• Charles ChulWon Khym, Esq., served as yKAN’s sixth president in 1998 and fifth chairman of the board from 1999 to 2002. He was a pillar of the New York and Korean American communities, having served on the boards of yKAN, Friends of THIRTEEN, LaGuardia Community College, Milal Mission, Korean American Association of Greater New York, Korean American Lawyers Association, Korean American Youth Foundation, and the Queens Community Board and having volunteered for numerous local community and social service organizations. Professionally, he was a successful attorney heading up the Law Office of Charles C. Khym in Flushing which specializes in personal injury litigation. In 2012, Charles Khym passed away. The Law Offices of Charles C. Khym, would like to continue Charles’ legacy by solidifying the growth of the future leaders of the Korean American community through our new yKAN leadership program.

    A message from Gary Park, managing partner of the law firm of CHARLES C. KHYM & COMPANY, PC and former President and Chairman of the Board of yKAN:

    “On behalf of my firm, CHARLES C. KHYM & COMPANY, P.C., I am honored to sponsor the yKAN-Charles Khym Leadership Development Program. As a former President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of yKAN, I am especially honored to be part of this special leadership program which will encourage and foster future leaders of our ever growing Korean American community. I know that my late partner and friend, Charles Khym, would have been so proud of this program which mirrors his belief that we must do all we can to nurture and support future leaders to ensure a bright future for our community. The law firm of CHARLES C. COMPANY, P.C. looks forward to sponsoring the leadership program for years to come and work with yKAN on this and other significant community action programs”

    The yKAN-Charles Khym Leadership Development Program (yKAN-CK LDP) seeks applicants to apply for our program which will span several Saturday afternoons (4-5 hours) starting February, meeting in Midtown Manhattan. While the roundtables with leaders of the community won’t be announced until candidates are finally selected, in the past yKAN had speakers such as Senior TED fellow speakers, esteemed leaders of the Korean American community, and even the last Princess of Korea. NY Times Best Selling author on the power of modern networking, Cynthia Greenawalt will be teaching her proven professional networking mastery course to our candidates. This program is at no-cost to applicants, and those selected will not be charged for these exclusive sessions. Additionally, the leadership group will complete a project that will directly contribute to how yKAN services the Korean American community.

  • 2014:

    Bora Lee
    Bora Lee is a Brooklyn and Queens bred 2nd generation Korean American. She has a BA in Sociology and Urban Studies from Queens College and is currently the Development Coordinator at the Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. (KCS). As a child of immigrant parents, she saw the inequalities her parents, grandparents, and community faced and has dedicated her life to advocating for justice and enhancing the quality of life for all immigrants in New York City. Prior to joining KCS, she was an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader and Development Coordinator at the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families where she supported the organization and mentored a team of AmeriCorps volunteers who dedicated a year to building capacity for organizations serving immigrant communities throughout New York City. Bora also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the MinKwon Center for Community Action, providing fundraising support and developing communications strategies to help raise awareness of the community’s critical needs and the inequalities they face.


    Brian Lee
    Brian Lee: “Where are you from?” is the most difficult question for me to answer. I was born in California, moved to New York City when I was three, moved to South Korea when I was eight, attended high school in Massachusetts, then went to Pennsylvania to attend college. If I sense that whomever asking is looking for a quick answer, I simply reply that I’m from South Korea because that is where most of my relatives reside including my parents. Less than ten days after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University I shipped off to Marine Boot Camp to take my first official step towards a career of public service, something that was deeply emphasized by my father since I was a child. I was an active duty United States Marine for a total of four years, during which I had the distinct privilege of serving in South Korea, Afghanistan, and the United States in various roles that helped me develop my communication and leadership skills to another level. I am currently a first year MBA student at Columbia Business School – still doing some soul searching but my long term career aspiration in public service remains unchanged.


