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Liat Shapiro: Board of Directors, Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission - AHN Top 50 Unsung Heroes 2021
February 16, 2021
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Liat Shapiro, born Cho Meeyun in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, was adopted as a baby and raised in the Boston area. She received her BA in Linguistics and currently studies Military Psychology at Adler University. What started as a paying gig doing remote admin, scrambling to connect COVID-related trauma clients in the UK with credentialed therapists, has led Liat to serve as a trustee at the Trauma Response Network. This experience continues to inspire her toward a psychology doctorate as a basis for serving mental health needs of military veterans. In parallel with her education, she advances human connection and wholeness across the lifecycle and around the globe through volunteer work with a lineup of non-profit organizations.
On the Board of Directors for the Korean Kids and Orphanage Outreach Mission, a U.S.-based non-profit, Liat carries out KKOOM’s mission of enhancing the lives of at-risk children and youth in South Korea’s welfare system. In addition to fundraising, which provides enrichment materials and events for kids in care, she personally invests in students during visits to Korea and follow-up throughout the year. Closer to home, Liat’s volunteer work in program planning and implementation with Mustard Seed Generation supports MSG’s mission to promote mental health and intergenerational wellness in the Korean American community. She advances Korean art and culture in New England as the Outreach Director at the Korean Cultural Society of Boston and human connection as team member for the Divided Families Podcast. Liat values learning from and growing alongside other individuals committed to changing their worlds while amplifying others’ voices.
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