KAAN 2014 Conference Speakers
Details for KAAN 2014 are below for your reference. KAAN 2015 information will be posted in early 2015.

Ahrens, Mary Jarvis
Mary (MS in Genetic Counseling, Sarah Lawrence College; BS, University of Minnesota) has been a genetic counselor over 20 years at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. During the time she has worked at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, she has seen patients in a variety of clinics such as genetics, prenatal , and cancer. Mary is also a clinical supervisor with the University of Minnesota Genetic Counseling Graduate Program.

Amarel, David
David is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York City. David has received over ten years immersive training in adoptive parenting from Eli (In Beom) and Lucy (Sunghee). Along with his wife, Martha Crawford, the family of four resides in Brooklyn. David and Martha are columnists for Gazillion Voices magazine (gazillionvoices.com)  as well as co-founders of SubText Consultation (subtextconsultation.com), a clinic and consultation service for writers.

Arndt-Johns, Jennifer
Jennifer is a mother, filmmaker and activist. She is the Founder/Director of Rainbow World, a 501.c.3. nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, creating and distributing multimedia educational content about international adoption. The organization's inaugural film release, "Approved for Adoption" is currently in release in North America and work is in progress on "Voices of Adoption: Video Oral Histories from Minnesota's Korean Adoption Community."  She received her M.F.A. in filmmaking from Temple University and is the writer, director, producer of the pioneering documentary, "Crossing Chasms," which chronicled her first journey back to South and the collective testimonies of other adopted Koreans from around the world.

Bedoya, Uhriel Edgardo
Uhriel is a native of Panama and has lived in the US for close to two decades. An international banker by trade, he has done business in over 15 countries and has traveled to over 35, including his first trip to Korea in 2011. In his spare time he likes to perform with his classical chorus and spend time with his Little Brother from Big Brothers Big Sisters. He and wife Jannie reside in Miami.

Benally, Karen
Karen (Associate Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, San Juan College, New Mexico; PhD in Cultural Anthropology, Northwestern University; BA and MA in Education, Michigan State University) co-directs with daughter Lisa the research project Stories of Adult Transnational Adoptees and their American Parents. Over the past three years, Lisa and Karen have interviewed over 120 adoptees and parents about their adoption experience. The themes and issues that are emerging from those stories are the focus of their ongoing work. In addition to her research activities, Karen continues to teach part-time. She and her husband also run a small bed and breakfast on the Navajo Nation.

Bondy, Kerry
Kerry is a Korean adoptee whose participation in several past KAAN conferences has included volunteering, facilitating sessions, and organizing bone marrow donor registration drives. She works as a Physician Assistant at the University of Michigan in Hematology/Oncology.

Bourqui-Fleury, Marjorie
Marjorie was adopted at age two by a Swiss family. She has found her birth family, an amazing experience that changed her deeply. She has no children and has been a widow for almost 2 years, but has been ready to be a parent since she came to Korea and found the answers to her birth.

Bright, Caitlin
Caitlin was adopted from South Korea at 4 months old. She grew up just outside of the Twin Cities with her parents and one adopted brother. Caitlin has a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University. Currently, she lives in San Diego, California, with her husband and son. She volunteers as a Connect-A-Kid mentor and is also a part of the Connect-A-Kid Social Media Team.

Campbell, Sara
Sara is an adult adoptee who has been involved with KAAN since 2003. She has also been on the Advisory Council since 2010. Sara is a senior manager of a mental health crisis home in Flint, MI.

Chasing Lovely (musical group),
Blending country with pop, rock and Americana influences, this sister duo has a refreshingly unique sound that can't be tamed! Chasing Lovely's debut EP was fan-funded through a Kickstarter campaign in March 2012. Chloe (18) and Taylor (20) are thrilled to have Grammy and CMA award-winning musicians on the record. One fan describes Chasing Lovely's music as "Family roots splendor with a vibe and energy that will leave you wanting more." Another said their music has a, "Fantastic grasp of reality." One used just three simple words: "Beauty, harmony and grace." Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Asian American sisters relocated to Nashville, July 2011. Chloe graduated high school May 2013 and Taylor completed her second year at Belmont University. Learn more about their story and music at chasinglovely.com.

