Michael Kyung Lee Selected to Head MakingChange

MakingChange, a nonprofit in Howard County which empowers individuals and families to achieve financial stability, has selected Michael Kyung Lee to serve as Executive Director of the organization. Lee replaces former Executive Director Mike Couch, who moved out of state.

Lee has over 20 years of senior management experience in non-profit and private sectors. He has worked as project director of the Collaborative Project of Maryland, executive director of Bethel Senior Center Inc., and director of program services for the Fuel Fund of Maryland. In addition, he served as manager of the Standards for Excellence Certification Program for Maryland Nonprofits. His business experience includes employment as a Senior Tax Preparer for Liberty Tax Services and Business Manager for Majestic Title Services.

“We are very pleased to have Michael Lee join MakingChange as executive director,” said Board Chair Jean Sedlacko. “His program and fiscal management experience will be of great value to MakingChange as it seeks to expand services to meet the needs of individuals and families seeking financial stability.”

Lee’s community involvement has included serving as deacon for Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church and as a member of the Ellicott City Horizon Council. He attended Towson University and has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management with a Concentration in Development from Goucher College.

MakingChange had a record year in FY17, attracting 1,356 attendees to its group seminars and personal coaching sessions to teach people to manage their money and change their lives. Seminars served 1,226 people, and 130 clients received personal financial coaching. MakingChange also prepared free tax returns for 783 people.

MakingChange programs are offered in schools, human service agencies, businesses and elsewhere as requested. The organization is currently conducting Moderate Income Housing Unit (MIHA) program homebuyers workshops for prospective homeowners and offering free tax preparation services at the MultiService Center in North Laurel and at the NonProfit Collaborative offices in Columbia.

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