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:

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

Rabia returned from her JET placement, Sanagochi Village in Tokushima-ken in 2017. During her time there she volunteered in Tokushima AJET Musicals, went white water rafting in Oboke gorge, and frequented many cafes. 

Rabia is looking forward to starting her Masters Program in Nutrition this Fall. She is also eager to get more people involved in JETAA meetings and activities. 

Fun Facts about Rabia

  • What konbini snack do you miss most?

Kara Mucho Hot Chili Potato Chips ​

  • What's the best thing about being back?

Reeses Peanut Butter cups, and being able to see family of course.

  • What's your favorite Ramen?

Miso​

  • What's the hardest thing about being back?

Missing all the cute cafes and coffee shops

President

Rabia Shahab

Tokushima-ken, 2014-2017

Vice President

Michaela Duffey

Sapporo-shi, 2017-2018

This is Michaela’s second year as a JETAA Officer, having served as secretary the previous year. Despite being a French major and Japanese minor, after college she

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 only 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. 

 

Michaela currently works for Acacia Power Systems and is trying her hand at a French translation of their electrical analysis software. In her spare time, she loves to play piano, draw and and work on her cooking skills. This year she hopes to help plan more informal events where people can get to know each other more 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

David Adamec

Gunma-ken, 2009-2011

David was an ALT in Tsumagoi-mura in Gunma-ken from 2009 to 2011. Some of his fondest memories were hitting the ski slopes and onsen with JET friends, climbing Fuji-san while reading a light novel, and competing with his junior high students to see who could get the higher level of Kanji Kentei.

 

After JET, he spent 5 years in Portland, Maine before switching to west coast Portland, and he currently works as a software developer. David is excited to spend time with former and future JETs in the region and swap some stories!

Fun Facts about David

  • What konbini snack do you miss most?

Kinoko no yama

  • What's the best thing about being back?

Not having to use a kerosene heater in the winter​

  • What's your favorite Ramen?

Currently loving Kizuki Ramen's garlic tonkotsu

  • What's the hardest thing about being back?

Missing the mountain air and the fresh cabbage

Secretary

Rosie Fordham

Nagasaki-ken, 2014-2017

Rosie is excited to be on the JETAA board once again after serving as Vice President last year. While on JET she lived in Sasebo, the second largest city in Nagasaki Prefecture, for a little over three years. Rosie currently works as a virtual receptionist at Ruby. 

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 implement even more systems for keeping the chapter organized, to increase 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

 
 
 
 

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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About

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.

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