    Andrew Jung
    Andrew Jung currently works at St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, and is an aspiring nonprofit professional. He previously interned at The Korea Society, assisting in outreach initiatives to promote their Policy Programs and conducted policy research, regarding important issues concerning the Korean Peninsula. His previous experiences include interning at the MinKwon Center for Community Action, at Senator Charles Schumer’s office, being a member of Korean Americans for Political Advancement (KAPA), and volunteering at Grace Meng’s successful Congressional campaign.

    Andrew received his B.A in Political Science at SUNY Geneseo.


    Hae-shil Joyce Chung
    Hae-shil Joyce Chung is a graduate of the University of Virginia, receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and History.  In college, she volunteered for various community outreach groups, teaching English to children of immigrant families, international students, and migrant farmers.  She currently works for Samsung SDS America, Inc, as a business analyst specializing in financial and project management.  In her free time, Joyce practices yoga and is an avid baker, aspiring to make chocolate by hand one day.  Wherever her life may turn, Joyce hopes to continue to be positive force for change by paying the good graces she has received forward.


    Chae No
    Chae No currently is the Program Coordinator of Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE), a nonprofit, non-partisan civic advocacy organization based in New York and New Jersey. He is currently in charge of KACE’s annual summer internship program as well as handling KACE’s external activities. He currently serves as the Technical Advisor in the Global Classrooms program of the United Nations Foundation, and as a consultant to the Police Foundation.

    Prior to joining Korean American Civic Empowerment, he served as the Information Technology Specialist at the Police Foundation in Washington, DC. He was also involved in various Department of Justice granted field studies dealing with automated vehicle locator (AVL) statistics from the Dallas, Texas Police Department. He was a researcher at the National Defense University, a higher education institution of U.S. Department of Defense, specializing in rentier-state security issues and geopolitical affairs in East Asia.

    Chae is currently pursuing a MA in International Crime & Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He majored in broadcast journalism and criminal justice at American University in Washington.

    Chae specializes in international affairs and security issues. He is also adept in infrastructure security and compliance procedures. Chae speaks English, Korean, Spanish, and has working knowledge of Japanese.


    Ryan Lee
    Ryan Lee hails from Seoul, the capital of the Land of the Morning Calm, although his current life in NYC is anything but calm. He wears one hat as Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry and another hat as Postdoctoral Fellow in Dental Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In clinicalspeak, he manages the dental/orofacial needs of cancer patients pre-, peri-, and post-radiation, surgical resection, chemotherapy, and stem cell transplantation. Aside from his oral fixation, Ryan is passionate about smile justice, Korean-American civic engagement, faith+innovation in NYC, NK humanitarian issues, and conversations regarding the aforementioned over steak, scotch, and/or soju.

  • 2015:

    Angelina Kim-Li
    Angelina Kim-Li is a first year Masters of Social Work student at Columbia University with a specialization in Social Welfare Policy and concentration in International Social Welfare and Services to Immigrants and Refugees. Her field placement is at New York Asian Women’s Center where she counsels survivors of domestic violence and co-facilitates an alternative to incarceration program through the human trafficking intervention courts in Manhattan and Queens. Angelina is passionate about social justice, human rights, the ethical treatment of animals, and anti-consumerism. She enjoys running, rock climbing, and hiking with her dog.


    David Hong
    David Hong was born and raised in Orange County, California. He attended UC Riverside and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. During college he spent a semester studying Spanish language and history in Cordoba, Spain and did extensive field work in tropical ecology and conservation biology in Monteverde, Costa Rica. As a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow, David investigated biomarkers predictive of radiation response in model systems of lung cancer at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas under mentorship of Dr. John Minna. During and after medical school David volunteered with the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association and provided primary care services in Tecate, Mexico through the charity Flying Samaritans. David completed a transitional year internship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and is currently a radiation oncology resident at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He has an interest in public health and value-based care and serves as a resident member of his hospital’s quality council. In his spare time he enjoys hockey, guitar, and playing with his niece Kailey.


