Founding Members

Jisun Han Conn is a 2002 graduate of Smith College and majored in East Asian Studies with a Chinese concentration. She currently serves as a member of the Alumnae Association’s Affinity/ Special Interest Committee (ASIC) and as the Central Los Angeles Alumnae Admission Co-Coordinator.

While at Smith, Jisun was the HCA of Gillett House, a Gold Key guide, a member of Korean Association of Smith Students, serving a term as Culture Chair, and a class officer during her senior year.

Since Smith, Jisun has taught ESL in Shanghai and worked in construction and development in Los Angeles. Currently Jisun works in furniture retail, event planning, and as Director of the children’s ministry at her church.


Jenny B. Hammond is a 1990 graduate of Smith College and majored in East Asian Studies with a Japanese concentration. She currently serves on the AASC Nominating Committee, is the Philadelphia Alumnae Admission Coordinator and a Smith Fund agent for her class. While at Smith, Jenny was a member and Musical Director for the Smiffenpoofs, a member of the Asian Students Association, serving terms as the Social Chair and Vice President, and participated in the BRIDGE Program as a first-year and later as a Workshop Leader and Supervisor.

A native Philadelphian, Jenny is the Director of Alumni Affairs at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, PA. In addition, she serves on the school’s Diversity Committee and co-leads the Environmental Stewardship Committee. She was also a member of the Alumni Council, as AFS is also her high school alma mater.

Prior to working at AFS, she worked at Greene Street Friends School – her first job after living twelve years in Japan. While in Japan, she taught ESL at various schools including Doshisha Girls Junior and Senior High School and translated for the Telemarketing division of NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone).

Jenny and her husband Craig have two sons, Joshua and Thomas.


Anna Ing is a 1995 graduate of Smith College. While at Smith, she served as ASA President, Intercollegiate/ECASU rep, Social Chair, and Historian. In addition, she was a Bridge Program Peer Counselor, Gold Key Guide and served on Student Senate. Currently, she is the President of the Boston Smith College Club. She has served as a Director and Events and Programs Chair for the Boston Chapter. She was a committee member on the Taskforce for Multicultural Affairs advising former Smith College President Ruth Simmons.

She brings experience in recruitment, board strategy, event planning, and communications. As an Operations Manager at New Boston Financial, she handles the operations and a variety of responsibilities for the firm.

Prior to joining New Boston Financial, she worked for a biomedical devices company as a Quality Assurance and Business Associate. Earlier in her career, she was an International Inside Sales Rep at a security computer software company, and worked in Lease Administration at NET Properties.

She has held leadership positions in a number of professional and community organizations:

  • Commissioner, Governor’s Asian American Commission;
  • Co-Chair of Chapter Development and Board Retreat Coordinator, National Association of Asian American Professionals National Board
  • Executive VP, Boston Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (1998-2001);
  • Founding Member, Dragon Boat Club of Boston;
  • Board Member, Asian American Resource Workshop


Sarah K. Khan ’87 is the Director and Founder of the Tasting Cultures Foundation (TCF), Inc., a not-for-profit, which develops diverse educational programming about the intersection of food and culture ( By looking at the world through the lens of food, TCF engages communities about numerous issues related to food, culture, healing, ritual, medicine, cuisine, agriculture, biocultural diversity, migration of people and plants, and climate. A recent project is “The Art of Foodways”, a traveling exhibit that highlights artists’ connection to food.

She is an Assistant Scientist at UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health in the Integrative Medicine Program. Presently, she focuses on clinical research to improve weight management strategies that incorporates culinary, mindfulness and movement practices. As the editor of Integrative Medicine Updates Newsletter, Khan introduced a section entitled “Foodways” to educate clinicians about food traditions, healing, and culture.

A recipient of numerous grants, including a Fulbright and a Dana Meadows Leadership Fellowship at the Sustainability Institute, Khan has researched and traveled extensively in the Middle East, South Asia, China and Europe. She has had the privilege to study traditional ecological knowledge systems ranging from Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine to unique culinary and herbal systems.

She was awarded the Whole Thinking Retreats Fellowship sponsored by Center for Whole Communities where race and environmental issues are explored. She is a food and culture consultant to the Community Advisory Committee for the Muslim Voices: Arts and Ideas Program, a multi-institutional arts festival and conference launched in June 2009 in New York City. She has been on the Board of Advisors of the Natural Gourmet Institute of Food and Culinary Arts since 2003. She received her BA from Smith College in History with a concentration in the Middle East and Arabic; two Masters Degrees: Public Health and Human Clinical Nutrition both from Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences from NYBG/CUNY Graduate School.


Mary J. Kim Diaz graduated from Smith College in 2004 with a major in Studio Art and a concentration in Electronic Media. At Smith, she served as President of Chase House, President of the Korean-American Students of Smith (KASS), member of the Unity Council, and student web developer for the Smith College Information Technology Services department where she created numerous academic department websites for Smith. Mary also holds a Master’s degree in Graphic Communications Management & Technology at NYU.

Mary currently lives in New York City and works for Google as a User Experience & Visual Designer.


Audrey H. Paek is a 1992 graduate of Smith College. She is the former Vice President of the Smith College Alumnae Association Board (2005-2008). She continues to serve as a member of the President’s Council, a Director of the Boston Smith College Club, and the Alumnae Admissions Chair for the Boston Chapter.

She brings a broad range of skills and knowledge in the areas of fundraising, board relations, strategic planning, special events, and diversity initiatives. As a Search Director at Lois Lindauer Searches (LLLS), she specializes in recruiting mid to senior level fundraising professionals for leading educational, health care, and human service organizations.

Prior to joining LLLS, she served as Manager of Trustee and Overseer Relations at WGBH, and was later appointed as Diversity Initiatives Manager and Assistant to the President, where she worked with senior leadership to ensure the success of station-wide recruitment and retention efforts. Earlier in her career, she was a Lead Event Producer at a special events production company, and worked in marketing/group sales at Boston Ballet.

She has held leadership positions in a number of professional and community organizations:

  • Past President, Boston Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (1999-2002);
  • Founding Member and Vice President, Asian Women’s Connection;
  • Director, Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence;
  • Advisory Board Member, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center