National Council

Stephen DiTomasso

Stephen DiTomasso


Chair

The National AJET Chair is the face of AJET and acts as the chief representative voice of AJET to the media and other organizations. The chair sets AJET’s agenda for the year and works with the council to make sure AJET’s goals are being accomplished and that everything AJET does is in line with this agenda and the goals outlines in the AJET Constitution.

You may contact Stephen here.

Nick Lavin

Nick Lavin


Vice Chair

The Vice-Chair works with the Chair and Treasurer to ensure an efficient Executive body. Duties include organizing the AJET workshops at Tokyo Orientation, supervising the elections for the National Council, chairing meetings where the Chair is not present, preparing agendas and organising the minutes for meetings, and running the AJET conferences and orientations.

You may contact Nick here.

David Winter

David Winter


Treasurer

The National AJET Treasurer works with the Chair and Vice-Chair to ensure an efficient Executive body. The Treasurer works to administer and supervise the AJET budget, including all financial transactions. The treasurer also plays a supervisory role in matters pertaining to the function and productivity of the council.


You may contact David here.

Zach Krause

Zach Krause


CIR Representative

The CIR Representative is the representative voice of CIRs in AJET. The CIR Representative brings any issues or concerns to the National Council's attention. The CIR Representative also creates initiatives to ensure CIR involvement and participation in AJET. Also, the CIR Representative keeps in direct contact with the CIR network and convey and receive information through these connections.

You can contact Zach here.

Nancy Ngo

Nancy Ngo


Director of Advertising

The Director of Advertising works to get the best deals for JETs. The Director of Advertising is the go-between for companies and the JET community. She negotiates with partners, keeps AJET's Facebook presence spam-free, and makes sure JETs know about upcoming discounts, giveaways, and special deals.

If you are interested in advertising with AJET or would like to know more about which advertising packages are ideal for your organisation, please contact

Lillian Hart

Lillian Hart


Director of Public Relations

The Director of Public Relations writes and manages public content for AJET, directs all AJET promotional campaigns, and works to ensure that AJET is effectively represented to those we serve. The Director of Public Relations is always seeking to further JETs’ knowledge of AJET and the resources it provides.

You may contact Lillian here.

Mitchell Dehnel

Mitchell Dehnel


Director of Social Media

The Director of Social Media maintains and updates AJET’s social media presence. The Director of Social Media ensures that JETs are kept up-to-date on JET and AJET activities within their communities and throughout Japan through prompt social media updates.

You may contact Mitchell here.

Agata Rybalkiewicz

Agata Rybalkiewicz


Director of Affiliate and Community Relations

The Director of Affiliate and Community Relations increases and supports the JET and Japanese community members’ participation in AJET events and activities. The Director of Affiliate and Community Relations both manages AJET Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and develops new and ongoing programs within AJET to strengthen the JET community.

You may contact Agata here.

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith


Director of Digital Resources

The Director of Digital Resources maintains and updates the current database of resources, and creates new resources. The Director of Digital Resources strives to improve the daily lives and adventures of current and future JET Programme participants.

You may contact Jordan here.

Ariel Kane

Ariel Kane


Director of Professional and Educational Development

The Director of Professional and Education Development (DPED) actively seeks out new opportunities, partnerships, and materials that will assist JETs in becoming more skilled and accomplished educators and professionals, and aiming to provide JETs with timely, innovative, and high quality resources that will enrich and enhance their personal and professional development. This includes the curation of up-to-date tools that will enable JETs to broaden their skill-sets and prepare them for transition into a variety of careers after their JET tenure has ended.

You may contact Ariel here.

Andrew Hall

Andrew Hall


Director of Volunteering

The Director of Volunteering manages volunteer resources by making available volunteering opportunities to the JET community. The Director of Volunteering organises events through National AJET including the Race to the Top and Community Service Trip, seeks out volunteer opportunities with other organizations, shares information through social media and Block Representatives and offers guidance to JET volunteers.

You may contact Andrew here.

Ryan Hata

Ryan Hata


Director of Alumni Relations

The Director of Alumni Relations (DOAR) links past JETs (alumni) and current JETs. The DOAR works to strengthen the relationship between AJET and the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) by providing current JETs and alumni chances to interact and share their knowledge. The DOAR is also responsible for promoting AJET to the JET alumni community, and shares information and job opportunities JETs in return.

You may contact Ryan here.

Rachel Brisson


Director of Alumni Resources

Director of Alumni Resources manages the networking resources for current JETs and JET alumni. The Director of Alumni Resources builds solid ties between JETs and JET alumni by bridging opportunities between the communities, and relaying information and employment prospects between the two in coordination with the Director of Alumni Relations.

You may contact Rachel here.

Lehlogonolo Mokotedi

Lehlogonolo Mokotedi


Head of Visual Media

The Head of Visual Media ensures that all AJET content is visually consistent and clear in print and on the web. The Head of Visual Media establishes and maintains the image of AJET throughout its publications, including Connect magazine, AJET.net, reports, and other related materials.

You may contact Lehlogonolo here.

Kathryn Cwynar


Translation & Interpreting Coordinator

The Translation & Interpreting Coordinator makes AJET materials and reports available in Japanese and facilitate communication between AJET, CLAIR, and the three ministries (MIC, MOFA, and MEXT). The Translation and Interpreting Coordinator organizes translations of AJET reports, and provides interpretation at opinion exchanges.

You may contact Kathryn here.

Timothy Saar

Timothy Saar


Director of Online Publications

The Director of Online Publications oversees publication of AJET Connect Magazine and other AJET publications online. The Director of Online Publications works to not only ensure consistent timing and quality for these publications, but to improve and expand upon them by reaching new audiences and establishing new features.

You may contact Timothy here.

Ian Hannan


Project Manager

The Project Manager helps the AJET National Council achieve its goals and successfully complete its projects for the year. The Project Manager ensures that opinion exchanges with CLAIR and the three ministries are as useful to both sides and relevant to current JETs as possible.

You may contact Ian here.

Pierce Langdon

Pierce Langdon


Website Coordinator

The Website Coordinators are a two-person team. Each Website Coordinator ensures AJET works at peak productivity and provides the day-to-day maintenance of the website. Also, the Website Coordinators provide IT and website support to the AJET National Council and AJET-affiliated websites, as well as manages the AJET emails and databases.

You may contact Pierce here.

Dave Derderian


Website Coordinator

The Website Coordinators are a two-person team. Each Website Coordinator ensures AJET works at peak productivity and provides the day-to-day maintenance of the website. Also, the Website Coordinators provide IT and website support to the AJET National Council and AJET-affiliated websites, as well as manages the AJET emails and databases.

You may contact Dave here.

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