BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ohn Choe (Treasurer)
Ohn is a Director in fixed income repo trading for the Central Funding Group of the Royal Bank of Canada. He was born in Seoul, moved to Queens when he was 4, and currently resides in Chelsea. After earning his undergraduate degree at Georgetown University, he received his MBA at NYU and the CFA charter while working in Asset Management. He has volunteered at organizations serving the Korean American community and held a number of leadership roles at his church, and is also a board member for Atlas DIY, which provides legal services and leadership development for New York City’s immigrant youth. Ohn enjoys photography, cycling, and engaging in the arts scene in NY in his free time.
Theresa is the co-founder of KoreanAmericanStory.org. She’s a Category Vice President, Footwear at totes-Isotoner. Her professional experience is in brand management at Kraft Foods, Unilever and Pepperidge Farm/Campbell Soup Company. She has served in leadership positions at various corporate diversity and inclusion programs. She is graduate of Miami University of Ohio and has an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Thomas Park Clement
Thomas is the founder, president and CEO of Mectra Labratories, Inc., a bio-technology company that manufactures a wide variety of laparoscopic disposable surgical instruments. Thomas is the inventor behind the technical instruments and holds 41 U.S. Patents. Additionally, Thomas is a humanitarian who has supported missions to North Korea and Africa, and has supported various Korean adoptee groups throughout the U.S., Europe and Korea. Born in Korea in the midst of the Korean War, Thomas was adopted by the Clement family from Charlotte, NC in 1958.
Vivian Lee joined NY1 as an anchor and reporter in 2008. Vivian’s career in New York started at WNBC in 2002, where she was a general assignment reporter for six years. She was born in Toronto after her parents emigrated from Seoul. She graduated with honors from Carleton University’s prestigious Journalism program in Ottawa. She now lives in New York City with her husband and 2 daughters.
John is a partner in Hana Makgeolli LLC, a craft brewer of makgeolli based in Brooklyn, New York. John was formerly an Assistant General Counsel at American International Group (AIG) and a litigation associate at the law firms of Martin Clearwater & Bell and Ohrenstein & Brown in New York. John was also a Corporate Finance and Recoveries consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers prior to attending law school. John is a graduate of Cornell University and the Boston University School of Law and lives in Manhattan with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys traveling, music, golf, and sharing good food and drink with family and friends.
Jay has experience in working and volunteering in publishing and non-profit art organizations in Greensboro, N.C., Minneapolis, and New York. She will bring a wealth of knowledge to the board about development and fundraising. She holds a B.A. in art history from Smith College and an M.A. in art history from Williams College, and she currently lives in Scarsdale, NY with her husband and two children.
Julie Young (Board Chair)
Julie Young is a recovering attorney turned non-profit executive, writer, and producer. Adopted at the age of three from Korea, she grew up in Rochester, New York. She holds a degree in Psychology from Fordham University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is the Founder of DreamMaker DreamDoer DreamSupporter, inc (3D) a non-profit production company that provides resources, connections, and inspiration for creatives. She is also the Founder of The Phenomenal Girls Club, a non-profit organization that fosters learning, leadership, and friendship for girls of color. Julie is an adoptive parent group facilitator for All Together Now. She serves as Board Chair for KoreanAmericanStory.org and as an advisory Board member of Nazdeek. She is the mom of twins and lives with her husband and family in Brooklyn. Follow her on twitter @biggirlvoice.