• Our Team

    We've got a top notch team!

    Young Seh Bae, Ph.D.

    President/Executive Director

    The 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 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 in 2013.

    Tina Kim Shek

    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, past 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.

     

    MiJung Kim

    Coordinator

    Mrs. MJ Kim has a son, Willfree, who is a person with 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 coordinating the CIDA recreation programs in Queens, NY.

    Hae Li Her

    Program Assistant

    Haylie studied at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), a major in Forensic Psychology and minor in Human Service. She has worked as a Consul Associate at the Consulate General of Republic of Korea in New York. She also worked as a bilingual Korean teacher at a Korean community program in Queens for a number of years. She has extensive experience in community data collection, official reporting procedures, and translation.

    Kelly Won

    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 my free time jogging around the park with her sister or watching horror movies and critiquing them with her best friend.

     

     

  • 2017 Interns

    The next generation of innovators

    Maria Gulino

    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).

    Justin Yoon

    Training Associate

    Justin is a senior at Binghamton University and studying Integrative Neuroscience, B.S. He was born and grew up in the Queens area and worked in various retail businesses before and during his college career. Justin has great passion to create more opportunities for young adults with disabilities.