JETAA Officers

Below are the JETAA Portland Officers for the 2017-2018 year. We’ve added some hard questions for them to answer as well.


Michael Richey, President – []
Shiga, 2008-2010

Blood Type: B
Konbini snack you miss most: Seven Eleven
Best thing about being back: Seeing friends and family.
Hardest thing about being back: No high speed trains or game centers. Harder to practice Japanese. Why can no one make good onigiri?
What you’re doing now: Working at Tofugu.
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: I want to get JETAA communicating more easily and more in touch with other Japan organizations in Portland.


Joshua Kramer, Vice President – []
Kagoshima, 2006-2008

Blood Type: Honestly, I totally forgot!
Konbini snack you miss most: Bakudan onigiri and melon pan. And Pokari Sweat! And nikuman! And… OK, I just really miss konbinis in general.
Best thing about being back: Being near family again, for sure. Also, being able to see new movies when they are first released in the theater.
Hardest thing about being backNot being able to see my awesome Japanese friends. I also miss summer surfing in the warm ocean waters around Kagoshima and Miyazaki.
What you’re doing now: Career-wise, I’ve transitioned into nonprofit management. For hobbies, I’ve taken up snowboarding and indoor soccer. I’m also married now and have two amazing little ones!
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: I want to apply my nonprofit management and meeting planning experience to the Vice President role and hopefully amp up volunteer engagement.


Anna Schneider, Treasurer – []
Miyagi, 2013-2015

Blood Type: 
Konbini snack you miss most: 
Best thing about being back: 
Hardest thing about being back: 
What you’re doing now: 
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: 


Serena Glick, Secretary – []
Ehime, 2010-2012

Blood TypeB+
Konbini snack you miss most:
Mitarashi Dango
Best thing about being back
Being anonymous out in public.
Hardest thing about being back:
Losing touch with Japanese pop culture & current events.
What you’re doing now:
Full time momming (I have a son who will turn 3 in June and baby #2 will also be arriving shortly).
What you hope to contribute to JETAA this year: 
My enthusiasm, organizational skills, and whatever other support I can give to the JETAA officers and community at large.




The Portland Chapter of JETAA (The JET Program Alumni Association) was created to serve the bonds of friendship developed by the program participants. JETAA’s purpose is to achieve, through its activities, a broader and deeper understanding between Japan and the other countries participating in the program.