the last few years, David has spent a lot of time outside of work climbing, playing ultimate frisbee, and biking. All the healthy activities are tempered with a strong appreciation for sweets and sci-fi movies.
David Palo serves as Finance Associate
Jessie Ortiz was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, but immigrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age five. She is a first-generation college graduate from St. Catherine University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Education K-12 with a concentration in Spanish.
As the oldest daughter and niece in her family, Jessie led the path and mentored her cousins and siblings to navigate the college process. As she navigated the college process on her own, she realized the disparity and challenges low-income, first-generation students face day-to-day. After college, Jessie wanted to give back to her community and provide her knowledge and support to students from often underserved communities as they explored their career and college options. Having worked in developing programming and curriculum for students in her previous role at College Possible, she is now excited to work with and offer direct student support again.
In her free time, Jessie has a small business in photographing and editing. She also loves going karaoke singing, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jessie Ortiz serves as a Scholar Advisor
Nancy Huynh (she/her/hers) is a lifelong Minnesotan. She completed her bachelor's in Communication Studies at Hamline University, where she also studied international journalism, Spanish, and education.
After working in K-12 education in Minneapolis and St. Paul Public Schools, she went on to earn her master's degree in Leadership in Student Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. She has been at Augsburg University ever since working in orientation, student activities, and academic advising.
As an educator, she is passionate about college access and holistic student development.
Nancy spends her free time cooking, teaching herself how to craft, and smiling at strangers' dogs.
Nancy Huynh serves as a Scholar Advisor
Kathryn has worked in nonprofits for more than a decade. She is incredibly passionate about social justice and believes strongly in the power of education to transform lives and build stronger communities. Kathryn has experience with fundraising in health care and social service settings with an emphasis on bringing services and support to those who need it most. Most recently she worked with Open Arms of Minnesota overseeing their fundraising strategies.
Kathryn graduated from St. Olaf College majoring in Sociology and Women's Studies. She later received her graduate degree from the Colorado School of Public Health where she focused her studies on health disparities.
When not at work, Kathryn enjoys hiking, baking, reading, and traveling with her family. She lives in St. Paul with her husband, two young kids, and their dog.
Kathryn Southard serves as Senior Development Officer
Eric Dormoh (he/him) was born and raised in Brooklyn Park, MN. He is a first-generation college graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he studied Sports Management. Ski U Mah! He recently completed his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Eric has a passion for holistic student development and he wants to utilize his experiences to help students grow!
While at the University Of Wisconsin-Madison, Eric worked as a Posse Mentor for The Posse Foundation. In this role, he guided students from Los Angeles in their first two years of college at UW. He also worked as a Career Advising Graduate Intern where he assisted students on their career development journeys. Prior to attending graduate school, Eric worked in college admissions as a Freshman Admissions Counselor and Coordinator for African and African American recruitment at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
In his free time, Eric enjoys working out, journaling, watching sports, listening to podcasts, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family and friends!
Eric Dormoh serves as Scholar Advisor
Anthony Howard joins Wallin Education Partners after serving students all across the Twin Cities in a variety of student mentoring and advocacy positions over the past several years. As a lifelong Minnesota resident, his commitment to improving the lives and education experiences of students in his home community is what fuels his work.
Before graduating from Luther College with his Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Anthony first earned his Associate Arts degree from Itasca Community College. Completing ICC's Transfer Pathway program enabled Anthony to have more four-year college opportunities than he had coming out of high school, and reignited his ambition in achieving academic excellence.
With his free time, Anthony enjoys coaching youth sports, writing/producing hip hop music and bike riding.
Anthony Howard serves as OP Scholar Advisor