In support of Mason Korea and its students, the Mason Korea Advisory Board furthers Mason Korea’s effort to become a premier location for global access to a top US educational institution with an international perspective and constituency.
The board is composed of leaders in business, government, non-profits, education and the community, and has membership located in Korea and in Northern Virginia. Mason Korea is proud to have the advice and support of this esteemed group.
Ok Soon Ahn is the President of HubBrain, an executive search firm, and the CEO of Bi Chaeuiseojae, a book publishing company. She has served as an interviewer for civil servants in many provincial and municipal governments, including Seoul Metropolitan Government, Gyeonggi Province, Jeju City Hall, Seogwipo City Hall, and the Jeju Development Corporation. She has given for university students lectures on leadership and career development. She is currently also an advisor to the National Institute of Forest Science. She has a daughter studying business at George Mason University, Korea.
Katrina Chang joined Kim & Chang in 2015 and serves as a senior advisor on the firm’s International Trade and Customs Practice. Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Ms. Chang was a career Federal Service Officer for US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the largest law enforcement agency in the United States, serving for over 27 years in a variety of leadership positions from which she oversaw diverse trade enforcement issues such as implementing and enforcing FTAs, antidumping/countervailing duties, intellectual property, and other industry-specific customs compliance issues. She was the first Asian-American Director selected to lead CBP’s Asia/Pacific region of International Affairs, for which she oversaw CBP’s attachés and promoted critical international trade/immigration/security programs in that region. She is a graduate of US Federal Government's Executive Potential Program, an inter-agency leadership program for federal executives, as well as of the CBP’s multidisciplinary Command Leadership Program for its law enforcement executives.
Anne Choe currently serves as an advisor on the School Consultative Group at Dwight School Seoul. From 2015-2018 she was President of the Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA), Korea's longest-running international organization. While President, she launched the SIWA Philanthropy Project, creating an impactful giving structure addressing social issues in Korea. A three-year grantmaking scheme was established to award an alternative middle school to benefit the education of multicultural students. She is a former independent education management consultant, having advised students and parents on personal development, academic programs, and college admissions process. Anne is a tireless advocate for underserved and underrepresented students. She mentored at-risk inner-city students in Washington, DC with CASA DC (Court Appointed Special Advocate). She has been an English-speaking mentor at a multicultural middle school in Seoul since arriving in Korea in 2014. She is an active member of the Korean Women’s International Network’s (KOWIN) Washington, DC Chapter. Founded by the Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, KOWIN is a global professional organization for women of Korean heritage. She served on the Foreign Investment Advisory Council for the Mayor of Seoul from 2015-2018.
Kun Mo Chung currently serves as Endowed Professor of Science & Technology Policy at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He has served twice as Minister of Science and Technology of the Korean Government, President of Korea National Academy of Science and Technology and Chairman of Korea Science & Engineering Foundation. Internationally, he has held posts as Governor and President of International Atomic Energy Agency, Vice Chairman of the World Energy Council, Fellow and Chairman of the International Nuclear Energy Academy, and Founder of International Risk Governance Council. He also served as President of the Korea Power Engineering Company and Senior Advisor of Korea Electrical Power Corporation. For these services and contributions, he had received many honors and awards. Dr. Chung is credited with the establishment of KAIST, which has become one of the leading science and engineering universities in the world, and the initiation and construction of Korea Standardized Nuclear Power Plant, which is recognized as the globally best design now. He studied for his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Michigan State University and Post-Doc training in nuclear fusion research at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He taught nuclear engineering at MIT and New York Polytechnic Institute.
Heon (Leo) Jung is associate professor of business at George Mason University, Korea, where he teaches management and marketing courses. After graduation from KAIST he worked for SK Groups more than 30 years. He was CEO of SK Petrochemical and SK Gas. His management and marketing experiences at the SK groups become an invaluable foundation for his teaching and research activities. He aims to support this post-millennial generation of students, as they define their career goals and seek to become transformational leaders in global business. He studied for his Ph.D. from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) in Management Policy and Master of Science in Management Science.
