KAtCH was founded by and run by adult Korean adoptees.
All board members, advisory board members, and committees to assist with events and running the organization are volunteer based.
Taneka Jennings, President
Taneka has been a part of KAtCH since 2009 and she enjoys the opportunity to meet and connect with other adoptees. Taneka grew up in New Jersey as part of a family of four, including one older sister. She currently resides in Chicago with her wonderful partner. Taneka’s professional passion is non-profit work at the macro-level. Her other interests are diverse and include singing, dancing, running, cooking and artistic endeavors, and she also enjoys mentoring and volunteering in the community whenever time allows.
Chris Detrych, Vice President
Chris, a Logan Square resident, was adopted at 3 months old to metropolitan Detroit. Over the years, Chris’ adoptive experience has been somewhat active. As a child, he attended an annual adopted Koreans picnic coordinated by local participating families. As a university student, he founded an organization for adopted Koreans on campus. Chris puts a premium building community and providing a forum for open discussion. A member of KAtCH since 2015, Chris also volunteers with Connect-A-Kid, a non-profit mentoring organization for transracial adoptees. Some interests include bicycling, running, trying new restaurants, analyzing music, attending live shows, road-tripping, studying maps, and meeting new people.
Jen Davis, Secretary
Jen attended her first KAtCH event in November 2015 and happily joined the board the following year. Chicago has been home to Jen and her spouse for the last 10 years, but Michigan will always be her first home. Over the summer of 2017, Jen returned to Korea and ate everything Korea had to offer. She has since returned and is still looking for the best bowl of soondobu jjigae.
Peter Stoffels, Treasurer
Pete is a fellow KAD who joined KAtCH in 2015. Pete and his family of 4 volunteer at local homeless shelters and school boosters. Pete enjoys meeting new people and involved with the Chicagoland Korean American Law Enforcement Group.
Anna Hu, Communications Director
Anna was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and was adopted into a Minnesotan family at the age of seven. Anna has traveled to South Korea several times and is always trying to improve her Korean language and cooking skills. Anna started getting involved with the adoptee community in 2005 and joined KAtCH as a member in 2008. Anna has found KAtCH to be a great resource in connecting with other adoptees both locally and internationally. Anna hopes to serve by meeting the needs of the adoption communities.
Joe Meyer, Outcomes Director
Joe Meyer was born Jeong Minwoo in 1979. At the age of three, he was turned over to the City of Bucheon, Korea after the death of his father in 1982. Soon afterwards he was adopted with his older brother to the United States. He was raised in suburban Minnesota with his brother and sister, also a Korean adoptee. In 2012, Joe returned to Korea for the first time, and began exploring his own identity and adoption story. Joe has been a member of KAtCH since 2014, and later became a board member in 2016.
Jaye Hobart, Outreach Director
Jaye was adopted from Seoul, South Korea through Holt International at 18 months. She grew up in Iowa and began exploring her KAD identity while attending Luther College. Jaye joined KAtCH in 2015 and joined the board in 2017. Throughout her life, Jaye has kept social and racial justice at the center of her professional and personal work. In her free time, Jaye enjoys running, bicycling, cooking, and the fine arts.