Chau, Adam
Adam has had the pleasure of serving on four adoptee organization boards; had his thoughts posted up on blogs for MPR, MyxTV, Hyphen, Slant Eye For The Round Eye, and Gazillion Voices; helped program two local film festivals showcasing APIA and adoptee community members; taken up space on a panel with the Los Angeles Times; and is helping to publish and edit books by adoptees and authors of color.

Chomet, Sun Mee
Sun Mee has worked with the Guthrie Theater (The Burial at Thebes, Macbeth, The Intelligent Homosexual..., The Two Gentlemen of Verona, After 100 Years); Cincinnati Playhouse/Hartford Stage/Repertory Theatre of St. Louis/Kansas City Repertory (Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses); Syracuse Stage (M. Butterfly); California Shakespeare Company (Measure for Measure, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, Oedipus Rex); Mu Performing Arts (Cowboy vs. Samurai, Asiamnesia [playwright and actor], WTF, Circle Around the Island); Ten Thousand Things Theater (A Midsummer Night's Dream); History Theatre (100 Men's Wife); Penumbra Theatre (for colored girls...); Mixed Blood Theatre (Elemeno Pea); Walking Shadow Theatre (36 Views) and many other theaters locally and nationally. How to Be a Korean Woman has received numerous honors including "2012 Best Solo Performance" (Lavender Magazine) named in the "Top Ten Shows of 2012" as part of The Origin(s) Project (Star Tribune). Sun Mee 's first play, Asiamnesia (actor and playwright) received "Best New Script of 2008" honors (Star Tribune) and she was chosen as one of City Pages' 2008 Artists of the Year. Sun Mee is a Playwrights' Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow, TCG Fox Fellow.  She is also a grateful recipient of funding towards the development of her work from the Jerome Foundation, MRAC, Minnesota State Arts Board, and Rimon Foundation (2009 Norman Ackerberg Artist Travel/Study Grant).   Upcoming, in 2014, Sun Mee will be in Othello at the Guthrie and the world premiere of Kira Obolensky's Dirt Sticks with Ten Thousand Things Theater.  www.sunmeechomet.com,

Compton, John Kalani
John, a Korean adoptee, grew up in Hawai'i and has been living in Korea since 2010. He has held several positions within Global Overseas Adoptees' Link. Currently, he is an Internal Advisor and captain of the G.O.A.'L soccer team. He was part of the first group of thirteen Korean adoptees to gain dual citizenship in 2011. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, scuba diving, and traveling.

Comstock, Jamie
Jamie is an adult adoptee born in Seoul, South Korea. She is a proud mother of very creative 7-year-old daughter. Graduated with a degree in graphic design, she currently works for Dillon International as an intake specialist and in the Search Program. She resides in Tulsa, OK.

Cooper-Lewter, Stephanie Kripa
Kripa (PhD, University of South Carolina; Masters, University of Minnesota; BA, Bethel College) has more than eighteen years practice experience in the nonprofit, social service, health, educational, and philanthropic sectors. Since 1994, she has served as a speaker for national adoption conferences, heritage camps, adoptive parent workshops, and adoptee-only retreats and gatherings. She has been actively involved in the adult adoptee community in various leadership roles. She was born in India and adopted to a single-parent household in Northern Minnesota in 1975. She returned to India in 2009 with her husband and two children, who are now 21 and 7. She is also a Certified Personal and Executive Coach with a focus on helping women and girls.

Crawford, Martha M.
Martha is a psychotherapist in private practice in NYC. She is the author of the blog What a Shrink Thinks, and an adoptive parent columnist at Gazillion Voices magazine with her husband. Together, she and David also offer online coaching, support for writers at Subtext Consultations and Writer's Clinic (Subtextconsultation.com).

Dahlen, Sarah Park
Sarah Park Dahlen is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.  She teaches courses on children's and young adult materials, children's and young adult library services, storytelling, social justice, and library and information science. Currently, she is examining representations of transracially adopted Koreans in children's literature and the information behaviors of transnationally adopted Koreans. She co-edited a children's and young adult multicultural literature textbook with Dr. Jamie Naidoo titled Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading (ALA Editions, 2012). Her next project examines race in the Harry Potter series. Sarah is a 2.5 generation Korean American and has one daughter with her husband, an adopted Korean. More at sarahpark.com.

