The program's operational team has diverse yet consistent experience encompassing both international backgrounds and an emphasis on media, the corporate world, and creative industries.
Elizabeth, the founder of FUSIA, is a seasoned strategist and web programmer with diverse experience. She first came to New York on her own at the age of 15 to attend high school on Long Island. In college, she studied Accounting and Computer Science. She worked in nonprofit, publishing, event planning, and advertising as a marketing manager for high-profile clients such as Citibank, MetLife, Delta, Johnnie Walker, Denny's, and MCI. After completing her MBA in Strategic Marketing and Communications, she started FUSIA in 2002.
Nampyo graduated from Hunter College with a major in Film and minor in Chinese. Before immigrating to the United States 20 years ago, he studied and worked in the tourism industry in Korea. Nampyo's main role at FUSIA is to establish new initiatives and maintain quality relationships with all professional contacts.
Jason started with FUSIA in 2013 and oversees all communication needs from press releases to program guides and correspondence to contract editing. With his MFA in Mass Media Writing from the University of Southern California, Jason has worked as a journalist and editor for both online and in-print publications at the regional, national, and international levels. Having studied abroad in college in Paris, he enjoys working within the international parameters of FUSIA.
Originally from Incheon, South Korea, Heesuk has a unique background and diverse interests. At Inha University in Korea, she studied Political Science. In New York, she studied drama and earned a Bachelor of Art and Science in Theatre. Heesuk speaks fluent Korean and English, and is an Alternative Responsible Officer for FUSIA's CCIP J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. She is currently pursuing a master's in international education at NYU.
Caroline's longtime interest in travel and culture goes back to her early years as a member of a US diplomatic family. She has years of experience in TV marketing for Discovery Communications, Travel Channel, and other networks. Aside from English, Caroline speaks French and Italian. She also holds a TESOL certificate in teaching English as a foreign language.
Eric LaBree holds a degree in design from Florida State University. Prior to joining FUSIA, Eric has had over five years of experience in client relations and graphic design. At FUSIA, aside from his main responsibilities for graphic design and animation, Eric also plays an integral role in program administration. An avid traveler, Eric as lived across the US which has shaped his culturally diverse perspective he readily contributes to the FUSIA team.
For an entire decade, Joseph was engaged in a self-funded travelogue titled "10 Cities / 10 Years," which was featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report and numerous other publications. He received a Bachelor's in Creative Writing with a focus in Psychology from the University of Kansas.