Board of Directors

 

Kendra Valkema ( Secretary )

Karen Koh ( Director )

Suhwoo Hahn ( Director )

Kim Koeman ( Director )

Kim Koeman is the Senior Program Manager at Herman Miller, leading the company’s corporate foundation and global giving program. She’s also an active member of Herman Miller’s Asian Equity Team. Kim holds an MA in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a BA in Studio Art from Calvin College. With a heart for social justice, Kim is part of the Council for Government and Education on Equity and Inclusion, which focuses on strategies and best practices in education that are centered on the root causes of systemic inequity. She also serves on the Leadership Team and as a Committee Chair for Women of Color Give, an organization that is built for and led by women of color. Kim joined West Michigan Asian American Association in June 2021. Through her experiences of living abroad, in places such as South Korea, Ghana, Hungary, and the UK, Kim enjoys bringing a global perspective to the local initiatives she’s involved in. She currently resides in Holland, Michigan, with her husband and three children.

Christina Fong ( Director )

Jackie Frens ( Director )

Jackie Frens has been an educator in New Jersey, Michigan and at an international school near Jakarta, Indonesia. She was adopted from South Korea. She has lived in South Korea, Japan and Indonesia as well as Virginia, New Jersey, California and Michigan. She has served as a panelist for discussions involving adoption and bridge building surrounding anti-racism. She is honored to serve on the West Michigan Asian American Association Board as she considers it an opportunity to connect with other marginalized communities in West Michigan.

Thao Tran ( Director )

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