Officers

Current Officers (2018-2020)


Immediate Past President and Chairwoman: Dawn Lucovich 
The University of Nagano 
TokyoJALTPresident@gmail.com
TokyoJALTChair@gmail.com
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 a reader and External Coordinator for the JALT Writers' Peer Support Group (JALT's online writing center). Her other research interests include assessment, discourse communities, and linguistic landscapes. 

As Immediate Past President and Chairwoman, Dawn represents the chapter at local and international conferences, networking with an ever enlarging number of researchers, organizations, and institutions. If you represent such a group and are interested in learning what Tokyo JALT can do for you, please speak with Dawn. 

Incoming President & Programs Chair: Matthew Kocourek
Rikkyo University
TokyoJALTPresident@gmail.com
TokyoJALTPrograms@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.

As incoming President and acting Programs Chair, Matthew runs day-to-day business for the Tokyo Chapter and organizes the various programs Tokyo JALT runs, including featured speaker events, co-sponsored events with local groups, Tokyo JALT Member Presentations, the annual State of the Chapter, and more. If you are interested in helping Tokyo JALT create or enrich its Programs or if you have a question related to chapter business, please speak with Matthew. 

Vice President: (Open)
TokyoJALTVicepresident@gmail.com

The Vice President typically supports the President, managing chapter business and planning larger future events. If you are interested in volunteering with Tokyo JALT for the chance to later run for Vice President, please e-mail the president TokyoJALTpresident@gmail.com.

Treasurer: Darla Cornett
Interac
TokyoJALTTreasurer@gmail.com
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.

As Treasurer, Darla keeps Tokyo JALT in line with the Japanese finance guidelines for NPO's and creates and checks the budgets for each year, no mean feat when you have more than fifteen team members and more than fifteen events a year! That is a lot of receipts.

Webmaster: Decha Hongthong
TokyoJALTWebmaster@gmail.com

As Webmaster, Decha keeps the website healthy. If you have any website issues or advice, you can reach him at the above email address.

Web Content: Haruka Ubukata
TokyoJALTwebcontent@gmail.com

Our Web Content Chair, Haruka, keeps the website interesting. If you have any issues or comments regarding the content of the site, you can speak with her.

Communications: Jeffrey Martin


As Communications Chair, Jeffrey maintains, edits, and sends out our regular newsletter. If you have event information or a job posting that should be shared with our membership, please email him.

Tokyo JALT Journal (TJJ) Editor: Darla Cornett
Interac
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 working with second language learners at writing centers. She's also involved with the growing English Parliamentary Debate activities in Japan.

External Outreach: Liz Shek-Noble 
The External Outreach chair contacts groups around the world to establish new relationships and deepen existing ones. If you represent a group and are curious about Tokyo JALT, please consider speaking with the External Outreach chair.
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: Nik Maeda

Grants: (open)

Young Learners: Marian Hara

Facilities: Daniel Beck

Social Events: Michele Joel

Public Relations: Inga Sarkodie

JET/ALT Coordinator: Lydia Leung

Previous Officers

2016-2018 Chairs and Executive Board Members

Membership Chair: Ken Ohashi
President: Dawn Lucovich
Co-Vice Presidents: Matthew Kocourek and Natasha Hashimoto
Programs Chair: Matthew Kocourek
Publications Chair: Darla Cornett
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 working with second language learners at writing centers. She's also involved with the growing English Parliamentary Debate activities in Japan.

Research Chair: Natasha Hashimoto
Treasurer: Darla Cornett
Young Learner Chair: Marian Hara
Grants Chair: Dawn Lucovich
Communications Officer: Jarwin Martin (2016-2017) and Jeffrey Martin (2017-2018)
Webmaster: Rab PatersonToyo University - UCLA Extension Center for Global Educationrab.paterson@gmail.comRab 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.
External Outreach: Christopher Nicklin Rikkyo UniversityChristopher 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 SawadaMaiko 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. 
Events Chair: Michele Joel
Facilities Chair: Daniel Beck
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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