Chee comes to Ampersand with a background working with underserved children and families in the school system and being an advocate for women and children in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community who have experienced trauma and domestic violence. She is excited to join the Ampersand team and work with providers, prospective families and teens towards permanency. What really drew her to Ampersand is their commitment to older youths and teens and ensuring that they are included every step of the process.
Chee received her Masters in Social Work in May of 2017 with a concentration in clinical mental health. She is part of the board for Hnub Tshiab (New Day): Hmong Women Achieving Together, whose mission is to be a catalyst for lasting cultural, institutional and social change in improving the lives of Hmong women and girls—much of her work with Hnub Tshiab aligns with her core values across all roles she has taken on and the intersectionality of her identity as a Hmong woman, a daughter, a sister, an immigrant, a life-long student and an advocate. Some areas which serve as the platform and foundation of her passion are as following: civil rights, economic justice, educational access, ending violence against women and children especially women and children of color, health, and lastly immigrant and refugee rights. Chee hopes that she can continue to contribute and add to the phenomenal work Ampersand does and restore a sense of belonging, dignity and hope for all youths.
When she is free, Chee is often guilty of finding music across all genre and times to groove to. She enjoys speed walking and making effort in jogging at the lake later in the evening and her favorite color is green in all shades. Some hobbies worth mentioning include sporting wigs of vibrant colors, making DIY music videos and cosplaying in the summer.
Some areas which serve as the platform and foundation of her passion are as following: civil rights, economic justice, educational access, ending violence against women and children especially women and children of color, health, and lastly immigrant and refugee rights.