All PNWJETAA profiles will be hosted here to our PNW J-Link page, where they will remain in our permanent PNW J-Link Directory, as long as you wish.
Profiles are listed in alphabetical order:
Jeff Albright, (He/Him)ALT, Nagasaki, Nagasaki 1995-1998 Brain and Spine Clinics / Bellingham Sister Cities Association (Bellingham-Tateyama)
Brain & Spine Clinics is a unique integrative practice with a focus on pain management by optimizing function through cutting-edge treatment options to include Chiropractic, Cold Laser, Non-Surgical Decompression, physical therapeutic exercise and Clinical Neuroscience-based Rehabilitation and Clinical Functional Nutrition.
The Bellingham Sister Cities Association (BSCA) is a part of this international organization promoting “person-to-person” activities between countries around the world. Bellingham has four sister cities; all are port cities located around the Pacific Rim, including the City of Tateyama, Chiba.
Alana Baxter, (She/Her)ALT, Maebashi, Gunma, 2006-2008
Alana is currently working as a speech language pathologist to special needs preschoolers and making “Miss Alana” videos to help them practice communicating at home. She also loves performing in plays, musicals, and voice overs. During her time in Japan, Alana developed a love for performing enka music which continues to to this day.
Braden Bennight, (He/Him)CIR, Nagoya, Aichi, 2014-2017 Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
The Hyogo Business & Cultural Center is an overseas office of the Hyogo prefectural government based in Seattle. The center promotes the sister-state relationship between Hyogo and Washington through cultural, educational, and business exchange. This includes, for example, Japanese cultural events, collaboration with local entities, and a Japanese speech & skit contest.
Michael Byun, (He/Him)ALT, O-Taguchi, Kita-shitara, Aichi, 1997-98 The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)
The Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) promotes social justice, and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative community-based multilingual and multicultural services.
Samantha Corpuz, (She/Her)ALT, Annaka, Gunma, 2012-2016 Laurasian Institution
Laurasian Institution is a not-for-profit educational organization, specializing in meaningful, high-quality, exchange and education programs driven by their curricular design. The institution was founded in 1990 and has been honored to operate programs sponsored by both the U.S. Department of State and the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Zack Davisson, (He/Him)ALT, Sakurai, Nara, 2001 – 2007 Author
Zoe Donnell, (She/Her)ALT, Omiya, Saitama, 1998-2000 Tacoma Art Museum
I live in Tacoma, and I work in the Curatorial Department of the Tacoma Art Museum. I have been an admirer of Japanese woodblock prints for twenty years and received a masters of arts degree in art history from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, with a focus in twentieth century Japanese art.
Randi Edwards, (She/Her)ALT, Date, Hokkaido, 2013-2018 The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center fosters globally minded leaders of integrity in the spirit of Maureen and Mike Mansfield. We partner with students, educators, community members and institutions around the world in order to promote dialogue and a global exchange of perspectives, ideas, and solutions. Currently, Randi is the International Program Coordinator at the Mansfield Center.
Chad Frisk, (He/Him)ALT, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, 2008-2013 Author
Geoff Froh, (He/Him)ALT, Shizuoka, 1992-1993 Densho
Densho collects and preserves video oral histories documenting Japanese American history with an emphasis on the World War II incarceration. Our website provides a free digital archive of nearly 2000 hours of interviews, 60,000 historical photos and documents, along with curricula examining democratic principles and civil liberties. Geoff currently serves as the Deputy Director and has over 15 years of experience developing technology and information management strategies for a variety of for-profit and non-profit ventures, ranging from small think-tanks and startups to the Department of State.
Kyle Funakoshi, (He/Him)ALT, Koga, Fukuoka, 1996-1997
Kyle is a Major Gifts Fundraiser for the National Park Foundation, which seeks to preserve and enhance our nations cultural, historic and natural treasures and is the official charitable partner of the National Park Service, which seeks to He engages philanthropists and connect them with programs that can maximize their impact in the world. Kyle is happy to speak with people who are in learning more about fundraising.
Amelia Hagen, (She/Her)ALT, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, 2008-2013 Swiss IM&H
Heidi Helgeson, (She/Her)ALT, Toyota, Aichi, 1998-1999 H2D Architecture + Design
H2D Architecture + Design is a full service architecture and design firm founded in 2006 by Heidi Helgeson. The firm’s mission is to work as a team with our clients, listening and developing their objectives and visions into beautiful architecture. Whether we are working on a small remodel, new custom home, addition, multi-family dwelling, or a small commercial space, our focus is on architectural detail, budget feasibility, and incorporating environmentally friendly materials and methods.
Michelle Kato, (She/Her)CIR, Kagoshima City, Kagoshima Prefecture, 2013-2016
Andrew KimALT, Miyoshi, Tokushima, 2005-2007 Workplace Analytics – Microsoft
3-year ALT that used my JET experience to turn it into an awesome career in technology. Andrew is currently a Senior Program Manager – Workplace Analytics (Microsoft Office 365) at Microsoft.
Janice Laureano, (She/Her)ALT, Niitsu, Niigata, 2013-2017 Fujifilm SonositeSales
In 1936, FUJIFILM launched its healthcare business with X-ray film. The goal back then was the same as it is now: Improve outcomes for patient care. In 2012, Sonosite became a wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM and joined the visionary healthcare companies that make up the Fujifilm Healthcare portfolio. As the originators and pioneers of point-of-care ultrasound, our purpose is as clear as one of our images: To enable clinicians and healthcare systems to continuously improve patient outcomes at the point of care by advancing imaging solutions.
Alejandro Llamas, (He/Him)ALT, Tamba, Hyogo, 2014-2018 Hyogo Business & Cultural Center
I’ve been the assistant manager at the Hyogo Business & Cultural Center (HBCC) since 2019. HBCC is committed to the continued development of the sister-state relationship between Washington State and Hyogo Prefecture by promoting governmental, business, cultural, and educational collaboration between the two regions. We build connections between Washington and Hyogo by supporting Japanese language education, offering cultural workshops, assisting student and teacher exchanges, providing business development services, and supporting sister-city relationships between Washington and Hyogo cities.
Lynn Miyauchi, (She/Her)ALT, Obama, Fukui Consulate- General of Japan, Seattle
A firm believer in the positive impact of grassroots exchange, she continues to support citizen diplomacy in her current role as the Senior Specialist for Cultural Affairs, Sister Cities and Public Outreach at the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle. She is responsible for creating cultural and educational programing content and has a special interest in Japanese armor and furoshiki tying techniques.
Iaido is the art of drawing, cutting from the draw and re-sheathing a Japanese long sword. Through a series of stylized scenarios (kata) originating from techniques used by the Samurai, students of Iaido train their bodies and minds by learning extremely precise maneuvers, while simultaneously increasing concentration and focus. Lynn studies Iaido at the Musokai Dojo, which is a school of Japanese Swordsmanship in the style and tradition of Muso Shinden-ryu.
Jeremy Odden, (He/Him)ALT, Kyotango, Kyoto, 2015-2018 Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) – Local 15
Jeremy belongs to the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) -Local 15 ,which is the union behind entertainment! Jeremy works most strongly in technological, theatrical, and educational environments.