The Danang/Quang Nam Fund
The Danang/Quang Nam Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt international non-governmental organization whose mission is to provide direct aid to the poor and disabled in Danang City and Quang Nam Province in Vietnam, many of whom suffer as a direct result of the American use of Agent Orange and other dioxin-based defoliants during the US-Vietnam war.
Kenneth J. Herrmann, Jr.
(1943-2014) Former President of the Danang QuangNam, Fund.
Associate Professor at SUNY Brockport; Director, SUNY Brockport Vietnam Program; President and Executive Director of The Fund, degrees from Canisius College and SUNY Buffalo; U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran; professional service experience in various social agencies in America and other nations. He is the first foreign member of the Danang Association of Agent Orange Victims and has been awarded a Certificate of Merit by the Danang Peoples' Committee for his humanitarian and education efforts in Vietnam. A frequent lecturer on issues relating to Vietnam, he has authored several books and many articles. One book was published in Vietnam by Phuong Nam Corporation.
Susan Herrmann is a doctoral candidate with Fielding Graduate University in the School of Human and Organizational Development. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York with 20+ years practice experience in a wide variety of settings both domestic and international. Susan currently teaches social work courses as an adjunct instructor at the College at Brockport and also directs the Brockport Vietnam Program. She is the recent widow of Ken Herrmann and cares for 5 children as she endeavors to continue the legacy that Ken began with the Vietnam Program.
Dr. Robert Gosende
Associate Vice Chancellor for International Programs, SUNY; former U.S. Ambassador to Somalia; Foreign Service at USIA and Department of State in Uganda, Libya, Somalia, South Africa, Poland, and the Russian Federation; received degrees from American International College and an honorary doctorate from AIC; recipient of Distinguished Presidential Awards from Presidents Bush and Clinton.
Retired; U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran; active in community, veterans', and international affairs.
A highly decorated Vietnam War veteran who served with the US Army. He is an active volunteer, helping combat veterans at the Veterans Administration. He attended Genesee Community College and is an active advocate for disabled children in Vietnam.
Sarah Drum earned her Bachelor's Degree from the College at Brockport. A former Brockport Vietnam Program sojourner, Sarah is dedicated to family, children, and raising awareness of the negative effects of Agent Orange exposure based upon her direct aid experiences in Vietnam. She is a spouse and mother who commits much of her time caring for others while also, leaving as small a carbon footprint possible.
Jim F. Lachman
A retired USAF master sergeant with 13 years in Marine Corps aviation;
graduated from the College at Brockport with a Bachelor's degree in social work. He currently is working to complete his Master's in social work at the University of Buffalo with an eye towards counseling veterans. After volunteering with the Fund in Da Nang, Viet Nam
he has chosen to stay connected and active. Jim has served as an elder in
the Upstate New York Center of the Mankind Project. He has also served as a
Vet Court Mentor in Rochester NY.
Bernice E. Lachman
Treasurer of the Fund
A retired Army SFC who served during the Desert Storm conflict, was a recruiter and a chaplain's assistant.
She has led several relationship workshops and has served as a
couples mentor. She has served as a Vet Court Mentor in Rochester, NY. She
spent a month volunteering with the Fund in Da Nang, Viet Nam. She is
currently the Adjutant for the Chili Post American Legion.
Christopher has over 15 years of experience as a clinical social worker serving children and families in a variety of settings: outpatient clinics, in-home preventive services, school-based services, Parent Educator for Monroe County Family, therapist for Wegman's EAP program, and clinical social worker in private practice.
He is also an Autism Spectrum Specialist, gaining invaluable experience as the coordinator for the Autism Collaborative between the Rochester City School District and the University of Rochester Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities. In addition, he was responsible for the implementation of evidence-based interventions in the Rochester City School District and a certified parent trainer through Yale University for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
He is a graduate of the Leadership for Education and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship at the University of Rochester.
NYS School Certified Social Worker.
Christopher is an adjunct professor at Keuka College and a therapist at The Lower Mill Family Support Center.
Greatly influenced by the seeds sown by the late founder of the DaNang/Quang Nam Fund, Kenneth J Herrmann Jr, Rachel Sudore is committed to see powerful results for generations to come. Recently graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Masters in Social Work, Rachel's passion is linked to the correlation between mental illness and addiction, discovering effective solutions for productive living.
The Danang/Quang Nam Fund, Inc. | PO Box 67 | 2614 Main Road | East Pembroke, New York 14056-0067