Charles Kim currently serves as the Representative of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority in Korea. He performs this role in his capacity as President of the Korea Business Consulting Corporation. He is a seasoned bilingual professional with over twenty years experience handling business development on behalf of US clients in the Korean market and Korean clients in the US market. He has a proven capability in the arena of identifying and cultivating investment prospects for target US locations. Prior to founding the Korea Business Consulting Corporation, He served as the director of US Asia Commercial Development Corporation, a US company specializing in business development and marketing for foreign corporations and organizations in Northeast Asia, with Korea a primary market focus.
Hyun Tae Kim has been working for Citibank Korea since 1995. Since 2016, he has been promoted to Director status, and is currently serving in its corporate banking sector as a senior relationship manager for SK, Lotte, and the Hanwha group. Between 2010 and 2014 he worked in Shanghai for Citibank China at its Korea desk. There, he supported the successful growth of large Korean corporation in China. He graduated Yonsei University with a major in business administration and earned a master’s degree in financial engineering from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Gue Yong Lee is an alumni from George Mason University, with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a minor in business analytics. During his time studying at Mason Korea, he served as a global ambassador, academic and student affairs office intern, business representative of Student council, a peer advisor, residence hall advisor, Mason Korea representative to the President’s Student Advisory Group and to the Regional Student Advisory Group. He graduated in Spring 2020 and he is currently working at the International Trade Consulting company.
Sang Ok Lim is Franchise Technical Director for Electronic Art’s FIFA Online. A member of senior director, he also represents the engineer group at the EA Korea Studio. He joined EA in 2011 as a software engineer and subsequently became SE lead for BattleField Online, SE lead for FIFA Online 3, Technical director for FIFA Online 3, Studio Technical Director, and finally Franchise Technical Director. He has established at EA Korea Studio solid engineering processes for game development in order to deliver stable, high-quality games with better game play experiences. He has building up strong team culture in game development. Partnering with top game developers and publishers such as Nexon, Tencent, and Garena, he is experienced in managing technical issues from game service in the Asia market. He earned his BS in Computer Science from George Mason University. He earned his MS from KAIST(Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), where he did research on AI and computer vision.
Sam is currently Senior Vice-President and Chief Quality Officer of Samsung Biologics, one of the largest biologics development and manufacturing (CDMO) companies in the world. Prior to joining Samsung Biologics, Sam Machour spent more than 32 years helping mid-size and large MedTech, bioscience and biopharmaceutical companies deliver on their mission to transform and save lives around the world. Sam held a variety of senior and global leadership positions in some of the world’s largest bio-pharmaceutical companies amongst which the Swiss Lonza, Pfizer, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Becton Dickinson and Boehringer Ingelheim. Sam’s passion to help others out of poverty, get basic healthcare and education, spans most of his career. In 2007, while at Harvard, Sam launched Executives Without Borders, today one of the largest not-for profit volunteer based organization connecting non-profit and business and helping NGO’s around the globe accelerate and maximize the delivery of social value. Sam Machour holds a Master’s degree from Concordia University in Physics, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, The J.F Kennedy School of Government, The Harvard Medical School and is a member of several advisory boards, public and private.
Suzanna Oh is Vice President of Daesung Group’s Korea.com affiliate and serves as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Daesung Group. Prior to working for the Daesung Group, Suzanna ran a cultural institute for one of Korea’s major tourist destinations, Nami Island, worked as senior translation editor for the Korean edition of Newsweek and managed the global operations of SamulNori, a traditional Korean percussion ensemble. Over the years she has also served in numerous consultancies including the Presidential Commission on Nation Branding as well as for the Ministry of Justice and the Bureau of Cultural Properties. For her work in the successful bid campaign for the 2013 Daegu World Energy Congress, she was honored with an Honorary Citizenship of Daegu in 2009 and an official commendation from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in 2014. Suzanna Oh studied for her Ph.D. from Seoul National University in Korean Language and Literature following an MA in English Language & Literature at the same university. Her son graduated from George Mason with a B.S. in Economics in Summer 2020.
