Vany Wells


Vany Wells was born in Takeo Province, Cambodia.

Vany brings years of diverse leadership experience in nonprofits, higher education, government and business in her role as the current President of the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial (NCHM) and as a former Vice President of the Cambodian Association of Illinois (CAI) and NCHM. She acts as a trusted resource and advocate for 2nd and 3rd generation Cambodian- Americans in the Chicago area. She champions positive ethics and cultural engagement to achieve greater impact in advancing the organization’s mission through coaching and mentoring.

Since graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a certification in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from the University of Maryland, Vany has served in different role in her professional career from being a program director of refugee resettlement, French adjunct faculty member, ESL instructor, business retail manager and owner, teacher, trainer, student affairs professional, and co-founder of the Health for Underserved Populations Association (HUPA).

Vany also writes and publishes articles about advocacy, current events and social justice. Her hobbies include reading, writing, and gardening.