East Rock Institute TRUSTEES

President

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Secretary

  • Charles M. Smith, CPA, MBA, CPC, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is President
    and Founder of OnwardDelta, LLC. He provides a variety of management consulting and human capital organizational development services. These services include Organizational Discovery Strategic Planning, C-Suite Executive Search, TeamPulse Management Team Optimization, Leadership Development, Succession Planning, Leadership Institute workshops and State of
    the Art Assessment Technology. 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 leadership and organizational issues.

Legal Expertise and Adviser

  • 박해찬 변호사 (Hae-Chan Park, Atty) 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.

Directors

  • 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) is an experienced education administrator with a passion for student success,  intercultural communication, organizational leadership and development, data driven decision making, strategic planning, and team building. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of Independent School Education and Higher Education. She has worked at four different independent schools, Quinnipiac University, Goodwin College and Mitchell College in New London, where she holds the title of Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students. She has her Ed.D. from the University of Delaware, her Masters of Arts in Education Administration from Villanova University and her Bachelor of Science from Ursinus College. Sandy has presented extensively on such topics as  cultural intelligence and cultural issues related to Asian student success and retention. Her key attributes include honesty, excellent communication skills, innovative, ability to delegate, curiosity, confidence, flexibility, sense of humor, positive attitude, ability to motivate team members, and dedication.
  • 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.
  • Christine YangHee Stopka, BCC, D. Min, M. Div., is a National Board Certified Chaplain, who is also ordained clergy of Elder Order of the United Methodist Church. Before she became a Hospital Chaplain, she served United Methodist Churches in New York and Connecticut areas and worked on bridging intergeneration, different cultures and worked on conflict resolution with an approach of seeing conflict as a creative process. She is currently a staff chaplain at Hartford Hospital where she provides services in spiritual/religious and emotional needs for patients, family and employees. Rev. Stopka not only work to utilize emotions of human beings as a way to guide and inform conflict resolution, but helps people discover coping tools in conflicting situations. Dr. Stopka’s involvement with ERI started with joining the planning team for Young Professional Retreat in 2005 and becoming a member of the ERI board in 2017. Some of her current leadership includes serving as the chair of the Asian Council of the New York Annual Conference, works with other National Board Certified Asian Chaplains in practical work to develop methods of application in cultural humility. At Hartford Hospital she is a member of Bioethics committee. Christine was born and grew up in Seoul, Korean until she immigrated to the United States with her family. In US, she lived and attended schools in New York City where she learned to work with multicultural and multi-racial community. In 2002 she was called to serve as a pastor in charge of the United Methodist Church of Clinton, mainly dominated by white congregant. While a student at New York Theological Seminary, she was a recipient of the Racial Harmony Scholarship. During her residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, she also received an award for Excellence in Patient Care. Currently, she lives in Hamden, CT with her husband Walter who is of a Polish descent and their daughter Colette.
  • 박경서 (Kyung-Seo Park), Ph.D. is an ERI managing director and environmental scientist. Park received his MS and PhD degrees from University of Michigan in Resource Ecology and Management and has had worked as a research associate in the school of Environment and Sustainability until 2018. His research mainly focuses on international transferability of ecosystem assessment techniques and tools. In that way, environmental health and management strategies can accurately be assessed and managed by understanding regional specific anthropogenic stressors and impacts. He also has interest in cross-cultural differences in human life and practices that may influence human-environment relationship differently in various regions, countries, and continents.

Volunteer Advisors

  • Terri L. Stangl, JD, is a Volunteer Advisor. Terri received a B.A. in Psychology at Yale University where she collaborated with Professor Koh on research and paper Interhousehold Cooperation As An Adaptive Strategy of Poor Women: An Illustration of the Uses of the Human Relations Area Files Cultural Information System.” Her legal practice in Michigan focused on addressing systemic poverty issues in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and through legislation. She was Director of Litigation and Training for Legal Services of Eastern of Michigan and then founded the Center for Civil Justice which was recognized for its poverty advocacy by both the Food Research and Action Center in Washington D.C. and the Michigan League for Public Policy. She was the first woman President of the Saginaw County Bar Association and elected to the Representative Assembly of the State Bar. She was the Co-Chair of the State Bar’s Committee on Justice Initiatives for 8 years. While in Michigan Terri was very active in developing and mentoring new and diverse generations of advocates and managers, She designed and presented substantive, skills, and management training programs throughout the country. Since retiring from the practice of law and relocating, Terri has been working on individual and organizational strategies for relieving stress, with emphasis on the use of flotation tanks and interactive seminars. She has helped to open dedicated float centers in 3 states.

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