Docan-Morgan, Sara
Sara (PhD, University of Washington) is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Her work has been published in the Journal of Family Communication, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and the Journal of Korean Adoption Studies. Her research focuses on how personal identity and family identity are formed, maintained, and negotiated through discourse in both adoptive and birth families. Sara was born in Pocheon, South Korea, and reunited with her birth family for the first time in 2009. Sara is a mother to twin three year-olds.

Dorner, Sumitra
Sumitra L. Dorner is currently a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) therapist at a small medical clinic in Minneapolis, MN. She obtained her BA from Hamline University in 1992 in Psychology. Her Masters in Social Work in 2001 from St. Thomas University. She has had 24 years of experiences in the social services. Her experiences include residential with children and adults, in-home/direct care, community based services, case management, clinical, and mental health services. Sumitra is involved in the adoption community on social media sites as well as professionally. She has been involved in the Mentoring Program through CHSFS since 2002. Sumitra worked for Children's Home Society for 1.5 years. She enjoyed and found this work satisfying. It came naturally and was a good fit. She herself is adopted from India. She and a few other people have co-founded Lost Sarees which was created to help facilitate connecting and helping South Asians. Sumitra's greatest pride and joy is her son. She has yet to make the birth country journey. This is definitely on her bucket list.

Dunn, Jan
Jan (BS, Family Relations and Child Development; MA, Social Work) has worked in the adoption community for the past nine years. She was adopted from South Korea and currently resides in Oklahoma.

Fero, Jennifer
Jennifer is an adoptee whose family participated in the documentary, Adopted, by Pointmade Productions. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her daughter. She has worked in public schools for sixteen years. Prior to working for a school system, she taught English in Andong, South Korea for a semester. Jennifer is passionate about living the change we wish to see in our world.

Gibney, Shannon
Shannon is a writer, educator, and activist in the Twin Cities. Adopted in 1975 to a white family in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Shannon has written extensively on transracial adoption. Her critical and creative writing are published in a variety of publications.

Gieseke, Shelise Keum Mee
Shelise, a transracial Korean adoptee (not in reunion), was raised in rural southern Minnesota with three siblings who are not adopted. She is the co-editor of Gazillion Voices magazine, a job she is thrilled to have. Shelise resides in Portland, OR with her husband and daughter.

H., Nicole
Nicole is a Korean adoptee who grew up and currently resides in Michigan. She has her Ph.D. in psychology and specializes in the assessment and treatment of pediatric neurodevelopmental disorders.

Hagland, Mark
Mark is an adult Korean adoptee. He was born in South Korea in 1960 and adopted at the age of eight months, and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by parents of Norwegian-American and German-American heritage. He has been a professional journalist for over 30 years. He has been involved in the KAAN Conference for 12 years. Mark has been a contributor to a number of adoptee anthologies, including "Outsiders Within" and "Parenting as Adoptees." He lives in Chicago.

Haile, Chae
Chae (BS in Justice Studies, Arizona State University; MA, Public Administration, New York University) is the owner and president of Funded, a consulting firm specializing in grant writing services for nonprofit organizations, and is also an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Broward College. With over ten years in the nonprofit sector, Chae has worked with nonprofit organizations in Phoenix, New York, and Miami. Adopted from Korea at five months old and raised in North and South Dakota, she currently lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and daughter.

Henze, Ben
Ben was adopted at the age of 4 from Taegu, South Korea.  He currently resides in Chicago and is involved in the Chicago Connect-A-Kid program.  Outside of work, Ben likes work out and supports all Chicago professional teams.

Hilzinger, Emily
Emily was adopted from China when she was 5 months old. She lives in Michigan with her parents and two younger brothers, one of which was adopted from Korea. She loves learning about the world and its variety of people and cultures.

Hilzinger, Glen
Glen is a father of three, one 7-year-old bio child and two teenage adoptees - one keeps him busy, the other two keep him honest. Glen claims no more adoption expertise than simply having "been there, done that." He does have the good fortune of being married to Jen Hilzinger, who continues pushing him to grow and be better informed on all things adoption-related.

Hilzinger, Jen
Jen and her husband Glen have been married 22 years and are the parents of three active children. Their first child, age 18, just finishing her freshman year in college, was born in China and adopted at 5 months. Their second child, age 15, was born in S Korea and adopted at  6 months. The third child, age 7, was born to them. They live in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Jen devotes her activism to social justice advocacy causes for underrepresented voices. She is also active at her children's schools, working on issues of diversity and inclusion. She is in her third year as the co-facilitator for the Diversity and Inclusion Council for the mid-sized diverse public school district in which her children are/were enrolled.

