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    Young Seh Bae, Ph.D.

    President/Executive Director

    Dr. Young Seh Bae is the founder and Executive Director of CIDA, a grassroots organization with the mission of strengthening more

    the capacity and increasing the inclusion opportunities of individuals with disabilities. She earned her doctorate in Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and taught at the same institution. Dr. Bae’s research accomplishments include mathematics education for students with learning disabilities, mathematical word problem-solving for students with ASD, and instructional and assessment strategies for children with ASD. Reflecting on her own experiences as an immigrant parent who has a child with a disability, she has actively advocated for family rights for language accessibility and culturally-sensitive disability service structures. Dr. Bae served as president of the Korean American Behavioral Health Association (KABHA), where she initiated Korean-American family support for families who have children with disabilities. She is currently serving as an Advisory Board member of The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) and the Advisory Council on Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities and Legislative Committee at the New York State Education Department.

    Yujung Jung

    Program Coordinator

    Yujung graduated from University of Georgia with a Master’s in Public Administration in 2021. She worked at government More

    and nonprofit organizations supporting underserved communities. Yujung Jung is an aspirational individual who firmly believes in the values of diversity and inclusion. Yujung enjoys creative cooking with exotic recipes and running with her husband.

    Esther Park

    Events and Contract Manager

    Esther Park graduated from Queens College with a degree in Media Studies. She is a sibling of a CIDA family More

    member who has a disability. Growing up in an immigrant family and alongside with a sibling with a disability, she hopes to connect and help families who’ve been through similar struggles. She enjoys ceramics, learning about environmental sustainability, and brewing her own cold brew coffee.

     

    Joeun Huh

    Operational Manager

    Huh Jo Eun (Operational Manager) majored in Fine Arts at Tufts University and spent a year majoring in Fine Art at More

    Pratt Graduate School. After that, she majoring in painting at the Art Students League of New York. Jo Eun has been pursuing a life where she can positively influence people through her artwork. She hopes to support and have a positive impact on many people through her work at CIDA, in addition to her artistic endeavors. She also really enjoys camping.

    James Grammer

    Training & Development Specialist

    James Grammer graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a degree in English and is currently earning a more

    Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at City College. He lives in Queens with his husband and has a background in education and social services. James is passionate about serving his community and engaging with students. He is currently writing a novel and is actively engaged with the artistic community in NYC. In his free time, James enjoys watching movies, going to restaurants, and exercising.

    Analicia Almodovar

    Training Program Assistant

    Analicia Almodovar is a recent graduate from CUNY York College, having majored in interdisciplinary studies.more

    Her fervent dedication to education, particularly for students with disabilities, is rooted in her experience as a special education paraprofessional with the NYC DOE and as an assistant teacher at Kiddie Academy. Her active volunteerism within neighborhood organizations complements her aspirations to pursue a master’s in special education. She likes to travel in her free time and experience other cultures.

    Victoria Levy

    Graphic Designer

    Victoria Levy graduated from Marist College with a degree in digital media and minor in video production. more

    She is passionate about all forms of digital creation and hopes to instill the same passion into today’s youth. In her spare time, Victoria loves to travel, explore new neighborhoods, and try new foods.

    Devin Bae

    HR & Equity Associate

    Devin Bae is a recent graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. She has been closely  more

    involved with many of CIDA’s projects over the last few years, and is always looking forward to nudging the community in the right direction. She plans to gain experience and knowledge in the human resources department so that she can become experienced in handling all matters of labor and employment in the workplace. She enjoys reading, video games, and anything related to Broadway.

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/devin-bae-79bb86165/

    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.

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