Julia Park has been a driving force to revitalize Sejong both financially and program wise. At the beginning, she served as a volunteer for Sejong camp, working as an instructor, while her children participated as campers. Then, after having served Sejong as a Vice President for five years, she was appointed as an Executive Director in 2018. Her community service work began as a founder and president of Woori Korean Cultural Center for Korean-American college students for four years. She also volunteered at the Rainbow Center, a homeless shelter for Asian-American women. In addition, she has taught Korean traditional music and dance to children and college students and has organized and performed at various Korean cultural events including in public schools and in her community. She is a certified Korean Traditional Music Teacher issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism of Korea. She received BA degree in Economics from SUNY at Stony Brook. She now expects to complete her MSW at Kean University in New Jersey in May of 2020.
박줄리아님은 세종이 재정적으로나 프로그램의 변화로 제2의 도약을 하는데 주도적인 역할을 하였습니다. 그녀의 자녀들이 세종캠프에 참여하면서 자원봉사교사로 첫 인연을 맺은후 5년간 부회장으로 활동 하였으며 2018년 사무총장으로 임명되었습니다. 대학시절 뉴욕 지역 한인 대학생들로 구성된 ‘우리문화찾기회’를 창립하여 4년간 회장으로 활동 하였으며 그 후 홈리스 아시아 여성들을 위한 쉘터인 ‘무지개의 집’에서 사무장으로 봉사 하였습니다. 그 외 한인 초, 중, 고등학생들과 대학생들에게 사물놀이등 한국문화를 가르치고 공연을 하였습니다. 한국의 문화체육관광부로부터 한국 전통음악교사 자격증을 받았습니다. 뉴욕 스토니부룩 주립대에서 경제학 학사학위를 받았으며 2020년 5월 뉴져지 케인대학에서 사회복지학 석사학위를 받을 예정입니다.
Joy Lieberthal Rho
Joy Lieberthal Rho, is a Social Worker and Therapist in New York City. She received her B.S. from Union College and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She has been a Policy Analyst for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute where she co-authored the Report on the First Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in Washington, DC and has also been published in various publications. Joy was a social worker in international placement for Spence-Chapin Services in NYC and ultimately worked in their post-adoption department. During that time Joy was a counselor for children and parents, presented at workshops related to issues around being adopted, facilitated Spence-Chapin’s Kids Groups, facilitated teen groups, and helped to create the highly successful youth Mentorship program. She has created curricula for agencies and professionals on a wide variety of topics – such as preparing for birthcountry visits, an overview of clinical issues in adoption – as they relate to helping families and children around adoption issues. She is currently in private practice and works primarily with kids and young adults who are adopted. She is also a counselor at The Juilliard School in Manhattan. Joy is adopted from South Korea. She came to her family just shy of her sixth birthday. She grew up in New York. She was the president for six years of Also-Known-As, a NY based non-profit volunteer organization for internationally adopted people and families. She was on the planning committee for the First Gathering of Korean Adoptees in 1999 as well as the Gathering in Korea in 2004. She lived in Korea for a year working in an orphanage. During that time she learned how to speak Korean, learned that her birthmother had been searching for her for 21 years and learned that her identity as a Korean adopted person was a significant aspect of who she is. She has been in reunion with her birthmother since 1994.
조이 리버탈 로님은 유니언대학에서 학사를 취득하고 컬럼비아대학에서 사회사업학 석사학위를 받았습니다. 그녀는 에반 B 도널드슨 입양연구소에서 정책분석가로 일하면서 ‘성인 한국입양인들의 워싱턴 DC 첫모임에 대한 보고서’를 공동 집필하였고 미국 아동복지연맹이 출간한 입양과 윤리 시리즈도 집필하였습니다. 스펜스-채핀기관에서 국제입양배치 사회사업가로 활동하였으며 ‘입양후 관리부서’에서 6년 동안 일하셨습니다. 아이들과 부모들의 상담, 워크숍, 어린이 그룹과 청소년 포럼등을 운영관리 하였으며 입양인들을 위한 청소년 멘토링 프로그램을 창립하는데 기여하였습니다. 또한 지역및 국가포럼, 아동복지 컨퍼런스, 공립및 사립학교들에서 연설을 하셨고 한국의 이명박 전 대통령도 공식 접견하셨습니다. 현재 뉴욕에서 입양가족들과 입양인들을 돕는 개인상담소를 운영하고 있으며 줄리아드 학교의 상담팀에서도 일하고 계십니다. 한국에서 6살때 입양된 조이 리버탈 로님은 국제적으로 입양된 사람들과 가족들을 위한 뉴욕 비영리 자원봉사 단체인 Also-Known-As의 회장으로 약 6년동안 활동하셨으며 현재까지 계속되고 있는 청소년 멘토링 프로그램을 설립하여 활동하고 계십니다. 1999년 한국입양인들의 첫 모임과 2004년 한국에서 있었던 국제 입양인 컨퍼런스 계획위원회의 회원이였습니다. 1년동안 의정부에 있는 고아의집에서 자원봉사를 하며 한국말을 배웠고, 그녀의 생모가 21년동안 그녀를 찾고 있었다는 것을 알게 되었으며 자신이 한국 입양인이라는 사실이 자기 정체성의 중요한 부분이었다는 것을 깨닫게 되었습니다.
Benjamin Kim Oser
Benjamin Kim Oser is a Korean-American adoptee, raised in central New Jersey for most of his life. Since childhood, he has been involved with the adoptee community through Holt International Camp, and during his adult life, through organizations like Also-Known-As (an adult adoptee group based out of NYC). From 2009 to 2012, he lived in Korea and worked as an English teacher, while exploring his identity, culture, and understanding of his experience as an adoptee. Working with students, ranging from elementary to high school age, Ben was able to connect all of those facets through his students. In 2010, Ben met his biological father, and in 2011, his mother. These meetings helped in shaping his understanding of his Korean-American identity, an understanding he has shared with Sejong Cultural Education, Inc. through camp as a counselor before stepping up to help lead camp as its second director. In his professional experience, he studied higher education student developmental theory, and has worked at a number of schools, including Drexel University and NYU. He now resides at the University of Delaware, working in their athletic department, crafting success and leadership programs for athletes.