JETAANC Leadership

JETAANC is a member (Chapter US-13) of the JET Alumni Association of the United States of America (JETAA USA), as well as a registered nonprofit organization in the state of California. We also partner frequently with the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco to help promote the JET Program and support outbound and recently returned JET alumni in our region. To learn more about JETAANC’s activities, join the chapter as a JET alumni or Friend of JET and receive email updates.

JETAANC’s organizational leadership has two tiers: the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.

JETAANC Executive Committee

The JETAANC Executive Committee (EC) consists of the current officers handling the day-to-day operations of the chapter, reporting to the chapter’s Board of Directors (see below) to draft the chapter’s annual budget, plan and host events, and communicate with JET alumni in our region and throughout the country. The EC members run most chapter meetings and events, and work closely with the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco to support the mission and recruitment of the JET Program. EC members consist of JET alumni living in our region, from recent returnees to those who have been back for 10 or more years.

2017-2018 Executive Committee Members

  • Co-Presidents: John Hayato Branderhorst (Okinawa, 2001-2006) and Jennifer Murawski (Wakayama, 2005-2007)
  • Vice President: Anna Fung (Iwate, 2011-2014)
  • Treasurer: Dustin Wang (Nagasaki, 2014-2015)
  • Secretary: Aleksandra (Sasha) Redkina (Gifu, 2012-2014)
  • Webmaster / IT Chair: Christopher Ueda (Oita, 1999-2002) – Recruiting
  • Newsletter Editor: Recruiting
  • Monterey Bay Subchapter President: Amy Russo (Gunma, 2010-2015)

JETAANC Board of Directors

As a California Public Benefit Corporation / 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for over 25 years, JETAANC relies on our Board of Directors to guide our chapter’s mission and oversee the Executive Committee members. The Board of Directors consists of distinguished JET alumni and members of the community who have contributed to the success of our chapter throughout its history—in some cases, from before we were even officially formed! The Board of Directors also organizes the JETAANC Scholarship project each year.

2017-2018 Board of Directors

  • Hajime Matsukata (Friend of JET)
  • Ryan Moore (Shikoku, 1997-2000)
  • Gary Mukai (Friend of JET)
  • Lauren Nakasato (Okayama, 2006-2008)
  • Cerell Terese Rivera (Hokkaido, 1998-2000)
  • Arisa Takahashi (Nara, 1991-1994)
  • Johanna Wee (Nara, 2000-2001)

Get Involved with JETAANC!

Make new friends, build your resume, and have fun by volunteering in one or more JETAANC areas of activity:

  • Programs – help plan and host JETAANC events and activities throughout the region and year, or volunteer at an event to learn more about what we do and how you can get more involved!

  • Communications – help gather information to produce our email newsletter and update our website and Facebook page.

  • Finance – help manage our chapter’s finances, including budgeting for events and tracking expenditures, especially if you’re interested in becoming a chapter Treasurer one day!

  • Membership – help us grow and manage our membership by staying in touch with outbound JETs as well as welcoming recent returnees and alumni who have relocated to our region.

  • Webmaster / IT – help manage our chapter’s IT infrastructure, including our WordPress website and technology tools (Slack and Gmail administration). This is a great way to get involved from anywhere in our region or build your technical skills.

  • Community Outreach – help us coordinate with local Japan-related community groups to get our alumni involved and find ways to connect our organizations via joint event planning and more.

  • Subchapters – help bring together alumni in communities through Northern California and Nevada, especially those outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Chapter and subchapter leaders are here to help bring JET alumni activities to your area, wherever you may be.

  • JETAANC Scholarship – help the JETAANC Board of Directors promote our scholarship for college-bound high school students with an interest in Japan. Great for high school teachers and school personnel!

  • 3-11 Tohoku Recovery Assistance – help us continue to aid people in the Tohoku region, who are continuing to rebuild, as well as to support other disaster recovery efforts in Japan.


Executive Committee
Cerell Terese Rivera
Board Liaison to the Executive Committee

Cerell worked as an ALT in Asahikawa, Hokkaido from 1998 – 2001. Working at a regional board of education, Cerell visited 35 high schools and 6 special needs schools in the Kamikawa district. She was president of the JETAANC from 2005-2006.

Cerell is a resource to alumni for:
– Community outreach
– Governance
– Event planning/coordination

Cerell is a public affairs professional with experience in nonprofit, program, and project management. Her areas of expertise include corporate social responsibility, issues & reputation management, government relations, communications, and PR & marketing.

Arisa Takahashi
Board of Directors

Arisa was a one-shot ALT with the Nara Prefecture Board of Education from 1991 to 1992, at over a dozen junior high schools. From 1992-
1994, she served as a CIR with the Nara International Foundation Commemorating the Silk Road Exposition (NIFS). Since returning, she has served as JETAANC’s treasurer, on JET interview panels, and as a speech contest judge.

Arisa is a resource to alumni for:

– Accounting and financial reporting
– Non-profit reporting compliance

Arisa is a CPA currently employed by Robert Half Management Resources. She is placed in companies that need senior-level accounting, finance and business systems professionals on an interim basis.

Ryan Moore
Scholarship Coordinator

Ryan served the Chubu Education Office, in Kochi Prefecture as a one-shot ALT from 1997-2000. His service area included 40 schools, both elementary and junior high. Upon returning, he has served as an interviewer for the JET program and was also JETAANC’s newsletter editor for two years. Ryan coordinates the JETAANC High School Scholarship program.

Ryan is a resource to alumni for:

– Education-related topics

After teaching 5th grade for 14 years at Longfellow Elementary School in San Francisco, Ryan has recently changed grades to work with kindergartners.

Lauren Nakasato
Board of Directors

Lauren was an ALT in Okayama Prefecture from 2006-2008. She served at two prefectural high schools and one prefectural special needs school. After returning to California, Lauren served a one-year term on the Executive Committee while planning and attending numerous JETAANC events.

Lauren is a resource to alumni for:
– Policy review and planning
– Community Relations

Lauren’s post-JET work includes a 4-year stint in Osaka as the director of a study abroad program for United States students as well as a recent post as Liaison Officer for the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science here in San Francisco.

Johanna Wee
Board of Directors

Johanna was an ALT in Haibara, Nara Prefecture from 2000-2003, working in the city’s junior high and elementary schools. In addition, she conducted English classes for adults at the community center. Johanna served as a JET interviewer from 2006-2007 and has volunteered at several JETAANC sponsored events.

Johanna is a resource to alumni for:
– Web design and development
– Marketing communication collateral

Johanna is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education at Stanford University.

Gary Mukai
Board of Directors

Gary taught English in Japan from 1977-1980. This experience pre-dated the establishment of the JET Program in 1987. Gary continues to maintain strong ties with the community members that he served back in Japan. Gary often acts as a chapter and national liaison for the JET Program and JET alumni-related causes.

Gary is a resource to alumni for:

– Grants and foundation partnerships
– Careers in the field of education

Gary is the director of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education at Stanford University.