Passion. This is the one word we use to describe KKOOM’s Board of Directors. We all have different backgrounds as Fulbright Korea teachers, adoptees, Korean Americans, or parents to Korean adoptees. But the common interest that connects each of us is one thing – serving Korean youth living in the social welfare system.
Board members serve a minimum one year term and help govern procedures and fiscal responsibility, make decisions on strategic planning, support fundraising efforts, and spread awareness about KKOOM. KKOOM is unique because our Board of Directors live all across the United States, from the West Coast to the East Coast, and even across the globe in South Korea. We are so excited to announce KKOOM’s newest Board members Leah and Tina!
Leah Garlock is a Korean American Adoptee, and grew up in Upstate NY. She is currently a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. Before Fulbright, she worked as an Experience Designer at a social impact design agency in New York City. Many of her clients were focused on improving educational inequities, learning differences, and dual-language curriculums. It’s here that she became interested in the intersection between design and education. In her free time, Leah volunteers for International and Transracial Adoptee communities, as well as AAPI organizations. She is passionate about using her skills for good, and is excited to use her experience and knowledge to help serve KKOOM’s mission.
Christina Mohr is a native New Englander and an adoptive mother of an amazing daughter who was born in Busan, South Korea. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctorate from Pace University. Christina is an attorney in the public service sector who also devotes time to pro-bono counseling low income clients regarding bankruptcy and landlord tenant matters. Christina served on the KKOOM board from 2015 through 2018 and has re-joined the board again in 2022. She has a deep appreciation for Korean food, language and culture. She is committed to KKOOM’s mission by focusing on business planning, budgeting, and the strategic use of the organization’s financial resources.
Before becoming a Board member, Leah was instrumental in getting our Dream Big Speaker Series launched with her expertise in graphic design/marketing. Tina’s experience in fiscal management will help us better understand how to strategically use our resources to better serve the Korean children community. We are thankful for Leah and Tina, along with all of KKOOM’s Board of Directors for giving their time voluntarily to make a difference in the lives of children we support. To learn more about KKOOM’s Board members, you can read their bios here.