Hoffman-Jin, Ian
Ian, whose Korean name is Jin Gyo Joon, was adopted at the age of two. He grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania with an adopted sister also from Korea. Since graduating with a BFA, he has been working as a designer based in Philadelphia. He has also been involved with Korean adoptee organizations since 2009 and went to Korea in 2012 as a G.O.A.'L participant.

Jaehne, Heidi
Heidi was adopted at the age of 11 months from Korea. She returned to Korea for her first trip home in 2012 with the Journey program and returned in 2013 to help coordinate on the tour. She attended her first, official, adoptee gathering - KAAN in 2013 in Grand Rapids, MI, as a youth counselor volunteer and presenter for Connect A Kid (CAK). Heidi has been the Director of Mentor Recruiting for CAK since the program began in 2012, is a mentor for the Orlando/Tampa CAK team and has returned to KAAN to help coordinate this year's youth program.

Jaehne, Heidi
Heidi was adopted at the age of 11 months from Korea. She returned to Korea for her first trip home in 2012 with the Journey program and returned in 2013 to help coordinate on the tour. She attended her first, official, adoptee gathering - KAAN in 2013 in Grand Rapids, MI, as a youth counselor volunteer and presenter for Connect A Kid (CAK). Heidi has been the Director of Mentor Recruiting for CAK since the program began in 2012, is a mentor for the Orlando/Tampa CAK team and has returned to KAAN to help coordinate this year's youth program.

Johnson, Kari
Kari is an Early Childhood Educator and has worked in Early Childhood Public Policy. Her sister is a Korean adoptee and she (Kari) is a very proud aunt.

Kim, JaeRan
JaeRan (PhD Candidate and Project Coordinator at the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota) was born in South Korea and adopted to the United States at the age of 3 in 1971. Her research looks at adoption displacement and dissolution of internationally adopted children with disabilities.

Kim, Mee Joo
Mee Joo is a Korean adoptee who has been living in Seoul for more than six years. She founded and is currently an advisor for the non-profit organization Korean Adoptees of Hawai'i (KAHI), which hosted the first Asian Adult Adoptee Film Festival in 2008. She is also a former Vice Secretary General and Secretary General of Global Overseas Adoptees' Link (G.O.A.'L), where she currently serves as Mental Health Services Coordinator.

Kim, Oh Myo
Oh Myo (postdoctoral fellow at The Emily Program and visiting assistant professor at Macalester College) was born in Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea and adopted at 8 months old. She was raised in New Jersey with her parents and two brothers. Oh Myo's research examines the intersection of culture and identity, and the process of cultural socialization, particularly within international adoptive families. She is a mindfulness-based therapist who specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, cultural psychology, and eating disorders.

Ko, Grace Euna
Grace (BS, social work with a minor in journalism, Ewha Woman's University in South Korea) is a Korean language instructor, culture presenter, and journalist. She works for Atlanta International Language Institute and ALTA Language Services, Inc. She worked in Seoul for eleven years as a magazine writer and editor before coming to the U.S. in 1999. She graduated from Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA with perfect 4.0 GPA and later moved to Atlanta in 2007. She has written many in-depth reporting on issues related to Korea and America for Korean newspaper OhmyNews.com.

Kruse, Jannie
Jannie was adopted at the age of two from Korea. She returned to Korea for her first trip home in 2011 with her husband Uhriel. She attended her first KAAN in 2012 in Albany, NY, and it was a revelation to spend time with other adoptees where often words wre not needed in order to be understood. She is looking forward to visiting Minneapolis and seeing many familiar faces and lots of new ones.

Lee, Heewon
Heewon was born in Gwangju, South Korea. She is the co-author of "HERE: A Visual History of Adopted Koreans Living in Minnesota." After more than a decade as a graphic designer, Heewon is back in school, studying chemistry and preparing to apply to graduate school. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two sons.

Lee, Richard M.
Richard (Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota) is Past President of the Asian American Psychological Association. He conducts research on the ethnic and racial experiences of adopted Korean American youth and adults and their families with a focus on its impact on mental health and development.

