Copyright © Korean Connection

Catherine Behrendt

WZZM Program and Community Director

Host, Take Five & Company

Connie Busser

Educator, Retired

Families for International Children

Kelsey Busser

Student, Junior Status

Grand Valley State University

Families for International Children

Dr. Deb Havens

Producer /Screenwriter

Traveling Moon Productions

Seunghwan Ho

Student, Senior Status

Grand Valley State University

Dr. Mark Hoffman

Associate Dean 
College of Community & Public Service

Grand Valley State University

Aimee Jachym

Founder and President,

Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission (KKOOM)

Elizabeth MacLachlan

Audit Assistant, Internal Audit Department

Meijer, Inc.

Dr. Arthur Kyung Jae Park Professor and Chair

Art Education Program, Wayne State University (ret.)

Dr. Emanuel Yi Pastreich Director, Asia Institute, Seoul, S. Korea

Dr. Sook Park Wilkinson Commissioner, Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission



Korean Connection encourages expanded cultural events and business relationships with South Korea, one of America’s most important allies.

Realizing that trade is the foundation of all positive cultural exchange, Korean Connection supports cross-cultural events that both stimulate cultural awareness as well as business opportunities between West Michigan and Korean companies.

We invite community members on both sides of the ocean to share connections that build strong cultural and economic bridges between us.


Korean Connection is a non-profit organization formed by people who share connections with South Korea (formally the Republic of Korea), through family, friendships, business, culture, curiosity, or history. We also welcome those who served during the Korean War or their family members.

For information about the Friendship City program with the

District of Jung-gu,

Seoul, South Korea,

click here.