Past Chairs

2016-2018 Chairs and Executive Board Members



President: Dawn LucovichDawn 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.
Vice President: Matthew KocourekAfter 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.
Program Chair: Matthew KocourekAfter 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.
Treasurer: Darla CornettDarla 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.
Communications Officer: Jarwin Martin (2016-2017) and Jeffrey Martin (2017-2018)
Membership Chair: Ken Ohashi
Publications Chair: Darla CornettDarla 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
Young Learner Chair: Marian Hara
Grants Chair: Dawn LucovichDawn 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.
External Outreach: Christopher Nicklin Rikkyo UniversityTokyoJALTOutreach@gmail.comChristopher 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
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.