Korean Connection West Michigan

Board of Directors

Connie Busser

Connie Busser

President Constance Busser, former educator involved with Public Education for 40 years, Constance has family ties with Korea through adoption and has volunteered with Families for International Children for over 20 years.

Catherine Behrendt

Catherine Behrendt

Vice President Catherine Behrendt, Program and Community Director for television station WZZM, is a founding member of Korean Connection. She is connected to Korea through adoptive family ties.

Liz MacLachlan

Liz MacLachlan

Treasurer Liz MacLachlan, board member since 2015, works at Meijer (since 2008), helps the Asian community (since 1999)

Dr. Mark Hoffman

Dr. Mark Hoffman

Trustee Dr. Mark Hoffman, Associate Dean of the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University, experienced South Korean culture as an exchange professor and serves as liaison to Korean students at GVSU.

Kelsey Busser

Kelsey Busser

Secretary Kelsey Busser is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University with a major in criminal justice. She has served as our secretary for 3 years.

Jina Lee

Jina Lee

Trustee Dr. Jina Lee, originally from Suwon, South Korea, currently Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Grand Valley State.

Sungjin Yoo

Sungjin Yoo

Trustee Sungjin Yoo is a corporate attorney, who grew up in Grand Rapids and Seoul.

Han Gul Lee

Han Gul Lee

Trustee Han Gul Lee(born in Seoul, Korea) is an MPA student at GVSU(Expected Graduation: April 2020). He prepares language classes, provides translation, and reports on demographics of local Korean related population using the US Census Bureau's American Community Survey under the supervision of Dr. Hoffman.

Jolyn Kruger

Jolyn Kruger

Trustee, Jolyn Kruger is a Korean American adoptee who is involved in the Michigan Korean Adoptee group MIKA. She does marketing & Admin for Emonae Korean BBQ & K-ROK BBQ. She is a graduate of Douglas J Aveda Institute of Grand Rapids & is a licensed Esthetician.

Dr. Deb Havens

Dr. Deb Havens

Founding Chair (retired) Dr. Deb Havens, documentary filmmaker and screenwriter, owner of Traveling Moon Productions, is the Founding President of Korean Connection, serving from 2013 until 2015, currently retired. Deb is connected with Korea through family ties, and remains a member of the Korean Connection Advisory Council.

Jane Lee

Jane Lee

Trustee Jane, Board member since 2018, Michigan Korean Adoptees FB group founder, IT analyst

Susie Kim

Susie Kim

Trustee, Susie, accountant at Culver CPA Group, lived in Korea for eight years.

Our Mission

Korean Connection in West Michigan provides opportunities to learn about and experience Korean culture.

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Korean Connection is a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids formed by people who share connections with South Korea through family, friendships, business, culture, curiosity, or history.

 

We support the exchange of ideas, understanding, appreciation, and support for the close historical and economic ties between the people of Korea, the U.S. and our own state of Michigan.

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