Associate Members and ELP alumni Ginger Koto Vaughn, Miwa Gardner-Page, Adam Moriwaki and Kei Ashizawa with Board of Directors Vice Chair Gary Moriwaki
USJC Council Member Donna Cole, an advisory board member at the University of St. Thomas, helped guide the inaugural Japan Food Festival in celebration of St. Thomas' new course offerings on U.S.-Japan relations. The event featured culinary and cultural exhibitions. She was assisted by USJC Members and alumni of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program, as well as USJC Executive Vice President and COO, Suzanne Basalla. The event was profiled in the Houston Chronicle.
Ginger Koto Vaughn and Donna Cole
On November 23, Donna hosted a dinner event for Members and other stakeholders in the U.S.-Japan relationship to share the Council's mission and programming with the Houston community.
The USJC booth at the Japan Food Festival
USJC Vice President and COO Suzanne Basalla with cosplayers at the Japan Food Festival