Carolinas President and VP’s

We are a diverse group of ladies.  Some of us have lived most of our lives in the US and don’t speak the Korean language, some of us were adopted from Korea or have adopted children.  Some of us were born in Korea and have lived in the language and culture since we were kids before living in the US.  Some of us were born in the US, but just love the essence of Korea.

We want to excite you with the opportunities our events can offer, collaborate new ways of incorporating traditional Korea to modern Korea, and inspire you to teach us what you know.

We want to provide fun environments where you can learn about Korea.  We want to help you understand more about what is going on in K-Dramas or K-pop Music. If you want to travel to Korea, we want you to feel more at home and not as much like a tourist. If you aren’t a native, we want you to feel like you could be, and see things from a different perspective.

Come to our events, like our facebook page, share with friends.  If you would like to contribute through sponsorships or donations, Contact US.

A Big Korean Wave Hello!  We would love to meet you.


HeOak Lee

“For almost 30 years I have volunteered with the International Festival of Raleigh, The Triangle Korean School, The Greater Raleigh Area Korean Association and my own Korean dance group “Imperial Jewel “.  All of which has become the foundation in helping me overcome challenges as I work on KoreaFest 2018.


I am so blessed to be working with so many passionate individuals who are my energy source.  Because of you who attended the first KoreaFest, we are able to work on a bigger and better KoreaFest 2018. Thank you for your inspiration, generosity and continued support.”

Vice Presidents:

SoonEi Baik

Elizabeth Lee

liz“I enjoy being a part of the GKWF because it opens the door to learning about the Korean culture without having to speak the language.  It is great for those with families who have married into the culture to be able to learn about the traditions, the amazing food, the music and games.  There is so much to learn in a fun environment all while getting to meet new friends who share the same interests.”


 SunMi Shin

“I majored in Korean Traditional Dance in Korea and 13 years ago came to America for a performance. During this time, I met my current husband and moved to America. While living here, I was able to perform many times to many different people who all wanted to know more about Korea. Through this opportunity with GKWF, I hope to be able to help share the Korean Culture, not only through dance, but in many other ways as well.”

Sue-Leigh Palin

“What interested me in the Global Korean Wave Federation, was that the classes and events are geared towards people who may not have a background in Korean culture, language, music, arts, etc. but are interested in learning it in an environment where you don’t have to have any experience, while also welcoming teachers and people who are native to Korean culture.”


“I was born in Korea and moved to America where my two daughters were born.  To my content, they grew to love Kpop and Korean culture.  I joined GKWF due to my passion in sharing and spreading the Korean culture to future generations.”



Adrienne Woodyer

adrienne“My best friend was adopted from Korea and she is very passionate about teaching and learning Korean culture and I wanted to be involved as well. I appreciate Korean culture and the food is deicious. The orgainziation has grown quickly, and I am looking forward to seeing it grow even more in the future!”

Keyanna Pope

IMG_5894“I first learned about the Global Korean Wave Federation through dancing with the Imperial Jewels. I quickly fell in love with seonsaengnim’s passion for spreading Korean Culture to those who aren’t as familiar with it. Her passion has quickly become my own, as I want to teach others as much as I can about a culture that is so colorful and amazing. I look forward to a bright future with the GKWF!””


Lauren Zacharczyk

Lauren Z“I am so excited to be involved in the Global Korean Wave Federation! I really enjoy learning about Korea’s rich culture and studying the language. GKWF is a made up of a diverse group of wonderful people who are so enthusiastic with sharing their passion for Korea, it’s really makes you want to get involved. I hope to contribute to the fun environment here, where anyone and everyone is welcome to learn and enjoy all things Korean.”