Eunice Thomas-Rancy has served as the Humphreys Area Homeschool Co-op Founder and Director since 2018. The Co-op grown to nearly 70 families and over 100 students. It offers an array of classes, clubs, and social activities for grades K-12. She works in a ministerial capacity in her church, and volunteers as a youth leader at AWANA. Her two oldest children have graduated from their homeschool and are currently enrolled at George Mason University. She and her family became citizens of the world 13 years ago after her husband's job moved their family to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Earlier, she lived in Atlanta, Georgia, where she acquired her mortgage broker's licenses and started her brokerage firm, Resource Mortgage Group, Inc., which she ran from 1999 to 2007. She lives by the motto: “No is not an answer: how do we get to yes!”
Sung Yong (Jackie) Ro is a professional specialist in national security and protective missions for the Korean presidents and foreign dignitaries as well as a variety of international and multicultural events which represents volatile dynamics of international relations. In addition, he is a graduate of and a peace-building practitioner from from George Mason University’s Carter School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He is currently serving the South Korean government as its Deputy Director of the Presidential Security Service (PSS) of the Republic of Korea, on which he has served over 23 years, beginning in 1997 as a junior agent. His primary objective as a national security specialist has been to prevent, manage, and resolve any kinds of conflict, violence or threats from domestic or international terrorism to the dignitaries under his protection. His sense of vocation and curiosity lead him to seek a better understanding the core nature of violence and terrorism through the study of conflict analysis and its resolution. His son is currently continuing the George Mason University family tradition as a business major at Mason Korea.
Tracy Comstock is Principal Broker and President of SilverLine Realty & Investment. 2018 Realtor® of the Year, she brings to her work more than 20 years of industry experience. Licensed in Virginia, Maryland and D.C., Tracy specializes in commercial, residential and international real estate. She is active in several other organizations, including her roles as the President of Korean American Women’s Chamber of Commerce USA, an advisor for Jae-In Moon, South Korea President for the National Unification Advisory Council, and a founding member of the Asian Real Estate Association of America. She was the first Korean Realtors® elected to serve on the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® Board of Directors, from 2013-2018, and numerous other regional Realtors® and housing committees. She is a Virginia Real Estate Board licensed instructor for the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors®, teaching continuing education, pre-licensing and post-licensing courses. Her passions away from work include traveling, hiking, and volunteering for her sons’ school activities.
Tom Davis served as Rector (chairman of the Board of Visitors) at George Mason University, where he is also a distinguished professor of Public Policy at the Schar School of Policy and Government. He is a Washington, D.C., attorney whose practice focuses on a variety of congressional and regulatory affairs, including congressional investigations, land use, and legislative strategy. Mr. Davis served 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 11th Congressional District of Virginia. Previously, he served as a supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors from 1980 to 1994, and as the board chairman from 1991 to 1994. In his role as vice chairman of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority he oversaw the construction of Phase I of Metrorail to Dulles Airport and helped procure the funding agreement for Phase II. Mr. Davis has authored numerous pieces in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and The Hill on the workings of Congress and other governmental issues, and has appeared as a commentator on various television news programs, including “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday Show,” and on the networks MSNBC and CNN.
