JETAAWJ 2018-2019 Officer election results

The votes have been counted and the results are in for the 2018-2019 JETAAWJ Officer Elections. Congratulations to Alberto, Pene, Rose and Mason who will take on the roles of Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary respectively. They will hold their positions from April 1st 2018 until March 31st 2019. See their platforms below for reference, and let’s congratulate them and wish them the best in their roles!

IMG_7863Chair- Alberto Servín

My name is Alberto Servín, and I wish to serve as the Chair of JETAA Western Japan (JETAAWJ) for the 2018-2019 JET year. I am originally from San José, California, USA, and was a CIR in Wakayama City of Wakayama Prefecture from 2015 to 2017. Since then, I have been living in Osaka and am currently working for Mori Kosan, a company that supports international students in Japan.
I joined JETAAWJ in August last year (2017) as a board member and assisted with organizing the 2017 JET Film Festival that fall. In January of this year, I planned and organized a JETAAWJ-sponsored job hunting and business manners seminar for current and former JETs in the area.
As Chair, I plan to increase support for current and former JETs with future career development through JETAAWJ-sponsored seminars/workshops and networking opportunities in our regional bloc. My motivation comes from the many current and former JETs I’ve met who want to stay in Japan but struggle to find employment beyond the teaching industry. Therefore, as chair, I want to continue to offer the job hunting & business manners seminar JETAAWJ organized this year (at least 2 to 3 times a year), to help fellow JETs with career support in Japan.
As Chair, I also want to increase social events and networking opportunities especially for alumni outside of Kansai. With my JETAAWJ team, I plan to organize events in other areas (Chubu, Shikoku and Kyushu) to make it easier to reach out to members in other parts of the Western Japan bloc. I’m hoping through these events, we can also increase the interactions between current and former JETs, with us alumni as support or networking references for current JETs who wish to stay in Japan after their time on the Programme.
If elected as Chair, I will do my best to fulfill these promises mentioned above and continue to contribute to the JET Programme through my capacity as an officer on the JETAA Western Japan council. Thank you for your consideration. I hope to serve as your Chair in JETAAWJ for the 2018 – 2019 JET year.

PeneVice Chair- Pene Dalton

Kia ora! Hello!

My name is Pene Dalton, and I have resided in the south of Japan for the past 18 years. My hometown is Auckland, New Zealand.

In addition to 5 years on JET serving as ALT, Nagasaki ALT Prefectural Advisor, and Specialist Prefectural Advisor, I have professional experience in banking and the airline industry.

I have laid roots in Nagasaki, taking tenure at one of the country’s most prestigious private schools, and buying a house that overlooks the city that I consider home.

Along with my wife and our three hybrid children, I will probably be living in our beautiful corner of Japan for the foreseeable future.

I’ve been involved with JETAAWJ for a few years, serving as secretary last year. This year I’m hoping to serve in the vice chair role if possible.

As a long time Nagasaki, and Kyushu resident, I have built good relationships with local Japanese leaders at both local government level, and business level.

I look forward to helping the chapter have a stronger regional presence if elected.

RoseTanasugarnTreasurer- Nuntica (Rose) Tanasugarn

Location: Shimane (ALT 1990-93, ALT 2003-06)

Current location: Kobe
Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Since 2012, I have served as officer for JETAA Western Japan. For the last 6 years in various chapter leadership positions, I have formed ties for the chapter with AJET National, consular officials in Kansai, the Japan America Society Osaka, and the American Chamber of Commerce Japan, as well as JETAA
leaders from around the world.
Most recently I served as Secretary and worked closely with the chapter chair to expand the range of events hosted and have continued to form government and business connections that will benefit chapter members.
The JET Film Festival was an event I was especially proud of planning and implementing. Guests from the US Consulate Osaka-Kobe and CLAIR were also in attendance and ¥41,000 was raised for the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund.
I have familiarity with CLAIR’s budget request forms and local funding organizations and have served as unofficial chapter treasurer since 2015. I would like to serve as official treasurer to work with the officers and provide support and advice for them as part of the chapter leadership team.
Thank you for your consideration.

mason-profileSecretary- Mason Su

1. I was an ALT from 2012-2014 in a small town called Kameoka in Kyoto prefecture. Throughout my time as an ALT, I have worked in ten different elementary schools and junior high schools.
2. I am currently living and working in Osaka.
3. I came to Japan after I graduated from my undergraduate university, Boston University, where I studied hospitality with a minor in visual arts. Out of interest, I took two years of Japanese while I was there and I was heavily involved as an executive board member in the Japanese Student Association all four years. Through the Japanese Student Association, I was able to learn more about the culture (especially tea ceremony, which I have been practicing since my first year on JET) and had the opportunity to interact with some exchange students from Japan. After my experience on JET, I decided to pursue a career in education and I went back to the U.S. to obtain a masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
4. Currently, I work as a lecturer at the Osaka Gakuin University and I teach English courses in the Foreign Language department. Prior to coming back to the education field. I was also fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to work in different hotels in Kyoto, Shanghai, and Taipei.
5. I first learned about JETAA Western Japan when I was about to leave in 2014. I attended an alumni luncheon held in Kobe and I was able to learn about my options for a career path after JET. Not only was it a really good opportunity for me to hear from JET senpais, but it was also great knowing that my connection with Japan and the JET community will also not end all together after I leave JET. In the three years since I left Japan, I realized how crucial it is to find a group of people who have gone through similar experience that you can connect with and build a base that you can call home when you are away from home. I believe JET has given all of us an experience that is quite special that not everyone we talk to can connect to and relate, and it would be a shame to keep all of those memories locked away after JET. Therefore, as I am still new to the system, I would like to learn and serve as a secretary; connecting former JETs to each other and reaching out to current JETs to help them understand their options after JET.

Thank you for your consideration.


Congratulations, and good luck leading JETAAWJ on to bigger and better things!



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