BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ABRAHAM J. KWON, ESQ. (Founder + Chairman)
Blank Rome LLP

Abe is a lawyer at Blank Rome LLP. He holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an M.P.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government, and a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics also from the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience in both tutoring and helping students apply to college. He even had the opportunity to start a high school debate program at Boy's Latin of Philadelphia Charter School. It was through that experience that Abe became inspired to start thinking about how to tackle the college gap. He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Democracy Prep Harlem Charter School and the Board of Advisers for Project E.D.U. During Abe's free time, he enjoys playing basketball, watching Phillies games, and visiting his favorite coffee shops in Philadelphia. 

 

DR. CHRISTOPHER HWANG (Co-Founder)
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Chris considers himself a longtime Philadelphian having grown up just outside the city. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. in Biology, went on to attend medical school at Jefferson Medical College, and after graduating, is now working as a family medicine resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Throughout college and medical school, Chris devoted much of his time to serving the inner city, often through tutoring and mentoring programs for Philadelphia area students. As a physician, he continues to be involved with the underserved by volunteering at free health clinics throughout the city. Outside of work, Chris's hobbies include Philadelphia sports teams, violin, board games, and eating good food. 

 

DR. BARBARA CRAM-CRABTREE
Project Transition

Barbara has been a clinical psychologist since 1976.  She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. Currently she is one of the owners of a company called Project Transition, an organization that works with people with serious and persistent mental illness in a living, treating, and training milieu.  It has eight branches in the Delaware Valley.  Before her work with Project Transition, she worked at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital as Director of Family Programs for the Adolescent Treatment Center and then at Horsham Clinic as Clinical Coordinator of the Young Adult Program.  Many years ago, she also worked with the Philadelphia School District as an elementary school counselor. More recently, as a volunteer she worked at Pennel School as a reading teacher.  She has served on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Bucks County and now serves on the Board of Great Lakes United, which is an umbrella organization working to preserve and protect the Great Lakes.  She has two children, a daughter who is working in global public health and a son who is in his second year at Jefferson Medical School.  Her husband, Loren Crabtree, is a psychiatrist.

 

CONNIE Y. LIU
Columbia University Teachers College

Connie is the former CEO of 12+ and is currently pursuing a Masters in Instructional Technology and Media at Teachers College Columbia University. She received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During her time at 12+, she refined the business model and developed the organization’s college readiness program. Prior to 12+, Connie was an analyst at a private equity firm where she actively invested in financial services companies and closely monitored the firm’s education portfolio companies. In her free time, Connie enjoys running, visiting museums, and going to flea markets.

 

NORMA CHEN RHEE
NBC Universal

Norma is employed in corporate strategy for NBCUniversal and prior to that, worked for Sprout, a cable television network for preschoolers based in Philadelphia’s Comcast Center. She attended Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA, and went on to receive a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Having benefited from a rigorous education, Norma wants to see Philadelphia’s youth achieve the same opportunities. She currently resides in Manhattan with her husband.

 

MARK CHENG
Democracy Prep Public Schools

Mark is the Director of Data Management at Democracy Prep Public Schools, a charter school network based in Harlem. He received an M.A. in Economics & Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Mark worked in the Office of Performance at the NYC Department of Education, where he helped create quantitative evaluations for the school district. Mark is passionate about improving equity in urban public schools through the use of data. In his free time, Mark enjoys exploring New York City, where he currently resides.

 

JAMES WEE
Apacheta, Inc.

James is the Vice President of Business Development for Apacheta Inc., an enterprise mobile software provider.  He is the former CEO of SkyZone Entertainment, a mobile applications publisher and part of the SK Group – S. Korea’s 3rd largest conglomerate with annual revenues over $100 billion.  Over his 20+ year career, James held several executive positions with large and venture-backed companies including SK USA, Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), ABS Mobile Solutions, and Airclic Inc.  James studied economics and business administration at Ursinus College.

 

KANED SUVIWATTANACHAI
Unique Engineering and Construction Public Company Limited

Kaned Suviwattanachai is a consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP. He received a Master of Engineering Management degree from Duke University, and dual degree of B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He has extensive professional experiences in various Asian countries and market sectors. He has solid knowledge in bioengineering, statistics, economics, financial consolidation, and business management. He also works as a recruiter for Deloitte Consulting LLP, reaching out to several on-campus student groups to identify early candidates for consulting career, and reviewing more than fifty resumes a year for applicants for summer internships and full-time positions. Through this experience, Kaned recognizes the importance of early academic preparation for long-term professional success and wants to help put high school students in such positions to do so. During free time, Kaned enjoys photography, traveling, outdoor activities, and reading.

 

JAMES KIM
Yale University Office of Admissions

James is the former Chief Academic Officer of 12+ and currently works as an Assistant Director for Yale Undergraduate Admissions, where he contributes to college access and STEM recruitment initiatives. During his tenure as CAO, he oversaw the 12+’s expansion to Penn Treaty School (where he also served as Site Director), implemented and revamped the Fellows program, and developed models for program evaluation. Prior to joining 12+, he taught high school math at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex in Providence, RI, and held operations- and data-related roles at Teach For America’s NYC Institute. James graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from Yale University. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar, and bouldering in his free time.


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