Dr. Amanda E. Assalone, PhD is a Higher Education Research Manager and Consultant for the University of North Georgia and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her work centers around research and policy initiatives that aim to address postsecondary access and equity barriers for low-income students and students of color. Amanda’s recent research and publications provide commentary on the pivotal role played by developmental education initiatives at Minority-Serving Institutions as well as race and outcomes based funding in higher education. She has a particular interest in advancing research and policy with the focus of supporting Asian American community college students, which includes extensive research on the impact of the model minority stereotype on Asian American students. Amanda was adopted from Seoul, Korea and is a founding member of the Korean Adoptee Association of Georgia (KAAG). She engages with the Korean Adoptee community globally and has collaborated with other Korean Adoptees on research projects that explore the experiences of Asian American Transracial Adoptees working in higher education. Amanda is a member of KAC’s National Convention Committee and serves as the Outreach Coordinator for Adoptees For Justice (A4J), which is an intercountry adoptee-lead organization whose mission is to education, empower, and organize transracial and transnational adoptee communities to achieve just and humane adoption, immigration, and restorative justice systems. She is also a new member of the National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC) 19th Overseas Municipal Chapter.
Philip "Flip" Cuddy is a third generation, half Irish/Korean American historian. He is the son of Susan Ahn and Francis Cuddy, both US Navy veterans and National Security Agency agents, and the grandson of patriot and social reformer Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Yi Hye Ryon, the second female Korean immigrant to the US. Dosan Ahn Chang Ho and Yi Hye Ryon were also the first married couple to immigrate to the US from Korea in 1902. Flip holds degrees in Anthropology and Geography (Hydrology Snow Sciences) from UC Santa Barbara, and served as a researcher with the University of Hawaii Bio-med lab from 2007 to 2012. He has continuously researched Korean and Korean American history since 1984. Flip has served as a speaker at numerous US and Korean universities, KAC, KYCC, KW Lee Center for Leadership, KASCON and numerous Korean American Student Intern and Leadership programs. He worked for the South Korean Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs from 1984 to 1987 and from 1995 to 1997. He also participated in the National Conference of Korean American Leaders (1994-95), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Institute, and served as a Community Advisor to Congresswoman Diane Watson. He was Operations Director for Seagram's (2000-02), Executive Director of the Eddie Aikau Foundation Hawaii (2004-07), and Executive Director of the Korean American Museum (1993-95). Flip is also an avid surfer and served as the Surfing Pro/Am contest producer and competition judge from 1991 to 2005. He is also a construction company Supervisor and commercial fisherman.
As managing director and head economist for Commercial Banking, James Glassman provides market insights to help clients better understand the changing economy and its impact on their business. Mr. Glassman also works closely with the firm’s Corporate Sector, including the Chief Investment Office and Investor Relations, as well as the Investment Bank and Government Relations groups, providing financial analysis and research. A publisher of independent research on the principal forces shaping the economy and financial markets, Mr. Glassman is regularly cited in the financial media, where he is also a frequent commentator on economic policy issues. Additionally, he is a long-standing participant in the widely followed Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Survey of Professional Forecasters and the National Association of Business Economists’ panel of macro-economic forecasters. From 1979 through 1988, Mr. Glassman served as a senior economist in the Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs departments at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. His responsibilities ranged from analysis and forecasting of inflation and labor market developments, to analysis of the Federal Reserve’s operating strategies and interest rate markets, to the development of monetary and reserves projections. He joined Morgan Guaranty in 1988 and then Chemical Bank in 1993, which, through a combination of mergers, became JPMorgan Chase & Co. Mr. Glassman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University.
Joseph Juhn is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. Prior to becoming a full-time storyteller, Joseph was an Intellectual Property Consultant and attorney at New York KOTRA (Korean government agency), where he assisted SMEs & early-stage startups' business ventures in the US. A serendipitous backpacking trip to Cuba in 2015 changed Joseph’s life as he ran into a Korean descendent there by accident. Profoundly moved by the stories of Korean-Cubans, Joseph is now producing and directing a feature length documentary, titled, "Jeronimo". It was after learning about the 1992 LA Riots in college Joseph became passionate about causes pertinent to the Korean-American community, which resulted in him organizing the Korean-American Students Conference (KASCON) at UC San Diego in 2007. Subsequently, a series of experiences exposed Joseph to the notion of Korean diaspora, hence his belief that encountering the Korean-Cuban was predestined. Aside from filmmaking, Joseph serves on the steering committee of KSE, a non-profit with an aim to empower Korean entrepreneurs in New York. Joseph studied Visual Arts & Film at the University of California, San Diego, and earned a JD at the Syracuse University College of Law.
Thomas Kaplan, aka Lee, Sung Joo, is a transracial and Korean-born adoptee who was adopted at age six. Thomas has been an active member of the Korean Adoptee community since 1998. He was one of the original founding board members Of Also-Known-As and Co-Founder of The Also-Known-As team mentorship program. Also-Known-As is an organization founded by adoptees for adoptees who have provided services to the adoptee community for the past 22 years. Also-Known-As' Team Mentorship program is the longest active program in the country specifically for adoptees. Thomas is the co-founder of I AM Adoptee, a not for profit organization that provide an online adoptee connection, community, and resources for adoptees. The mission is to connect adoptees, locally, nationally, and globally. The vision of I AM Adoptee comes from the singular vision that the international adopted person is the heart of the international overseas adoption story. I AM Adoptee seeks to provide a platform to find others like ourselves, to make connections and to share the many ways we can help each other. There have been over a million people who have been adopted worldwide. I AM Adoptee wants to connect each adoptee that has been impacted by adoption! Thomas is also a current board member of Connect-A-Kid, a team mentoring Not For Profit organization. He has been in reunion with his paternal birth family since 2000. Thomas' professional career is a Risk Manager at Teachers College Columbia University.
