MEET THE BOARD

Get to know the YANA ministry ; family board of directors

SOONKYU SHIN

Soonkyu is a graduate of Harvard University, with a B.A. degree in Psychology. He attended the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to acquire a Ph.D. in Management Science/Organizational Studies. While studying at MIT, an opportunity offered by J.P. Morgan prompted him to change course and pursue an analyst career. Today, SK is a highly skilled analyst with 16 years of expertise extending across numerous asset classes, including municipal bonds, corporate bonds, equities, and convertible securities. Since launching his career at J.P. Morgan, he went on to hold multiple analyst roles at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. He is currently a senior analyst at the firm, concentrating on municipal practice. With a special passion for orphans and children in poverty, SK is currently serving as the board chair. As one of the original founding members of Yana, he’s been serving Yana ministry with all his heart. 

JIMMY LEE

Jimmy is the President of Joy Systems Inc.  Joy Systems, Inc. is one of the largest refurbished PC manufacturers in the US, utilizing over 110,000 square feet facilities. Since its inception (established in 2001), Joy Systems has processed over 2,000,000 refurbished monitors/PCs/laptops with emphasis on superb quality and zero tolerance for defects. Jimmy’s heart to support orphans and children in poverty has been faithful throughout his dedication as a board member. After experiencing the very first Flying Happiness by proving his home as a guest house, he’s been faithfully serving Yana ministry for more than 7 years. He lives with his wife in New Jersey.

ISAAC KIM

Isaac was born and raised in Seattle, WA. Isaac has an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and a M.B.A. from Stanford University. He is currently a private equity investor at a NY-headquartered hedge fund. Previously, he was a Principal at Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, CA. Prior to working at Golden Gate Capital, Isaac was a management consultant at Bain & Co. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jane, and three daughters, Samantha, Abigail and Josephine. Isaac and his family live in Menlo Park, CA. Isaac and Jane joined Yana ministry in 2012. With a compassionate heart towards orphans and children in poverty, Isaac and Jane have been a faithful family to both Yana and orphans.

YOUNG SUN LEE

Young Sun Lee is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of a private group practice, Defining Moments Counseling & Assessment Center in California.  She has a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Joining a ministry like YANA has been a long-awaited answer to her prayer and she and her husband, Sung, feel very blessed to take part in it.  Young Sun and Sung joined YANA since 2013.  Both of them have a very special heart for orphan ministry, and Young Sun is serving YANA as YSAP advisor.  They live in Los Angeles, California. 

JERRY SHIM

As an elder at True Light Presbyterian church in New Jeresy, he’s been serving both his church and Yana ministry with all his heart.  When he first met the children from Dongmyung children’s home, he was overwhelmed by the grace and love of God towards the orphans. Ever since then, he’s been following God’s passion for orphans and children in poverty. Jerry serves as the treasure for Yana Ministry since 2017. He is the founder and president of HALIFAX, LLC. His company is a American multinational clothing and accessories wholesaler and retailer. Halifax was established in 2001 and the headquarter is located in Garfield NJ.   

YOUNG SUN KIM

YounSun Kim works as a medical doctor in the SOK gastroenterology clinic center in Seoul, Korea. He joined YANA Ministry to provide necessary care and love for the orphans in Korea. He feels that this type of ministry is a missional calling from God for all Christians. With his knowledge in medicine, he dreams to restore and heal brokenness among many orphans and children in poverty both physically and spiritually. He is now serving as the board chair for Yana Korea Inc. in Korea. He’s been with Yana Ministry since 2012. 

JOSEPH CHO

Joseph Cho is the founder and president of  JC Distributor Corp (Kitchen Design & Consulting) which is located in New Jersey.  He hopes and dreams to distribute not only his Kitchen Design work, but God’s love to those who are in need in the name of Jesus Christ. After listening to pastor Joo’s vision towards the orphans and children in poverty, he joined Yana Ministry with full passion. He’s been a faithful board member since 2016. 

JONG O LEE

JongO Lee has been serving as a YANA board member since September 2013.  He first became involved with YANA ministry through Flying Happiness.  For the past three years as students have been flying into America, JongO opened up his home and time to spend with both the children and the social workers.  Through those experiences he decided to join YANA Ministry because he wanted to share the love of Jesus Christ and help people in need.  As Jesus says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31). He is the owner and president of Love My Tapes Corp. JongO and his family live in Paramus, NJ.

SANG YOLE KIM

Father of two children, Ha Uhn and Jin Uhn, and husband of Min Kyung Yoo. Sangyole operates an export business in animal feed ingredients called HaUhn International Inc. Sangyole is Ernest in his desire to help the less fortunate. He has lived in Salt Lake City, Utah since 2012.

SUNG LEE

Sung Lee is Executive Vice President and Global Co-Head of Research Valuation & Advisory at Altus Group, the world-leading provider of real estate advisory services to institutional real estate investors and investment advisors. 

Sung has been serving Yana ministry as a board member since 2020.

Sung was born in Seoul, Korea before moving to Hawaii with his family and attending high school in Honolulu.  He studied Industrial Engineering at Cornell University and received his MBA from the University of Washington.  He is married with two children. 

ANN KIM

Ann Kim opened her medical practice Joy Internal Medicine in 2013 to share joy with people in various ways. Since its opening, the practice employs young adults, who hopes to become future doctors, nurses, other medical professionals and mentors them to reach their dream as they work while they gain useful hands on experience. She opened up her home to Dongmyoung kids during Flying Happiness which opened her eyes and mind to help kids who are forced to leave the orphanage after high school. In 2017, she took part in Project Joy and hopes to hire more young adult orphans who dream of working in the medical field. She strives to share God's love and joy through the blessings she received and is honored to a board member in Yana Ministry. She lives in Closter, NJ with her husband, daughter and 2 sons. She likes to spend her free time looking for ways to expand her practice to share joy to even more people.

JOO WHANG

Born in Seoul Korea, he moved to L.A. at the age of 13. He earned a B.A. and MAT in Math at Occidental College.  He worked 3 years as a high school Math teacher until God called him to full-time ministry.  He received his M.Div and MA in Christian Education at Princeton Theological Seminary (class of 2007) after which he was ordained in 2008 under PCUSA.  He is currently serving as the Sr. Pastor at True Light Presbyterian Church in NJ.  He received a special calling to serve the orphans and children in poverty during his seminary years. His first visit to Dongmyung children’s home in 2008 sparkled his passion for an orphan ministry and he founded Yana Ministry in April 2012 with three other founding board members. His main goal is to be the message “You Are Not Alone” to orphans in many tangible ways. He truly believes that “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being” (James 1:27).

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