Marianne Drummond is a teacher at Wilson High School in Long Beach and a longtime volunteer with CCEJ’s Building Bridges Camp program. She holds a B.S. in Geology from CSU San Bernardino, a Teaching Credential in Mathematics, and a M.A. in Educational Administration from CSU Long Beach. Marianne has been committed to social justice work through education and community-based activism ever since her first NCCJ camp experience as a teenager. She is a Building Bridges Camp Recruiter and the sponsor for the Building Bridges Club on Wilson’s campus, and also annually serves in Adult Staff and/or Co-Director roles at the CCEJ Building Bridges Camp. Marianne has been a CCEJ volunteer for twenty years. In her personal time she is an active member of White People for Black Lives in Los Angeles (WP4BL) and a Co-Founder of the Long Beach Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), both of which organize white folks to show up in solidarity with Black Folks and People of Color. Marianne is committed to holding institutions accountable to all members of our communities, and currently is working on a campaign to pass County legislation that will be a step in reversing mass incarceration.
Susana Sngiem is driven by her passion to build equity in marginalized communities. Susana is the first second-generation Cambodian-American woman to serve as United Cambodian Community’s (UCC’s) executive director. Susana has developed intergenerational partnership in the Cambodian community by coordinating the Cambodian Advocacy Collaborative which brought visibility and power to the Cambodian community through advocacy training, organizing community members, and developing policy changes in mental health and language access. Susana has increased economic inclusion for the Cambodian community by establishing the Cambodia Town Business Center, workforce development with English-Learners, and housing counseling services at UCC. Susana is proud to be a native Long Beach resident, born and raised by Khmer refugees who immigrated during the early 1980s. After graduating from Poly High School, Susana studied psychology and social behavior at the UC Irvine, and later earned her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. In 2018, Susana received the “Go Long Beach” Award from Mayor Robert Garcia in recognition of her leadership through UCC. Susana champions other marginalized communities by serving as a board member for Long Beach Community Action Partnership, City of Long Beach Homeless Services Advisory Committee, Midtown Business and Property Owners Association, Long Beach First Friends Church, and Asian Pacific Islander American Professional Network. During her free time, Susana enjoys hiking with her fiancé, eating delicious food with friends, and playing hide and go seek with her nephew and nieces.
Shay Sorrells is the Chief Program Officer at Orangewood Foundation. Shay is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Social Work at USC, she holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from California State University at Long Beach and obtained her Bachelors in Psychology from Vanguard University. Shay served as an adjunct professor of graduate studies at her Alma Mater CSULB and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Shay has worked in the human services field for over twenty years serving youth and families in a variety of settings such as foster care, shelters, family preservation, child welfare, schools, and affordable housing communities. Shay has been a Trainer of Trauma-Informed Practices for the Orange County Probation Department, the OC Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Mariner’s and Saddleback Church as well as many other organizations. Shay has been asked to sit as a Former Foster Youth voice for Orange County Department of Education and Social Services. Shay has been a speaker at conferences using her voice as a former foster youth and started a blog fosterforchange.com where former youth can share their stories. Shay is an avid planner and crafting junkie and loves spending time camping, traveling or at the beach with her husband and two boys.