The Office of Innovation Commercialization

H’Tuyet Joyce

Snow, a native of the central highlands of Vietnam (Montagnard), came to Greensboro as a refugee with her family in 1994. She attended Smith High School, where she was exposed to people from varying cultural backgrounds.  As a refugee, Snow can “walk-the-walk” of many immigrants and refugees, sharing in their struggles and successes as they acclimate to their new home.  With greater exposure to Asian immigrants and refugee business owners, she chose to pursue a degree in Economics.  In 2002, on her way to a job interview, Snow received a call from her pastor about a job prospect with CNNC to help the Montagnard community through case management and interpretation.  She jumped at the opportunity and was inspired by the community for their overcoming spirit and motivation to make it in this country.  Snow was also encouraged by her late father to use her bilingual skills in a social service profession.  She found that both her interests and motivations converged at the CNNC through her roles as a lay health advisor, a professional interpreter trainer, and an AmeriCorps site supervisor.  Snow sees her mother as her hero, having taught her the values of hard work and peacemaking.  In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.  She has two beautiful children.  Her husband is a former marine who served in Iraq and Kuwait and is now back home with the family.