New Board for a New Year

This new year has brought a whole new team to JA-SO who are eager to address your desires and concerns for the organization. Please join us in welcoming the following board members.

President: Miwa Russell

I moved to Southern Oregon from Seattle in 2012. I’m very happy to be a part of this organization where I have met many great friends. My goal as president is to continue planning events that are fun and celebrate Japanese culture.

Secretary: Tomomi Mori

I am honored to be your new JA-SO secretory!  I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my family and I also enjoy cooking and baking.

Treasurer: Sayuri (Sai)

I will do the best for JA-SO !

Community Service



I moved to Ashland from Tokyo in 1985 and I’ve been living here for 35 years. I became a JA-SO member because I wanted to express how wonderful Japanese culture is.

Japanese Language Education
Kara Baylog


Originally from the east coast, I’ve lived, studied and worked in Japan before moving to the west coast.My primary inter-est is improving cross-cultural communication through community Japanese language learning.I have two children who I am rais-ing bilingually as a non-native Japanese speaker.

Assistant Board Member:

Yumi Nelson

I’d like to see the culture of Japan introduced to our wonderful Southern Oregon community and passed on to our children here through the events put on by JASO.

Assistant Board Member: Hinako Kuhlow

I moved from Tokyo 13 years ago . I Have two kids .   Looking forward to meeting you!

Website/IT: Joshua Wallace

I’ve lived on both sides of the Pacific, urban and countryside. I look forward to supporting our organization’s growth and goals supporting our burgeoning community.