LeRoy, Bonnie S.
Bonnie (Professor in the department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development and Director of the Graduate Program of Study in Genetic Counseling, University of Minnesota) is interested in the ethical challenges to genetic counseling practice and educating the next generation of practitioners. In addition, Bonnie has a daughter who was adopted from China. Because of her daughter, the questions about the utility and risks of genetic testing are not only professional but also personal.

Margolis, Eva Song
Eva is a Korean American adoptee who grew up and currently lives in Minneapolis.   From a young age she has been hungry to test boundaries and explore multiple understandings of identity, culture and citizenship.  Eva has worked in the nonprofit industry and on grassroots movements relating to the struggle for social & economic justice for over a decade.  She loves writing and its ability to transform, heal, unite, and question.

McKee, Kimberly
Kimberly McKee (Ph.D in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Liberal Studies at Grand Valley State University. Her current book manuscript, tentatively titled Markets, Children and "Love": Interrogating the Transnational Adoption Industrial Complex, interrogates the institutional practice of international adoption and traces the origins of what she terms the transnational adoption industrial complex. In doing so, Markets, Children and "Love" challenges the portrayal of international adoption as solely an act of humanitarianism and child rescue. A chapter from her manuscript is included in the forthcoming volume Critical Kinship Studies: Kinship (Trans)Formed, edited by Charlotte Krolokke, Lene Myong, and Stine Wilum Adrian. Her work on the Korean diaspora will also appear in the forthcoming volume Click and Kin: Transnational Identity and Quick Media, edited by May Friedman and Silvia Schultermandl. Her second project explores how racialized and sexualized depictions of Asian/Asian American women circulate within the U.S. as a result of American militarism abroad and its impact on the female adoptee body. She also serves on the Advisory Council of KAAN.

Meyer, Joe
biography pending

Miller, Mayda
Mayda is a young yet seasoned Korean Adoptee multi-musician/artist/producer from the land of 10,000 Lakes. Her music has been featured locally as well as internationally. Numerous of Mayda's songs have been on Rachael Ray show, Good Morning America, KFC Youtube, Reebok Seoul commercials, Jersey Shore, and cable networks such as Showtime and MTV. "Her R&B-infused pop is undeniably fresh, as she swings between pared-down acoustic struts, full-band funkadelic blasts, and electronic drumbeats and synth flourishes that would make the Purple One proud. The result is a slick, expansive, and evolving pop sound, aided in part by producer and mentor Michael Bland (who drummed with Prince in the early '90s and currently plays with Nick Jonas), whose Sonic Matrimony Collective label released Mayda's first full=length, The Interrogation, last year. The prolific young soul singer is just beginning her journey, but it's hard not to anticipate big things from the petite yet larger-than-life pop songstress." -Andrea Swenssen. More at http://www.imaydasong.com.

Naftzger, Katie Jae
Katie works with individuals and families in her private psychotherapy practice in Newton, MA, as well as online for those who are long-distance. She specializes in adoption and enjoys running groups and workshops. Katie also brings her experience as a Korean adoptee and as a mother to her work. She is passionate about strengthening relationships in families and understands the importance of everyone in the family feeling empowered and respected. Her blog is http://www.adoptiontherapyma.com.

Newton, Grace
Grace Newton is currently an intern with Land of Gazillion Adoptees and a student at Macalester College, double majoring in International Studies and Chinese. Additionally, she is a contributing columnist for Gazillion Voices Magazine. Grace was adopted from Nanjing, Jiangsu, China when she was three years old. Growing up, she participated in Chinese language and dance classes and is finally hoping to achieve fluency in Mandarin during these college years. Grace is thrilled to have a place to share her voice and to have found a community of adoptees.

Nicholls, Kye
Kye was adopted at 6 months of age. After spending her life in the midwest, she now calls Minneapolis home. There she resides with her family and teaches elementary school.

O'Connor, Susan Harris
Susan Harris O'Connor, author, and national speaker/performer is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work.  She began working at Children's Services of Roxbury (CSR) in 1997 as a child-specific worker on the foster care unit.  Currently, she is CSR's director of Quality Assurance and Adoption, and a professional coach and social work consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Susan writes about her experiences of being a transracial adoptee and former foster child. Her earliest writings/solo performance narratives were published in 1997 by the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism subsequent to having presented her work at the Yale conference, Challenging Boundaries. Since 1996, her autobiographical narratives have been featured nationally and internationally at events and conferences such as the Harvard Medical conference series, the Cambridge Series, Smith College Summer lecture series, the American Adoption Congress conference, The Judicial Branch and the Office of the Child Advocate of the State of Connecticut and the Governor's Commission on Child Placement in Foster and Adoptive Care for the State of Rhode Island.  In addition, Susan's racial identity model for transracially and internationally adopted persons was published in the esteemed British Journal, Adoption and Fostering volume 36 numbers 3 and 4 (2012). See, The development of racial identity in transracially adopted persons: An ecological approach. In 2012 Susan became the author of her first published book, The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee. This book is a compilation of her lifeworks consisting of five autobiographical narratives.

Ok Soon, Kim
Kim Ok Soon was born somewhere in South Korea and has led other adoptees back to their motherland as she assisted them in their search for birth family. She has been involved with the Adopted Korean community on a national level for 14 years and has had the honor to serve on such boards as Korean Quarterly, AKConnection and  Kamp Kimchee.  Kim is the owner of O.K. Soon Consulting, LLC and is the proud mother of 4 children.

Pate, SooJin
SooJin is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Macalester College, where she teaches courses on critical race theory, immigration, and U.S. history and culture. Her book "From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption" is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press (March 2014). She is currently working on a second book project entitled "On Mothering and Motherlessness."

Raleigh, Elizabeth
Liz (PhD in sociology, University of Pennsylvania; undergraduate degree, Brown University) is an assistant professor of sociology at Carleton College. Her research largely focuses on transracial adoption, examining issues such as the market aspects of transracial adoption patterns, the racial socialization of transracial adoptive households, and the heterogeneity of the adopted child population. Her research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Perspectives, Social Science Quarterly and Children and Youth Services Review. Beyond her research, her passion for her subject extends into the classroom where she teaches courses on assisted reproductive technology and adoption, race and ethnicity, and the American family. Born in Korea, and raised in the Northeast, Liz currently lives in Northfield, Minnesota with her family.

Rupright, Rachel Hye Youn
Rachel (MSW, University of Albany; undergraduate, James Madison University) is a Korean adoptee raised near Binghamton, NY. She currently serves as KAAN's speaker coordinator and a member of the proposal selection committee. She lives and works in Albany.

Rutigliano, Rachael
Rachael was born in Seoul and adopted when she was 7 months old.  She grew up in North Carolina attending Camp Moo Gung Hwa and continues to return each year as a program director and teacher.  Rachael returned to Korea for the first time last summer with Journey and is already planning another trip back.  Rachael is the Program Director for Connect-a-Kid and attended KAAN 2013 as a presenter and youth program volunteer.  With the partnership between Connect-a-Kid and KAAN, Rachael is excited to return as childcare and youth program coordinator.

Schroeder, Stacy
Stacy Schroeder (BA, English, Pennsylvania State University) is the current president and executive director of KAAN and lives with her family in Pennsylvania. She also coordinates Ta-ri, a local group that brings together those with ties to Korea for cultural and community-building activities. In 2007, she organized a weeklong camp for young adoptees and their families. Stacy's previous nonprofit experience includes serving as a full-time camp director, working at a library, and co-authoring a book. It brings Stacy joy to see the bonds forged at KAAN continue to flourish and bring support throughout the year, including for her son and daughter, who are teen adoptees themselves.

Schuster, Elana Meesun
Elana Meesun Schuster is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Korean American adoptee fom Gwangju, and program lead for Adoptive Family Support at Fraser-a Twin Cities, community mental health clinic, focused on early intervention services. Elana has experience living in Korea, teaching in a Korean Children's Home, and working with youth and families that are in foster care or have been adopted.  Elana's extensive personal, professional, and community-based experience anchors her conviction to advocate for family stability and permanent connections for young children across the permanency spectrum.

Sheridan, Terri
Terri is a librarian and the mother of four adopted adult children, two of which were born in Korea. She was a contributing editor of International Families Newsletter and a parent mentor for regional fost-adopt families. A past KAAN presenter, Terri lives in Santa Barbara, California with her husband, three of their brood, a daughter-in-law, a grandchild, and various dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and visiting wildlife.