John Kim is a full-time faculty member at Emory's Goizueta Business School. He currently teaches on the topics of strategy, healthcare strategy, and management consulting. He was chosen as one of Poets and Quants, Top 50 Undergraduate Business School Professors in 2018. John has 20+ years corporate work experience at Deloitte Consulting, Philips Healthcare, Applied Materials, and CitiGroup. He shares his point of view on his blog, www.ConsultantsMind.com
Kimyung Kim is a professional freestyle rapper who brings a spark of energy to events. Kimyung incorporates freestyle rap into an event's agenda through audience engagement and keeping his finger on the pulse of the event. Whether it's a conference, convention, gala, corporate or private event, his performance incorporate everything that has transpired throughout the event and supports the theme of the occasion.
Dr. Samuel Y. Kim is an assistant professor of psychology at Texas Woman’s University. He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University and doctorate from Georgia State University. Additionally, he is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology with experience practicing in three different states. Currently his research interests encompass bullying and resilience. Dr. Kim is a board member of KAC Dallas-Ft. Worth and a national director for KAC National.
An immigrant to the United States, Young Kim has dedicated her life to public service and giving back to her community. She started her public service as Director of Community Relations and Asian Affairs for Congressman Ed Royce, where she was a key liaison to the local communities and advised Congressman Royce on issues pertaining to the Asian community. Despite long odds in 2014, Young Kim unseated an incumbent Democrat to become the first ever Korean-American Republican woman elected to serve in the State Assembly. As an Assemblywoman, Young Kim was a champion of public safety causes, low tuition rates, veterans, children, and victims of domestic violence. In 2018, Young Kim ran for the 39th Congressional District and lost by a very narrow margin, despite being heavily outspent and is fighting in a rematch.
Hannah is currently earning her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University. She received her Master’s degree in Prevention Research from Harvard University, and her Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Florida. Her research focuses on immigrant stress as a result of transitioning to the US, self-efficacy, and psychological experiences in Korean and Asian American communities. Hannah is also a board member of KAC Metro Atlanta and is serving on the mentorship committee.
DANakaDAN is an alternative rap artist from Los Angeles, CA. His eclectic style draws on inspiration from artists of the likes of Macklemore, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), and Kanye West. On top of music, DAN is best known for his work with pioneer digital artists Wong Fu Productions and musicians, Far East Movement as a lead producer + personality. Through his work with these artists he's produced over 150 digital films, features, and music videos including his personal documentary series, AKA DAN, where he documents his life as a Korean Adoptee meeting his biological family for the first time including an identical twin brother he never knew about. His digital work has been seen by millions online. He recently worked with NBC to put out the sequel to the documentary, AKA SEOUL, which is currently making its rounds in the Film Festival circuit. He's been featured on MSNBC, BBC, NPR and has even been invited to the White House where he took part in activities to help amplify the work of the Asian Pacific American community to the Washington community. As an artist he's been able to travel the world performing in the likes of South Korea, Singapore, and Malaysia. He's collaborated with other digital artists like David Choi, The Kinjaz, Ki Hong Lee, Clara C, and more. DAN released his 2nd full length album in September 2017. For more information please visit him on social media @DANakaDAN
Born in South Korea, Councilman Park along with his family immigrated to the United States at the age of 6. Councilman Park grew up mostly in Decatur, Ga. Upon graduation, Councilman Park attended Emory University where he earned a bachelor's in business administration from the Goizueta Business School. After Emory, Councilman Park started his technology consulting career at IBM. Soon after the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Councilman Park left consulting to work on bioterrorism preparation at the CDC. He married Morgan Harris in 2003. In 2007, they moved to Brookhaven and set down roots. Since moving to Brookhaven, Councilman Park has formed an amateur soccer club (Nuesoft FC in the ADASL), fostered dogs for animal rescue organizations, and and is a technical consultant for surveillance of nationally notifiable diseases with the CDC and state departments of health.
Dr. Caroline Um is a registered dietitian and postdoctoral fellow at the American Cancer Society. With additional background in medicine, her primary research focuses on diet and nutrition in the prevention of colorectal cancer. She received her undergraduate and MPH degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and PhD from Emory University. She also serves as President of KAC Metro Atlanta.
Michelle Yi leads the global Slalom Innovation for Good team, which focuses on using cutting-edge techniques and technologies (e.g. AI, machine learning, cloud platforms) to innovate for a better future. The team aims to drive social impact and to make our world a better, more inclusive place for everyone. She has 14 years of experience in technology consulting, specializing in machine learning and cloud computing. Additionally, Michelle is passionate about supporting diversity and minorities in STEM education/careers, responsible AI, and driving collaboration across industries and people. She also volunteers with Girls Who Code, and is a violinist and marathon runner.