The agency has 20 staff members who provide direct services, community education and administrative support to the agency.

Executive Director


Linda Phan, Executive Director

Linda Phan is the Executive Director Asian Family Support Services of Austin. A major component of her work is focused on Systems Advocacy and working with institutions to develop best practices around responding to the needs of immigrant survivors of violence. Her professional and volunteer work with gender-based violence spans 15 years. Prior to her position at AFSSA, she was the volunteer and communications manager for the Texas Advocacy Project, a statewide legal agency for survivors of violence.

She has served on the Public Policy Committee for the Texas Council on Family Violence providing guidance on legislative issues affecting survivors, served as an advisor to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, appointed as Chair to the City of Austin Commission on Immigrant affairs, and recently appointed as a White House Commissioner for the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders by President Obama.


Liane Noble

Board Co-President Liane Ngin Noble, was born and raised in Austin, Texas, Liane graduated from the University of Texas with bachelor’s degrees in Plan II, Government and Social Work. After attending Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Liane returned to Texas to serve as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. She is now an attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP, where her practice focuses on commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Liane has a passion for serving survivors of family violence, having worked or volunteered for various non-profit organizations in the Austin area, including SafePlace, the Texas Advocacy Project, and Helping Hand Home for Children.

In addition to her work with AFSSA, Liane is involved with the Cambodian-American community in Austin and is also a member of the Federal Bar Association. She currently lives in North Austin with her husband, son, and their two dogs.


Lila Brolsma, Board Co-President, 2018

Board Co-President, Lila Brolsma, returned to Austin in 2014 after living in Switzerland for two years. She is a Certified Public Accountant, whose experience includes working for ABB Ltd in Switzerland, Arthur Andersen, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Lila is currently the Accounting Director at Abilitie. She recently joined the AFSSA Board because of its mission to provide culturally relevant support to victims of domestic violence within the Asian community. Lila desires to lend her accounting knowledge to AFSSA, as well as to help promote its mission to the wider Austin community. She has been an active volunteer at her son’s schools and extracurricular activities in the US and Switzerland. In addition, she has volunteered at various organizations within the Texas community, such as the Ronald McDonald House, Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet and Special Olympics.

Along with her husband and son (and sometimes their dog), she enjoys traveling, hiking and exploring the outdoors. The entire family is happy to be back in Austin, where the food, music and art options are plentiful!


Nahid Khataw

Board Member-at-Large Nahid Khataw has been a resident of Austin for over 25 years. Mrs. Khataw is President of Accurate CAD & Technical Services, Inc., a firm she founded in March 2003. In addition to running a successful business, Mrs. Khataw is engaged with numerous other non-profit organizations in the Greater Austin community. She is the current chairperson for the Asian Community Education Foundation (ACE Foundation). Mrs. Khataw served as the first Muslim Board President of Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), from 2011-2012.

Previously, she has served on the leadership boards of Forum of Muslims for Unity and Muslim Community Support Services. She also serves on multiple committees, including the Westlake High School’s Baccalaureate Committee and the Islamic Ahlul Bayt Association’s outreach committee. In 2011, she served on the Community Action Network’s Board Membership Committee with Commissioner Sarah Eckhardt. Mrs. Khataw is a graduate of Leadership Austin 2010. She is honored to be married to Ali Khataw, another community leader, and they are the proud parents of two adult children.


Ryan Barden

Board Member-at-Large Ryan Barden moved to Austin in 1997 to pursue a career in finance. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and he is happy to talk Jayhawk basketball with anyone who will listen. In 2006 he and his brother founded Barden Capital Management, which provides wealth management and investment advice for individuals, corporations, and organizations. Ryan became involved with the fight against domestic violence through his wife, Rachael, who is an LCSW who has worked at SafePlace, Texas Child Protective Services and now has her own therapy practice.

Ryan and Barden Capital have been supporters of AFSSA for several years, so he didn’t hesitate when he was invited to share his financial expertise and management skills as a board member. Ryan’s most recent non-profit experience is as a founder of Austin Greyhound Adoption. He and Rachael have a daughter and a son, with whom they share their appreciation of international travel. Ryan loves Austin for its live music, great golf courses, its evolving food scene, and most of all, for its sense of community.


Caroline Tang, Co-Board President, 2018

Co-Board President, Caroline Tang is an attorney practicing immigration law in the Austin office of Ogletree Deakins. She has spent a decade helping multinational corporations navigate and apply U.S. immigration policy, helping immigrants secure better lives. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Austin Asian American Bar Association. She is also actively involved with the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Austin and was a member of the Leadership Austin Emerge Class of 2015. Caroline graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies and received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. A native of Katy, Texas, she has lived in Austin since 2007, and she and her husband have two young sons. A native of Katy, Texas, she has lived in Austin since 2008, and she and her husband have two young sons. Caroline is a foodie, who enjoys travel and musical theater in her spare time.


Dr. Madeline Y. Hsu

Board member-at-large Dr. Madeline Y. Hsu served as Director for UT Austin''s Center for Asian American Studies (CAAS) 2006-2014 and is presently an Associate Professor of History. While director, Madeline represented CAAS in Austin organizations such as the Network of Asian American Organizations, the Vietnamese American Heritage Foundation, the Austin History Center, and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. Before moving to Austin, she served two terms as a board member for the Chinese Historical Society of America in San Francisco. She has written two books, Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and South China, 1882-1943 (Stanford University Press, 2000) and The Good Immigrants: How the Yellow Peril Became a Model Minority (Princeton University Press, 2015).

Community members interested in serving on the board should contact Linda Phan at