Oct 11 2012
Hello AAAW Members!
On October 10, 2012 AAAW’s Board of Directors conducted its annual meeting; during which some board of director members addressed their term conclusion or renewal. We are sad to announce the end of term for three significant members of the community. Each has contributed countless hours towards supporting AAAW. Their decision to voluntarily step down is respected and admired; we wish them well in their future endeavors.
Subsequently, with this change of leadership, we would like to introduce and welcome the new President – Jenny Kelly, as well as a new board of directors. We’ve also added new board member – Dainen Penta. AAAW’s new board of directors looks forward to continuing to create opportunities for adoptees to connect in the coming year!
CONCLUSION OF BOARD TERM
SARAH KIM PARK
Sarah joined the AAAW Board of Directors in 2005 and previously served as the VP of Operations and as AAAW’s Primary Representative Director for the IKAA network. She began serving as President of AAAW in November 2010. Her commitment, passion, and leadership within the adult adoptee community helped build AAAW to what it is today.
Tim has been involved with AAAW since 1999, first as Treasurer and then as President and Treasurer. He step down from President and has serving as board member since 2010. He has dedicated over a decade of time and service to the adult adoptee community. Tim remains President and instrumental member of the Planning Committee for the International Korean Adoptee Gatherings (IKAA) taking place in Korea.
Kevin joined the AAAW Board of Directors in 2009 and served as Treasurer. During high school he served on the AAAW teen board for several years in organizing events for AAAW’s teen members. He attended Seattle University and graduated with a B.A. in International Business. His current employer gave him an opportunity to relocate; Kevin is currently in Australia pursuing his career.
Jenny has been an active board member of AAAW since 1999. She was elected Secretary at the end of 2000 then VP of Communications in 2003 and was serving as AAAW’s Vice President.
VICE PRESIDENT – Michael Hougham
SECRETARY – Deborah Colllins
TREASURER – Sonya Oh
BOARD MEMBER/YOUTH COMMITTEE – Aaron James
BOARD MEMBER – Adam Waldron
DAINEN PENTA – Dainen has been active in AAAW since attending his first event in November of 2010. He is a practicing attorney with 9 years of experience and served as 2011-2012 President of the Washington Young Lawyers Division (WYLD) Board of Trustees. We welcome his professionalism and expertise to AAAW’s board of directors.