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    Young Seh Bae, Ph.D.

    President/Executive Director

    Founder Dr. Bae is a mother of two young men. One of her sons, Eugene, is a person with a disability. Ever since more

    her son’s diagnosis, she has spent her life fighting for individuals with disabilities and their families. She earned her Ph.D. in special education from the Teachers College at Columbia University, and a MA in Business Education from NYU. She is the former President of KABHA and a faculty member of the Teachers College. Dr. Bae initiated the first parent education programs for Korean-American families with a NYS DDPC grant.

    Joon Her

    Youth & Adult Program Manager

    Joon Her graduated from Hunter College where he majored in Psychology. With an interest in pursuing more

    child and adolescent psychology in the future, he hopes that CIDA will be a great learning opportunity. He has a strong background in data management and wants to make a positive impact in the community through his contribution to CIDA. In his free time, Joon loves to travel to eat all kinds of interesting foods and update his food blog.

    MiJung Kim

    Field Associate

    Mrs. MJ Kim has a son, Willfree, who is a person with a psychiatric diagnosis. She has played a key role in more

    community outreach and developing after-school program resources for the Korean American Alliance for Families with Disabilities (KAAFaD), including the free Taekwondo lesson project for children with disabilities. Formerly, she worked in the advertising department in the New York Korea Times and Family Day Care for a number of years. Mrs. MJ Kim is in charge of family engagement in Queens, NY.

    Kelly Hur

    Assistant Director of Communications

    Kelly Hur is a mom of twin boys and lives in Long Island. Prior to joining CIDA, she worked more

    in kids and family entertainment industry where she found her passion for education and curriculum development.

    Kelly received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The George Washington University and a Master of Arts in Communication from Johns Hopkins University. She will be starting her second master’s degree in special education at St. John’s University in fall 2020.

    Haewa Trakansook

    Intake Specialist

    Haewa Park (Intake Specialist) lives in Queens with her husband and two children.  After having a child more

    with a developmental delay, she participated in CIDA’s parent gatherings and became an active parent leader.  In Korea, she majored in print media and she completed her art history major at Queen’s College in New York.  Haewa has been trained to participate in IEP meetings and learned about special education through CIDA’s Volunteer Advocacy Project (VAP) 2019.  In Fall 2020, she will be starting her Master’s program in social services at Fordham University.

    Wendy Xia

    Field Associate

    Wendy Xia is a Chinese-American parent who is actively involved in her child’s school and other Chinese parents’ networks more

    in New York City Public Schools in Queens. She speaks mandarin fluently and has a Master’s degree in Economics from Renmin University in China.
    She also has a continuing education credential from Biola University and has received a Certificate in Integrative Counseling in 2018. Her tasks include: reaching out to Chinese parents and schools in Queens, coordinating parent training events, translating and interpreting, training and one-on-one assistant sessions.

    Rehemia Petit-Day

    Disability Program Specialist

    Rehemia Petit-Day lives in Queens, NY with her loving husband and darling daughter. Rehemia’s helpful nature more

    always steered her towards opportunities where she could lend a hand. After discovering this field, her interest peaked and that is when she knew that she wanted to use her time to not only support others, but to learn and expand on her own knowledge. With her background in working with adults with intellectual disabilities, in both their residence and Day Program, Rehemia is proficient in supporting individuals in habilitation service training in the community. This allows the people she supports to be able to keep, learn, or improve their skills for daily living. She enjoys making each experience a fun experience that will encourage and inspire one to feel proud of themselves at the end of each class. Rehemia feels that if she can teach/support a new skill that puts a smile on her students’ faces, then she is that much closer to getting the person to feel a sense of independence and being able to live their life to the best of their ability.

    Joeun Huh

    Operational Manager

    Joeun Huh lives in Long Island with her Mr. Wonderful. She graduated from Tufts University, majored in fine arts,more

    and attended Pratt institute in fine arts for a year.  She has completed a painting certification at the Art Student League of New York.  With a strong background in art and learning, she will assist and show good teamwork at CIDA.

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