Sejong Academy Board of Director Members
Amy Britton, Community Board Member
Amy studied Organizational Communication and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and completed her degree at the University of Minnesota. The restaurant and hospitality industry has been calling since she was 18. She’s been with D’Amico and Partners, a Minneapolis based company, for the past 27 years. As the Director of Operations for the D’Amico & Son’s division, Amy is responsible for the financial success of 9+ properties in Minnesota and Florida. This includes budget writing, marketing and branding, negotiating maintenance contracts, developing policies and procedures, writing training programs and supporting menu development. Amy’s favorite part of her job, though, is actually working in the restaurants and staying connected with the guests and employees. Amy was the founding PTO president at Sejong Academy for the first 2 years the school was open. Her son is a Korean American adoptee and previously attended Sejong. Amy is committed to the language and cultural immersion that Sejong offers to all of its students. Contact Amy at email@example.com
Sarah Bunton, Ph.D., Board Vice-Chair
Sarah received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Administration, and Leadership; her M.A. in Educational Psychology; and her B.A. in Psychology. She has over two decades of experience as a researcher, administrator, and college-level educator in educational and non-profit organizations centered on facilitating student, faculty, and organizational success. She is currently Research Director at a higher education non-profit where her research and teaching interests include educational equity, social change, leadership development, faculty engagement, and organizational capacity-building. She publishes and presents on these topics regularly. Sarah is committed to the mission of Sejong Academy and the important and unique niche in educational opportunities that it provides. Contact Sarah at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jorden Carlson, Teacher Board Member
Jorden teaches middle school Social Studies at Sejong Academy. She was born and raised in Minnesota. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from St. Catherine University in Saint Paul. She then worked for the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities as a program director for five years. She worked with many youth programs, including summer camp and Youth in Government. Jorden returned to school at St. Catherine University to obtain a teaching license in Secondary Social Studies Education and is currently finishing her Master's degree. Her favorite things include coffee, spending time outside, reading, and Nebraska football. Jorden's favorite quote is from Anne Frank, "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world." She tries to live by this and inspire her students in this way. Contact Jorden at: email@example.com.
Corbin Connell, Board Treasurer
Corbin is the father of a Korean adoptee who began attending Sejong Academy in 2015. Born in the Texas Panhandle, Corbin lived in Western Colorado before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Languages at Lubbock Christian University. Corbin graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1999. He is an attorney licensed in the State of Minnesota and worked in various capacities at Wells Fargo Bank, since 2000. Currently, Corbin is a Vice President and Certified Corporate Trust Specialist in Wells Fargo’s Corporate Trust Services business. He specializes in the administration and management of defaulted municipal bond accounts, including several charter schools. Corbin was appointed to the Minneapolis Charter Commission, where he served two terms from 2006 to 2014. As a member of the Charter Commission, Corbin participated in the group’s groundbreaking effort to redraw the City Council Ward and Park Board District boundaries based primarily on input from the residents of the City. Corbin loves the outdoors and spends his free time biking, canoeing, or fishing. In the autumn of 2014, Corbin summited Mt. Rainier. Contact Corbin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jiyoung Kim, Teacher Board Member
Jiyoung teaches kindergarden at Sejong Academy. She was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and Oregon. She has a BS in Educational Foundations (ECE,ELE) with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Oregon. She also earned her M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from University of Oregon with an endorsement in ESOL. Miss Kim’s goal, as an educator, is to provide a safe learning environment for all culturally diverse students to become true scholars and support in their mental, physical and social development. In her free time, she likes to cook, watch movies, and play instruments. Contact Jiyoung at email@example.com
Grace Lee, Board Chair
Grace is a second generation Korean American, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and has 20 years of experience in both profit and non-profit organizations - Fortune 500 companies, the local church, local schools, local government, community groups and social services organizations. Grace has a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Public Affairs Leadership Certificate from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Management Certificate from Georgetown University. She was appointed by Governor Dayton to serve on the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans and currently works at Ramsey County. She is the parent of two children, one who is a Sejong white tiger! Contact Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Vangsness, Parent Board Member
Erik Vangsness is the father of a Sejong Academy student and enjoys seeing his son learning Korean in an immersive environment. Born and Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Erik graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree (Cum Laude), with emphasis in Finance, Human Resources Management and Economics minor. Erik has previously held various roles in grant and contract administration, finance, and various faculty and staff support roles at the University of Minnesota, Texas Tech University, and Herzing University. In his free time, Erik enjoys gardening, flying toy gliders with his son, and meditation. Contact Erik at: email@example.com