Who We Are

Message from the founder

Brian Conyer

Leadership Team

Connect-A-Kid takes pride in the mentorship program they have created and believe that it could not have been accomplished without the strong friendships you see reflected on the board, the leadership team, and within the group of mentors, we have across the nation. Connect-A-Kid is more than an organization, it is a family.

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Leadership

Emma Kopf
Director of Events & Planning
Emma Kopf was adopted from Seoul, Korea as a baby and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She recently received her undergraduate degree in computer science from the University of Virginia and now works as a software engineer for a government contractor just outside of Washington DC. She is very excited to help plan and execute more events for Connect-A-Kid, through which she is hoping to foster a more educated and connected adoptee community.

Board of Directors

Kimberly Palmer
Board Member & Chief Financial Officer
Joe Choi
Board Member
Karen Brown
Vice Chair
Karen Brown, a proud parent of three adopted children from China, Rwanda, and the Marshall Islands, recently relocated to the United States with her family from Hong Kong. Karen graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and education. She began her career as a teacher before focusing on knowledge management and technical communications. During her years living in Hong Kong, Karen was elected chair of the International Montessori School's PTA and owned and operated a summer camp in Hokkaido, Japan. She is currently based in Los Angeles where she works as an independent contract technical writer and participates in many community- and adoption-based organizations. Karen’s experience living in diverse communities, coupled with the increasingly diverse world of international adoption, motivated her to join Connect-A-Kid. She hopes to help Connect-A-Kid continue to grow and to ensure its inclusivity.
Thomas Kaplan
Board Member Secretary
Thomas Kaplan (Lee, Sung Joo), is adopted from Busan, Korea and grew up Long Island, New York. He has been in reunion with his paternal birth family since 2000. As a board member, Thomas would like to enhance the team mentoring program to develop our children's adoption identity and creating lifelong friendship with mentors and mentees.
Kim Hanson
Board Chairman
Kim Hanson has been with Connect-A-Kid since it began in 2011. Through the years he has been instrumental in growing and maintaining the organization and developing strong ties with the Consulate General of Republic of Korea Los Angeles. Kim currently works at Grifols a global pharmaceutical company in Los Angeles as Global Director, Talent Acquisition of Biomat USA, Inc. the largest division of Grifols. The division has 12,000 employees & 200 plus plasma collection centers, labs & testing facilities.
Kimberly Mundala
Board Member