Sorenny is a 1.5 refugee that was born in Phnom Penh. She first moved to Montgomery, Alabama where her father was attending classes at Maxwell Airforce Base. While her father was in Alabama, he got word that the Khmer Rouge would invade the capital so he fundraised money to reunite his family with him in America. The military retrieved Sorenny’s family approximately six days before the Khmer Rouge invaded the capital. The first six years were spent in Alabama. Her family relocated to Oklahoma where she spent most of her childhood and young adult life in a very small Cambodian community with few ties to her cultural heritage. After graduating from college, she and her family moved to the Chicagoland area.
She found out about the Cambodian Association and although, she lived in suburb, she started volunteering and attending events. She has been intermittently active in the Cambodian Association over the last 18 years. During this time, she has met some wonderful community members and has learned more about her country’s culture and history.
Sorenny currently works at Maddock Douglas (Growth Strategy Consultancy Company) as a Project Manager. She graduated from the Oklahoma State University with a BS in Sociology. She has experience in many different industries, primarily as a Project Manager, in addition as an Implementation Manager and Coach. She has also worked with many different Non-for-Profit Organizations, volunteering, fundraising, compiling data, volunteer management, and has helped grow different grass-roots organization. She is also currently on the Board of ICAH (Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health).
For fun, Sorenny likes to work out, write, read, mentor, and travel. She also likes to spend time with her kids and friends.