So Jung Lim is serving her second term on the Fairfax City Council, to which she was first elected in 2018. She has been very active in the Northern Virginia community, having served as the 38th President of the Korean American Association of the Washington Metropolitan Area from 2015 to 2016 and as Vice President for years before. So Jung serves on the board of George Mason University's School of Arts and as a member of the steering committee for the that school’s annual "Arts by George" scholarship event, which raises yearly over $200,000 in scholarship funds for Mason's arts students. Since 1992, So Jung has owned and operated an insurance agency that provides insurance services such as property and casualty, life and health, and retirement products. Her agency, located in the heart of City of Fairfax, has grown to become one of the largest insurance agencies in Northern Virginia. So Jung is recognized by her peers in the industry, having received numerous awards, such as President’s Awards, Championship Awards, Community Service Awards, and Top Producer Award in Commercial & Financial products.
graduated from Seoul National University College of Law (1979) and its law school with an LL.M. in International Law (1981), and from George Washington University, National Law Center with an LL.M. in Comparative Law (1983) and International Law (1985). He is admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland. Mr. Park has since 1992 been a partner of the law firm, Moon, Park & Associates located in Annandale, Virginia, with primary practice in commercial real estate, landlord and tenant law, labor law, immigration law and conflicts between US and Korean law. A strong supporter of the US Korean community, Mr. Park served for fifteen years as a legal counsel for the Korean American Association of Washington Metropolitan Area and for the Korean American Grocers’ Association of Greater Washington. He was a founder of Advocates for the Rights of Korean Americans, an advocacy organization supported by 1st and 2nd generation Korean immigrants, and later served as its executive director. He served as a member of the Fairfax County Human Rights Commission from 1999 to 2001. In 2018 he completed a term as the president of Korean CBMC of North America, which represents North American Korean Christian businessmen.
John Chapman “Chap” Petersen represents central and western Fairfax in the Virginia State Senate. He grew up and lives in Fairfax City. His family has a long history in Fairfax. A graduate of Fairfax High School (1986), Williams College (1990) and the University of Virginia Law School (1994), he has been an attorney in private practice since 1994. In 2011, his peers selected him as one of thirty “Leaders of the Law” in Virginia. His law firm, Chap Petersen & Associates, PLC, is located in downtown Fairfax, near the historic Fairfax County courthouse. Before becoming a state senator in 2007, he began his career in politics as a member of the Fairfax City Council from 1998 to 2002 and then as a member in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002 to 2006. Chap is a student of Virginia history, authoring his college thesis on economics and politics in antebellum Virginia. He enjoys traveling the Commonwealth with his family.
Jimmy Rhee was appointed Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women Business Affairs by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in January 2015. He connects small businesses with resources that help them compete in private, public and global markets. As a member of the governor’s cabinet and economic development committee, he acts as a key advisor to the administration on issues affecting Maryland’s 600,000+ small businesses. From 2010 to 2013 he served as the Assistant Secretary of Virginia’s Department of Commerce and Trade. He recruited international conglomerates and facilitated the "National Export Initiative and Entrepreneur Program" in conjunction with the White House initiative "Startup America." Jimmy earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University (MAS/MBA), University of Maryland (BS Business), and holds a professional certificate in sustainable energy from the Stanford University Center for Development. Active in the community, Jimmy is serving as vice chair of the Maryland Charity Campaign 2020, and as a board member on numerous professional and civic organizations. He is a recipient of numerous awards from government and industry organizations. He has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in the private sector and teaches Small Business Management at Loyola University, Maryland.
Dr. Peter N. Stearns became Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University on January 1, 2000, serving as Provost until June 30, 2014. He was named University Professor in January 2011. He has taught previously at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Rutgers, and Carnegie Mellon; he was educated at Harvard University. During Dr. Stearns' tenure as Provost, George Mason more than tripled its level of funded research and tripled its number of doctoral programs. The establishment of a Teaching Center paralled the establishment of an undergraduate research program and several new interdisciplinary missions. Dr. Stearns also spearheaded several important initiatives to expand the university’s global presence, namely the establishment of the branch campus in Incheon, Korea; and the collaboration with INTO to increase the number and diversity of students recruited from abroad. Each of these projects is deeply rooted in a desire to increase global understanding, and opportunities for constructive collaboration among different societies. Dr. Stearns received the prestigious Mason Medal in 2014; that same year, the university was awarded the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization.