KAAN 2014 Conference Speakers
Speakers subject to change without notice.
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.
Susan (doctoral student in Counseling Education and Supervision, Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center) has maintained an independent counseling practice serving adoptive families, adopted persons, and first/birth families since 2004. Susan is also a faculty member of Rutgers University's Institute for Families Post Adoption Certificate program where she instructs on counseling adult adopted persons and first/birth families. She is an active member of the adoption community serving on the St. John's University and Montclair State collaborative Adoption Initiative conference steering committee, is a founding member of the adopted-person-led Adoption Policy and Reform Collaborative, and serves on the American Counseling Association's Taskforce to develop competencies for counseling transracial adopted persons, families, and first/birth parents. Susan is an adopted person from Bogota, Colombia, SA. She is a "mestiza" of Native American and European descent. She is mother to a fourteen-year-old son and five-year-old daughter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Kelly (PhD Candidate in the Department of History, University of Minnesota) is an active adoptee community scholar and graduate research assistant at the Immigration History Research Center. Her research explores the constructed dimensions of race, childhood, and citizenship in modern U.S. history. Her dissertation is titled, "Adoption and American Empire: Migration, Race-Making, and the Child in U.S. Nation-Building, 1845-1988." Prior to migrating Midwest, she received her M.A. in History at SUNY Stony Brook and B.A. in American Studies at Tufts University. She was born in Korea, adopted to the United States in 1983, and grew up in Levittown, New York.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Alysha is a Korean transracial adoptee. This is her third KAAN conference. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany.
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.
D. Park was born in Yongin, South Korea and adopted at five months of age into a family in New Jersey. He is married and has two Korean-African American daughters. He is currently pursuing his MBA as well as learning Korean. He has worked as a marketing communications consultant in the insurance industry for the past several years.
Chad is a Seattle-based writer, solo-performer, transracial adoptee and recipient of a distinguished Washington State Arts Commission Performing Arts Fellowship. Most recently he served as the 2013 Ohio University Glidden Visiting Professor, where his work focused on the social, political and historical dimensions of identity construction and intersectionality. In 2013 he debuted his sophomore solo performance: Riding in Cars with Black People & Other Newly Dangerous Acts: A Memoir in Vanishing Whiteness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kimberly (PhD, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies , Ohio State University) recently completed a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellowship at Grinnell College during the 2013-2014 academic year. She also served as a lecturer in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies. An active member in KAAN, Kimberly is an Advisory Council member and the local/regional coordinator for the 2014 conference.
Mike was adopted from Korea at the age of five years and raised in a small Pennsylvania town. His adopted parents had also previously adopted twin girls from Korea. Mike and his sisters were very noticeable and had to overcome many social barriers in their hometown. They lost their adoptive father early in their childhood, which had a large impact on their lives then and today. Their adoptive mother has her own struggles which affect her relationship with her children. The three siblings have overcome many adversities to become the strong independent adults they are today. Mike was recently was chosen by G.O.A.'L to participate in the "First Trip Home" program a life-changing experience that has changed his perspective on many issues.
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
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.
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.
Susan is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work. She has worked at Children's Services of Roxbury, Inc. since 1997 and currently is the director of Quality Assurance, Adoption services, She is also a professional coach and social work consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Susan began writing about her foster and adoption experiences in the mid-90s. 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 around the country 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 went international when it was published in the esteemed British Journal, Adoption and Fostering, volume 36 numbers 3 and 4 (2012). In 2012 Susan became the author of her first published book, The Harris Narratives: An Introspective Study of a Transracial Adoptee, consisting of her five autobiographical narratives.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Eric is an adopted Korean actor, playwright, and teaching artist based in Minneapolis. He recently appeared at the Guthrie Theater as Capt. Kadota in Mu Performing Arts' Yellow Fever. Other credits include Park Square Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, Nautilus Music-Theater, Frank Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Co., Live Action Set, and performances at the Edinburgh and Toronto Fringe festivals. Eric played the young Dalai Lama in Tiger Lion Arts' Mpls and NYC productions of The Buddha Prince. His playwrighting debut, Middle Brother, was a finalist for National New Play Network's 2013 Showcase. He served as Asst. Event Coordinator for Shaping Our Voice & Vision: The Second National Asian American Theater Conference. Eric teaches regularly with the Mu Stories program, Camp Choson, E3, and Youth Performance Company. In addition to his theatre work, Eric appears regularly in commercials, voiceovers, and small films you have never seen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One half of the musical sister duo Chasing Lovely. See Chasing Lovely bio in this listing or visit chasinglovely.com for more.
One half of the musical sister duo Chasing Lovely. See Chasing Lovely bio in this listing or visit chasinglovely.com for more.
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.
Chris is founder and former president of the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN). Chris has published articles and presented papers and workshops for numerous adoption and Korea-related organizations and conferences. In 2006 KAAN published her book, A Euro American on a Korean Tour at a Thai Restaurant in China. Chris lives in Sacramento with her husband Mark. They have three adult children, two of whom were adopted from Korea.
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.