Meet Our Team

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 Korean Canadian

I am a Korean Canadian who has also lived in Belgium and Korea. I have volunteered with various international and social welfare organizations throughout my 17 years abroad. Living in Korea completed me. It was the missing piece I never knew I was missing. I am proud of my beautiful heritage and passionate about learning and sharing its culture. I also love cooking, especially for other people. My chocolate chip cookies will always remind me of the children and their smiles while eating them. 

Barbara Bai
Currently Based In Canada 

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Sri Lankan

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I am a mum/Environmental Scientist/ Health & Wellness coach/Education advocate who is happiest combining these areas: Healthy People = Healthy Planet!  I am a global citizen with Sri Lankan roots. My family is both cross-cultural & blended.  I love working with OA and using my leadership & organizational development skills to guide us towards our Vision. Maria Montessori said it best "Within the child lies the fate of the future.” 

Sanjini De Silva Rijsberman
Currently Based In Sri Lanka

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 Korean American

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Hello, my name is Mi Yong Lee, a Korean-American from the lovely state of Michigan. I have been a part of Open Arms since its inception. Working with kids here in Seoul has been a rewarding part of our stay. I have learned so much Korean from my precious students while teaching them English. It's a great symbiotic relationship! 

Mi Yong Lee 
Currently Based In Korea

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 Korean 

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I am a confused Korean–Born in Korea but raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I am a college student in Providence and a designer virtually based in New York. I create identities and give colors to our mission and vision at Open Arms. I connect with the kids by thinking like a kid–It’s a natural talent! 

Mei Ahn
Currently Based In The United States 

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British

I am originally from the UK but have lived overseas for the past 20 years teaching in various International Schools along with my husband and 2 daughters. I am currently a teacher at Seoul Foreign British School. Being part of Open Arms is a very special part of my life here in South Korea, opening up my world to some amazing people and beautiful children. 

Katy Freeman
Currently Based In Korea 

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American

I am a mom with a heart for parentless children. I love volunteering with the Open Arms team to share encouragement with the precious children in local welfare homes in Seoul - with hopes of helping them build a brighter future. 

Dee Dee Wasmund
Currently Based In Korea 

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 British

I came to Seoul from the UK in 2013 with my husband and 3 of my 4 children, who have now grown up and returned there. My faith in God who loves each and every person motivates me to help at Open Arms. I have a background in school governance. I speak French and try to learn Korean. I also enjoy pottery, poetry, and coffee with friends. I love living in Korea! 

Sally McEachen
Currently Based In Korea

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Korean

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As a reflective practitioner, I am a Change Management Consultant for adult organizations and shaper for kids.  An inspired traveler worldwide and the mind to share my experience and knowledge is my life. As Henry Miller said, our destination is never a place but a new way of looking at things. 

Joohee Byon
Currently Based In Korea 

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 Korean Canadian

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I am a Korean Canadian currently based in Seoul and a mum of a lovely young son who attends Seoul Foreign School. I believe God has led me to this beautiful team and to the precious children to be of good service in many ways, especially in my field of dealing with boring government documents in Korean or tax/accounting numbers, etc. I can finally make good use of what I have painfully learned thus far as a certified public accountant…LOL
 

Alicia Chung
Currently Based In Korea 

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