Board of Directors

JETAANY is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization overseen by a Board of Directors.  To learn more about the role and responsibilities of the Board, please refer to our Bylaws (PDF Download).  Learn more about Board members by clicking on their names below.

Marc Carroll
Simon Chiew
Mark Flanigan
Jim Gannon
Kirsten Henning
Steven Horowitz
Christy Jones
Amber Liang
John Sandoval
Justin Tedaldi
Monica Yuki
Pamela Kavalam (ex-officio, JETAANY President)


Marc Carroll
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Marc served on the JET Program as an ALT in Gifu Prefecture from 2001 to 2003. Since his return, he has worked with both JETAA and the Japanese consulates of New York and Georgia. He first served in JETAANY as the Membership Database Coordinator from 2004-2005. Throughout the years, he has spoken and contributed as speaker and workshop organizer at numerous JET pre-departure and returnee conferences. He has served as a JET Program Interviewer in both New York City and Atlanta, where he had the responsibility of selecting well over 100 potential participants.

Marc is a career technologist. He graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a MS in Human Computer Interaction from Georgia Institute of Technology. After his time on JET, he worked as a localization engineer in the language translation industry where he engaged with translators to build and deliver digital products to globally-focused clients. He most recently works in technology research and development and has worked at NTT Media Innovation Laboratory in Yokosuka, Japan, and well as in his current role as a designer and creative technologist at Isobar; a subsidiary of Dentsu Japan.


Simon Chiew
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Simon Chiew is the Director of the Workforce Development Division for the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC), where he oversees an adult literacy program, various training programs and a Career Center.  During his tenure, Simon worked with his team to increase student retention, educational gains, job placement and income boosts, as well as employer engagement.  Prior to working at the CPC, Simon was an ALT in Sowa-Machi in Ibaraki Prefecture from 2002 to 2004.  After leaving the Japanese public school system, he taught for 3 years in a large Japanese private language school.

Originally from Malaysia, Simon has lived and traveled around the world.  He received his M.A. in Comparative Education from the Institute of Education, University of London in the United Kingdom and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester in New York.


Mark Flanigan
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Mark Flanigan currently serves as Program Director with the Japan ICU Foundation (日本国際基督教大学財団) and as a Resident Fellow at International House in New York City. Mark has been a Rotary International Peace Fellow at ICU in Tokyo, US Army Officer, Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) and JET Programme participant (Nagasaki, 2000-04) with a variety of experience in both the public and private sectors. He has an extensive record of work, study and travel abroad, which has given him a deeper understanding of Global Affairs and insight into different languages, people and cultures. Mark has lived in Japan, Mexico, Switzerland (as an intern with UN OCHA in Geneva) and Egypt and has traveled throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Peoples’ Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Guam, Saipan, Russia and Taiwan. He’s really honored to be taking this next step and joining the ranks of the Board of Directors of JETAANY in 2014.


Jim Gannon

Jim Gannon is executive director of the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/USA) in New York, the US affiliate of one of the leading nongovernmental institutions in the field of international affairs in Japan. JCIE brings together political leaders, policymakers, experts, and activists from around the world for programs of exchange, research, and dialogue designed to build international cooperation on pressing regional and global challenges.

Before joining JCIE in 2001, he conducted research with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and, from 1992 to 1994, taught English in rural middle schools in Ehime Prefecture as part of the JET Programme. Jim received a BA from the University of Notre Dame, conducted graduate research at Ehime University, and has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also a fellow with the US-Japan Network for the Future, operated by the Mike and Maureen Mansfield Foundation; he is author of a number of publications on US-Japan and US-Asia relations; and at various times in his life he has worked as a forklift driver, at a travel agency, and baling hay.


Kirsten Henning

Kirsten Henning is a strategic communications and multicultural management professional with 15 years of experience in nonprofit, government and corporate settings as both a consultant and in-house specialist. Current and past projects include work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Girl Scouts, Major League Baseball, Sealaska, Northwest Society for Interior Designers, the Clinton Foundation, Seattle Art Museum, Childhaven, TrainTracks, and Nyawela Consulting. Throughout her career she has been interviewed by BBC Newshour, NPR, The Baltimore Sun, The Glasshammer, The Seattle Times, Levo League, and Forbes.com.

On the JET Programme, Kirsten worked as both ALT and CIR in Hyogo-ken from 1999 to 2002. After JET she stayed in Japan to coordinate VIP guest services at Park Hyatt Tokyo, the site of Lost in Translation, and later to work with Major League Baseball as media liaison and interpreter for All-Star Ichiro Suzuki.

Steven Horowitz
Born and raised in New Jersey Prefecture, Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, Kariya-shi, 1992-94) is the founder and publisher of JETwit.com, the “official” unofficial alumni magazine, career center, and communication channel of the JET alumni community in the US and internationally. In addition to serving on JETAANY’s Board of Directors, Steven is also on the Board of Advisors for JETAA USA and also served on the JETAA USA Disaster Relief Fund Committee He previously worked for 6 years as the JETAA New York Newsletter Editor, was invited to be the keynote speaker at the 2008 JETAA Canada National Conference, represented JETAANY at the 2005 JETAA International Conference, and has attended a number of JETAA national and regional conferences in over the years. He continues to enjoy thinking strategically about JETAA at all levels and helping JET alumni connect with each other for career and social purposes through the many JET alum groups he’s established on LinkedIn and Facebook as well as through the JETwit Jobs Google Group and the JETwit International Google Group. A lawyer by training who graduated from Duke Law School and studied law for a semester at Waseda University, Steven also has an MA TESOL and is the Director of Pre-LLM Programs at St. John’s University School of Law where he teaches at the intersection of law and language support in the American Law Discourse & Analysis (ALDA) Program together with JETAANY Vice-President Kathryn Piper.  Steven lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family and can often be found playing ultimate frisbee near Prospect Park. (Click here to connect with him on LinkedIn).

