President (Founder)

Joo-Hwan 'John' Baek
John studied Liberal Arts at the University of Oregon and studied English Linguistics at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. John has done volunteer work at hospitals and schools throughout Korea and the United States.

PR and Program Director
Soo-Kyung Kim (Stella)

Stella studied Information Sociology at the Hanyang University. Now she is working at an economic newspaper as a reporter. She serves HOPE as Public relation manager and Program Director. Stella wants to be a worldtraveler and is always eager to find meaning of life.

V.P. of Operations/Project Director
Edward (Eddie) Robinson

Eddie Robinson is a certified ESL teacher working at Songdo International Language Center in Songdo-dong, Incheon City. He began his first year as their Advanced English Language instructor in 2013, after 4 years of teaching elementary school ESL in Guri City.
Hailing from the Midwest, USA, Eddie graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, with a B.A. in Sport Science and Organizational Leadership and Supervision. He came to the HOPE Organization in late summer 2010 as a volunteer for the Suncheon Summer English Camp program. He has over two decades of experience as an experienced event/tour director and project manager.

Technology Director
Dale Kim


Dale serves HOPE as Technology Director. He spent much of his early career as a management and technology consultant at PWC Consulting serving leading global companies. His current professional focus is in the software and technology field in Asia and the US. Dale has been active in community improvement projects and participating in educational programs to empower disadvantaged youths. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor sports, music, film and travel.

Web Manager
Yejun Lee


Yejun graduated from Korea University Business School and joined Franklin Templeton Investments as a marketing associate. He is now working as a web manager for HOPE and also following a career to become a marketing researcher, attending to a graduate school of Korea University.

International Advisor
Casey Lartigue, Jr.

Casey Lartigue, Jr., is the Director for International Relations at Freedom Factory Co. Ltd., in Seoul, South Korea and a Fellow with the Atlas Network in Washington, DC. He engages in a lot of volunteer work, including as the International Adviser to the Mulmangcho School (for adolescent North Korean refugees) in Yeoju, South Korea and as co-director of the English Matching Program for North Korean adults at the Mulmangcho Human Rights Center.
He was previously a policy analyst with the Cato Institute's Center for Educational Freedom in Washington, D.C., and hosted the Casey Lartigue Show on XM Radio 169 The Power. He is co-editor of the book Educational Freedom in Urban America. Lartigue received a bachelor's degree from the Harvard University Extension School and a master's degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

HOPE Founders and Staff Alumni

Advisor, Founder and former Director of Public Relations
Sylvia Soo
Originally from Alberta, Canada, Sylvia moved to Seoul in June 2006. Prior to her move, she completed her Bachelor of Education, English Language Arts Major at the University of Alberta. Sylvia has volunteered with SOS Crisis Line and a local Alberta hospital. She has worked extensively with inner city children through various non-profit organizations and indigenous programs. Since returning to Canada in early 2009, Sylvia has become a face for breast cancer advocacy. She now channels her energy in her new position as West Coast Coordinator for Rethink Breast Cancer.

Advisor, Founder and former Volunteer Director
Maria Salken

Maria moved to Korea from Toronto, Canada where she completed a joint specialist degree in Anthropology and Political Science at The University of Toronto. She was actively involved with programs for disabled children and continues to volunteer with special needs adults. She is currently an Arts and Science teacher in Seoul.

Advisor, Founder and former Director
Philip Lozano

Philip received his BComm from the University of Calgary and his BEd from the University of British Columbia. He lived in Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal before moving to Seoul in December of 2006. He has previous experience running and starting a small business while in university and has done volunteer work as a crisis line operator, literacy teacher and has assisted with fundraising for the Kids Help Phone in Canada and the Canadian Diabetes Association.

Veronica Somos - PR Director

Retha Choi - Academic Director

Cathy Han - Online Director

Jin Hyun Park - Volunteer Director

Christie Vanorsdale - Project Director

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