Shin, Sun Yung
Sun Yung Shin is the author of poetry collections Rough, and Savage and Skirt Full of Black (Asian American Literary Award). With Jane Jeong Trenka and Julia Chinyere Oparah she co-edited the anthology Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and is also the author of Cooper's Lesson, a bilingual Korean/English illustrated book for children. Her reviews, essays, stories, and poems have been published in a variety of anthologies and venues, including the Star Tribune and Gazillion Voices and are forthcoming from anthologies The Encyclopedia Project and Others Will Enter the Gates. She is a 2014 McKnight Foundation Poetry Fellow and has received grants and fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and elsewhere.

Stanley, Michael
Michael Stanley is the treasurer for KAAN. He was adopted from Korea when he was six and grew up with his sister Susan, also a Korean adoptee, and parents Joyce and Wray. He is a certified financial planner with Morgan Stanley and board member of Ta-ri, a group celebrating Korean culture and community in south central Pennsylvania. He lives in Elverson, PA, with his children.

Tavenner, Jenn
Jenn is an adult adoptee born in Pusan, South Korea. She has attended three KAAN conferences and is excited to share her experiences. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

Tavenner, Michael
Mike comes from a traditional white family and was challenged by some family members about a mixed-race relationship. Over time these challenges were overcome, and a wonderful marriage and two beautiful children followed. Mike also likes to cook and brag about dinner on Facebook.

Teixeira, Lisa Charlie de Morais
Charlie (BA, American University of Paris; MA in International Affairs with a focus on Korean Studies, University of Washington) once worked for an Asian American newspaper in Seattle, writing about Asian American issues such as the adoptee community in Washington State. Since 2007, she has been board member of Korean Adoptees of Hawai'i (KAHI), and currently is co-President. In 2008, KAHI hosted more than 100 adult adoptees in Honolulu for a gathering that included seminars on adoption issues and the first-ever adoptee film festival. In 2009, she completed co-writing a book on Northeast Asia. In conjunction with her mother Karen, she co-directs the research project, Stories of Adult Transnational Adoptees and their American Parents. She also is co-directing a mentorship project for transnational adoptees in Hawaii.

Tomlinson, Dawn
Dawn attended the University of Minnesota's Design Department, with emphasis on Graphics and Textiles. Dawn has been an active member of the international adoption community for years. In addition to serving on the Board of AdopSource as Treasurer, she has served as a parent volunteer at her daughter's traditional Korean dance troupe. Dawn is also the Parent-Workshop Coordinator at Camp Choson and serves on the Camp Choson Board of Directors. She is a member of the Dakota Arts Board and is a bead artisan. Dawn takes a special interest with the integration of the arts into the adoption community. Dawn is an Amerasian Korean adoptee.

Trevor, Terra
Terra is a widely published author of Cherokee, Delaware, Seneca and white ancestry, whose work is shaped and infused by her identity as a mixed blood in both white and American Indian societies. With her husband, she raised three children who are now adults, two of whom were adopted from Korea. Terra has been actively involved with KAAN since 1999. She is a contributing author of 10 books and writes and speaks on a multitude of topics including race and adoption, multi-racial and multi-cultural identification. Her memoir Pushing up the Sky, published by KAAN, is widely anthologized.

Turner, Chloe
One half of the musical sister duo Chasing Lovely. See Chasing Lovely bio in this listing or visit chasinglovely.com for more.

Turner, Taylor
One half of the musical sister duo Chasing Lovely. See Chasing Lovely bio in this listing or visit chasinglovely.com for more.

Vollmers, Kevin Haebeom
Kevin, who was adopted at the age of seven, is the founder of Land of Gazillion Adoptees and co-editor of Gazillion Voices. He is also the co-publisher of Parenting As Adoptees, The Declassified Adoptee: Essays of an Adoption Activist, Hank Aaron's Daughter, and Lost Daughters: Writing Adoption From a Place of Empowerment and Peace.

Yost, Alyson Thomas
Alyson was adopted at 4 months old from Pusan, South Korea. She returned back to Korea with G.O.A.L.'s 1st Trip Home in 2010. She works as a Registered Nurse in Harrisburg, PA where she lives with her husband and 2 year old son. This will be her fifth year attending KAAN.