East Rock Institute TRUSTEES



  • 크리스토퍼 박 Christopher Y. Park, M.D., Ph.D., President of East Rock Institute, is an Assistant Member and Attending Pathologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where his laboratory investigates the molecular mechanisms that regulate blood stem cells as well as stem cells in blood disorders such as acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. A graduate of Yale College and the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, Dr. Park completed his pathology residency and fellowship training at Stanford University and the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine.
    Dr. Park has served as an ERI volunteer since his freshman year at Yale, became an ERI Board member in 2008, and was appointed as ERI’s second president in the fall of 2009. In addition to overseeing ERI’s diverse cultural and educational programs, Dr. Park serves as Co-Director of the annual Teach Korea Conference, has served as a speaker or organizer of ERI’s international conferences on fashion and culture, cultural aspects of aging, and ERI’s diaspora virtual museum initiative, held in the United States as well as in Japan and Korea. Most recently, Dr. Park helped to co-organize conferences on Culture and Aging in Korea in collaboration with Changwon and Seoul National Universities. Dr. Park is frequently invited to speak about issues of Korean and Korean diaspora culture and identity to students, parents, and teachers.

Vice Chairs

  • 김창수 Charles C.S. Kim, M.D., Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, was born in Seoul, Korea and graduated from Seoul National University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in 1956. He completed his medical education in Korea at Seoul National University and Yonsei University. Since immigrating to the United States, Dr. Kim has worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon in hospitals in New York, New Haven, Utah, and Louisville, Kentucky, and taught cardiothoracic surgery at Yale University, Yonsei University, and College of Medicine and Severance Hospital, Seoul. The father of six children, Dr. Kim also devotes his time and energy to public service. He has been an elder at the Connecticut Korean Presbyterian Church and Vice President of the Miller-Memorial Community since 1987. Dr. Kim has been a devoted member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of East Rock Institute since 1986.
  • Robert G. LaCamera, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine. A native of Warren, Ohio, he was educated at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Rochester, receiving his M.D. from the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati in 1949. He interned in Cincinnati, served two years on active duty as a United States Naval Reserve medical officer during the Korean War and returned to civilian life as a pediatric resident at the Children’s and General Hospitals, Louisville, Kentucky from 1952 to 1954. He then arrived at Yale-New Haven Hospital for a two-year fellowship in clinical pediatrics and in 1956 entered into primary care pediatric practice with Morris Wessel, M.D., for the next 38 years with a sub-interest in children with special health care needs (disabilities). He has served as Associate Chief of Pediatrics and as President of the Medical Board (staff) of Yale-New Haven Hospital and also on national committees of both the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was presented the second annual Children’s Health and Well-being Award by ConnectiCare Inc. He is a member of the Board of East Rock Institute since its inception, and in this capacity he lectured on child development at Seoul National University and at Keimyung University, Taegu, during the first ERI lecture tour in 1995.
  • Patty J. Lee. M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine and the Director of Research, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine.
    Dr. Lee was born in Korea and immigrated with her family to the United States when she was three years old. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Doctorate of Medicine from Brown University before moving to Baltimore, Maryland for her internship, residency, and subspecialty training in Pulmonary Care and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After the birth of her two children, Justin Jae Chul and Rebecca Jae Won Lee, Dr. Lee and her husband relocated to Connecticut. Her husband, Hyun Suk Lee, M.D., is a partner at Hartford Anesthesia Associates.
    As the principal investigator of a laboratory studying lung injury and repair responses, Dr. Lee studies the mechanisms whereby the lung responds to and protects against oxidant injury. She has identified important molecules such as heat shock proteins and, more recently, innate immunity receptors that function to protect the lungs against oxidant challenges. Her team has also developed techniques to silence specific genes in the lung and endothelial cells in vivo.
  • 남성윤 Mr. Harry Sung Yoon Nam, Yale B.A., Harvard M.B.A., Currently Founder and Managing Partner of HTx Holdings LLC. Formerly Head of Corporate Development and Executive Vice President of Hyosung Corporation and Managing Partner of the Yucaipa Companies, Director of Development of ERI board member. Mr. Nam organized and chaired past ERI events in Seoul and is a former member of the Friends and Supporters of East Rock Institute in Korea.

Treasurer & Vice President for Development

  • 이무영 Mu Young Lee, Ph.D (Varian Medical Systems) is the manager of a multi-disciplinary product team comprised of marketing, product management, user-experience and clinical professionals at Varian Medical Systems, the world’s leading manufacturer of radiotherapy devices and software. In addition to his expertise in product management and marketing, he has held technical management roles in the medical device arena, notably robotic radiosurgery, and the defense industry with a focus on counter-terrorism technologies.
    Mu Young Lee currently serves as President of the Yale Club of Silicon Valley and Treasurer of East Rock Institute. He completed his undergraduate studies at Yale College and received his Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the University of Michigan. He is a published author in several journals spanning the fields of particle physics, scientific instruments, oncology and fly fishing.

