Chee Thao

Program Director
United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM)


In his role as Program Director, Chee serves as UNCOM’s primary contact with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board with the out-of-school youth population 16 to 20 years old. The program is funded through the Workforce Investment Act, providing support and service for youth to accomplish their education and occupational goals. Before joining UNCOM, Chee was an Ongoing Case Manager with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. He provided assessments, supervision, support, and resources to ensure a safe and positive environment for children. Before joining the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Chee was the Out of School Youth Coordinator for the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, formerly known as the Private Industry Council. He has spent most of his professional career working directly with youth and the WI department of corrections. Chee holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Welfare from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is married to his wife May and is the proud father to two sons and a daughter. When not working Chee loves to play and watch sports, reads, and enjoys traveling with his family.

Q & A

What is on the top of your bucket list?

The top of my bucket list is to travel and visit my birthplace (Thailand). Waiting for the pandemic to be over!!

Do you have a mentor, and if so, who is it?

My mentor is my former supervisor Mr. Tony Shields. I talk to him about everything. Having a mentor in any profession and life allows you to see things from different perspectives.

Proudest accomplishment

My proudest accomplishment is becoming a father. The responsibility and life-changing moment that we all are not prepared for makes you think about life differently.

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