Team Members

Jonathan Nguyen

My professional name is Jonathan, but my laid-back name is Jon. I’m currently in my 4th year at USC, the Marshall School of Business. My aspirations are pretty similar to many Asian-American parents’ dreams: for their child to be a doctor or a lawyer. Well, I chose the latter and hopefully that won’t come back to bite me (the demand for lawyers is extremely low right now). Anyway, here are some of my academic achievements:

  • - Received a full ride to USC
    - Top 15% of my college class
    - Blackstonian Pre-Law Honor Society Member


Other than my academics, I’m a pretty normal guy. For example, I thought I could make it to the NBA when I was in 7th grade, but I realize I couldn’t the minute I started high school. And now I play golf, because it’s a low impact sport and you don’t have to be tall to play.

But enough about me, how about you? How can I help you succeed?

Neil Bui

I’m Neil and I’m currently attending Chapman University. I’m finishing up my undergraduate degree in computer information systems this fall, and beginning my MBA courses January 2015. Besides hitting the books everyday, I am the web editor for my school newspaper, participate as a member of my university investment group, and work as an assistant for my campus’s Strategic Marketing and Communication department.

I have been fortunate enough to afford a private school education by earning scholarships through academic achievement such as the Kingston Technology Scholarship, Chapman’s $20,000/year Chancellor’s Scholarship, and a fellowship to alleviate the costs of graduate school.

Things have certainly been going my way in my pursuit to enter the software development field as an engineer and future project manager. Now with PAL Mentors, I have the opportunity to help someone else out.

Brian Vo

Hi there, Brian here.

I'm big on education and all, but there's more to me than a degree and a job! In the very little free time I have, I usually enjoy listening to birds chirp at odd hours of the day and eat insane amounts of french fries basically all the time. I also partake in the activities of playing first-person shooters, and surfing whenever I gather enough energy to get up and out of the house.

For the most part, I've resided locally; I finished high school at La Quinta High School in Westminster in 2012, and completed my undergraduate education at the University of California, Irvine, in 2014. I am currently a graduate student at Chapman University, studying Accounting and Finance, with the goal of becoming a CPA or a data analyst in the future. I was awarded the Kingston Technology Scholarship and Garden Grove Elks Most Valuable Student back in 2012, as well as SchoolsFirst FCU's most valuable member award.

Kevin Hoang

I am a junior at Chapman University, class of 2016, double-majoring in Political Science and English Literature. I am a Southern Californian native from Garden Grove, California. I graduated in 2012 from Rancho Alamitos High School, where I was deeply involved in my high school non-profit organization Volunteers of Orange County and the school varsity tennis team.

After placing within the national top two percent of all SAT takers of my year in the Reading and Writing sections, I was offered and accepted a four-year annual scholarship from Chapman University for $20,000 a year to pursue my education and goals. With the experiences of graduating from high school and finding one’s place at college fresh in my mind, and a lifelong interest in education, I am ecstatic to be a part of PAL Mentors.

In my spare time, I enjoy literature, film, video games, sports, and arguing with my friends about all of the above. I am a hardcore fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA team, the A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin and HBO, respectively, and of the Mass Effect video game franchise. I enjoy short walks on the beach (so I don’t have to worry about the parking meter!), candlelit romantic dinners with my dog Cooper, and starting (and quitting within a few weeks) intense fitness regimes that I copy from the Internet.