Sohee Jo Khim (Chief Coordinator) Born in South Korea, I moved to America when I was 6, and my multicultural background led me to develop a passion for North Korean human rights at an early age. In high school, I organized fundraising and petition-signing campaigns for North Korean refugees and helped raise money for LiNK as co-political chair of the Korean American Students Association at Princeton University. Here in Korea, I intern for Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR) and volunteer for NKD. I am excited to serve as the Chief Coordinator for Running for Resettlement 2.0 and raise money for NKHR’s Rescue Fund!
Luke Bunting (Social Media and Publicity Coordinator; Regional Coordinator) Kyungsangbukdo, Daegu I am an Indiana native, and 2014 graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis (Go Bulldogs!). Serving as the primary English teacher for four grades of students at an elementary school near Daegu, I have enjoyed learning all about Korean culture and history during my year here in South Korea. Serving as the Social Media & Publicity Coordinator, I am excited to help spread awareness for issues facing North Korean defectors, and use the event to positively affect their lives here.
Cait Cronin (Event Coordinator; Regional Coordinator) Jeollabukdo, Gwangju Growing up in Chicago surrounded by a multitude of different languages and cultures, I’ve always been fascinated by the intricacies of international exchange. Meeting some of the Brazilian community living and working in Toyota, Japan during my junior-year abroad further cultivated my interest in human rights for minority and immigrant populations. Since coming to Korea I have volunteered weekly, teaching English to North Korean defectors in Jeonju, where I live. As Event Coordinator, I’m excited to support an event that will help more people from the DPRK follow their dreams.
Danielle Voorhies (Regional Coordinator) Jeonllanamdo, Kyungsannamdo, Jeju, Busan I have always had a passion for working with diverse groups of people, especially those who are often under-represented and are in need of a bit of help and/or recognition. Naturally, upon graduation and coming to Korea, I continued my mission by volunteering with Gwangju’s Hana Center for North Korean defectors where I have been granted the privilege of working with a wonderful group of people and hearing their stories for 1 ½ years. I am excited to serve as the Regional Coordinator for Jeonllanamdo, Kyungsannamdo, Jeju, and Busan to give back to the community that has helped me develop a passion for North Korean human rights.
Sam Moser (Regional Coordinator) Daejeon, Cheungchungnamdo, Cheungchungbukdo, Sejong, Kangwondo This past year I graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Spanish, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. My dedication to learn more about, and ultimately interact with, North Korean defectors was sparked when I began tutoring North Korean university students in English at Chungnam University, Daejeon. By raising money and awareness, I hope we can offer support to this unique community, both during and after the difficult resettlement process, and positively impact their lives in a meaningful way.
Kristine Lee (Website Coordinator) I graduated from Harvard College last May with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Literature and a citation in Mandarin Chinese. Here in Korea, I’m affiliated with the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University and am examining how North Korean human rights NGOs based in Seoul are shaping the South Korean public’s engagement with the issue of inter-Korean relations. Originally from Southern California, during my free time, I enjoy taking language and cooking classes and teaching English to North Korean defectors.
Hillary Veitch (Website Coordinator) Hillary teaches at an all boys high school in Gwangyang, Jeollanam-do. Hillary graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education with a minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). When she’s not running half marathons, you can find her performing freestyle raps for her friends.