In 1989, Governor Terry Branstad of Iowa and Governor Chiu Chuang-huan of Taiwan signed the Iowa-Taiwan Friendship Agreement. Taiwan has been a trusted friend and important trading partner for Iowa over the years. During the floods of 1993, Ambasasdor Mou Shih Ding of Taiwan personally delivered a gift of $100,000 to aid flood-ravaged Iowa families. Since then there has been a steady exchange in students and ideas between the two sister-states, reaffirming the bond between Iowa and Taiwan.
Tim is a new member of the ISS volunteer family; he became Taiwan Chair in 2014.
Having moved to Iowa in his youth, Tim still shares fond memories of summers spent visiting family in Taiwan. As a Director of CK International, Ltd., he still visits Taiwan regularly to meet with leather and meat customers, as well as extended family.
Olga also joined the Taiwan Committee in 2014. Originally from Ukraine, Olga first got involved with ISS through the Cherkasy partnership.
Olga has lived in the Greater Des Moines area since 2002. During this time, she completed her MBA from Drake University, established a career in human resources, and volunteered with various local organizations. Currently, Olga is involved with the Young Professionals Connection (YPC) Diversity Committee.