Vesna E. Nuon
Vesna Nuon was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and came to America in 1982. He moved to Lowell in 1991. He is married to Navey and they have two children: Nathan, 13 and Nadya, 5.
Vesna has had a long career in criminal justice. In 1991 he joined Middlesex District Attorney Tom Reilly’s office as a Victim Witness Advocate and Cultural Consultant. In 2000, Vesna served as a full-time board member of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry. As a Board Member, Vesna is responsible for setting regulations that protect the public from sexual offenders, particularly those with a history of the abuse of children. He also presides over sex offender hearings and makes initial as well as final classification of sex offenders. Vesna was appointed to the position in 2000 by then Gov. Paul Celluci. He was reappointed by Governors Mitt Romney and Deval Patrick.
Vesna served on the Zoning Board of Appeals from 2000 to 2011. While on the ZBA, he was Vice-Chair from 2009 to 2011.
Councilor Nuon serves as Chair of the Arts and Culture, and Zoning Subcommittees and is a member of the Community Services, Environment, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety and Youth Services Subcommittees.
Councilor Nuon has and continues to serve the community in numerous ways. He has been past Founder and President of the following organizations: Southeast Asian Families Against Domestic Violence in Lowell, Cambodian-American League of Lowell, and Cambodian Community of Massachusetts. He has been past Board of Director of the following organizations: the United Teen Equality Center, Angkor Dance troupe, Big Brother and Big Sisters of Lowell, the Merrimack alley Housing Partnership, the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, Justice George Lewis Ruffin Society, Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Internal/External Diversity Committee, Advisory to the Emerge and Advisory to the Institute for Asian American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Councilor Nuon is a member of the Asian American Commission.
Councilor Nuon has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work from the following organizations: the World Foundation for Asia (Community Service Award in 2011)’ the Cambodian American League of Lowell (Community Service Award, 2001); the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, 2000; the Southeast Asian Families Against Domestic Violence Award, 2001; the Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley Award, 2000; the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (for Personal Courage in 1999); the Lowell Sun’s People o Be Thankful For, 997; the Boston University School of Social Work (for Leadership and Empowerment in 1994); the Middlesex District Attorney’s Scott Harshbarger Award, 1993; and the National Association for Education and Advancement for Asian Leadership Award, 1993.