The PNWJETAA steering council consists of four executive officers and an assortment of committee coordinators. For detailed descriptions of all PNWJETAA Steering Council positions, click here. If you are interested in getting involved more in PNWJETAA, we encourage you to come to our monthly meetings and meet the team!
New officers are elected at our Annual Meeting and Shinnenkai Celebration held each year in January or February.
President – Cheryl Hou & Samantha Corpuz
Vice President – Devyn Couch
Secretary – Mira Pomerantz
Treasurer – Jeremy Odden
Social Coordinator – Devyn Couch & Mira Pomerantz
Transitions (Career Day) – Transitions Team (Members TBD)
Media Coordinator – Janice Laureano
Compliance Coordinator – Jeremy Odden
Community Outreach – Mira Pomerantz
Newsletter – Denise Sawyer
Book Club – Anna Amen
Book Club – Casey Mochel
Adam Ledyard – Current JETAA USA Country Representative and prior President of PNWJETAA
Cheryl Hou – Current Advisory Board Member of JETAA USA and prior President of PNWJETAA & Country Representative of JETAA USA
Michelle Kato – Current Advisory Board Member of JETAA USA and prior Vice President of PNWJETAA
Ryan Hart – Current Advisory Board Member of JETAA USA and prior President of PNWJETAA & Country Representative of JETAA USA
Lynn Miyauchi – Current Steering Council Member and prior JET Program Coordinator, Seattle
Casey Mochel – Current Steering Council Member and prior PNWJETAA Executive Council Member & Country Representative of JETAA USA
Zung Do – Prior President of PNWJETAA and Steering Council member of many community groups
Executive Officer Positions
Overall leadership and direction of PNWJETAA; plan and attend chapter meetings; represent the chapter at public events; all communications with National and International organizations; attend annual National Conference and regional conferences; represent PNWJETAA at public and private functions as needed.
Support role for President and other chapter members in leadership; guidance and execution of events; remain current on chapter initiatives and projects; represent the chapter at public events; maintain membership database; facilitate President’s role when President is absent.
Treasurer (two-year commitment)
Plan and execute annual operating budget requests from both CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations) and MoFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs); reconcile receipts from chapter activities; submit budget reports as required; represent the chapter at public events; attend annual National Conference and regional conferences.
Attend and note chapter meetings; respond to report requests including annual Internal and National Chapter updates; work closely with Media Relations, Social Coordinator and Community Outreach to provide public relations support in chapter communications and web support; represent the chapter at public events; advocate proper archival of PNWJETAA information at all levels.
We also have the following committees. These positions are great for multiple people to share and work on together, and a good way to get involved if you’re new to the area!
Manage content on the PNWJETAA website and oversee all web-based communication with the membership and the community at large, act as the voice for PNWJETAA with media and external contacts, coordinate communications with Social Coordinator and Community Outreach Coordinators.
Facilitate and attend social activities throughout the year such as cultural events, networking happy hours or dinners, etc.; location scouting; mailing list communications; RSVP coordination, web content contribution.
Transitions (Career Day) Team
Coordinate the overall planning and execution of our annual career day event in October including but not necessarily limited to: venue, guest speakers, menus, seating arrangements, panel participants, and job fair participants.
Coordinate overall planning and execution of two annual community projects for chapter, work with others to promote chapter; keep chapter informed of relevant community groups or events; develop relationships with local Japan-related community groups.
Compile annual newsletter, coordinate newsletter production, actively contribute articles to both newsletter and web page, and solicit material from JETAA members, officers and current JET participants.
Research & Development
Explore new projects, such as non-profit status, events or technology for the association. May also include researching local organizations for future collaborations.
Responsible for making sure that all of the association’s published materials are in compliance with copyright laws and regulations established by the governing bodies of our association.