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President: Bob Sanderson

Treasurer: Mehrasa Alizadeh

Membership Co-chairs:  Parisa Mehran and Naomi Chiba

Publicity Co-chairs: Paul Mathieson and Michael Hollenback

Program Co-chairs: Robert Sheridan and Donna Fujimoto

Web Editor and Elections Officer: Sean Gay

Publications Chair: Ryan W. Smithers

Officers at Large: Rebecca Calman, Brad Colpitts, Steve Cornwell, Naomi Chiba, Julia Kimura, Mark Pileggi, Hana Takatani, Bertlinde Voegel, and Gerry Yokota

Officer profiles:

Bob Sanderson is from Rochester, Minnesota, USA, holds an MA in TESOL from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Vermont, and teaches at Kindai, Osaka Jogakuin, and Hannan Universities.

Ryan W. Smithers, a full-time lecturer at Kwansei Gakuin University and Ph.D. student at Kyoto University, has taught EFL to students of all ages and abilities during his 18-year tenure as a TESOL teacher in Japan. His research interests include action research, lifelong learning, and individual learner differences.

Mehrasa Alizadeh is originally from Babol, in the north of Iran, and holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Allameh Tabatabai University, Tehran. She taught English at Iran Language Institute (ILI) for eight years. She has been in Japan since 2014 and is pursuing a PhD at Osaka University.

Parisa Mehran was born and raised in Tehran and holds a BA in English Language and Literature and an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), both from Alzahra University, Tehran. Before moving to Japan, she taught English for academic purposes (EAP) at Alzahra University. She has been in Japan since 2014 and is pursuing a PhD at Osaka University.

Paul Mathieson is from Auckland, New Zealand, and holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL from the University of Leicester, and teaches at Nara Medical University. His areas of interest include learner motivation and anxiety, intercultural communication, and World Englishes.

Donna Fujimoto has an MA from the University of Hawaii, and an EdD from Temple University Japan. She teaches at Osaka Jogakuin and Temple University, Osaka. Her main interests are intercultural education, conversation analysis, and pragmatics.

Robert Sheridan (M.S.Ed.) is from Toronto, Canada, and is a full-time lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture at Kindai University in Nara. His research interests include vocabulary acquisition, CLIL, extensive reading, motivation, and assessment.

Sean Gay is originally from Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a PhD in Health Services and a Masters in TESOL. He currently teaches as a lecturer at Ritsumeikan University in the department of Science and Engineering.

Officers at Large:

Rebecca Calman is originally from Los Angeles. She currently teaches at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. Her research interests include content area instruction and critical thinking skills.

Naomi Chiba is a graduate of Kansai Gaidai University, has an MA in Linguistics from the University of Sydney, and teaches at Osaka Jogakuin University and Konan Women's University.


Brad Colpitts is based in the Language Center at Kwansei Gakuin University and has taught in a variety of contexts across Japan for over nine years. He holds an MEd in TESOL from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Steve Cornwell is Vice President at Osaka Jogakuin University and also teaches online for the New School. He has an EdD from Temple University Japan, and has served in many roles in JALT over the years including as National Director of Program (2010-2016) and currently as Coordinator of the Teachers Helping Teachers SIG. He is also the President of IAFOR's Academic Governing Board.

Julia Kimura is from Toronto, Canada, and teaches EFL at Kindai University, Mukogawa Women’s University, and also teaches intensive courses at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University. She earned her M.S.Ed. from Temple University and is now back working on her PhD in Applied Linguistics.

Mark Pileggi is from Massachusetts and has been teaching in Japan since starting as a JET in 1997. He has a B.A. in computer graphics and an M.S. in Education specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Technology. Currently working full time at Kobe City College of Technology, he loves technology in the classroom.

Hana Takatani has an MA in Linguistics from Kansai Gaidai University and teaches at Osaka Jogakuin University.

Bertlinde Voegel is from Austria and a visiting lecturer at Osaka University. She teaches German to beginners and is interested in improving fluency and pronunciation of learners. Recent developments in the field of brain research with all the implications for learning are on her list of interests, too.

Gerry Yokota is Professor of English and Contemporary Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies at Osaka University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in English and Gender Studies as well as courses on Contemporary Japan for the G30 program.