we are a small but mighty team working to empower immigrant and refugee women and girls
Pamela Zeller, Executive Director
Pamela Zeller has a long history of nonprofit work starting in her college years at Macalester College. She has worked for social justice issues involving migrant farm workers health, Central Americans seeking political asylum, victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, bilingual education and charter schools, at-risk youth, elder abuse, and many other intersectional issues of oppression. Pamela is first generation born in the U.S. on her father’s side and is proud of her Mestiza ethnicity and culture.
She has over thirty years of nonprofit management and development experience and shares this experience with other organizations through her nonprofit management company, Zeller Solutions. Her experience in all facets of nonprofit work: direct service provider, program developer, fundraiser, financial manager, strategic planner, and facilitator informs her work with WISE and other nonprofits.
Pakou Khang, Communications & Development Coordinator/AmeriCorps VISTA
After graduating from St. Olaf College with a BA in English and Asian Studies, Pakou completed a year of AmeriCorps in Early Childhood Development work and then went on to serve two years as an English Teacher in Peace Corps Thailand. There, she not only helped develop the English curriculum, but she also facilitated leadership, life skills, and gender equity sessions with Thai youths. Pakou is passionate about gender empowerment, working with underrepresented communities, and learning about different cultures!
Nancy Hlee Vang, GGAL Program Coordinator
Nancy first became passionate about youth work when she worked as a teacher’s assistant in 2009. Since then she’s gone to support a variety of organizations in the fields of health and education, including educating youths on teen pregnancy, sexual health, sexual assault prevention, English literacy, and college readiness.
Nancy has an academic background in Community Health, BS, and Health and Human Services Administration, MA.
See Lee, WeLEAD Program Coordinator
See’s background lies in youth work, specifically with young adults. She has worked with youths providing life skills activities, facilitating open dialogue, and supporting college student enrollment in the nonprofit sector. See is driven to support young folks to obtain a post-secondary education degree by giving them the support they need to access the diverse higher education landscape. She would like to give back to her community by leading, spreading her knowledge, and most importantly, sharing her story in the hopes of motivating young folks to achieve their dreams, goals, and career.
In her personal journey from post-secondary education to now, See discovered two very important skill-sets she wished she had known early on: self-sufficiency and self-advocacy! See believes that although these skills take time to develop, anyone who learns to acquire them will go far in life. She hopes instill these skills and more to women of color and underprivileged youths at her position with WISE.
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