We've got a top notch team!
Young Seh Bae, Ph.D.
Founder Dr. Bae is a mother of two young men. One of her sons, Eugene, is a person with autism. Ever since 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.
Hae Li Her
Hae Li Her studied at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), majoring in Forensic Psychology and minoring in Human Service. Through the Peer Counseling Program, an intensive, selective training program, she has been trained in various communication and interaction skills as well as the knowledge related to ethical and legal issues in human interactions as an organizer. She also has worked as a Consul Associate at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in New York. She has extensive experiences in translation, official reporting procedures, community data collection, and collaboration with people in the community.
Tina Kim Shek
Parent Project Coordinator
Mrs. Shek attended NYU before becoming the mother of three beautiful children who were diagnosed with varying disabilities. She is one of the founding charter members of the Half Hollow Hills (HHH) Special Education PTA, member of the Winthrop Family Advisory Council, former President of Building Blocks Developmental Pre-School Parents Group and current Suffolk Region PTA Family Engagement Chairperson. She has been recognized for her work with children by the Suffolk County Legislators and HHH Special Education PTA.
Mrs. MJ Kim has a son, Willfree, who is a person with a psychiatric diagnosis. She has played a key role in 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.
Assessment & Training Associate
Kelly Won is a grad student studying Speech-Language Pathology at St. John's University. She loves working with the adult and geriatric population and plans to work with them after she graduates. Kelly also loves animals and loves receiving daily updates about Earth from NRDC and space from NASA. She enjoys spending her free time jogging around the park with her sister or watching horror movies and critiquing them with her best friend.
Shining light on the Next Generation of Leaders
Erin is currently a rising senior at Boston University, majoring in Severe Special Education. She is passionate about advocating for students with disabilities, especially as they transition out of the school system. In the future, she hopes to teach students with disabilities at the high school level, and then eventually work within education policy to bring about changes to this unfortunately broken field. In her free time, Erin loves to journal, go on runs, and explore new places, especially restaurants!
Charlotte is a student at New York University majoring in Applied Psychology with minors in creative writing and American Sign Language. She is passionate about mental health advocacy and enjoys working with children and adolescent populations. She loves poetry, social justice, and cooking.
Lesley attends New York University and is study Foreign Language Teaching. She is looking forward to working with CIDA this summer and hopes to make a positive impact in her community. Lesley loves to bike, eat food, and look at pictures of cute dogs and babies
Head Coder/Program Developer
Maria attends Johns Hopkins University and studies Computer Science as an undergraduate student. Ever since her two year adventure to Greece, Maria has loved soccer. She admits to not being the best player, but it doesn't stop her from having fun! Maria also loves computers, Netflix, and food (food the most of the three).
Bella Hwang is a high school student studying at the Bergen County Academies with a focus in business. She is passionate about making a positive impact in her community. In her free time, Bella loves to read, play the piano, listen to new music, and play with her cat, Chorong.