Feb 2013 - Jun 2015

Masters of Business Administration, Global Business concentration

Currently working towards obtaining a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Global Business

California State University, Fullerton

Aug 2005 - Aug 2008

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Accounting Concentration

Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

Work History

Work History

Saigon National bank

Apr 2014 - Mar 2015

Internal Auditor

  • Served as backup to the interim Internal Audit director
  • Assisted in the development a bank-wide internal audit risk assessment and in identifying the audit universe
  • Performed audit follow-up testing, validation and audit findings and audit recommendations
  • Counseled or advised management as needed and ensured the timely correction of audit findings
  • Performed root-cause analysis of audit findings to ensure long term efficiency
  • Reviewed audit work papers for quality, completeness and ensure the proper scope
  • Conducted special investigations as requested by the audit chair
  • Developed a Formal Agreement Tracking Log and made recommendations to senior management
  • Revised the internal audit policy and audit committee charter and made the necessary updates
  • Improved Audit Committee oversight over executive management as required by bank regulators
  • Interacted with external auditors, outsourced auditors and examiners as needed
  • Attended annual trainings and audit seminars

Farmers & Merchants Bank

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Staff Internal Auditor

  • Tested general bank controls and prepared audit work papers
  • Ensured the proper safeguard of assets by performing physical counts of vault cash, teller boxes and ATMs.
  • Participated in planning meetings with bank management and internal audit staff for ongoing audits.
  • Developed flowcharts of control processes for an audit of internal controls
  • Participated in online training programs
  • Carried out audit activities according to the organization’s internal audit methodology and guidelines

Banc of California, Inc

May 2012 - Aug 2013

Senior Internal Auditor

  • Minimized redundancies and duplication of efforts by streamlining the document gathering process
  • Completed audits assigned by the audit manager and prepared audit reports and work papers
  • Worked in conjunction with external auditors and supported them as needed.
  • Ensured that all control process narratives and control matrices were up-to-date.
  • Performed validation and testing of management’s corrective actions plans and audit recommendation.
  • Coordinated the bank-wide implementation of a SOX software project and served as SOX lead
  • Tracked the company’s controls, risks, and test documents using a SOX application.
  • Tested internal controls of department units.
  • Reviewed SSAE-16s and SOC-1s of critical applications
  • Ensured that internal controls were in place for bank subsidiaries

Pacific Alliance Bank

Jan 2011 - May 2012

IT Specialist & Accounting Assistant

  • Installed computer hardware, software and telecommunication systems.
  • Participated in IT steering committee meetings and presented the status of new bank projects.
  • Served as administrator of the network, core and other web-based applications
  • Performed an annual review of access rights for the core and network applications.
  • Carried out and coordinated bank-wide annual disaster testing
  • Worked with tech support as needed to troubleshoot IT-related issues
  • Maintained the bank’s Vendor Management, Information Security and Business Continuity Program.
  • Ensured that hardware, software and e-waste were disposed correctly.
  • Corrected outstanding findings listed on reports of audits and bank examinations
  • Maintained all the IT-related policies and procedures and made the necessary updates

Pacific Alliance Bank

Jan 2011 - May 2012

Accounting Assistant

  • Ensured that hardware, software and e-waste were disposed correctly.
  • Prepared weekly Accounts Payable, including invoice inputs and check preparation.
  • Reconciled the correspondent bank accounts on a daily basis and researched outstanding items.
  • Posted accounting entries to the online journal entry system.
  • Monitored the Federal Reserve Account to ensure proper threshold amounts.
  • Implemented corrective action of pending IT issues listed in audit reports and report of examination
  • Completed other miscellaneous assignments as needed as assigned by the Accounting Manager or CFO.

Computer Skills

  • MS Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Access, Visio
  • Windows Server, SARDox
  • Merlin
  • Fiserv
  • GFI Languard

Workplace skills

  • Ethical
  • objective
  • always looking for ways to improve
  • independent
  • team player
  • intellectual
  • respectful
  • professional and considerate of others’ time and capacities
  • ability to multitask
  • Contributes ideas

Cultural Skills

Spanish - written and oral (advanced)

Portuguese - written and oral (intermediate)


Institute of Internal Auditors - OC Chapter