Elissa Nguyen graduated from Washington State University – Pullman with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development (emphasis on Adolescence). She currently works as an elementary school paraeducator, with a focus on students that are low functioning and/or nonverbal. She was heavily involved within her local VSA and attended many regional events within the Northwest. After going to UNAVSA-15 as an attendee, she continued on to be part of the registration committee for UNAVSA-16 in Vancouver, B.C. When she has free time, she loves to dance, travel, and spend time with family and friends.