Meet the Fresh Traditions Team
June Yang-Gungsing, Program Manager
June Yang-Gungsing is excited to be this year’s Fresh Traditions Fashion Show Program Manager after designing for Season 9 and modeling for Seasons 6 and 12. After graduating in 2014 with a B.A. in Apparel Design from St. Catherine University, she spent the next five years working on fashion-related projects and serving the Southeast Asian diaspora community through community engagement, event planning/management, and education. She currently is a New Sector RISE Fellow and works at two nonprofits based in St. Paul. As a Hmong fashion designer who has worked with various communities, she intends on continuing to uplift, support, and honor Hmong talent and cultural art while opening the platform for other diaspora Asian Americans for them to share their story through fashion design.
Tsai Thao, Deputy Program Manager
It is with great pleasure to introduce this year's Deputy Program Manager for Fresh Traditions XIII, Tsai Thao. Previously, she has volunteered for Fresh Traditions in season IX, modeled in season XI and served as an advisor for season XII. Tsai has also emceed and serve as representative for several CHAT events. Outside of Fresh Traditions & CHAT, she's interned with the Office of Governor Mark Dayton in the Department of Public Engagement overseeing the office outreach across communities of Minnesota and resolving constituent issues. Currently as a Parent Aide she supports and empowers women and women with children who struggles with chemical dependency and substance abuse to build healthy relationships with their family and most importantly, their selves. Tsai will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. One of her favorite mottos to live by is: “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated". As Deputy Program Manager, she aims to defeat former and newly challenges with Fresh Traditions XIII team to improve quality on the mission and vision of Fresh Traditions. This season, she envisions on bringing an exciting show.
Darling Lee, Sponsorship Lead
The Sponsorship Lead for this year is Darling Lee! She is currently pursuing her bachelor degree in Fashion Merchandise with a minor in Business Administration at St. Catherine University. As a proud Hmong woman, Darling has taken part in various platforms that have nurtured the skills necessary for this position. She has personally witnessed the impact of Fresh Traditions and hopes to widen this platform to a bigger audience. To express the significance of this program she said, “It is important to me to see the Hmong community creating a program to encourage Hmong artists. It has made me believe in myself that I, as a Hmong woman, could someday contribute to this vision.” With this opportunity, Darling is humbly dedicated to contributing her skills into the Hmong community, bringing in new ideas, and empowering the voices of Hmong artists.