BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ohn Choe (Board Chair)
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.
Jay Oh (Board Secretary)
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.
Thomas Park Clement (Board Treasurer)
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.
Ann is an individual and marriage therapist at Relationship Works in Buffalo Grove, IL. She is a graduate of UW-Madison, Wisconsin in Fine Arts and has a Masters of Social Work from Loyola University. Ann has volunteer and professional experience advocating for social and economic justice and community development in both domestic and international settings.
Ann also serves as a board member for Hanul Family Alliance located in Chicago. Ann lives in Lake Forest with her husband Jeff and they have three daughters.
Grace Lee, Executive Director, is the Head of Intelligence for the Financial Crimes Compliance division at Standard Chartered Bank, where she is responsible for the delivery of the Bank’s financial crimes intelligence capabilities and Anti-Money Laundering program which includes risk analysis and reporting associated with anti-money laundering, counter terrorism financing and sanctions investigations. Prior to this role, Grace served as a Senior Manager in the Financial Crimes Compliance Investigations unit at the bank.
Before joining Standard Chartered Bank in 2015, Grace was a Director in the Financial Crimes Compliance Investigations Unit at UBS. Prior to transitioning into banking in 2012, Grace was an Assistant Prosecutor at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, handling Official Corruption and Economic Crimes investigations. She also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the New York County District Attorney’s Office, serving in the Trial Division.
Grace received her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and her B.A. in Public Policy and Political Science from Brown University.
Grace currently resides in New Jersey with her wonderful husband, David, and three amazing daughters, Sofia, Olivia and Ava.
John C. Kim
John is the founder and managing partner of JCKLAW, a boutique New York City law firm focusing on debt resolution, immigration, bankruptcy and real estate work. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Boston University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and currently lives life as an aging hipster dad in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and two children. When not busy running his practice (and running after his kids) in his spare time – of which there is practically none – he also operates Persimmon Films LLC, a movie making company that makes movies.
Karen is a production manager at Greystone, a private real estate finance and investment firm. She specializes in providing financing for the construction and preservation of affordable housing developments throughout the country.
Previously, she worked in development at organizations focused on addressing nutrition and well-being, the alleviation of hunger, disaster relief, and skilled immigrant and refugee workforce development. This work greatly impacted her, she continues to support both sectarian and faith-based organizations.
She received her BA from the University of Florida – Go Gators! She also has an MA from Yonsei University.
Living in New York, she enjoys experiencing the city, spending time with her husband, and meeting people with amazing stories she would not otherwise meet.