Bridging the Gap
KCS envisions a world where immigrant communities remain grounded in their heritage and work together with the broader community to build a better society at large.
KCS’ mission is to be a bridge for Korean immigrants and the wider Asian community to fully integrate into society and overcome any economic, health and linguistic barriers so that they become independent and thriving members of the community. We accomplish this mission by providing culturally competent programs in the areas of Aging, Education, Immigration, Workforce Development, and Public Health.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Managing partner, Orsyn Abstracts
Kiwon K. Shin
Dentist, Long Island Dental Group
Vice President, Branch Manager & Asian Initiative Manager, Unity Bank
Vice President, NewBank
Daniel D. Kim
Partner, Kim & Kim Law Group, P.C.
Jay H. Kim
Partner, Philips Nizer LLP
Sang Hee Won
Public Health Consultant
Suh Kyung Yoon
Principal, TKYN, Inc.
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS
EXECUTIVE STAFF & DIRECTORS
Linda Lee is the Executive Director of Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. Prior to her work at KCS, Ms. Lee worked in operations and administration for the New York State Health Foundation and as a social work intern in the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System. She also serves as a Board Member for NAMI NYC-Metro and is passionate about health and mental health issues within the Asian-American community. She strives to volunteer and serve community members who are in need. Ms. Lee holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a M.S.W. from Columbia University.
Myoungmi Kim is the Interim Deputy Director of Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc. Ms. Kim is also the Director of Adult Day Care Center where she manages a variety of programs and services to impaired adult seniors and their caregivers by developing implementation and quality assurance processes. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for frail older adults. Ms. Kim focuses on intervention programs for Korean elderly populations facing chronic diseases such as diabetes. She is responsible for educating the elderly on health, current events, and ways to live a happier life. She is currently studying MPH (Master of Public Health) based on community health.
Helen Ahn is the Director of Senior Centers at KCS. Ms. Ahn received a BS from Ewha Women’s University in South Korea and MPH from New York University. She is a founder of the HIV Prevention and Peer Education Programs at KCS. In 1993, she led the process that allowed KCS to receive its very first contract from the New York City Department of Health. She was instrumental in founding the New York State-funded Outpatient Clinic Project for Korean immigrants with St. Joseph’s Hospital in 1995 and the Managed Care Case Assistance Program (MCCAP) client database in 2000. These two programs remain at the center of KCS’ public health services. She also served as a Steering Committee Member of Korean American Alzheimer’s Coalition of New York City and is a board member of New Jersey Korean School. Today, Ms. Ahn oversees day to day operations at the senior center and Asian Home Bound Meal Delivery Program, including fiscal management, supervision, staff development, fundraising, establishing and maintaining public relations activities, and directing services to clients. She develops programs tailored to the individual needs of her clients.
Teresa Baik is the Director of Education at Korean Community Services. Prior to this position, Ms. Baik lived and taught in South Korea for the past three years as a Fulbright Scholar. As the current Director, her vision is to expand the program into broader areas of Education. Ms. Baik received her BA in Secondary Education & History from Gordon College in Wenham, MA.
Helen Jang has been the Program Director of the Senior Community Service Employment Program since 2009. She is responsible for planning, supervising, and evaluating the program that is run in conjunction with the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging. Before joining KCS, she occupied a similar role at the Jaisohn Center in Philadelphia. She has over 15 years of experience working with Korean, Pacific Islander, and African American populations, particularly the elderly.
Sara Soonsik Kim is acting director of the Public Health & Research Center at KCS. She develops culturally tailored health-programs for liver health, women’s health, healthcare access, heart disease, and healthy eating. Previously, she spent 3 years as an outreach coordinator and administrator for senior programs and family counseling in New Jersey, also providing mental health services for Korean-American immigrants. She received her Master of Public Health from the Hunter College at City University of New York, a B.S. in Gerontological Studies at CUNY York College, a Master of Management in Information Systems at HanKuk Foreign Language University in South Korea. Since 2015, she has been serving as a co-chair of Asian Coalition of the American Diabetes Association New York Chapter.
Jo Park is the Director of the Mental Health Clinic at KCS. Ms. Park received her B.S. in social work from New York University and a M.S. in social work from Columbia University. Previously, she was the Associate State Director at AARP managing the volunteer program for NYS, and was responsible for over 1,500 volunteers. Ms. Park serves on the NYU School of Medicine Community Engagement and Population Health Research Community Advisory Board. She is experienced in program and staff development, program evaluation, training, and education. Her clinical experience includes working with children in foster care, adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities, and victims of trauma.
Eunhye Grace Kim is the Assistant Director of Public Health & Research Center at KCS. Ms. Kim received a Master of Social Work from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Eunhye is passionate about her work in Korean community and prides herself on being the 1st generation of Korean-Americans that is able to navigate health care services and advocate for immigrants. Currently she oversees the Affordable Care Act Health Care navigator program in NY and NJ, the Independent Consumer Advocacy Network (ICAN- managed long term care related), Access Health NYC. She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for immigrants by providing health care access, assisting to enroll in health insurance, education and outreach, and continually seeks out funding sources.
Junghee Park is the assistant director of the Korean American Senior Center of Flushing. Ms. Park received her M.S.W from New York University. As a first generation immigrant, she is grateful to work for vulnerable population, especially seniors.
John Shin is the assistant director of the Korean American Senior Center of Corona, providing service to senior citizens since 2008. John received his B.A. in sociology from CUNY Queens College and M.Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary.
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