Korean Connection in West Michigan
Board of Directors
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.
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.
Treasurer Liz MacLachlan, board member since 2015, works at Meijer (since 2008), helps the Asian community (since 1999)
Trustee Grace Kim is a Korean-American with a wide variety of leadership experiences at Calvin University's Asian American Association and Liberty in North Korea. Grace serves as Korean Connection's liaison to university students and recent graduates throughout West Michigan.
Trustee Susie, accountant at Culver CPA Group, lived in Korea for eight years.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Korean Connection in West Michigan provides opportunities to learn about and experience Korean culture.