Board Members

Mami Kukuchi

Executive Board, President

Hometown: Sapporo, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2014

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I was born and raised in Sapporo; I lived in Sapporo until I moved to Portland. So far, I spent two third of my life in Sapporo and one third in Portland. Only two cities I ever lived in my life, and I love both cities!

Patricia Haggerty

Executive Board, Vice-President

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 2013

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: Japanese Immersion Program Graduate and interested in being a part of preserving the long term relationship between Sapporo and Portland.

Natsuko Llewellyn

Executive Board, Secretary

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Member of the Board since:

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board:

Naoko Horikawa

Executive Board, Treasurer

Hometown: Sapporo, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2014

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I love My hometown Sapporo, and my second hometown Portland. It is a great pleasure to be part of this historic relationship and efforts to continue connecting people of Sapporo and Portland.

Michael Bacon

Executive Board, Past President

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 2007

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I have spent over 30 years going back and forth between Portland and Japan, visiting, living, studying and working in various places in Japan. In my work for Portland Public Schools, I focus on immersion education. The Japanese immersion program in particular is a long standing, successful program that thrives with many student exchanges. Building youth exchanges between our sister cities became a major driver for me volunteering on the PSSCA board and allows me to continue my passion for Japanese language, culture and people.

Dr. Thompson M. Faller

Board Member

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 1981

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: My interest in the Japanese People and Culture

Steven Orcutt

Board Member

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 1985

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: Stay connected to Japan, where I was an exchange student

Jeff Mandel

Board Member, Royal Rosarian Liaison

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Member of the Board since: 2014

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: Long running connection to both local friends and friends living in Sapporo who love the Winter Snow and Ice Carving Festival in Sapporo. On becoming a Royal Rosarian it became a natural that I would be drawn to their support of Portland's ongoing Sister City Program and in particular Portland's relationship with Sapporo.

Yoko Gulde

Baord Member

Hometown: Nagoya, Japan; Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 1990's

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: It was natural extension of participation in sister city exchange activities started in 1973.

Chiyoko Honma

Board Member

Hometown: Sapporo, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2000's

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I had been involved in many ways since Sapporo is my home town

Steve Bloom

Board Member, Ex-officio, Portland Japanese Garden

*Photo by Christina Sjogren

Michi Goto

Board Member, Sapporo Resident Member

Hometown: Sapporo, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2014

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: In 1969, I was connected with Portand as a first time when I was a international student at PSU. Since then I have been involved in exchanges personally and thrugh my work at Sapporo Internatinal Communication Plaza. After I retired I wanted to contribute my time and feeling to Sister City activities which made me who I am now.

Charley Scott

Board Member

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 2000's

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I was ask to help PSSCA snow Sculpture Team.

Donte Rogers

Board Member

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 2017

Natsuko Takahashi

Board Member, Portland Japanese Garden Liaison

Hometown: Kyoto, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2018

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: In 1958, Portland became a sister city of Sapporo. The relationship led to create Japanese garden in Portland. As a staff of the Garden, I'd like to contribute to a goal to continue fostering and promoting cross-cultural understanding between the two cities.

Phylicia Bishop

Board Member

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 2014

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I was very fortunate to be able to go to Sapporo as an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange Teaching Program. I consider Sapporo a second home, and I wanted to maintain that connection with Sapporo and help bridge the two cities. Shortly after joining the board, I actually moved back to Sapporo and continued my work for PSSCA there. I'm now back in Portland and very excited to support this wonderful sister city relationship during its 60th anniversary year.

Alana Moore

Board Member

Hometown: Yokosuka, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2018

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: As a half Japanese, half American person, it made sense for me to volunteer with an organization that outwardly manifests the bridging of those two aspects of my personal identity. I enjoy being alongside other board members who love the culture of Portland and Sapporo as much as I do.

Brandon Sylvestre

Board Member, Uwajimaya Liaison

Member of the Board since:

Robin Young

Board Member

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota

Member of the Board since: 2020

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: My wife, who is from Sapporo, and I live in Sapporo part of every year and love both Portland and Sapporo. We want to contribute to both cities .

Yoko Young

Board Member

Hometown: Sapporo, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2020

Ayaka Call

Board Member

Hometown: Sapporo, Japan

Member of the Board since: 2020

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I love both Sapporo and Portland. I wanted to be involved with connecting the people of Sapporo and Portland and sharing cultures.

Jo Guyer

Board Member

Member of the Board since: 2020

Leah Klaas

Board Member

Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 2020

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I first learned of the PSSCA after moving to Sapporo for work through the JET Program, where I had the opportunity to work closely with PSSCA members to continue cultivating close ties between the two cities. After returning to Portland, I wanted to maintain my ties to the city which had become my second home, and it seemed only natural that I volunteer with the board.

Minh Ngo

Board Member

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Member of the Board since: 2017

Why did I volunteer as a member of the board: I studied abroad in a summer homestay program with Hokkaido University in 2004 and since then maintained my relationship with Sapporo and Japan through various events, activities, and work experiences. Joining PSSCA was a natural path in continuing my relationship with Sapporo and Japan.