Leadership

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.

Hajime Matsukata
Board of Directors

Haj is a native-born Japanese, who moved to the United States when he was young.

Haj is a resource to alumni for:
– Japanese culture
– Technology-related topics

Haj is a Boston College graduate with a degree in software engineering. He also has an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He is currently working at Udemy, which produces an online education-based platform.

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.

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.

Jennifer Hale
Board of Directors

Jennifer served as an ALT at Izumi High School in Kishiwada City, Osaka Prefecture from 1994-1996. During her tenure, she also sang lead vocals in 2 bands, played o-koto with a local community group and won a kendama contest on a TV variety show. Jennifer joined the Board in 2018 and co-chaired the JETAANC Career Webinar in May 2019. Having worked in the tech and travel industries since earning her MBA in 1999, Jennifer is a resource to alumni for:
Tech startup-related topics in the Bay Area
Travel industry-related topics, particularly for Japan

Jennifer is currently an Account Executive at AdvisoryCloud, a recruiting company based in Novato, California.