Congratulations to Laurie Van Pelt for being appointed as Oakland County, Michigan's first woman Deputy County Executive! Ms. Van Pelt, who was a delegate of the 2018 Japanese American Leadership Delegation, is also the first Japanese American to serve in this position. Ms. Van Pelt has worked for the county for over 40 years, serving in roles that include the Director of Management and Budget. She is a Certified Public Finance Officer, conferred by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). She is an active member of national and state associations, often serving as an expert to assist governments with common financial challenges. Click here for more details.
Congratulations to Council Leader Alan Nishio, who received the 2019 Nisei Week Inspiration Award! Mr. Nishio, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), was a delegate of the inaugural Japanese American Leadership Delegation in 2000, and has participated in USJC delegations advancing the work of nonprofit organizations in Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Aside from serving on the board of LTSC for 35 years, he is also a board member for the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center and an advisory council member for Kizuna. In 2016, he was awarded “The Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Rosette” by the Government of Japan. For more information about the Nisei Week award, please click here.
Congratulations to Mike Bosack (ELP '15) on his new role as Deputy Secretary of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC)! Mike was previously the Deputy Chief of Government Relations at Headquarters, U.S. Forces Japan, where his team drafted and implemented the 2015 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation. He also worked as a Mansfield Fellow in the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, and National Diet. Prior to his tours in Japan, Mike served as a Maintenance Officer in support of Search and Rescue and, later, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Operations. Click here to read about his family's history of service (his father, Mike Bosack, is a Council Leader), and how he looks forward to contributing to lasting peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.