2016 Officers/Directors
 

Executive Committee

 
Yolanda Kim
President
 

I was born in Korea but grew up in Hawaii and moved to Vallejo in 1980 with my husband William Kim.  Together we have three beautiful children who support us with everything we do.

My husband I have been serving Vallejo teaching Olympic Taekwondo since 1980 and like our sport which is built on respect for self and others, I have the utmost respect for the past Presidents of the association and hope to continue their work and legacy.

My involvement with the Vallejo Sister City Association began in 2000, when we first initiated sister city relations with Jincheon, South Korea.  President Dwight Eisenhower envisioned an organization that could be the hub of peace and prosperity by creating bonds between people from different cities around the World, and my goal is to spread the culture of our Sister Cities in our community.  I envision a community that supports all ethnic backgrounds and work together in harmony to broaden our minds and develop a better understanding of diverse cultures through exchanges and business relations as we engage in meaningful International exchange programs.

As we move forward for the next two years, I truly appreciate the very dedicated and selfless past presidents, board members, general members and look forward to spreading our passion for this organization to the general public.

 
Mike Browne
Vice President
 

Mike Browne is currently the Executive Director at the Vallejo Convention and Visitor's Bureau where he has been since 2003. He relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from St. Louis, Missouri in 1998 to work at Marine World - Africa USA as its Director of Marketing. At Marine World, Mike and his team introduced the two new brands, The New Marine World Theme Park and Six Flags Marine World, as the park added themed rides to their popular mix of land and marine animals. Other positions held by Browne were Vice President of Harvest Festival, a dmg world media company, Director of Marketing for two Midwest riverboat gaming facilities, and sixteen years marketing the Six Flags St. Louis theme park.

Currently, Browne is a charter member of the Solano Sunset Rotary Club - Vallejo, and serves on the Boards of Rebuilding Together Solano County, the Vallejo Sister City Association, Vallejo July 4th Parade Association, and on the advisory Board for the Vallejo Symphony, as well as serving on the Wall to Wall Academy Task Force (UFSD) and the Hospitality Academy Committee at Vallejo High School and on the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee. Mike also served for six years on the Board of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.

Browne has been a resident of Benicia, CA since September, 1998.

 
Marvin Fruth
Treasurer - Property Manager
 

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I served 4.5 years in the U.S. Navy. After my military service, I worked for various electronic companies in the Bay Area for private shipyards. We moved to Vallejo in 1977. We joined the Sister City Association in 1978. We stayed involved with the SCA thru 1995. During those years, my wife and I hosted many visitors from Akashi , Japan. During those 17 years I served as president, treasurer and as a broad member. I rejoined the Association in 2007. I visited the city of Akashi, Japan in 2008 with the high school all star baseball team. I stayed in a private home during that visit. This year I was able to host them as they came to the United States to visit and site see. I have been retired since 2001 and I enjoy my new life.

 
Emma Del Rosario
Secretary
 

Emma del Rosario-Cordova graduated from the University of the East with a BSBA, majoring in Accounting. Emma also attended Penn State in Project Management, Costs and Scheduling. She is now retired from the Bechtel Corporation where she was a Project Controls Engineer.

Married to Robert L. Cordova, Emma has traveled to 25 Countries and 28 States. She loves to share God’s love.

 
Gina Santos
Assistant Secretary
   
 

Directors

Brenda Brumfield-Ross
Dan Buan
Diji Christian
Paul Ligda
Eric Lindquist
Jerry Kea
William Kim - Jincheon 
Jeremy Medina
Ravi Shankar
Elissa Shanks Stewart
Pelton Stewart
Dinah Villanueva-Ryan
Unsuk Watabayashi