Board of Directors
Minyoung Kim - Executive Director/Founder Minyoung Kim is a strong advocate for post-adoption services for Korean adoptees. Volunteering at an adoption agency during her college years in Korea and being around the adoptees and adoptive families in the U.S. opened her eyes and she was amazed to see how much adoptees wanted to know about Korea and themselves. Since she moved to the U.S. in 1999, she has volunteered teaching Korean culture and language to Korean adoptees and adoptive families. She has also organized several successful fundraising events for post-adoption services. In 2012, she started Me & Korea to serve adoptees more systematically. Her goal is to bridge the Korean community and Korean adoptees / their families in the States and help them to build their Korean identity. Minyoung has a MPA from UC Berkeley.
Jill Pfenning was born in Taegu, South Korea in 1974. She grew up in Vermont with one sister, who is also adopted from Korea. Jill lived in Korea from 1999-2000, teaching English at a girls' vocational high school in Kyongju through the Fulbright Program in Korea. In 2013, she participated in the first Mosaic Tour, which was her second time in Korea. Jill lives in California, where she is in-house counsel at startup and emerging companies. Jill has a BA from Wesleyan University and a JD from Vermont Law School. Before she became a lawyer, Jill was a high school mathematics teacher in public and private schools in New York City and Vermont.
Mary O'Donnell was found on the streets of Seongnam, Korea in 1972. She was adopted as a toddler and grew up in Michigan with an older brother who was adopted domestically in the United States. In 2013, she participated in the first Mosaic Tour, experiencing Korea for the first time through the eyes of an adoptee. She has worked with local non-profits developing programs for post-adoptive services and speaks publicly sharing her journey as an adoptee. Her experience as both a licensed foster parent and adoptive parent provide her with a unique perspective of the needs of children in crisis. She was recently appointed to the Faith Based Advisory Council for Foster Care and Adoption for the State of Michigan. Mary lives in a northern suburb of Detroit, Michigan.
Kyutaeg Oh was born in Uisong, Korea. In Washington DC in the summer of 1999, Kyutaeg first interacted with adopted Korean children in Korean culture school. He was deeply impressed by the adoptive parents, who, no matter how busy they were, came to Korean culture school every Saturday so that their children could be exposed to Korean culture. Kyutaeg was also impressed by these parents choosing to spend time with their kids and educate them with such a passion. Kyutaeg was grateful for the time he spent with the adoptees and adoptive families. In the summer of 2013, Kyutaeg visited Korea as a member of the 2013 Mosaic Tour, where he met those little kids again, now all grown-up. He was grateful to meet them again and, moreover, to see that they had grown up wanting to continue to connect with Korea and Korean people. Through the 2013 Mosaic Tour, he made many good friends, whom he would never have met without the tour. Kyutaeg works as semiconductor design engineer in Silicon Valley, and he and his wife, Minyoung, have two daughters.
Stephen Hill was born in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted to the United States when he was 4 months old. He primarily grew up in Indiana along with his older brother and sister, both of whom were also adopted from South Korea. Stephen was a participant in the 2015 Mosaic Tour and is grateful for the opportunity Me & Korea provided so he could reunite with his Korean biological family. Stephen graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering but now lives in Washington, DC and works for a prominent political organization. Stephen maintains a strong interest in entrepreneurship and social causes, volunteering for non-profit organizations who have a mission to promote diversity in business and politics. He also enjoys participating locally with organizations who support Korean adoptees of all ages.