Hmellisa is a survey designer and content researcher in mental health and wellness. She grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and is a part of the Montagnard Dega indigenous group, a group native to the Central Highlands of Vietnam whose members immigrated to the US as refugees and were resettled in NC after the Vietnam War. Today, there are over 11,000 Montagnards who have settled in NC. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at UNC Chapel Hill and moved to the Bay Area to complete a Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health at UC Berkeley. Hmellisa supports VYDC not only because of her upbringing, but also, because she is an advocate for youth empowerment, mental health, and adolescent health and strives to give back to underserved communities similar to the one she grew up in ~3000 miles away. When she's not busy with work, volunteering at the Exploratorium, or VYDC, Hmellisa likes to cook, explore, and spend time with friends.