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, 2017

Executive Officers

Daniel Maiuri 
President and Language Class Coordinator

dannymaiuriDaniel Maiuri was adopted from South Korea and grew up in Southern California.  He graduated from the University of California, Irvine and lived in Chicago, South Africa, and New Orleans before moving to New York.  Daniel currently works for a private foundation that supports LGBT social justice issues.  He is also involved with several Korean and Korean-American organizations in the New York area. 

This is Daniel's third year on the Also-Known-As Board of Directors and second term as president.  He will be coordinating the Korean language classes

Jae Rindner 
Vice President

RindnerJae Rindner was adopted from Seoul, South Korea when she was four months old and was raised on the Jersey Shore. She graduated from the University of Southern California with dual bachelor's degrees in Business Adminstration and Psychology in 2008 and completed her master's degree in Psychological Counseling in 2012. Jae has been actively involved within the adoptee community ever since since she was a child. She attended Holt Heritage Camp from the age of ten until she was fifteen, and continued to serve as a staff assistant and counselor at Holt and IKAA's KIDS Camp for several years. Jae has been a member of Also Known As since 2007 and formerly directed the Youth Mentorship program. Additionally, she attended the 2007 IKAA Gathering in Seoul.

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

Board of Directors

Jen Kim 
IKAA Representative

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 second year on the Also-Known-As Board of Directors.

Alice Thompson

alice thompsonAlice was raised in New York after her adoption at 6 months old. It was 25 years before she had her first Korean meal.  Since then she began exploring the adoption community. Alice has lived in several states and a couple of countries before moving back to New York and joining the board. She holds her MBA as well as her business analytics certificate. Currently, she is a strategy consultant for Accenture.

 

Misha Ulrich
IKAA Committee and Teen Mentorship Co-Coordinator

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 first year serving on the board.

Michael Mullen

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 first events, but then got distracted and didn’t attend his second event until 20 years later.  He joined the board this year.


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