Legal Expertise and Adviser

  • 박해찬 변호사 Atty. Hae-Chan Park is founder and Managing Director of HC Park & Associates. Mr. Park began his career in 1989 as an attorney at CJ International Law Office, which is now Lee & Ko (Kwangjang). Mr. Park has practiced law for more than thirty (30) years domestically and internationally. Throughout his career, he has helped his clients procure robust and comprehensive patent protections for their innovations and technologies. Furthermore, Mr. Park has been involved in major utility patent litigations, including Markman hearings, bench and jury trials. His litigation experience primarily covers electronic devices and technologies, spanning from dynamic random access memory, flash memory, liquid crystal displays, ASIC, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, interactive TV and multimedia, mobile phones and related technologies. Most of his litigation experience has been in the fast track venue, including the International Trade Commission and Eastern District of Virginia. He has generously provided pro bono copyright legal services for ERI’s archive digitization projects. His daughter, Catherine Yeondong Park, was a 2015 summer intern at East Rock Institute and the Whitney Center and assisted in projects on longevity and purposeful life research.


  • Heseung Song, Ed.D., (President/CEO, Mighty Engine), is the founder and President/CEO of Mighty Engine, an award-winning business strategy creative firm based in Old City. While Mighty Engine’s clients range from community-based groups to Fortune 100 companies, the agency specializes in serving the unique communications needs of nonprofits, public organizations and other socially-responsible enterprises. Dr. Song is a trustee of East Rock Institute, founder of the Type Asian business network, and an advisor for both the Greenlight Fund and Pre-K for PA.
    The Philadelphia Business Journal has recognized Dr. Song as a Minority Business Leader, and her agency as a Top 100 Woman-Owned Business. Dr. Song also received the Yale University Presidential Commendation for Outstanding Leadership in the Service of the New Haven Community and the Korean American Women’s Leadership Conference Award. She has given various talks, most recently as a speaker at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women. Dr. Song holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, a master’s in education from Harvard University and a doctorate in developmental psychology, also from Harvard.
  • Dean P. Markham, C.P.A. is the Business Manager for the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, a Native American Indian Tribe. He has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1975 and a licensed Realtor associated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services New England Properties since 2006. Mr. Markham was also elected to seven terms as a Connecticut State Legislator (1979-1992) where he served as Deputy Speaker and held numerous other leadership positions.
    Dean is a 20 year member of the Board of Director of East Rock Institute, Past President and Founding Director of the Joseph N. Goff House, Inc., a community based museum and cultural education center, Director of Brian House, Inc. and AVP Inc., not-for-profit entities providing group homes and day services to the mentally and developmentally challenged, a Director of the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the East Hampton Board of Finance. Mr. Markham is a graduate of Bryant University. He and wife Debbie are active in the Haddam Neck Covenant Church. The Markham’s have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Mr. Markham was a member of the East Rock Institute 1966 US – Korea Forum and traveled to lecture in Seoul, Taegu and Cheju do. Mr. Markham is a member of the East Rock Institute Strategic Planning Committee.
  • Sandra Wirth, Ed.D. (Goodwin College) Wirth served as the Interim Head of School of Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, CT and has held the positions of Dean, Upper School Head, and Associate Head of School at Westtown School (PA), Harrisburg Academy (PA), and West Nottingham Academy (MD), respectively.
  • (박) 임자 원장 Im Ja P. Choi (Park) is the Executive Director and Founder of the Penn Asian Senior Service (PASSi), which was founded in 2004 to serve Asian immigrant seniors. Since then, PASSi has grown into a vibrant nonprofit with more than 500 employees and includes a vocational school and an adult day center under its wing. She received her M.S. degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and B.A. degree from the Korea University in Seoul. Ms. Choi is involved in many civic and community activities, including serving as a member of the Board of Visitors of the Temple University College of Health Administration, 13th District US Congresswoman’s Advisory Committee on Seniors, Diversity Council Member of the Pennsylvania Dept. of Aging, and Pennsylvania Commission for Women. Ms. Choi is member of Board of Directors of East Rock Institute and its Development co-chair, member of the planning committee and speakers at Changwon and Cheju aging conference of the Cross Cultural Aging Initiative.
  • 서호정 Christine Seo (Fine Arts Academy) is an artist and educator. She was born and raised in Korea and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from Seoul Women’s University in Korea.
    In 2000 she and her family moved to the United States. She worked with the Roger Armstrong Studio, and is a member of the Fine Art Association. Christine also competed and had exhibitions in Southern California, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
    Christine’s detailed paintings contain both dynamic images and observations of reality. She has served on the ERI board since 2015. She has a passion for educating people about Asian and Korean culture.
  • Yerrie Kim is a self-proclaimed global citizen with a particular affection for the Korean Diaspora. Her passion for exploring the culture and people of the Korean Diaspora was sparked by Dr. Hesung Koh and other ERI affiliates for the first time. In addition to her interest in Korea, Yerrie also has a soft spot for Hungarian salami, British tea with milk and Singaporean Laksa. She credits her versatile taste buds to her international upbringing and amazing experiences in these parts of the world. Yerrie also spent 10 years in the United States both as a student and a professional. She received her B.S. in Economics at MIT and worked in New York as an investment banker for Citigroup. After a few years in finance, she returned to Boston for her Masters in Business Administration and Public Policy from Harvard University. Her summer internship with Chancellor Michelle Rhee in Washington D.C.’s public school system ultimately helped her decide to pursue a career in the education sector. Now she lives and works in London as a Special Project Manager to the CEO of EF Education First, the world’s leading international education company. Yerrie has served as the past chair of one of ERI’s annual young professionals conferences and is currently a board member.
  • 심운섭 Eunsup Daniel Shim, Ph.D., (Sacred Heart University), is interim Chair, Associate Professor of Accounting and Director of Research at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1993.


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