Quyen Nguyen Slone’s journey to become a Belong NC board member started on April 29, 1975 when she and her family escaped Vietnam on an overcrowded boat in the middle of the night. This crucial event marked the end of the Vietnam War, as well as an opportunity at a second chance to start a new life in America.
School Engagement Chair
Emily Yoon grew up in Raleigh and after many years away returned to the triangle, where she lives with her husband and three children. Emily met Adrienne through Lutheran Services and was quickly inspired to support refugee resettlement.
Community Engagement Chair
Hannah Ajakaiye grew up in Raleigh, N.C. but left after University when she joined the U.S. Peace Corps. Upon finishing her Peace Corps Service focusing on Youth Development emphasizing Community Economic Development she moved to Washington, D.C. where she met her husband. Subsequently, they moved to the Midwest, West Coast, Deep South, and the North East to ultimately end back in Raleigh, N.C. Hannah loves immersing herself in new cultures and traveling internationally. She and her husband have 3 children and are passionate about cultural and racial diversity.