Officers

Current Officers


President: Dawn Lucovich 
Tokyo Woman's Christian University 
president@tokyojalt.org
Dawn received her B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, M.A. in Education from Columbia University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University. She also serves as Co-Chair of the JALT VocabSIG Research Grants Committee, and as a reader and outreach for the JALT Writers' Peer Support Group (JALT's online writing center). Her other research interests include assessment, discourse communities, and linguistic landscapes. 

Co-Vice President & Program Chair: Matthew Kocourek


New York University School for Professional Studies and Temple University Japan
matthewkocourek@gmail.com
After receiving his Masters in TESOL from Columbia University, Matthew taught in New York at LaGuardia Community College helping to create a program with Accenture to help immigrants with business backgrounds succeed. Returning to Japan, he taught at Kanda Institute of Foreign Languages before accepting his current position. His interests include film, motivation, and adult education.

Co-Vice President & Research Chair: Natasha Hashimoto

Treasurer: Darla Cornett
Interac
treasurer@tokyojalt.org
Darla is an assistant language teacher at Japanese public schools in the Tokyo area. She received her BA in International Studies and her MA in Japanese Culture. In the process, she discovered her love of teaching by working with second language learners at writing centers. She's also involved with the growing English Parliamentary Debate activities in Japan.






Webmaster / Social Media: Rab Paterson

Toyo University - UCLA Extension Center for Global Education,
rab.paterson@gmail.com

Rab is the Director, Webmaster, Treasurer, and Conference Co-Chair of the Asia Association for Global Studies, Editorial Board Member of the Asia Journal for Global Studies, Fellow of the British Royal Asiatic Society, and holds memberships in many ed-tech organisations. BA in Asian History & MA in Asian Studies from London University's School of Oriental Studies, Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy & MS in Multidisciplinary Studies from State University of New York (Buffalo), Doctoral Candidate at UCL's Institute of Education, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google  Educator, Google Education Group Leader, Google Trainer, and Google Innovator.

Publicity: Jarwin Martin

Tokyo JALT Journal Editor: Darla Cornett
Interac
editor@tokyojalt.org
Darla is an assistant language teacher at Japanese public schools in the Tokyo area. She received her BA in International Studies and her MA in Japanese Culture. In the process, she discovered her love of teaching by working with second language learners at writing centers. She's also involved with the growing English Parliamentary Debate activities in Japan.

External Outreach: Christopher Nicklin 
Rikkyo University
tokyo.jalt.outreach@gmail.com
Christopher has an M.S.Ed. in TESOL and is currently on the PhD program at Temple University, Japan. He has taught English at several universities in Tokyo, including Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Temple University, Nippon Medical School, and Musashino University. He is also a content writer and editor for a web-based language-learning company. His research interests include corpus linguistics, vocabulary acquisition, and SLA.

Secretary: Maiko Sawada
Maiko Sawada has worked as a translator for the Financial Times, the French Embassy in Japan, UNHCR Tokyo Office and other established global media outlets, businesses and administrations. As a result she has a great deal of experience in the organization of sophisticated and multi-lingual work environments. In addition she graduated with a B.A. from the International Christian University, Tokyo, and earned her M.A. in International Studies from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. Currently she teaches English Communications and International Studies in Japan as she just likes people. 

Membership: Ken Ohashi

Grants: Dawn Lucovich 
Tokyo Woman's Christian University
Dawn received her B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois, M.A. in Education from Columbia University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University. She also serves as Co-Chair of the JALT VocabSIG Research Grants Committee, and as a reader and outreach for the JALT Writers' Peer Support Group (JALT's online writing center). Her other research interests include assessment, discourse communities, and linguistic landscapes. 

Young Learners: Marian Hara

Facilities: Daniel Beck

Events: Michele Joel

Previous Officers
Officers (November 2013), left to right: Eucharia Donnery (Editor), Shunsuke Kuwayama (Program), Sayaka Amano (Publicity), Lina Valdivia (President), Darla Cornett (Treasurer), Patrick Foss (Membership)

Officers (November 2012), left to right: Jim McKinley (president), Megumi Kawate-Mierzejewska (program), Akie Nyui-Kozuka (publicity), Shunsuke Kuwayama (co-publicity), Tom Edwards (treasurer), Keiko Tanaka (editor), Nick Medley (membership)

Akie Nyui-Kozuka (Publicity 2007-2013) gives flowers to outgoing chapter president Sayoko Yamashita (2007-2011), October 20, 2011.

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