Stork and Cradle

The mission of Also-Known-As, Inc. is to empower the voice of adult international adoptees, build cultural bridges, transform perceptions of race, and acknowledge the loss of the birth country, culture, language and biological family experienced by international adoptees.
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Board of Directors
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At the heart of the organization are adult adoptees and friends who give a voice to the international adoptee community by providing innovative post adoption services, educational programs, and community building activities, serving those on their adoption life journey.

 

Terms expire July 31, 2018

Executive Officers

Michael Mullen 
President

mikemullen 91x117Michael Mullen was adopted from Korea when he was 2.5 years old and didn’t meet another Asian person for 14 years.  He grew up in Washington State, attended college at the University of Washington in Seattle, and moved to New York in 1997, after living in Seoul and Chicago.  He attended one of Also-Known-As’s earliest events, but then got distracted and didn’t attend his second event until 20 years later.  

This is Mike's second year on the Also-Known-As Board of Directors and first term as president.   

Jen Kim 
Vice President

jennkimJen Kim, also known as Kim Hyun Hee, was adopted from Korea at 16 months old and grew up in New Jersey. She attended Korean Culture Camp during her summers as a child and graduated from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey with a degree in Psychology. She returned to Korea in 2008, on a homeland tour joining Korean Adoptees from the United States and Sweden, and reunited with her foster mother there. This past August she attended the International Korean Adoptee Associations Gathering in Seoul. She is a freelance event planner and designer in Hoboken, New Jersey. 

This is Jen's third year on the Also-Known-As Board of Directors and first as vice-president.

Mark Fermi 
Treasurer

MarkFermi 91x117Mark was adopted from Korea when he was 4 yrs old and grew up in Jackson, TN and Lincoln, RI and resides in NJ with his wife Ji-yeon, daughter Jeana and two sons, Samuel and Daniel. He has been a member of Also-Known-As since it was founded in 1996 and serves as the Treasurer. He has served as our web editor, Motherland Visit Director and liaison to the Korean American community and shared his adoption experiences through many speaking engagements.

 
Katherine Miller 
Secretary 

katherinemillerKatherine Miller was born in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted in the United States when she was four months old. She grew up primarily in Vermont and New Jersey and moved to New York City to pursue a Master's degree at the New School. Shortly following her first trip to Korea in 2013, where she was reunited with her birth family, she began to explore her adoptee identity. Also-Known-As is a meaningful part of her life today as she had little access to the adoptee community growing up.

This is Katherine's fourth year on the Also-Known-As Board of Directors serving as Secretary.

Board of Directors

Misha Ulrich
Mentorship Coordinator and IKAA Representative

misha 91x117Misha was adopted with her twin sister from South Korea when they were three months old where they grew up in New York City.  Misha graduated from Hawaii Pacific University with a B.S. in Public Relations.  During her time as an undergrad, she studied abroad on Semester at Sea in the Spring of ’09, and at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea in Fall ’11.  After graduating, she spent time traveling through Europe before moving to Melbourne, Australia to study international relations at the University of Melbourne.  Upon returning to New York, Misha got involved in the adoptee community as a teen mentor in AKA’s mentorship program.  This is her second year serving on the board.

Jonas Eberle

jonas eberle 91x117Jonas Eberle, aka Moon Sang Shik, was adopted from South Korea when he was four years old and grew up in Frankfurt, Germany together with his three siblings, two of which are also adoptees.  After high school he went on to study International Economics and Business at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and returned back to Germany afterwards to start his career.  In 2006 he transferred to New York City and has been living here since then.  In 2013 he visited Korea for the first time after his adoption.  In 2015 he visited again as a participant of the Future Leaders Conference organized by the Overseas Korean Foundation.  Jonas is currently a Managing Director at KPMGs Advisory practice.  (He currently resides in Jackson Heights, Queens with his wife, Tanya, and cat, Casper.)  This is his first year serving on the board of AKA

Bianca Kuijper

bianca kuijper 91x117Bianca was adopted from South Korea and grew up in The Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Amsterdam and holds Masters in Tax Law and Dutch Corporate Law. In the early 2000's she served as board member of Arierang, the Dutch association of Korean adoptees. Here she developed an interest in Korean cinema and from 2011-2016 Bianca was general manager at CinemAsia Film Festival, the Asian film festival in the Netherlands. In 2016 she moved to New York for her current job at Thomson Reuters and was introduced to Also Known As.


Board photos courtesy of Benjamin A. Peterson, Joe Birch, and Marvin Mendlinger.