    Dong Joo Lee
    Dong Joo Lee is currently a Lieutenant (j.g.) and a military attorney (JAG) in the United States Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He is assigned to the Trial Department at the Region Legal Service Office in Virginia. Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communications from Boston College. He also received his Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Brooklyn Law School and Brooklyn College respectively through their joint degree program. As a law student, Lee was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and served as the Vice President of the student body.

    Prior to becoming a JAG, Lee gained significant legal experience as a legal intern in various governmental offices including the United States Attorney’s Office (Southern District of New York) and the Naval Legal Service Office Central, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi (Texas). He also worked in the private sector as a paralegal for a major law firm and as a Compliance Analyst for American Express.

    Lee is a member of the New Jersey and New York Bars. He is entitled to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Ribbon.


    Grace Kim
    Grace Yeieun Kim is a Korean American with a unique background. She was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the Philippines with her family only after she turned two years old. Growing up seeing her parent’s aid and serve the indigenous people of the southern islands, Grace gained an interest in studying international relations and planned to be part of the Peace Corps or UN one day. After her first semester of her freshman year in high school, her family unexpectedly moved to the United States, Maryland. Through the various experiences throughout high school including cofounding MEDA, a non-profit organization aimed to teach seniors computer skills, researching and building mud stoves for the indigenous people in Honduras, being a voice of divided North Korean families by donating a transcription of interviews, etc. she was able to solidify her passion for serving others and interest in different cultures. Various leadership programs also sparked in her an interest for studying business which caused her to take a slight turn and lead her to the hospitality industry. She is currently a junior in NYU studying hospitality management, concentrating in marketing and revenue management while working as the regional revenue management intern of the Northeastern regional office of Hyatt hotels and resorts. In her spare time Grace enjoys to sing, run and explore hidden gems of New York City.

    Man Lee
    Currently working at Jefferies in the Corporate Controllers group leading a team managing the Firm’s expenses. Prior to this current role, I’ve worked for a start-up biotech company to bring to market a novel anti-psychotic drug treating bi-polar, schizophrenia and depression. The drug is currently on market and is one of the top selling prescriptions to treat psychological disorders. The successful commercialization of the compound has helped for a major Asian pharmaceutical company make its debut in the States.

    Aside from the typical suit-and-tie work experiences, I’ve served a stint in the Army and worked as an Operating Room technician assisting in a number of invasive surgeries. The experience working in the operating room would probably come in very handy since I am now a expecting parent – of identical twins! Another full-time job in of itself.


    Michael Cho
    Michael currently works as an investment banking Associate at J.P. Morgan covering companies across the technology, media and telecom sectors. Prior to his current career in finance, Michael served in the US Army for five years as an Engineer Captain across a variety roles throughout the world. From partnering with the United Nations as a strategic advisor to an Iraqi Ministry for two historic elections to leading a 40-person attack helicopter logistics team throughout South Korea, Michael has had the opportunity to participate in a wide spectrum of experiences. In his free time, Michael pretends to play golf and creates emboldened stories of his horrible high school wrestling career.

    Michael received his B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and his MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School.


    Mike Park
    Michael is currently teaching 6th and 7th grade general science under the New York City Department of Education and through the New York City Teaching Fellows program. He graduated from Emory University in 2010 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and from Pace University in 2012 with a Master’s of Science for Teachers in Adolescent Education. He currently resides in Queens, New York and is an avid New York Sports fan. Other interests include reading, participating in intramural sports with his friends, and enjoying all that New York City has to offer.


    Richard Ro
    Richard Ro is currently a Financial Analyst at Plymouth Rock Energy, a retail energy marketer. He has nearly seven years of energy and finance experience. Previously, Richard worked at CIT Group where he provided analytic support for the firm’s cash forecasting and liquidity reporting initiatives during a critical period for the firm. His interests in world events led him to pursue a master’s degree in Global Affairs at New York University, where he focused on the private sector and on energy. Richard also spent time living abroad in Shanghai, China. He received his BA in Finance and Economics from the University of Illinois.