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

Brandy is a bilingual marketing professional, born and raised in Vietnam. Before VYDC, she worked for UNESCO , nonprofit organizations and startups. Her passion for youth development and education keeps growing because she believes that Education can transform youth. Her fun fact is that she is a Soprano and won First Prize for the Hult's Got Talent in San Francisco 2014. On the weekend, you can find her swimming at YMCA.

Wendy Loac

Wendy Loac
Officer Manager and Program Coordinator

Wendy is a Bay Area native, graduated from the University of California, Hayward. Her entire career deals with Accounting and Operations. She likes working with VYDC because of the friendly staff and youth so she can give back to the community. Her superpower would be to easily clone herself to do many things. If you visit her house, you would be surprised as she’s a sneakers collector.

Trung PQ Nguyen

Trung PQ Nguyen
Grant Writer

Trung researches and writes funding proposals for VYDC?s Southeast Asian Youth & Community services. In other words, he helps people discover the amazing worth our services offer the community. Trung likes to read in his spare time.

Sindhu Hosakote

Sindhu Hosakote
Project Coordinator

Sindhu is a Global Health research professional. She holds a MS in Global Health Sciences from University of California San Francisco and an MBA from Marshall University. She was drawn to the field of global health because of her previous experience working in a World Bank and State Government funded public health project in India. She is very passionate about improving community health. Through her research, she intends to generate evidence that will inform policy and practice to address disparities in health. In her spare time, Sindhu enjoys yoga and water activities.

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.

Shilpa (Shelly) Patel

Shilpa (Shelly) Patel
Facilities and Program Assistant

Shilpa enjoys helping with the day-to-day operations of VYDC to help deserving South Asian youth. When she's not working, Shilpa likes to relax and spend time with her kids.

Somsak Son

Somsak Son
Employment Specialist

Somsak is a first generation Southeast Asian refugee dedicated to a lifetime of studies and self-improvement. She comes to us with over seven years of experience in child development and a BA in Asian American Studies from UC Davis. In her free time, Somsak loves to take his dog Kiba on hikes to enjoy the outdoors.

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.

Justine Huynh

Justine Huynh
Asian Prevention Youth Services Coordinator

Justine coordinates the Strengthening Families Program (SFP), Environmental Prevention (EP), and the Southeast Asian Mental Health Initiative (SEAMHI). She provides health education to youth and their families to help improve family dynamics, raise awareness of social factors that influence their behaviors, and empower them to be advocates for themselves. When Justine isn't facilitating workshops and engaging community members, she enjoys cooking, biking, reading, and spending time with loved ones.

Diana Chuong

Diana Chuong
Academic Program Assistant

Diana was born in San Francisco, but did most of her growing up in Minneapolis, MN. After recently moving back to the Bay Area, she came to VYDC as a summer volunteer. She then took on the position as Project Assistant for the Academic Support Program (ASP). She enjoys working with youth because of how much high energy they bring. When Diana isn’t at VYDC, she spends her time working on her undergraduate degree, spending time with loved ones, and exploring the beautiful city of San Francisco.

Welson Hoang

Welson Hoang
Office Administrator /Executive Assistant

Born and raised in Oakland, CA , Wilson graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Psychology. He joined VYDC because of his love to help and inspire youth as well as the community. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, basketball, and being outdoors. If he could pick one thing to do for the rest of his life, it would be to travel for a living.

Minh Tran

Minh Tran
Employment Specialist

Minh moved to the U.S. from Vietnam when he was young. He studied economics and business at San Francisco State University and proceeded to work in the city ever since. Passionate about helping out the less-fortunate in the community, the switch to VYDC was a natural fit. For a good time, Minh prefers to tend to his pet fishes. He even has a small aquarium tank by his desk with a small betta fish named "George Michael"