Pisay Pao (SOPHIA)

Pisay Pao (SOPHIA)

Pisay Pao

Pisay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. Her parents escaped the civil war in Cambodia and she moved to Seattle, Washington at the age of two. Pisay loved the arts and began painting, drawing, dancing, and performing at a young age. When she reached her teen years her parents pushed her to excel academically. She obliged and earned a scholarship to attend the University of Washington. However after a year she found herself completely unhappy and instead decided to pursue a career in fashion, all the while continuing to dabble in the performing arts. When she graduated from design school she met a model/actress who would eventually introduce Pisay to her future agent. She booked her first national commercial within months of joining her first agency and continued to book more local commercials, and movies before moving to Los Angeles. 

 

Channy Chhi Laux (CHENDA)

Channy Chhi Laux (CHENDA)

Channy Chhi Laux

Channy was thirteen-years-old when the Khmer Rouge took over the country. In June of 1979, Channy arrived in Lincoln Nebraska as a refugee.  After four years of no school and not knowing a word of English, she attended Lincoln High School; went on to earn BS degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from Santa Clara University.  Channy worked in Silicon Valley as an engineer in the Aerospace and Biotech industries for 30 years. As a strong supporter for women in engineering, Channy has been a board member of INCOSE (International Council on Systems Engineering) and held office as president of INCOSE Bay Area Chapter. She is passionate about cooking, dining, and entertaining friends. She is the owner of Apsara Foods and author of Short Hair Detention - Memoirs of a Thirteen Year Old Girl Surviving the Cambodian Genocide.  

 

Theavuth Tae Chourb (PISETH)

Theavuth Tae Chourb (PISETH)

Theavuth Tae Chourb

Immigrating to the United States as a young boy from Cambodia was a formative experience for Tae.  From learning a whole new language to bidding for acceptance from a new culture, he had to quickly adopt a self-sufficient method of becoming a presence and symbol of hope. With his undue hardship and upbringing as a young man in America with a dream, he learned that anything is possible with hard work and determination. Driven to succeed, he uses his past experiences to motivate and progress his peers. He has appeared on the hit show Chicago PD on NBC and also has done print work for Skechers Shoes. He is living proof of the American dream.