MEET OUR STAFF

When you walk into VYDC, expect to feel right at home. Our multi-cultural staff is highly skilled, professionally trained, and ready to help. VYDC is a great place to work because it’s a warm and inviting environment where you can be yourself and know that we will recognize who you are. Having lived and worked in San Francisco, we understand the Southeast Asian refugee and immigrant struggle to break free from poverty, lack of language skills, and cultural barriers because many of our staff members were once VYDC participants who also struggled. Just as you can, we’ve overcame obstacles to live the lives we want to live and offer our families some of what we couldn’t always have.

Judy Young

Judy Young
Executive Director

Judy came to VYDC as a refugee with first-hand experience growing up poor and living in one of the toughest neighborhoods in San Francisco. Inspired by the impact VYDC had on her own life, Judy continues to be deeply passionate about empowering underserved youth for the future. When she is not working, Judy enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dog Lulu, reading, and playing Scrabble.

Mory Chhom

Mory Chhom
Health and Wellness Program Manager

Mory is a Cambodian American who also grew up in a low income and underserved community. She is committed to improving the health and well-being of urban youth with education and advocacy. In her free time, Mory enjoys cooking (and of course eating), hiking, biking, spending time with her loved ones, and building her record collection.

Cristino (Tino) Lagahid

Cristino (Tino) Lagahid
Employment Program Manager

Cristino is a proud and passionate San Francisco native, second generation immigrant, and past MYEEP participant. Through strategic structuring, Cristino helps create the space for individuals to grow into the greatest versions of themselves. When he?s not at work, Cristino enjoys spending time with his partner and family.

Brandy Chi

Brandy Chi
Outreach Marketing Specialist

Born and raised in Vietnam, Brandy Chi came to San Francisco in 2013 to pursue her Master's degree in International Marketing. She is helping VYDC with online marketing, social media, community outreach, fund development and coordinating a group of young leaders called Tenderloin Leadership Group. Behind the scenes, she is a Salesforce Administrator who is responsible for managing client and donor data on Salesforce and providing Salesforce trainings for the staff. She enjoy singing for fund-raising, travelling and swimming at YMCA in her free time.

Maricar Bamba

Maricar Bamba
MYEEP Employment Specialist

Maricar coordinates the Mayor's Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP) here at VYDC and helps provide job readiness training along with worksite placements. As a teenager, Maricar has been involved in youth employment and believes in empowering youth through leadership opportunities and providing the space to see youth grow into their full potential. When Maricar isn't running workshop with the CITs or answering emails, she enjoys getting out of the city for Bay Area adventures with friends and binge watching shows online!

Kerrina Deng

Kerrina Deng
Program Assistant

Kerrina is a past VYDC participant and intern who was inspired by supportive staff to help other urban youth and give back. She helps Southeast Asian families build stronger relationships with better communication and decision-making skills. Kerrina enjoys listening to the radio and eating in her free time.

UyenMy Yamamoto

UyenMy Yamamoto
Case Manager

UyenMy provides counseling and case management for youth & young adults to take ownership of their personal lives. She helps inspire confidence and provides clients with the tools they need to become advocates for themselves and their community. After work UyenMy likes to wind down by watching her favorite shows, reading books, taking dance classes, and spending time with loved ones.

Elijah Chhum

Elijah Chhum
Case Manager

Elijah identifies as a Queer Khmer Minnesotan from very humble beginnings. Elijah empowers young folks, their families and the community by holding a safe space for self-discovery, social justice and enrichment programs. Elijah enjoys camping, singing, and meditating. The journey is within.

Soknay Lim

Soknay Lim
Program Coordinator

Soknay coordinates the Academic Support Program here at VYDC. She connects youth to tutors and resources that strengthens their academic skills and social skills. When she was a teenager, Sokany immigrated to San Francisco from Cambodia with her family. . She has been involved in youth employment and leadership programs with VYDC. She truly believes the power of community and mentorship has a great impact on navigating youth in their life. Fun fact about Soknay is that she likes to do spontaneous adventures and eat various kinds of food.

Minh (Jessie) Nguyen

Minh (Jessie) Nguyen
Program Assistant

Minh Nguyen is the first generation in his family to graduate high school and have an AA Degree in Business and Marketing. He is currently employed at VYDC to be a part of the great community, in which he sees the value and impact it has brought to the neighborhood. With passion to help others reach their full potential, he wants to provide as many resources as they need to attain their goals. Through traveling off-season and self-learning, he continues his love for knowledge.

Thao Bui

Thao Bui
Bilingual Community Liaison

Thao is a Bilingual Community Liaison. Her job is helping the limited English speaking families to access proper resources included but not limited to Housing, Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh, Cash Assistance, Legal Services, Employment Services and Translation. In her free time, Thao loves to cook and is proud to share her authentic Vietnamese food with everyone.