JETAA Officer Elections & Chapter Survey – 2016

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Thank you everyone for voting in our election and participating in our chapter survey! Your feedback is important to us.

JETAA Officer Elections – Vote Online

Hear ye, hear ye – the online voting polls are now open! Polls are open from March 15th to March 31st. The officer platforms are listed below and the online voting is ready for you to cast your vote for this year’s JETAA officers.

Here’s what you need to do:

1) Review the platforms for the candidates running for officer positions (scroll down to see below).

2) Vote for the candidate of your choosing online. (Important: Make sure to enter your e-mail address, or your vote will not count).

3) In addition to our office elections, we have created a survey to get a better understanding of what our members desire from our JETAA chapter. If you have an opinion about what kind of events we should hold in the future now is your chance to let us know.

*** We encourage you to take 5 minutes for the future direction of our chapter. ***

Candidates for President:

Michael Richey

Hello! My name is Michael Richey and I was an ALT in Shiga-ken from 2008-2010. I have really enjoyed being Vice President of JETAA Portland this past year. This coming year, I hope to serve our amazing JET Alum community as President.

For the last two years, I’ve volunteered at the JET Pre-Departure Orientation and the JET Program interviews. I organized and ran the JETAA resume workshop for new returnees. I also co-organized the JETAA Career Panel for the second year in a row.

My goals for the chapter are greater organization, promotion, and growth. I plan to achieve this through solidifying the institutional knowledge, promoting our chapter through social media, and creating an inclusive environment for JET Alumni.

Thank you and よろしくおねがいします!


Candidates for Vice-President: 


Jeffrey Houser

My name is Jeffrey Houser and I was an ALT Wakayama prefecture from 2004-2008. I have been actively involved with JETAA Portland since 2012. I have organized, planned and promoted many events throughtout that time and look forward to helping JETAA Portland continue to be an active part in the community and reach out to many of the great JET Alumni that live in our region.

If elected as Vice President, I will continue to search for ways that JETAA Portland can create deeper connections into the Japanese communitty. I plan to explore finding new ways to expand our growing professional network for JETAlumni in Portland.

I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve as an officer and providing positive contributions to achieve the goals of our chapter.

Thank you!



Candidates for Treasurer:

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Katie Richey

My name is Katie Richey and I was an ALT in Shiga Prefecture from 2007 – 2010. I have enjoyed serving as the JETAA Portland chapter treasurer for the past year and seek to continue the role for another year.

Our JETAA chapter has much to offer the local community and I have enjoyed participating in and supporting our numerous activities. I believe a successful chapter is one that is inclusive, and I make it a point to encourage other JET alumni to become involved in our events.

As a JETAA member, I’ve had the opportunity to make new friends with JET alumni and Friends of JET, help coordinate chapter event plans, volunteer with local activities held by JASO and the Japanese Garden, interview JET applicants at the Consular Office, and present at the Pre-Departure Orientation for new JETs.

As treasurer, I have learned and performed the budget request processes for both CLAIR and MOFA. I have maintained the monthly financial reports, and helped advise on chapter activity costs. Attending the JETAA National Conference in Detroit last year allowed me to broaden my understanding of treasurer duties, as well as consider new opportunities for our chapter.

My continued aim is to ensure financial support of our activities by maintaining contact with the Consular Office of Japan and CLAIR, and keeping accurate spending records. Our former treasurers have demonstrated great fiscal responsibility, thus making our chapter strong, and I intend to continue these practices.

Thank you and yoroshiku onegaishimasu!


Candidates for Secretary:

Matt Krzyzynski
I’ve been in Portland a little over two years now and feel so lucky to have been a part of JETAA as Secretary. I’ve done my best to ensure that our members promptly receive thorough information from our meetings regarding JET and community events. I’ve also been in charge of the annual Bounenkai, which has been successful in attracting new returnees and other members of the Japanese community in town.

Going forward, I hope to keep working with the other officers to ensure a smooth transition back home for returnees and working to host events where they can start getting involved. I also hope to continue working with the group to create a Knowledge Base system for future officers and to keep improving internal communication. I’d love to stay on for another year as Secretary!

Thanks and yoroshiku!

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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.