William grew up in Southwest Philadelphia, PA and graduated from John Bartram High School. After being honorably discharged from the US Army, he earned a BA in International Politics and Economics from The Pennsylvania State University. To learn more about conflict theory and practice, William enrolled in a master’s program in Conflict Resolution at McGregor School at Antioch University. For the past 24 years, he has been working as a mediator, trainer, and facilitator in the greater Philadelphia region.
William’s mother and sisters were born in the Republic of Korea making William the first person on his mother’s side of the family to be born outside of the Korean peninsula. William’s paternal grandfather was born in Russia sometime in the late 1800s and, apparently after making his way to Mexico, walked into the United States. His father is a veteran of three wars and likes to eat at hip Korean restaurants even at 90 years old. William’s wife is his companion and best friend and his two children keep him running through the park and looking for little toy animals around the house.
In addition to being a professional mediator, William has experience as a HIV/AIDS medical case manager, education manager and instructor for youth pushed-out of school, community organizer, and outreach counselor for run-a-way and thrown-away children.