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New Board of Directors Announcement

Board of Directors from L to R: Laura, Kathy, and Liat.

Board of Directors for any non-profit organization serve as advocates for the nonprofit’s mission. The three cardinal rules for the duties of a Board of Director are “duty of care,” “duty of loyalty,” and “duty of obedience.” KKOOM is fortunate to have a diverse group of Board of Directors who help better the lives of Korean children through virtual interactions of monthly Board calls with an in-person Board Retreat that typically takes place in the summer.

KKOOM’s Board of Directors have directly been impacted by Korean culture, whether teaching in Korea as a Fulbright Korea ETA to being stationed in South Korea for the army. We are excited to announce three new Board of Directors who will serve at minimum one year in this role to help govern our procedures, support fundraising efforts, and spread awareness about KKOOM.

Laura Wilczek is a Korean-American adoptee whose lifelong dream was to live, work, and learn in Korea for an extended period of time — something she accomplished as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Gumi, South Korea. During her Fulbright year, Laura volunteered at Samsungwon Orphanage. It is because of her work with the children at Samsungwon that Laura returned to the states to pursue a M.Ed. in Reading Education from Vanderbilt University. She currently resides in San Diego and works as a Special Education teacher.

Kathy Sullivan is the proud mother of two adult daughters who she and her husband
adopted from Korea as infants. She became a supporter of KKOOM when one of her
daughters became involved with the organization through her time in Korea as a
Fulbright ETA. Kathy is a retired educator with experience as a teacher, principal
and district director. She has traveled extensively, including trips to South Korea. Kathy lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and spends much of her free time fostering future service dogs.

Liat Shapiro was born in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, but adopted and raised in the Boston area. She is a junior at Brandeis University majoring in linguistics and minoring in journalism. As a Korean adoptee, it has been Liat’s dream to give back to the South Korean orphanage community. Summer 2018 brought Liat to South Korea as KKOOM’s first summer intern. She is excited to be serving on KKOOM’s Board of Directors and looks forward to helping her younger brothers and sisters achieve their dreams.

To read their full bios and learn more about KKOOM’s Board of Directors, we invite you to visit our website here.

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