Our Team

Staff

Cathy 신혜 Kang
cathy@mustardseedgeneration.org

Chief Executive Officer

English Language and Literature/French and Francophone Studies, B.A., College of William and Mary
Human Development & Psychology, Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Cathy was born and raised in the Philadelphia area by first-generation Korean immigrant parents. With a love for different languages and cultures, she studied English and French in college before becoming a high school English teacher and spending multiple summers abroad. Seeing the growing need for mental health awareness through her own experiences with multiple identities, her various encounters with students, and especially her work with the Korean American population in the church setting, she is passionate about creating spaces to dialogue with students, parents, and youth leaders to better support the wellbeing of students everywhere. Her passion lies in learning new words, getting comfortable with failure, and finding ways for students to empathize with the unfamiliar.

Sharon 지애 Kim
sharon@mustardseedgeneration.org

Chief Impact Officer

English Language and Literature, B.A., Seoul National University
International Education Policy, Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Sharon was born in Paraguay to Korean parents and grew up in Paraguay, Spain and China and has worked in Korea and Mexico. Growing up as a global nomad, she experienced hardships that many Third Culture Kids go through, namely anxiety that comes from constantly moving around as well as a sense of rootlessness and identity crisis. Through those experiences, she became passionate in raising awareness of cross-cultural kids to mono-cultural parents and hopes to help strengthen parent-child relationships through MSG. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys going anywhere and everywhere on a journey with her brown leather journal, a black pen, and a good book in hand.

Amie 수은 Kang
amie@mustardseedgeneration.org

Chief Operating Officer

Psychology, B.A., U.C. Berkeley
Human Development & Psychology, Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education

Amie immigrated to the United States from Korea and grew up in Orange County, California, where she noticed a lack of support for the struggles that Korean Americans uniquely experience as immigrants and international students. She believes in the beauty and strength of Korean families, and her passion is to equip them with tools in healthy, godly communication. She has worked as a teacher and mentor in the past and has been an active member in the church, as well as other parachurch organizations. She currently resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and researches mental-health related topics at the Harvard Medical School. In her free time, Amie enjoys writing snippets of poetry, trying new recipes, and sharing meals with friends and family.

TEAM MEMBERS & Volunteers

Angie 흰아 Kim
angie@mustardseedgeneration.org

Clinical Psychology, M.A., Wheaton College
Counselor Education & Supervision, Ph.D., Regent University

Angie is a mental health clinician at a non-profit community mental health organization. As a Korean-American raised by first generation Korean immigrant parents, she has a long-standing passion for behavioral health intervention and prevention working with the Korean immigrant population. Due to cultural stigma, the Korean immigrant population often overlooks mental health needs and services. She hopes and prays that MSG would increase awareness and education of mental health and access to services.

Christina 서우 Lee
christina@mustardseedgeneration.org

Psychology, B.A., Wellesley College
Prevention Science and Practice (Adolescent Counseling), Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Counseling Psychology, Ph.D. student, New York University

Christina was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up moving back and forth between the United States and South Korea. As a frequent mover and navigating the Korean and American cultural contexts, Christina developed a natural interest for understanding how individuals interact with their environments. Working with Korean populations in diverse settings, Christina came to firsthandedly experience the crucial role of the church in fostering holistic well-being and healthy relationships among Korean youths and their families. As a doctoral student in counseling psychology, Christina hopes to help achieve these goals through research and community-based prevention.

Karen 현빈 Lew

Economics, B.A., Wellesley College

Karen was born and raised in Southern California to immigrant parents. She grew up as a pastor's kid attending Korean United Methodist churches and other United Methodist churches while confronting issues of class, race, and identity in the LA basin. She has a deep understanding of how belief systems, cultures, and other constructs inform daily life and the overarching narratives of people living in diaspora and from the effects of colonization and imperialism. Her passion to create spaces to discuss mental health in Korean communities brought her to MSG. Karen goes by her Korean name, Hyunbin, on a personal basis and enjoys books, tea, and learning new languages.

Board of Directors

Josephine Kim, Ph.D., LMHC, NCC

Dr. Kim is a faculty member in Prevention Science and Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, as well as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Her work focuses on bridging the cultural gap between immigrant parents and their US-born children through research, practice, and consultation. She founded Mustard Seed Generation in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 to raise awareness of mental health issues that affect the Korean American population and intercultural and intergenerational conflicts that arise in Korean American families. Through MSG, she hopes to foster a greater holistic growth in the Korean American population.

Chris Nichols

Chris worked in college ministry for thirty-eight years, first in California then for the past fourteen years in New England. He has dedicated his life work to advancing Christ’s kingdom to those who have not had the opportunity to respond to the gospel, focusing on populations that have entrenched in secular environments. As a result, Chris has been committed to developing effective reconciliation bridges to God and with others, especially across racial and ethnic divides. After leaving campus ministry in 2018, Chris has been a full time student at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, completing an MA in the Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience. His research area is focused on Millennial Black men and the Church.

David Jung

David Jung was born in Southern California. He was ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention in 2009 and is currently the Pastor for New Hope Community Church in Herndon, VA. He is married to his wife Eunah and have two amazing children Adellaie and Toviel. He has a heart for the younger generation because he believes they are the future that can change this world with the love of Christ. He is one of the co-founders and board members of Mustard Seed Generation and through MSG, he hopes that young people will come to receive the message of Christ as well as spiritual and emotional healing that can only be found through our relationship with Christ.

Ruth Wong   Ruth is the director of the Boston Education Collaborative (BEC) program at Emmanuel Gospel Center (EGC) in Boston, MA. The BEC focuses on a few areas of work: 1) Networking and convening churches and Christian leaders who are engaged in urban education/youth development work for the purpose of forming learning communities, 2) Supporting, strengthening, and replicating church-school partnerships in Boston and other urban school districts, 3) Providing technical assistance to faith-based programs, and 4) Engaging in systems level work through various city-wide working groups or movements that impact the educational experience for urban students. Previously from Taiwan and Chicago, Ruth graduated with a B.A in physics from Wellesley College and an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Ruth Wong

Ruth is the director of the Boston Education Collaborative (BEC) program at Emmanuel Gospel Center (EGC) in Boston, MA. The BEC focuses on a few areas of work: 1) Networking and convening churches and Christian leaders who are engaged in urban education/youth development work for the purpose of forming learning communities, 2) Supporting, strengthening, and replicating church-school partnerships in Boston and other urban school districts, 3) Providing technical assistance to faith-based programs, and 4) Engaging in systems level work through various city-wide working groups or movements that impact the educational experience for urban students. Previously from Taiwan and Chicago, Ruth graduated with a B.A in physics from Wellesley College and an M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.