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

  • 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.


  • Chi-Ann Lin is a graduate of the Integrated Bachelor’s/Master’s Teacher Education Program at the University of Connecticut. She currently teaches Global Themes and East Asian Studies at Staples High School in Westport, CT. She has also attended many East
    Rock Institute’s Teach Korea Conferences.


  • Charles M. Smith, CPA, MBA, CPC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a director with CohnReznick and provides professional talent acquisition assistance services. He has also provided such services as executive coaching, personal development planning, leadership meeting facilitation, and strategic planning. Charley has provided a broad range of organizational development, business management, human resource management, and operations experience in addition to his public accounting expertise. He has been involved in the management of closely-held businesses for more than 30 years and has held leadership positions in Fortune 100 and large international accounting organizations, including founding and directing a new internal audit department. Lending his expertise in the field, he has written numerous articles on management and organizational issues.
    Charley is a graduate of Bentley University with a Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Hartford Graduate Center, Master of Business Administration.
    Charley and his wife Cynthia are the proud adoptive parents of four Korean-born children, Robbie, Bethie, James and Katie.

Legal Expertise and Adviser

  • 박해찬 변호사 Atty. Hae-Chan Park is the 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.
  • 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 a 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.
  • 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.
  • Robert Osborne, M.A. (Hill Regional Career High School), has taught for seventeen years in elementary, junior high, high school and college. Included in his resume are various teaching assignments in Independent Schools, Charter Schools, and Public Schools. He has three Masters’ degrees and is currently working on his fourth. He also had a long career in business. He presently teaches history at Career High School in New Haven. He is married to Inge Bickel Osborne, a Nurse Practitioner; and he and his wife have three children, Owen, Devin, and Carly. Since participating in his first TKC summer conference ten years ago, he has become increasingly interested in Korean culture and history and remains a strong advocate for including Korean studies in the New Haven Public Schools. He considers Dr. Hesung Koh to be an exceptional teacher and role model and working with her continues to be a wonderful experience. He is presently an active member of ERI’s Board of Directors.


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