JETAA Officer Elections – 2017

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JETAA Officer Elections – Vote Online

Calling all JET Alumni – the online voting polls for the 2017 JETAA officer elections are now open! Polls are open from March 16th 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).

Click here to vote today!

*** 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 President of JETAA Portland this past year. This coming year, I hope to serve again in this position.

For the last three years, I’ve volunteered at the JET Pre-Departure Orientation and the JET Program interviews. I also co-organized the JETAA Career Panel with Jeffrey Houser and Anna Schneider. And of course, I’ve run the monthly meetings for the past year.

My goals for the chapter are greater connectivity with Portland’s Japan organizations, and outreach to our members.

Thank you and よろしくおねがいします!


Candidates for Vice President: 

Joshua Kramer

 Greetings! My name is Joshua Kramer and I am a proud JET alumni, following my three awesome years spent in Satsumasendai-shi, Kagoshima-ken, from 2006 to 2009. JET gave me the opportunity to work abroad, gather a core group of who will surely be lifelong friends and live back in Kyushu, after spending four years there as a child (my father was a submarine chief in the navy and our family was stationed in Sasebo).

Since returning to the States, I’ve been working in nonprofit management, started a family (I currently have a 10 month old daughter and two and a half year old son) and have, all in all, been quite busy. That said, I’ve always wanted to become active with JETAA, to give back to a program that has given so much to me and keep an ongoing connection to Japan and the JET community.

I am offering my services in the capacity of Vice President, because am passionate about about all things JET and Japan and have six years experience leading and supporting executive nonprofit meetings, so I feel I can hit the ground running. I also have meeting planning experience (from small committee meetings to large trade shows), so feel I have a lot to offer in the capacity as well.

Basically, I have passion, a positive attitude and experience directly relevant to the Vice President position. I hope you’l consider me for the 2017-2018 year!

Thank you!


Candidates for Treasurer:

Anna Schneider
I’m a somewhat-recently returned JET looking forward to becoming more involved in the JETAA Portland community.

I’m hoping to continue the great work put in by the previous officers and also hoping to leverage my own experience as a local AJET officer into the Portland metro community. While I’m a big fan of international exchange, I also have a minor obsession with budgets and I know I won’t hesitate to dive into the nitty-gritty of keeping financial items in order.

Thanks for considering me!


Candidates for Secretary:

Serena Glick

Hello! I was an ALT in Ehime-ken from 2010-2012. I have been in Portland since returning from JET in 2012. I have participated in various JETAA events over the past 4-5 years, volunteering at pre-departure orientations, Mochitsuki, Kumoricon, and taking part in various dinners and events throughout the year. I even had the honor of helping out with the JET interviews this year, providing reception and data entry for the Japanese Consulate.

I would love to serve as the Secretary this upcoming year. I am a very organized, hard-working, and detail-oriented person, and worked as a secretary full time in the year prior to going on the JET Program. Currently I am a stay-at-home mom and am eager to put my energies towards supporting JETAA. This organization has meant a lot to me in years past and provided me with such a sense of community that I look forward to giving back and ensuring that it continues to be a meaningful part of many peoples’ lives.

Thank you and yoroshiku!

Filed in: Past Events • Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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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.