Brian Ivie Founder/Filmmaker
Brian Ivie became a Christian while making a movie. He is the award-winning director of “The Drop Box” and co-founder of Kindred Image. Brian recently graduated from The Bryan Singer Division of Critical Studies at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and never thought he'd start a non-profit. He is a published film critic, recreational songwriter, and was the only white male in the Saved By Grace Gospel Choir. If Brian were to get a tattoo it would be Galatians 5:1 or Hebrews 2:11. He thanks the Lord daily for his adoption into an eternal family.
Will Tober Director of Development
Will Tober is a co-founder of Kindred Image and our Director of Development. While completing his BA in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California he was invited to take a trip to Seoul, South Korea to film a documentary. Never one to turn down an adventure, Will made the trip and spent a week living with Pastor Lee and his family. After returning home, he decided to forgo his dreams of becoming a sports broadcaster and dedicate himself to providing a better life for the children that changed his life forever.
Bryce Komae Movement Director
Bryce Komae, a member of the original trip to Seoul to film "The Drop Box," never imagined what this story and film would become. After graduating from USC's Marshall School of Business in 2013, he hit the ground running and co-founded Kindred Image with Will and Brian. Bryce enjoys surfing, a good typeface, camping, a game of cribbage, and an afternoon fishing. Along with designing the website and other resources Kindred utilizes for fundraising, Bryce runs business operations.
JC Park Field Director
JC Park runs all Kindred Image operations on the ground in Seoul, South Korea. Previously, he served as a youth pastor for five years at Onnuri Church under Pastor Eddie Byun. He is completely bilingual/bicultural, and by that he means he has mastered how to appear unconfused. He holds degrees from Cornell University and he had worked as a military officer and a currency trader. He is married to his beautiful wife and God blessed them with a son through whom they are learning more of the Father’s heart. JC collects lame jokes and is trying very hard to quit daydreaming.
Sarah Choi Project Director
Sarah Choi is a Producer of “The Drop Box” film and serves as Kindred Image’s Project Director. Graduating from USC with a B.S in Business & Film, she was an original member of the team to Seoul where her view of the world of entertainment and philanthropy was entirely changed. She’s worked in project management and digital marketing for various projects within creative agencies throughout LA. Sarah is a proud Korean-American and loves to travel beyond borders with hope to serve and work alongside brothers and sisters all over the world.
Daniel Lee Operations Manager
Daniel Lee, while pursuing a degree in Business Administration at USC's Marshall School of Business, befriended Brian Ivie in a small dorm room, leading to his involvement in "The Drop Box." A pure-blooded Korean, but American at heart, Daniel's always down for a quick tennis match or to hear any interesting piece of tech news. Throughout the last couple years, he has served as a post-production translator on the documentary, and now helps with operations at KI alongside Director of Movement, Bryce Komae.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Andy Kim is a Managing Director & serves on the board of Larson Financial Foundation, where he launches equitable business ventures in emerging markets that possess the potential for independent profitability while creating products or services that clearly benefit the community. In addition, Andy works with a portfolio of non profits tackling domestic and global issue, providing growth capital, strategic planning, team building & mentorship. Previously, Mr. Kim served as Director of Internal Operations & sat on the Executive Leadership of Liberty in North Korea, the only full time grassroots organization in North America working solely on the human rights and humanitarian needs of North Korean refugees. He holds an M.A. from Talbot School of Theology in the integrated disciplines of Philosophy, Psychology & Theology & a B.A. in Christian Education Administration & Psychology from Biola University. After screening the film & visiting Pastor Lee in Seoul, Mr. Kim agreed to serve as Kindred Image's Chairman of the Board.
Secretary of the Board
Jennifer Alt is the Director of Philanthropy for the Segel Group managing an array of charitable endeavors for David & Tina Segel, their family, and the team at SGL. She has worked with the Segel family for over eight years, in both commercial and charitable sectors in the UK and USA. She served as Strategic Relations Director for Mako Global and has worked with David Segel in many of his entrepreneurial ventures. Jen is proud to have worked alongside the committee for Dealing for Donations Day (now over thirteen years running) with Mako Global to help children affected by poverty, deprivation and neglect across the world. Along with serving on the Kindred Board, Jen is Chair of the Board for Alpha in Southern California as well as Secretary of the Board for Desire Street Ministries.
Staci Brown is Chief Financial Officer of The Church of Eleven22, a 6,500 person non-denominational church in Jacksonville, Florida. She served on the Executive Leadership team that created and executed the launch plans for The Church of Eleven22 in 2011 and 2012. After spending 18 years in the healthcare field, she shifted her focus to non-profit work in 2008 when she joined a church staff – the church that eventually launched The Church of Eleven22. She was awarded Ultimate CFO Award by The Jacksonville Business Journal in 2013. In addition, she founded Chosen Ministries in 2013, a non-profit that focuses on adoption awareness and education, as well as international orphan care initiatives. One of her greatest joys was adopting her son from South Korea in 2011. It was this adoption that stirred a passion for serving orphans in South Korea – including serving Pastor Lee in Seoul. In addition to serving on the Kindred Board, Staci also serves on the Board of Lifework Leadership, an organization committed to transforming cities by building a community of business leaders who have been transformed by the Gospel.
Steve Morrison became homeless at the age of five and lived on the streets of Korea before being admitted to an orphanage at six. Twelve years later, Steve was adopted by The Morrison family in the United States. In his new environment feeling loved and secured, he went on to excel in academics, receiving a BS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue and his MS Aerospace Engineering from USC. Currently, he is the Senior Project Engineer at the Aerospace Corporation. Steve and his wife have five children, two of which are adopted from Korea. From his heart to share the blessing he had received in being adopted, he started Mission to Promote Adoption in Korea (MPAK) in 1999 to promote adoption of Korean children by Korean-Americans. MPAK has worked tirelessly to bring about positive changes to the Korean adoption culture and to advocate the needs of homeless children to have homes of their own. Learn more about MPAK here.