Soh Young Lee-Segredo is known as energizer bunny with much talents and passionate soul among her friends and ‘song bird’ as her fans. She is educator, humanitarian, community activist,MC, storyteller, singer, director and program coordinator. Her life journey began in S. Korea, viaParaguay, Brazil and then to the USA. She enrolled in New Town H.S. at age 18. She holds BA from Queens College, MA from Bank Street College, Professional Diploma from Dowling College, and Bilingual/ESL Extension from St. John’s University. She is resident of Freeport and works in Hempstead Public Schools.
She was MC from young age in S. Korea mostly in school and church events. She was MC for the Miss New York Korea 1981, and then throughout the years she has emceed for different events including 45th Anniversary of Korean American Association of Connecticut in 2009 and Korean Theatre Company production of Hogdoya Uljee Mara 2011. She was first Korean recipient of Nassau County Dr. Martin Humanitarian Award in 2007 and the Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award 2009. She received award for her effort to bring communities through Cultural Diversity from the Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board on 2010. She is life-time member of NAACP, Freeport/Roosevelt Branch ACT SO Committee Chairperson; she is Long Island ACT SO Vocal Coach which is local talent competition from which gold medalists attends National NAACP ACT SO Competition. She is a member of Hagedorn Foundation’s Common Ground, Nassau County Anti-bias Crime Task Force, and North Shore Hospital Feinstein Genetic Studies Community Advisory Board member. She was Nassau County Human Rights Commissioner and is appointed as Commission Chairman of Multi-Ethic from The Federation of Korean associations USA. Her family (husband and two sons) traveled to Europe with the Multicultural Peace Mission Choir, founded post 9.11 which promotes diversity, cultural harmony and understanding. She debuted in Madison Square Garden at age 20 singing Korean and American National Anthems, Carnegie Weil Recital Hall as a winner of the International Artists Competition 2007, grand prize winner of Korean Idol NY 2007 and National Korean Fork Performance Competition 2007.
‘Home: Where the Heart is’ is her CD with many different genre and can be sampled and purchased through her website sohyoung.com. She was recently recognized at the First Village of Freeport Mayor Hardwick’s Women’s History Month’s as recipient of Phenomenal Woman on March 23, 2012 as well as NYC NAACP Phenomenal Woman Award on March 25, 2012 in Harlem, the first Korean recipient in 101 years.