Katherine Kim  - Acting President & Secretary

Jayme Hansen - CFO & Director of European Operations 

Bella L. Siegel-Dalton - Data Director

Tia Legoski - Korean Communications Director

Maria Savage - Director of Korea Operations

​Jennifer Hakam - Fundraising Director

Helle Thaarup - DNA Manager, Korea

Derek Fisher - Communications Director 

JooEun Cho - DNA Manager, South Korea

David Ryu - Board Member

Dr. Estelle Cooke-Sampson - Board Advisor

​Dr. Helen Noh - Board Advisor

Katherine Kim 
Acting President & Secretary
Board Member

Jayme Hansen
​CFO & Director of European Operations
​Board Member

Born in 1957, Katherine (nee Catty Krohn Kim), was sent for adoption to the US at age three and a half. Originally adopted to Southern California, she moved frequently with her family, spending most of her secondary school years in the Midwest. Katherine received her undergraduate degree in Florida and her master's degree from UCLA. She spent her working career in the teaching and editing fields. Today, Katherine lives in Boston, her children away at university.  She has been active in the Korean Adoptee (KAD) community since 2011 and has been especially interested in adoptee and biracial identity issues. Through DNA testing, Katherine found the family of her American GI father. Though he is deceased, she has made contact with cousins, and her two half brothers. Her search for her mother’s family still continues.

Lt. Col.  Jayme Hansen entered the army as a private and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant during his enlistment, deploying in support of Operation Desert Storm and in a Medical Readiness/Humanitarian tour to Panama. Lt. Col. Hansen has held many posts during his military career. Currently, he serves as the Comptroller, CHRO and DPMO at USAMMCE near Frankfurt, Germany. Lt. Col. Hansen is a graduate of Syracuse University’s MBA and MPA Programs through the Army's LTHET Program. In his spare time, Lt. Col.  Hansen enjoys traveling with his family and volunteering for numerous community outreach programs. Lt. Col. Hansen was an adoptee sent to the US from Korea at the age of 4.5, and he remains passionate about adoption and orphan issues.

Bella L. Siegel-Dalton
Data Director
​Board Member

Tia Legoski
Korean Communications Director
Board Member

Ji Soon Lee  was born in late 1961 in Donducheon, Korea to a Korean Native (Chueng Hee Lee) and an American GI (Irvin Rogers). She was named Bella when she was adopted in 1966 to a family in California. Bella is active in the Korean Adoptee Community, specializing in birth family searches and speaking on and advocating for DNA Testing for Amerasians searching for birth families. A proud Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, she has also managed hotels across the country and has been a Fleet Planner for Chipman Relocations, an Agent for United Vanlines for the past 15 years. She and her husband of 32 years have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. After a 3-year DNA search, she successfully found her birth father who unfortunately passed away in 2010. She has 6 half  siblings and was told that her father knew about her and tried to find her, unsuccessfully. The search for her mother continues.
Born in the city of Bu-pyung in the early 1960s, Tia grew up in South Korea. In 1977 Tia met a group of Hapas  for the very first time. They were made up of of biracial young people who all spoke Korean. She felt an incredible fellowship with this community, and they embraced her as their sister and she embraced them. In 1978, Tia came to the US and lived in Florida till 1991. During that time she had to learn English. She also became a mother during those years. When Tia moved to California in 1991, she reconnected with a few of her Amerasian friends from South Korea. Tia feels strongly about reuniting families and bridging gaps in cultural differences. Through 325 Kamra, Tia provides both language and culture translation as well as distributes DNA kits to searching families and adoptees.

