The Cambodian-American Association of Dallas (CAAD) is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) status. Our Board of Directors encompass professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds who volunteer countless hours of their times and resources to serve the Cambodian community. We not only seek improvements on building relationships and networking within our community, but also with other organizations who can offer diverse resources. This too, empowers our community to be stronger and better-adapted. Additionally, we believe that by providing youth activities, it will strengthen our future generations’, our kids, self image which statistics show, help keep them out of trouble. Furthermore, we believe that the social and cultural services that we provide enable our community to assimilate into the mainstream America.
Our mission is to maintain the values of the Cambodian traditions and culture, to see our community thrive, prosper, and work together as ONE with major emphasis in educating and meeting the social needs of the community. We seek to preserve and enrich our cultural heritage and values through programs focusing on children and youth, seniors, family health outreach, and employment assistance. To further solidify and secure this mission, we strive to acquire a community center which would serve as a bridge to connect and bring everyone together including outside organizations. This in turn will help build a stronger foundation for our community and the Association.
- To share and maintain the values and uniqueness of Cambodian traditions and culture.
- To facilitate and meet the special language and cultural needs of our community, with emphasis on victims of crime, access to healthcare, self-help training, and other services.
- To help prevent juvenile crime and gang involvement among Cambodian youth, and end domestic abuse.
- To provide training and guidance in areas of educations, public policies, and social programs.
Joined the Association in February 2010 and was elected as Association’s President in September 2011. She is employed with a company that specializes in all aspects of banking equipment where she is the Branch Operations Administrator for the Texas operations. She has always had an aspiration to be involved, help others, and stand-up for a cause which she believes in. This, and so much more, makes her a perfect fit for a role with responsibilities that require not only a visionary leader, but a “take charge” attitude while also aligning her focus as a team player as well. After earning her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Information Systems from DeVry University, she went on to pursue graduate studies at Keller Graduate School of Management and earned an MBA in Human Resources. Samoeun’s unsurpassed time-management skills have been the backbone of her accomplishments where she not only juggles the demands of a family, full-time career and school, but as a military spouse. She is married to Vicheth, a United States Army Captain, and together, they have two children, Angeli and Aaron. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, reading, cooking, and traveling whenever her schedule permits.
Paul S. Thai
Paul is one of the founders of the Association. He serves the City of Dallas as Lieutenant of Police in the Crime Scene Investigation. After earning his BA in Criminal Justice from Dallas Baptist University, he went on to pursue graduate studies at Amberton University where he earned his MBA in Human Relations and Business in October 2008. Community work has always been his passion since his arrival to the United States in 1981. This type of long-standing dedication and commitment uplifts those around him and the guiding principles of giving back to the community has branded and defined a path for what true community work is all about. Paul is not only well-respected within his community, but also among other communities. He is a member of various organizations, such as the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC), Gardener in Community Development (GICD), Asian Peace Officers Association (APOA), and Asian American City Employees City of Dallas (AACE) to name a few. His renowned presence and dedication in helping the gardeners’ at East Dallas Gardens has inadvertently labeled him as their “little celebrity.” Paul is married to Marina and together, they have five (5) wonderful children. He is an avid chess and ping pong player. In Paul’s leisure time, he enjoys reading and watching movies.
Kimberly is also one of the veteran members of the Association. She is employed with the City of Dallas as a Community Affairs Representative for the Dallas Police Department/ Community Affairs Office. As a Community Representative, Kimberly works closely with the Bhutanese refugee community offering her assistance to acculturate them to their new home. In 2010, she completed graduate studies and earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology Counselor from Grand Canyon University. During her membership with the Association, she has actively served in several committees. She is one of the instructors for the Cambodian Cultural Dance group for the Association.
Touche joined the Association in January 2011. In addition to her role as a Secretary, she also serves as the Small Events Coordinator (i.e. Birthday parties, baby showers, recognitions etc.) for the Association. Giving back to the community has always been her passion and also the drive to motivate her to progress forward at full speed.
Assistant Treasurer / Historian
Chanthy joined the Association in February 2010, which opened up the doors of opportunities for her to not only share her knowledge, but also to gain new and valuable experience from others with diverse backgrounds. Aside from her roles as the Assistant Treasurer/Historian, she is also one of the Cambodian Cultural Performers under the directions of Kimberly Nam and/or Mary Mattingly. Occasionally, utilizing what she has been taught by Kimberly and/or Mary (the Association’s Cultural Dance Instructors), Chanthy provides her assistance when the main instructors’ plates are overloaded. She was born and raised in Cambodia. She later came to the States in 2003 where she began her new journey in Stockton, CA. She later relocated to Texas in 2006 to pursue her career in Pharmaceutical studies and is currently employed at a local Pharmacy as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. In 2009, Chanthy passed the US equivalency exam validating her degree in Pharmacy from abroad. She is currently preparing for another exam which would allow her to begin her internship that would lead her on the road to be a Pharmacist. Aside from being studious, Chanthy is also articulate and traditional. Her hobbies include cooking Cambodian food, arts and crafts, dancing, crunching numbers, taking pictures, and traveling. Most importantly, she was able to follow her passion of giving back to the community; and best of all, her ability to be a part of a great organization while also preserving her cultural values and heritage.
Lena joined the Association in March 2010. Aside from her role as the Assistant Secretary, she is also one of the Cambodian Cultural Performers under the direction of Kimberly Nam. She graduated from North Central Texas Commercial College with a certificate as an Administrative Assistant, licensed as a Worker’s Compensation Adjuster under the Texas Department of Insurance/Division of Worker Compensation. She is employed as a Worker’s Compensation Claims Specialist II. Lena is married with two wonderful children and her hobbies include singing, volunteering work, gardening, income tax consultant work, and traveling overseas.
Savy joined the Association in May 2011. In addition to her role as a member of the Board of Directors, she is also one of the Cambodian Cultural Performers under the direction of Kimberly Nam. She has been assisting the Association’s Historian, and working closely with the Vice-President, coordinating the website revamping project. She is employed at AirBorn as a Customer Service Manager and is also a full-time student at the University of Phoenix. Her attributes include, a good listener, excelling at helping others, and completing tasks well. Savy’s interests include social gatherings at various functions, especially at Cambodian parties where she can be more culturally aware of her own community, photography, social networking, and listening to traditional Cambodian songs.
Peter is also one of the founders of the Association and one of the past Presidents of the Association. As one of the community leaders, Peter’s assistance is utilized frequently by the elderly in the Cambodian community. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian University in Business Administration. He is employed with Dallas ISD as an Educator. He is married to Thida and together, they have a son named, Andrew. His hobbies include helping people to better understand themselves and also helping kids prepare for the future. In his leisure time, he enjoys playing ping pong and a stroll in the park with his family.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
It has been almost two years ago since I've joined the Cambodian-American Association of Dallas (CAAD) as one of the "new kids on the block" and I was elected President of CAAD about a year ago, to say the least; this is actually the perfect time to re-evaluate ourselves, CAAD, as a whole. With the utmost respect, allow me to share some of my philosophical beliefs with you all. No, I’m not a philosopher, just speaking from experience and perceptions. Time has surely flown by with a blink of an eye when you're having fun! If you recall a year ago, upon taking office as President, I shared with you all my vision for the Association.
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