Christy Jones
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Christy Jones is the Director of Special Events at Japan Society, an American nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the people of Japan and the United States closer together through programs in arts & culture, business & policy, and education. Having joined Japan Society nearly 15 years ago as an assistant in the Lectures Program, Christy now plans the Society’s fundraising and cultivation events.While in college, Christy studied abroad at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka and later spent three years living and working in Nagasaki Prefecture’s Shimabara City as an ALT in The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. She graduated from Duke University with a BA in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate in Asian & African Languages & Literature.In her free time Christy enjoys photography, amassing craft materials for future projects, talking about cats, and entertaining in her Brooklyn apartment.

Amber Liang

Amber Liang was an ALT in Kochi Prefecture from 2006-2008. Immediately following JET, she sought a leadership role on JETAANY, initially as an event coordinator where she organized the very successful 2009 Author Showcase which featured prominent JET alumni writers, Roland Kelts, James Kennedy, and Robert Weston. She also produced the Sake with the Haiku Geisha Play Reading written by JET alumnus Randall David Cook. In addition to her current role on the Board of Directors, Amber was also the Secretary of JETAANY (2009-2010) and the Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator. Amber has presented at numerous conferences including the Predeparture Conference, the Career Forum, and the Returners’ Conference in Japan. As well, she has contributed to the selection of prospective JETs by interviewing candidates for the Consulate.Amber currently works at the Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School where she manages the international study tour program for MBA students.  Prior to that, she was the Senior Programs Coordinator at International House New York, a non-profit residence and program center for over 700 international students from more than 100 countries across the world where she supervised a team of 50 graduate fellows to plan nearly 200 cultural, educational and social events annually.

Amber graduated with honors from Cornell University with a BA in Pyschology and a minor in East Asian Studies. She is currently completing her Executive Masters in Public Administration at the School of Public and International Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia.


John Sandoval
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John’s background as a native New Yorker has prepared him for a diverse collection of life experiences from teaching English in Japan to being a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico. Giving into a deep-seated curiosity to explore the world around him John participated on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme for two years. He taught in 3 senior high schools in Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture. In order to make a living he has held a wide variety of jobs, from short stints as a NYC tour guide to a decade long career as a marketer in the Fortune 500.  He was educated at Amherst College and The University of Michigan.

In order to make a living he has held a wide variety of jobs, from short stints as a NYC tour guide to a decade long career as a marketer in the Fortune 500.  John loves hole in the wall restaurants, studying any language, international travel and can spend hours in a bookstore. He was educated at Amherst College and The University of Michigan.


Justin Tedaldi

Justin Tedaldi is a New York native with a lifelong interest in music, travel and world cultures. For the past several years, he’s written arts and entertainment features covering the famous to the yet-to-be-famous for online publications like JQ Magazine and as the New York Japanese Culture Examiner. A veteran of dozens of exclusive interviews with authors, artists, directors, and Grammy- and Tony Award-winners, he always looks forward to the next chat.


Monica Yuki
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Originally from Malibu, California, Monica attended the University of Colorado and has a B.S. in Business Administration with a double emphasis in Marketing and Human Resource Management. After graduating, she decided to trade the Rocky Mountains for the Kanto Plain and participated in the JET Programme. While serving as a high school ALT in Iruma-shi, Saitama-ken from 2002-2004, Monica developed a greater appreciation for Japanese culture and her family heritage. During her time in Japan, Monica performed in several traditional Japanese dance performances, joined the Ikebana club and coached her high school’s girl’s softball team.

Now residing in New York City, Monica is the Research Director at AMG Parade overseeing print and digitial consumer insight for Parade Magazine, Relish, Spry Living, Athlon Sports & Life and American Profile’s Community Table.

Monica currently serves as Chairman of the JET Alumni Association in New York  Board of Directors.  She previously she served as President (2010-2014), Vice President (2008-2010) and Social Chair (2005-2008). She collaborates closely with the Japanese Consulate, Japan Local Government Office and many local organizaitons to help build a stronger Japanese American Community in New York.

Monica also serves as Vice President of the Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Chapter in NYC. When not busy volunteering with NY Cares doing philanthropic activities you can find her on the softball field or volleyball court and enjoying life in New York.


Pamlea Kavalam
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Raised in Northvale, NJ, Pam graduated from Rutgers University-Douglass College with a BA in English and Women’s Studies and New York University-Steinhardt with an MA in Higher Education Administration with a focus on international education. While at NYU, she planned social and cultural events for international students and study abroad returnees. After graduation, she headed to Nagahama on Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture, where she taught English speech and debate at Torahime (Tiger Princess!) High School and Ika (not squid!) High School from 2007 to 2009. While on JET, she advised the English Speaking Society at her school, attended Jazzercise and yoga in her town (meeting lots of terrific female Shigans!), and participated in a JET-led service trip to Andhra Pradesh, India through the nonprofit GoLongitude. She currently works at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, advising graduate students in nonprofit management, policy and finance. After spending a year and a half going to an inordinate number of JET events, she is honored to help plan programming for the coming year. Feel free to contact her with ideas!