Maria Savage
Director of Korea Operations
Board Member

Jennifer Hakam
 Fundraising Director
​Board Member

Maria was born in Sinrim-myeon in Gangwon-do as Lee Ja Hye. She grew up in Minnesota, where she enjoyed attending Korean culture camps in Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree in Museum Studies in Iowa. She moved to Korea to teach English in 2013, where she met her partner. After her time in Korea, she completed her post-graduate degree in Early Childhood Education Studies in Nottingham, England. During that time, she began to reconnect with the adoptee community, which led her and her spouse back to Korea. She is inspired by using DNA testing as a means for reuniting when the traditional frameworks are unsuccessful. She also views DNA as a method for adoptees to learn about their genetic history. The search for her Korean family is ongoing.
 Jennifer ​​​was born Shin Jin Hee in in Osan, Kyunggi-Do. For the first three and half years of her life, she lived with her Korean mother (Shin Myung Ja) and biological father, James Marsall, an American GI. Shortly after herfather returned to the US, her mother put her up for adoption. She arrived around her 4th birthday to a family in St. Louis. Jennifer is a United States Air Force Veteran, a single mom of three girls and works full time in the medical supplies field. Jennifer has been extensively involved with fundraising for charitable groups in her community as well as political groups for the last 10 years. After finding her father (who passed away in 1986), Jennifer found herself with an extensive biological family who welcomed her with open arms. She feels grateful for the help she received in finding biological family and wants to help others reunite with their families too.

Helle Thaarup
DNA Manager, Korea

Derek Fisher
​Communications Director
Board Member

Helle Thaarup was found in Hongseong-eup, South Korea. The name given to her at the adoption agency was Anna Hong. Helle was adopted to Denmark when she was three months old, and she grew up in a small suburb there. In 2009, Helle finished her education in Design, Technology and Business.  She has been living abroad for the last eight years and is currently living in South Korea, like many other adoptees who have returned to live in their country of birth. DNA testing was one of the few possibilities for Helle to gain knowledge about her medical history and for finding biological relatives. To date she has found only distant cousins but hopes to someday find closer family. 
Derek Fisher was born Oh Man Sik in Seongnam, South Korea in 1974. He arrived to the US in May 1980 where he grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania. Currently working in Aftermarket Products at McDermott International in Texas, Derek has an extensive background in Financial Services, Marketing, Business Development, and Sales. In February 2018, Derek returned to Korea and was reunited with his biological father. He has since become a visible presence in the Korean American Adoptees community. He created and writes the blog “No, what are you really?”: Musings from an International Adoptee. Derek’s previous non-profit experience has been as Executive Director & Coach of Tyler Hoplites Rugby Football Club, Tyler’s first 15-man rugby union team and also the first women’s rugby team in the East Texas area. Derek is also currently attending Penn State University and is majoring in Energy Sustainability & Policy. When Derek isn’t working, studying, and volunteering, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Carianne, and two rescue dogs, Pango and Ranga.

JooEun Cho
​DNA Manager, Korea

David Ryu (Ryu Taeksang)
Board Member

JooEun Cho has been a student of Social Welfare and International Studies at Ewha University in Seoul, South Korea. While she attended high school in Seoul, she spent much of her youth in Sri Lanka. JooEun is fluent in both English and Korean. She has been interested in child welfare and is presently learning about international adoption from South Korea and adoption identity issues.
David is the CEO of ubiTEMS Co. LTD, and a deacon pastor of Jesus Loves Church in Seoul, Korea. Previously he had worked at Hyundai for 20 years. He and the church have been active in providing sponsorship for adoptee homeland tours, and he has served as a host family to visiting adoptees. He's interested in adoptee issues and wants to help adoptees find their biological roots.

Dr. Estelle Cooke-Sampson
​Board Advisor

Dr. Helen Noh
​Board Advisor

Dr. Estelle Cooke-Sampson was born near Busan, South Korea in 1951 or 1952. She eventually ended up in St. Paul's orphanage in Seoul at around the age of 5. She was adopted by Sgt. Cooke, an African-American soldier, and moved to the US, where Washington D.C. eventually became her home. Dr. Cooke-Sampson attended Georgetown Medical School graduating in 1978 and served in the USPHS. Today she is in private practice in radiology and serves on faculty at the Howard University Hospital. She volunteers all over the world providing medical care. She has two adult daughters and is a retired General from the DC National Guard.
Dr. Helen Noh has been a professor at the Department of Social Welfare of Soongsil University since 1995. She received her BS degree in Social Work from Ewha Woman's University and her MSW and PhD in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Dr. Noh has been active in child and family welfare research, providing consultation aimed at improving practice and policy in Korea since her return there in 1992. She has a special interest in adoption because of her experience as an adoption worker in three different adoption agencies: Holt Children's Services in Korea, Children's Home Society of San Jose and Holt International Children's Services in Oregon, U.S.