Meet Your AC: Jon Oaks

What's your name? Jon Oaks

What are your gender pronouns? He/Him/His

Where do you call home? (City, State, Country) Warren, MI, USA

Jon at the 2019 KAAN Conference in Minneapolis

Tell us a little about yourself. How do you spend your time outside of KAAN?

I am a Professor of Mathematics at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. Outside of KAAN, I volunteer with the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) as the Midwest Vice President and TODOS: Mathematics for All as the part of the Member Services Committee. My hobbies include watching Detroit Pistons basketball and taking photographs.

Jon with the 2019 Detroit Christmas tree.

What is your role on the Advisory Council?

My primary role with KAAN is to make sure the website stays up-to-date and that it meets the needs of our members. Some of the recent updates include trying to make information easier to find, and the introduction of our new blog and community calendar.

How did you hear about KAAN? How did you decide to get involved in the AC?

I heard about KAAN through a post I saw in a Korean Adoptee Facebook Group. The comments to that post were all positive and made me think that KAAN was an organization in which I would like to get involved.

How many KAAN conferences have you attended?

I have only attended two KAAN Conferences - the 2018 and 2019 Conferences in Minneapolis. Both of the conferences were amazing. My favorite part about the KAAN Conferences is the raffle prize drawings because I think they are an excellent way for me to give back to KAAN whether or not I win a prize. After writing my name on 200 raffle prize tickets in 2018, I learned my lesson and brought my personalized address stamp to the 2019 conference and stamped my name on each of the 200 raffle prize tickets. So, if you remember my name drawn at the 2019 Conference - yes, I'm that guy.

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