Committee Chairs

Below are the committee chairs for 2015-2016 appointed by the president. Scroll down for more information about each of our committee heads:

Community Chair – Open position!

Social Media Chair – Open position!

Book Club Chair – Open position!

Career Chair – Open position!

Lindsay Amor, Cultural Chair – [cultural@jetaaportland.com]
Aomori, 2008-2013

Blood Type: A+
Konbini snack you miss most: Niku-man
Best thing about being back: Using my ATM card instead of carrying $$$.
Hardest thing about being back: Missing the shink.  Amtrak is too slow.
What you’re doing now: Working at a coffee non-profit… because caffeine is good.

Britt Sexton, Sports Chair – [sports@jetaaportland.com]
Hyogo, 1994-1997

Blood Type: Yummy
Konbini snack you miss most: Brittwiches
Best thing about being back: Eating whatever I want whenever I want
Hardest thing about being back: No post-snack onsen.

Veronica Adversalo, Webmaster – [webmaster@jetaaportland.com]
Hyogo, 2007-2009

Blood Type: A+
Konbini snack you miss most: Kara-age Kun, Fruit Sando
Best thing about being back: No more hot and humid summers
Hardest thing about being back: I miss onsen and the food (especially sushi!).
What you’re doing now: Updating this website, sending emails, and helping out with the Tabemashou! group.
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: Keep our members up to date on JETAA events, and get more people involved.

Vicki Bridges, J-Kaiwa Co-Chair – [jkaiwa@jetaaportland.com]
Aichi

Blood Type: O+
Konbini snack you miss most: Hiyashi chuka
Best thing about being back: Being near family
Hardest thing about being back: Missing friends in Japan, no ONSEN like there!
What you’re doing now: Helping Japanese high school students make it through a year of school here in Oregon
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: Through J-Kaiwa, I want to maintain chances to use Japanese so we don’t forget it and continue making Japanese friends and networking.

Scott Klein, J-Kaiwa Co-Chair – [jkaiwa@jetaaportland.com]
Tokyo, 1989-1992 (Friend of JET)

Blood Type: O+
Konbini snack you miss most: Shiichikin, Tsuna onigiri
Best thing about being back: The freedom of driving!
Hardest thing about being back: Missing friends in Japan
What you’re doing now: IT business analyst for UPS
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: Broaden participation at JETAA events, and find a new nijikai spot! Ideas…?

Chikako Houser, Tabemashou! Chair – [tabemashou@jetaaportland.com]
Wakayama (Friend of JET)

Blood Type: AB
Konbini snack you miss most: Pudding
Best thing about being back: The beautiful scenery in Oregon.
Hardest thing about being back: Being able to visit my local onsen.
What you’re doing now: I work at day care center.
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: To help people discover good Japanese food in the Portland area. I hope our group helps people get involved with JETAA Portland and provide a way to connect to other people in the Japanese community.

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The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.