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 !

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.

Member Service: 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.

Member Service: Izumi Noble

I am happy to be member of JASO since I moved to Oregon from Okinawa Japan in 2018. I look forward to see you some day soon!!!

Website/IT: Joshua Wallace

Seeing the world was my dream, I did it. Now I wish to help bring some of the culture I surrounded myself with to share with the people of the Rogue Valley.

Assistant Board Member: Hinako Kuhlow

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

Assistant Board Member: Keiko Miyamoto

I look forward to sharing the unique art, language, cuisine, music and festivals of Japan with our Southern Oregon Community. 



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.