JETAA New York (US-2)
- JETAA USA Country Representative: 2015-present
- JETAA New York (US-2) Board of Directors: 2011-Present
- USJETAA Board of Directors: 2016-present
- JETAA New York (US-2) President: 2011-2015
- JETAA USA Working Group Member: 2014-present
- JETAA New York (US-2) Vice President: 2008-2011
- JETAA New York (US-2) Social Chair: 2006-2008
- JET Program, ALT, Saitama Prefecture 2002-2004
The JET Program has been apart of my life for the past 15 years including the two years I was a high school ALT in Saitama, Japan. I am very passionate about the success of the program, the JETAA Chapters, and the alumni across the country. I am so grateful to have represented JETAA USA for the past three years as a Country Representative and now seeking the support in running for a fourth term.
This past year as Country Representative I feel I not only accomplished what I set out to do but surpassed it. The JET30 Reunion in Washington DC was a wildly successful event with over 200 hundred people in attendance celebrating the 30th anniversary of the JET Program combined with the JETAA USA National Conference. My role in managing the logistics for both events allowed me to work very closely with all the chapter representatives and truly showcase all we have accomplished in the past 30 years.
Every chapter is led by amazing, vibrant and dedicated alumni that commit so much time and energy to promoting the JET Program and enhancing the U.S.-Japan relationship. In my role as Country Representative it is important to me to keep an open dialog with the chapter leaders to offer support, guidance and any institutional knowledge that might help in their local region. I will continue to stay on top of the local chapter activities in order to share that information in e-mail blasts and social media posts to broadcast the highlights of JETAA USA.
The past three years I have played an integral role in the logistics and planning of the National and Regional conferences. Having attended nine National Conferences and believe I have a lot to offer the host chapter in planning the agenda and managing the delegates logistics to alleviate some of the work for the host chapter. I have already begun working with the 2018 National Conference host chapter to make it another highly successful event.
Based on feedback from alumni I plan to host regular conference calls on topics of interest to support the chapters. This includes but not limited to treasurer support, database management, membership outreach, fundraising, and so much more. This will allow us to focus on areas of improvement and provide tangible ideas to implement in our local chapters and not having to wait till the next National Conference to discuss these topics.
I am committed to building our network through supporting our subchapters and finding solutions to expanding their membership through increasing the visibility of JETAA before people go on JET. It is important to create a seamless transition from JET to JETAA and this can be done through maintaining a strong working relationship with AJET and alumni chapter leaders in Japan and around the world.
As Country Representative I want to help chapters utilize the amazing benefits of USJETAA. This non-profit extension of our organization can positively help all chapters elevate their events, offerings, and support to their local members. I am currently a USJETAA Board Member which helps bridge the two organizations and their support of alumni and chapters. I have presented in two of the JETAA Toolbox webinars focusing on Effective Program Implementation (3/8/2017) and Board Development (3/2/2018).
I’ve been an active member of the New York alumni chapter (JETAANY) since returning from Japan in 2005. My involvement with JETAANY for the past 13 years has allowed me to see this organization grow tremendously not only in membership but increasing our visibility in the community. I currently sit as the Chair of the Board of Directors and have had the opportunity to represent JETAA at many high-level meetings and events including several with prefectural governors. Creating an open forum of communication with the Tokyo Governor and his office helped open the door to the expansion of the JET Program in Tokyo in 2014. Since I am based in New York I have the unique opportunity to frequently work closely with CLAIR NY staff that offers amazing guidance to all JETAA Chapters.
I believe my experience, passion and dedication can benefit the national efforts of JETAA USA. I sincerely appreciate the consideration to be elected as one of the U.S. Country Representatives. I am absolutely committed in seeing the growth and longevity of the JET program and the alumni association.
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