Meet the Chapter

We are JETAA Portland

Our officers keep JETAA running. They take care of the behind-the-scenes work and plan the various special events that JETAA holds year round.

 

To learn more about our officers, click on their name below:

Treasurer

Lindsay Amor

Aomori-ken, Hachinohe-shi,

2008-2013

treasurer@jetaaportland.com

 

Secretary

Rosie Fordham

Nagasaki-ken, 2014 – 2017

secretary@jetaaportland.com

Our Committee Chairs are responsible for various tasks around JETAA, such as hosting our monthly events and managing our website. 

To learn more about our committee chairs, click on their name below:

 

Officers

Phylicia's time on JET was only the first half of her career in Japan — she briefly returned to Portland post-JET, and promptly went back to Sapporo, doing teaching and translation work from 2015 to 2019. She was involved in the street dance scene and worked with the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association to help promote the two cities' 60+ year friendship. She loved exploring Hokkaido and eating all of the delicious foods on the way.

Phylicia is working at the Portland Japanese Garden and doing localization QA for a novel publisher. She 

President

Phylicia Bishop

Sapporo-shi, 2010-2014

looks forward to connecting our chapter to more alumni and friends of JET so that we can be a resource for those who can benefit from our activities. She's crossing her fingers in hopes that we'll all be able to get together in person eventually.

Fun Facts about Phylica

  • What konbini snack do you miss most?

Too many... cheese okaka onigiri from the hot deli in Seicomart (Hokkaido conbini chain)​

  • What's the best thing about being back?

Dishwashers — so happy I don't have to hand wash everything anymore!!

  • What's your favorite Ramen?

Shio

  • What's the hardest thing about being back?

Feeling like a gaijin in my home country, and missing out on Japan's amazing onsen, food, and public transit

Vice President

Michaela Duffey

Sapporo-shi, 2017-2018

This is Michaela’s second year as a Vice President, and third as a JETAA officer.

Despite graduating as a French major, she took off with her minor in Japanese and decided to join the JET Program instead of the French equivalent, TAPIF. And it was the best decision she ever made. She only stayed in

Sapporo for one year, but she made the most of her time making friends with locals through a multi-lingual club called Hippo, attending the choir and art clubs at her school, and making her whole school laugh with her lame Japanese puns. 

 

In her spare time, she loves to play piano, draw, bake, and work on her cooking skills. This year she hopes to help plan more informal events where people can get to know each other and create a closer-knit community.

Fun Facts about Michaela

  • What konbini snack do you miss most?

Jagariko

  • What's the best thing about being back?

Fruits and vegetables are so much cheaper here!​

  • What's your favorite Ramen?

Miso​

  • What's the hardest thing about being back?

No longer living in the same building as other JETs

Treasurer

Lindsay Amor

Aomori-ken Hachinohe-shi,

2008-2013

Originally a New Englander, Lindsay came to PDX for undergrad, then on to JET for 5 years. Returning to Portland, Lindsay joined JETAA as Culture Chair, then Tabemashou! Chair. With grad school now over, she's happy to get more involved as the Treasurer.

 

Lindsay likes to spend her days playing with her dog, Petra, and her evenings embroidering temari, a craft she picked up in Japan.

Fun Facts about Lindsay

  • What konbini snack do you miss most?

Heated drinks in winter.

  • What's the best thing about being back?

Remembering my mother tongue.  :)

  • What's your favorite Ramen?

After studying abroad in Sapporo, miso.

  • What's the hardest thing about being back?

Not being able to return frequently.

Secretary

Rosie Fordham

Nagasaki-ken, 2014-2017

Rosie is excited to be starting her third year on the JETAA Portland board and her second year as Secretary. While on JET she lived in Sasebo, the second largest city in Nagasaki Prefecture. Rosie currently works in customer service.

Outside of work she enjoys reading as much

as possible (especially fantasy and YA books), working on writing projects, and trying to keep up her Japanese. As Secretary, she hopes to continue fostering JETAA Portland’s ties with other chapters, and to expand our local network to include alumni with families and those outside of the immediate Portland area.

Fun Facts about Rosie

  • What konbini snack do you miss most?

FamiMa fried chicken

  • What's the best thing about being back?

Easy access to books in English

  • What's your favorite Ramen?

Tonkotsu

  • What's the hardest thing about being back?

Missing the friends I made in Sasebo

 
 
 
 
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Committee Chairs

J-Kaiwa Chair

Phylicia Bishop

jkaiwa@jetaaportland.com

Committee chair bios coming soon!
Book Club Chair

Rianna Robertson-LeVay
bookclub@jetaaportland.com

Tabemashou Chair
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